Reusable Coffee Cup Made From Bamboo

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.

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Do you already have a reusable coffee cup? Let me know in the comments below.

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Dresses To Wear As A Guest On A Wedding

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.

Slip-on dress from Noumanon

Midi slip dress from Jan n June

Flower dress from Hide The Label

One sleeve ruffle dress from Mayamiko

Yellow dress from Rhuma
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Cards That Turn Into Flowers

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. 

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How it works.

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.

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My Only Bottle van SodaStream

Nieuw: My Only Bottle van SodaStream
De enige herbruikbare on-the-go fles waarmee je bruiswater kunt maken en waarmee je de Plastic Soup Foundation steunt

SodaStream, het bruiswatermerk dat het verschil wil maken door plastic wegwerpflessen overbodig te maken, introduceert een nieuw product: My Only Bottle. Het is de eerste herbruikbare én vaatwasserbestendige fles waarmee je ook bruiswater kunt maken. Een enorm handige bottle voor onderweg, tijdens het sporten of wanneer je lekker aan het shoppen bent. Bijdragen aan een betere wereld smaakte zelden zo goed.

De originele My Only Bottle heeft heel wat voordelen. 

  • de fles past op de meeste SodaStream toestellen (Spirit, Spirit One Touch en Cool) om makkelijk je eigen bruiswater te maken;
  • fashionable design met mooie metalen dop;
  • superhandig dankzij het draagkoord, zo kan je de fles overal mee naartoe nemen;
  • vaatwasmachinebestendig;
  • en last but not least, je bespaart duizenden plastic wegwerpflessen!

Blue, Pink, Black en Turquoise

De nieuwe halveliterfles voor onderweg is beschikbaar in drie kleuren: Icy Blue, Pink Blush en Black Noir. De speciale sportversie – in Bright Turquoise – is dankzij de aangepaste dop ook makkelijk te gebruiken tijdens een hardloopsessie of je favoriete yogales. Deze variant is vanaf september beschikbaar. 

 


Doneer 1 euro aan de Plastic Soup Foundation
Registreer je op www.myonlybottle.nl / www.myonlybottle.be en zorg ervoor dat je de unieke My Only Bottle als een van de eerste kan bestellen. My Only Bottle is verkrijgbaar voor €9,99 euro. Per verkocht exemplaar via SodaStreamStore.nl schenkt SodaStream 1 euro aan de Plastic Soup Foundation. Met deze handige en duurzame aankoop investeer je dus bovendien in onderzoek naar wegwerpplastic, waar de Plastic Soup Foundation zich voor inzet.

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Black T-Shirt Outfit Ideas

A basic t-shirt is my favorite item to wear during the summer. It is classic, effortless, timeless and perfect for all kind of occasions. It can be wear as an alternative to a blouse with a suit, tucked in into a high-waisted skirt, with similar white jeans, with a dungaree, with shorts, for the beach, for a dinner. A black t-shirt is a summer essential. I have gathered my favorite outfits for you to get inspired.

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Sustainable Shoes For The Summer

When I was searching for a sustainable chunky shoe style I found the Portuguese footwear brand Nae. Nae means No Animal Exploitation. Cruelty-free, fair wages and good quality are very important for the brand.

All of the products of Nae are manufacture in certified factories in Portugal, where employees are respected as well as the environment. Moreover, they work with natural materials such as cork and pineapple. Recycled materials like airbag and PET – plastic bottles. From their new collection here are my favorites:

Chunky Sneaker Coline

Shoes made from microfiber which gives a leather-look. It has two velcro closures and a chunky wavy sole. It is water resistant, breathable, anti-allergic and very comfortable.
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Nuce Peep ToePeep toe shoes with an open back and a block heel. Made from ecological microfiber. This model has a stripe that fits around the ankle with a silver buckle. The metal buckle is nickel-free.
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Pink Sandals
The sandal is made from a recycled airbag. The lining made from a breathable and anti-allergy microfiber. The slip sole is made from cork and natural latex. The outsole is made from recycled car Tyres.
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Open back sandal
The sandals are made from a suede look-alike microfiber (OEKO-TEX Certified). The lining is breathable and anti-allergy. The heel is 5 cm high. The outsole is made from rubber.
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Ankle strap sandal
Ankle strap sandal with a block 7,5cm heel. Made of ecological and resistant microsuede. Available in black, green, yellow and red.
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Which one is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below.

Use the code ‘ALISSON10’ to get 10% discount at www.nae-vegan.com

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Outfit Ideas To Wear For Work

What should I wear for work? That’s a common question we all have every morning. To help you get some inspiration, I have gathered my favorite office outfits to get you inspired. Most of the outfits are casual – business casual. I hope you like them and wear one of these outfits the next time you can.

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Chunky Shoes For The Summer

The 90s are making a comeback in the form of thick-soled shoes and it seems that everyone has embraced it. It all started back in 2015 when sleek sneakers dominated the market. The Adidas Stan Smith was seen during fashion weeks, in the red carpet and of course, everywhere on the streets. Consumers could not seem to get enough of the minimalist sneaker trend. Inspired by Scandinavian style, they were mass adopted as the new fashion shoe of choice.

The chunky shoe or more known in the fashion world as “dad shoe” was first debuted in the Balenciaga FW17 show during the Men’s Paris fashion week. Since then, it was the luxury range who have been wearing this trend. But since this year it has become the shoe of choice for high fashion, athletic brands, and fast-fashion lovers.

The dad sneaker proves to be another example of a trend that blurs traditional gender lines. While it may look like you have bricks strapped to your feet, these thick-soled sneakers are surprisingly lightweight and comfortable.

I have gathered my favorite styles for you to check. Let me know which one is your favorite.

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Sustainable Fashion Favorites For The Summer

Sustainable fashion has a bad reputation of being hippy, itchy, hempy and unstylish. Luckily producing ethical fashion and good looking pieces is becoming more of a priority for brands. It can be hard to look for those brands but there are some web shops that make it easy for us to find them. I want to show you my latest discovery: www.WatMooi.nl. This webshop sells only clothes from sustainable brands. Every brand chooses its own way of making sustainable fashion. Some brands pay particular attention to the garment workers. For other labels been responsible with the environment is the most important. A label that is 100% sustainable does not exist, but it is important that brands are doing the best they can.  After checking out the summer collection of watMooi I listed out my favorite items to make this a sustainable season.

Striped shirt and pants

alc_streep_pakThis striped combination of shirt and pants from the Dutch brand Alchemist can be worn as a suit. It looks classy yet cool. The shirt and the pants are made of 100% viscose.

Colorful summer pants

pantalon_streep_zijkant_langThis striped pants from the German brand ARMEDANGELS is a made of 100% Lenzing. It has a comfortable fit, due to an elastic waistband. Nice to combine with sneakers or with sandals.

Yellow pants

pantalon_denise_yellow_374These airy yellow pants are from the brand B. young. The pants have wide legs and a close at the front with a tie. Great to wear them for work or for a night out.

Yellow dress

rhum_model_devine_jurkThis yellow dress from the brand Rhumaa has a smooth, soft and relaxed fit. It is ethically made in Portugal from 70% cupro and 30% cotton. Cupro is a handmade natural fabric made from cellulose fiber. This fiber is obtained from cotton fluff and is a by-product of the industrial cotton harvest.

Flower jumpsuit

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This flower jumpsuit is from the brand King Louie. The fabric is 95% viscose and 5% elastane.

I hope you get inspired and next time you are looking for sustainable clothes and accessories you give it a try and check WatMooi out. You can use the code ‘Alisson19’ to get 20% discount on the whole collection of www.watmooi.nl

Natural Skin Care Products From Evolve Beauty

Since I decided to only use natural and organic skin care products, I have been testing and trying out new products. This time, I want to show you the latest brand that I discovered: ‘Evolve Beauty’.

The skin care products of Evolve Beauty are handmade at their own studio in Hertfordshire, England. They produce only in small batches to ensure the freshness of the antioxidants in the natural oils, butter, and extracts. All the products are vegan, cruelty-free and eco-friendly. From their products, I was gifted the lip treat, rainforest rescue blemish serum, true balance lotion, and the African orange aromatic lotion.

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Lip Treat

This lip balm is made from organic shea and cocoa butter. It is fragranced with essential oil of orange. The balm feels soft to the touch, has a light yellow color and the smell is very light. As soon as I put on some lip balm on my lips, I feel that my lips are been hydrated. Especially when my lips are very dry.  The balm feels soft and it doesn’t have any taste.  Besides my lips, I use the balm to nourish my nails.
Good to know: Orange Essential Oil is shown to promote the production of collagen as well as increase the blood flow to the skin. The sparkling effervescent aroma of Blood Oranges quenches the nerves, relaxes the spirit and evokes cheer.

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Rainforest Rescue Blemish Serum

This serum is made from Acai and Copaiba and willow bark (a natural source of salicylic acid). The serum is light in texture and has a delicate smell. I use it every morning before my usual moisturizer and at nights after I wash my face. Since I got my period after my pregnancy, my skin on my face has been blemish-prone. When I started using the rainforest serum I noticed a visible improvement in my skin.
Good to know: Amazonian blend of Acai and Copaiba is proven to decrease sebum production and reduce the appearance of blemishes and open pores, leaving the skin clear, calm and matte.

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True Balance Lotion

This lotion is made from ginger, moringa, avocado extract, and hyaluronic acid. The lotion is great for combination skin. I use it every morning and feel my skin hydrated the whole day. The smell is soft and the color is light yellow.
Good to know: African Moringa peptides protect skin cells from pollution and purify the skin.

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African Orange Aromatic Lotion

This lotion is made from organic shea butter and aloe vera. It is fragranced with blood orange, vanilla, and cedarwood. The lotion is silky and very moisturizing. It keeps my skin soft and hydrated for a long time. The smell is amazing. A combination of spicy and citrus. The lotion is one of my favorite products of Evolve Beauty.
Good to know: Cedarwood Essential Oil has an earthy aroma that is soothing and grounding. It was used by the Sumerians, Egyptians, and Tibetans

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Have you tried a product of the brand Evolve Beauty before?
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