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7 Organic and Sustainable Bath Towels for an Eco-Friendly Bathroom

Conscious ListsNatalie Kay
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Under the Canopy

This brand has a strong commitment to a cleaner planet and home goods industry. They adhere to 6 kinds of certifications {FAIR TRADE, GOTS, OEKO-TEX, C2C, RCS & FSC}, and sustainability is at the forefront of their business model. All products are made ethically with eco-minded materials. hey want everyone included in the movement towards conscious consumerism. Therefore, their products are affordable, accessible & {of course} attractive.

LakeShore Dry Goods

You know a product is a keeper when you aren’t in your own home and miss it. That’s how I am with these towels. I have one at my grandparents where I frequent often because I can’t wash my hair and not have one on hand. I LOVE these towels, and even carry one in my car & handbag for those ‘just in case’ days. Each towel is made from GOTS Certified Organic Cotton with low impact dyes, and washes very well.

Living Fresh

I’ve always thought this brand had a beautiful looking towel! Living Fresh has over 40 years of experience in the hospitality textile industry. Their towels are made with TENCEL™+Plus Lyocell derived from eucalyptus and other botanicals, blended with cotton for a silky smooth, soothing sensation. These fibers are able to absorb more moisture and dry faster than others, and they get softer with each wash.

Grund America

From washcloths to bath mats, these organic essentials are GOTS and Oeko-Tex Standard 100 Certified. I’ve been using their 3 Piece Organic Cotton Towel Set in Sage, and love how soft & absorbent they are. I’m going to be snagging one of their bath mats in the future!

SOL Organics

I love my SOL bed sheets so I’m sure their GOTS certified towels are just as wonderful! Like their name, they look quite plush and cozy. SOL Organics live up to these four features: sustainable, organic, fair & transparent. Along with their organic cotton, they also use low-impact dyes!

made trade

One of my favorite online stores for home goods has several different sustainable bath towels from you to choose from. Made Trade carries brands like Coyuchi, Minna and Anatoli. Plus, they make sure each product covers one {or more} of these values - Sustainable, Fair Trade, Heritage, USA Made & Vegan. Each value has a little symbol that is placed right next to the product so you know exactly what category it falls under.

ten thousand villages

Okay, maybe this isn’t a towel but these beautiful robes sure do add something special to your eco bathroom. This particular robe is block-printed by Aravali, which is a for-profit company supporting around 150 artisans in the Jaipur area. Block printing has to be one of the most interesting ways of creating design on fabric because it is rather labor intensive and requires great skill!

7 Tips on How to Avoid Microplastics When Washing Your Clothes

Conscious ListsNatalie Kay
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They say there are more microplastics in the ocean than stars in our sky. Today, there are over 51 trillion microplastic particles polluting our waterways.

While we can’t completely avoid contributing to this number, I do have a few tricks I use when washing my synthetic clothing at home.

So wait, what are microplastics?

Much of your clothing is made up of synthetic fibers. These fibers are essentially made of plastic, and when washed, they can break down to form tiny microfibers which make their way back into the water (& in turn, in the stomachs of animals and even our own drinking water). Of course, microplastics can come from all different sources, like cosmetics, car tires, large sheets of plastic debris.. the list goes on.

Since most of us do laundry - even more so as a parent - I thought this post would be rather helpful!

Wash on Cold

Heat is not good for fabrics. It can easily damage the threads, which then split and release microfibers.

Fill It Up

There is less friction when the entire wash machine is full, so less fibers are likely to break off.

Use a Cora Ball

This little contraption is just the coolest ever. I got this from EarthHero & I highly suggest you trying one out for yourself. You can use my code natalie10 for 10% off. Made from 100% recycled plastic (which is also recyclable), the Cora Ball works by trapping and securing threads in its "spindles" that can be easily cleaned as microfibers collect. They start to look like lent after several washes. Pull them off and throw them in the trash.

Use Liquid Detergent

Powder detergents act as scrubs, and can scrub off fibers.

Hang Dry or Dry on Low

Of course, hang drying would be the best option, but if you live in a small space, that can be difficult to do with every load. The low setting helps lessen the friction between clothes.

Wash Less

I think this is a no brainer, and maybe too obvious to mention. However, I can be quick to throw something in the hamper which could probably be worn a few more times.

Buy Natural Fibers

Clothing made from natural fibers like cotton, linen, hemp and wool, aren’t going to shed microplastics into the wash. Check the content on the tag before purchasing. Your skin prefers these natural guys better anyway!

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You may already do a few of these anyway just to prolong your clothing, but I hope you may have learned a couple more tricks <3

How to Build a Capsule Wardrobe and Sustainable Brands that Help

Conscious ListsNatalie Kay
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Susie Faux, a London boutique owner, coined the term 'Capsule Wardrobe' in the 1970s. The simplified wardrobe is a collection of a few essential items {meant to last through trends} which can be paired with seasonal pieces. Today, you typically find capsule wardrobes containing less than 40 pieces. The number still seems big, but go hang out in your closet for a bit and you will find - it is a lot smaller than you think.

Some of y’all might be laughing at me for even talking about this because who am I to give tips on a capsule wardrobe… I have like way too many clothes for that. It’s true. I have more clothing than the average capsule size, but I’ve created mini capsules within my bigger collection of clothes. I really like having a big closet, and I hold on to clothes like they are my friends. I will say, I’m very cautious about what I add into it, and I try to keep my new items to a minimum. However, I know many of you really love the idea of a capsule wardrobe and it helps simplify your life. I’m just going to give you a few tricks I’ve learned over the years and a list of brands that make building the perfect capsule wardrobe easy and fair.

Simple Capsule Wardrobe Break Down

This will be a bit different for everyone, but for example, in a 40-piece wardrobe it could be:

  • 10 tops

  • 10 bottoms

  • 10 outerwear pieces

  • 5 dresses

  • 5 pairs of shoes

If you really want to size-down to include accessories within the 40, go with less bottoms and outwear pieces. When building my seasonal wardrobes, I never include the accessories, but I know some people do!

Try to work mostly with neutral colors so tops and bottoms can be easily matched. Find a few accent colors and a couple prints for a little bit of a pop. If you are having trouble narrowing your closet down, you can create capsule wardrobes by season.

Start With What You Have

Don’t immediately go out and buy something. You probably can already make a decent capsule wardrobe and then add from there. (oh & don’t get rid of things either just because they don’t fit into the new capsule… you may still have use for those pieces in the future)

Need to find something new to add in?

Shop Businesses that Make Versatile Pieces

Here are a few brands I love to direct people to when they ask about capsule wardrobes. Plus, these brands are all ethical and hold sustainability at their core.

Shop at the Beginning of Each Season

Only allowing yourself to go shopping 4 times a year will help curb some of those impulse purchases. It also helps you to really think about your next purchase so you are 100% sure it’s something that will benefit your closet. I sit on an idea of a new piece for months, and a lot of the time, I don’t ever end up purchasing it.

Look for Pieces You can Wear Multiple Ways

I love dresses you can change with a single tie, or garments with no ‘wrong side’ of the fabric. I have several blouses and dresses I can wear with buttons on the back or front which helps create all new looks. Encircled is probably the best brand for versatile pieces.

I hope you have found this somewhat helpful. I’ll be discussing this topic on Instagram and will make sure to add any of your tips to the post!!

I plan to create a Fall Capsule Wardrobe from my own closet in the next few weeks for part two of this series so stay tuned :)

The Best Sustainable Sandals & Flip Flops for Summer

Conscious ListsNatalie Kay
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It’s been years since I’ve made a list about sandals, which is overdue for a Florida girl. I can get away with wearing sandals all year long, but I’m sure many of you have more colorful climates and only get to bring them out for 3-6 months out of the year. Here’s a little list of my favorites - some that are just on my wish list, but a few I actually own and wear quite a bit. Plus, some of these are pretty affordable, too!

Carla, Cano $79.95

Carla, Cano $79.95

Gisela Sandal, ABLE $88

Gisela Sandal, ABLE $88

Iris Sandals, Made Trade $84

Iris Sandals, Made Trade $84

Morgan, Oka-B $40

Morgan, Oka-B $40

Kai Pom Slip-On, Ocelot Market $159

Kai Pom Slip-On, Ocelot Market $159

Corsica Sandal, Reformation $128

Corsica Sandal, Reformation $128

The Day Crossover, Everlane $88

The Day Crossover, Everlane $88

Ecuador Huarache Sandal, Nisolo $118

Ecuador Huarache Sandal, Nisolo $118

Raffia Desert Sandal, Accompany $162

Raffia Desert Sandal, Accompany $162


A Guide to Eco-Friendly and Sustainable Clothing for Children

Conscious ListsNatalie Kay
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Elliott is about to turn a year old, and I finally feel as if I’m qualified to be writing this post - or maybe I should say, I’m interested at this point in my life to write this kind of post. I’m thinking more about what he has in his closet, before what I have. Growing up, my mom would always joke that she never went shopping for herself because she was always shopping for my brother and I.

Well, okay.. now, I see where she is coming from.

All I do is think about that little booger, and I’m sure, if you’re a mom, you are the same way.

You want the very best for them, and {if you came here} you probably want to make sure their clothing respects the planet, too.

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Second-Hand Clothing

The very first thing I do, when shopping for Elliott, is buy 2nd-hand. I love going to Once Upon a Child, and other pre-loved stores for kids. I usually always find what I’m looking for, and you can’t beat the prices. Plus, you can sell the clothing back after it’s been worn. Kids grow too quick to have a brand new wardrobe every few months.

Online swapping sites like Swap Society also have a great selection of used clothing. You can read more about how their system works here.

However, I’m a firm believer in supporting the makers within the fashion industry. I don’t think it’s sustainable to always buy second-hand - lots of us would lose our jobs.

buy-back programs

There are some online stores and brands who offer new product, and buy it back after you are finished to resell on their site.

Mini-Cycle offers a variety of baby brands, and will take back anything you purchase from them. Their closed-loop system allows you to keep recycling clothing through a trading system. See how it works here.

Little Lentil Clothing is an organic line who also takes back clothing to sell in their Loved Again section. Read more about their send-back program here and how you can save 15%.

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organic clothing brands

While Elliott wears mostly 2nd-hand, there are a few organic brands I love to support. Not only are they creating a more sustainable industry for childrenswear, but they are dressing our little ones in fabrics that are safe for their skin!

I mentioned Little Lentil Clothing clothing above - their organic separates are really great for mixing and matching. Mini + Meep creates the CUTEST illustrations for their onesies, some even mama can wear. Soul Flower is for the peace & love child, and Fresh Little Love helps you build a capsule wardrobe through a subscription service so you don’t have to think about what to get! A few other online stores who carry multiple organic brands are EarthHero & Green Roost.

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I’m constantly updating my Brands to Love page, so be sure to check out the Kiddos section from time to time!!

Enjoy those little ones <3