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Modern + sustainable lifestyle goods, made in CO | Nordic inspired. Nature minded | Musings, inspirations, happenings, travels

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Appendage of our earth. Fingerprints like ours. History like ours. Desire to thrive like ours. Let’s not suffocate it.
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Is it weird that I bring my own leftover containers to restaurants now? I first got them from an Indian restaurant that we frequent and thought why not bring them back to use? It saves them money and saves the environment from more trash. Type 5 plastic (aka polypropylene (PP)) is considered a safe plastic. But unfortunately, it [again] ends up in the landfill like most plastics. 😩 According to a 2017 National Geographic article, ”Of the 8.3 billion metric tons that has been produced, 6.3 billion metric tons has become plastic waste. The vast majority -79 percent- is accumulating in landfills or sloughing off in the natural environment as litter.” Moving towards bio-plastics, hemp or algae, would be a great step for our future generations. 🤗 They will surely thank us for it. Let’s break the cycle and refuse/reduce/reuse/recycle.
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Try to bare it all...buy your produce bare that is. (Don’t worry, I’m not bare naked in this photo...or am I? 🤫🤣) Type 4 plastic is on the list today and it is the calm after the storm; Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE) is considered a low hazard plastic. You’ve probably seen it at the supermarket and it’s FREE, it’s those produce bags that they have for you at arm’s length. Even though it’s free, LDPE is sourced from fossil fuels. 😕 It’s also used in shrink wrap, milk cartons, hot/cold beverage cups and squeeze bottles for things like honey and mustard. Maybe one day we’ll get back to having a milk man with refillable glass bottles?...with nut milk options too! 😬😉😆 #wishfulthinking
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☀️Summer = pool and floaties. Unfortunately, pool floats/rafts etc are made of type 3 plastic, polyvinyl chloride (PVC). A 2008 Swedish study found that plasticized PVC and polyurethane all leach toxic chemicals into water. 😕 In addition, Di(2-ethylhexyl) Phthalate (DEHP), a plastic softener for PVC, has shown an association with asthma in children (https://bit.ly/2gaitGh). Where else is this type of plastic found? In shower curtains, plastic food wrap, children’s toys, fencing, pipes and artificial leather, oh my!..of all the plastics, type 3 is one of the most detrimental to human health. Take a peek. Phthalates linked to: endocrine disruption, fetal development, breast or testicular cancers, autism. Vinyl chloride linked to: cancer, liver/lung/kidney damage, brain/lung/blood cancers, ground and water pollution. Dioxins linked to: reproductive issues, developmental problems, hormone disruption, immune impairment, known human carcinogen. So, keep an eye out and try to avoid #3!
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I only wish I had levitating soap nuts..🧘🏻‍♀️😬 But we use them as replacements for laundry detergent in type 2 plastic bottles - high density polyethylene (HDPE). What also is made from HDPE? A lot of bottles that hold shampoo, dish soap, milk, juices, cosmetics, grocery bags and cereal box liner just to name a few. Because it is one of the plastics that is “low hazard” it is another hard one to avoid. Even though it’s widely used, only a limited amount gets recycled. So, if you’re lucky enough to avoid some of this petroleum derived plastic with any bulk and zero-waste markets then keep that momentum going! We need more spaces like them. The closet one to us is @thezeromarket and I couldn’t be more grateful! I get my dish soap, shampoo and soap nuts from them. 🙌🏼
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Some of you may know that it’s plastic-free July! 👏🏼 How many of you are participating? All of us know plastic is one of the hardest materials to evade. It’s ubiquitous and versatile but has its dangers. So, for the next week, we’ll share with you some of the possible associated risks of each. Today, type 1 plastic aka polyethylene terephthalate. Most common uses - plastic bottles, polyester clothing, furniture, carpeting. Acetaldehyde and antimony are the two main components that can pose issues to our health. Antimony, specifically, has been linked to soil pollution, digestive issues, and lung/heart/liver/kidney damage. Bummer. We’ll stick to all natural when we can. 😬 Cheers to those engaging in this month’s intention and to those that are continuing their journeys! Let’s keep using those plastic-free alternatives.
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Happy summer solstice, smiling souls! 😊
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Psshhh, who needs a poke bowl when you can have a tempeh bowl. 😬🚫🐠
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There are many small sustainable steps 😬 you can take towards a more environmentally conscious lifestyle, a NEWDĒ lifestyle! For me: Stainless steel straw ☑️. Everyday serviettes (which can also be used as hankies) ☑️. Daypack made from textiles destined for the landfill ☑️. Recycled sandals perfect for the upcoming summer days ☑️. How would you like to celebrate the earth today, and every day? 😉😘✌🏼
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🙃 Still a couple of my favorites.
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[Disclaimer: This is going to be a long one. 😬] Despite how much I loathe commercial holidays (its the junk not the people), it is a great reminder for those of us that are busy to stop and celebrate love. I love the people in my life and I hope they know that (you know who you are)! But, I also LOVE spreading sustainability and possibly being an inspiration to those that are working towards a package-free, environmentally friendly, sustainable lifestyle. Some of these containers were unwanted and the rest are from previous purchases. We have cut down tremendously on our package consumption and I’m pretty ecstatic about it. Luckily, I have a few bulk stores that refill olive oil, ACV, distilled vinegar, balsamic vinegar, flours, grains, etc! How many of you have these near you or would like one? If so, where? Clearly I need to go and restock my ingredients today! Love and hugs to all you smiling souls.
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Everyday serviettes are a part of all our meals. It’s preserves water and trees, and it prevents more transportation pollution from entering our atmosphere. How do you wipe your mouth clean? 😶😬
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