Ways to Use Halloween Pumpkins
Before You Toss: 10+ Ways to Use Halloween Pumpkins!

Let me get straight to the point here: Every single year in the United States alone, over 1 BILLION pounds of pumpkins are tossed away in the trash. Unused. Discarded without ever serving their true purpose in life: to be eaten.

This 1 billion pounds of pumpkin waste is part of an ever increasing problem in the United States. We are already at more than 30 million tons of annual food waste each year and the holiday seasons seem to be the scary icing on the cake of waste.

All of this wasted food, left to rot in landfills, produces methane gas which is far more potent than carbon dioxide. Food is meant to break down into the earth, feed the earth, and aid in the creation of new plant life. By tossing into landfills, we are denying nature its most basic needs. Let’s stop this, shall we?

10+ Ways to Use Halloween Pumpkins and Avoid the Landfill

 

1. Create a Pumpkin Planter

There’s a good chance that your halloween pumpkins are all carved up and scary looking. What is one supposed to do with this? It’s destroyed, yes? Think again!

Take your scary jack-o-latern and plant something inside. Growing plants inside a hollowed out pumpkin is genius and it works remarkably well. You can use it as a gorgeous indoor planter until the pumpkin begins to break down. Once it begins to break down, simply dig a hole outside and plant it into the ground! The pumpkin will break down into the earth, acting as a natural fertiliser,  and your plant will live a beautiful, well nourished, life.

Check out this awesome article on pumpkin planters

 

2. Make Some Delicious Pumpkin Puree

If you are a big fan of canned pumpkin puree, then you are going to fall head over heels in love with homemade pumpkin puree. It tastes SO much better. To be honest, I ONLY use homemade pumpkin puree. Pumpkins are so easy to come by over here and baking them is a breeze. I like to chop up, bake at 400F/200C until soft and then peel the skin from the flesh. I mix the flesh by hand or in a food processor and store it in my refrigerator until I need it to bake some pie, use it in smoothies, create a soup, or even pancakes!

Remember that you can freeze your homemade puree as well. It will last for months if properly sealed. You can never have too much puree in my opinion! Skip the cans and make your own.

 

3. Pumpkin Pie Smoothie

People do not often think of smoothies when they are carving a pumpkin, but our family sure does. Pumpkin smoothes are one of our all time favourites – it’s delicious. Once you have baked and created your homemade pumpkin puree, add it to your next breakfast smoothie. Sprinkle with cinnamon and a splash of vanilla extract to create a pumpkin pie tasting treat!

Ways to Use Halloween Pumpkins

Pumpkin Pie Smoothie. Blend and Enjoy!

  • 2 Frozen Bananas
  • 1 cup Pumpkin Puree
  • 1-2 medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Cinnamon or pumpkin spice, to top
  • Fun option: Almond or Pecan Butter (1 tbsp)

 

4. Homemade Pumpkin Butter

Create our very own pumpkin butter (think more almond butter than dairy butter) and have a gorgeous treat for breakfast, snacks, or dessert! This butter goes great on toast, to pair with roasted sweet potatoes, or even with some pancakes. Enjoy!

Pumpkin Butter

  • 2 cups homemade pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp pumpkin spice
  • 3/4 cup water

Add all ingredients to a stock pot over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil and then simmer on very low. Stir often until the mixture has turned dark in color and somewhat caramalized. Be sure to continue stirring to avoid burning.

Once thick – remove from heat and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. This will last 10 days in the refrigerator.

 

5. Homemade Gut Vegetable Broth

My children love the “guts” of the pumpkin more than anything else. In fact, I think I do too! It was always so fun to scrape out all the seeds and gut strings from the inside of the pumpkin with loud screeches of “EWWW” and “GROOSSS” echoing throughout our Chicago house. Oh, the memories.

Here’s what you do: Separate the guts from the seeds. Have our kids do it – they’ll love it. Then, toss the guts into a stock pot with any and all veggie scraps that you have from the week. If you don’t have enough quite yet, add the guts to a freezer safe bag and just continue to stock up on scraps until the bag is full. Once full – make your stock.

Homemade Vegetable Broth

  • Pumpkin String Guts
  • Any and all veggie scraps from celery, mushrooms, carrots, etc.
  • Water

Add all of your scraps and guts to a large stock put and fill 2 inches over with water. Bring to a boil and then simmer on low for 30 minutes to 2 hours. I like to go longer or use my instant pot and do it that way. The water should change dark in color. Strain the veggies out you have yourself some homemade stock.

 

6. Pumpkin Candy

For this, you will just need the skin and flesh. Chop up the hollowed out pumpkin to chunks and add to a sauce pan and cover with water. Cover and bring to a boil. Once the pumpkin flesh softens, stir in 1 cup of brown sugar and 1 tsp pumpkin spice. Continue to boil for a few more minutes until a syrup is formed.

Keep covered and sit overnight. We are allowing the pumpkin to soak in all of that sugar syrup to make candy. The next day, place the pumpkin pieces on a wire rack to dry.

7. Donate

Pumpkins are food and there are so many people in the world and in your local area in need of this food. Donate your unused pumpkins to shelters or donation programs to help feed your community.

CompostCab, located in Washington D.C., was able to donate over 3,000 pounds of pumpkin to those in need. Amazing.

 

8. Compost It

Yep, it can be this easy. If your pumpkin is all beaten up, kinda gross, and just ready to go, you can compost it. If you already have a compost, then you are most likely already doing this. For those who do not have or do not know how to compost, you can have a compost company come pick it up! Check out your local area and find one near you.

Many cities/towns have a halloween pumpkin pick up program to avoid the landfill issue. In Illinois, the non-profit recycling and compost company Scarce has been hosting a day after halloween pumpkin pick up. It has drop off points all over Illinois and it is doing some amazing work!

Ways to Use Halloween Pumpkins

Awesome article by Scarce: Three Ways to get Kid Involved in the Pumpkin Smash!

 

9. Smash It!

Ever heard of a pumpkin smash? If you haven’t, it’s never too late to join in on the fun.

Pumpkin smashes are great fun and a great way to get the pumpkins back to where they belong: Into the Earth. This can be as elaborate or as simple as you wish. Smash as you feel appropriate!

Some cities like to fling pumpkin with large sling shots (these are so much fun to watch). Others like to use huge sledge hammers. It’s all up to you. The point is to get everything to BRING their used/unused pumpkins to one area and smash them down and add to a compost pile/truck to avoid the landfill. Hundreds of tons of pumpkins have been successfully composted this way! How fun!

 

10. The Perfect Animal Feed

So many animals love to munch on a yummy pumpkin. Farms all over the world love to have used pumpkins dropped off to feed their animals. Zoos are also always looking for used pumpkins – so be sure to give any local farms/zoos a call and ask if they would like yours! If you live amongst nature, you can leave your pumpkins outside (Far enough from your home to avoid fear) for the local deer to feast on your pumpkins – they love it!

 

11. Roast some pumpkin seeds

So simple and delicious. Separate the seeds from the guts and lay out on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Sprinkle with sea salt and roast at 300F/150C for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. For an extra flavour boost, add some vegan butter!

 

Whatever you do, just keep the pumpkins out of the trash bags and landfills and find new ways to use Halloween Pumpkins!

Get creative, do your thing, but stop the trash cycle. Pumpkins don’t belong locked up in plastic bags. Period.

 

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OEKO-TEX®: Why I care about this brand and why you should too!

Hello, loves, and welcome back to the blog! Today we are thrilled to talk all about the amazingly beneficial and important labels by OEKO-TEX®. My mission as a sustainable and ethical blogger is to not only share my lifestyle with you in order to inspire change and awareness, but to also educate and help you to navigate your own journey. To break it all down for you so that you can make your own conscious and ethical decisions.

As I like to say, “Give a person some Oat Milk and they drink for a day. Teach a person how to blend some Oats and Water and they drink for a lifetime.” haha!

So, here we go, let’s jump right on in to learning all about OEKO-TEX®: The labels that ensure our clothes and home goods are SAFE!

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What Is The STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®?

World’s Best Known Labels for textiles tested for harmful substances

Customer Confidence

High Product Safety

I first found out about this label while shopping for my children’s very first carpet for their nursery. At this point, I was in the very beginning of my journey to a non-toxic and sustainable home. We were barely making enough income to afford this carpet but I knew that I wanted to ensure the best quality (for our budget!) for my children.

I began researching toxins in textiles and was shocked at the truth. Some scary toxins found in the textile industry include Formaldehyde (for a crease resistant finish and easy care finish ), Azo Dyes which break down over time to become aromatic amines (some dyes can cause contact dermatitis), Heavy Metals (during the dying process) like Antimony and Chromium IV, and more.

Shocking, Right?

I could not believe that this was even legal, let alone able to be sold in my local shops. Thus began our journey into learning all about all the amazing labels out there that put our health and safety at the forefront of their business models.

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Now, when I speak of textiles, I am speaking about so much more than carpets. We are talking clothing, bedding, towels, etc. This is a very large chunk of the material world and we must ensure its safety for our health as well as the health of our planet.

This is where the STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® comes in. When you see this label on your textiles, you can rest assured that it is safe for you and your babe. The focus of this label is to ensure the textile poses no risk for human health.

Testing: What is tested?

STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX

All textile products, starting from the threads to the finishing touches, are able to be tested for the STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX®. Every single component is tested in order to carry the label.

What about the Health & Safety of our Environment?

Keeping our family and ourselves safe from the harmful toxins of the textile industry is of utmost importance, but what about the health and safety of our home that we all share? The health and safety of our environment and neighbours?

This is where the MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX® comes in!

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What Is MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX®?

Traceable Product Label

Carries the STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® certification

Guarantees the article has been made using sustainable processes under socially responsible working conditions via STeP by OEKO-TEX®

 

Traceable Product Label

Each and every MADE IN GREEN by OEKO-TEX® item can be traced using a unique product ID or QR code. This amazing traceable label gives access to the consumer regarding production facilities , the stage of production, and the countries where the manufacturing took place.

The Story Behind OEKO-TEX®

I’m always amazed at how just a few dedicated folks band together to create something as extraordinary as these labels. Let’s take some time to get to know the story behind OEKO-TEX®!

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Left to right: Raimar Freitag (Testex textile testing institute), Prof. Wilhelm Herzog (Austrian textile research institute), Prof. Dr. Jürgen Mecheels, Dr. Rainer Weckmann, Dieter Walden, Dr. Stefan Mecheels (Hohenstein research institute)

Let’s start with the name. OEKO-TEX®  is short for the International Association for Research and Testing in the Field of Textile and Leather Ecology.

The OEKO-TEX® association started in Zurich in March of 1992. Founding members were the German Hohenstein Institute and the Austrian Textile Research Institute (OETI).  In April of 1992, OEKO-TEX® introduced their very first STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® label at the Interstoff Trade Fair and the rest, as you can say, is history!

Currently, OEKO-TEX® consists of 18 independent research and test institutes in the field of textile and leather ecology in Europe and Japan with contact offices in more than 60 countries around the World.

Have we changed your mind on Textiles?

I sure hope so!

Be sure to check for the OEKO-TEX® labels the next time you shop and stay safe out there!

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Well, my loves, that is all for today. I sure hope this post was as educational as it was inspirational for you all. Please be safe out there and get to know all of your labels when shopping. If you are unsure about something in your textiles, be sure to ask and do the research. It’s unbelievable what is legal to sell nowadays. Have a very happy and healthy week and I’ll chat with you all soon!

This post is a sponsored post, but as always, I truly stand behind every company that we share on this website. Thank you!

 

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Rent-A-Romper: The Capsule Wardrobe Subscription for Children

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Hold Up….A Capsule Wardrobe for….Kids?!

Hello, loves, and welcome back to the blog! Today we are thrilled to talk all about the amazing and innovative company that is changing the fashion world. One children’s capsule wardrobe bundle at a time.

As you all know, I am such a big supporter of sustainable and ethical brands from my closet to my littles closet, and our family is over the moon about this one. Standing applause for Rent-A-Romper: The Capsule Wardrobe Subscription for Children!

Rent-A-Romper Capsule Wardrobe Subscription for Children

What exactly is a capsule wardrobe?

Let’s break it down to the basics:

Most essential pieces

Functional pieces

Seamless Mixing & Matching

The entire point behind a capsule wardrobe is to have a smarter closet. One that works with you and not against you. A closet that, when you open it, has a bunch of ready to wear outfits that fit your lifestyle (your actual lifestyle – not the one we dream about).

What does this mean for a kids closet? It means a LOT less headaches, a lot less clutter, and a lot more time and money for the important things!

Let’s get educated on Rent-A-Romper!

Rent-A-Romper Capsule Wardrobe Subscription for Children

Goal

Being a Parent is hard work. Why make it harder with all the added stress of shopping to meet our little ones needs? By subscribing to the Rent-A-Romper capsule wardrobe, you will have exactly what you need, when you need it! This capsule subscription grows with your child!

Environmental Benefits

We talk a lot about the negative effects of the fast fashion industry, but sometimes when we think of kids clothing, we tend to not associate fast fashion with it. It’s just so cute, right? You take a stroll through the well known fast fashion shops and you are instinctively drawn to the cute little outfits. No way this little knit sweater could cause any harm. It’s impossible!

Well, the sad truth is: fast fashion is fast fashion. By choosing a children’s capsule wardrobe by Rent-A-Romper, you are avoiding the chaotic back-and-forth conversations in your head. We can avoid the stress, the long lists of things our kids need (or what we think they need), and just get back to the good stuff.

Extra bonus: By limiting the amount of funds sent to the fast fashion industry, you are benefiting your child’s future by forcing these brands to step up. Money speaks so much louder than we could imagine.

Rent-A-Romber Founder: Lauren Gregor

Rent-A-Romper Capsule Wardrobe Subscription for Children

Lauren is all about helping parents. She knows how hard it can be, she is a mom herself! I loved reading her story of how she became an entrepreneur (reminded me of when I started!) and how she finally just jumped all in with a passion to help others. I truly believe there is no greater purpose out there other than to want to help your community. Whether small or large – it is such a great way to live your life and truly find your purpose.

Lauren jumped in, bought the domain, stocked up on clothes, and got to work. And that, my friends, is how dreams come true.

Trust in your self and jump in!

The Full Break Down of Rent-A-Romper

Rent-A-Romper Capsule Wardrobe Subscription for Children

Step 1

Tell the folks at Rent-A-Romper about your child and where you live.

Once they know the age/season/location of your child, the folks behind the scene can curate the perfect capsule wardrobe for your little one!

Step 2

Wear and Love the items!

Once your child is about to grow out of the items OR you are just looking for a change, return and get a new capsule! Anytime!

Step 3

Send back the capsule in the same box it came in (FREE)

Use the same box and send it back to the company to receive a brand new capsule!

Step 4

Log into your account and curate your next box!

The returned clothes will be checked for re-use, washed with organic & sensitive detergent, and steamed before sent out again.

 Rent-A-Romper Capsule Wardrobe Options

Two Wonderful and Extremely Budget Friendly Options!

**No two capsules are ever the same**

Yes, you can customise to your specific needs!

$24.00/box: Just The Essentials Capsule Wardrobe

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3 onesies or bodysuits

2 pairs pants or leggings

1 shorts

1 pair of pyjamas

$39.00/box: The Complete Capsule

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5 onesies or bodysuits

3 pants

2 shirts

2 shorts

2 pyjamas

Rent-A-Romper: All Questions Answered!

Rent-A-Romper Customization

Rent-A-Romper understands that you may have specific needs such as seasonal needs and color specifications. Simply add this to your capsule request and let them worry about the rest!

Kids are Messy and that’s OK!

Don’t you even worry about your kids living their best lives and getting messy. Rent-A-Romper understands and does not penalise you for sending back clothes with stains or whatnot. Just relax, enjoy, and let the good times roll.

FREE shipping both ways!

Not going to lie, this was my first question with this company and I was so thrilled to see that it is free to send back and to receive! Woo hoo!

No Limit on Capsules

There is no limit on how many times you send back and receive your capsule wardrobes for the kiddos. The membership is super flexible and adaptable to our needs. Keep on sitting back and relaxing – this subscription is the bomb dot com.

Sit back, Relax, and Help Protect the World!

By joining this subscription, you are allowing clothes to have a much longer and happier life! Clothes were meant to be worn over and over again – not just tossed aside once a little gets too big for it. By extending the life of these clothes, we are limiting our impact on the environment. That’s what I’m talking about!

Rent-A-Romper Capsule Wardrobe Subscription for Children

p.s. Bonus: YES, you can add Rent-A-Romper to your Babylist baby registry! With the ‘Add to Babylist’ button in your bookmarks, you can drag a gift card subscription to your button and add it to your registry. This is a great way to ensure you have the clothes you need when your baby arrives. Perfect!

Oh goodness me, this was a joy to write. I truly hope you all loved learning about this amazing company just as much as I enjoyed getting to know it! I am blown away by this genius idea. So simple, so impactful, and so unbelievably helpful to all of the causes we stand behind. Thank you, Lauren, for following you gut and creating such a remarkable company. You rock!

Want to learn more about Rent-A-Romper? Follow them on their socials! Every follow and like helps these amazing companies grow and flourish. Let’s help them out!

This post is a sponsored post, but as always, I truly stand behind every company that we share on this website. Thank you!

Chat with you all soon!

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5 Ways to Cope with Climate Anxiety
5 Ways to Cope with Climate Anxiety

Caring about the health of the planet and acting sustainably is without question very fulfilling. But it can get tough at times – many of us occasionally experience something called “climate anxiety”. Climate or eco anxiety is defined as a ”fear about the current and predicted future state of the environment caused by human-induced climate change” (Wikipedia). This is a completely reasonable and common reaction to the global crisis we’re facing.

But worrying about climate change can get to a point where it reduces our productivity, motivation and ability to focus on actually improving the state of things. That’s why today I want to share 5 ways to stay optimistic about the environment and alleviate the feelings of guilt and helplessness that often come with climate anxiety.

 

5 Ways to Cope with Climate Anxiety

5 Ways to Cope with Climate Anxiety

1. Make A List

Feeling overwhelmed by the sustainable lifestyle and being under the impression that you’re failing or not doing enough is something most of us have experienced at some point. This is something I personally find helpful: write down all the things you’re doing for the environment and take a look at all the effort you’re already putting into helping our planet. It’s probably much more than you expected, right?

5 ways to cope with climate anxiety
Remember: with every reusable product you’re using, you’re preventing hundreds of plastic ones from entering the waste stream. With every plant-based meal, you’re making a contribution to a more ethical planet. And with every fast fashion item you don’t buy, you’re doing your bit to hurt exploitative companies.

 

Environmentalism is a journey and ultimate sustainability isn’t achieved overnight. By not pressuring yourself, you’re more likely to stick with the changes you make to your lifestyle and less likely to feel overwhelmed. Progress over perfection!

 

2. Recognise you’re not the main culprit

The media and concepts such as the “personal ecological footprint” trick us into thinking that we are the main cause of global warming. This causes us to feel extremely guilty and diverts the blame from the actual culprit.

5 ways to cope with climate change
 

While individuals are a big part of climate change and the fight against it, the overwhelming majority of greenhouse gases is emitted by fossil fuel companies and mega corporations such as China Coal, BP or ExxonMobil. They’re the main drivers of global warming along with factory farming and fast fashion.

 

These large-scale issues are neither our fault nor 100% in our control. The best we can do to help is vote with our voices and dollars, sign petitions and donate to environmental organizations aiming to boycott these huge corporations. Hold corporations accountable instead of letting them guilt-trip you!

 

3.Change your internet usage

Staying informed about climate change is important, but instead of constantly looking at bad news, try to also celebrate the good news. There are multiple social media accounts that share good environmental news, which will help shift your focus to more positive global developments in the fight against climate change.

5 ways to cope with climate change
Also don’t forget to take breaks from the internet. Drink some water, relax or go outside and enjoy nature instead. The mass of information on the internet can make us feel easily overwhelmed and prevents us from focusing on the important things.

 

4. Connect with Others

Anxiety makes us feel like we’re going through something alone, but climate change is just the opposite of that. We’re all experiencing it and it will affect all of us eventually, which means most of us are probably also experiencing anxiety about it. You’re definitely not the only one.

5 ways to cope with climate change
 

Reach out to your friends and family to talk about climate anxiety, global warming and sustainability! Sharing your environmentalism and connecting with others also happens to be a great way to increase your positive impact on the environment and create a movement.

 

5. Take Breaks

Don’t forget that it’s impossible to  care about everything all the time! If you feel like constantly stressing about being sustainable is taking away from your quality of life, you can and should take a break and do some things you enjoy without any pressure. You’ll be more motivated to continue your sustainable journey afterwards!

 

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Thank you to our Guest Writer, Rhea, for this wonderful post today!

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My name is Rhea and I live in Germany. A few years ago I started taking an interest in the environment and ways to protect it. Since then I’ve changed my lifestyle in a lot of ways, for example by becoming vegetarian and eliminating a lot of plastic from my life. That’s why I started an Instagram account in 2018, sharing ways to help Earth, information about climate change and tips to reduce waste. If you’re interested in sustainability, why don’t you check it out? @helpingtheenvironment.

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Sustainable, Ethical & Handcrafted Organic Cotton Textiles by Zuahaza

Hello, loves, and welcome back to the blog! Today we are honoured to feature the handcrafted & organic textiles from the women of Zuahaza.

As you all know, I am such a big supporter of sustainable and ethical brands from fashion to home decor. I am beyond thrilled to share this company with you all today.

Organic Cotton Textiles by Zuahaza

ORGANIC COTTON TEXTILES HANDMADE IN COLOMBIA

ZUAHAZA honours the makers, culture and craft.

Collective Sisterhood.

Social Enterprise.

Always ethical and sustainable.

In today’s sustainable home goods highlight, we are going to break down everything that makes Zuahaza one of our absolute favourites. We will chat about sustainability, production, faces behind the brand, and ethics.

Let’s get educated on the Ethical & Sustainable textiles by Zuahaza!

A Brief Overlook of Zuahaza

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Handmade: The organic cotton textiles by Zuahaza tell a story of Colombia through thoughtful craftsmanship. Many of us adore slow fashion, and this practice is also brilliant in home goods. The quality, style, and love put forth towards each item is unlike any other.

Sustainable: Zuahaza respects Earth and her resources with the highest regard. Organic materials and processes are only the base of this company. We have watched in their stories and highlights all of the fantastic ways they are using nature to dye their fabrics – it’s truly inspirational.

Social Enterprise: As a social enterprise, Zuahaza strives to embody a sisterhood between the women in Colombia. Zuahaza translates to “my sister” in the Muisca language of the Cundiboyacense people.

Women supporting Women: Zuahaza strives to connect women from across Colombia. The goal is to create unique products that reflect the Columbian culture, history and craftsmanship. The bond between the workers and their crafts is evident in the high quality.

Fair Trade and Fair Wage:  The folks behind Zuahaza go beyond fair trade and fair wages by supporting the dreams of each and every team member.

Responsible: Zuahaza assumes responsibility for the environment and those living within. Choosing to work with organic and biodegradable materials saves water and eliminates the harsh chemicals in the soil.

Zuahaza Founder: Tatiana

Tatiana is the founder of Zuahaza as well as the head designer. She has a lot of experience in the artisan field throughout Latin America and also a background in textiles from the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Natural dyes and organic fibres are a big part of Tatiana’s advocacy for sustainable production. Having Colombian roots herself, Tatiana holds so much admiration for the indigenous artisans and her favourite part of her job is the interchange of knowledge with her artisans.

Organic Cotton Textiles by Zuahaza

Organic Cotton Textiles by Zuahaza

Shopping on the Zuahaza website is such a breeze. The artisans work together to create one focal collection (slowly and sustainably) and this collection will be featured for quite a long time. Their first ever collection is called the “Roots” collection and this is what is featured in our blog post today.

Organic Cotton Textiles by Zuahaza

When browsing through the website, you will notice the minimalistic menu that features some of our favourite topics: Approach, Artisans, Values, Process, and Materials. I have said this before and I’ll say it again, companies can never give too much information when it comes to who makes your products, where, why, and how. These are key points of information that allow consumers to make conscious decisions.

How does Tatiana & ZUAHAZA stay committed to their values?

With the help of 7 beautiful and talented women….the artisans.

One of the first things that I noticed about Tatiana and her company was the love she held for her artisans. We began working together at the beginning of the Covid-19 spread and I was blown away at her dedication to helping her artisans make it through the hard times. It has truly been an honour to witness the love shared here.

Zuahaza Artisans

(Left to right in order!)

  • Mariá: Mariá has been a part of the cooperative for 4 years and is a very talented seamstress. She is thrilled to have a job that she loves and also provide for her family.
  • Ana: Ana has been a part of the cooperative for 24 years and is a master weaver and teacher. She is a big believer in preserving ancestral techniques.
  • Graciela: Graciela has been a part of the cooperative for 20 years. She is the administrative head of the co-op as well as sewer and designer. Graciela believes it is very important to teach the history of her ancestors to new generations as a way of preserving the columbian heritage.

Tatiana is in the middle!

  • Martha: Martha is the youngest of the group and has been in the cooperative for 2 years as a weaver. Her skills are far beyond her years! She holds so much love and respect for the artisanal work.
  • Otilia: Otilia has been a part of the cooperative for 8 years. She is an administrative secretary as well as a weaver. She loves to carry on the traditions of her people.
  • Esther: Esther has been an artisan for over 20 years and is a wonderful weaver and spinner. She truly stands behinds this company and believes that the artisan cooperative has rescued the traditions of the Guane culture.
  • Inés (not shown in photo): Inés has been a part of the cooperative for 18 years and is an incredible weaver and spinner. For her, working in the cooperative as an artisan means participating in changing her community, in preserving their cultural heritage, and believing in economic stability for both men and women.
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Organic Cotton Textiles by Zuahaza: Values & Philosophy

To create sustainable employment for women artisans in Colombia by revitalizing the craft of making textiles and collaborating to innovate in product and design

Equality of Opinion 

Zuahaza is all about collaboration and equality of opinion from start to finish in the design and production process. The dreams, careers, and families of each and every artisan is valued. The folks behind Zuahaza truly believe that each artisan has the vision and skills to participate in the important decision making. Everything is done as a team.

“Collaboration is truly the soul of Zuahaza, as we come and work together as Colombian sisters to create unique sustainable treasures for your home.”

— TATIANA ORDOÑEZ

Honouring the Craft

It has become harder and harder for artisans like those in the Zuahaza team to earn enough money to support themselves and their family. This company wants to change this. These artisans deserve to be recognised and highly respected for the magnificent work that they do. Zuahaza believes in elevating the craftsmen to a much more dignified person in society. I love this!

Waste Happens but Zuahaza is dedicated to reducing and up-cycling as much as possible.

As with every production, waste happens. Even though Zuahaza is dedicated to using 100% organic and natural materials, a bit of waste is produced. To counteract this waste, the artisans create small one of a kind pieces made from scraps to sell such as small purses and bags. They are truly dedicated to become a zero waste production company in the near future and it has been a joy to watch. You can watch along with us on their instagram stories here.

Here are a few of my favourites from the New Collection:

Zuahaza Striped Guayaba Pink Pillow

Striped Guayaba Pink Pillow: 100% organic cotton | 100% naturally dyed | 18”x18” |

Zuahaza Small Naidi Blue & Guayaba Pink Throw

Small Naidi Blue & Guayaba Pink Throw: 100% organic cotton | 100% naturally dyed | 40”x60” |

Zuahaza Diamond Naidi Blue Table Runner

Diamond Naidi Blue Table Runner: 100% organic cotton | 100% naturally dyed | 40”x60” |

As a sustainable & ethical researcher and consumer, I cannot express how excited I was to work with Tatiana and the Zuahaza team to share their products with you all. These pieces of art are decorating our bedroom and living room and they are an absolute dream. Super soft, nice and thick material, the absolute highest quality, and beautiful design of these pillows have transformed our rooms into relaxing havens. I am so exited to see the next collection!

**Thank you to Tatiana and the amazing artisans for gifting us the amazing pillows featured in our blog post and social media posts. This collaboration is definitely not over – we will have these pillows for life and they will be present in so many family photos and future work.

Chat with you all soon!

organic cotton textiles by Zuahaza
5 Ways to Repurpose Old Clothes
5 Ways To Repurpose Old Clothes

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5 Ways To Repurpose Old Clothes

Written by the amazing Rhea of @helpingtheenvironment

Hi there! I think we’ve all been in this situation before: having a bunch of old clothes in your closet and not knowing what to do with them. That’s why today I want to show you how to make use of old clothes instead of throwing them away.

Ethical motivation

Now, why is it so important to be resourceful with the clothes we already have? Well, more often than not, western fast fashion companies exploit workers in developing countries, who are willing to work for lower wages and in unsafe factories. These workers lack workplace protection, are oftentimes abused by employers and work extremely long shifts.

Environmental motivation

From an environmental standpoint, fast fashion also spells disaster. According to Oxfam, it would take 13 years to drink the water needed to make one t-shirt and a pair of jeans! A single cotton t-shirt uses up to 2,700 litres of water during production. And just the UK alone sends 11 million items of clothing to landfill every week.

Get your old clothes ready!

This means that only by repurposing our old fast fashion clothes can we make up for the labor and emissions that went into their production! Throwing them away would furthermore add to the waste problem we already have. So, without further ado, here are five ways to repurpose old clothes and give them new life!

5 Ways to Repurpose Old Clothes

 

 

5 Ways to Repurpose Old Clothes: Crop Tops

5 Ways to Repurpose Old Clothes

You need:
  • old shirt, scissors, optionally a sewing kit

Especially in summer, short clothes are a life-saver for hot weather. You can make your own crop tops out of old shirts or blouses!

First, put the shirt on and use a pen to mark a line along which you want to cut.

Make sure you straighten it out before cutting, and use appropriate scissors!

Alternative crop top idea

Another awesome idea is to cut a shirt or blouse into a crop top that you can tie into a knot at the front! Instead of cutting a straight line, you leave two triangles of cloth along the front, which can then be tied.

For some pieces of clothing, I would recommend to hem them afterwards in order to prevent the edges fraying, but it isn’t always necessary.

 

5 Ways to Repurpose Old Clothes: Hair Ties

5 Ways to Repurpose Old Clothes

You need:
  • old socks, scissors

How to:

Cut off a few stripes at the opening of a sock! Socks have the right size for hair ties and you can choose ones with nice colors and patterns.

Considering hair ties often go missing the moment we buy them, they’re pretty expensive.

 

5 Ways to Repurpose Old Clothes: Denim Shorts

5 Ways to Repurpose Old Clothes

You need:
  • old jeans, scissors, optionally a sewing kit

Old jeans that don’t fit that well can easily be made into cute shorts by simply cutting them. Raw denim edges are a trend right now, but if you don’t want your shorts to fray too much, you can do a basic stitch along the edge. Alternatively, you can simply cuff your shorts, which also looks pretty cool.

 

5 Ways to Repurpose Old Clothes: Kitchen Towels

5 Ways to Repurpose Old Clothes

You need:
  • any old clothes, scissors

This one isn’t an outfit idea, but still useful. Any old piece of clothing can be made into a reusable kitchen towel very easily by simply cutting it into equal-sized squares. This way, you’re also reducing your kitchen waste!

5 Ways to Repurpose Old Clothes: Makeup Wipes

5 Ways to Repurpose Old Clothes

You need:
  • old clothes, scissors

Another easy way to repurpose old clothes is to cut them into equal-size round pieces and use them as makeup wipes. It’s especially ecofriendly because
disposable wipes take very long to biodegrade, and this is a quick reusable alternative.

 

About Rhea

@helpingtheenvironment

My name is Rhea and I live in Germany. A few years ago I started taking an interest in the environment and ways to protect it. Since then I’ve changed my lifestyle in a lot of ways, for example by becoming vegetarian and eliminating a lot of plastic from my life. That’s why I started an Instagram account in 2018, sharing ways to help Earth, information about climate change and tips to reduce waste. If you’re interested in sustainability, why don’t you check it out? @helpingtheenvironment.

 

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Eco-friendly and Zero Waste School Supplies
30 Eco Friendly & Zero Waste School Supplies

Eco Friendly & Zero Waste School Supplies

Welcome back to the blog everyone! Today we are super excited to have a guest contributor by the name of Alexandria Winner (from Ecoist) to share her advice on eco-friendly & zero waste school supplies. My school days may be over, but I need all the help I can get with my two children heading off to school in the near future! I love the thought of carefully choosing each and every school supply piece, with not only my children in mind, but with mother earth and the future state of our world in mind.

Be part of the solution, not part of the pollution

Eco Friendly & Zero Waste School Supplies

 

The typical American school uses about 250,000 pieces of paper per year.

This equates to over 35 Billion sheets of paper JUST in the K-12 schools in the United States.

When you add in the school supplies that the children and teens are bringing into their classrooms, these numbers can easily be multiplied by well over 56 million – which is the number of children and teenagers in school this year according to the National Centre for Education Statistics. And this is “just” paper that we are talking about here, folks. Don’t even get me started on the plastic situation. The numbers are staggering and changes need to be made.

If you are looking to fill those school backpacks with responsible, well-made, eco-friendly, and zero waste items, then you have come to the right place!

 

psst….Short on Time?

Here are the quick links for our list of Eco Friendly & Zero Waste School Supplies:

 

Eco-Friendly and Zero Waste School Supplies: Pens & Pencils

eco-friendly & zero waste school supplies

Before ordering a bunch of pens and pencils for school, take a look around your house in your drawers and pen cups to see if you have a bunch of old ones lying around. Who doesn’t, right?! Use those first.

Once those are all used up, then choose one of the many eco-friendly options:

  • OHTO/JPT Pencil/Ball Pen
    • Natural Wood Pencil Ball Pen – 1.0mm
  • OHTO/JPT Stainless Steel & Ceramic Roller Ball Pen
    • Stainless steel pen with a ceramic roller ball, 0.5mm
  • Sprout World Plantable Pencils
    • The plantable Sprout pencils can grow into plants like luscious flowers, fragrant herbs and fresh vegetables once they’re too short to use.
  • Recycled Newspaper Pencils
    • These exquisite pencils are made from old newspapers and not from cut trees. Newspaper is tightly rolled over graphite. The high-quality graphite is strong and does not break when sharpening. A regular sharpener can be used with these pencils. It’s cool to see shavings of newspaper when sharpening!

The Accessories for your Pens & Pencils

 

Eco-Friendly and Zero Waste School Supplies: Crayons & Markers

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Whether you are shopping for the first days of kindergarten or high school, everyone is going to need some color in their lives!

Here is our list of eco-friendly crayons & markers!

  • Vegan & Toxic Free Butterfly Crayons
    • These beautiful butterflies are the larger of our crayon shapes, but still perfectly sized and textured for little hands. Handmade in the UK from Soy wax, carnauba wax, cocoa butter and coloured with natural occurring earth pigments they are suitable for veggies and vegans too (Crayola and other many other crayons contain beef tallow).
  • Stabilo Woody 3-in-1 Crayons
      • The STABILO woody 3 in 1 is perfect for kids to draw and paint and ideal for parents too – it washes off windows and is suitable for many surfaces besides just paper or cardboard.
  • Eco-Friendly Recycled Permanent Markers
    • The tubes of these earth-friendly permanent markers are made with recycled paper, reducing the use of plastic by 60%. The markers feature polyester fiber tips that are filled with non-toxic, alcohol-based ink and contain NO Xylene, Toluene, or other VOCs.
  • Eco Text Marker Highlighter
    • The stock consists mainly of the renewable raw material sugarcane. The bright color is water-based, solvent-free and odorless.
  • Eco White Board Markers
    • Ethanol-based ink, free from aromatic or chlorinated solvents. Marker body made from Recycled Paper & wax instead of aluminium or plastic.

 

Eco-Friendly and Zero Waste School Supplies: All the Paper

eco-friendly & zero waste school supplies

Even with the digital world that we live in, paper use in schools is still quite high, especially for the little ones. Choosing 100% recycled paper is a wonderful way to help support Mother Nature while also teaching valuable lessons to our children. Each time they see the recycled paper stamp, you will have left a little stamp of inspiration for their future choices.

Here is our list of eco-friendly paper products!

  • A5 Handcrafted Stapled Recycled Notebooks
    • The covers are made from reclaimed and recycled materials that would otherwise be sent to landfill. Since each book is personalised, you can pick what type of material your cover can be made from cardboard to PVC.
  • PrintWorks 100% Recycled Copy Paper
    • 100 percent post-consumer recycled printer and copier paper for everyday use at an affordable price
    • Made in the USA from recycled food and beverage containers and other paper-based printed materials
  • Natural & Recycled Drawing Paper
    • Natural Recycled 9″ x 12″ Drawing Paper – 500 Sheets. Crayons, pencils, markers and paints show up brilliantly on this natural unbleached paper.
  • 2-pocket Notebooks by Naked Binder
    • These Folders are sustainable eco-friendly folders made from 100% recycled, 100% post-consumer waste 22-pt. chipboard.
  • 3-Ring Binder by Naked Binder
    • EXTREMELY DURABLE. Made with one solid piece of heavy-duty binders board. The hinge has been tested (opened and closed) 250,000 times and it did not fall apart!
  • Handcrafted A5 Weekly Planner
    • cream 100 % recycled paper (Clairfontaine)
    • 80 gsm plain recycled boards with printed monstera leaves
  • Naked Binder 3-Ring Tab Dividers
    • 100% post-consumer fiber, and FSC certified Neenah Conservation Paper. 100% recyclable.
  • Yamama Memo Pads
    • Four Side Colored Memo Pad.  180 sheets
  • Yamama Metallic Sticky Notes
    • Metallic Sticky Notes. 33 sheets

 

Eco-Friendly and Zero Waste School Supplies: Accessories

eco-friendly & zero waste school supplies

All those little accessories add up, don’t they? I gotta tell ya, I have no idea where all those paper clips, staplers, staples, scissors, etc ended up. Well….I think I do…they all ended up in the trash. So, let’s try our best to fix that!

Here is our list of eco-friendly accessories

  • Yamama Bamboo Paper Clips
    • These innovative bamboo paper clips project positive impressions for all of your presentations. And they are beyond eco-friendly, they’re 100% work-friendly!
  • Onyx & Green Scissors
    • These 5″/127 mm scissors have stainless steel blades and a rounded tip. The handles are made from corn plastic.
  • Staple Free Stapler
    • Easy to shred and recycle papers without the worry of staples getting jammed. Without staples just drop in the shredder or recycle bin. It’s environmentally safe.
  • Midori Storage Boxes
    • 11″x7″x5″ ht.  100% Recycled Paper Storage Container
  • Cork Desk Organizer
    • This desk organizer is a simple zero waste product.  It is made of cork and designed to hold cell phones, pens and note pads.
  • Vegan Recycled Felt MacBook Sleeve
    • The colorful felt is made of multi-color fabric. The waste textiles have been cut into tiny pieces and then transformed into a new fabric – colorful felt from recycled textiles.
    • The felt made of vegan fabric is non toxic, health and environmentally friendly (European Union REACH Certificate of Compliance).
  • Cell Phone Covers by Pela Case
    • COMPOSTABLE PHONE CASE: Pela cases are made of a combination of flax straw ‘waste’, plant-based biopolymers and contain organic ingredients that meet rigorous standards for compostability in municipal and industrial composting facilities.

 

Eco-Friendly and Zero Waste School Supplies: Backpacks

eco-friendly & zero waste school supplies

What better way to finish off the school supplies guide than with the amazing bags to hold all your goodies?! Here are a few of our favorite environmentally friendly backpack options. Just remember, there is nothing more sustainable than what you already own. If you already have a backpack, please use it!

Here is our list of eco-friendly backpacks

  • TerraThread Backpacks $
    • The Earth Backpacks are made using heavy-duty 14 oz organic cotton canvas. These fairtrade backpacks are spacious and feature one large exterior pocket, one small interior pocket, and a laptop compartment. The organic backpacks can be used for school, outdoor activities, traveling, and more!
      Each purchase of this backpack contributes 20 MEALS to children, families, and seniors in need in the United States through Feeding America.

      • Made with 100% Organic and Fairtrade Cotton
      • Processed and Manufactured per Global Organic Textile Standards (GOTS)
      • Color dyed using low impact GOTS Certified Dyes
      • Manufactured at a Fair Trade Certified Factory
      • Hang Tags are made using recycled kraft paper
  • United By Blue Backpacks $$
    • 100% recycled polyester with water repellent finish
    • Padded laptop sleeve accommodates up to 17″ laptop
    • Interior zippered pocket and open pockets
    • Exterior flap pocket with magnetic closure, zipper pockets and side pocket
    • Adjustable, padded shoulder straps, haul strap and cross sternum strap
    • Water bottle sleeve fits bottles with a diameter up to 3.75″
    • Equipped with a Lifetime Guarantee
  • Kathmandu Backpacks $$$ (Children to Adult Options)
    • When it’s time for your kid’s first pack or to upgrade their current one, the Cotinga Kids’ Pack will be a welcome surprise. With an ergonomic harness and sizing to specifically fit kids, your growing child won’t want to remove it. There’s also a spacious front area for lunches – because books and bananas don’t mix. Made with 15 recycled plastic bottles.
    • Outer fabric contains REPREVE™ – polyester created from recycled plastic bottles
    • kidsFIT technology – an ergonomic harness with adjustable shoulder straps
    • Elasticated sleeve in the main compartment – for your kid’s books or portable device
    • Grab handle and reflective detail for safety

 

Use what you already have!

After all of our research and digging, I was so shocked by just how many companies are in support of sustainable school supplies. This is such great news!

Like we always say here at WonderMamas, please use what you already have first. Even if you have a drawer full of plastic supplies, I beg you to use those first before buying anything new. If you are on a tight budget and cannot afford the pieces listed above, please check out your local second hand stores, second hand online shops, or even second hand swaps. Join facebook groups in your area for second hand school supplies, yes they exist!

In the end, being a conscious consumer is so much more than buying the latest and greatest eco products. The first step is to evaluate what you got, extend its life, and then replace when necessary. I am so honoured that you have chosen us to help you on this journey. Have a beautiful school year!

 

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Minimalist Packing Guide for a 7-Day Vacation (Ethical, Low-Waste, and Sustainable)

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Minimalist Packing List

Our family just came back from a magical 7-day vacation in Tuscany and we are already dying to go back. This was one of those holidays where everything just went right. A few days before we were to head out on a camping trip (also fun, of course), our friend called us to let us know that his apartment in Tuscany was available and that we could stay for free. Gasp. Are you serious?!

We had no idea what we were getting into when we hit the road. We had yet to see any photos of the place and neither of us know enough about Tuscany to have any clue as to where the house was. 5 hours later and we were (or so we thought) in the middle of nowhere and driving up a very rough road. It was so rough that I had to get out of the car and push rocks left and right so that our very low car would not get stuck on this extremely steep hill. The boys were ecstatic to see that a tractor was parked in the field and while we were singing along to the “tractor song” (thanks, Blippi), we saw about 200 gorgeous sheep being escorted by 3 magical dogs. I swear….it was straight out of a movie.

 

minimalist packing

 

 

 

 

We pulled up to a huge shrub of greenery, a hand made football field, and a shed that looked like it had just been destroyed by a storm (turns out, the storm destroyed way more than that quite recently). To my right a saw a quaint little archway that was covered in purple flowers. The entrance to our home for the week.

We all unbuckled our seat belts and walked slowly towards the purple flowers. As we inched nearer, we saw what was the most magical scene: A traditional Tuscan home in the middle of a farm. No bells and whistles, no commercial property, no modern anything….just….a house that fairy tales are made in.

We walked around the entirety of the house: huge ceramic pots lined the entire property and were full of gorgeous flowers and plants. 3 little cats came to say hello, a bunny bounced by us, 4 massive lizards crawled over our heads, and a very spunky mixed itty-bitty dog came over to sniff us out. Turns out, this little dog lets the families know if the wolves are near. He came in handy on our last night!

The family who resides upstairs was not home but our apartment had a key just hanging there…right in the key holder. This made me smile…and laugh…and take a deep breath. Trust. You don’t see this much anymore.

 

Minimalist Packing

 

I took one photo of the house….on our third night when I realised that I had yet to capture the home. Its not a perfect photo, but I love it. It just speaks for itself. No TV, no radio….nothing but our own singing, our own chatting, and lots of laughter. Each night we sat outside and played board games and card games. Each morning the boys ran outside to the garden and rode their bikes all over the farm and chased the kitties with their little “I FOUND YOU!!” screams. Each afternoon we headed to the sea and played in the sand for hours and hours on end. We hit the same gelato shop at siesta time for our mango and strawberry sorbet and shots of espresso. We piled up in the same bed at night and read the 2 same books over and over again until our littles ones drifted off to dream land. Tip toe and tip toe….we opened a bottle of wine and talked. Laughing at random sounds, running inside when the dog shouted “wolves”, and passing out each night in each others arms.

This was the perfect holiday.

 

Mother and Son in Sunflower Field

 

 

Minimalist Packing: The Toiletries

  1. Pit Liquor Deodorant: Martin and I are obsessed with this entire company. This scent is whiskey vanilla which I love and Martin loves the coconut rum. They come in spray bottles and roller bottles. They are glass so be careful! (Use code WONDERMAMAS15 for a discount!)
  2. Jojoba oil: I pick up my jojoba oil from our local farmers market. I add 12 drops of frankincense and 12 drops of lavender essential oils to each bottle before using. This is my face cleanser and face moisturiser all in one!
  3. My bamboo toothbrush. I packed 4, of course, but for photo sake you just see one.
  4. This is my favorite hair brush (I own one hair brush and one comb from this company, Tek Hair brushes).
  5. Plaine Products Shampoo & Conditioner: I do not mess around with my hair anymore and shampoo/conditoner bars. My hair is way too wavy, course, and latin to mess around anymore haha. I nearly destroyed it with the bars. So, I found this amazing company that has a vegan, natural, refillable, and super wavy/curly hair friendly line that keeps my strands hydrated and happy. I would say it resembled the Aveda shampoo line that I was addicted to for years and years before making the switch! If you want to give them a go, you can use the discount code: WonderMamas20. P.s. they do have travel sized ones but with sand and sea water, I knew I had to bring the big ones haha.

 

minimalist packing

 

 

  • Bandana: This bandana is about 5 years old and I do believe it came from H&M. Probably the only thing that ever lasted this long from that store haha. I use this when I wash my face, when I need a hair band, when I need a head band, etc.
  • Bandaids. Because….kids.
  • Georganics crush and brush toothpaste tablets. All you do is pop one tablet in your mouth and begin brushing with a wet toothbrush. Bam – you are set.
  • Eyelash curler and 100% pure lipstick: I use the lipstick as an impromptu blush as well. This is as far as I go with makeup in the Tuscan heat.
  • Tweezers: You all know that I only wax (no razor comes near my body) and tweezers are great for holidays for random clean up jobs.
  • Body wash and shampoo bar: This is all my kids and Martin need. We all share the body wash bar!
  • Lavera SPF 50 sunscreen: This is made for babies but I love it. It works great and this company is all around amazing. Heads up though: this sunscreen is WHITE. We all look like casper the ghost when we wear it.
  • Washable and reusable face wipes: These wipes come with this little bag. Once the wipes are dirty, toss in the bag. When the bag is full, simply toss into the wash and start over again. These work great for oil cleansing.
  • This spray bottle is my homemade bug spray made with lemongrass eucalyptus oil, geranium oil, and cedar wood oil.
  • The two roller bottles: One has a sleepy roller blend and the other is just a first aid cleaning alcohol that is super handy when the boys get a minor scrape. Just roll this over their cut/scrape and add the bandaid! Genius.
  • Wash Cloth: This wash cloth is made of jungle vine and comes from A Million Elephants. Made in Laos, this company is one of my all-time favourites for eco friendly and long lasting products. I also packed along their jungle vine produce bag and wallet!

 

 

Minimalist Packing: My Choice of Clothes

 

 

minimalist packing

 

  1. White Linen Long Sleeve Button Up by Sundays Designs: I love this linen button up top because it can be worn on its own over a swim suit, tucked into shorts or tied as a cute crop with a Sarong or skirt. I wore this nearly every day on the trip to protect myself from the sun!
  2. Organic Basics Tencel Tank Top: This is one of my all time favorite tanks and I own it in three colors. This looks great with the Patagonia hiking shorts, the linen skirt, and just as is with the panties. It is softer than anything else in my closet!

 

 

 

  • Linen Button Up Skirt by Sundays Designs: This link is no longer available but any button up skirt will do (or skip all together for a sarong). I wore this a few times for dinner and walking around the amazing Tuscany village.
  • Encircled 8 Ways to Wear It Chrysalis Cardi: This is supposed to be able to be worn 8 times but I have found out how to wear it 10 ways! I love to use this as a strapless dress and a skirt (not shown on the site, but super easy to make it happen). This is a capsule wardrobe must have.

 

 

5. Athletic Shorts: Any will do. I actually never wore these but I still think they are a smart addition in case you want to work out or go for a bike ride! It was just too hot for any of that haha.

6. Patagonia High Rise Wrinkle Free Shorts: These are my all time favorite shorts. I ordered these during a huge sale last year and I am just in love. They always look good, sit beautifully on my waist, and are extremely comfortable. 

 

 

7. Kindomshop Dress (This specific one is now gone but there are plenty of options here): I love every single dress from this shop. Just gorgeous and oh so sustainable.

8. Tet Swimwear Jacqueline One Piece Reversible Swim Suit: One side is a beautiful striped color and the reverse is a very cool green. Love this swimsuit! I used this as a body suit as well and paired it with the patagonia shorts for walking around the town. Paired below with my favorite robe by Luks linen!

 

luks linen robe

 

9. Striped Bikini gifted from a friend (she ordered the wrong size): I love this swimsuit but low and behold, it only held up for about 5 swims before losing all its color and turning into crap (another big reason why we only shop from sustainable brands). I’ll still keep it but gosh….this just reminded me how much we all need to shop with better brands.

10. Two sarongs: One short (very old from my closet) and one long from Nomads Clothing UK: I live in sarongs all year round. I wore both of these every single day and I usually sleep in the longer sarong by Nomads Clothing UK. 

11. Two Bralettes: One from Organic basics in tan and one from Hara the Label in green

 

hara the label

 

12. One Sports bra from Indigo Luna: The comfiest sports bra in the world in my opinion (I have tried hundreds in my life). Recommended by breast feeding moms everywhere!

13. Four Panties from Organic Basics, Bhumi Organic and Hara the Label

14. Two sets of earrings: From our local fair trade shop in town.

15. Not shown: I also packed two of my Wuka period panties just in case my period came on holidays. Good thinking because it hit two days before we left! I love my period panties…they make periods comfortable.

 

 

Minimalist Packing: The Bag

 

pakt bags

 

We have had the pakt bag for well over a year now and it’s my go to for pretty much any adventure including this trip to Tuscany. They also have a very cool back pack that works just like a carry on suit case if you are more of a back pack person!

All of my clothes from above, rolled, and my toiletries fit perfectly into this bag. I also packed along my laptop, charger, documents, my book, and camera supplies. Everything fit beautifully and unpacking is always a breeze. Highly recommend this to anyone looking for a duffel/backpack suitcase option!

p.s. This works as a brilliant diaper bag as well. It fit all my cloth diapers and the gear needed for our 24 hour travel trip to the states. Just unbeatable.

 

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Welp, that’s all I got for you today! I hope this helps you on your own sustainable, ethical, minimalist, and/or eco-friendly journey. As always, thanks so much for taking the time to visit our little site and thank you so much for all of the support. This post contains a few affiliate links from which we will receive a small percentage of commission. By clicking on the links and purchasing through our links, you help to keep this site alive! Yay!

 

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Vegan & Sustainable Fashion by LANIUS

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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!

Vegan & Sustainable Fashion by Lanius

 

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!

A Brief Overlook of LANIUS

 

 

Vegan & Sustainable Fashion by 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 centres is held to the highest standards.

 

 

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?

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.

 

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

 

 

 

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.’

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!

 

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