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GO GREEN – Compostable Utensils & Wooden Plates!

by Texas Homesteader ~
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Did y’all know there’s such a thing as ‘Plastic-Free July‘? Me neither! But you know I hate plastic so I’m loving anything that has to do with eliminating more of it.  And it’s perfect timing since recent buying decisions had me looking for disposable utensils.

Wait a minute, WHAT Tammy??!  I thought you hated disposable things!

Yes, you’re correct… But we were hosting an outdoor family reunion I didn’t want my good flatware going outside & being lost or thrown away accidentally. And you KNOW I’m not gonna use anything plastic! 

So I went online searching for options. I was intrigued to find compostable forks, knives and spoons. There are many manufacturers out there but PerfectWare utensils by Perfect Stix were actually WAXED. I knew right then & there that I’d be buying those!

Compostable Utensils? YES! These waxed utensils are inexpensive and fully compostable. Used for backyard BBQ's & weddings! #TexasHomesteader

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Environmental Awareness On The Homestead: No-Spill Fuel Can Eliminates Spilled Fuel

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I always cringed when RancherMan would fill my tractor with fuel. He’d try his best to be careful not to spill fuel, but it’s neigh impossible when the fuel lid is on the top of the tractor.

I found this fuel can design solves the problem of trying to hurry & get the spout into the fuel tank before spilling fuel. Love, love, LOVE THESE!

Special design fuel can eliminates spilled fuel when adding fuel to top-fueling equipment. #TexasHomesteader

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Sun Protection: Rigid Canopy for Our Mid-Size Tractor

by Texas Homesteader ~

RancherMan & I work outside every day, rain or shine.  We’re either working cattle or fixing fences.  There’s garden work and tractor work.  Day in, day out – we’re outside working.  Now we LOVE our lives here don’t get me wrong, but sun protection is something we take very seriously.

We’re careful to wear our Sun-Protective Shirts when we’re working outside.  And for my small blue Ford 32 hp tractor, RancherMan made sure I had a heavy canvas canopy to protect me from the sun. But his larger tractor didn’t come with a canopy, just a ROPS (roll bar).

Now I hated that he wasn’t protected and constantly nagged I mean reasoned with him to get something to protect himself from the sun.  But he protested mightily, saying: “I’m having trouble finding one that fits the ROPS on my tractor.  Plus I’d want a rigid canopy. And since I often work around trees when I’m mowing I just don’t know if I should get one for my tractor”

Sun protection is important! See what we did to assure we are properly protected from the sun while on our tractors. #TexasHomesteader

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Repurposed Water Bottle Plant Watering System

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I stumbled upon a watering system that uses a repurposed water bottle or empty glass wine bottle to hold the water. Well color me intrigued!

It’s summer in Texas, and as it typically does it’s turned hot and DRY! I’m doing everything I can to keep my outside plants watered.

I have a few footed concrete planters that I have on my porch holding things such as chocolate mint, spearmint and my favorite herb thyme!

I struggle to keep the potted plants healthy & watered. And I’ve lost plants and had to repurchase and replant them repeatedly in this cement planter over the years! I tested a Plant Watering System that uses a porous Terracotta stake & a repurposed water bottle, but how did it work? #TexasHomesteader

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Review: Compostable Bamboo Toothbrush

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Recently I became interested in something I’d previously never really given much thought to: our toothbrushes. 

What a shame that these things are sold entombed in a hunk of plastic (not recyclable in my area) and the toothbrush itself was made of plastic too. How crazy did it now seem to use this plastic toothbrush for 3-4 months and then toss it in the trash only to replace it with a new one and repeat ad infinitum.

Maybe it was time for me to put my money where my mouth was (groaaaaan – bad pun intended.  LOL!) 

So I started researching and found there are toothbrushes made of biodegradable, compostable bamboo. I’m intrigued!

The Woodzee company graciously sent a small supply of their bamboo toothbrushes for me to try.

BIODEGRADABLE BAMBOO TOOTHBRUSHES reduce contribution to the 50 million pounds of plastic toothbrushes thrown in landfills yearly #TexasHomesteader

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Low-Waste Hydration: Reusable GLASS Water Bottle

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Y’all know I hate plastic. Hate. Yes, HATE. HAAAATE plastic, so I wanted to get rid of the plastic tumbler I’m using to drink water throughout the day. 

I’ve had aluminum water bottles & wasn’t pleased with the experience. I’m assuming maybe stainless steel wouldn’t have the same issues? 

But although I’ve shopped for stainless water vessels, I really, REALLY would prefer to drink from glass.

As a matter of fact the last time I had multiple-day tractor duty mowing pastures I used a canning jar filled with ice water so I could enjoy that icy refreshing water in glass. And I loved it.

But the jar was so big around I was afraid I would drop it. Especially since my grip was ‘iffy’ after hours long maneuvering of the tractor’s steering wheel.

I need a glass water vessel that would be much easier and safer to grip but still holds a lot

I hate plastic, and I hate disposable water bottles or cups. I'm reviewing a 60% Recycled GLASS reusable water bottle - see what I found. #TexasHomesteader

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