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!

@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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organic cotton textiles by Zuahaza
Organic Cotton Textiles by Zuahaza

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. Be sure to snag the last few items on their current sale going on: 25% off the roots collection with discount code: ZUAHAZASUMMER20

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 Roots collection:

25% off until September 15th with code: ZUAHAZASUMMER20

Salento Zuahaza Pillows
 

Salento Pillows: 100% organic cotton | 100% naturally dyed | 18″ x 18″

 

Iza Reversible Zuahaza PIllow
 

Iza Reversible Pillow: 100% organic cotton | 100% naturally dyed | 20″ x 30″ | Reversible

 

Charalá Zuahaza Blanket
 

Charalá Zuahaza Blanket: 100% organic cotton | 100% naturally dyed | 60″ x 80″ | MADE TO ORDER

 

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!

They are currently making room for the next collection and all of the ROOTS collection is 25% off until September 15th with code: ZUAHAZASUMMER20. If you are looking to support a woman owned business, a women supporting business, a small business, or an all around sustainable and ethical business – you cannot get any better than this one!

**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!

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5 Ways to Repurpose Old Clothes
5 Ways To Repurpose Old Clothes

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

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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

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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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guide to zero waste skin care
Guide to Zero Waste & Cruelty-Free Skin Care

Guide to Zero Waste Skin Care

Yes, my loves, these changes are easy, effective, and eco-friendly!

Welcome back to the blog! Due to the huge response to our Instagram Zero Waste Swap posts, we have decided to turn these into proper blog posts to chat more, educate more, inspire more, and (hopefully) help you on your journey! I think the response was so great for these posts because I am using all first hand experience and sharing what has ACTUALLY worked for us as a family. This isn’t for the Pinterest perfect lifestyle – this is my real life and what works for me. Read more

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

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

  1. 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.
  2. Bandaids. Because….kids.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Body wash and shampoo bar: This is all my kids and Martin need. We all share the body wash bar!
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. This spray bottle is my homemade bug spray made with lemongrass eucalyptus oil, geranium oil, and cedar wood oil.
  10. 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.
  11. 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!
  12. 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!

    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.

       

      If you liked this blog post, check these other ones out!

      Zero Waste Deodorant that Actually Works

      Zero Waste Bathroom Products

      Our Real Life Imperfect Zero Waste Home

      7 Ways Parents Can Save the Earth From Home

      What A Zero Waste Home Actually Looks Like

       

      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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      DIY Zero Waste Swaps
      5 DIY Zero Waste Swaps. Simple, Fun, and Effective!

      Simple, Effective, and Fun

      5 DIY Zero Waste Swaps that you can make at home!

      Welcome back to the blog, loves! It’s always an honour to have you here. Today I am going to share with you my top 5 DIY Zero Waste Swaps that I create in the comfort of my own home. These swaps have saved our family tons of money, they are super simple and effective, and can even be turned into gorgeous gifts for birthday/holiday season. Yay for Zero Waste and DIY!

      This will definitely be the first of many DIY Zero Waste Blog Posts because there are just so many and I love them all. I will start with the 5 easiest ones that you can do immediately with items around the house. Keep a look out for links within this blog post as well – they will direct you to further information or even a direct link to a recommended product.

       

      If you are new to the zero waste / low waste / minimalism lifestyle, I want to make one thing clear. Do NOT throw any of your used/abused/torn/ragged items out until you have checked in with the zero waste community first. There may be some amazing DIY crafts that you can do with these so-called “trash” items. Ragged old towels, stained/worn clothes, broken reusable bottles, old Tupperware, etc. The longer we can keep these out of the landfill, the better. So let’s get to crafting and creating!

       

      DIY Zero Waste Swaps: Homemade Cleaning Solutions!

      5 DIY Zero Waste Swaps

      I grew up hating the smell of vinegar. My father had a bottle that he loved to keep in the bathroom to wipe down the cabinets and bath tub every week or so. The smell would linger for days and it hurt my little nostrils. Later, when I was much older, I was hesitant to ever use vinegar as a cleaning solution.

      That is until I found the infusion method. Here is how it works: Fill a large glass jar with a tight seal about 85% full (I love this size here) with white distilled vinegar. Peel 2 large lemons and toss the peels into the jar. Grab a handful of fresh rosemary and toss that in next. Feel free to add in extra citrus peels (orange/lime) and herbs (lavender is heavenly) and then tightly seal. Let sit in your pantry or a cool/dark place for 6 weeks.

      Voila! You have infused your vinegar.

      Take a spray bottle (I love these) and fill half way with the strained infused vinegar and half distilled water. If you wish, you can also add some 60-70% proof alcohol (like rubbing alcohol) as well for the disinfectant power. Shake and use as you would a general cleaner. I love to use the vinegar and water mixture for cleaning windows, the kitchen, floors, and the like.

      If using alcohol, I add 1 part of each: 1 part alcohol, 1 part vinegar, and 1 part water. Many like to add 2 parts alcohol, 2 parts water, and 1 part vinegar or less. Do as you wish!

      Keep the already infused vinegar in the pantry, sealed, until ready to refill your spray bottles again.

      So, what about the baking soda? For any hard to clean surfaces, simply shake some baking soda over it and then spray the vinegar infusion. The combined power will cause bubbles and an epic cleaning machine!

      Curious how to make your own white distilled vinegar? Check this post out here!

      DIY Zero Waste Swaps: Homemade Hankies and Wipes

      Homemade Hankerchiefs

      The options are really endless for this DIY swap. You can create your own hankies, cloth wipes, wet wipes, face wipes, and even toilet paper if you are up for it! All you need are those old raggedy clothes/towels that no longer serve their purpose.

      For hankies: I love mine to be a nice long rectangle. It’s as easy and cutting the fabric into your shape! To avoid any fraying, you can easily sew the edges but I only do this for certain fabrics that are already on their very last leg. For the most part, just slicing and folding is all I need to do.

      For cloth wipes/wet wipes: I love to use the babies old blankets/old clothes for these. Soft and perfect for wiping them clean! Simply slice into small squares and store into a reusable bag. If you want wet wipes, you can grab a mason jar and fill with water and a tsp of coconut oil. Add the small squares to the mason jar and use as you would wet wipes! For on the go wet wipes, pull out a handful of the squares, squeeze gently, and then place into a reusable bag (like these here). To wash, simply toss into the washing machine as you would soiled towels. Be sure to replace the water and coconut oil every second day.

      For face wipes: I like to use two types of fabrics for this! One super soft fabric like an old baby blanket and another semi-rough fabric for a light exfoliation. Slice into small squares. These are fantastic for oil cleansing.

      DIY Zero Waste Swaps: Never Buy Drinking Glasses Again!

      It may drive Martin a bit crazy, but we have NEVER had traditional drinking glasses. We drink from old jars!

      As a woman who loves to DIY just about everything…I have to say that I have my fair share of glass jars! We save each and every one and use them for drinking glasses, overnight oats glasses, dessert glasses, DIY beauty recipes, and tons of prepping needs. I cannot recommend saving your glasses enough! It’s like…free stuff! haha.

      Every Sunday I start off my meal prep by blending up 3 sauces/dressings for dipping and drizzling. My glass jars are the perfect companions for this and I have them in almost every size, so it’s always a perfect fit! We keep the large ones (think sauerkraut or pasta sauce) for drinking, keep the small ones for baby sized drinks, and the rest is used for everything in between. I do recommend storing the lids in a reusable bag somewhere that’s convenient – they are a pain in the butt for the junk drawer!

      DIY Zero Waste Swaps: Homemade Face Cleansers

      DIY Zero Waste Swaps

      There are a few different ways to go about cleansing your face in the zero waste/low waste realm. You could go with Martin’s routine of using warm water and a light exfoliating cloth wipe (his skin is fabulous by the way), you could go with a sudsing clean via Castile soap, a muddy clean via bentonite clay, or an oil cleansing clean via my current favorite recipe! I’ll be sharing each one with you today.

      Warm Water and an exfoliating cloth wipe: this is where your raggedy old towels and clothes come in! You need a light exfoliating cloth (Martin uses the babies old bath towel cut into squares) and warm water. If he is extra dirty, he will use some coconut oil as well.

      The Castile Soap Solution: For this you will need some Castile soap and water. Essential oils are a great addition (I enjoy lavender and frankincense). I used this face wash for the first year on our journey and it was lovely! However, my skin let me know (yes, she speaks to me in her own way) that she needed something much more nourishing as I got older. If you want to try this cleanse out, mix together 8 oz water with 8 oz liquid Castile soap. If you wish to add the essential oils, add in 15 drops of each lavender and frankincense! Feel this recipe out and then add more water as needed until it reaches your desired feeling.

      Shocked? See! I told you it was easy!

      Bentonite Clay Cleanse: Even though I am strictly and oil cleanser now (see below), I still use my bentonite clay once a week to deep clean. I highly recommend it! Simply add 2 tsp (using a non metal spoon) of bentonite clay to the palm of your hand followed by 2 tsp of water. Mix and then rub into your face very well. I like to let it sit for a few minutes and then wash off with luke warm water. Pat dry and follow up with a face oil or moisturizer.

      My Oil Cleanser: First, you want to choose your base. My research recommends sunflower oil, jojoba oil, almond oil, hemp oil or grapeseed oil. You can mix and match to your liking. I personally use straight jojoba oil and then I add lavender and frankincense essential oils directly to the bottle with a dropper. I pick up my jojoba oil from our local farmers market every 6-8 weeks or so for about 10 euros a bottle and bring back the empty bottle. So here is how I go about this: First, I add about a hefty tsp of oil to the palm of my hand and rub it into my face and neck. I like to massage my face for a solid minute or 2 and let the oil sit for an extra minute. I grab my face cloth, run hot water over it, and quickly wring it out. Next, I lay the warm cloth over my face and gently wipe my face. There should still be oil sitting on the face (a very light layer), so no need for an additional moisturiser!

      DIY Zero Waste Swaps: The Orphan Socks

      DIY Zero Waste Swaps:

      This swap is genius and I cannot take any credit for it. I owe all credit for this idea to our neighbour who has been doing this for years haha.

      Take all of your old orphan socks and place them in a two jars: One for the large socks and the second for the smaller. The large socks are fantastic to use as dusters and many will even fit the a dusting mop (think swiffer!). The first time I saw her dust mop with the orphan sock, I fell in love.

      The small socks are fantastic for SO many things. Crafts, halloween costumes, homemade dolls, bath soaks (add oatmeal to a sock, tie and drop into a bathtub!), ice compressor covers (fill with some peas, ice or whatnot when someone has a boo-boo), and so much more. Keep those socks!

       

      I truly hope these 5 simple ideas helped you to look at zero waste a bit more enthusiastically! I promise, it is such a fun and creative way to live. 

      Need more inspiration?

      Check out these other zero waste posts!

      A Zero Waste Period Guide

      Zero Waste Bathroom Hacks

      Our Real Life Imperfect Zero Waste Home

      A Peek Into our Zero Waste Home

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

       

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      Vegan & Sustainable Fashion by LANIUS

      Vegan & Sustainable Fashion by LANIUS

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

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

      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!

      If you liked this blog post on the Vegan & Sustainable Fashion by LANIUS, check these other ones out!

      10 Ethical and Sustainable Brands for Spring

      Sustainable and Ethical Capsule Wardrobe: Fall/Winter Edition

      Full Guide to Sustainable and Ethical Shopping for children

      Ethical Fashion Series Spotlight: Nomad’s Clothing 

      7 Ways Parents Can Save the Earth From Home

       

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      EarthHero: Eco-Friendly Marketplace
      All About EarthHero: Online Marketplace for Conscious Consumers

      EarthHero: The Online Marketplace for Conscious Consumers

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

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

       

      EarthHero: The Eco-Friendly Online Marketplace

      So let’s dive right in, shall we?

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

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

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

      EarthHero Online Marketplace: Vision & Mission

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

       

      EarthHero: The Eco-Friendly Online Marketplace

       

      EarthHero: They don’t just talk the talk…

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

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

       

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

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

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

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

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

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

      EarthHero: Eco-Friendly Marketplace

      Alright Alright, But What Does EarthHero Sell?!

       

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

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

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

      What if you cannot find what you are looking for?

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

      Do they ship internationally?

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

      Do you have an awesome discount code for us?!

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

       

      Some of My Favorite EarthHero Items

       

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

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

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

       

      WonderMamas Discount Code + A Big EarthHero Sale

       

      So, first off, save the code “wondermamas” to save 10%!

       

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

       

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

       

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