29 June 2017

001. Here's a little creation I made for Shop Frockled, because sometimes you just feel like getting creative! I named it the "Festival Edit," but honestly when looking for stock for the store, I just like to buy things that I would personally wear. This usually goes along the lines of bohemian/festival/relaxed meets wearable/everyday/basics- nothing too crazy buy nothing too plain?! Anyway, I hope you enjoy this little collage. I am ALWAYS uploading new stock, so it would be super groovy if you checked Shop Frockled out- let's look funky and save the earth with sustainable and ethical fashion!

Lena x


11 June 2017

001. Hello, here is a look at all of the food we bought this week! When I started this blog I never thought I would be posting about my groceries, yet here I am. As mentioned in previous posts I'm trying to cut down on the amount of waste I produce in my everyday life- and in my opinion food is the number one place to start. Right now cutting down on plastic is my number one goal, which you will begin to notice that almost EVERYTHING is packaged in. But there are easy swaps and solutions that I'm going to talk about to make this transition easier. Don't worry I'm not planning on posting my groceries every single week- just maybe every couple of months as a way to document my journey and hopefully inspire others- cutting down waste in your life isn't that difficult!

002. Full disclosure that this haul of food is catering to feed 2 hungry vegans- one of whom is very active and one who just likes to eat good food (guess which one is me). All of this cost around $100-ish. That's a little more than we usually spend, but we had a 10% off voucher to use at the bulk food shop so we definitely went a little crazier than usual in there. Changing your shopping habits to reduce your waste is easy, and definitely not more expensive! If anything I spend the same if not less- avoiding all that packaged processed rubbish really does save you so much money, plus your eating habits become WAY better (hello fresh, wholesome food).

003. We buy ALL of our fruit and veg at the farmers market down the road. It supports local business, is really affordable and super fresh. You really cannot go wrong with farmers markets! We pick produce that isn't packaged in plastic- loose produce is better quality because you get to hand-pick each one and it isn't sweating/suffocating in any packaging. The only thing I struggle finding plastic free at our local markets is greens. However, I did manage to find some loose spinach/salad leaves and packed them into our reusable produce bags. These little bags are a life saver wherever you shop for fresh produce! You can reuse them each week to make transporting all your goods home a lot easier- without the need for plastic.

004. Next stop is the bulk food store. I love shopping at our local bulk food store (The Source Bulk Foods if you were wondering), it really is the most enjoyable grocery shopping experience you can get. Again, here we use our reusable produce bags or the paper bags provided, depending on what we're buying. Buying just the right amount of food for what you need really reduces your waste dramatically. Want to try out a new recipe or just need a tiny snack to nibble on? You can buy that small amount you need easily- without excess waste or packaging!

005. Finally we stop into the supermarket (which is conveniently located in the same centre as the bulk food shop). Here we usually only pick up a few things that we can't get anywhere else. Again, we try to avoid plastic as much as possible and also like to choose organic (Woolworths has an affordable range of organic goods). This week we saw that medjool dates were on special and whipped out of own reusable bags to fill up. Bringing your own shopping bags AND reusable produce bags is the ultimate hack to avoiding plastic no matter where you shop.

006. Holy moly this post was pretty long considering I'm talking about groceries (you can tell I'm passionate about something when I can't stop writing). I hope this was helpful or insightful in some way to see how you can reduce your waste with something as mundane as grocery shopping!

Lena x


9 June 2017

001. The War on Waste is a three part television series that aired on the ABC recently here in Australia. It focuses on the waste we create as a nation and things we can do to reduce the amount. Food, fashion and plastic are the primary three categories of waste the show focuses on. It is incredibly confronting and powerful to see the sheer AMOUNT of waste we are producing and how it being dealt with. I don't really want to do an in-depth analysis of the entire show but I LOVED it and believe it is an incredibly important problem that everyone should be aware of. The links to the three episodes are HERE. I hope that even if you haven't looked into any minimalism, zero waste or sustainability movements you still check it out. Everyone makes waste in some shape or form and I think it important to be informed about the implications of our actions.

002. If you have been following this blog for a while you have probably picked up that I'm all about everything ethical, sustainable and eco. I'm on a journey to living a more minimal, simple and reduced waste lifestyle- so I have more time and money for the things that matter the most! I am nowhere near perfect, but I want to share my journey in hopes that it might inspire others and help out the earth. Basically this post was just a little introduction to something I am super excited and passionate about! I hope I can show you that reducing your waste is easy and isn't nearly as scary or intimidating as it might be perceived as. If a broke student like me can do it, so can you! I can't wait to keep learning and sharing more about this little lifestyle journey I'm on!

Lena x


7 June 2017

001. Hey hey! A little over a month ago I wrote a blog post about sustainable and eco friendly fabrics (find it here if you need to catch up). An despite me abandoning this blog and going on hiatus for a month, I am back to write the follow up post- HOW you can incorporate these values of sustainable and eco friendly fabrics into your wardrobe (I promise it's not as hard as it sounds!).

002. Now, after reading the previous post about sustainable fabrics and materials, I'm sure you're all aware of how good they are for the environment and good for your body too. However, I'm not a crazy person or a rich person either, so I don't expect you or even myself to go out there and buy a whole new wardrobe filled with fancy eco fabrics that are sometimes hard to find. My number one rule for having an ethical, sustainable and eco-friendly wardrobe is NEVER buy anything new- unless you support the company's ethics, practices and transparency 100%. There are SO many clothes and goods already in circulation here on earth that we honestly do not need to be buying anything brand new. In my opinion, if the clothing already exists and isn't something new off the shelf, its okay if it isn't made out of 100% eco friendly materials. You are helping the earth just by using something already in existence, and not something new that requires new resources. This little shopping technique will help you keep a clear conscious about everything you wear and keep your wallet nice and full too!

003. Why secondhand? We live in a society of consumerism where we are programmed to always be wanting more- something new, something better. Fast fashion is a HUGE issue which is causing HUGE environmental damage to the earth. The fashion industry is the SECOND largest polluting industry in the world (following right behind the oil industry). This is without even going down the path about the ethics and social concerns involved with producing these clothes too-  it's  no surprise that garments workers in this industry are more often than not exploited and taken advantage of. With all of this information, IT JUST DOESN'T MAKE SENSE to be buying new things! We are so lucky to have masses of clothes that are already made and funky as hell- just waiting to be given a new life.

004. Where can I find pre-loved clothes? EVERYWHERE. As someone who primarily shops second hand, I'll give you the low down on where to find the coolest things for the cheapest prices. If you don't mind having a dig through mountains of clothes op shops and markets will become your new best friend. This is hands down the cheapest way to shop, although it does require a bit more effort and time. Next up we now have the option to do all this shopping from the comfort of our own home or bed, thanks to the internet. Hit up Depop (an app for selling their pre-loved clothes), eBay, Gumtree or Facebook buy/swap/sell clothing pages- there will be ones in your area or even ones for specific brands you might be after all going at cheap affordable prices. Finally you can always hit up a vintage store. These are usually a little more pricey but the quality is usually top notch and you can find them in your local town, on Etsy or just online. I run my own little pre-loved fashion store, Shop Frockled, where I actually price everything at super affordable prices. I want ethical and sustainable fashion to be accessible to everyone and would never want to deter anyone from making better choices for the environment by hiking my prices up to a crazy level! If you start looking you will realise that pre-loved fashion and clothing is everywhere and you can STILL look badass, while saving the earth on the side.

005. Finally, if you still can't find what you are looking for after trying all the other methods, you can buy a brand new product. My personal rule for this is only buying from brands that align with my beliefs. I want them to have transparency about their production, use materials which are good to the earth and have ethical practices overall. Finding brands that fit this criteria can be even more difficult than finding something secondhand, which is good because it helps deter me from making impulse or unnecessary purchases. I find that the 2017 Baptist World Aid Fashion Report is a good place to start, then maybe magazines like Peppermint or the blog/app Good On You. The internet is your oyster and you can find anything if you put your mind to it.

006. I'll leave you with a few of my favourite stores as of late, that seem to fill all the boxes and get ticks all round. Boody (bamboo basics), Nico (more basics), Friday Hut Road (beautiful natural hemp pieces) and VegeThreads (sustainable basics for everyone). There are so so many more but these are just from the top of my head! More and more ethical and sustainable small clothing businesses seem to be popping up, which I think indicates that there is a positive shift of consciousness happening. People are becoming more aware of what they are consuming and how.

007. I apologise that this post seems to have gotten a little out of hand and is now SUPER long. Hopefully it was helpful in some way and inspired you to maybe tweak your shopping habits a little to keep our planet happy and healthy!

Lena x

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