Conscious by Chloé

Chloé Lepeltier - Conscious By Chloé

Conscious by Chloé is a lifestyle blog focused on Zero Waste, Sustainable Living and Ethical Fashion written by Chloé Lepeltier.

Zero Waste On The Go

Zero Waste On The Go by Conscious by Chloé

I've been showing what's in my to go bag a lot on Insta Stories lately and got many questions about my Zero Waste tips on the go.

So here's what's in my to-go bag at all times:

  • a napkin: you've now seen this one everywhere, I made it during a shibori dyeing class a couple summers ago. I use it as a napkin at restaurants, as a handkerchief, to dry my hands at the restroom, to pack my croissant furoshiki-style at the bakery on Sunday mornings (not at all the same time).

  • a muslin bag: my mother in law sewed a bunch of these for me for Christmas, but the one I use the most is a dust bag I got from a local shop. I bring it to the bakery to put my croissant in, or fill it with trail mix when I go for a hike.

  • stainless steel straws (regular and fat): for juice or bubble tea.

  • stainless steel chopsticks: I got mine for free through my local Buy Nothing chapter. They are pretty heavy but do the job. I take them with me in order to avoid using the non reusable ones wrapped in paper you usually find at sushi restaurants.

  • mason jars: of various sizes, for various uses, from coffee mug to leftovers container.

  • a drink top: to put on my mason jar and drink my chai tea without spilling it.

  • a stainless steel box: to put leftovers in at restaurants.

That's a lot of items, but I like to be ready for any scenario. I usually leave the bag in my car and just grab whatever I need before getting off. I guess you can do the same, or, just be a little more organized than I am and plan for the day before leaving on your bike or to take the bus/tram/metro.

Also, weight is no issue for me, because I mostly walk short distances or drive. But most of these items can be found in lighter versions (like bamboo or titanium chopsticks). A bamboo utensil kit is also pretty lightweight and durable, I'd recommend starting here.

What's one thing you always carry with you to prevent waste?


You might also be interested in my Zero Waste Shopping Kit article and 3 Ways to Kickstart your Journey to Less Waste.

You can find most on these items mentioned in this post in the Conscious by Chloé Shop.

A Glamping Retreat in Southern Oregon

Glamping at Panacea at the Canyon by Octave Zangs for Hipcamp

The week after my birthday, Octave took me for the most relaxing retreat in Southern Oregon. As a field scout, he was offered to stay at a brand new glamping resort at a stone's throw from Smith Rock State Park.

The timing could not have been more perfect as I had been sick for a couple weeks now and all I needed was sun, nature and rest.

We left on a Thursday morning and headed South for a sunny break, but still found tons of snow at Government Camp when we stopped for coffee, a last taste of winter before spring settles down...

Glamping at Panacea at the Canyon by Octave Zangs for Hipcamp

Glamping at Panacea at the Canyon by Octave Zangs for Hipcamp

Glamping at Panacea at the Canyon by Octave Zangs for Hipcamp

Glamping at Panacea at the Canyon by Octave Zangs for Hipcamp

Glamping at Panacea at the Canyon by Octave Zangs for Hipcamp

Packing is really not a fun activity for me. I tend to freak out the night before a trip. But this time, I decided to take the "more is more" approach, meaning that I pretty much reached for all the little things that would make our stay as relaxing as possible.

I packed everything I needed to feel at home such as blankets, candles (not sure they were allowed in the tent!), and many little accessories to relax, relax, relax like an aromatherapy eye mask, essential oil roll-ons... and books!

Glamping at Panacea at the Canyon by Octave Zangs for Hipcamp

Glamping at Panacea at the Canyon by Octave Zangs for Hipcamp

Glamping at Panacea at the Canyon by Octave Zangs for Hipcamp

Glamping at Panacea at the Canyon by Octave Zangs for Hipcamp

After we settled down in the tent and contemplated on taking a shower in the middle of nature (it was still a little chilly for that), we took a nap during a particularly windy afternoon and went for a stroll as the sun was starting its descent.

We followed nature paths, walked through the meditation labyrinth (!) and stopped at the edge of the cliff where we watched the sun set. It had been a while since we last spent time in nature, with no one in sight (we were the only ones staying in the resort on that day). It reminded us of our last road trip the previous summer, where we slept in deserts and forests, and woke up at sunrise.

Winter has been pretty long here in Oregon and we could not wait until we would be able to sleep outside again. This little escape in the middle of the week was a perfect taste of what's to come, except that it was way more luxurious than what we're used to (I mean, a gas fireplace in the tent?!).

Later, we drove to the city to have a quick dinner, came back in the dark night to gaze at the stars, far from the light pollution of civilization.

Glamping at Panacea at the Canyon by Octave Zangs for Hipcamp

Glamping at Panacea at the Canyon by Octave Zangs for Hipcamp

Tillak Goods for Conscious by Chloé

Tillak Goods for Conscious by Chloé

The next morning, we packed our stuff and took one last stroll around the resort. We went to get a late breakfast/an early lunch (can you call that brunch if it's in the middle of the week?) in town, stocked up on snacks at a health food store and finally headed to Smith Rock State Park for a quick mountain bike ride.

I had been wanting to visit Smith Rock for a long time now and so I was really, really happy to be able to cross it off my list! The sun was hot, but the breeze kept us cool. On the way down, we stopped by the river for a snack and to watch the birds and ducks frolicking.

Glamping at Panacea at the Canyon by Octave Zangs for Hipcamp

We then drove back to Portland early enough to beat rush hour and made one last stop at our favorite frozen yogurt parlor to make this short escapade last a little longer.

Glamping at Panacea at the Canyon by Octave Zangs for Hipcamp

A Glamping Retreat in Southern Oregon

Eat

Dinner at Terrebonne Depot

Brunch at One Street Down Cafe

Shop

Cornucopia Natural Foods

Stay

Panacea at the Canyon

Visit

Smith Rock State Park

Smith Rock State Park by Conscious by Chloé


Photographs by Octave Zangs for Hipcamp.

Have a blissful week-end #10

Deschutes River State Recreation Area by Conscious by Chloé

What are you up to this week-end?

On Sunday, I'm considering going to count how many fishes there's in the river (read below).

I hope you'll have a great one and in the meantime, here are a few links from around the web:

Portland recommendations: