Zero Waste Bathroom With Holland & Barrett

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.

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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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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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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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6 Sustainable Rain Jackets To Survive The Dutch Autumn

Autumn, is here. That means the rainy season has officially started. In order to make the bike rides to the market, to the store or to the pub more comfortable it is recommended to have a good rain jacket. Most of the rain jackets are made from polyester. This is one of the best materials to make water resistant garment. Even though this material is not sustainable at all, I discovered some brands that use recycled polyester to make their jackets. By recycling, we are not increasing the demand for new plastic and are helping to give new life to what otherwise would have ended up in the trash.

Today I listed out my favorite rain jackets for you:

1. Maium

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Maium is a Dutch brand. They make rain jackets from recycled plastic bottles with a PU coating. The jackets are wind and waterproof with double welded seams. The jacket can be washed at 30°. (See an outfit picture here)

2. Becksöndergaard

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This leaf printed raincoat from the Danish brand Becksöndergaard has a loose fit. You can wear a sweater or another jacket underneath. The raincoat is water resistant. An ideal jacket to wear while biking.

3. Rains

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This green blue unisex jacket from the Danish brand Rains is made of 50% PU ECO tex 100 rubber and 50% recycled PET. The jacket has a soft touch, is wrinkle-free, and waterproof. The jackets are slightly oversized so it can be worn over a normal coat.

4. Röhnisch

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Röhnisch is a Swedish sportswear brand. This green raincoat you can wear when you go to the forest, the beach or the gym. The nickel-free zipper at the front also opens at the bottom allowing you to move freely. The coat is water and windproof.
Shop Röhnisch with 10% discount by using my code ‘Alisson’ here.

5. Thought

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This white dots-yellow raincoat from the brand Thought is made from 100% Recycled plastic. The coat can be folded away into its own pocket. Making it very handy to bring always with you in your bag.

6. Insane In The Rain

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This raincoat is from the brand Insane in the Rain. The coat is made from recycled PET bottles. It uses between 17 to 23 plastic bottles per coat. The jacket has a flared model, zip and pockets at the front and a hood with drawcords.

I hope you get inspired and next time you are looking for a raincoat, you give it a try and check these brands. Do you know a brand I should add to my list? Let me know in the comments below.

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Alisson

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Washable And Reusable Products: ImseVimse

ImseVimse is a Swedish brand of reusable textile products. It started as a cloth diaper brand but it has expanded and now they make washable products for women as well.
In order to protect the environment, for all of their products ImseVimse uses cotton that is organically cultivated. Like this, they can be certain to offer clean and good products.

The production takes place mainly in Europe, primarily in Latvia and in Turkey. They impose strict demands on suppliers and manufacturers. And carry out annual checks on the working conditions in their factories. All of their products meet the OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 for textiles. Which means they are sustainably produced and have been tested for harmful substances.

The motto of the company is to create good products that matter and make a difference in the world. ImseVimse’s head office is based in the Swedish city Visby, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

From their collection I got the following products:

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Pantyliners, baby bibs, washable wipes, and cleansing pads
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These cleansing pads are washable, ideal for makeup removing.
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The pantyliners are made of 100% organic cotton. These pads are perfect to combine with a menstrual cup.

From the baby collection, I use the all-in-one cloth diaper.

I hope you like this brand and give it a try.  In The Netherlands, you can buy ImseVimse at the webshop www.GreenJump.nl

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Sustainable Brand: Weaverbirds

Weaverbirds is a small social enterprise based in Uganda and in Denmark. The owner Liv, is from Denmark but lived in Uganda for many years up. After having worked in development for a decade she wanted to do something different which had a more immediate impact on both socio-economically and environmentally development. These two ideas quickly merged into Weaverbirds.

The main focus of Weaverbirds is to be as sustainable as possible throughout the entire production chain. They only use local cotton certified CmiA (Sustainable by the Cotton made in Africa) initiative. This means that the cotton is grown by small-scale farmers working under good conditions and receiving a fair price for their products. The cotton plants are non-GMO, not irrigated, and harvested by hand without the use of chemical defoliant. The workers in the spinning mill and dye-workshop are furthermore hired under good conditions and not exposed to harmful chemicals. Their weavers get paid a fair wage and are ensured constant employment and therefore always know that they have a full salary at the end of the month. They also minimize waste through the design and cutting phase, as well as by using whatever scraps they have left for other alternative products.

Weaverbirds focus as well on giving back to the community. Every year they have a charity wrap where all proceeds go to a charity of their choice. In 2017 they donated to Maternity Worldwide’s project in Uganda and they give a percentage of the annual income to a maternal mental health project in eastern Uganda.

On these series of pictures, I show you how I wear my baby in the ‘Canopy’ wrap from Weaverbirds. The pictures were made in Amersfoort by the photographer Marisa Elisa Photography.

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What I´m wearing:
Shirt // Organic Basics Use this code to get 20% discount: OBxsimmonds20 Shop here
Pants // Pre-owned from my mother
Shoes // Po-zu
Wrap // Weaverbirds

I hope you get inspired and next when you need a baby wrap you support this beautiful company. Discover more about the world of Weaverbirds here: http://weaverbirds.ug/about/

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Een Iets Duurzamer Kraampakket

Giving birth in The Netherlands is totally different than in Colombia, where I am from. Starting with the fact that the pregnancy gets followed by a midwife, instead of a doctor. Another new thing for me is ‘kraamzorg’. A kraamzorg carer is a person that helps the midwife during the labor. After the baby is born, she will keep on visiting your house for a week to look after you and your baby and to teach you and your partner how to care for your newborn. With kraamzorg also comes a ‘kraampakket’. I needed to make sure that I would receive a kraampakket before the day of birth. A kraampakket is a maternity package that contains all the necessary products that the midwife and assistant will use when they take care of the mother and baby during delivery, birth and the first week after that. It is very common here in The Netherlands to give birth at home, and therefore the insurance gives you all the products of the kraampakket. You will need this in case you give birth at home.

Depending on which insurance you have, you will get the maternity package for free. Lucky for me, I didn’t get it for free. I say lucky because when I checked what the package contains, most of the products from the insurance are not eco-friendly or organic. After doing some research, I decided to gather all the products myself so they would be a little bit more natural and organic. Next to the kraampakket I added some extra products for the baby that I will need. Those things are not necessarily for the giving birth process, but to use afterward. Here are the products I gathered:

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This package contains:

  • Sanitary pads from the brand Yoni made of 100% organic cotton. It has no plastics or perfumes.
  • Cotton pads made of 100% organic cotton.
  • Large mats made of 100% ecological filling and they are biodegradable. These mats are to protect the matress before and after giving birth.
  • Belly button lace made of 100% cotton from the brand Nobamed. This lace is an alternative to the plastic navel clip.
  • Sterile wound compresses from the brand Nobamed.
  • Washable post-partum slips from the brand Carriwell. These are to ensure that all the bandage down there does not shift and can be hygienically worn.
  • Diaper cream, nurturing cream and milky bad oil from the brand Naif. Naïf skincare products are vegan, cruelty-free and made from natural oils.
  • Organic cold-pressed shea butter from the brand Zoya Goes Pretty. This product is to prevent cracked nipples.
  • Washing nuts and liquid from Seepje. This detergent is made from nuts that contain a natural form of soap called saponin. The natural soap gets released with the contact of water. Seepje is hypoallergenic and chemical free. The liquid version of Seepje is made from powdered nuts. The packaging is made from old milk bottles from England.
  • Organic alcohol.
  • Organic healing wool from the brand Popolini. This wool is to repair damaged skin for the baby and the mother.
  • Organic and chemical-free diapers and wipes from LILLYDOO. These products are chemical-free. The wipes are compostable. (Note: I am planning to use disposable diapers during the first days or weeks. After that I will use washable cloth diapers.)
  • Organic and fairtrade baby castille soap and liquid soap from the brand Dr. Bronner via biggreensmile.com. These soaps are made from extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, hemp oil and pure essential oils. There are no perfumes or other additives so that’s good for sensitive skin.

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Greentom – A Baby Stroller Made From Recycled Plastic Bottles

Looking for the right stroller can be very tiring while pregnant. There are so many different types, models, and colors. On top of that, every brand claims to make the best stroller ever. During my search, the only thing I was clear about, is that I wanted a stroller as sustainable as possible. In my research, I found a Dutch company that makes green strollers in a circular way: Greentom. The designer Bart Bost is the man behind Greentom. He makes strollers from almost one hundred percent recycled materials. Their mission is to design, develop and produce smart and sustainable products that make the world a little bit greener. For their strollers, they use recycled plastic bottles. This helps because the waste does not end up in our rivers, oceans, on our beaches or in landfills. At the end of its lifecycle, all of the Greentom products can be reused or recycled.

I wanted to give it a try and got the Carrycot model in color beige, with the frame in white. As soon as I got it, my husband and I were curious about it and started putting it together. The stroller was to ensemble very quick and easy. It feels lightweight and rides very smooth. I like it that the stroller grows up with the baby. When the Carrycot gets too small (or de the baby too big), I can use the reversible version. The frame stays the same, you only need to get the extra reversible or the classic chassis. These you can use the rest of the stroller time.

Greentom is the proof that circular products can be beautiful and timeless. You can use smart, cool and functional green products and make a difference.

I took my Carrycot stroller for a test ride. I can’t wait to start using it for real when the baby is born!

Picture by Marisa Elisa Photography
Picture by Marisa Elisa Photography
Picture by Marisa Elisa Photography

Discover more about the world of Greentom here: https://www.greentom.com/nl/

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