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5 Ways to Be a Better Earth Advocate in 2019

Conscious ListsNatalie Kay
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This post is short & sweet, but something I needed to put down in words to remind myself and anyone else who struggles with being green. In a world of constant go-go-go and disposable everything, feeling like you are making a difference can be tough. I’m super hard on myself, and I know I can do better - but some days, I feel like giving up. I hope these 5 ‘rules’ I’m giving myself for the year will help inspire you to keep fighting the good fight, too!

  1. Lead by example.

    One of the best ways to encourage others are through your own actions. Rather than using words, showing people how you live is much more inspiring than telling them how they should change. After all, no one likes to hear they are wrong, and making others feel guilty is counterproductive.

  2. Celebrate the small steps.

    Even if it’s as small as bringing a reusable straw with you to the coffee shop every morning! Everything counts, and those little changes add up in the end. I go for one eco-swap a month and try to perfect it - for example, you can replace your paper napkins for cloth. Easy, peasy.

  3. Include everyone.

    We all have different lifestyles, diets, religions, bank accounts… do I need to go on? Sustainability doesn’t have a cookie cutter mold for everyone, and what works for you, might not work well for someone else. Be respectful, compassionate and understanding of their journey, too.

  4. Remain positive.

    This one is the toughest of them all for me. There will always be someone who thinks you aren’t doing enough, which can be a low blow to morale. You know what works best for you! Don’t sweat the small stuff or beat yourself up over breaking some rules. & stay off those online debates… :P

  5. Always leave room for changes.

    With busy schedules and the introductions of new products, a ‘green’ life is an ever changing journey. You have to be flexible, and willing to adapt based off your immediate surroundings and comfort level. Being set in your ways makes it hard to progress, and none of us have it down pact, yet.

Wishing everyone a happy new year & I look forward to continuing this eco journey with you <3

10 Sustainable Coats & Jackets to Keep You Warm all Winter

Conscious ListsNatalie Kay
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baby, it’s cold….

The temperatures are finally starting to drop in my neck of the woods, so the winter coats are out in full force! Here’s a list of my favorites from this season - some quite affordable, all mindfully made :D

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Bison Puffer Jacket

United by Blue

$228

B100 ™ Fill Insulation, made of 50% bison fiber, 50% recycled polyester blend. Lightweight, waterproof, and keeps you comfortable from 0-50°F. Even comes with Interior pocket that fits an iPhone+!

I’m taking this coat on my trip to England for the holidays so I’ll be doing a more thorough review on it later in the season! I’m already loving it, and the fact it’s made from a byproduct makes me even happier.


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Middlebury Coat

Reformation

$328

Medium weight woven wool blend from surplus fabrics. Sustainably made in China. Saves 1.3lbs of waste and 6,565 gallons of water.


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Everlane

$160

100% recycled polyester made from 32 renewed plastic bottles. Perfect for 20–45F temperatures, water-resistant, bluesign-approved fabric and 100% recycled PrimaLoft insulation.


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Bison Utility Jacket

United by Blue

$188

Super durable and great for layering, the bison utility jacket is made from a heavyweight canvas with a interior flannel lining. Bison wool adds some extra warmth!


Pavanne Waterproof Organic Cotton Coat

Thought

$165

Made from organic cotton, this raincoat is an exclusively designed floral print, inspired by Jacobean embroidery. Comes with a detachable hood.


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Moth Oddities

$98

My favorite place to find the best vintage pieces! Moth Oddities has a ton of great coats and jackets from you to choose from - like this gorgeous thing!

Use my code MOTHCHIC10 for 10% off your entire purchase!


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Templeton coat

Reformation

$288

Too cute not to share, this fun faux fur find is a medium weight woven wool blend from surplus fabric {wool and viscose}. Perfect for the snow bunnies!


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Everlane

$165

Another great coat from Everlane, the oversized parka is made from 56 renewed plastic bottles, and recommended for 0–20F temperatures! It’s water-resistant, bluesign-approved shell fabric and 100% recycled PrimaLoft insulation.


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Swap Society

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If you are looking for the best deal on clothing, this is the place to check out! It’s a monthly subscription that works on a point system. When you send your clothing in, a certain amount of points are awarded to you based on brand and quality of garment. With those points you are able to swap it for something of equal value!


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Intersect Quilted Down Jacket

NAU

$280

Want a pop of color? This teal would look gorgeous amongst all the snow. It’s made with warm recycled polyester down, and the asymmetrical four snap closure will be sure to keep you warm.

Use my code Natalie10 for 10% off your entire order.

25 Affordable Ethical Fashion Brands

Conscious ListsNatalie Kay
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Ethical clothing at a great price? Yes, it exists! I’ve compiled a list of brands I’ve come to love over the years that I find have very reasonable price points. & as always, quality and style is not compromised!

warning.. you ain’t gonna find a $5 tee


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Everlane

To be honest, I haven’t worn anything from this brand until very recently. I like to keep everything on my blog genuine, so knowing the product is super important. I decided to order a pair of jeans because I’m in need and the price was super reasonable. I think their line has every design to build the perfect capsule wardrobe - & the jeans have been pretty wonderful!


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EcoVibe

An online shop I’ve gotten to know well over the past few years, EcoVibe is a boutique located in Portland, Oregon carrying several thoughtful brands, as well as their own private label. They are great for staying on trend, but always giving us the eco alternative. EcoVibe's collection focuses on conscious fabrics like modal, tencel and recycled fabric blends with timeless and comfortable designs for the modern woman.


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Swap Society

Well, not a brand, BUT it doesn’t get much cheaper than this {not to mention, eco}. Swap Society is the best online place for clothing swapping & has two types of monthly memberships - LUXE & BASIC. The site works on a point system. When you send your clothing in, a certain amount of points are awarded to you based on brand and quality of garment. With those points you are able to swap it for something of equal.


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Tonle

This brand makes zero-waste look so good. Every design from Tonle is made from dead stock fabric. Besides their great eco fashion practicies, Tonle believes in hand made and creating fair work for their Cambodian makers. Their site even breaks down the impact you’ve made from buying a piece of their clothing - like how much water you saved, as well as emissions and pesticides avoided.


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Tamga Designs

Beautiful prints and lovely fabrics, Tamga is making ethical fashion fun and cheerful. I love how they break down how you save on resources by purchasing one of their pieces. For example, the Lia Kimono saves 12 liters of water, avoids 3kg of CO2 emissions and saves 2kWh of energy! Plus, the print is hand drawn by their print designer, and printed at their fabric mill using GOTS / Bluesign certified dyes.


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Kestan

Effortless clothing for the spirited woman, Kestan is an ethical brand run by a brother and sister duo. They believe in mindful clothing, and building a collection for a thoughtful lifestyle. Designs are made with sustainable fabrics such as organic cotton and tencel, and the people who make the clothing matter. Therefore, they are paid a fair wage and work within a safe & clean environment free of discrimination.


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alternative apparel

This brand has great basics for both men and women. Their modern silhouettes balance both style and simplicity, and are made from thoughtful, eco fabrics you will want to wear again and again. $50 isn’t too bad for a sweatshirt! Plus, this is one of the first brands I’ve seen making basics for youth - and it’s cool looking, too :D


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kotn

I’ve already been making a list of items I want to try from Kotn. Their designs are timeless and made from some of the best cotton around - sustainable Egyptian cotton! They believe in fair and equal pay, careers not jobs, and, of course, safe working conditions. They even give back to children in the The Nile Delta. With every purchase, your orders help fund the build-out and operations of school infrastructure, salaries for teachers, laptops and so much more.


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Palabra

These aren’t your average tees. They are soft with a great drape, AND they tread lightly on the planet. Made with a blend of organic cotton and recycled polyester, you’ll look good and feel good when wearing them! I’ve always found statement tees to be a great conversation starter. It’s also a wonderful way to communicate a positive or important message. Bold words like ‘Courage’, ‘Self Love’, ‘Journey Wisely’ & ‘Educa Tu Ojo {Educate Your Eye}’ are hard to forget.


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Thought Clothing

Based in the UK, this ethical brand considers their impact every step of the way. Besides the stunning aesthetic, Thought Clothing is one of my favorites because of their choice in fabrics. I'm a big textile nerd, and love that they use so many natural textiles. Some of them include; wool, organic cotton, tencel & hemp. They even use reborn polyester! I think my fellow textile lovers would appreciate their sustainable fabric choices.


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krochet kids

This brand is trying to break the cycle of poverty by providing life-changing job opportunities to women in need. Each product is even signed by hand so you know exactly who made it! They have an incredible page dedicated to all the makers in order for you to learn more about them :)


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ThredUp

One of the largest online consignment and thrift stores, ThredUp is making secondhand shopping fun and very inexpensive. They have thousands of ‘like-new’ styles from you to choose from with 90% off the estimated retail price. Each product is thoroughly examined to make sure it’s in great condition before reselling, and you will never see a counterfeit item in their designer section.


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People Tree

The fair trade fashion pioneers, People Tree is probably one of the most well known brands in sustainable fashion. All of their clothing is made with eco-friendly materials with most of them being Fair Trade certified. Can you believe they have been around for 27 years?! I’ve always found People Tree to be one of the most knowledgable and transparent brands when it comes to sustainability and treating workers fairly.


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LA Relaxed

Dana Weinstein, their very own #GIRLBOSS, created LA Relaxed out of a need for a clothing brand which didn't sacrifice quality for style, and always kept the environment in mind. She, also, knew the importance of supporting local workers and paying fair wages for a job well done. LA Relaxed is the brand to know, and I hope you fall in love with it as much as I have!!

use code CHIC25 for 25% off


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Sustain by Kat

Sustain understands what we decide to wear impacts our health. Why not wear fabric that is actually beneficial to your health or at least safe? Plants seem to always be the right choice when wanting to make a product more natural and sustainable, and that's exactly the route Sustain went. This brand has great basics all made from organic cotton and dyed with natural dyes from plants like avocados, madder root, logwood tree and indigo {just to name a few}.


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JJ Winks

This brand uses one of my favorite fabrics - Lenzing Modal. It’s a fabric, in my opinion, that offers the comfort cotton can’t while still being mindful of the planet and harvesting from sustainably grown Beech trees. I also always suggest this type of material to my friends who prefer not to wear silk - it has that smooth and sheen like appearance and it’s hard to find anything softer!


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Yala

This cozy line is great for building a capsule wardrobe! Their mission is to provide comfort every day. YALA says, "No matter where life takes you, embrace your strengths, wear your passions, and find your comfort". Their designs are very classic and modern, yet they never sacrifice being cozy! The few pieces I have I could easily wear to bed and wake up the next day ready to go ;) 


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Sassind

Something that stood out to me when I first went through Sassind's collection was their garment's versatility - they aren't made just for lounging. The silk collection can go from bedtime to out for a drink. Nothing more than a capsule wardrobe enthusiast could want than a garment you can use morning, noon & night! Plus, their palette of neutral colors and soft pastels is ideal for smaller wardrobes. 


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Encircled

The functionality & minimalistic design of Encircled garments make this brand one of the best for minimalist closets. Most of their garments can be worn more than one way. That means more versatility in a smaller closet. Not only are their clothes comfortable to wear, they are great for packing. You don't have to worry about wrinkling, and they don't take up too much space so you can pack light. Their choice of fabrics make garments last longer, too. 


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plume & thread

This affordable, ethical brand prides themselves on being made in the USA. Everything is produced within a 5-mile radius of their studio. I own their Sophia Striped Turtleneck, and it’s easily my favorite turtleneck I’ve ever worn! More colors, please :D

use code Natalie20 for 20% off


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nobody’s child

This UK brand makes sure to partner with both local and international factories that ensure fair pay and safe working conditions. They are also big on eliminating textile waste so any leftovers are donated to fashion colleges in order to avoid the landfills. & I’m kind of obsessed with that skirt over there….


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Moth Oddities

A shop for both men & women, Moth Oddities travels all over the US to find you super unique vintage pieces. Plus, the owners Yana & Ian are awesome people, and I've been lucky enough to hang out with them :D Their photoshoots are hip/trendy/sexy/cool, too, so be sure to follow their Insta for all the shots! 

use code MOTHCHIC10 for 10% off


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Soul Flower

With lots of hippy vibes, Soul Flower is a natural clothing brand for kind souls and free spirits. Their comfortable range features everything from dresses to leggings, and even some things for the guys and kiddos! Wearing one of their pieces will surely put a smile on your face :) p.s. their leggings are among my favorites if you are in the need for a new pair!


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United by Blue

This brand creates responsible durable goods perfect for outdoors. Not only are their designs thoughtful, they help clean up trash in the world’s oceans and waterways! So far they have removed 1,108,117 pounds of trash!! If you are in the market for a new flannel or coat, I highly suggest you check this brand out - snag one for your man, too!


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Pact

Probably one of the most affordable organic brands, Pact has you covered on any basic piece you can think of. I love their lace undies and bras, and Travis has a ton of their tees. Everything washes well, and stays nice & soft. I’m constantly looking at this brand online to see what new basics they come out with!

5 Benefits of using Food Waste for Fabric Dyeing

Conscious ListsNatalie Kay
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Say what? You can use your food waste to dye fabric? Who would have thought :P Well, Sustain by Kat knows how beneficial it can be - and the great end product you receive! When they told me one of their tees was going to be dyed with avocado, I automatically assumed it would be green. WRONG - it’s this gorgeous pink! I couldn’t believe it. This GOTS certified organic linen tank {complete with organic cotton thread and organic cotton labels} uses the peels and seeds from avocados to create this lovely shade - and the fit is beautiful, by the way. As a lover of textiles, seeing more and more fruit & veggie dyeing has gotten me really excited for the future of eco fashion. 

So what are the benefits of using this type of waste?! 

1. Completely biodegradable. Yes, no harming the water or sitting in a landfill admitting toxic chemicals into the atmosphere! The skins & seeds are cleaned and soaked in warm water for a week. After, the plant parts are filtered out and composted. Then the shirts are cleaned with natural plant and mineral based soaps and prepped for dyeing with metallic salts which help the avocado dye bind to linen fabric.

2. Safer for your skin. Now that I’m a new mama, I think about what goes on my skin even more. I feel like dyes are one of those last things on your mind when it comes to fashion. Most dyes you find, today, are created with chemicals you wouldn’t want to touch with your bare hands.

3. Easy on the Earth. Since everything used to create these dyes are natural and non-toxic, your skin AND the planet thanks you. The entire process for veggie & fruit dyeing only calls for a few ingredients.

4. Creates beautiful colors. From yellow onion skins to some old blueberries no longer appetizing, you can get a plethora of different shades just from your own kitchen. The colors are vibrant and unique. Not to mention, it’s a great way to fix stained tees you thought about throwing away. 

5. No additional resources needed. This goes without saying, but I’m going to touch on it anyway! I love the idea of circular fashion, and I think applying that same concept to food is equally as important. Waste not, want not. By using something we already have, we can limit our use of resources and lessen our carbon footprint. What’s better than that?

10 Natural & Non-Toxic Makeup Brands for Soft, Clear & Healthy Skin

Conscious ListsNatalie Kay
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Over the past couple of years, I’ve tried several makeup brands. Some brands, I have loved the entire collection, others, I took away a few products. We all have different skin and preferences so it’s about finding what works best for you. I’ve compiled this list of brands {all without harmful chemicals & safe} I think are totally worth a try, along with some of my favorite products they offer. 


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Antonym

An organic line that performs while being gentle on your skin and the planet, Antonym’s products are highly pigmented and certified organic. Even their packaging and brushes are conscious and made with bamboo.

Favorite: Baked Foundation


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Au Naturale

A vegan, organic & paraben free line using ethically sourced ingredients, Au Naturale is starting a revolution in clean beauty. They are very transparent and diligent when it comes to creating the final product, and they encourage consumers to demand responsibility of other cosmetic brands.

Favorite: Matte Lip Stain


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Elate

A toxin-free, vegan & sustainable line with a mission to care for each other, our communities and our planet, Elate is using healthy ingredients to make clean cosmetics to add to your beauty ritual. Their packaging is even sustainable and can be planted to create a little home garden.

Favorite: Essential Mascara


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Gabriel

A natural, gluten-free & vegan line advocating healthy living, Gabriel is bringing out the existing natural beauty in women. Being conscious of their carbon footprint, Gabriel has a recycling program when you’re done with your makeup! 

Favorite: Aura Palette


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Hush + Dotti

A natural & vegan line with pro quality, Hush + Dotti is a fun, sassy & hip beauty brand who cares about transparency. From their ingredients to their packaging, every detail is thought out, and they are even certified by Leaping Bunny. 

Favorite: Liquid Eyeliner


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ILIA 

An ethical & sustainable line dedicated to creating the purest products, ILIA uses certified organic bio-active botanicals to rejuvenate your skin. Not only do their products perform exceptionally well, they have a sleek look with conscious packaging. 

Favorite: Multi-Stick


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Olga’s Organics

A USDA certified organic brand made right here in the USA, Olga’s Organics is pure, simple & made with the highest quality ingredients. All products are non-gmo, paragon free, petrolatum free, BHA free, sodium later sulfate free, vegan & cruelty-free.

Favorite: Loose Face Powder


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Vapour Beauty

A natural luxury line with a conscious, Vapour Beauty uses Fine Art Infused Color and organic ingredients to create high-performance products. Their range is always cruelty-free and comes with a risk-free guarantee. 

Favorite: Artist Multi-Use Palette


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ZuZu Luxe

The sister line to Gabriel Cosmetics, Zuzu Luxe is affordable yet performing, and made from natural and organic ingredients for the modern #ecochicwarrior. They are also vegan, cruelty free, and certified gluten-free! 

Favorite: Concealer


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pour le monde perfumes

Not make-up, but totally worth adding to your beauty routine! This line of perfume is certified 100% natural, vegan and cruelty-free - and smells absolutely wonderful.

Favorite: Empower

use code CHIC for $15 off your entire purchase