What Was I Up To in November

Last month, again, was very busy for me work vice, and it looks like December will be as well until Christmas. I still managed to have some time to write about sustainability. I shared the interesting Sustainable news from October, I wrote about the sustainable problems with plastic and Why I don’t shop on Black Friday.

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As Christmas is nearing I shared some Sustainable Christmas gift tips and new soy wax candles. There is definitely more coming soon!

Finally, I shared articles about how to make your life better and my favourite Insta pics from October.

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What did you do in November? And what are your plans for December?

With love,

Lii

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Sustainable Christmas Present Guide 2017

Christmas is the time when people get crazy to get present for their loved ones and generally we spend a lot of money not only on presents but also on food and decorations. This is the perfect time to buy from your local little boutiques and businesses supporting them at this time of the year and you will most likely get gratitude on top of your shopping, unlike from the high street stores.

Last year I shared my Christmas present guide, which you can find here, but this year I wanted to add a bit more to it.

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Bake or Make Food Items – One of the favourite presents that I have given anybody was when I’ve gifted cheesecake that I made. That was dessert sorted! There are so many other things that you can make for your loved ones from homemade granola and jam, bread and so on. Check this Pinterest board for ideas.

Make Presents Yourself – In addition to food, you can make presents that are meaningful and don’t break your budget. My family has loved self-made calendars for the year, photo books, self-made pyjamas and woolly socks. If you are good at something or want to get better, well then this a perfect time to practice while you make presents! Check this Pinterest board for ideas.

Personalised Presents – Many little shop owners make quality items and personalise them to their customer’s needs. I found a great jewellery designer who made personalised necklaces and bracelets on Not On The High Street when I was getting a present for my friends birthday. Etsy is also a great resource to look through if you want personalised anything from jewellery to kitchen items and fashion.

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Potted Plants – I love having plants in my house, I probably get it from my mum, and will always love it if I got potted plants as presents. At the moment I am growing little succulent seedlings that I hope to pot at some point and give as presents to my family.

Delicious Foods – We once got a box of beer for Christmas from a local brewery which the present giver new that we liked. Of course, presents don’t always need to be alcohol any preservatives, superfood packaging, luxurious chocolates, coffee or cheeses could be a great gift. To be more sustainable make sure to buy local produce and be sure you know they are not sensitive to any of the ingredients. Check these out for inspiration: eden project, almighty foods and your local farm or grassroots shops.

Handmade one-of-a-kind items from Artisans – There are a few shops that sell artisan-made items which can be absolutely beautiful and surely nobody else has anything like it! Check Wild Tussah, Ebb and Thread and Nandi Berlin.

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Kits for growing Herbs or other plants – This was something I was really wishing for last year. I really wanted to grow a bonsai tree.

Sustainable Fashion and Homeware – Socks, scarfs, blankets, pyjamas – these are the things most people love to get for Christmas and it is even better if they are sustainably and locally made. Check Honest Rosie, Doo.Bla.Vey, Elborne living, People Tree, Siizu, Matt and Nat, Luva Huva, Primrose and Pixie, Buy Me Once and Gather and See.

Books from Independent Stores – Amazon has taken the world by storm, but in effect, independent stores are losing on sales and good quality writing and books are getting lost in the popular junk books that are on the markets right now. When buying from an independent store chances are you get the service you deserve!

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Experiences – The one thing you can gift is not wrapped in paper and I have a whole other post for these so stay tuned!

 

What kind of gifts do you like to receive or give?

With love,

Lii

8 Articles To Make Your Life Better

How To Upgrade Your Life In 22 Minutes – Neuroscientist research-based way of setting an intention for a better day, each day.

Indecisiveness Is Standing Between You and The Life You Want To Live – A post about making decisions and changes with the end goal in mind.

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7 Morning Habits For A Better Day – Including the intention for the day, there are 6 other habits that can make it better.

11 Home Remedies To Help Eliminate Acne Scars – Easy to do and understand steps to help eliminate acne scars and take care of your skin. I don’t really have acne scars, but I still found several things interesting and something that I want to try!

Why I Use Fluoride-Free Toothpaste and You Should Too Now It Has Been Classified A Neurotoxin – F toxins writes about fluoride-free toothpaste and why you should leave fluoride off your healthcare routine.

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An Esthetician Explains: The Correct Order For Applying Your Skincare Products – Finally, we have an answer when we should be applying moisturiser and when the serum!

Dry Skin Brushing – Reduce Toxins and Cellulite In Just 60 Seconds – Wel you won’t reduce it in the first 60 seconds, but f toxins explain how routinely dry brushing it can have positive effects for you.

Things You Have To Stop Telling Yourself – Excellent post describing things that people say to themselves and advice on how to stop saying them.

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Share any articles that you might think would be beneficial for us all in the comment box below!

With love,

Lii

Inspiration of the Month – Cradle to Cradle

This post is coming to you quite late, not because I didn’t know what I wanted to write about, I actually have been inspired by this book for a while now, but I found it quite hard to summarise everything that I found interesting in the book!

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Cradle to Cradle is a design philosophy as well as a book which I am basing my inspiration on. The book was written by William McDonough and Michael Braungart. It is a small book, only 186 pages, but it offers an immense amount of inspiration especially for design practitioners as well as consumers who want to be more sustainable and mindful of their lifestyle. It helps you understand what are the problems in the current design methods, what is being done about them and offers ideas what could be the better way to design.

In this book, I found that the main principle that McDonough and Braungart were saying is that almost all our products have been designed wrong as they end up being a waste and littering our planet and that we should learn from nature. In product design the common thing to think about is what is the product the consumers want or need, how can it be produced as economically as possible, so that the company can win the big profits from the product sales. It is completely ignoring the afterlife of the product or its ingredients where valuable ingredients often end up to the landfills or being downcycled, as the ingredients were not designed to be retrieved at the end of the products useful life. For example, we think that recycling is an amazing way of being sustainable. We might not realise that actually it is just being a bit less bad and trying to find an alternative to the landfills. Big amount of the waste is incinerated which can cause toxic dioxides. The rest are recycled, but as our products haven’t been designed so that the ingredients with which the products were made with could be retrieved, but they rather are mixed with chemicals or other ingredients that reduce the value and usability of the ingredient.

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Instead companies could be taking example out of nature of how to make their products profitable, good for the environment and the human beings, that could improve human life, be economical not only with making the product but potentially for the human who uses it, for the government or for the same company once again when they receive their ingredients and can build more products out of it again. The products could be designed with the whole lifecycle in mind rather than just the most useful one.

 

“We need to see the world as what we can learn from it, not as what we can take from it”

 

Many times while reading the book I felt that the whole humankind is doomed as it has designed everything wrong and how companies are still using toxic ingredients in various products that can be harmful to humans, how companies are eroding soil and destroying ecosystems only to find new materials for their products and get their profits. But the solutions the book offers are clever and doable if only enough people would go the extra mile. It offers various long-haul plans that would end up being economical to the company, the economy and the people as well if companies thought about their products as more than profit.

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Another important point raised in the book was how everything is designed for everybody without understanding that everybody and every place has different needs. I read several lovely and maybe slightly disgusting stories about how people in rural areas used to get rid of their waste or use various things to their advantage whilst keeping their ecosystems thriving until the modern technology and infrastructure was introduced and their ecosystems paid for it. Whilst upgrading and improving areas we should think about ways how it can be done to support humans as well as the ecosystem in which it is done. So there wasn’t bare pieces of land where nothing grows anymore because of pesticides or a wrong way of doing agriculture for that area. Companies should be more respectful of the knowledge local people have of their ecosystems!

 

“What would have happened, we sometimes wonder, if the industrial revolution had taken place in societies that emphasize the community over the individual, and where people believed not in cradle-to-grave life cycle but in reincarnation?”

 

We often forget what effect our actions can do, but on this planet, every action can affect multiple things from other people to other organisms, to the ecosystems, so we should strive to make better choices and be less selfish about them. I got really inspired by this book and still while reading it started to be more mindful about the products that I am using or buying and what I should be looking at instead. Sometimes there is no best option and we just have to work with the “least bad” whilst letting our actions speak for themselves. I do hope there will be more designers who are adopting this design philosophy. I can see how the world could be a much more beautiful and healthy place.

 

“Insanity has been defined as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different outcome. Negligence is described as doing the same thing over and over again even though you know it is dangerous or wrong.”

 

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Here you can see just how much I was inspired by the book. All the folded pages are something that I want to keep coming back to!

Have you read Cradle to cradle?

With love,

Lii

Favourite Insta Pics From September

I’ve noticed that as autumn is rolling on I turn more towards warm autumnal colours… or perhaps I just see more of them on Instagram and therefore think that I do. It is quite noticeable in the favourite insta pics that I’ve gathered here. In addition, I am being increasingly inspired by empowering messages. I hope you enjoy this months collection and let me know your favourites as well!

 

What kind of images are you loving during the autumn time?

With love,

Lii

Happy Favourites of the Week – Beautiful Berlin and Interesting Articles

3 Food and Hygiene Corporations I Boycott – I prefer to concentrate on the positivity in my blog but every now and then things can make me really mad and I would love to just vent in here! Instead, I get really happy when I see other people thinking exactly the same as me. Kristen explains why she boycotts certain global mass corporations and more importantly why.

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Our Trip To Berlin – I and the other half haven’t been on a holiday together in a long time and this was definitely about time. We found a lovely Airbnb in a lovely area in Berlin close by to where my friend lives. We did the touristy stuff, ate delicious food, spend time by ourselves and with my friend. And we got engaged! The trip was amazing! We didn’t want to leave, that’s how comfortable we felt in Berlin.

How I Care For My Clothing – This article by Anna Edit tells you few tips and links to how to care for your garments so that they will last you a long time. I love it when people share tips to keep their garments for longer!!

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Nightmanager – This tv-show that everybody else was raving about maybe a year ago we only saw last week but were hooked within the first episode! Intrigue, the story, and Tom Hiddleston!!

Lavender Tea – I had heard of lavender tea before but never tasted. Lavender is one of my favourite scents so I really wanted to try it, so when I found this tea in a shop in Berlin I bought it instantly. On its own, it’s a bit too much, but added to green tea it is lovely!!

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How has your week been?

With love,

Lii

Favourite Insta Pics From August

My favourite insta pics from August are not that different from a couple of the previous months; there is a lot of prints, slogans and beautiful illustrations. Check these accounts out!

What were your favourite Instagram pics this month?

With love,

Lii