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Insider secrets to shopping secondhand

Insider secrets to shopping secondhand

Genevieve Livingston

One of the most sustainable lifestyle changes you can make is to shop for clothing and accessories secondhand. I like to say that all the clothes you could need already exist in the world. The problem with most fashion brands these days is that the clothing is designed to wear out, or go out of style quickly. It’s called fast fashion, and it uses a mind-blowing amount of resources to make pieces designed to be worn a few times and then thrown away. In the US alone, over 15 million tons of used textile and clothing waste is generated each year. The beautiful thing about...

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My daily carry: what I take with me to be zero waste on the go

My daily carry: what I take with me to be zero waste on the go

Genevieve Livingston

There’s a few essentials that I bring with me on a daily basis that help me to avoid creating any waste throughout the day. It took me a long time to pare down to just a few key, multifunctional tools that would help me reduce waste, but once I did, it was much easier to build a routine around them. Zero waste is all about creating habits when your motivation is high so that you’re more prepared to stick with it when your motivation is low. Here’s what’s in my daily carry: A bamboo utensil set with a straw Having a...

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How to Have a Zero Waste Holiday

How to Have a Zero Waste Holiday

Genevieve Livingston

The holidays can be a wonderful season of cozying up to enjoy time with loved ones.  It can also be a time of stress, chaotic schedules, and over consumption.  Here’s how to simplify your holidays this year and create less waste. Decorating with natural materials Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hannukah, or just enjoy the festivities, there are beautiful ways to decorate your house naturally and simply, without creating plastic waste. Instead of buying shiny gold and silver decor for your mantle or centerpiece, look for organic and natural materials.  Decorate with a beautiful live garland of pine or spruce instead, and you’ll get the...

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The Last Pen I'll Ever Buy

The Last Pen I'll Ever Buy

Genevieve Livingston

Over the years, I’ve become much more purposeful about how I spend my money, and I tend to research a product thoroughly before I buy.  I've come to enjoy taking the time to find the most sustainable source and the best option. Sometimes research can be so rewarding! I like to keep a notebook with to do lists and meeting notes.  I love the feel of pen on paper, and I used to always take the free pens that are offered at stores and conferences.  Pretty ones, ones with a stylus on one end, ones with nice ink… When I was first introduced to the...

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Our Gift Guide for the Sustainable Minimalist

Our Gift Guide for the Sustainable Minimalist

Genevieve Livingston

It's that time of year again!  Loved ones are gathering around the fire to celebrate the holidays.  It's a time of giving and sharing.  Giving a gift is a beautiful way to show your love and to say "I know you and I know what brings you joy." But is a tradition of giving material things really all that sustainable?  As our values and lifestyles shift, so do our traditions.  Here's a few ways you can mix things up for the planet this holiday. We've put together a list of our favorite non-material gifts, plus a list of truly meaningful, useful, sustainable gifts for those moments you do...

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The answers to all your questions about period cups

The answers to all your questions about period cups

Genevieve Livingston

Marimar and I get more questions about menstrual cups than anything else we sell.  And there’s nothing that makes us happier than seeing a person get up the courage to ask us about the cup and say they’re ready to make the switch. Because can I be honest?  You’re only going to regret not doing this sooner.  Here’s the low down. You can leave them in for 12 hours.  (Yes, we said 12.)  No cases of TSS have been positively linked to menstrual cups to TSS.  Less risk for you and your health.  No nasty used tampons to deal with disposing. ...

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