Sustainable and Ethical Jewelery
5 Sustainable and Ethical Jewelery Brands : Holiday Gift Guide 2019

While Jewelery is gorgeous, fun, and a sure fire way to make someone swoon….the jewelery industry is quite scary. 

Whether we are talking about the horrible environmental impacts of mining or the horrendous working conditions, one thing is clear: We need to wake up and become MUCH more conscious of who we are supporting with our hard earned money. By giving money to the companies who do not care, we are funding their horrendous acts. Read more

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An Amazing DIY Sustainable Gift Guide for the Holidays (Budget Friendly & Beginner Friendly)

**This is part two of a two part zero waste gift guide series for The Best Zero Waste Holiday Gift Ideas. Part one includes items for purchase and part two is ALL handmade/DIY**

An Amazing DIY Sustainable Gift Guide

An Amazing DIY Gift Guide for a Sustainable Holiday

1. Hanging Herbs/Plants. My favorite? These hanging eucalyptus leaves for the shower!

I was scrolling through Etsy a few weeks ago, looking for some inspiration on my new craft obsession of macrame wall hangings, when I saw this idea. Hanging eucalyptus leaves, hung from a branch, and then hung in the shower or just in the bathroom. Every time steam hits the leaves, the entire room smells like a rainforest dream! Is that not a gorgeous idea?!

All you need are some eucalyptus leaves, a stick and some string. Take a look at the Etsy shop here to check out the final product.

An Amazing DIY Sustainable Gift Guide

2. DIY Macrame Wall Hangings

An Amazing DIY Sustainable Gift Guide

Speaking of macrame wall hanging addictions! One of these wall hangings would make a gorgeous gift for anyone. You can purchase a macrame wall-hanging kit OR you can simply head to your local craft store and load up on macrame cord. From there, just head to youtube and look through the hundreds of tutorials! I have made three off of youtube so far and love every single one. This is really a beautiful gift.

3. DIY Brown Sugar Body Scrub

An Amazing DIY Sustainable Gift Guide

Walk into any beauty shop and you will most likely see containers of body scrub for sale for anywhere from 10 bucks to 25 bucks. The ingredient list is long and a tad confusing. But guess what?! You can make your very own sugar scrub with just 3 ingredients!

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sweet almond oil
  • 5 vitamin E capsules
  • A couple drops of essential oils if you wish

Simply add all of the ingredients in a bowl and mix well. For the capsules, simply open and squeeze into the mixture. Pour the body scrub into small glass jars and gift away!

4. DIY Vegan Lip Balm

An Amazing DIY Sustainable Gift Guide

Another fantastic DIY beauty gift! Simply follow the directions and then use adorable zero-waste lip gloss containers like these. 

Melt all of the ingredients (except essential oils) together in a double boiler on low heat. Mix well with a spoon and then add in the essential oils. Immediately pour the lip balm into the containers. If the balm begins to harden too soon, just melt again on low. Let cool for a few hours until fully solidified.

These will last about 1 year. Enjoy!

5. DIY Plant Paintings

An Amazing DIY Sustainable Gift Guide

What I love most about this gift is that no matter how it turns out, it is still a beautiful work of art. I am absolutely NOT a good painter but the very first painting that I ever did of a monstera plant is now hanging on my wall right behind my head as I write this (and thus, is the muse for numero 5 on this list) and I love her! I think I love her more because of how awful (yet beautiful) she is!

What do you need? Paint, sturdy paper, 1-2 paint brushed and a muse. I like to paint the plants around my house but feel free to use google!

p.s. This is the paint set that I have (I have had it for years now and have made well over 20 different gifts from it!)

6. DIY Plant!!

What? How the hee-haw-sally does this work!?

Did you know that if you snip off a leaf from a big plant and then add that cutting to water it will (usually) grow roots?!

Here’s how it works: 

  • Find the plant you wish to cut from. PLEASE, I beg of you…do not cut from a plant that does not belong to you. If you would like a cutting from a special plant, you must ask permission. Us plant mamas and papas truly do love our plants!
  • Find the root node on your plant or vine. If you are unsure, ask someone to help you!
  • Carefully cut just below the node with a clean sharp knife or scissors.  About 1/4″ below the node.
  • Place the cutting in a clean glass of room temperature water.
  • Switch the water every 3-5 days.
  • Watch the roots grow. This can take weeks or even months.
  • Once the roots have reached 5 inches, add to soil!

7. DIY Bohemian Rope Basket

This is SUCH a cool tutorial. No need to spend more than a few bucks on some rope and grab an old box. Check out the full youtube video here!

8. An Old School Mixed Tape…or…Spotify Playlist?

In today’s fast paced world, there is nothing better to slow down than some good ol’ music. Surprise your loved one by spending some time gathering your favourite songs (or some memorable ones??) in a playlist to share with them. You can use a bunch of free services like Spotify, Soundcloud or even youtube!

9. Morning Ritual Kit

A small jar of matcha green tea, some non-toxic soy candles, your favourite essential oil blend, a list of beautiful affirmations and a small gratitude journal all wrapped up nicely in a vintage scarf to fend off the early morning chills. How lovely does this sound?! I just thought of it. Woohoo!

p.s. An extra perk would be a nice note in the journal telling your friend why he/she means so much to you!

10. DIY Calendar of Love

Did I ever tell you how amazing my best friend from Hawaii is? We were roommates and every year she would blow me away with the gift ideas that she came up for her brothers, father and other family members. Once she found old letters from her grandfather who was in the war and made the most gorgeous book for the family to cherish forever. Another year she made a love calendar….

You can do this anyway that you want…it really depends on the person. Either purchase a calendar with their favourite things (i.e., cats, dogs, babies…who knows haha) or create your own calendar at your local photo shop. Once you have the calendar, start to fill in the days. This can be as simple as adding birthdays, memories that you share (don’t forget that FB memories can help SO much with this!!), future plans OR….this beautiful idea…

Listen to your heart and tell the future. Add love notes to days where you think your friend may need an extra pick me up. Tell him or her how much you love them, how they are deserving of love and light….how you miss them when you are not around.

This is wonderful for those friendships that are long distance!

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The best zero waste holiday gift guide
The Best Zero Waste Holiday Gift Ideas (Part 1)

**This is part one of a two part zero waste gift guide series for The Best Zero Waste Holiday Gift Ideas. Part one includes items for purchase and part two is ALL handmade/DIY**

“Zero Waste” may just seem like another buzzword right now, but it is so much more than another trend. Choosing to lead a more zero waste lifestyle opens up our minds and hearts to so much more than we ever imagined. When our family made the switch to a zero waste lifestyle and home, everything in our lives changed for the better. We became more conscious of our consumer decisions, we reduced our waste by well over 70% (that’s huge!) and we slowly but surely began to live more intentionally.

This Christmas, you have the opportunity to give the gift of so more than a “material good”. These gifts are INSPIRING. Who would you like to inspire this year?

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7 Sustainable and Ethical Brands That Give Back on Black Friday
7 Sustainable and Ethical Brands That Give Back on Black Friday

Here’s 7 Sustainable and Ethical Brands That Give Back on Black Friday!

Black Friday Sucks….but these 7 Brands Do Not.

Black Friday. Ohhhhhh Black Friday. This day is one that I dread more than “Massacre a Turkey” day and for good reason; it’s a day that is bad for our mental health, our budget, our savings, the environment, the economy and so much more. The endless discounts, the ridiculously (already) low prices that seem to magically slash in half as if by a miracle and horribly distasteful marketing schemes to make you THINK that you need these things in order to be happy.

Well, we have had enough. For those of you who choose to completely NOT shop on this day? I applaud you. It’s a great stand to take and one that is admirable in every sense of the way. However…I do understand that Christmas is less than 4 weeks away and having a bit of a discount on your gifting helps.

SO, I went ahead and gathered 7 of our favorite sustainable, ethical and fair trade brands that not only offer very appropriate discounts (meaning it’s small because they are honest and true companies), but they also GIVE back. By supporting these folks, you are supporting amazing charities, projects or donations.

7 Sustainable and Ethical Brands That Give Back on Black Friday

Noctu Organic has some of the softest and gorgeous pajama sets I have ever laid my eyes on. Their pieces are organic, sustainable, fair trade and perfect for gift giving.

“For every single purchase made this weekend we are doubling our donation to the World Land Trust and saving 20 square meters of endangered wildlife across the globe in the most endangered areas. That’s 20 square meters for ★ Every ★ Single ★ Purchase.”

7 Sustainable and Ethical Brands That Give Back on Black Friday

I own several of Organic Basics Bralettes, undies and they are also my go-to for activewear. I could not recommend them enough!! Check out my full blog post on OB here.

“Our Black Friday sale starts NOW. Save up to 30% on everything and we’ll plant 50m2 of wildflowers for every order placed — helping to restore habitat for bees and other pollinators.”

7 Sustainable and Ethical Brands That Give Back on Black Friday

Patagonia needs no introduction but let me just say, this is the NUMBER one company in my book. Did you hear that they just opened up a second-hand store?!

“Patagonia is making it easier for concerned citizens to double their positive impact on the planet. Make a donation to a grassroots environmental NGO fighting to protect our home planet. Patagonia will match it, pound for pound and dollar for dollar.

That is why this holiday season, Patagonia is matching all donations made in support of grassroots environmental organizations through Patagonia Action Works from 29 November (Black Friday) until 31 December 2019. Additionally, we are providing a platform for you to give the gift of giving and donate to an environmental protector in the name of a loved one.”

7 Sustainable and Ethical Brands That Give Back on Black Friday

Nomad’s Clothing is one of my all-time favorite brands for women. The pieces are unique, one of a kind, made to last and gorgeous. Check out my full blog post on them here! 

“We’re not running any ‘Black Friday’ offers – instead, once again we are donating 50% of all sales on Friday 29th November to Newlife the Charity for Disabled Children – a charity that is changing the lives of disabled and terminally ill children across the UK.

50% of all orders placed on www.nomadsclothing.com on Friday 29th November will go directly to Newlife.”

Home Goods that are sustainable, fair trade, FAIRLY PRICED, and offer a lifetime warranty? I mean….come on. Check out our full blog post on this home good favorite brand of mine here.

“Our Get One Gift One is live from 6am and will run until midnight on Monday. You get 20% off everything using code GOGO20 when you checkout and for each order placed we will gift a peshtemal to homeless charity Knight Support.”

This zero-waste makeup company has been on my radar for quite some time. I love this offer, I adore that they are taking this initiative and I want to hear all your reviews on them!

“With sustainability at the forefront of everything we do at Elate, we are eliminating waste by embracing minor flaws and giving these Perfectly Imperfect Bamboo Capsule Palettes a new chance to thrive. ⁠

💚#GreenFriday is tomorrow, and we’re thrilled to share our sustainable promos:⁠

🌲One tree will be planted for every Elate product ordered Nov 29th- Dec 2nd through our initiative with @OneTreePlanted.⁠”

Another great company that has blown up over the years is TenTree. They are a very giving company, black Friday or not, and I highly recommend them for my fellow outdoor lovers.

“At this point, pretty much everyone knows what Black Friday is. It’s an unofficial shopping holiday that takes place the day after Thanksgiving in the United States. Black Friday has built for itself a reputation for overconsumption and bad human behaviors, but for many businesses, it’s an important day. Black Friday helps businesses get in the black – turning a profit for the year. Unfortunately, the mentality around black Friday now focuses mainly on consumerism without much thought for the planet or its people.

We’re not perfect either, but we’re doing our best. Planting trees is our biggest priority – we plant ten trees for each item purchased. That’s why here at the center, we don’t do Black Friday. We do Green Friday. Our goal for the week of Green Friday 2019 is to plant 1,000,000 trees! Making a profit is important for any brand, but for us, giving some greenback to the planet is even more important.”

There you have it! Happy Donating!

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Weighted Blankets by Weighted Evolution: Why We Love Them!

Weighted Blankets by Weighted Evolution

Have you ever heard of weighted blankets?? I was introduced to this phenomenon by a really close friend of mine who co-sleeps just like our family does. We were chatting about the blog and work and I told her how hard it has been the past few months because every time I try to sneak out of the bed to work, I wake up the boys!! Then I’m stuck lying there, staring at the wall until Martin comes home and takes my place in the cuddle zone.

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5 Sustainable Children's Brands that We Love!
5 Sustainable Children’s Brands that We Love!

5 Sustainable Children’s Brands that We Love and Trust

The amazing list of fair trade, sustainable and ethical children’s brands is fairly long but we do have a few favorites that I would like to share with you today. I highly recommend saving these names for the future if needed. You can always search these brands in the many second-hand shops (digital and walk-in), as well as a bookmark to await the off-season sales that I love!

For tips and tricks to sustainable and eco-friendly shopping for children, check out our latest post here!

Patagonia has to be one of my all-time top favorite sustainable, ethical and innovative brands out there. I cannot even begin to express how much I cherish every single Patagonia item in our home: both second hand and new (on sale, but still new haha). While on the pricier side, the amount is absolutely worth every single penny. These products will last for years and years, and you can trust that your hard-earned money is going to one of the best companies out there.

With a mission statement to “build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm, use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis” – Patagonia is a brand to take note of. Patagonia belongs to both the Sustainable Apparel Coalition and 1% For The Planet. They reject fast fashion by creating high-quality, long-lasting products and offer a repair and reuse program. You can learn all about this fantastic company here. 

Patagonia

Our family switched over to barefoot shoes about 6 months ago, and we will never look back. The amazing quality of these barefoot shoes created by the Wilding family is just superb. The collection is beautiful, sustainable and there are also fully vegan options for those of us who choose sustainable with zero animal products involved.

I highly recommend adding a pair of these shoes to your children’s closet and allowing their feet to grow as naturally as possible. It is so important for our feet to have the proper room and environment to grow in! “After nearly two years of intensive development work, the goal was reached: a shoe that protects feet from injuries and weather, while restricting as little as possible its natural movement and healthy growth. The Wildling lasts – the basic models for the shoes – are based on an anatomical foot shape with a natural width, orientated towards a strong, healthy foot. It provides feet with space they need to develop healthily”. You can learn all about barefoot shoes here!

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Monty & Co Dungarees

I have been an Osh Kosh B’Gosh gal since as long as I can remember. This brand clothed me, my brother and all of our cousins and they were passed down from generation to generation. It’s brands like Osh Kosh that parents looked out for: durable, super long-lasting and budget-friendly.

My sons wore second-hand Osh Kosh dungarees for their first two years of life until they spurted up about 3 inches and left me in despair. I had nothing left and started to frantically look for a replacement. I am so excited to let you all know that I found a brand just as amazing as Osh Kosh (maybe even better?!) that I have fallen head over heels for Britain’s Very Own Monty & Co. 

These dungarees are so durable it’s unbelievable. My sons have put their blue and khaki dungarees through hell and they keep coming out looking brand new from the wash or simple spot cleans! I ordered 2 sizes bigger and simply roll the pants and tighten the top for it to fit right now. That is to say, these will have no problem lasting until they are 4 and then I will happily pass them down to their little cousins or friends! You can learn all about Monty & Co here!

two boys in dungarees Monty & Co

Petit Tembo Sweatshirts and Tees

Hands down, the softest sweatshirts my children own. These organic, fair trade and highly durable sweatshirts (and tees!) are perfect for any child’s closet. The Petit Tembo sweatshirts run a bit wide, so they are perfect to last much longer than regular-sized clothing!

100% organic cotton + sustainable + ethically made.

Above all, 20% of their net profits are divided equally and donated to the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust + Kisumu Hope Restoration.

You can check out our full-featured blog post on this amazing company here!

Guide to Shopping Sustainably for Kids

Doc Cotton’s clothing is all made by 100% organic materials and can be personalized to your very own print! You can send them whatever print you like, and they will create you a one of a kind piece for you and your child. The prints are digitally printed for minimal environmental impact and improved colorfastness! Each item is handmade in Peckham, the yarn is sourced in Greece and knitted in Leicester.

I really love this company because each item is made to order, and waste is minimal. Doc Cotton will also buy back the item after the life cycle has ended so that you can rest at ease knowing that your item will find a new home in an upcycled or recycled way. I chose some really fun bright and colorful prints for the boy’s pants and I adore them so so much.

You can find out all about this amazing brand here!

Guide to Shopping Sustainably for Kids

These magical adventure boots by MyMayu are made for EVERY single season and are perfect for our adventures little ones. They have a cinch at the top of the foot and the top of the boot to stop the feet from sliding out. This also helps with water/mud/rocks from sneaking in through the top of the boot. Why is every boot not made like this?!

The boots have a waterproof coating and extra liners that you can add for colder weather. The boys have tested these boots in rivers, muddy puddles, and tons of hikes! I cannot say enough about these. I snagged these during their off-season sale for about half off and I ordered 1 full size up (worked like a charm!). You can learn all about MyMayu here!

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5 Sustainable Children's Brands

What are some of your favorite brands for the little ones? I love finding new brands to share with our amazing community.

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Sustainable Shopping for Children’s Clothes: A Full Guide!

A Full Guide to Sustainable Shopping for Children’s Clothes

For the past 365 days, our followers and friends have witnessed our family go through the beautiful transition to a sustainable, mindful and minimal way of living. This transition started with one crazy and chaotic place: MY CLOSET. Before having children, and maybe even that first year while dealing with postpartum depression, I had a serious shopping addiction.

Mix a shopping addiction with zero knowledge into the horrific conditions of the fast fashion industry, and you got yourself a pretty ugly situation.

The research into sustainable, fair trade and mindful consumerism started about 18 months ago, and I have been absolutely hooked ever since. As a result, I took my time learning and understanding how much of the system works and took these tips and tricks to my own closet.

I swear…once I tackled that monster, everything else seemed to fall into place. Our kitchen, pantry, and even living room followed suit. One particular place that I have really come to love is the bedroom of my twin toddlers which features an open closet. Their closet is exactly what a child’s closet should look like:

Sweet, Simple and Easy to Work With.

By choosing each piece carefully and mindfully, I was able to create a sort of capsule wardrobe for my children without much work. It’s interesting how taking our time with selection, taking into account how many times the child will wear each piece, and sizing up for longer use can really transform any closet into a fully “usable” sustainable closet. So many times, we forget that clothes are meant to be worn over and over again until their life cycle has ended and not just a trend to toss away. Choosing wisely can mean the difference between a closet that works for you or against you.

If you are ready to explore the magical world of sustainable, second hand, fair trade (and more!) fashion for kids, look no further than this Full Guide to Sustainable Shopping for Children’s Clothes!

Saving Money While Saving the World!

First Up: Help Clothes to Reach The End of Their Lifecycle #30Wears and Beyond

Sustainable Shopping for Children's Clothes

Second-Hand Finds: From their heads to their toes!

First of all, what some of you may (or may not) know about our family is that we shop primarily second hand. Our sons clothes are 100% from my grandmother and mother’s garage sale finds since birth, and we did not start to introduce “new” clothing until every single last piece of their amazing finds had reached the end of their cycle with the boys. This simply means that my sons grew out of them all quite fast – as most children do.

This is something that we all need to keep in mind as parents. Children grow quickly.

Too quickly for new clothes to have any chance of sustainability in a child’s closet. 

The most sustainable and eco-friendly thing that you can do as a consumer of children’s fashion is to shop second hand, vintage, rentals or any other means to help the clothes reach the end of their life cycles. Our goal here is to use and wear these materials as many times as possible before recycling or upcycling. We are talking about sustainability here and this is the facts: Nothing is more sustainable than what has already been made.

I am in no way saying that you shouldn’t feel free to support the many fair trade, ethical, eco-friendly and even upcycled brands out there. Just keep in mind that adding second-hand items to your children’s closets will genuinely help a pretty big crisis that we are facing in the world today.

Second Hand Shopping

Second Hand Online Shops

  • ThredUP: The Largest Kids‘ Consignment and Thrift Store Online

  • Kid’s Dress Smart: Where 60% of proceeds of every sale sent directly to Children’s Charities

  • Kidizen: Kidizen is your resale marketplace to buy, sell, and swap your kid’s clothing, gear, toys, decor and more.

  • Little Luxuries: Gently worn, preloved, secondhand designer children and baby clothing brands

  • Baby Outfitter: Everything listed on Baby Outfitter is “like new” and they are very picky about selections and what they will sell!

  • Loopster UK: Where quality kid’s clothes live on

  • Facebook MarketPlace: A gem that has saved us a ton of money on everything from wooden toys to emergency shoes when our kids both shot up 2 sizes in under a month!

Second Hand Shops Nearest You (Physical Stores)

  • The Thrift Shopper Website: Simply type in your zip code and a huge directory of nearest consignment shops, goodwill shops and so forth will come up for you to check out!

  • Thriftigo APP: Download this app to keep second-hand store information readily available on your phone wherever you are!

  • Thrift Store Listings: Another helpful directory of local thrift stores based on your location.

Rental Companies for Sustainable Children’s Clothes

Renting clothes is such a fantastic way to stay sustainable but also have fun! From birthday parties to photoshoots, you can have exactly what you want and return back to the company for the item to make another child (and parent) happy!

  • Rainey’s Closet: Just one look at this gorgeous website and you will know that you can find just about any precious and gorgeous piece for any occasion. From fairy dresses, formal dresses and adorable bow and ties….you cannot go wrong with this rental service for any special occasion.

  • The Borrowed Boutique: Another gorgeous rental service that has a bit more clothing for boys as I noticed. I even saw a top hat!

  • Sylette Co: Another great rental company located in sunny Los Angelos!

  • Magical Clothing Rental Canada: A gorgeous rental store for our Canadian friends! Thousands to choose from and easy return service.

  • Bundlee UK: A very cool and more laid back version of the rental service for our UK friends. You can find pretty much everything on this rental site!

  • Circos Rental for Kids and Maternity: This rental is for kids up to 2 years old and new mamas in Europe!

Sustainable Shopping for Children's Clothes

Guide to Sustainable Shopping for Children’s Clothes

Shopping For New Clothes: Tips & Tricks

While second hand will forever have a special place in my heart, I will say that there is something quite special about finding that *perfect* piece of clothing that just meets every single one of your needs without having to go through countless shops and racks. Sometimes, no matter how long you look, you will not find that particular item that you need second hand. Do not fear; these tips will help you to keep your sustainable goals in check while also saving money and a few headaches along the way.

Sustainable Shopping for Children's Clothes

Alessandro in a brand new Petit Tembo sweatshirt that just exceeded all of our expectations. 

Go For the Basics

While the flashing shoes and tasselled shirts may intrigue your child at the shop, I urge you to get the basics down first before thinking of going with any trends. Basics include solid and durable t-shirts, long sleeves, sweaters, zip-ups, leggings, thermals, dungarees, rain suits/all-weather suits, rain boots, barefoot shoes, all-weather breathable hats, gloves, circular scarves, durable and warm socks, and any imperative weather gear for where you are living.
Each one of these basics should come in a solid or easy to clean print. While I always recommend going second hand with most of any child’s closet, some superb brands offer these basics. One brand that I always check out sale season (late summer and late winter) is Patagonia. They have, by far, the best layering pieces that I have encountered. I stock up during sale season, and I always keep on eye out for them when second-hand shopping.

Size Up 1-2 Sizes

One of the easiest things that you can do to help your child’s clothes have a longer (and happier!) life is to have them worn as much as possible!

One easy way to do this is by sizing up 1-2 sizes, depending on your child. I personally size up 2 sizes for the boys and it has worked beautifully. This year we’ve only had to purchase 2 pairs of pants and 2 extra sweatshirts for the chilly weather. By sizing up, I saved a significant amount of money!
While my sons currently fit in a size 2T, I only search for 4T and even have all of our collaborations send over the larger sizes. Any parent can easily roll up or hem the clothes to fit the child at the time and let them out over the years. You do not have to be any sort of professional tailor here, I promise you! I do the simple roll-up method, and it works like a charm.

Sustainable Shopping for Children's Clothes

Guide to Sustainable Shopping for Children’s Clothes

Ask The Question: How Many Times Will This Be Worn?

While we will be asking many questions along the way, this first question will help you to steer clear of any items that you should save for the RENTAL category. If you hold up an item and cannot guarantee that your child will hit at least 30 wears, then simply put it down and step away from the item (this is a wonderful trick to work for parents too!).
If you can guarantee that the item will be work 30+ times, then you can move on to the following questions…

Two Key Follow Up Questions

Here are two key questions to ask before adding the item to your little one’s closet for the most sustainable and ethical approach:

  • Who made this and under what conditions? A simple question that should be asked before purchasing any item. Most importantly, a sustainable company will have this information readily available to you without any trouble whatsoever. In fact, the good guys want to share this information with you more than anything!
  • What is this made of? Take a look at the tag and check out the fabrics. Is it organic? Synthetic? Does it contain flame retardants? All very good questions to answer before allowing the item into your home and opening your wallet to support the brand.
a child picks his mother a flower

Guide to Sustainable Shopping for Children’s Clothes

Always Choose Natural Fibers over Synthetic

Linen, Cotton (organic is best) and hemp are some of the best materials for children’s clothing. Synthetic materials do have a place in fashion for durable swimsuits and even winter jackets, but try your best to keep these purchases for the second-hand category. We want to aim to decrease the use of plastic in the fashion industry and your money truly does make a huge difference.

Natural fibers are best for the environment and your children for so many reasons:

  • Natural fibers cause much less (or zero) irritation to skin.
  • Natura fibers are much less resource-intensive to produce and manufacture.
  • Synthetic materials “shed” microplastics that have been found sneaking their way into our very own drinking water.
  • Many synthetic materials use toxic production processes that are harmful to the waterways, the garment workers and the person who wears the item.

Learn How to Mend, Repair and Upcycle

One of the best ways to help to reduce waste your very own home is to learn just a few simple tricks of the trade. This can be as simple as learning how to sew, hem, patch and upcycle old clothes and broken items around the house. Like we always say, there is nothing more sustainable than what you already own!

You can find a local sewing class, take a few online lessons via youtube or even host a little “trade” party! I have actually been to a few fun coffee dates where my friend’s mother and grandmother would come and they would teach us something fun like knitting, baking an epic cake or even tips & tricks to help with the little ones. These are marvelous gifts to learn from the hand of an expert and I cannot tell you how much I cherished learning these skills from these amazing women.

Guide to Shopping Sustainably for Kids

Guide to Sustainable Shopping for Children’s Clothes

There you have it! Just a few helpful ways to shop with a more mindful and sustainable approach. I promise you; once you start you will be absolutely amazed at how GREAT it feels to be part of the sustainable movement. We need you. The World needs us to be much more mindful and conscious of our consumer decisions. Thank you so much for taking the time to read and I would love to hear your own tips and tricks to sustainable living!

p.s. Check out our top 5 sustainable and ethical children’s brands here!

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The Most Sustainable Water Bottle in the World by Yuhme

The Most Sustainable Water Bottle In the World by Yuhme

Our family has been on such an amazing sustainable and zero waste journey and sharing what we have learned through first-hand experiences is one of my favorite things to do on this blog. Today I wanted to chat about one of the most basic beginnings of a zero waste journey: the water bottle. Not JUST the water bottle itself, but the water inside as well.

Do you ever stop and think about how lucky you are to have the privilege of one of the most important and basic necessities of life? Do you ever stop and think about how easy it is to turn on a faucet and have what some children consider to be gold?

How lucky the majority of us on social media are to have clean water flowing through our fountains, taps, and streams?

Do you ever stop, at all, to take this in?

Right now, 785 million people lack a basic drinking water service, including 144 million people who are dependent on surface water. Globally, at least 2 billion people use a drinking water source that is contaminated with feces. Contaminated water can transmit many diseases such as cholera, dysentery, typhoid, and polio. This contaminated water is accountable for over 485,000 deaths each year. By 2025, half of the World’s population will be living in water-stressed areas.

These problems almost seem too big….just too intense for most people.

Yuhme Water Bottle

How can we solve this problem? How can we help? Is there a way???

And that’s why, when I heard of this amazing sustainable and zero waste company who not only created the worlds most sustainable water bottle in the world but also gives 6 months of clean water for each one sold, I had to jump on board.

Yuhme is a company that has created waterbottles out of pure sugar cane. These bottles are just as light as plastic with the fantastic ability to biodegrade back to the Earth after their life has come to an end. Not only are they sustainable, but they provide 6 months of clean drinking water to folks in the Central African Republic.

We need more companies like this. The ones who step up.

We need to support those who are fighting the good fight against the denial of basic human rights to our fellow, and equal, human beings.
https://yuhme.se/products/the-change

Each bottle provides at least 3 months of clean water to one person in the Central African Republic via Yuhme’s partner “Water for Good”.

  • Made from sugarcane
  • Is CO2 negative
  • BPA free & toxin-free
  • 100% recyclable
  • Holds 750ml
  • Dishwasher safe
  • One-handed design
  • Designed & produced in Sweden
  • Fits in standard cup holders.
  • Shipping WORLDWIDE
  • Includes a flip-top lid

Climate Change, by the time it takes effect, will rob us of nothing. We will likely be dead or very old waiting for that final nail in the proverbial coffin but this isn’t about us. It’s about what we leave behind, the only thing of any real worth that we leave, the next generation, our children.

p.s. If you dig this, check out our other zero-waste/sustainable posts!

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A Simple Story of Our Ikea Kitchen
A Simple Story of Our Ikea Kitchen

The first kitchen that I had as a new mother cost us 300 bucks on Facebook marketplace. It actually came with our bed and closet included. To be honest, that still hurt us financially at the time. We were that broke. I distinctly remember Martin going from a head of dark brown hair to a head of grey from the stress.

I created my first cooking video in that kitchen; surrounded by my infant twin sons in bouncy chairs, a 12-year-old laptop that somehow still turned on and hope. I don’t know why really….but I had hope that I could do this. I taught Martin how to be Vegan (although, to be honest, he is a vegetarian) in that kitchen. He was introduced to smoothies, hummus, my trusty seeds, beans and nuts that I crushed, blended and whipped into meals that he devoured.

He always made sure to tell me how yummy it all was.

My sons taught themselves how to eat in that old kitchen and their love of food grew and grew daily: with every green drink, blended dip, and steamed veggie.

A Simple Story of Our Ikea Kitchen

Story of Our Ikea Kitchen

To this day, they let me know how yummy it all is with loud moans and YUMMMMMs that makes my heart smile.

I took recipe photos with my used and abused iPhone and posted them with such excitement: to me, they looked just as good as those fancy ones you see all over Pinterest. We may have upgraded our kitchen during our move from one apartment to another but the food tastes the same. It’s all the same. No amount of fancy can change that.

It took us 2 full years to save for this kitchen and we are grateful for it every single day….but we never once spoke ill of our first kitchen.

the old kitchen

The first kitchen will always be super special to us

She was, and will always be, our first. ♥️

To anyone out there who is stuck in a comparison trap: the heavy burden that social media puts on our self-worth….I just want you to know that wherever you are, you can do it. You can dream. You can have hope. I promise you.

You can ask the universe to grant your wishes. You can manifest and see the positive.

I hope you enjoyed this super short and simple story of our Ikea Kitchen!

Ikea Kitchen
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