Green Favourites 2016

This year I created a series where each month I share 5 things including an eco product, slow fashion brand, book or documentary, something I learned, and a blogger or youtuber I follow. This is a summary of all my favourites from the year!

Green Products

Argan oil – I use it as a simple face and hair moisturizer

Reuseable produce bags

Glass water bottle from Soulbottles

Dr. Bronner’s pure-castile liquid soap

Reuseable food wraps from Bee’s Wrap

Rose water

Safety razor

Jar for seed sprouting at home

Reuseable coffee cup from Ecoffee Cup

Insulated water bottle from S’well

 

Slow Fashion Brands

MUD Jeans

A Wool Story – reclaimed hand-knit wool accessories

Project JUST – assesses and reviews brands ethics and sustainability

Osei Duro

Odina – eco swimwear

Elle Evans – eco swimwear

Zady

Slumlove Sweater Company

Wintervacht – upcycled blanket jackets and coats

Uye Surana – ethically made lingerie

Tonlé – zero waste fashion

notPERFECTLINEN

 

Books & Docs

Books

Overdressed: The Shocking High Cost of Cheap Fashion

Eating Animals

Threadbare

The Curated Closet

Harvesting Color

Docs

Trashed

Sweatshop

Minimalism

A Fibreshed for London

Before The Flood

 

Conscious Chatter (podcast)

 

Things I’ve Learned

Ethical consumer study by Ohio State University

Climate and beauty products – Glycerin is a humectant

Only boil the water you need – Leyla Acaroglu TED Talk – Paper beats plastic? How to rethink environmental folklore

Plastic Free July

Clothing sizes – Vanity sizing and size standardization article “The absurdity of women’s clothing sizes”

Toxins in clothing – “Why You Should Watch Out For These 5 Gnarly Chemicals In Your Clothing”

Huffington Post Reclaim project

BBC Panorama, Undercover: The Refugees Who Make Our Clothes

Photography – Illumi Beginner Photography Starter Pack 

 

Blogs and Channels

Blogs

The Blissful Mind

Into Mind

Unfancy

Minimalist Baker

StyleWise

Channels

Peaceful Cuisine

Tara E.

Jenny Mustard

Alli Cherry

Walk Sew Good

Coolirpa

Annika Victoria

 

 

Sustainable Bras & Underwear

There are some great conscious brands (and more are starting up!) but finding eco-friendly and ethically made lingerie can be a challenge, especially if you’re looking for specific styles or non-standard sizes. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, don’t forget about longevity and care with any garment (eco brand or not) as a way to have a greener wardrobe.

Brands I own:
Blue Canoe (US)
Luva Huva (UK)
Comazo | earth (GER)
Woron (DM)

Brands mentioned in the video:
Aikyou (GER)
Brook There (US)
Anek. (GER, SWE)
Naja (US)
Nico (AUS)

 

Check out the brand directory for more underwear and lingerie brands.

 

 

Holiday Get Ready With Me

(please note: this post contains some affiliate links)

Holiday party makeup look

Products used:
RMS “un” cover-up – I have 00 but apparently they now have an even lighter shade
Lily Lolo mineral concealer in Blondie
Benecos eye shadow base
Red Apple Lipstick eyeshadows in Brownie Points, Clean Slate, Buttercream, and Black Magic *
100% Pure lip & cheek tint in Pink Grapefruit Glow
Dr. Hauschka volume mascara in pearl anthracite
Alverde lip liner in Aubergine
Lavera lipstick in Matt n’ Plum

and my nail polish is Little Ondine in Red Red Wine *

 

 

* these products were sent as gifts, I asked if I could test out this product but anything I receive for free is always under no-obligation and all reviews are my own thoughts and opinions

 

Minimalism & Sustainability

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For me minimalism and sustainability have always been connected. A big part of the environmental issues of our stuff is how much of it there is, so reducing how much stuff you purchase is a wonderful way to reduce your impact. Living more minimally also often means that you can “buy less and buy better”- buy fewer things but invest more in them so you can afford to buy higher quality items and support brands that manufacture in an ethical and sustainable way.

Versatile Makeup

I love products that are versatile and can be used for multiple things, especially with trying to have minimal beauty products and a ‘makeup capsule‘.

 

Products mentioned:
100% Pure Tinted Moisturizer (in Alpine Rose)
Red Apple Lipstick custom eyeshadow palette with Brownie Points, Black Magic, Clean Slate, and Buttercream *
100% Pure Lip & Cheek Tint (in Pink Grapefruit Glow)

 

Do you have any versatile and multipurpose products you like using?

 

 

* this product was a gift from Red Apple Lipstick but anything I receive for free is always under no-obligation and all reviews are my own thoughts and opinions

Why Clothes Don’t Fit

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I decided to make this video is because in the last couple months I’ve:
– overheard some girls in a dressing room complaining about how their chests were too small for the clothes
– had a client say they are a “weird” shape so clothes don’t fit
– had another client list off the “problems” with their body
– saw a comment about how a person’s hips were too big to fit pants
and these are only the remarks I noticed and remember!

Unfortunately too often with conversations and thoughts about how clothes fit, people will find fault with themselves instead of the clothes. Instead of “this shirt is too tight in the stomach” it’s “my stomach is too big”.

This is a discussion I want to have and also explain a bit about how fitting clothing generally works, because I never knew that a lot of brands will fit on only one body type. Also it is important to note that not all brands only design for only one body shape and some brands spend a lot of time developing a fit that reflects their customer.

I would love to hear your thoughts!

 

Further reading about vanity sizing and size standardization:

The absurdity of women’s clothing sizes – apparently standards were last updated in the 70s and currently a company (ASTM) has standard size charts but you have to pay to see them (so I couldn’t compare them) and I also couldn’t find much about how they got those numbers.
One Size Fits Most

Our Green Wedding

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Some of the things we did to try and cut down on the environmental impact of our wedding 4 years ago and also a few things I would do differently now.

 

A change I would make is sending digital invitations, you can save paper, energy, and also money! I really like Greenvelope’s card and invite designs*, the also have helpful features like maps and RSVP tracking

 

 

 

 

Photos by Ryan & Beth Photography see more photos from our wedding.

Our favourite charity, the David Suzuki Foundation

 

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