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!

 

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Tweed in Autumn

A Tweed blazer is a wardrobe staple. Last year I picked up this perfect school-boy tweed blazer from J.Crew. I love J.Crew for wardrobe staples, if you need a button down, a classic blazer, a pair of slacks J.Crew is the place to go. I love having the basics always ready to go in my closet. It makes getting dressed everyday so simple. By sticking to the staples I have been able to reign in the size of my closet (which if you didn’t know Beacon Hill closets are notoriously small).

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I have also diminished the amount of textile waste I create every year. Instead of buying a new fall wardrobe every year I keep returning to the same items. This is the third fall I have had this blazer and I love it just as much now as I did 3 years ago when I bought it. Investing in quality items that will last season after season is the easiest way to create a more sustainable wardrobe. J.Crew is pricey, but they have fantastic end of season sales, use those sales as an opportunity to stock a few wardrobe staples for next year.

J.Crew is my favorite go-to place for wardrobe staples but some other great places are Ann Taylor, Brooks Brothers (I prefer their red fleece line), and Ralph Lauren Polo. Yes these brands are more expensive but the items you buy will last year after year. This isn’t dropping 100 dollars on a sweater you are going to have to replace every winter!

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Under my blazer I am wearing a Ralph Lauren classic white button down, I am wearing a vineyard vines skirt from last fall, my black Nordstrom loafers that I have had for 3 years and, my Madewell sunglasses. Madewell is another great brand to shop for basics they also have an amazing denim recycling program.

What is your favorite brand to shop for high-quality wardrobe staples?

Sustainable Living

Denim Recycling

Did you know those classic blue jeans you love are actually one of the biggest polluters in the textile industry? I am a fan of jeans, I buy probably one new pair every year and tend to keep them for years. But those jeans come at a heft environmental cost, the process of making and dying denim is a major environmental problem.

Lets look at some facts:

-Nearly 2 billion jeans are produced annually world wide.

-Up to 2,000 gallons of water are used to make an average pair of jeans

-Over a pairs life time up to 300 gallons are used to keep them clean

-Garment dying is the second largest source of water pollution in the world

I am never going to stop wearing jeans, they are a staple for my wardrobe every season. There are several really great eco-initiatives to limit the environmental impact of the denim industry.

Some of my favorites include the Madewell Denim Recycling program. Did you know you can bring any used pair of jeans into a Madewell store and they will recycling them through a program Blue Jeans Go Green, your old jeans will then get turning into housing insulation. Any denim product is eligible and Madewell will even give you $20 off your next pair of jeans. So far 191 Tons of waste have been recycled through Madewell’s partnership with Blue Jean Go Green. Thats 191 tons of denim that did not end up in a landfill!

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Last year after Mike’s dad passed he took his old jeans that were too worn to be donated to our local Madewell store, the sales associate was surprised and told him that people never bring their jeans in. Why not? I am a big fan of donating but when clothes that are to worn get donated they risk being thrown out. Madewell is a great option! In Boston there are store locations on Newbury St and the Prudential Center, but no matter where you are there is probably a Madewell near by.

Sustainable fashion is often tied to minimalism. If you identify as a minimalist more power to you, I do not. But no matter what your personal style is you can make more eco-friendly fashion choices. Look for brans that use organic cotton and eco-friendly dying processes, and you can make eco-friendly choices even when it comes to how you dispose of your clothes..

Stay tuned for my list of favorite sustainable clothing brands, best eco-friendly hotels, and much much more.

Repair – Recycling – Donate