When it comes to Zero-Waste, our home and the way we shape it, influences tremendously our lifestyle. When I started to embrace a more eco-friendly lifestyle I noticed how the areas in the home that I had decluttered and reshaped to be eco-friendly where the most effective ones in term of reducing my waste. And after reading great books on the matter and learning from the best, I realized why.
The last several months I’ve been playing with the idea of vows. If you’re familiar with Caroline Myss’ work on sacred contracts, it’s similar, but doesn’t specifically focus on archetypes. My terminology of vows is geared toward your soul purpose, contract, or vow for this lifetime; a way of viewing your mission, so that you can gain a clear focus, something to hang on to and ground you, not only in accomplishing your goals, but also as an anchor when times get tough.
Here’s fall, wonderful and colorful time of year. Unfortunately with the colder weather comes the cold season. That is why I wanted to share with you all the wonderful remedies I found last time I was sick. They helped me avoid visits at the doctors and the quite-expensive-not-always-so-healthy-medication.
I’m very pleased to team up with the brilliant Heidi Hancock, healing practitioner based in SE Portland. She’s providing us with great meditation themes and mindful seasonal messages. Find yourself a peaceful place in your house or at the park, and watch the great video we prepared for you. Happy fall! To contact her and have more informations about her work feel free to contact her here.
When it comes to shopping in a sustainable manner, the toothbrush is definitely a big one. When you wonder in any store, you will find PLASTIC. ALL. OVER. THE. PLACE. What amazes me also is the marketing behind it to manipulate you to buy these. You might actually LOVE you non-sustainable toothbrush. The come with so called scientific studies to provide you with the most perfect shape… every other month now. What I know though, (with all respect to science) is that my teeth feel clean, and my dentist hasn’t told me anything that could lead me to believe differently.
Ah Paris! After living 5 years in the most romantic city in the world, I’m falling in love all over again for it.
Paris just opened it’s first Zero Waste house called La Maison du Zero Dechet. Half way between a store and a educational space, the new concept store is providing Parisiens with locally and sustainable made products and all the classes you may think about to live a greener, more sustainable living.
An Urban Concept Store Dedicated to Reducing Waste
Moreover, on their shelves you can find all the tools and ingredients you need to switch your life to cleaner and greener products: solid cosmetics, (to avoid chemicals like sulfates, silicone or paraben) bulk and package free products, but also, reusable veggie and fruits bags, menstrual cups, sustainably made tote bags, wooden lunch box… Ah makes me want to go there right now!
Another great innovation (though it’d be more “getting back to the old ways”) is that the store does glass consignment! The store consigns glass recipients and shoppers can just bring the glass container during their next shopping session! They teamed up with non-profits and eco-conscious food companies and bring them containers and jars back.
Selling is not the end goal.
But selling is NOT the end goal of this place. The founders created the Zero Waste House to educate folks on how to implement sustainable habits in their daily life. DIY sessions with products, food, beauty, gardening, composting in your appartement! Everything is there. They also organize artistic exhibits to call out the destructive negligences of our modern lifestyle.
If you get inspired by the Maison du Zero Dechet, and would love to create a house/store like this in the US (Portland or LA), feel free to reach out or leave a comment below. Let’s team up and be the change we want to see in this world!
Finding solutions to reduce water consumption is essential. More and more eco-friendly innovations are coming to the surface and this shower is definitely one we had to share. With 7 billion people on earth, we can no longer maintain the consumption of water the way we do. We know that water can be rare in certain area and the problem could amplify. This is why I wanted to share this new system called the Showerloop.
This shower is revolutionary in the sense that it consumes the same amount of water wether you spend 5 minutes or 30 minutes under the shower. How? The water is recycled as you shower. The system collect the water used and bring it through a recycling process before being used again… A video is worth a thousand lame ways to attend at explaining. Just watch it! 😉
I’ve also come across this system created in California that doesn’t recycle the water, but reduce the amount of water needed. It’s pretty interesting and I hope that soon this type of format will become the new norm.
I’m curious to read about your thoughts on this. Have you used a water saving type of shower like this? If you haven’t, would you switch?