Vegan & Sustainable Fashion by LANIUS

Vegan & Sustainable Fashion by LANIUS

Hello, loves, and welcome back to the blog! Today we are honoured to feature the amazingly beautiful  “Peta Approved” Vegan Fashion Line by LANIUS.

As you all know, I am such a big supporter of sustainably vegan brands and also those who are doing their best to provide sustainable and vegan options for our community. Ethical fashion is a big passion of mine and I had the best time shooting for this new PETA approved (woo-hoo!) fashion line. Our social media inbox is always flooded with messages about ethical fashion, so let’s get to it!

FASHION WITH RESPECT FOR
PEOPLE, ANIMALS & ENVIRONMENT

LANIUS has three guiding principles:

Love Fashion.

Think Organic.

Be Responsible.

In today’s fashion highlight, we are going to break down everything that makes LANIUS great. We will chat about sustainability, production, transparency, and ethics.

Let’s get educated on the Vegan & Sustainable Fashion by LANIUS!

Vegan & Sustainable Fashion by Lanius

A Brief Overlook of LANIUS

  • Slow FashionSlow fashion is the movement of designing, creating, and buying garments for quality and longevity. It encourages slower production schedules, fair wages, lower carbon footprints, and more. The team of Lanius creative designers produces new LANIUS collections twice a year in their Cologne workshop.

  • Sustainability is at the forefront of their minds: LANIUS uses materials produced according to controlled ecological standards. Season after season, Lanius invests intensive research to become even better, even more sustainable and to be able to offer you even more beautiful qualities.

  • Natural & Organic Materials: Natural materials are the key to high-quality. Organic cotton, organic linen, hemp, tencel, and more are used to create their gorgeous pieces.

  • Cruelty-Free: Today we are featuring the “Peta Approved Vegan Fashion Line”, but what about the other fashion lines held by Lanius? Out of love and respect for animals, Lanius uses neither real fur nor down. When it comes to wool, they stick to a strict “no-mulesing“ policy. To learn more about their practice, please click here.

  • Responsible: Lanius assumes responsibility for people, animals, as well as the environment. The production sites comply with social and environmental standards, which are regularly checked by independent institutions and the company themselves.

  • Fair Working Conditions: Lanius has production centers in Lithuania, Portugal, Bulgaria, Turkey, Peru, China and India. Each one of these amazing centers is held to the highest standards.

Vegan & Sustainable Fashion by Lanius

LANIUS Founder: Claudia Lanius

Claudia Lanius had a strong vision when she started up the LANIUS brand. She envisioned a fashion brand that combined eco-friendly materials with fair working conditions, feminine silhouettes and the perfect fit. It’s pretty easy to see that she has successfully turned her vision into a reality and has inspired brands all over the world to take crucial steps in becoming more sustainable, ethical, and conscious.

The creative designers of LANIUS create TWO new collections each and every year. Compare this with the fast fashion’s industry 52+ collections each year, and you will begin to see just how miraculously slow and sustainable LANIUS truly is. LANIUS uses the highest quality materials, with strong attention to detail, and creates fashionable pieces that will last the test of time.

LANIUS is, in all regards, exactly what we need in this fashion world.

Vegan & Sustainable Fashion by LANIUS: Transparency is Key

When shopping via the LANIUS website, you have the options of selecting Detail, Sustainability, Care, Material and Production. This is probably one of my most favorite features of the LANIUS site. The transparency of this company is so very refreshing! With just a click of a button, customers can make educated decisions on their clothes and know that they are supporting a wonderful company that stands behind strong ethics. Imagine if all brands were as transparent as this one?

Vegan Fashion Lanius

We at WonderMamas were so very excited to see “production” as a category that is easily accessible when shopping. This production category let’s the consumer know where the clothing was made, a bit of background information, certifications, and fair trade conditions. Just marvelous.

Fair Fashion by Lanius

Vegan & Sustainable Fashion by LANIUS

Sustainable development is based on the so-called three pillar system: economic, environmental and social. The folks behind LANIUS see sustainability as a future-oriented and ongoing process. They take into consideration the people, animals and the environment. LANIUS’S defining strength is the ability to produce fair, high-quality and eco-friendly collections season after season.

How does LANIUS stay committed to their values?

Here are a few wonderful ways:

  • LANIUS is a GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certified companyThis provides a uniform certification process in the production of sustainable textiles. A product receives the GOTS seal when the entire supply chain, from cultivation to production, is certified in every step. The seal is renewed annually and the companies are subject to regular checks.
  • The bioRe® FoundationWith every purchase of the LANIUS charity shirt line, 3 euros per shirt will go to the school project of the bioRe® foundation, thus enabling the preservation, expansion and operation of a school for the children of the LANIUS organic cotton farmers. The bioRe® Foundation has been supporting infrastructure development in India and Tanzania since 1997, thus ensuring the sustainable improvement of the living conditions of farmers’ families. The main focus is on the cultivation of organic cotton as a sustainable livelihood, as well as the areas of health, education and livelihood.
  • #NoPlastic Initiative: Through better packaging, organic textile, clever caring, and recycled fibres, LANIUS is fighting back against plastic on a daily basis.
  • Natural Dyeing: This was so very exciting for me to see! Natural dyeing produces 97 % less water contamination compared to conventional dyeing, Energy savings of up to 30 %, and is Gentle and natural to the skin, because it’s free of harmful chemicals. LANIUS is committed to creating more pieces with natural dye. Check out the full break down here!

Vegan & Sustainable Fashion by LANIUS: Peta Approved!

So now to the most exciting part, the Vegan Fashion Line! I am thrilled to share this with you all. Let’s take a look!

The vegan fashion line by LANIUS is everything that you would expect from a company with such high standards. The fibres are top of the line, the pieces are absolutely timeless, and you can feel good purchasing something for yourself without worrying about the high consequences of fashion. I love that LANIUS took the time and effort to become Peta approved certified through the application and interview process. This really shows how much they honour the vegan lifestyle and I truly appreciate that.

What is the “Peta Approved Logo”?

The “PETA-Approved Vegan” logo allows companies that sell apparel, accessories, furniture, or home decor to highlight their vegan offerings, helping consumers find animal-free products at a glance and make purchases that align with their values.

Ethical consumers can rest assured knowing that the entire article, as well as its manufacture, are free from animal ingredients.

‘As more and more people decide to live vegan – for the sake of animals, the environment and their own health – …we try to offer more and more vegan garments at LANIUS as well. The PETA “Approved Vegan” label marks our vegan garments and assures that the entire article as well as its manufacture are free from animal ingredients.’
Vegan & Sustainable Fashion by Lanius

The vegan collection is not small in any way whatsoever. I actually attempted to count how many options LANIUS had in their vegan collection, and it was well over 150+ (possibly way more, I had to stop scrolling!). Each piece is just as beautiful and timeless as the next. When scrolling through, you will see a few fibres stand out : Tencel Lyocell, organic cotton, organic linen, and recycled materials. The fashion pieces vary greatly and you can come here to find a great collection of capsule wardrobe pieces, staple items, formal wear, outdoor wear, and so much more.

Here are a few of my favourites from the collection:

Soft Sheath Dress

Soft Sheath Dress: 48% cotton, from controlled organic cultivation | 47% TENCEL™ Modalfibers | 5% elastane

Casual Marlene pants Lanius

Casual Marlene Pants: 82% cotton, from controlled organic cultivation | 18% linen

Lanius Kaftan Dress

Kaftan Dress: 82% cotton, from controlled organic cultivation | 18% linen

As an ethical fashion researcher and consumer, I was thrilled to see the large selection of cuts, colours, and styles. I often feel as though we have very limited options in this ethical fashion world and this is not the case with the LANIUS vegan fashion line. One thing that I was not too thrilled about was the sizing options that are offered. After looking through the site, I noticed that the sizes only range from a size 34-44. This would equal to a size 2-12 in the states.

I also noticed a lack of diversity and sizing in the models.

I am hoping that LANIUS will make more ethical pieces that are size inclusive, showcase the clothing in various sizes, and also showcase the clothing on a more diverse group of models. These are rather large issues in the sustainable and ethical fashion world and we do need to speak up about it as consumers and bloggers.

And that is it for us today, folks! Gosh, I love ya. Thank you so much for being here, for reading my articles, and for supporting my work every single day. I am so truly honoured to have you all in this community. A quick heads up on this blog post: LANIUS has sponsored my work here but has in no way pushed me or leveraged me to speak in any which way. I have truly fallen head over feels in love with this brand and cannot wait to share more about them with you all in the future! I highly recommend bookmarking their website for when you are in need of an ethically made, high quality, fair trade, and gorgeous number for your closet.

Chat with you all soon!

Vegan & Sustainable Fashion by Lanius

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All About EarthHero: Online Marketplace for Conscious Consumers

This is it. The online marketplace that we have all been waiting for. A marketplace that not only takes sustainability and eco-friendliness into consideration when working with brands but a marketplace that has a strict screening and selection process to ensure that their customers are choosing the best of the best. I would like to formally introduce you all to EarthHero: The Eco-Friendly Online Marketplace for conscious consumers.

I am truly honored to share this company, EarthHero, with our WonderMamas community. We have worked tirelessly to share with our followers the best of the best and it feels so good to share this eco-friendly online marketplace with you all. Just think….from now on, instead of searching for hours on end for trusted sellers, you can now head to this one site, search as if you were on a popular online marketplace (named after a prominent rainforest, perhaps?) and shop without second-guessing! Goodness gracious, it’s about time! Am I right?!

So let’s dive right in, shall we?

I am going to chat all about this company, how they choose the brands, their mission, their high standards, a few of my favorite products, and more. I urge you (begging on my knees over here) to share this online marketplace with everyone you know. People do not know that a sustainable marketplace exists and it’s not something that everyone really thinks about until we tell them! Let’s make sustainable living the new normal. Together, we can truly make a difference. Just by sharing this company, either in conversation or online, we can help to light the way for an eco-friendly future.

So, without further babbling, let’s learn all about EarthHero, The Eco-friendly Online Marketplace!

(P.s. before you jump the gun and start shopping away, we have a discount code AND a big sale announcement for you at the end of this blog post!)

EarthHero: The Eco-Friendly Online Marketplace

EarthHero Online Marketplace: Vision & Mission

If you have been on the sustainable shopping journey for a while, you may be a vision and mission statement junkie like myself. If not, then I highly recommend that you check your future sellers for their mission statements before purchasing. You can learn A LOT from a companies mission statement, let me tell you!

EarthHero’s mission statement made me break out into a big smile.

The words sat well with my heart, my lifestyle, and my optimistic view of the future.

To start, EarthHero‘s vision is to make sustainable and eco-friendly shopping the new normal. They have successfully laid out the groundwork for this “new normal” by choosing trusted, high-quality brands and goods that create an authentic positive impact. (We will chat about their screening and selection process a little bit later in the blog post).

The mission statement pairs beautifully with their vision: to empower their customers to take action by simply shopping through their online marketplace. “We make it simple for you to buy high quality, reliable products that are produced using sustainable methods and materials. We’re giving you easy access to suppliers, manufacturers, and entrepreneurs who are committed to creating the products you want in a way that respects the Earth. We believe there shouldn’t be a conflict between environmentally sustainable and high quality. The products you find on EarthHero are both.”

I cannot agree with this simple and genius mission statement enough; our society relies heavily on ease of shopping and EarthHero takes all of the hard work out of sustainable shopping and makes it easy.

Intrigued?! I sure hope so. Let’s find out more!

EarthHero: They don’t just talk the talk…

Certified B Corporation

EarthHero is 100% dedicated to a sustainable, responsible, and eco-friendly future. They host well over 150+ trusted brands but they are also a trusted brand in an of themselves! Here are just a few highlights of this amazing online marketplace:

  • B Corp Certified: Businesses who have been awarded this prestigious certification have met the highest standards of environment and social performance, transparency, and legal accountability. Each B Corp certified company has been evaluated and scored on how it impacts the environment, community, workers, and customers. The scores are made public and each company strives to improve its score each and every day! These companies are redefining what “success” means in the business world.
  • 1% For The Planet: 1% of all sales (annually) are donated to sustainable initiatives and organizations that give back to the planet.
  • Carbon Free Partner: EarthHero knows that shipping is not the most eco-friendly thing to do and so they partnered with CarbonFund.org to ensure that your products arrive with the least amount of impact possible. There’s even a very cool Carbon Calculator that they use to offset the carbon emitted through the shipping and transportation of the goods.
  • Zero Waste Initiatives In and Out of the Office: These folks are serious about protecting our planet and I love it. From the reusable water bottles and 100% recycled paper in the office to reused shipping boxes and plastic-free shipping tape outside of the office…they are next level inspirational. You can absolutely trust in their company and the workers who make it tick.
  • Plus so much more!

EarthHero Online Marketplace: Over 150 Brands that you can trust (No greenwashing here, folks!)

EarthHero: An Eco-friendly Online Marketplace

The brands that EarthHero works with are some of my all-time favorite brands in the World. One thing that I love about this marketplace is that they have an entire page dedicated to educating their customers on each and every brand (check out the list of brands here).

Each and every story is inspiring, and if you are anything like me, you may spend a solid 5-6 hours clicking through each and every story and feeling so unbelievably uplifted by all the good that is being done in the world.

As I said before, EarthHero is all about transparency (Hello, B Corporation Certified!) and they have found an easy way to educate their customers with simple sustainable logos. 

These logos let you know exactly what kind of impact the company has on the environment (ink, packaging, GMO-free, sulfate-free, compostable, etc), the organic content (USDA certified organic, GOTS certified, etc), the recycled content (recycled glass, recycled nylon, Econyl, etc), if it is made of a renewable resource (cork, bamboo, Lenzing Tencel, etc), the responsibility logo for the specific brand (cruelty-free, fair trade certified, plants a tree, etc), and the upcycled content.

Each one of these logos is easy to understand and the sustainable logos page has the further reading attached to each specific logo.

Alright Alright, But What Does EarthHero Sell?!

EarthHero: The Eco-Friendly Online Marketplace

The EarthHero Online Marketplace has the following categories: Zero Waste (my favorite), clothing and accessories (my second favorite), Baby + Kids, Travel, Home, Outdoors, Audio + Tech, Pets, Beauty + care, and Gifts. Phew, that is a lot of categories!

These all line up right at the top of the website for easy access and when you hover over the selection, you will see a ton of options that relate to that category. EarthHero has a helpful “featured brand” section that I really like and have discovered some amazing new brands from this helpful side category.

I’m not going to lie, I felt so good scrolling through this website because so many of the brands that I have shared with you all over the years have a little home in this marketplace. Just knowing that our favorite brands are supporting and being supported by this wonderful platform makes me all giddy!

What if you cannot find what you are looking for?

Pretty much, if you want something, they will most likely have it in some sustainable and eco-friendly way. If they do not have a product that you are looking for, help a brother (or sister) out and shoot them an e-mail with your request. Companies like this (You know…ones who care) are always looking for ways to do better!

Do they ship internationally?

Not yet, but that is coming soon! Woop Woop!

Do you have an awesome discount code for us?!

You bet I do! Use code “wondermamas” at checkout for 10% off your purchase!

Some of My Favorite EarthHero Items

Soy Candle

Before we go into my favorite items from the EarthHero Online Marketplace, I want to suggest that you bookmark or favorite this website for the future. So many times we revert back to old ways and our fingers begin typing in “A….M….A….Z….”, you get the picture haha. I want to urge you to keep this website at the forefront of your mind when it comes to making purchases. Rewire the brain for sustainability!

Here is a fun list of my favorite items on the website:

  • Global Healing Collective + Wild Foundation Gift Box: This amazing zero waste box is full of goodies to start you on your journey and 10% of the profits go directly to the Wild Foundation! This box includes 100% recycled produce bags, a stasher sandwich bag, an EarthHero Bamboo Utensil Kit, Stainless Steel Straw and Brush, and an adult bamboo toothbrush.
  • The Kid Kanteen 12oz Water Bottles: Just perfect for kids and so easy for parents to clean!
  • Kid’s Ziptuck Reusable Snack bags: Again, just so easy to use and perfect for kiddos (and big kiddos).
  • 3-in-1 Splash Stainless Steel Lunchbox: Ummm…if you do not know about these magical boxes then you are welcome! Perfect for any human being because we are all a hot mess when it comes to food.
  • The Cora Ball: Catch those nasty plastic microfibers that fall off your clothes in the wash with this magical ball. It can’t catch them all (pesky rascals) but it does help a lot!
  • 5 Piece Straw and Brush Set: Hands down the best reusable straws ever!
  • Compostable Phone Case by Pela Case: Protect your phone from scratches, shocks, and falls while also protecting the planet!
  • The Full Elate Makeup Line: Now you all know that I hardly ever wear make-up, but I do love this line. It feels very light, the packaging is zero waste, and it’s a company that you can really stand behind and be proud to wear.
  • Ida Vegan Soy Candle + Planter: Talk about a cool gift. If someone was to gift me something sweet, it would be something like this. A soy candle (that smells amazing and is free of additives, colorants, phthalates, and toxins) and it turns into a planter once all used up?! It also comes with wildflower seeds to plant + growing instructions. Genius. Practical. Danielle Approved. This is the photo above :).

WonderMamas Discount Code + A Big EarthHero Sale

EarthHero Sale

So, first off, save the code “wondermamas” to save 10% off future qualifying purchases.

In honor of Earth Day, EarthHero will be hosting a SITEWIDE 15% off sale between April 20thto April 27thwith code “EARTHWEEK”. So, for this week, skip the “wondermamas” code and just use the “Earthweek” code to get that extra discount!

On top of the 15% off site-wide sale, EarthHero has also teamed up with an amazing non-profit called the Food Recovery Network. For every order placed during this promotion, EarthHero will donate 1 meal to the Food Recovery Network, aiding in its mission of reducing food waste and fighting hunger. You can read more about this here!

Thank you all for checking out this wonderful company and for supporting us in our mission to share and inspire all of the sustainable goodness of the world!

feeding turkeys

That’s all for today, Mamas! I hope this blog post helped and please feel free to leave a comment about your own journey or to ask any questions! Heads up, we did use a few affiliate links and will receive a small commission if you purchase through them. As always, we truly stand behind the products we link. Thanks for stopping by!

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Sustainable & Ethical Capsule Wardrobe: My Fall and Winter Capsule Revealed!

My Full Fall and Winter Capsule Wardrobe Revealed!

Welcome back to the blog! I recently chatted on our Instagram and Facebook stories about building my sustainable and ethical capsule wardrobe from scratch and I am so thrilled to finally share it with you all! I began my journey to a capsule wardrobe about two years ago when our family made the decision to live as mindfully and sustainably as possible. Read more

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Zero Waste Period: A Full Guide to Treating Your Body (and the Environment) Right!

Zero Waste Period: A Full Guide to Figuring Out What Works For YOU!

Welcome back to the blog! If you missed our latest Instagram post where talked all about the magical vulva and vagina, then please check that out on your way out of this blog post. So many of us do not even know the correct name for our genital area and I find that to be a crucial first step to understanding our beautiful bodies. I have found that loving ourselves is one of the BIGGEST steps we can take in this journey to a healthier, more environmentally friendly and more self-compassionate self.

One of the ways that I show my body and my natural surroundings how much I love them is by choosing all-natural and safe products. This includes my shampoo, conditioner, face wash, and even the products that I use for my monthly cycle. A zero-waste period is so much easier, so much more budget-friendly, and so much prettier than we could have ever imagined. Today, I hope, will be the LAST time you ever place anything toxic or disposable into your precious body. In this blog post we will dive into the magical world of a zero-waste period and just how beautiful (and comfortable!) it can be.

Zero Waste Period

Tampons and Pads have been a part of our lives since most of us received the gift of our cycle around puberty. Commercials, media and good old’ peer pressure lured us into the world of bright-colored plastic-tubed tampons that we somehow figured out how to shove up our vaginas (I’ll never forget that first day, pretty sure that scarred me for a while) or big old disposable pads that never seemed to sit quite right. If one could not afford a tampon or a pad, which is quite common at these high prices for single-use items, then we were forced to roll up some toilet paper into a makeshift pad and hope for the best. Can I just say…Thank goodness those days are over! Today I am going to educate you all on the much better options. Better options for our bodies, our wallets, our environment, and our future. Let’s do this!

A Zero Waste Period: Why Traditional Tampons and Pads Need to GO

Interestingly enough (but not surprising), the astounding waste that disposable tampons and pads create is pretty hard to track down. Turns out, this plastic waste is deemed “medical waste” and was left unnoticed for years. Rough estimates show that in 2018, those with cycles in the U.S. purchased over 5.8 million tampons and ONE human being, in their lifetime, could use anywhere from 5-15 THOUSAND pads and tampons. Guess where those thousands of pads and tampons end up? Yep….in the trash bin.

If you would like to read a ton more on how plastic became such a “norm” in the menstrual world, check out this amazing blog post by National Geographic. It’s a fantastic read!

Toxic Shock Syndrome

I’ll never forget that day in the theatre class when I was just 17 years old. I had finally got up the nerve to try out a tampon for the first time (pads were driving me absolutely nuts) and within hours of inserting, my skin turned pale white and I nearly fainted in front of my teacher. I attended an all-girls high school right outside of Chicago at the time and the very first thing my teacher asked me was, “Are you wearing a tampon?”

Looking back, I cannot even believe it. How many girls had nearly fainted, or fainted, in front of this woman in all her years of teaching at this school? I was sent to the nurse’s office and then the doctor. Turns out, I was one of many who got Toxic Shock Syndrome from the use of tampons. TSS is typically caused by an overgrowth of bacteria called Staphylococcus aureus. Each year toxic shock syndrome affects about 1 in 100,000 people but the numbers have been on the rise since the popularity of tampons has increased.

Toxic Shock Syndrome began when the tampon companies introduced artificial fibers into the tampons for better absorbency. These fibers are still used today despite this issue and this is something that we all need to be aware of.

Toxic Chemicals Found in Tampons

Toxic chemicals found in tampons include aluminum, fragrance additives, alcohols, and hydrocarbons. Some tampons also contain dioxin that is leftover from bleaching. Dioxin is a very toxic chemical that has been linked to cancer and is not even legal to use in Europe.

A Zero Waste Period: Making the Switch!

Zero Waste Period

I am going to list all of the zero waste period options from my least favorite to my favorite. It should be noted that I didn’t HATE any of these options, but I do have favorites when it comes to comfort, personal preference, and what works for me. If you love my least favorite, then it’s all good! It’s all about what works for you. I do recommend giving them all a try and even using all of the options – I bounce back and forth between all 4 options depending on how I am feeling that month and also on how heavy or light my period is. Our body is constantly changing.

A Zero Waste Period: The Reusable Period Cups

Reusable Period Cups

While I do believe that these are the most popular (I’m assuming due to the huge social media impact and super busy lives that most of you lead), these are number four on my list of favorite options. If you do choose the cup, I recommend the Lena Brand!

First, let me tell you why these cups rock:

  • Reusable! Just wash them out and you are set to use again and again and again!
  • Compact and come with a little bag for your purse/backpack/pocket.
  • Very aesthetically pleasing
  • Do not contain any harmful ingredients!
  • The cups move with your body; you can dance, run, swim, jump or, if you are like me, sleep all day haha.
  • Different sizes for different ages and size.
  • SUPER afforadable. I mean…..SUPER DUPER affordable.
  • The cups simply collect the blood without absorbing or drying out your sensitive insides.

Sheesh, these really do sound amazing, huh?! So why am I not a big fan? I guess it’s just my personal preference but I do not like inserting anything into my body. Again, just a personal preference.

A few things I noticed about the cups that I did not like:

  • While this is washable and reusable, if you are not in a certain type of bathroom then it’s a pretty big mess. I was in a public restroom with the sink outside of the bathroom stall and I was in a sort of a period emergency situation haha. Let’s just say…I do not recommend using these if you have a heavy month and will be using public restrooms a lot!
  • Insertion: Again, I do not like anything in my body. The insertion process was just uncomfortable (as are tampons for me) and I never like to do it. I will say though, once the cup is inside, I could not feel a thing!
  • Smell: After about 1 month of use, there was this smell that I could not get off of the cup. Thanks to bloggers like EthicallyKate, I found out that placing the cup in the sun cleared this up right away! This is a really big tip for those of you who want to use the cups. The sun is a great disinfectant and works like magic.

A Zero Waste Period: The Reusable Pads

Period Pads

Third on the list, The amazing and super cute reusable period pads! I have talked about this before, but when the boys first started to cloth diaper, I used the extra bamboo inserts for my periods. I LOVED them! About 4 months later, they needed more inserts for their growing urine needs (hahaha!!) and I decided to purchase some pretty reusable pads for my bathroom. I actually keep these in a pretty golden vase right above the toilet and use them as needed.

Why Reusable Period Pads Rock:

  • No need to insert anything into your vagina; just snap them onto your undies and you are set!
  • Super easy to wash, I wash just like I do my cloth diaper inserts. I use soap nuts (any detergent will work) and when finished, I hang dry in the sun. They are totally dryer safe too.
  • Gorgeous – the prints are so cute and they snap into little squares that fit right into the palm of your hand.
  • Absorption: They absorb surprisingly well and I have yet to have any issues in that department.

So Why Number 3 on the list?

  • As many of you know, I ride my bike at least 3-4 times a week with the boys attached with the bike stroller. Oye. These pads are not meant for cycling at all. The snaps at the bottom of the underwear dig right into my body from the cycling seat and it hurts. Best for doing everything BUT cycling haha.
  • A bit bulky: I am a tight and yoga pant wearing lady who doesn’t pull out the jeans unless I’m feeling fancy. These are just a tiny bit (really not bad at all) bulky and not the best for yoga pants. These are fantastic for jeans, dresses, and skirts!

A Zero Waste Period: Free Bleeding

Zero Waste Period

I’m actually laughing as I type this right now because I am assuming there are a ton of you with faces like, “What the HELL?!”. Yes, I thought the same when I first found out that folks still do this. Of course, we all know that there were times when we free bled all over the world because tampons and pads were not in existence until pretty recently. However, why would anyone continue to do this today?

It’s actually pretty amazing. I was talking to this woman who told me that she has been free-bleeding for 10 years now and can control her body. Meaning, she can control when the blood was released from her vagina and when it was to stay put. I couldn’t believe it…so you know what I did? I tried it for myself!

For the entire year of 2017, I free bled.

I talked about it a few times but mostly I kept it to myself and just did my thang. I did as the woman said and bought two, thick red towels that I used when I was at home. For the majority of the week, I simply walked around with just the towel wrapped around my waist (no underwear) and had a t-shirt or sweater on top. Anytime that I felt the release of blood coming, I would either walk to the bathroom and sit on the toilet or I would use the red towel to wipe it up. I am not even kidding you, within 3 months I was so confident in my practice that I would walk around town with nothing on. My body and I were completely in-sync.

Now, if you are going to go this route, you have to take the entire menstrual cycle (4-6 days) easy and really be aware of your body. This practice is best for those who can stay at home for the duration of the cycle to get used to it. I would suggest this to stay at home moms, bloggers, or anyone who works from home. It’s amazing how we have lost this natural connection to our bodies through the use of tampons and pads. If you can, give it a whirl!

So, do I still Practice this? Yes! Not all the time, but anytime that I am home, it’s just me and my towel. I did start using option number 1 for whenever I do yoga.

A Zero Waste Period: Period Panties

zero waste period panties

We made it to my number one zero waste period option: The Period Panties! 

I cannot tell you how much I love these period panties. They feel just like regular underwear with just a tad bit of extra padding (which I just call comfort) added to absorb the blood. There are NO leaks. All comfort, no leaks, feels like you are wearing nothing…how can you beat this?!

I have only ever tried the period panties by the Wuka brand. I am sure there are a ton more options out there but I do love this brand.

Why Period Panties Rock:

  • Feels like regular underwear. Yes, I do wear these even when I am not menstruating!
  • Absorbs like a champ: I have never had a leak in all the time that I have used these panties.
  • Holds at least 20ml of blood, which is about 4 tampons worth.
  • Wuka panties are made by MicroModal fabric that is CO2 neutral and 3.5x softer than fine cotton.
  • It can be worn under workouts pants, jeans, skirts, all of it. They are a dream.
  • Vegan approved!
  • Different undies for different days: You can opt for light, medium and heavy flow. I have just the heavy flow ones and I adore them so much.
  • All age approved and different sizes for different ages!
  • Comes in a “first period” pack for our first timers! I love this so much. I feel like this makes that day really special instead of scary. The box contains period panties (based on age), a wash bag and a booklet on everything period!
  • Washes like a champ!

In the red tent, the truth is known. In the red tent, where days pass like a gentle stream, as the gift of Innana courses through us, cleansing the body of last month’s death, preparing the body to receive the new month’s life, we give thanks — for repose and restoration, for the knowledge that life comes from between our legs, and that life costs blood.”
Anita Diamant, The Red Tent

That’s all for today, folks! I hope this blog post helped and please feel free to leave a comment about your own journey or to ask any questions! Heads up, we did use a few affiliate links (for the cups and the pads I believe) and will receive a small commission if you purchase through them. As always, we truly stand behind the products we link. Thanks for stopping by!

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Pit Liquor Non-Toxic Deodorant Made from Whiskey!

Pit Liquor Non-Toxic Deodorant Made from…Whiskey and Vodka??

Welcome back to the blog! Today we are super excited to feature my new favorite non-toxic deodorant company, Pit Liquor by Distilled Bath and Body. I was sent a full set of these amazing alcohol-based deodorant’s and I cannot get over how amazing they work to kill odor, keep me fresh, and do so without any harmful chemicals whatsoever.

If you follow our family on Instagram, you will know that I have been looking for my forever deodorant for quite some time. I tried homemade deodorant, I tried coconut oil-based deodorant, I tried the most expensive all-natural brands of deodorant, I tried the deodorant balms, the deodorant sprays, and even the lime juice trick. None of them…not a single one…worked as well as the non-toxic deodorant by pit liquor. As a veteran sailor, I should have known that whiskey and vodka were going to be a part of my forever pit routine haha.

Pit Liquor Non-Toxic Deodorant

Before we jump into the who, what, where, when, and how of the Pit Liquor Non-Toxic Deodorant company, let’s get one thing clear. This one thing is….this company kicks butt. Don’t believe me? Check out their risk-free guarantee that comes with purchasing from them:

Our risk-free guarantee on your first bottle puts your mind at ease. Don’t love Pit Liquor? Email us and we’ll work out a return with you. We refuse to be like those other natural deodorant companies that tell you it’s your fault you haven’t detoxed enough or some other load of BO. We’ll want to know how we can improve in the future because we believe all feedback is good feedback. Learn more about our guarantee here.

Haha. Welp, if that didn’t make you giggle a bit then I am not so sure we can be friends anymore. Just kidding. You may just need a good rub of whiskey or rum on your pits to lighten up :).

Meet the Makers of Pit Liquor

Jason and Erica

Saddle up your unicorn and join us for a magical armpit journey!

Pit Liquor Creators Erica and Jason

Erica and Jason are the founders of Pit Liquor and the entire Distilled Bath and Body company (pretty amazing in and of itself!). They are loving parents to a little gal named Eve and some very cool cats named Tolkien and Hobbes (pretty sure we just became best friends by the cat names alone). I could go on and on about how cool these two are but let’s jump into the Pit Liquor goodness; How the he-haw-sally did they get into the armpit business??

As like most of us, Erica and Jason were sick and tired of nasty chemicals sneaking their way into their home. They decided to fix the issue themselves and create a truly non-toxic deodorant that not only works but works well.

Here is the very cool Pit Liquor Invention story straight from them:

The story of Pit Liquor began at a most unusual time: During my pregnancy with Eve. Jason was concerned about the carcinogens in our deodorants and we’d been trying various natural alternatives, but none of them worked. One day, he begged me to stop using toxic deodorant for the baby. So I slapped hand sanitizer on my armpits and headed out the door issuing Jason a challenge to find something that actually worked. When I got home, I didn’t stink. Always the inventor, Jason thought plain old hand sanitizer was a boring (and not entirely non-toxic) solution to the underarm stench, but the hand sanitizer illuminated a new idea: high-proof, drinkable alcohol is less toxic than anything unregulated and potentially made from inedible ingredients. So, obviously, we turned to whiskey to solve our quandary. 

Pit Liquor All-Natural and Non-Toxic Ingredients

Pit Liquor Non-Toxic Deodorant

The majority of you are here for this huge chunk of information, so let’s just go ahead and start with this:

What is in the Pit Liquor Deodorant??
  • Organic Vodka and Whiskey: Overproof liquor which is amazing at killing unwanted microbes.
  • Organic Arrowroot: You will notice this at the bottom of your bottle – so be sure to shake before use. The arrowroot helps to keep the armpits a bit more dry and, above all, it’s anti-microbial! Bacteria is scared of this stuff.
  • Himalayan Salt: Don’t even think about drinking this stuff because it will taste like salt – yuck! The salt is meant to keep the bottle for armpit use only and also aids in dryness.
  • Organic Tea Extracts: Purchased from Happy Lucky’s Tea House and The Golden Poppy Herbal Apothecary in Fort Collins, CO. For the list of tea extracts, click here!
  • Organic Scent Components: Amazing vanilla beans, lavender flowers, and black peppercorns and cloves are used to give the deodorant a fragrance.
  • Essential Oils
  • Organic Extracts of lavender and vanilla from local spice shops in the area.

Plus, you can feel so good knowing that all of the Pit Liquor selection of deodorants are vegan, cruelty-free, toxin-free, gluten-free, aluminum-free, paraben-free, mining-free, baking-soda-free, pesticide-free, triglyceride-free, and above all, stink-free (which is just spectacular). The products are also fair trade!

Sustainable Production of Pit Liquor Deodorant

The folks behind Pit Liquor put a lot of conscious effort into their sustainable practices. When I received my own package of Pit Liquor, I was extremely satisfied with the packaging (all recyclable), the bottles (beautiful glass bottles), and of course the nature of the deodorant itself.

While the bottles can be easily recycled, Pit Liquor would actually like you to return the bottles to them so that they can give you a sweet discount for your next purchase and so that the bottles can have a second life!

Here’s how to Recycle the Used Bottles:
  1. Wait until you have 5 empty bottles.
  2. Give them a quick rinse.
  3. Send them back to Distilled Bath and Body (you will pay the shipping) and get a sweet discount code for your next purchase! Don’t forget to subscribe to the awards program as well!
The Refill Program

Not a fan of shipping back and forth? Looking to reduce your carbon footprint even more? That’s who this program is for! The refill program allows you to buy in bulk and refill at home for up to a year! Genius.

Pit Liquor Non-Toxic Deodorant

I decided to pick three deodorants to talk more about in detail, starting with this epic “Summer in a Bottle” coconut rum one. I swear….as soon as I smelled this bottle it was like I was transported back to my summer holidays, pre-kids of course haha. The smell is so amazing.

One extra perk of the pit liquor deodorant ingredient list is that they will not cause any rashes that can sometimes occur with natural deodorants. This is absolutely a rash free deodorant, and my armpits are extremely happy!

Available in:

  • 3.4 oz, lasts 4-6 months
  • 50 ml, lasts 2-3 months
  • 30 ml, lasts 3-4 weeks
  • reFILL, lasts at least a year
https://distilledbathandbody.com/collections/roller-bottles/products/coconut-rum-with-lime-limited-edition-roller

The Pit Liquor Whiskey Lavender has become my daily go-to bottle. I love applying this in the morning before my yoga session and then getting a whiff when I am in a sweaty downward dog haha – Gosh, I have never spoken so freely about my armpits before and I am loving this blog post lol.

When applied, the whiskey and lavender mesh together so beautifully. Once applied, the alcohol kills the bacteria and I am left with this dry powdery lavender smell. It’s magnificent. I highly recommend trying this one first if you want to take the plunge.

https://distilledbathandbody.com/collections/roller-bottles/products/whiskey-lavender-lg-roller-bottle

While I love the roll-on, Martin is obsessed with these spray bottles. I am honestly thinking that each one of these can last for like…4 months or more? The website says that you only need to apply every 24-48 hours and Martin is applying around 36-48 hours. He smells amazing! I love him in the whiskey black pepper…super sexy smell on his skin.

Each one of these bottles in 100ml! Snag 3 of them for a bit of a discount.

FYI: The website states that each bottle should last 3-4 months. Woohoo!

https://distilledbathandbody.com/products/whiskey-triple-shot-set?pr_prod_strat=copurchase&pr_rec_pid=389670109195&pr_ref_pid=2552669995091&pr_seq=uniform
Pit Liquor Non-Toxic Deodorant

I think I am going to finish this post off with a quote from my beloved, Martin. Eh hem…

“Baby, this (pronounced “dis” in his German accent) is the BEST deodorant. I did not smell you once in the car today after yoga – it is a miracle!”

Hahahaha. Oh, my life. 

Big Thanks to Pit Liquor!

The folks behind Pit Liquor were kind enough to gift our family a HUGE box of all the goodies from the deodorant selection. We will be set for well over a year and I can promise you all, we will 100% be purchasing another huge box after these are finished (in the recycle program, of course). I am hooked. I have finally found my and Martin’s forever pit spray! If you have any questions, comments, concerns, please just leave them in the comment section or message me directly. As always, thanks for stopping by!

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Nordgreen Watches of Copenhagen: Sustainable, Ethical and Timeless

Nordgreen Watches of Copenhagen: Sustainable, Ethical and Timeless

Welcome back to the blog! Today we are super excited to feature Nordgreen Watches, a beautiful, timeless, and sustainable wristwatch company that has created gorgeous watches for both men and women alike.

As many of you know, we only work with companies when we are in need of a sustainable/ethical item because we are minimalists to the core and refuse to take on what we do not actually need. Doing this would defeat the entire purpose of what our website is all about!

Martin has been looking for an ethical and sustainable watch for quite some time now. We have browsed a few of the sustainable shops around our town but he just could not decide. He wanted a men’s watch that was rugged, classic, minimalist, and very durable.

Nordgreen Watches of Copenhagen

When the folks behind Nordgreen Watches reached out to me, I immediately checked out their standards, practices, transparency, and background. I was so impressed! I called up Martin and later that night we looked through the website together to see if anything would actually work for his capsule wardrobe (check out our full blog post on building your own capsule wardrobe here!).

As soon as Martin laid eyes on the Nordgreen Pioneer watch, he got so excited! We flipped through the options and were so happy when vegan watch options were not just there, but there were MANY options. Usually, if a company offers vegan strap options, the options are far and few between. Martin was able to check out the vegan leather bands of different colors, rubber bands, and a variety of mesh bands. We both fell in love with the Nordgreen rubber watch band and now Martin is the proud owner of this gorgeous beauty!

Nordgreen Watches of Copenhagen

Nordgreen has captured Danish design principles in three distinctive models, each under $250

The Story and Sustainability Practices Behind Nordgreen Watches

Pascar and Vasilij

Two life-long Danish friends who share a passion for watches. Their dream and mission are to deliver true Scandinavian design and lifestyle to everyone.

“As watch-lovers, we believe all watches should have the highest quality and best design.

As Danes, we believe in companies that are honest, sustainable, and that put others first.

As consumers, we couldn’t find any affordable watch company that embodied all of these things.

So we created it.”

Nordgreen watches

This gorgeous rose gold Nordgreen pioneer women’s watch with the mesh strap is one of the top sellers for women watches by Nordgreen. This danish watch has such a beautiful take on minimalism. 

Chief Designer of Nordgreen Watches

The Chief Designer behind these amazing watches is none other than Jakob Wagner, one of Scandinavia’s most heavily awarded designers. Jakob has the ability to bridge the gap between great aesthetics and functional products that each and every person can incorporate into their lives. An art that many designers struggle with, separating the good from the great.

Sustainable Production of Nordgreen Watches

Nordgreen works with a premium quality production partner, a fully integrated watch producer headquartered in Hong Kong with a factory in Shenzen. The production partner is Danish-owned, securing European work ethics and standards.

Nordgreen Watches: Valuing the Workers

While working with high-quality sub-suppliers, including Japanese and Swiss mechanism producers, their partner offers a various spectrum of employment benefits, such as free education and language courses for further training and development and free insurance for the workers and their families.

Strong Work Ethics behind Nordgreen Watches

In order for the folks behind Nordgreento to guarantee the best quality, not only for the Nordgren timepieces but for the supply chain, working conditions, and quality control, the founders visit the production partner on a regular basis. To avoid extensive logistics and unnecessary transportation, all non-European orders are fulfilled directly from the warehouse in Asia and all European orders from the distribution center in Denmark.

Nordgreen Watches Giving Back Program

For each watch sold, Nordgreen empowers its customers to give back to one of three causes. The unique serial number provided on the back of each watch allows them to track the impact that your donation has made. Access to clean water, a clean environment, and a full education should be a right for all, and it is important to the folks behind Nordgreen that their watches inspire a connection, not just between watch and owner, but amongst everyone.

https://nordgreen.com/?utm_source=BL_wondermamas&utm_medium=referral

“To do things the Danish way means to do things with pride and purpose – we don’t settle for anything less.”

Nordgreen watches

Both the Men’s Watches and Women’s Watches of Nordgreen are high-quality, sustainable and beautifully crafted. Customers are able to choose between a silver, gunmetal, or rose gold case, which can then be customized even further with Nordgreen’s interchangeable straps that come in a multitude of colors. The Philosopher is available in 36mm and 40mm sizes.

Big Thanks to Nordgreen Watches!

The folks behind Nordgreen watches were kind enough to gift Martin this beautiful men’s wristwatch. While this is so, every single word of this blog post came straight from us and we truly believe in this sustainable and high-quality brand. I am so excited for Martin to have found his capsule wardrobe watch! Don’t forget to use the code: VMAMAS15 for 15% off your Nordgreen Watch. Thanks for joining us for this review of Nordgreen watches!

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10 Sustainable and Ethical Maternity Brands for New Mamas (For Pregnancy, Post-Birth, and Beyond!)

This blog post took me quite a long time to write for several reasons. First off, I wanted to find sustainable and ethical maternity clothing made all over the world to ensure that each and every Mama was taken care of. Second, I wanted to ensure that I found clothes that were not just made fairly and with the best fabrics, but that these clothes could be used for much longer than just for pregnancy and the 4th trimester. Lastly, I searched far and wide for NON-maternity brands that could work for Maternity clothing/Breastfeeding and have been tried, tested, and loved by experienced mothers.

Phew! So, without further ado, here it is: 10 Sustainable and Ethical Maternity Brands for New Mamas!

Feel free to share this post with any new/experienced mothers who are looking for a more eco-friendly closet:)

10 Sustainable and Ethical Maternity Brands for new mamas

Sustainable and Ethical Maternity Brands that we love!

1. Dwell And Slumber (U.S.A.)

10 Sustainable & Ethical Maternity Brands

Image courtesy of Dwell and Slumber.

Talk about one GORGEOUS set of Mama and Babywear. Some featured items that I would recommend are the cocoon and caftan dresses. The dresses are bump-friendly and nursing friendly! These can be used as traditional dresses, pajamas, maternity wear, 4th-trimester wear, AND even when the kids are grown up and you just want to be comfortable and uber stylish. Dwell and Slumber also has beautiful baby gowns, hats and swaddle blankets that are super soft and perfect for little ones.

All of the products are made in the U.S.A. and ethical in production.

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10 Sustainable & Ethical Maternity Brands

Image courtesy of Boob Design.

Absolutely amazing nursing bras, wrap dresses, nightwear, swimwear, and so much more. Boob Design is an extremely high quality and sustainable brand that I could not recommend enough. They are sustainable from beginning to end and are so transparent with how their products are made. They are a certified GOTS certified company; GOTS certification means that all parts, from cotton cultivation to staining, printing, and labels are approved according to GOT’s criteria. The standard ensures the traceability of the entire supply chain. Furthermore, they are also certified STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®. which certifies that the raw material and all components of our garments are tested for substances that are illegal and hazardous to people’s health.

THIS is the kind of company that we want to support!

Highly Recommend The Once on Never Off Again Leggings!

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Three-piece maternity set

Image courtesy of Storq.

Super simple and classic; just what we love here at WonderMamas. I love this brand so much for how creative they are in making maternity wear work for all areas of motherhood. The three-piece lounge set (for ALL trimesters, 1-4) with the cutest tag line: “A very classy set of PJs to remind you that you are still people even if you are housebound, boobs-out 90% of the time.” haha, I love it! They also have amazing leggings and the must-have t-shirt dress that every new mom needs (or, let’s be honest, every woman needs!).

A little bit about Storq to make you a lifetime buyer for sure: “We don’t make a new collection every few months. In fact, we only make products one at a time, because we feel strongly that they should exist. We stay away from trends, keeping the focus on styles that are classic and seasonless, so anyone can shop year-round. Clothing is designed to mix effortlessly with your pre-pregnancy wardrobe and can often be worn or used during pregnancy, nursing and postpartum.”

Recommended: The three-piece lounge set or the basics bundle!

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Maternity Bra

Image courtesy of Indigo Luna.

Indigo Luna has been one of my all-time favorite sustainable brands since I found out about them about 18 months ago. Every piece is so gorgeous and earthy. I was thrilled to find out that their Boxy Crop Bras were a HUGE hit amongst breastfeeding mums! I actually ordered two and I am awaiting their arrival ( I am so excited!) so I will keep you all updated!

Indigo Luna cares so much about their workers in Bali. Everything is handmade under fair trade conditions and the factory is run by women (which is quite unusual in Indonesia!). Not only are the workers well taken care of, but your clothes and the environment are too! The dyes are made from plant sources that they grow themselves; Mango, Indigo and Secang Wood. The fibers used are natural and very sustainable; organic bamboo and Tencel. I just cannot recommend this company enough.

Recommended: The boxy crop and Layla Flares (This will be great for 1st, 2nd and 4th trimester)

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10 Sustainable & Ethical Maternity Brands

Sustainable and Ethical Maternity Brands that we trust.

Sustainable Maternity Clothes

Jojo Maman Bébé is a certified B-corporation and has a TON of options for Mamas and little ones. This website is very comfortable for those who are used to bigger companies – there is a lot to see here! Think of this as a one-stop-shop for any eco-conscious mothers (including killer sales!)

Recommended: Pregnancy Essentials

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Sustainable Maternity clothing

Image courtesy of Hatch.

If you are looking to splurge a bit while also supporting a fantastic company, then Hatch is right up your alley! The clothes that they have for pregnancy are just beyond perfect. I spent WAY too long digging through their website and “oohing” and “ahhing” at all the selections! Hatch features items for every stage of pregnancy and beyond. I would personally wear any one of their items right now!

Hatch partners with nonprofit organizations that support mothers all over the world. I am also super excited to tell you that they offer a line of vegan beauty products safe for mamas!

Recommended: The Nadine Sweater and the hatch layers set. 

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Sustainable Maternity Clothes

Image courtesy of Mothers En Vogue.

I am ALL about the fibers with Mothers En Vogue! Organic cotton and linen are two of my top favorite fabrics for every season and I am in love with the options from this lovely shop. They are very simple and straight forward with their sustainable approach:

“It must also be constructed with natural fabrication (think cotton, linen, bamboo – naturally derived yarns) and even better if ecologically derived. The rationale behind such demands is simple – nursing mothers and babies benefit most from wearing natural textiles as these are most comfortable and breathe-able and help reduce incidences of skin sensitivities or reactions.”

Recommended: The Must-Have List and Bundle Deals

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Second-Hand Options!

Sustainable Maternity Clothes

Second-hand maternity clothing? Heck yes, Mama! Honestly, if I lived in the U.S., I would use this company and all the other second-hand shops near to my home to stock up on maternity wear. I am such a second-hand lover!

Recommended: Simply use the search function for maternity!

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Oxfam Symbol

Fight fast fashion with Oxfam! Whether choosing second hand or new products; purchasing from this company is always a great idea.

“We won’t live with poverty. Find a bargain or a unique treasure in Oxfam’s Online Shop and join thousands of supporters who help us to fight poverty and injustice around the world. Choose from 100,000+ donated and new products or buy a loved one a fun and quirky charity gift from Oxfam Unwrapped. The proceeds will go towards our life-changing work. “

Recommended: Simply use the search function for maternity!

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Secondhand Maternity

Where to find pre-loved, used and second hand maternity clothes in Australia. This amazing company has been around for 14+ years and is the number one second hand maternity shop in all of Australia. That is such a great success!!

Recommended: EVERYTHING!

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Sustainable and Ethical Maternity Brands

Sustainable and Ethical Maternity Brands for Eco-Conscious Mamas

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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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