30 Sustainable Resolutions for 2018

Go green in 2018! Living sustainably is all about making small changes and continuing to learn and improve. Incorporate some sustainable goals into your new year’s resolutions for a more conscious 2018.


Eco friendly resolution ideas:

1. Air dry your clothes to help them last longer and save energy and money

2. Watch/read an environmental documentary or book every month (check out resources for some recommendations)

3. Avoid palm oil (more about palm oil and deforestation)

4. Never throw away clothes (what to do with your old clothes)

5. Start a capsule wardrobe (how I plan my capsule wardrobe)

6. Switch to reusable menstrual products (more about switching to a menstrual cup)

7. Try to first repair items before throwing them away

8. Drive less- instead walk, bike, take public transit, car pool, etc.

9. Wash your clothes in cold water (more clothing care tips)

10. Use natural and non-toxic cleaning products in your home (my simple, DIY cleaning products)

Simple, green cleaning products - vinegar, baking soda, and Dr. Bronner's liquid soap

11. Host a clothing swap so your friends, family, or community can shop each other’s closets

12. Try a shopping fast/challenge

13. Switch to a green energy supplier for your home

14. Buy only cruelty-free beauty products

15. Contact your favourite brands and ask questions

16. Buy products in bulk

17. Reduce meat and animal products from your diet, even just eating a more Mediterranean diet makes a big difference

18. Find green beauty alternatives (more about the products I use)

19. Incorporate seasonal foods into your meals

20. Buy organic

21. Always bring a reusable mug/bottle

22. Contact your government reps about important issues

23. Plan your shopping and reduce food waste


24. Set up a monthly donation to your favourite organization

25. Buy from local businesses first

26. Carbon offset all your travel (how to carbon offset)

27. Volunteer for an organization/important cause

28. Avoid synthetics or get a Guppyfriend bag to help reduce microfibre pollution

guppyfriend laundry bag - reduce microfibre pollution

29. Take part in a sustainable community – like the My Green Closet Facebook group ūüėČ

30. Share your favourite conscious fashion finds on social media



What are your sustainable resolutions for the new year?


Best & Worst Green Beauty Products of the Year

This year I used some great makeup and beauty products and unfortunately also some really disappointing ones. I made this video to recap of my favourite and least favourite products.


Brands and products mentioned:

(please note this list contains some affiliate links)
  Lily Lolo mascara

  Dr. Hauschka defining mascara

  100% Pure long lasting concealer

  Dr. Hauschka concealer

¬†¬†RMS “un” coverup

  Lily Lolo mineral foundation

  Martina Gebhardt Sage Cleanser 

  100% Pure purity cleanser + mask

  100% Pure eye shadow brushes

  Magic Organic Apothecary Aphrodite oil (read more about choosing a facial oil)

  Lamazuna toothpaste

¬†¬†Schmidt’s deodorant

  shampoo bars

  The Innate Life shampoo and conditioner (you can use code MYGREENCLOSET for 15% off The Innate Life products!)

best and worst green beauty products


What was your favourite natural/non-toxic beauty product you used this year?



Plant Based Recipes for the Holidays

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Reducing meat and animal products is a great way to be more sustainable during the holidays. These are 7 plant based food ideas which are both delicious and festive:


Mulled Wine

A steaming glass of spicy mulled wine is perfect on a cold day. I’ve tried quite a few different ways of making it and Jamie Oliver’s method is definitely the best- creating a syrup first makes it so much more flavorful. Although his recipe is quite sweet, so I’d recommend adding less sugar if you don’t like a very sweet mulled wine.


Ginger Molasses Cookies

My favourite treat for the holidays are chewy ginger cookies. I unfortunately don’t have a recipe to share since I don’t usually measure things, but if you search “ginger molasses cookies” there are lots of different recipes. An easy sub for cookies is to replace 1 egg with a flax egg (1 tbsp ground flax + 2.5 tbsp water).


Butternut Squash Quinoa Salad

This is great salad for any fall/winter dinners. The colours are lovely together and I really like the combination of flavours and textures. You can find the recipe here (although I usually like to add more seeds and cranberries, and use less oil).


Crispy Garlic Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts are another great holiday food. I usually just make them roasted with some lemon, but this year we tried out Minimalist Baker’s recipe. They’re delicious but VERY garlic-y so adjust if you’re not huge garlic fans. I also really enjoyed them with the Sriracha aioli dipping sauce, it would make a great appetizer.


“Cheesy” Chive Biscuits

Biscuits are also nice to have especially if you have gravy with your meal. Hot for Food has a nice savory biscuit recipe¬†that I tried out¬†and they turned out really good, although I’d recommend using a metal circular cutter if you have one (instead of cutting like I did) to get the nice fluffy edges.


Beet Chips

The colour of these baked rosemary beet chips is perfect for the holidays. They’re a great snack, but making them can be a little tricky- it’s very important to cut them evenly and keep an eye on them while baking because they can burn easily.


Pastry-Wrapped Lentil Loaf

For the main dish I really recommend this lentil loaf from It Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken. I’ve made this for a few different dinners and it not only looks really impressive but it’s hearty, nutty and a great sub for a meat main. I think it’s best served with an onion or mushroom gravy.


Happy Holidays! xx

Easy DIY Holiday Decorations


Easy, Eco Holiday Decorations

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This holiday season keep it green by using natural and re-purposed materials in your decorations. Here’s 5 easy DIY projects that are festive, minimalist, and sustainable.

DIY decorated pom-pom branches

Wintery Branches

You will need:

  • branches
  • jar
  • salt
  • string/yarn
  • a fork
  • scissors

Find some nice looking branches and put them in a jar with salt to hold them and make sure they’re stable.

To make the pom-poms wind the yarn around the fork and then tie together in the middle. Cut the loops on either side and fluff up and pom-pom (here’s some step by step photos). Add a string to hang.

You can also add any other lightweight decorations to the branches. Paper decorations work really well!


dried orange slices hanging on branches

Dried Orange Slices

These are lovely to hang in a tree, make a garland, or hang in windows and have the light shine through. You will need:

  • a few oranges (depending how many slices you want to make)
  • kitchen towel
  • oven

Slice the oranges trying to keep them even. Lay the slices out and use a towel to soak up excess moisture. Put them either on an over rack or a baking pan with baking paper. Bake at 100¬įC, they can take a while to dry out so to save some energy I like to keep them in the oven for around 45 mins (turning the oven off after 30 mins but leaving them in) and then put them on the top of our heater for the rest of the day to totally dry out.

Once the slices are dried you can use as is or take a needle and thread and string them together in a garland or create loops for hanging.


Origami star

Origami Stars

These are a nice DIY that you can use scrap paper for. You just need paper and instead of trying to explain the steps probably not very well, here’s a good tutorial on how to fold them.


Minimalist Triangle Tree

I love the minimalist/Scandinavian style of this simple tree. It’s perfect for small apartments!

You will need:

  • 6 sticks/dowels (3 shorter and 3 longer depending on how high you want your tree to be)
  • string
  • paper/decorations

Take the 3 shorter sticks and make a trangle with the ends overlapping. Tie each corner together and wind the string around a few times. Take the 3 longer sticks and tie together a few cm from the top making a triangle. Put the open ends into each corner of the bottom triangle and tie together.

You can then either create your own ornaments and hang them from the top, or use a few ornaments you already have. Top the tree off with a star.¬†‚≠ź

Candle Jars

This is probably the easiest project and they look really lovely. You will need:

  • jars
  • salt
  • tealights and/or floating candles
  • string
  • cinnamon sticks/pine branch
  • oranges/cranberries/rosemary

For the regular candle jars, add a couple cm salt to the bottom of a jar and put a tealight in the middle. Take a few cinnamon stick or a little piece of a pine branch and tie to the outside of the jar.

For the floating candles, add cranberries, orange slices, or rosemary springs to a jar with water and put a floating candle on top. Cranberries work best, other things like orange slices will discolour the water over time, these also wont keep a long time so they’re best as a “day of” decoration.


What are your favourite green holiday decorations?

Also check out my plant based holiday recipe ideas!

I added up how much I spent on Ethical Fashion this year

The number one response I get when talking about ethical/sustainable fashion is that it’s too expensive. I get it, the price tags are a lot higher when you compare them to fast fashion, but a big part of shopping consciously is also buying less. For the last few years it didn’t seem like I was actually spending a lot more overall buying ethical and sustainable brands because I was also buying fewer items, however I wanted to see for sure. This year I calculated all the money I spent on clothes and shoes, including the retail value of any items that were gifted to me and I was a bit surprised with the results.

According to¬†the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics the average American spent $1,803 on apparel and related services in 2016. Meanwhile a British survey¬†of 2500 people found they each spent an average of¬†¬£1042 (about $1400 USD) on clothing- although I’m not sure if this did or didn’t include footwear.

This year was definitely a more expensive year for me since in addition to buying a few items for my capsule wardrobe and replacing some pieces, I had to buy¬†a new pair of running shoes, got a nice pair of heels, had to replace my swimsuit, and also invested in a sweater from Izzy Lane for my upcoming winter capsule (even though I’m not wearing it this year I still included it in my calculations). My total expenses for clothing and footwear in 2017 came to the equivalent of $1544 USD. Over $200 less than the average American, but about $145 more than the average Brit (although if the survey actually didn’t included shoes I would definitely be under).

The garments I purchased were from ethical and sustainable brands and yet my spending is close to the averages. People assume I spend more money on clothes because the items have higher price tags, and I even thought my expenses would come out to be above average this year with the 2 pricier shoes (they are about 30% of the total). Next year I’m pretty sure I’ll be under both averages.

I’m excited to have this little bit of data to back up what I suspected – that “buy less, buy better” doesn’t mean you have to spend more. Plus if you’re budget conscious and $1500 USD is too much for a year, there are so many ways to shop consciously and affordably! I have a video all about it. ūüôā

Also I have to mention how much I love having a capsule wardrobe. It’s the reason I’ve been able to be more thoughtful and selective with the items I choose to invest in. I don’t mind spending more on a piece not only because it’s ethically made and environmentally friendly but because I know it’s something that’s going to work with my wardrobe and get a lot of wear.



I would love to hear your thoughts on this! Do you feel you spend more shopping ethically? Has a capsule wardrobe helped you save money?


Let’s talk about gift giving…

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book gift with red ribbon

What do you do if you’re trying to live sustainably or minimally but your family or friends love giving presents? This can be a difficult topic and conversation to have. Gift giving a certain way can become a tradition for families and people generally aren’t happy with change – especially with traditions.

I’ve been very fortunate where gift-giving isn’t a big deal in my family, as a kid we never had mountains of presents (it’s crazy how that’s¬†advertised as the “perfect” Christmas) and my family has generally been very practical with gifts – giving things the person has asked for or they know will get used, gift cards to favourite places, consumables, or experiences like a meal out. Instead of gifts to each other my husband and I plan a little weekend away together, since we live away from our families they usually also get involved and will treat us to a nice dinner out on our trip, it’s a lovely time and so much more meaningful than some stuff we don’t want.

If you are trying to reduce unwanted gifts, here’s some of my tips:


Keep the conversation positive

I think this is the most important. Telling someone you don’t want “junk” or their sweatshop-made gifts is hurtful and will make them upset and defensive. Instead focus on how other gift ideas make you happy or bring you joy. For example you could explain that you really care about a certain cause so it would mean a lot if instead of gifts they made a donation to a charity/organization, or how you feel so much happier having worked hard on decluttering and instead of physical gifts you’d love to spend some quality time together. If there’s something specific that you’d like, instead of talking about how other similar items might be unsustainable or unethical, focus on how that item would work really well for you and you would use it all the time.

You want them to see how this is something that would make you happy, not feel bad about their gifts or like they are unappreciated.


Make alternative suggestions

Maybe your family or friends are feeling the same way about all the gift-giving but no one else has expressed it. They might be very open to other ideas:

  • Instead of getting individual gifts you could suggest that everyone draws names and buys 1 gift for 1 person. This way you can spend a little more on the gift and get something the person truly wants.
  • You could agree to gift experiences – dinners, movie tickets, coffee dates, or any activity they enjoy. Instead of giving gifts why not spend time together doing something you all enjoy?
  • If you’re all into food and cooking you could decide to gift consumables like homemade cookies, coffee/tea, favorite liquors, etc.
  • Or another option if you’re all crafty is to give handmade gifts
  • You could all use a wishlist. There are apps like Giftster where everyone lists things they’d like, you can share it with a group and mark things that are purchased so there won’t be duplicates. This way people can ask for things they actually want and it makes shopping easier for everyone.

Cookies and presents

Show extra appreciation when people respect your wishes

Remember that it can be a big deal for some people to change their habits and if your relative who loves giving knick-knacks gave you a charitable donation like you asked, they might be worried that it’s not “enough” or you won’t be happy when everyone else get their gifts. Make an extra effort to thank them and explain that it’s a wonderful gift and really means a lot to you. Of course you should show gratitude, but taking extra time to explain how meaningful it is will help the person know they made the right choice and they’ll also likely remember for the next time how special that gift was to you.


Finally, what about when you receive an unwanted gift?

I think it’s important to be gracious receiving the gift and then try to find that item a home where it will actually be used. I really like how Courtney Carver explains gift giving, that the “gift” isn’t the physical object, the gift is meant to be an expression of love or appreciation so you can keep the intention of the gift but still let go of the object, the person who gave you the gift likely wouldn’t want it to cause you stress or negative feelings.

If you know someone who would use and appreciate the gift, re-gifting can be a great option. Also look for charities you might be able to donate it to, for example if you received skincare products that you won’t use try to find a local shelter that takes care and hygiene products.


I would really love to hear your thoughts and tips on this topic! Are unwanted gifts an issue for your conscious lifestyle? Have you tried talking to others about it or suggesting alternatives?


Photos from Unsplash

Beautiful Toys for Kids

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To supplement the green gift guide, my wonderful sister-in-law Gabrielle Beauchamp wrote this guest post for you sharing some of her favourite quality toys for children:


Traditionally, Christmas is a time of year where consumption is high- lots of meals, parties- and presents. So. Many. Presents. Especially if there are children in your life, you may be asking yourself how you can make smarter purchasing decisions that make a smaller impact on your environment, while still giving beautiful gifts to those you love.

My husband and I have made a commitment to purchase presents for our daughter this year that hold true to our core values- we only want to introduce objects into our house that will last, that are environmentally conscious, and/or ethically or ideally, locally produced.

I hope these toy ideas will help you if you’re looking to do the same!

recycled plastic cupcake toy from Green Toys

Green Toys

These little cupcakes come in a tray, and have three different coloured stackable bits so that you can mix and match them. They are made of recycled plastic (from milk jugs!), and are a great addition to any play kitchen. Who doesn’t like playing with cupcakes? I haven’t found a child yet who doesn’t love to serve these little cakes up when they come over for a visit- the only challenge is keeping all the parts together. These are made in the USA- and there are many other products that would make great Christmas gifts- stackable blocks, kitchen sets, cars, trucks, ferries and more. They’ve got a ton of options for the children on your list.


Ouistine vegetable toys


Do you know what kids like to do when they are playing with pretend food? They like to put it in their mouth and pretend to eat it. I am so confident in the quality of Ouistitine‚Äôs products that I wouldn‚Äôt hesitate to allow my daughter to ‚Äėeat‚Äô these veggies to her hearts delight! Ouistitine is a Canadian brand of toy and home goods, and also make dolls, toys, puppets, and more. My daughter and I (along with her friends) tested out their vegetable basket this summer, which are each handmade with pure, reused wool, and stuffed with carded wool.

They are made in Montreal Canada, and are wonderful toys made with attention to detail by designers with exceptional style- if you are looking for something made with care that is mindful of the environment, Ouistitine’s beautiful selections will more than fit the bill. Because I especially love to keep my gift purchasing local, I will be picking up one of their stunning little hedgehogs for the smallest child in my family, and some hand puppets for creative playtime. They also carry a line of beautiful cards for any occasion, so make sure to stock up before the holidays!


hedgehog and mouse toys from Maileg


These little cuties are designed in Denmark and made using natural materials- linen and cotton. My daughter loves putting her little mouse, ‚ÄėFlower Flour‚Äô to bed in her cardboard matchbox, and tucking her into the beautiful sheets. The little hedgehog ‚ÄėHolly‚Äô gets to sleep wrapped tightly in her adorable leaf bed. They are also great travel companions- small enough to fit easily into a toddler backpack, and not too annoying to carry in your pocket when your little one gets tired of carrying them! Maileg‚Äôs toys are simple, clean, beautiful, and crafted with exceptional attention to detail.


Djeco wooden ox block


Djeco is a French company that makes all sorts of wooden toys and games for children. This ox guy is part of the ZeTribu stacking blocks collection, which has a bunch of different stackable animal body parts- not only are these fun to play with, they also look beautiful no matter which way you stack them- these are one of the few toys I don’t mind keeping out after playtime is done. They also have a huge selection of games and puzzles for your little ones.


Thanks so much to Gabrielle for sharing her children’s toy picks! For more gift ideas for the rest of your family and friends check out My Green Gift Guide. Gabrielle also was a guest on the channel and made a couple videos reviewing natural sunscreen¬†and care products for kids and also sustainable kids clothing!


eco friendly gift giving

Green Gift Guide 2017

View the new 2018 gift guide here.


It’s getting into the holiday season, and if you’re shopping for gifts this year, why not buy from conscious brands? This list contains both North American and EU based companies, but most ship internationally.

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(note: this post is possible through partnerships and affiliate links, you can support great brands and also My Green Closet!)



For the one who needs more Hygge in their life

December is the time to get cozy – dim the lights and snuggle into soft fabrics.

Is there anything more hygge than a candle? On ethical.market you can find this vegan soy candle¬†with a cozy, crackling wooden wick. It’s scented with essential oils and the cinnamon and orange would be perfect for the holidays. $
Also, ethical.market carries a ton of products from different makers and small designers, all ethically made!

Hygge gifts - soy candle, sock pack, alpaca scarves

Getting socks may have been boring when I was a kid, but now I think it’s a great gift! Especially cute patterned socks like in Thought’s bamboo sock gift boxes.¬†$$

Give a snuggly warm gift with Fair Indigo’s baby alpaca scarf. Alpaca is a luxuriously soft fibre and the scarves come in a variety of colours including un-dyed neutrals. They’re fairly made in Peru from traditionally and sustainably-farmed alpaca wool. $$ (US only)



For the one who deserves pampering

I think gifts that help foster relaxation and self-care are especially lovely during the holidays.

Give a classic and cozy robe like this striped organic cotton one from People Tree. It’s fairly made in India, from the cotton-farming to sewing. $$$

Pampering gifts - natural bath salts, organic robe, body oil

A great gift for someone who loves to relax in the bath-¬†The Choosy Chick’s dreamy mineral soak from MOA¬†contains purifying Himalayan pink salt and relaxing essential oils. $$
You can use code MYGREENCLOSET for 10% off The Choosy Chick website.

I love Akamuti’s oils and balms;¬†their products are natural and consciously-sourced, and full of beneficial ingredients. My current favorite for the colder months is their spicy frankincense and myrrh body oil. $



For the Adventurer

Perfect for packing light,¬†Encircled’s Chrysalis Cardi¬†can be worn in different dress styles, as a poncho, cardigan, or scarf.¬†$$$+

Travel gifts - versatile dress/cardi and natural, vegan travel toiletries

Meow Meow Tweet’s Migrator Kit has travel sizes of 5 of their natural and cruelty-free cleansing/care products, including their baking soda-free deodorant. $$

Give a unique travel experience from Canopy & Stars. They have tree house, cabin, yurt, and other glamping getaways around the UK and Europe, plus if you spend £150 on gift cards you can get £50 for your own trip!
– For something similar outside of Europe (mostly in North America) check out Glamping Hub. $$$+



For the Food Lover

My go-to place for plant-based recipes is Minimalist Baker, she has so many easy and delicious recipes and a cookbook available in hardcover or for the Kindle! $

For a beautiful serving piece and useful cutting board, Accompany has this lovely marble and acacia wood board made by artisans from ecologically forested trees. $$

Foodie gifts - Minimalist Baker cookbook, artisan cutting board, organic beer box, and re-useable food wraps

Give the beer enthusiast Planet Organic’s organic beer and snack box. $$ (UK + EU) This is also a great idea which you could put together yourself with the person’s favourites!

Bee’s Wrap’s reusable food wraps are wonderful to have in the kitchen. They cut down on plastic waste and are completely natural. The assorted pack comes with 3 different sizes. $



For the Sustainably Stylish One

This geometric arm cuff from Chic Made Consciously is an amazing statement piece. Their accessories are all made from recycled tire inner tubes, fairly made in Bali by artisans who hand-cut the tattoo-like designs. $$ (US only)

fashion gifts - recycled cuff, cork clutch, and upcycled lingerie

Corkor’s minimal clutch purse includes a removable cross-body chain – it’s a versatile style for running errands or a night out. Made from sustainable cork material, it comes in natural or 4 other colours. $$$
You can use code MGC10 for 10% off their cork bags.

Or why not something lovely to go underneath? Anekdot has sweet and sexy lingerie sets, made in Germany from reclaimed and recycled materials. $$$+



For the Mover

Everyone needs a water bottle, especially those who are always active. Soul Bottle’s glass water bottles feature unique prints from artists and designers. They’re a stylish and sustainable way to stay hydrated. $$

Athletic Gifts - glass water bottle, organic hoodie, natural muscle rub

For working out or lounging, PACT’s organic cotton and recycled poly hoodie¬†helps you stay warm.¬†¬†$$$

Know someone who always has sore muscles? Get them Badger’s muscle rub from The Choosy Chick. It contains cayenne and ginger to warm and soothe muscles. They also have one for sore joints. $
Use code MYGREENCLOSET for 10% off The Choosy Chick website.



For the Maker

Get a new winter project for a knitter or crocheter. Wool and the Gang offers some sustainable yarns and kits like baskets and plant hangers from their jersey fabric scrap yarn, or sweaters and tops from their recycled denim yarn. $$ Р$$$

Microcosm Publishing is a really cool¬†publishing house and distributor. Their superpack “The Life-Changing Magic of Fixing Shit Up” contains zines about mending clothes, soap making, herbs and herbal first aid, bike maintenance, and more. $
You can also find books there on a ton of different topics, mostly focusing on social and self-empowerment topics. Use code DIYLIFE for 15% off their books and zines.

Microcosm Publishing DIY superpack



For the Shaker

I can’t stand fast-fashion t-shirts with slogans about empowering women, likely made by women paid and treated unfairly (WTF right?). With slogan tees from My Sister you can wear your message on an ethically-made product that supports survivors of sex-trafficking. $$

Slogan tees from My Sister and A Beautiful Refuge

Another great option is A Beautiful Refuge‘s tees, I especially like their “Do what is right, not what is easy” one. $$

Or a great idea is to give a donation to their favourite organization or charity in their name. Supporting causes they care about is a wonderful way to have a greater impact. $ – $$$+



For the Gamer

Anyone into puzzles and strategy games will appreciate a handmade wooden game from ethical.market. This tactical building game is made in the UK from sustainably sourced hardwoods in partnership with a prisoner rehabilitation charity. $$

Gifts for gamers - wooden strategy game and Humble bundle video games

For those who love video games,¬†Humble bundles give you a package of computer games which usually have a mix of popular and indie games (they also have comic, book, or mobile game bundles). It’s a pay-what-you-can tier model and you get to decide how much goes to the game developers or their charity partners. The bundles typically change every 1-2 weeks, so check back! $



For the Green Beauty

Lily Lolo’s Iconic Eye Collection includes their highly recommended mascara (update: I unfortunately had a bad reaction to this mascara, but it does seem to work well for a lot of people), a neutral eye shadow palette with 8 matte and shimmer shades, and a black eyeliner pencil. $$

For those who love trying out different beauty products, Love Goodly has a subscription box with 4-5 full-size, cruelty and toxin free products. $$

Natural Beauty Gifts - Lily Lolo, Love Goodly, 100% Pure and Ecco Verde

A cute stocking stuffer is¬†100% Pure’s avocado, shea, and cocoa lip butter.¬†Coloured with fruit pigments in 4 different shades. $

Perfect for the holidays is Uoga Uoga’s sparkly silver gift set from Ecco Verde with 3 eyeshadows and a lipgloss. $$



For the Minimalist

Experiences make the best gifts. Take them out for coffee, dinner, to a movie, or any activity they enjoy and spend some quality time together.

Minimalist gifts: experiences- go for coffee, or a capsule wardrobe course

Know someone who’s interested in trying out a capsule wardrobe? Get them Project 333 creator Courtney Carver’s Dress with Less microcourse. This digital course guides you through decluttering and building your capsule wardrobe, but what I really love about it is that it also focuses on your “why” and how the benefits of a capsule go far beyond a simplified closet! $

Get them… nothing! If someone has expressed they don’t want any gifts then that’s what they want. If you still want to “give” something I can’t imagine anyone who wouldn’t appreciate a kind message that you love and care about them. ūüôā



For the Festivities

One tradition my family has had since I was little is that my brother and I get an ornament every year, usually representing something that we were into that year.

Fair Indigo has beautiful fair trade ornaments¬†made by artisans in Thailand. They have a huge variety of designs, so there’s something for everyone. $ – $$ (US only)

fair trade ornaments from Fair Indigo

Send your holiday party invites and cards digitally with Greenvelope.¬†They have beautiful designs and it’s a great way to save paper, plastic, and energy, plus they donate to protect forests and parks.¬†$ – $$

I already mentioned Thought’s socks, but they have holiday themed ones as well! $$

Xmas gifts - digital cards and e-vites, from Greenvelope, & eco Christmas socks



For the Little Ones

Ouistitine makes gorgeous toys from natural and eco friendly materials, like recycled sweaters! $$
For a review of Ouistitine and other kids toys check out this post!

kids gifts - hand puppet, kids gift basket, Frida doll

Our Green House’s make-your-own-basket¬†lets you create a lovely basket with natural baby clothes, toys, and products. $$

This adorable Frida doll from Accompany is handmade and handpainted by artisans in Mexico. $$



View the new 2018 gift guide here.


I hope you find this guide helpful for your conscious gift shopping! xx

Photos are from the brands, Anekdot photo by Colette Pomerleau

Green Barcelona

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Barcelona was at the top of the list of places that I wanted to visit while we are living in Europe, so I was thrilled when we were finally able to go last month. It’s not only a gorgeous city with beautiful parks, little streets, and interesting architecture (Gaudi!) but the city has so much to offer in terms of sustainable shopping and food.


What to Do

I really wanted to see the¬†Sagrada Fam√≠lia, Gaudi’s still-in-progress church. It’s truly stunning and there are so many amazing details. Travelling through Europ,e you visit a lot of churches but this is unlike any of them. I found the museum underneath really interesting where it explains how his designs and elements of the building were very influenced by nature (see how in the photo, it looks like trees in a forest?).
We generally try to avoid very touristy places but this is definitely worth it – although be sure to book your tickets in advance, they sell out!

Roof of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona

Whenever they’re available, we like to do Detour audio tours in a city. These are GPS guided walking tours that really immerse you in a neighborhood or story, and so far every one we’ve gone on has been really interesting and well done. You can download them for $5 each and they can be shared and synced with up to 3 other people so our group was able to do a detour together.

In Barcelona we did the Summer of Anarchy tour which brought us along the harbour and through the Gothic Quarter to places relevant to the 1936¬†anarchist revolution. We also did a more current tour¬†El Raval: Women in the World Skate Mecca¬†which is narrated by two sisters talking about their experience as immigrants and how they found a home in the¬†skateboarding culture of Barcelona. Ben especially liked this tour because it takes you to some different spots to watch skaters, and I really enjoyed listening to their story – even if you’re not into skateboarding I think it’s still really interesting. Unfortunately we weren’t able to finish this one, though, because we were caught in a rain storm.

Finally, Barcelona is great for just wandering around; the tiny winding streets of the Gothic Quarter are amazing to explore, and you can take a long walk along the beach, or explore the parks – check out¬†Parc G√ľell for more Gaudi. We also liked¬†Parc de la Ciutadella (we didn’t get to go there but¬†Parc del Laberint sounds fun and has a maze!).

Barcelona view from Park Guell


Where to Eat (vegetarian & vegan)

For a fancy and fresh veg dinner visit¬†Teresa Carles. They have beautiful dishes with healthy ingredients and we all really enjoyed our meals. It is on the pricier side and the portions are satisfying but not large, so I wouldn’t recommend it if you’re looking for a big meal, but I definitely would if you want a lovely candlelit dinner out.

Teresa Carles in Barcelona

Food at Teresa Carles - lasagna, mushrooms, lotus chips
7 layer lasagna, portobello mushroom dish, and lotus root chips

If you’re more in the mood for burgers and beer and a totally different vibe, head to Cat Bar CAT¬†(unfortunately without cats). They have delicious burgers, and I love when vegan burger places have different kinds of patties; Car Bar CAT has bean, hemp, seed/nut (this is the one I had, it was really good!), and a veggie burger, as well as 9 beers on tap and bottles of local and Spanish beers.

Another great meal we had was near the harbour at The Green Spot. The restaurant is really modern with an interesting selection of dishes. The pizzas had really nice toppings and I had the sweet potato “noodles” with a macadamia nut sauce and black truffles (basically my favorite things in one dish), it was rich and delicious. The only con for me was the portion size but our group all really enjoyed our meals.

I’d also recommend having a juice and snack or breakfast at Hammock and if you’re wandering around the¬†Gr√†cia neighborhood (which you should check out for shopping ‚Üď ), pick up a baked treat from La Besn√©ta.

Baking at La Besnéta vegan bakery


Where to Shop

Gràcia is a wonderful part of the city for sustainable fashion stores. I went there to check out GreenLifeStyle a lovely shop with a good selection of sustainable European brands. They have a cute little dressing room area and also carry jewellery and underwear.

GreenLifeStyle eco fashion shop in Barcelona

Also in Gràcia by chance we found Sunsais Рthink a small Anthropologie full of sustainable, and locally made treasures. They have clothes, homegoods, jewellery, and gifts, and the store has beautifully eclectic decor.

Sunsais slow fashion shop in Barcelona

Olokuti¬†is another store to check out (I believe they also have a store in the Gothic Quarter). Olokuti has a large selection of clothes including a pretty good men’s selection, as well as a lot of books, and home/lifestyle products (yoga mats, water bottles, etc.). If you’re looking for kids clothes and toys they have a kids store just down the street.

Finally Gràcia also has a vegan and natural spa called Vegere where you can get massages, facials, non-toxic mani/pedis, or have your makeup done.

Vegere vegan spa pedicure station

In the Gothic Quarter check out Humus. They have a pretty large selection of one of my favourite brands ArmedAngels, as well as other organic brands.

A few blocks up the street you can find Coshop (I think they also have a location in Gràcia as well). They carry a lot of small designers and also have their own collection of infinity dresses in tons of different colours.

Coshop eco fashion in Barcelona


Where to Sleep

We were travelling with some friends, so we rented a flat together, but Barcelona also has some green-friendly places to stay!

Hostal Grau is an eco boutique hotel, and for a more budget-friendly option there’s Sleep Green eco youth hostel, both in nice central locations.


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I loved Barcelona and hope to go back sometime. If you’ve been or are from there, please let me know what your favourite places are!



Simple, Safe & Eco Friendly Cleaning

My home cleaning products are super simple – these are the few ingredients I use:

I usually use the vinegar at a 50/50 ratio for both my yoga mat cleaner and cleaning around the house. The soap I typically use at a concentration of 1:10 – 1:15 with water. For the baking soda, I create a paste with water, and scrub it into the area I want to clean with a cloth.

For cleaning cloths, I use both rags from old clothes and biodegradable cellulose cloths and sponges.


Do you have any simple and natural cleaning recipes?


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