I'm slowly trying to switch to all reusable products in our home. One thing that I have not changed are my Swiffer pads, which is why I was so excited to review these Reusable Swiffer Pads from Crunchy Farm Baby. Have you heard of this shop? It's a little Etsy gem run by Leah McDermott, a WAHM and mommy of one! You can read her blog as well, she always has great posts that focus on being green in the home, as well as crafts and recipes!
Me: The name Crunchy Farm Baby is pretty self-explanatory, but do you really live on a farm?
Leah: I do live on a farm! It's quite serendipitous actually; we live on the farm that my great-grandfather purchased in the 40s. My grandfather and my father were born and raised here. My father joined the military out of high school, so I moved around a lot as a child. When he retired in 2003, we moved back to the farm. Last year, my father accepted a government job and moved back to Italy and my husband and I were fortunate enough to be able to move into the farmhouse.
Me: I read in your "about" section on Etsy that you started making things after your baby was born. Was there any other reason? What made you start selling things?
Leah: Well, as I was growing up, my mother did a lot of sewing and crafting, so it has always been something that I enjoyed doing. Throughout my college years though, my creativity kind of tapered off since I was so busy (and didn't have anyone to make things for). After my son was born and I noticed that the only toy options for him were aisles and aisles of plastic junk, I knew that I needed to dig back into my creative mind and create some eco-friendly toys for him. My husband bought me a really nice sewing machine for Christmas, which really gave me the incentive to create! I decided to start selling on Etsy after several of my friends and family members mentioned that they thought I could really do well selling my items. Since I'm a stay-at-home mom now, I have that extra time needed to make an Etsy shop successful, so I decided to delve in and I'm so glad I did!
Me: What's the favorite thing you've made so far? What's your son's favorite thing?
Leah: I think my favorite items are the hooded monster towels! This item was actually the inspiration for opening my Etsy shop, as I received SO much positive responses about it. My son has one that we use after his bath every day and I just love it!!
My son really loves his plush car, since his favorite things to play with are cars, trucks, tractors, and anything else that goes "Vroom!" He also loves his tractor floor pillow, which he uses every day when he sits down with his books.
Me: Some of your products could be considered "green", such as reusable Swiffer heads! Are you big on "being green"? What types of things do you practice at your home that you could recommend to others?
Leah: Yes, we do everything we can to be as environmentally friendly as possible, but I definitely feel that there is always room to grow. We recycle and compost, which minimizes our trash consumption significantly. We have a big garden and our own free-ranging chickens, so we try to eat sustainably. We buy mostly second-hand items to avoid the processing of new plastic-laden materials. I cloth diaper my son; and when doing laundry, I only use cold water and line dry everything. I make my own health/beauty products to avoid chemicals. Lately, we've really been trying to reduce our paper/plastic consumption, so I stopped buying napkins and paper towels and am making my own reusable ones. It's incredible how much plastic infiltrates our lives!
My biggest piece of advice for others looking to make their lives more eco-friendly is to make one change at a time, and to not get overwhelmed. I often find myself feeling guilty for something as simple as using a plastic spoon and then throwing it away. Yes, I'd love to live a "plastic free" life, but constantly feeling guilty and and stressed out about it takes the joy out of life and ruins the purpose anyway. The first thing I would recommend changing is the way you do your laundry! Using only cold water to wash saves SO much energy, and very few washers get water hot enough to actually "sanitize" anything anyway! Line drying can be done in just about any home - in Europe, they have these awesome racks that hang off of balconies to air dry their clothes. In the winter, I put clothes on hangers and hang them all over my laundry room. It may look silly and take a little bit longer, but you'd be amazed at the energy you'll save by not using your dryer!
Me: So what do we have to look forward to in the Crunchy Farm Baby shop? Any new products?
Leah: My first priority is revamping the looks of the shop page! I really need to upgrade my camera and take some nicer, cleaner photos. I also am working on my "About Me" page and hope to make it all a bit more personal for my shoppers.
I do have a few new items in the works, as well. My crocheted elephant has been a good seller, so I'm crafting up some more little animals to join him. I've also been working on creating some new toddler-friendly toys, since my son is getting older. Now that he's so busy and mobile, he isn't really interested in teethers anymore, so I'm designing some cool things that will hold his attention and that he can learn from as well!
Isn't she awesome? Ok, so back to the review.
I just love the idea of using these on a regular basis! The regular dry swiffer pads may not seem that expensive, they run about $4-5 for a 16 count at Wal-Mart. Let's say you're an over-achiever and use one pad a day, that will last you just over 2 weeks. Reusable Pads at Crunchy Farm Baby go for $12.50 for a set of 2 plus shipping, so it would take you about 6 weeks and your Reusable Pads would have paid off.
BUT, these can be used for more than dry use, they work just as well on the Swiffer Wet Jet! I have both so this is just great for me. I hate using a mop! The Reusable Pads turn inside out, one side is for dry use, the ruffled side is for use with the mop. Perfect! Everyone knows the Wet Jet pads are more expensive, about $12-13 for a set of 24. For the same price of one box of Wet Jet pads that will last you maybe a month, you can buy two reusable pads that will last you forever!
Here's your chance to win a set of two Reusable Pads from Crunchy Farm Baby! You can buy a set for just $12.50, but you should try to win some first ;)
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