Reusable Bamboo Cutlery Set

Some plastic items are more dangerous for sea animals than others. The Ocean Conservancy ranks plastic cutlery as the second most dangerous plastic trash, right after fishing nets. Animals in the ocean often mistake plastic trash for food, which leads to a painful death. To help the animals and the environment, the best thing to do is to avoid single-use plastic cutlery and start using reusable ones. By bringing your eco-friendly cutlery set on-the-go, you can refuse single-use plastics while still enjoying your food at the train, at the park or your take-away lunch. You can keep your reusable utensils in your bag or your car.

In my Zustainabox from October, I received a reusable bamboo cutlery set from the brand Bambaw. The set is made from bamboo. It includes a knife, a fork, a spoon and a drinking straw with a corresponding cleaning brush. They are all packed in a natural cotton pouch with additional space to add chopsticks or any other utensils.

I discovered the brand ‘Bambaw’ via ZustainaBox. The ZustainaBox is a box full of sustainable alternatives for your current products. The box contains between 7 and 8 items and gets delivered every 8 weeks. The products are all vegan, cruelty-free, help you towards a plastic-free life and are made with a low environmental impact. When you subscribe as a member, you will receive weekly tips and inspiration for an eco-lifestyle in your mailbox.

The boxes get deliver as green as possible. Within the cities, the delivery is by bicycle, outside the cities is with green cars. The next delivery dates are:
– The week of 16th December
– The week of 24th February


If you want to give it a try and join the club use my code ‘AS15’ to get 15% discount!
Read more information here.

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7 Cozy and Conscious Sweaters

The winter is just around the corner. This is the coziest season of it all. It’s time to stay in, drink hot beverages and wear warm sweaters. Since fair fashion has become more popular, the styles are changing and becoming something more than the typical hippy itchy hempy sweater.

After checking out some of my favorite brands I listed out my favorite sweaters for you. Let me know which one is your favorite.

Happy Heart Sweater from Dedicated Brand

Caramel Butter Sweater from ARMEDANGELS

Rose Knit from Kings of Indigo

Ecru Wild Sleeve Sweater from Thinking MU

Black Cotton Sweater from MASKA

Medinaa Sweater from ARMEDANGELS

Norway Sweater from Lanius

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Bamboo Cotton Buds From ZustainaBox

Using less single-use plastic products has become more and more necessary. Earlier this year the European Parliament has voted to ban single-use plastic cutlery, cotton buds, straws and stirrers as part of a sweeping law against plastic waste that despoils beaches and pollutes oceans. The law will come into force by 2021 in all EU member states.
This is very good news. Plastic is a very big issue, and this is the start of a big change in the products we consume.

The time has come, to find eco-friendly alternatives to plastic cotton buds. Luckily there are a lot of new brands adapting to the upcoming law. This time I want to show you the cotton buds from the brand ‘Loofy’s’.

The cotton buds of the Dutch brand Loofy’s are made of bamboo with soft cotton tops. This makes the cotton bud 100% biodegradable. The buds, as well as the packaging, are completely plastic-free. The packaging material consists of paper and cardboard from FSC approved wood. Besides, only bio-ink is used for printing on the packages.

You can use the cotton buds to clean your ears or fix your make-up. Bamboo buds are an easy swap towards a zero waste / less waste lifestyle.

I discovered the brand ‘Loofy’s’ via ZustainaBox. The ZustainaBox is a box full of sustainable alternatives for your current products. The box contains between 7 and 8 items and gets delivered every 8 weeks. The products are all vegan, cruelty-free, help you towards a plastic-free life and are made with a low environmental impact. When you subscribe as a member, you will receive weekly tips and inspiration for an eco-lifestyle in your mailbox.

The boxes get deliver as green as possible. Within the cities, the delivery is by bicycle, outside the cities is with green cars. The next delivery dates are:
– The week of 21st October
– The week of 16th December
– The week of 24th February

If you want to give it a try and join the club use my code ‘AS15’ to get 15% discount!
Read more information here.

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Röhnisch: Sustainable Sportswear Brand

After a year of trying I finally have made working out a habit. In the beginning, it didn’t work out because I wanted to start with 3 days per week right away. And after a week or two I just didn’t take the time anymore for it. This time, I started to go just once per week. Slowly I have been adding a day and it’s working! I love how I feel after a workout, I love to have one hour for myself. My tip for you is to start working out just once per week. And slowly add more days. If I can do it, so can you.⁠⠀

On this OOTD I am wearing sports clothes from the Swedish brand Röhnisch. They make stylish, trendy and comfortable sportswear for women. Sustainability and ethical practices are at the core of the brand. For their pieces, they use recycled materials. All clothing is made in factories where people work under fair conditions. There is a “Code of Conduct” that all their suppliers must adhere to. This includes agreements on, among other things, exploitation, child labor, discrimination, and the environment.

The brand works together with the organization “Hand in hand”. This organization is working in a world without poverty and child labor. In India, the organizations work together to help women start their own businesses. They do this by sharing knowledge about business operations, but also by offering “microfinance”. Röhnisch has also been a partner of Pink Ribbon since 2014 and has sports bras in their collection that are suitable for women with prostheses.

From the Röhnisch current collection, I got the ‘Miko Tights Burgundy’ and the ‘Braid Sports Bra Burgundy’. Here are some pictures:

Keep an eye on my Instagram account. I will be holding a giveaway soon where you can win your own sports outfit from Röhnisch. 

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Zero Waste Kitchen With ZustainaBox

The world generates at least 3.5 million tons of plastic and other solid waste a day, 10 times the amount a century ago, according to World Bank researchers. Landfills are among the biggest contributors to soil pollution, roughly 80% of the items buried in landfills could be recycled. Shocking right? Luckily, due to the popular zero-waste movement companies are rethinking the materials, packaging and how to reduce waste.

This time I want to show you a replaceable head washing brush from the brand The Zero Waste Club. The brush is made from sustainable bamboo. It has two pieces. The handle and the head. Once the head is worn out, it can be easily replaced. The handle can still be used for a long time. The bristles are made from 100% natural sisal plant. Besides for the dishes the brush can be used to clean all kind of things. The brush is completely biodegradable.

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The bamboo dish brush I got from the ZustainaBox. The ZustainaBox is a box full of sustainable alternatives for your current products. The box contains between 7 and 8 items and gets delivered every 8 weeks. The products are all vegan, cruelty-free, help you towards a plastic-free life and are made with a low environmental impact. When you subscribe as a member, you will receive weekly tips and inspiration for an eco-lifestyle in your mailbox.

The boxes get deliver as green as possible. Within the cities, the delivery is by bicycle, outside the cities is with green cars. The next delivery dates are:
– The week of 21st October
– The week of 16th December
– The week of 24th February
If you want to give it a try and join the club use my code ‘AS15’ to get 15% discount!
Read more information here.

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Are you already a ZustainaBox member? Let me know in the comments below.

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TENCEL™ Favorites From Organic Basics

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 lite bralette, lite briefs, and the lite singlet in color dusty rose.

Wearing the softest most comfortable bralette ever. The color is Dusty Rose, the size is M.

The collection of Organic Basics is timeless, basic and minimalistic. Check it out and use my code: ALISSONOBC3 to get a discount at www.organicbasics.com

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Sustainable Dress From Jan ‘n June

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.

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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.

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Pencils That Blooms Into Flowers

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.

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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.

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No More Lonely Socks With QNOOP

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.

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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:

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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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