Episode 9: Travel Green(er)

Many of you are taking advantage of the summertime, hopping on planes and exploring the world. While flying isn’t the greenest of activities, there are many choices you can make while travelling that will lighten your footprint on the environment and keep you healthy.

You can listen to our travel episode here or subscribe to us on iTunes.

 

Whoops! Steph had to bleep me in this one… and to be honest, I’m surprised this is the first time it’s happened.

I’ve just been back from Hong Kong and Steph just left on a 3-month European adventure, so we have lots to discuss. In this episode, you’ll find all sorts of tips for staying healthy, packing light, reducing waste, and sneaking in some exercise.

Here are our Top 10 Travel Tips:

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Vegan Char Siu and Red Yeast Rice from Loving Hut Restaurant in Hong Kong. I found this gem using happycow.net
  1. Stay somewhere with a kitchen and go grocery shopping for meals, fresh fruit, and nuts.
  2. Pack nutritious snacks. Be prepared: You might not always be able to find meals catering to your diet (I like ProBar, hemp seeds, and chia seeds).
  3. Stay hydrated (and use a reusable bottle). My weapon of choice is Klean Kanteen and Steph uses Vapur to save space.
  4. Travel light. Steph is doing a 3-month trip with only a carry-on! Here’s the bag she chose and here’s what she’s putting in it.
  5. Choose natural products that are multi-purpose. Dr Bronner’s and Diva Wash are our picks.
  6. Girls: Use a Diva Cup. It’s compact and you can wear it for 12 hours! Steph and I are both massive fans.
  7. Pack your running shoes. We both use these from New Balance, which are lightweight and portable.
  8. Leave your mat at home and slip on a pair of Yoga Paws.
  9. Walk. Walk around airports, wander the streets, take the stairs, and explore explore explore.
  10. Research. You can find veg-friendly hotspots using HappyCow.net, learn a few helpful phrases, and even find gym passes in your area. Plan your destinations ahead of time to avoid extra driving … and maybe go a step further by booking a stay at a certified eco-friendly hotel.
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Latest on Steph: She’s been cliff jumping in Dubrovnik, Croatia!

 

Do you have any tips to add? Our list is far from exhaustive. Reach out in the comments below or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Pinterest — whichever suits your fancy!

Happy travels!

— Laura

 

 

Episode 3: Green Shower + Beauty Products!

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Hello all. Thanks again for tuning in thus far, we appreciate you bigtime!

This week on the podcast, we’re getting into it re: green personal care products aka personal hygiene products. Laura and I are both working on transitioning to healthier, less toxic makeup and shower stuff, and we wanted to share our favourites with you all. We also discuss a few DIY solutions in case you don’t want to shell out for the sometimes pricey green products. Listen to Episode 3 right here. And, as always, you can also find us on iTunes! (and if you have it in your heart, rate and subscribe to us there!!)

 

Let’s get into it! Here are your links.

First up – a cheat sheet to the major toxins to avoid (if possible) when buying your products! In the podcast, we mention the big 3: parabens, SLS/sulfats, and phthalates. I carry a copy of this around with me and cross-reference labels because all chemical names sound the same to me!

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We also mention a great resource – The EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database. (I falsely said in the podcast that it was at ewp.org – my bad!!) Another helpful place to look is PETA’s Cruelty-Free Database.

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On to the products. We adore Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar – you can see us wearing it in the above photo! We both use this mascara from The Body Shop, and I also like their concealer. Laura recently found an awesome deodorant alternative that works like a charm – Lafe’s Natural Crystal Deodorant Stick. I love the brand Live Clean for their shampoo, conditioner and body wash – and you can find them in most drugstores! We’re also giving a shoutout to the great 18-in-1 soap by Dr. Bronner’s. Laura has been using a JASON bodywash that her roommate left behind and is, coicidentally, a great green product!

Lastly, we talk about some DIY options! Here’s a great resource about washing your face with olive oil + castor oil. Also, almond oil + regular white sugar is an amazing body scrub.

Whew! So that’s our green products round-up. Hope that you enjoy the episode – we had a really fun time making it. Protips for the next time you’re in a bad mood: just start forced laughing with a friend and soon you’ll be laughing hysterically for real! :)

-Steph