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Skincare while camping: zero waste edition!

Skincare while camping: zero waste edition!

Athena Scott

Our skincare comes with us everywhere - even when we're out in the great outdoors! A good day out in nature means lots of hiking, swimming, and lounging in the sun... which also means a ton of sunscreen and sweat resting on our skin by the end of it. Translating your skincare routine for a camping trip can be tricky, especially if you're going backpacking. When we take a trip out into nature, we tweak our routine depending on how far we're going, what services are available at our camping site, and how much room we have in our pack. Generally we try...

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The coolest new zero waste swaps - all the things we've tried, loved and hated lately

The coolest new zero waste swaps - all the things we've tried, loved and hated lately

Genevieve Fisher

There have been some really cool drops in the zero waste world lately, and we just had to spill. Here's what we're loving, trying and hating at the moment...  Genevieve's Picks Loving: Meet Lia pregnancy tests - the world's first biodegradable pregnancy test! Obviously I had to order. I think this is so cool especially given how rarely we see innovations in the realm of women's health. The wrapper is still lined with plastic to keep it dry and effective, but the test itself is so lightweight and compostable that you can flush it down the toilet. It weighs the same as 4...

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My zero waste skincare routine for acne-prone skin

My zero waste skincare routine for acne-prone skin

Shay Steeves

Oh, acne acne acne. For oh so many of us, this is a challenge we encounter at some point in our life. Whether it's the occasional breakout or more severe cystic acne, our first instinct is - what are we gonna do about it?  Personally, I have struggled with acne since middle school and now into my twenties— so fun! And though I still struggle with acne to this day, I have spent my fair share of time curating a zero waste skincare routine that keeps my acne most at bay. When it comes to building a skincare routine, the best place to start is with a dermatologist...

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Three tricks to customize your planner

Three tricks to customize your planner

Athena Scott

I swear, there's nothing better than that fresh-start feeling you get on the first of the month: the day you turn to a new, blank page in your planner. So many possibilities lie ahead! So much room for activities!! For years, I did all my planning in a bullet journal. I loved the flexibility and the forgiveness of using a blank notebook. It was like each month, week, and day's plan could shift for whatever I needed: grocery lists, mood trackers, habit trackers, and more! I've used them all over the years. (Um, does this sound amazing? It is! If...

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How to refill your fountain pen

How to refill your fountain pen

Athena Scott

We love our fountain pens here at Eco Collective. We’ve also got a bit of a journaling obsession, so our pens tend to get a lot of exercise. Not only do fountain pens feel comfortable and elegant to write with, but they also offer a whole assortment of inks to play around with - all with minimal waste!  So: you’ve got your pen, and now you’re ready to ink up! Or maybe you’ve had your pen for a while, and your first ink cartridge has run dry… and now you’re wondering what to do next. It’s time for you to refill your ink so your...

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AAPI-owned low waste brands we love

AAPI-owned low waste brands we love

Genevieve Fisher

This week, we put together a roundup of some of the really cool AAPI owned brands in the low waste and wellness space, and even made some fun new discoveries by comparing notes as a team! We've broken them into categories for easy shopping. On a personal note, I've been trying to spend some extra time lately learning the history of some my favorite skincare and wellness routines - like gua sha, matcha, and yoga - so I can better appreciate and honor these beautiful traditions. Too often, Asian culture is trivialized or appropriated. If we're going to enjoy Asian food, beauty trends and culture, we have to respect where they came from...

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