Best plastic-free and zero-waste toiletries, including toothpaste, deodorant and soap bars

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Whether you’re fully embracing Plastic Free July or are looking at a longer term change, there are a wealth of plastic alternatives out there to make your bathroom that bit greener and more sustainable. While it used to be tricky to find good and effective switches, brands big and small have been upping their game.

And there’s good reason too: it’s estimated there are over 150 million tonnes of plastic in the world’s oceans and that it is set to treble by 2025. Every year one million birds and more than 100,000 sea mammals die from eating and getting tangled up in plastic waste.

From solid toothpaste and mouthwash tablets to biodegradable body sponges, old school safety razors and refillable deodorant, the range of eco-conscious and plastic free toiletries is constantly growing.

For Beth Noy, founder of online sustainability shop Plastic Freedom, the best place to start is by looking

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My first reaction when I heard L.A. schools won’t be open this fall? Tears. Lots of them

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Hamilton High School on Los Angeles' Westside is among the Los Angeles Unified School District schools whose campuses will not open Aug. 18. <span class="copyright">(Los Angeles Times)</span>
Hamilton High School on Los Angeles’ Westside is among the Los Angeles Unified School District schools whose campuses will not open Aug. 18. (Los Angeles Times)

I’ll admit, I cried a bit when I heard that Los Angeles Unified School District students won’t be returning to their campuses next month. Instead, students will start the new school year they way the ended the last one — online and at home.

Like many parents, I’ve anxiously watched the calendar and the COVID-19 case numbers. In April, as California took its early victory lap for flattening the curve, I’d hoped my two kids could return to school full time in the fall. In June, as cases began to rise with reopening, I figured they’d have a couple days a week in the classroom and a couple days a week of distance learning.

Now, as coronavirus diagnoses and hospitalizations surge in L.A. County

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Florida Gov. DeSantis may not be able to welcome Trump’s RNC with open arms, after all

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and the deadly pandemic sweeping through his state could help decide whether President Donald Trump gives his acceptance speech next month at the Republican National Convention to a packed crowd — or to a lot of empty seats.

Florida is operating under an executive order DeSantis enacted to combat the spread of the coronavirus, which requires all big sports venues to operate at no more than 50 percent capacity, the governor’s spokeswoman, Helen Aguirre Ferré, confirmed.

That includes VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, the 15,000-seat venue where Republicans intend to gather Aug. 24-27 to hold the hoopla-packed part of Trump’s nomination for a second term.

Lenny Curry, Jacksonville’s popular Republican mayor, said recently that the city is keeping close tabs on the crisis to see whether it’s safe to have a mass gathering like the GOP convention at the end of August.

However, it’s the

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The 10 best cloth face masks you can buy online

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The best face masks
The best face masks

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Wearing a cloth face mask has become the new normal. Not only does the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommend wearing one in public to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, but many states and cities mandate it. While not as effective as a medical-grade mask or an N95 mask, these coverings provide an extra layer of protection by blocking respiratory droplets, which is the primary way that COVID-19 is transmitted.

A number of retailers now sell masks (we compiled a list of 70 here), and it seems as though more stores and designers are announcing new cloth face mask offerings each week. Not to mention, there are tons of different kinds: masks that tie around the head, masks that loop over your ears, 

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Our favorite online photo printing service is having a massive sale

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Print out your most cherished photo memories with Shutterfly.
Print out your most cherished photo memories with Shutterfly.

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Whether it’s cooking healthy meals together or just doing lots of puzzles, family time is likely everything to you right now. And while it’s true that the circumstances surrounding it (ahem, quarantine) are less than stellar, there’s no denying that you’re making precious memories with your loved ones. In fact, the experiences you share now might be some of the most significant of your life, so why not get a few frames for the photos you take to memorialize them?

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For a limited time, you can get up to 40% off everything at Shutterfly, including frames, prints, photo books, and more.

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‘Instead of the holiday buffet, it’s egg and toast at home’

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My Money is a series looking at how people spend their money – and the sometimes tough decisions they have to make. Here Priya Aiyer from Canterbury in Kent takes us through a week in her life during the coronavirus pandemic.

Priya is 29 and works full-time as an architect for a global construction company. When she’s not designing buildings, her interests include drawing cartoon illustrations and enjoying a good exercise session to train towards becoming a fitness instructor. She is also active in campaigning for racial equality and diversity.

She lives with her fiancé Ben and his mother. She and Ben would have been on holiday in Madeira this week, but it was cancelled due to the pandemic.

Over to Priya…

I would have preferred to spend this week on holiday with Ben. Alas, Madeira was cancelled so have decided to have the week off anyway to refresh. We

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11 Side Gigs You Can Do From Home

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The rapid changes we experienced worldwide to slow the spread of the new coronavirus were, to put it lightly, tough on the wallet.

Whether your work hours have been reduced, you’ve been laid off from a full-time job, or you need a break from gigs that don’t allow social distancing like ride share or grocery delivery, finding a new source of income without leaving home might be daunting. 

You can always find work-from-home jobs though our portal. But maybe you just need something to get by for now until this all blows over.

Side gigs are a great way to bolster your bank account, and you can find a ton of online gigs that never require you to leave the

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Senate GOP confronts fundraising emergency

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Last month, the National Republican Senatorial Committee prepared a slideshow for Senate chiefs of staff full of bleak numbers about the party’s failure to compete with Democrats on digital fundraising. For anyone not getting the message, the final slide hammered home the possible end result: a freight train bearing down on a man standing on the tracks.

The slideshow, obtained by POLITICO, painted a grim picture of the GOP’s long-running problem. Republican senators and challengers lagged behind Democrats by a collective $30 million in the first quarter of 2020, a deficit stemming from Democrats’ superior online fundraising machine. Since then, Democrats’ fundraising pace accelerated further, with the party’s challengers announcing huge second-quarter hauls last week, largely driven by online donors giving through ActBlue, the party’s preferred fundraising platform.

The money guarantees Democrats nothing heading into November 2020. But with President Donald Trump’s poll numbers sagging and more GOP-held Senate races

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The 7 worst ways Americans are using their tax refunds

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Because of COVID-19, this year’s tax deadline got delayed three months to July 15. But even with the extra time, it appears many people are still waiting until the last minute to file — including many taxpayers who will be receiving refunds.

The IRS says that as of July 3, it processed 95 million refunds, down from 105 million by the same time last year.

The tax agency says Americans are getting back an average $2,762 this year, slightly more than during the 2019 tax season.

With the economy struggling and unemployment still high, managing a refund wisely is more important than ever. But many Americans aren’t making the best use of their windfalls.

See the seven worst ways people are using their tax refunds.

1. Letting it rot in checking accounts

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Setting a tax refund aside in an emergency fund is smart. Many financial

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Is Axos Bank Right for You?

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Axos Bank was one of the first online-only banks. It opened for business on July 4, 2000, as Bank of the Internet USA and grew steadily for nearly two decades before rebranding itself as Axos Bank on Oct.1 2018.

It has a lot of options for checking and savings accounts and even has some pretty sweet options for small businesses. But, it’s not perfect.

Our review will give you an honest look at the bank’s checking and savings features for individuals, as well as its overall convenience and mobile banking features so you can make an informed decision about where you do your banking.

In this review:

Axos Bank Review: Pros and Cons

The all-digital bank has big selling points, such as no fees, high interest rates and convenience. But is it right for you and your money?

What we like:

  • Almost entirely fee-free banking.

  • Lots of options for small

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