Organic Basics is one of my favorite sustainable brand for underwear and basics. The past months the brand launched a new collection made from TENCEL™. Tencel is a semi-synthetic fabric made by dissolving bleached wood pulp. The fabric is soft, absorbent, has a silk appearance, is easy to wash, resistant to wrinkles among other properties. The production of this fabric creates little waste. The production fabrics of Organic Basics are based in Portugal and ensure fair ethical practices. From the new collection, this is my favorite set.
The first time I heard about a tiny house was in the documentary ‘Minimalism’ on Netflix. Since then I fell in love on the idea of living in a small place, with only the necessary. Without extra space for clutter thus more space in your head for rest.
From the holiday park ‘Droomparken’ my husband and I got to stay in a tiny house for two nights. I finally experienced how it is to live in a small place like this. If I can live in a house like this with my husband and 1,5-year-old daughter? That deserves another blog post. For now, I want to show you how a one bedroom tiny house looks like.
A couple of years ago I discovered the world of podcasts. It was when I had a job where I had to commute three times per week that I got to listen to inspiring people for free. Today I want to share with you my favorite podcasts so far:
The School of Greatness by Lewis Howes
This podcast is my favorite one. Lewis interviews inspiring people with a powerful message about success, spirituality, passion, relationships, and life. He has interviewed from Brene Brown, Elizabeth Gilbert, Cesar Milan to my favorite reggaeton artist J Balvin.
Where Should We Begin? by Esther Perel
This podcast is very intimate. It follows the real-life therapy sessions of anonymous couples. They talk about sex, infidelity, homosexuality and all about relationships. Through the sessions of the couples, there is a lot that you can pick up and apply to your life.
Unruffled by Janet Lansbury
Janet Lansbury is an expert in Respectful Parenting (RIE). On the podcast, she answers questions from her community regarding parenting. Raising children is hard, but Janet gives helpful tips to create relationships with our children that are full of respect, trust, and love.
Conscious Chatter by Kestrel Jenkins
This podcast is great if you want to start to learn about sustainable fashion. Kestrel talks about sustainable labels, organic materials, fair wages and all about sustainability in fashion. She also interviews interesting people fighting against fast-fashion.
I have a couple of other podcasts that I listen to, but these are the ones I check on a regular basis. Do you have any podcast that I should try out? Let me know in the comments below.
Having a zero-waste bathroom is now easier with the new collection of Holland & Barrett. I have listed my favorite zero waste must-haves that you can start replacing now.
1. Reusable cotton pads
Washable cotton pads are made from organic cotton and are suitable for all skin types. They are an environmentally friendly alternative to throwaway cotton pads and wipes. The cotton pads from Holland and Barrett comes in a small bag perfect for traveling and keeping together when you throw in the wash. These cotton pads can be used solely with micellar water or facial cleansers to completely remove your makeup.
2. Reusable cotton cloth
Muslin cloths are an environmentally friendly alternative to wipes. Apply your favorite cleanser all over your face and down your neck. Rinse the cloth under warm water and squeeze out any excess water. Hold the cloth over your face for 5 seconds, then in gentle circular motions start to remove the cleanser.
3. Exfoliate mitt
The exfoliating hand glove from Holland & Barret is made from ramie. Ramie is a natural fiber from a plant in China know as a Chinese nettle. The fiber is naturally resistant to bacteria and mildew. Wet with warm water, apply your favorite shower gel or soap and massage in circular motions over the body for a light exfoliation. Once finished rinse and air dry.
4. Double-sided face cloth
Unbleached cotton towel on one side for gentle exfoliating. Unbleached muslin on the reverse for light cleansing. This cloth is an environmentally friendly alternative to wipes and exfoliator. Use warm water with a face wash or cleanser to gently clean and exfoliate the face. Use the smooth side for light cleansing and removing the product from the face. The textured side gently exfoliates and cleanses the skin leaving a radiant, clean and healthy face.
5. Bamboo toothbrush
A bamboo toothbrush lasts just as long as an ordinary plastic toothbrush. The handle is made from sustainable bamboo, the bristles are made from Nylon 6 and all the packaging is recyclable. The bamboo is biodegradable.
The season of wearing summer dresses is almost over. Before the autumn starts, I want to show you one of my favorite dresses from the sustainable brand ‘Jan ‘n June’. If you still don’t know this German label, read all about it here on an older blog post.
On this series of pictures, I am wearing the ‘Midi Slip Dress Capri Lemon’ on size S. The dress has a relaxed fit, midi length, and a low-cut back. The dress has a lining so it’s not see-through. The pictures were taken by the photographer Yenis Vega.
Check the new collection of Jan ‘n June for some sustainable autumn inspiration. Let me know which item is your favorite. Mine is definitely the pink dress.
Have you ever use a pencil until the end? I don’t know about you, but I don’t remember ever finishing a pencil. The brand Bloom Your Message had the same problem and came to a solution: Growing Pencils.
Growing pencils are like regular pencils. But instead of having an eraser at the end, these pencils have a special seed capsule. When you finish using a pencil, you can plant them and within days they will start growing. I got three pencils with different seeds. Cherry tomatoes, sunflowers and forget me not flowers. The pencils are made of sustainable wood.
ZustainaBox is a subscription box with only sustainable products. The box contains between 7 and 8 products and gets delivered every 8 weeks. The products are all vegan, cruelty-free and with a low environmental impact. At the moment they are still busy developing and filling the first boxes, but you can already sign up. Use my code ALISSONSIMMONDS15 to get a discount! Read more information here.
Have you ever found yourself missing a sock after putting a pair in the laundry? This is very common. Researchers determined that the average person loses 1.3 socks each month and more than 15 per year. And with the average person living to 81 years of age, that adds up to a whopping 1,264 socks lost during a lifetime. That is kind of a lot right?
Luckily there is a brand that has come to a solution to lonely socks. The Dutch brand QNOOP makes socks with a button on the one and a loop on the other. This way you can tie your socks together before washing them. Smart because you never lose one anymore doing your laundry. And it saves you tons of time matching your socks. On top of it its’ sustainable because people lose a lot of socks and then they throw away the lonely sock because there is no pair anymore.
The socks from QNOOP are ethically made in Portugal from organic cotton (GOTS certified). This uses 50% less water than when growing genetically modified cotton and there are no toxic chemicals used in the process.
The labels are made of recycled cardboard. And the button is bio-degradable. To make sure the socks are long-lasting, they are first steam and then press the socks in the factory in Portugal. This process prevents shrinkage and makes the socks ultra-soft.
From the collection of QNOOP I got the ‘Lurex Tube Navy‘ socks. Here are some pictures:
We all love coffee in the morning and even better if it’s to-go. While some people have reusable coffee cups, the majority of coffee drinkers opt for the fast and easy disposable coffee cup to hold their favorite drink. While this is good for both the local economy and our mental well-being, there are some negative side effects to that morning coffee-to-go.
Most of the disposable coffee cups cannot be recycled due to their plastic lining. While the paper part of the cup will break down quickly, it will take it over 30 years for the plastic lining to fragment and close to 100 years to break down completely.
Luckily there are now a lot of companies producing environmentally friendly products. This time I want to show you the reusable coffee cup that I use from the Dutch company Zuperzozial.
The coffee cup is made from bamboo and corn. The lid and grip are made from eco-friendly silicon. The cup is light in weight, which makes it handy to bring it in any bag. The cup is suited for hot and cold. And it’s dishwasher proof. I have the mini cruiser model in the color willow green.
As people begin to refuse single-use coffee cups, companies will adapt and adopt the same ideals and will be forced to change for good. Making a difference, one coffee at a time.
The mini cruiser reusable coffee cup, I got from the ZustainaBox. If you still don’t know, ZustainaBox is a subscription box with only sustainable products. The box contains between 7 and 8 products and gets delivered every 8 weeks. The products are all vegan, cruelty-free and with a low environmental impact. Use my code to sign in ALISSONSIMMONDS15 to get a discount! Read more information here.
Do you already have a reusable coffee cup? Let me know in the comments below.
Weddings are my favorite celebrations. It’s a good occasion to dress up, practice make-up skills and finally wear the high heels that are dusting in the closet. Since fair fashion has become more popular, the styles are changing and becoming something more than the typical hippy itchy hempy dress.
After checking out some of my favorite brands I listed out my favorite dresses for you. Let me know which one is your favorite.
Dutch people are known for their windmills, colorful bulb fields, wooden shoes, etc. But something that I have discovered that is very common in the Dutch culture, is to send cards. For birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, when you are sick, when you move into a new house, when you graduate, when a kid is born… Dutchies like to send greeting cards. As much as I try to keep the cards that I get, sooner or later some cards end up in the trash. Luckily, the Dutch company Bloom Your Message came out with a solution to this problem: Growing Cards!
The growing cards are made of sustainable paper with seeds inside. Under the soil, the paper will grow out into flowers, herbs or vegetables.
These cards are a great solution to reduce waste but still keeping up with traditions. You can also custom-make your cards to suit any occasion.
These set of cards, I got from the ZustainaBox. The subscription box with sustainable products. The box contains between 7 and 8 products and gets delivered every 8 weeks. The products are all vegan, cruelty-free and with a low environmental impact. If you want to try it out, use my code ALISSONSIMMONDS15 to get a discount. Read more information here.