Simple Tips To Live More Sustainable

50 Easy tips to live a more sustainable lifestyle.

1. Use a bicycle as your main form of transportation. Buy it second-hand from a trusted shop.

2. If your work is not reachable by bicycle, use public transport. Make it a habit to use it at least a couple of days per week. It’s also a great opportunity to catch up on reading and podcasts.

3. Use stairs over the elevator. This also doubles up as a booty workout.

4. Bring your coffee-to-go reusable cup.

5. Opt to receive digital letters and notices.

6. Put up a no junk mail sign on your letterbox to limit the amount of paper waste.

7. Send cards made from growing paper.

8. Turn off your computer and other electronic devices before going to sleep.

9. Spend more time outside. Try to go for a walk at least 20 minutes per day. Regardless of the weather.

10. Eat more plant-based whole foods. Eat completely vegan once or twice per week.

11. Read your favorite newspaper publications online instead of reading the paper versions.

12. Cook more at home. Regularly prepare home-cooked meals and save on takeaway storage containers.

13. Refuse disposable cutlery and napkins. Get your own set of reusable bamboo cutlery.

14. Carry around your handkerchief instead of using disposable tissues.

15. Use cloth diapers and wipes for your baby.

16. Use stainless steel drink bottles or glass bottles.

17. Buy second-hand clothes for your baby made from cotton. Refuse polyester as much as possible.

18. Use only wooden toys and toys made from natural materials.

19. Get the furniture for the nursery room second-hand.

20. Make your own baby food in batches, portion it and freeze it.

21. Use washable straws instead of disposable plastic straws.

22. Use cloths instead of paper towels.

23. Make your own coffee instead of buying takeaway.

24. Use make-up brands that don’t test on animals.

25. Use only natural and organic skin-care brands.

26. Start replacing your bathroom products for zero-waste products.

27. Use a bamboo toothbrush.

28. Make your scrub.

29. Use LED lighting instead of incandescent lighting as it’s proven to last longer, which reduces the need to keep purchasing light bulbs.

30. Instead of turning on the heating, put on an extra layer of clothing.

31. Open up your curtains and use as much natural light as possible before switching on the lights.

32. Turn off the lights when you leave a room.

33. Hang your wet clothes on a drying line or rack instead of using a powered dryer.

34. Wash your clothes on the laundry machine only when you have a full batch.

35. Get a water-saving showerhead and time your showers to 5 min.

36. Grow your own herbs, fruit, and vegetables and use organic fertilizers.

37. Refuse plastic bags. Take your own bags for groceries.

38. Buy fruits and vegetables without plastic packaging.

39. Avoid buying plastic-wrapped dry products, opt for products packed in carton boxes.

40. Refuse plastic bottle water.

41. Look for outfit inspirations on Pinterest with items of clothes that you already have.

42. When you need new clothes, go to second-hand shops first.

43. Refuse fast-fashion brands. Unsubscribe from their newsletter, erase the apps.

44. Invest in better quality items that last longer.

45. Support fashion brands that are ethical and environmentally conscious.

46. Save gift bags and boxes for future use.

46. Give people experiences instead of things.

47. Use rechargeable batteries where possible.

48. Recycle your devices when ready to dispose of.

49. Buy refurbished electronic devices

50. Fly by airplane only when it’s necessary. Plan your vacations by train, bike or by car.

The best way to changing your life towards a more sustainable life is dong it little by little. Changing one habit at the time.

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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.
Shop here

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.
Shop here

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.
Shop here

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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Cook Healthy And Easy With The Veganbox.nl

Everyone knows about Hello Fresh and Marley Spoon. A weekly box with recipes and the exact amount of ingredients you need. The vegan box has the same principle but they only make plant-based recipes.

This box is ideal for busy people who want to eat healthier and more plant-based, but do not have the time to find it all out for themselves. With the box in the house, you can immediately go into the kitchen and follow the recipes. Most of the recipes take between 30 and 40 minutes.

Last week I received my first box and I was positively surprised. The box arrived on a Tuesday night. That same day I received a message from PostNL with the time of delivery within a time window of one hour. In case you are not home, you can ask the postman to leave the box at one of your neighbors or even under the chair of the front garden.

Quickly I unpacked the bags and everything looked neat and fresh. The box contained three vegan recipes with the exact amount of ingredients for two people. Most of them were organic. And what I liked a lot, is that most ingredients are wrapped in paper. My box only had a few ingredients wrapped in plastic.veganbox.nl

From the recipes, I started with the gyros from the brand Vleesch Noch Visch. Normally, I don’t eat much meat replacements. But this gyros I will definitely like to eat again. The tzatziki made the dish very tasty. This recipe was the easiest of the box to make.Vegan gyros Vlesch noch Visch The next recipe was a yellow curry with crispy cauliflower. Curries are one of my favorite dishes. With this recipe, I learned how to make it different from how I normally cook it. The crispy cauliflower was a nice touch. I will use it for wraps or tacos as well.
Autumn Curry Vegan

The last recipe of the box was the one I was, in the first place, the less enthusiastic about. But this one surprised me the most: Pearl couscous with roasted pumpkin and cranberries. This was absolutely my personal favorite of the box. I never tasted a dish like this before.Pearl couscous with pum

The vegan box is a great initiative to help people that want to start with a vegan lifestyle but don’t know how. The meals are well balanced with grains, protein, and vegetables. I hope you get inspired and give a try to the vegan box. For more information check https://veganbox.nl

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Vegan Dishes To Make This Autumn

Hello Autumn, hello comfort food. My favorite season is here. In order to make this season a little bit more sustainable, let’s use as much as possible fresh ingredients that come from the region. September, October, and November is the best season to eat pumpkin, squash, cabbage, sweet potatoes, carrots, and Brussel sprouts. Although tomatoes and cucumbers can still be grown in Dutch greenhouses in an energy-efficient manner, most greenhouse products are more polluting for the environment than vegetables and fruits that grow in the open air. The best and cheapest is to eat products that are grown on Dutch soil. Here are some easy recipes you can make this season:

Pumpkin soup with ginger

Pumpkin soup with ginger

Eating pumpkin is very healthy. Pumpkin is rich in fiber, potassium, and vitamin C. Gingerol is the main bioactive compound in ginger. It has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. 
See the recipe here

Beets salad

Beets salad

Beets are rich with potassium, betaine, magnesium, folate, vitamin C and a have a good dose of nitrates. Beets can also help reduce blood pressure and anemia, improve circulation and cognitive function.
See the recipe here

Grilled veggies

Grilled vegetables vegan recipe

This easy recipe is great for a lazy night. You can just add any veggie you have at home and put them all together in the oven.
See the recipe here

Lentils dish

Lentils dish

Lentils are rich with fiber, protein, minerals, and vitamins. They are a must in a vegan diet. Lentils are also very versatile. You can eat them in salads, in soups, with rice or in a dish like this one.
See the recipe here

Filled Pumpkin

Filled pumpkin vegan recipe

Pumpkin is a very versatile veggie. You can boil it, bake it, puree it and even fill it and put it in the oven.
See the recipe here

I hope you like this recipes and try them this autumn.

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Favorite Eco-Products​ From May

Since I started to care more about the products I use, I have been collecting different eco-brands and trying them out. Every month on this new blog series, I will show you my favorite products. It’s time to promote the best eco-friendly products which are encouraging us to think a little greener about our consumption and to protect the environment. Here are the products I tried in May:

Natural deodorant

Creme deodorant from The Ohm Collection
Last year, I discovered this Dutch brand and I have been a fan since. I tried their powder deodorant ‘no sweat’ and like it a lot. This spring they released a new line of creme deodorants, I immediately wanted to try it out. I chose the smell of orange blossom. The ingredients are all certified organic and the oils are all-natural. To use it, you have to twist up, put a drop on your fingertips and apply it on your armpits. You don’t need much: a fingertip will do the job. My experience with this one was very good. I like the soft smell of orange. This deodorant is free of synthetics and aluminum, it’s cruelty-free and vegan.
Read more about The Ohm Collection here: www.theohmcollection.com 

Washable cloth pads

Sanitary pads from Imse Vimse
These washable pads were my lifesavers during my post-partum time. The pads are made of 100% organic cotton. To use it, you have to place the printed side facing up and wrap it on to your underwear. The pads are very soft and comfortable. When I used them for the first time, I was surprised by the fact that the pads don’t smell so bad as the disposable ones. The pads can be washed in the washing machine at max 60°.
Read more about Imse Vimse here: www.imsevimse.com
You can get these pads online at http://www.greenjump.nl

Qnoop sustainable socks

Socks from Qnoop
No more missing socks with Qnoop! Qnoop is an Amsterdam based brand of sustainable socks. The socks have a button in one pair and a loop in the other so that you can tie them and put them in the washing machine without losing them. I have the ‘Glitter Rib’ socks in pink. They are made of certified bio cotton. The button, to tie them, is hand-made of biodegradable material. The socks feel very soft. I like to wear them, to give my outfits an extra touch.
Read more about Qnoop here: www.qnoop.com

Dream cream Lush

Dream cream hand & body lotion from Lush
Lush makes products with fresh and as much as possible natural ingredients. The products are ethically hand-made and cruelty-free. They have a big selection of vegan products too. This time, I tried the ‘Dream Cream’. The cream feels light and is very good for a dry skin. It has a soft smell of chamomile. I like it because it absorbs quickly into the skin. It leaves my skin with a soft and smooth feeling.
Read more about Lush here: www.lush.nl

Eco products of the month

I hope you enjoy my list and that you would like to try some of the products I mentioned. Check here to see my list from January, and here to see my list from February.

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5 ETHICAL, ECO & VEGAN SHOES FOR THE WINTER

Leather alternative quality shoes it is a relatively new product which makes it difficult to find in regular shops. Luckily I found the Dutch webshop “En-&“. The owner: Laura, started the webshop where she only sells eco and vegan shoes. For her, it’s important to wear fashionable shoes, that no animal was needed to be the harm in the process. If you are looking for a more sustainable pair of shoes, then En& is the place to be. After checking out their current collection, I listed out my favorite pairs for you:

1. Bline black or brown

Made from microfibers with a special “leather” look. The microfibers are made from a combination of nylon, cotton, and polyester. The material is OEKO-TEX certified which guarantees that the production don’t make any waste of water or energy. Microfibers are as tough as leather and less prejudicial to the environment.
Shop the boots here

2. Etna airbag white

Ecological, breathable and anti-allergy boots made of recycled airbag. The production comes with the intention of giving a new life to a material that is no longer useful, reusing the nylon present in the airbags and give them a new purpose.
Shop them here

3. Basic black or white

Made out of Pineapple leaf fibers. This fabric is produced by an English company that works with local farmers in The Philippines. The pineapple production is not specifically to make shoes, they only use the pineapple leaves from pineapple that are consumed. The production is made by local farmers where the human rights and the labor laws are respected. Pineapple leaves are waterproof, breathable and anti-allergic.
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4. Bare black

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Made from pineapple leaf fibers. Available also in white and gold.
Shop them here
(See here for outfit inspirations with this sweater)

5. Lorena black or brown

Made from ecological breathable microfiber.
Shop them here

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