Sustainable Living

Sustainable Bathroom Hacks

Trying to live more sustainably can be intimidating. Where do you start? I think one of the easiest swaps to make can be in your bathroom! The best thing is that you can stagger the swaps, as you run out of your current products replace them with a more sustainable option. This way your not dropping a ton of money all at once and can slowly transition to a sustainable bathroom!

1. Shampoo Bars

Recently I have been using Lush Naked shampoo! They have tons of different scents and shampoos for different hair types. Naked products just means that it doesn’t come in a bottle. I have long hair and used to go through probably 3 shampoo bottles every year. I know it seems small to eliminate three plastic bottles a year but if everyone made this change it would make a huge difference, next time you run out of shampoo opt for a bar instead of a bottle. Just work the bar up to a lather then run it through your hair! I love this scent from Lush, but you can find shampoo bars and conditioner bars at tons of places.

2. Bamboo Tooth Brush

Every year over a billion plastic tooth brushes end up in landfills in North America alone! I go through a lot of tooth brushes, every time I travel I forget my tooth brush and end up buying a new one. Anytime you get sick, especially with something like strep throat or the flu, you should get a new tooth brush. Its no wonder so many tooth brushes end up in landfills and the remain there indefinitely because they take hundreds of years to decompose. Getting a bamboo tooth brush is such an easy swap. I ordered this 4 Pack off amazon so I can have back ups for when I inevitably loose one at a hotel!

3. Tampons, Pads, and Condoms

I could do an entire post just on this one. Not only are most feminine care products and sexual health products terrible for the environment, most of them are really bad for you! Think about it, you are putting these items inside of you but most products are made from synthetic products filled with harmful chemicals. Do you really want to put that in one of the most absorbent parts of your body? Sustain Natural is a female owned company that create sustainable tampons, pads, condoms, and more! These products are better for you and the earth, and SUPER BONUS they give 10% of their profits to women’s healthcare organizations. I made the switch to Sustain Natural tampons and am really happy with them.

The bathroom is one of the easier rooms to make more sustainable, we use so many different products and it can really add up if you don’t pay attention. Making a few swaps can cut down on the amount of waste you create every year significantly. These are the three swaps I have made recently, have you made any sustainable swaps recently?

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Painted Brick Studio

Living in a small apartment I am often frustrated by how little I can do to spruce my place up. I don’t have an eye for interior design, I spend hours scrolling through Pinterest looking at beautifully put together rooms but when it comes to execution I just don’t have it. Recently I have been feeling very blah about my space, it’s small and doesn’t get much sunlight. I wanted something to brighten the place up!

I was so excited to work with Hilary, owner of Painted Brick Studio to redecorate my bedroom. It’s such a cool concept that o haven’t seen before. Painted Brick sends you a box full of home decor. You select a room, style, price tier, and answer a few questions about your personal preferences. Then get surprised by all the fantastic pieces they send you. I asked Hilary if the items she sent me could be from eco and socially conscious brands and she did a great job of respecting my request!

I am in love with the prints that were in my Painted Brick Studio box, they even came already framed, by Lunch City Studio. I hung mine right over my bed. I am also loving the 4thingstote by The Shop Forward. My ‘4 things’ were Ack. Autumn. Bean Boots. Hydrangeas. it is a perfect on the go tote and they have so many different designs!

The west elm pillow and throw blanket that were in my box are so cozy and matched my room perfectly! But I have to say my favorite item is probably the Cat Studio Massachusetts embroider pillow! I had so much fun working with Hilary and I am so happy with how my room came out. Got a little face lift to cheer me up right as we get into the colder days! I think Painted Brick Studio I a great option if you recently moved, feel like you want to mix it up but don’t know how, or if you just never got around to making a space your own! With the Holidays right around the corner it makes the perfect gift! Use my code PAINTEDFALL15 for 15% off your purchase. What room would you redecorate?

Sustainable Living

Halloween Pumpkin

Growing up my elementary school had an annual pumpkin carving contest. I always wanted to win scariest pumpkin, I tried carving scary faces, a Halloween cat, monsters etc. As it turns out the scariest thing about our Jack-o-lanterns is what happens to them after Halloween.

Let’s look at some facts:

-Every year 1.3 Billion pounds of pumpkins grown in the US end up in landfills

-Organic waste (like pumpkins) left in landfills release methane gas, which has 20 times the warming effect of other common greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide.

So this year I challenge you to use your pumpkin in a sustainable way!

I am no cook but anyone can bake pumpkin seeds. While you’re carving set the seeds aside and bake them at 300 degrees for about 30 minutes. Then you’ll have a tasty and healthy snack. All October long people are crazy for pumpkin flavored everything! Use your pumpkin to make soup, bread, or pie. Couple of tips: hold off on carving until the day before or day of Halloween, and don’t let your pumpkin sit around for days and rot.

If pumpkin baked goods are not your thing you can still compost it or feed it to wild life. Growing up we always tossed our pumpkins in the far corner of the yard for the squirrels. Live in the city and don’t have a yard? Check out composting programs for city dwellers. Here is my favorite in Boston but there a tons of different programs that help you compost in your apartment or community gardens often have composts! There are so many alternatives to throwing your pumpkin in the trash. Living sustainably is about making all those small choices that add up to big change. I hope everyone has a Happy and Sustainable Halloween!

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Lavender Days

I love visiting all the beautiful farms all over New England. Each one has something unique to offer. Last weekend my friend Elyssa and I visited The Farm At SummitWynds for Lavender Day, about an hour from Boston it was a beautiful drive. All the leaves along Route 2 were changing and we really got to see some amazing foliage. SummitWynds was beautiful, gorgeous views of foliage, a barn straight out of a fairytale, farm animals, and a vintage Chevy truck! One woman we talked to told us she had gotten married at the farm. I love going to events at local farms, it is so important to shop local and support small family owned agriculture. Facetune_06-10-2018-15-50-01IMG_4622Facetune_06-10-2018-15-50-51Facetune_06-10-2018-15-51-56Facetune_06-10-2018-15-47-00

I am wearing a wool skirt from J.Crew, I love the color it is perfect for fall. Along with with one of my favorite vineyard vines button downs, and my Tory Burch boots. These are all items I have had for a few years but had never paired them together. Spending a little time to get creative with your wardrobe is a great way to avoid buying new items each season! At the end of ever boots season I take mine to a cobbler to have any scratches of scuffs buffed out and last year I had the zipper on one repaired. Now they’re good as new and still my go to fall boots!

Sustainable Living

Fairmont Copley X World Food Day

October 16th marks World Food Day, this year’s theme is “Our Actions are Our Future”. Did you know, about 150,000 tons of food are thrown away by American households EVERY DAY! World Food Day strives to educate people about food waste and actions they can take to achieve a Zero Hunger World by 2030!

Recently I have been researching sustainability efforts by local hotels. I was happy to learn that the Fairmont Copley is participating in World Food Day as part of their sustainability efforts. Today a ‘Zero Waste’ meal will be offered in OAK Long Bar + Kitchen and on the room-service menu, limiting the amount of waste created today! The best part? 100% of sales from the ‘Zero Waste’ dish will be donated to Boston Rescue Mission. Tonight, after work swing by OAK for dinner and try the ‘Zero Waste’ meal!

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Halibut Cakes $15, with brussels sprouts, butternut squash, pickled shallot and Mache.

Today The Fairmont Copley celebrates World Food Day, but they are striving to be more sustainable everyday. Hotels historically have been responsible for creating large amounts of waste, on average hotels create 2 pounds of waste per guest per night! To curb this The Fairmont Copley participates in the sustainability program Planet 21. Some of their on-going ‘eco-gestures’ include:

-Energy efficient lighting
-Le Labo bath products in guest rooms are paraben-free, cruelty-free, and use organic extracts. The biodegradable containers are made from recycled water and soft drink bottles.
-The hotel partners with BRITA Vivreau to supply reusable glass bottles for water service during all meetings hosted inside the hotel in an effort to reduce water wastage
– ~10,000 bees arrived to the hotel’s beehives in April and will be maintained by Best Bees to help with honey harvesting for various food and beverage offerings and to help pollinate the city. (This is the one I am most excited about!)

Having on-going programs like this help hotels limit the amount of waste the create and become more sustainable. The Fairmont Copley has been a part of the Boston community since 1912. Similarly my family has long roots in Boston, when my dad was in college he worked at the Fairmont Copley as a bellhop and a valet. I am happy to see them leading the way on sustainability. Happy World Food Day!