Green Berlin

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In January I traveled to Berlin to attend the Ethical Fashion Show and GreenShowroom and while I was there had some time to also check out some eco fashion stores and vegan restaurants in the Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg area.

We stayed at a “biohotel” called the Almodóvar which incorporates sustainability in so much of what they do. For example they have organic foods and textiles, use sustainable and reclaimed materials, and are conscious of their energy use and try to reduce it where possible- something I didn’t even think about before staying there was the energy it takes to have mini-fridges in hotel rooms. It’s a lovely hotel and I particularly liked all the wooden furniture- from sustainable forests!

 

Berlin is amazing for vegan restaurants, we really enjoyed The Bowl, 1990 Vegan Living and brunch at Lück’s, and had some amazing donuts from Brammibal’s. The hotel also has an organic vegan/vegetarian restaurant with a nice breakfast buffet.


There also are a lot of sustainable fashion stores in Berlin too, on this trip I visited Möon, Loveco, and Homage which are all beautiful shops carrying amazing eco brands and local designers!

Also not included in the video I went to the huge Humana thrift store in Friedrichshain and Made In Berlin which has a great selection of vintage clothes.

These are only a few of the stores and restaurants in Berlin though, you can always find wonderful places exploring the city. It’s also a really sustainably conscious city and a great place to eat out as a vegan or shop consciously.

 

 

 

 

 

Ethical Fashion Show & GreenShowroom Interviews

In January I took a trip to Berlin to attend the Ethical Fashion Show and GreenShowroom– a joint trade fair where conscious brands sell their new collections (in this case F/W 17) to retailers. It was wonderful to see and chat with so many sustainable and ethically-minded brands! These are some interviews I did with a small % of the brands (I think there were around 180 total exhibitors!).

 Part 1

 

Part 2

 

I loved hearing everyone’s stories and seeing all the different approaches to responsible fashion- from brand new, innovative ideas to using techniques that are thousands of years old!

What really stood out to me was how passionate everyone is about what they’re doing, it’s incredibly inspiring to see so many people who are working towards a better industry even though they face a lot of challenges. I wanted to focus on more positive stories with these videos but I also chatted about how difficult things can be. In particular people talked about how there’s pressure to lower their prices and also a lot of stigmas around sustainable/ethical fashion- some buyers avoid the event entirely and apparently stores are sometimes wary of being labeled an “eco fashion store” because of consumer perceptions. Conscious fashion has come a long way and is definitely growing but it also reinforced that there’s still a long way to go.

 

Winter Capsule Wardrobe

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The items in my winter 2017 capsule wardrobe (I generally follow the Project 333 capsule wardrobe format):

Tops
  • Light grey cotton jumper – People Tree *
  • Grey jersey top – Comazo | earth
  • Long dolman sleeve top
  • Plaid shirt – secondhand
  • Light blue shirt – thrifted
Layers & Sweaters
  • Grey cardigan – thrifted
  • Gold/green jacket – thrifted
  • Knit vest – handknit
  • Asymmetrical jacket – handmade
  • Red sweater
  • Icelandic sweater – thrifted
  • Mustard/navy sweater – People Tree *
Bottoms
Dresses
Accessories & Bags
  • Black hat – thrifted
  • Beige knit hat – handknit
  • Blue knit hat
  • Scarf – handknit
  • Blue/grey backpack
  • Black bag
Shoes

 

Winter is my largest capsule as I wear the most layers. This capsule includes 33 pieces but I did not include my winter coat, I also realized I did not count the belt shown in the video- so with those the capsule would be 35 items. I don’t include jewellery, loungewear, athletic clothes, or undergarments in my capsule wardrobes.

 

 

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Green Favourites 2016

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This year I created a series where each month I share 5 things including an eco product, slow fashion brand, book or documentary, something I learned, and a blogger or youtuber I follow. These are all my favourites from the year!

Green Products

Argan oil – I use it as a simple face and hair moisturizer

Reuseable produce bags

Glass water bottle from Soulbottles

Dr. Bronner’s pure-castile liquid soap

Reuseable food wraps from Bee’s Wrap

Rose water

Safety razor

Jar for seed sprouting at home

Reuseable coffee cup from Ecoffee Cup

Insulated water bottle from S’well

 

Slow Fashion Brands

MUD Jeans

A Wool Story – reclaimed hand-knit wool accessories

Project JUST – assesses and reviews brands ethics and sustainability

Osei Duro

Odina – eco swimwear

Elle Evans – eco swimwear

Zady

Slumlove Sweater Company

Wintervacht – upcycled blanket jackets and coats

Uye Surana – ethically made lingerie

Tonlé – zero waste fashion

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Books & Docs

Books

Overdressed: The Shocking High Cost of Cheap Fashion

Eating Animals

Threadbare

The Curated Closet

Harvesting Color

Docs

Trashed

Sweatshop

Minimalism

A Fibreshed for London

Before The Flood

 

Conscious Chatter (podcast)

 

Things I’ve Learned

Ethical consumer study by Ohio State University

Climate and beauty products – Glycerin is a humectant

Only boil the water you need – Leyla Acaroglu TED Talk – Paper beats plastic? How to rethink environmental folklore

Plastic Free July

Clothing sizes – Vanity sizing and size standardization article “The absurdity of women’s clothing sizes”

Toxins in clothing – “Why You Should Watch Out For These 5 Gnarly Chemicals In Your Clothing”

Huffington Post Reclaim project

BBC Panorama, Undercover: The Refugees Who Make Our Clothes

Photography – Illumi Beginner Photography Starter Pack 

 

Blogs and Channels

Blogs

The Blissful Mind

Into Mind

Unfancy

Minimalist Baker

StyleWise

Channels

Peaceful Cuisine

Tara E.

Jenny Mustard

Alli Cherry

Walk Sew Good

Coolirpa

Annika Victoria

 

 

I’ll have a Green Christmas

This video was made in partnership with Greenvelope.

 

It’s December! Here are some tips and ideas of things you can do to make the holidays a little greener:

Give mindfully
  • Give gifts you know will get used instead of random stuff. Experiences, consumables, your time, charity donations, and digital gifts (subscriptions, games, e-books, music, etc.) all make great gifts without waste.
  • Avoid glossy wrapping paper and wrap gifts with recycled or upcycled materials, or things that can be reused.
  • Send digital cards and invitations which saves paper (and often plastic) as well as shipping and trash. Greenvelope offers beautiful, paper-like designs and useful features.

greenvelope

Ask for conscious gifts
  • Ask for things you know you’ll use, support sustainable and ethical brands, or ask for donations to an organization or charity you support.

 

Use natural or secondhand decorations
  • There are lots of easy and beautiful DIY’s using natural materials, these are a few of my favourite inspirations (click through for source)

and check out my Green Christmas board on Pinterest for more inspiration :)

This year my DIY decorations included (click links for tutorials- some are in different languages so use google translate):

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Host greener parties and dinners

And instead of buying a new party outfit, shop your closet or get one secondhand!

 

 

Wishing you a wonderful holiday season! xx

 

 

Vintage Stores & Veg Food in Brussels

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Early this month my husband Ben and I took a little trip to Brussels. We didn’t have anything really planned, just wanted to wander around a new city and Ben loves beer, particularly Belgium beers, so we wanted to try some different local beers. I also read Brussels had some good vintage and secondhand stores so wanted to check some of those out. I posted on Instagram about being in Brussels and we got some great recommendations (thank you!) of secondhand stores and places to eat, these where the places we really liked:

 

Vintage & Secondhand Stores

I was generally impressed with the quality and prices of the stores in Brussels. In my experience well organized and curated stores can charge a lot more (especially in large cities) and with “cheaper” stores you run into quality issues, and have to inspect for holes, stains, etc. We looked at a lot of stores and I think only came across one flaw- a sweater with a tiny hole that could definitely be fixed.

Gabriele Vintage was my favourite and had the most beautiful collection of vintage dresses I’ve ever seen. It’s definitely a store for vintage lovers though, most garments are very formal (not capsule wardrobe items…) and although the prices are quite a bit higher than the other stores they seemed fair for the quality of the vintage pieces. They also have an amazing assortment of hats! I would highly recommend checking it out if you’re looking for a unique special occasion outfit or just love vintage clothes.

Gabriele Vintage Brussels

I had to try this dress on for fun. It’s a terrible photo, but the dress was a beautiful light blue and pink floral pattern with huge pleats of fabric in the skirt. I loved it but have no need or occasion to wear a dress like this.

vintage dress

 

Foxhole was my favorite “normal” vintage store (Gabriele is a whole different level- like the wardrobe department for a glamorous old movie). We ended up going to both of their locations and they have a great selection of staples like printed shirts, chunky sweaters, floral skirts, and big scarves but also some more unique items like a pair of holographic platforms! Although their prices were more expensive than a lot of the other stores.

 

I also liked the selection at Think Twice, it was fun to go through and they had some interesting pieces.

Think Twice Brussels

 

Ben’s favourite store was Melting Pot Kilo where you pay for the clothes by weight. I loved their selection of coats but unfortunately the ones I liked were all too big.

 

Restaurants

Finding vegetarian and vegan food was not as easy as we hoped (even the Belgium frites aren’t veg friendly- they fry them in animal fat) and eating out in Brussels was a lot more expensive than we’re used to, but we still had some great meals.

I think my favourite was Ami, they have an interesting selection of veggies burgers and we both really enjoyed ours. The burgers are small though so definitely order a side too!

La Grainerie was an adorable place for lunch, they have a bulk grocery store in front and a little cafe at the back. It look like their menu changes regularly and the dishes are small but you order 2,3 or 4 of them. Everything was great (loved the potato lentil dish!) except I didn’t enjoy the banana bread which was super dense.

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Moonfood is a great vegan cafe where you pay for your food by weight and they have a lot of different dishes to try which I always like.

We also had a nice lunch at Peck 47 which is right near a lot of the sights so a good place if you’re checking out the centre.

 

And because a main goal of this trip was beer tasting, my favourite beer I tried was the Bink Bloesem from Moeder Lambic.

Bink Bloesem Moeder Lambic

 

Overall it was a really nice long weekend away. We enjoyed walking around the city, checking out some stores and trying different foods and beers. :)

 

 

 

Minimalism & Sustainability

For me minimalism and sustainability have always been connected. A big part of the environmental issues of our stuff is how much of it there is, so reducing how much stuff you purchase is a wonderful way to reduce your impact. Living more minimally also often means that you can “buy less and buy better”- buy fewer things but invest more in them so you can afford to buy higher quality items and support brands that manufacture in an ethical and sustainable way.

Eco & Ethical Alternatives to Zoella’s Fall Style

To dispel the myth that ethical/sustainable fashion is boring, ugly, and not in style, I decided to recreate Zoella’s autumn lookbook with conscious alternatives.

 

Outfit 1

Striped top from Krochet Kids * (US)
Stripey organic t-shirt from Braintree * (UK)
Light-wash jeans from MUD Jeans (NL)
Pom Pom Beanie from Hoodlamb (vegan) (NL)
Yellow wool knit hat by Wild Honey Design from Ethical.Market (UK)
Hi-cut sneaker from Ethletic (GER)
Recycled choker from Chic Made Consciously (US)
Backpack from Skunkfunk
Tan waist belt from Bhava (vegan) (US)

 

Outfit 2

Grey bodysuit from Woron (DK)
Wide-leg pant from Kowtow (NZ)
Green wide-leg pant by Silvae from Bishop Collective (US)
Black felt hat from Vaute (vegan) (US)
Cross-body bag by Angela Roi from Modavanti (US)
Fair deck shoe from Ethletic (GER)

 

Outfit 3

Jersey long sleeve dress from Luxaa
Black bomber jacket from Wunderwerk (GER)
Heeled boot from Matt & Nat * (vegan) (CAN)
Red ankle boot from Nine to Five
Recycled glasses from Modo
Gold bar earrings from Wild Fawn Jewellery (UK)

 

Outfit 4

Neon Pink wool jumper from Lowie
White rollneck jumper from Wunderwerk (GER)
Wonderwool sweater kit from Wool and the Gang * (UK)
Cotton dress kit from Wool and the Gang * (UK)
Herringbone bomber jacket from Nancy Dee (UK)
Green jacket from Wunderwerk (GER)
Recycled pantyhose from Swedish Stockings (SWE)
Cat bag from Alltrueist (vegan)
Over the knee heeled boot from Beyond Skin (vegan)
Silver star earrings from People Tree * (UK)
Pink dog sweater by PupCycleCanada on Etsy (CAN)

 

Note:
This video includes footage from Zoella’s Autumn Lookbook 2016 used under youtube fair use guidelines.

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