Conscious by Chloé

Chloé Lepeltier - Conscious By Chloé

A Sustainable Lifestyle Blog focusing on Zero Waste, Slow Living, and Ethical Fashion.

The Conscious List

lavender flower field blooms at daytime

Happy Friday! What are you up to this weekend? I'm gonna call my mom (it's Mother's Day in France this Sunday).

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My Journey Back to Less Waste in a Post-Pandemic World - Food Edition

I'm glad to say I finally feel like I'm in a good place to reassess my sustainability.

Post-pandemic survival mode, and after moving to a place where zero waste stores are not really a thing, I've decided to hop back on the "aiming for less waste" train.

I've always been mindful of my choices, but have certainly been a little too lenient at times.

I'm not sure I want to start a whole audit of my lifestyle, so I'm just going to start somewhere and start small.

Groceries are a good place to start, especially now that the farmers' market season is upon us.

Grocery Store

I walk to my local grocery store and feel like I fell into a routine. I need to pay more attention to what's offered in bulk or package-free.

By the way, I have a whole article dedicated to shopping in bulk.

Farm Stand / CSA Baskets

A local farm has the cutest farm stand, open May through October and I'm so excited to head there, I may or may not have seen that they already have STRAWBERRIES!

Farmers' Market

I can't wait for the first day of the market. It was my lifeline during the pandemic and is the place where I made my first friends in town! I can't wait to see what new food vendors have signed up for this season!

More local resources

Walking around town, I saw that somewhere was selling farm fresh eggs. I'm gonna make a note of other local opportunities to shop local, organic, and package-free.

Foraging

I saw on the Falling Fruit map that it was possible to harvest apples from a public tree.

Last year, our dear neighbor allowed us to harvest from his apple trees and we pressed some delicious apple juice together with my parents when they came to visit!

Bartering

This is the perfect segue to this other category. I'm really into the idea of money-less exchanges. I remember attending my first food swap, what a great sharing experience! Now I simply need to think about what I could offer...

Food-Saving Apps

  • Too Good To Go

I was recently reminded of this app and thought I'd include it on this list. While the food you'll get won't be package-free, it will be diverted from the compost pile, or worse, the landfill! Log onto the Too Good To Go app and get access to surplus food or meals for a fraction of the price!

  • Olio

Olio is an app that lets you pass on what you no longer need to people who live nearby. 

An alternative would be your local Buy Nothing group, Facebook sharing group, or Nextdoor app.

Composting

I cannot end this article without mentioning a key step in the food cycle: where it all ends.

I'm lucky to have access to an outdoor space and to have been gifted a tumbler composter through my local Buy Nothing group.

If you don't, maybe you could give bokashi or vermicomposting a try, or find a neighbor who would be willing to share their compost bin with you via ShareWaste.

Ready to kickstart your journey to less waste?

Check out my Zero Waste Lifestyle articles, my Zero Waste City Guides, and my Zero Waste Shopping Kit!

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Happy Friday! What are you up to this weekend? I'm gonna attend a seed exchange event!

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A Weekend in the Columbia River Gorge

green trees on mountain during daytime

The other week, Octave and I had to take a trip to Portland to pick up something that's gonna change our lives (but that's a whole other subject).

We had a blast in the city, eating at new restaurants, catching up with old friends, and visiting our favorite spots.

On the way back to Central Oregon, I suggested we take the long way back home through the Columbia River Gorge. Our friends recently moved there and I really wanted to see with my own eyes the beautiful house they built.

I also had many, many many spots on my "to visit" list and added a few that my friend Jenna, owner of Lost River Apothecary, recommended.

Lodging

We got to stay at Jenna and Tal's place in Lyle and woke up to the most striking view of Mount Adams, but I found a few cool places you could stay at during your trip:

Hood River

White Salmon

Bingen

Lyle

Food & Drink

We've had the most amazing food during our stay, and I wish I could have stayed longer to try more spots!

Our faves so far: Soča and White Salmon Baking!

Hood River

White Salmon

Lyle

I was sad I didn't get to try the pastries at White Salmon Baking but got to eat their scrumptious pain au chocolat at Confluence Café. Extra points for the river view from the terrace!

Shops

Besides visiting our friends Tal and Jenna, my goal was to hit all the cute (vintage) stores in the gorge. And boy did the gorge deliver!

Hood River

The most stunning shop in town. Perfect clothing curation (I almost bought a lacy dress) and some furniture in the back room.

Laura's new shop. I've visited every shop she's run since 2015 and this new endeavor didn't disappoint. I'm sad I didn't get to see her, but her shop girl was the sweetest and I came back home with lots of Mexican snacks for the road (that's not what's mainly sold there, but that's what I felt like shopping, lol)

I didn't go in because I wasn't really in the mood for shopping clothes anymore, but the selection looked on point!

White Salmon

I mostly wanted to stop by to take a picture of the sign for Octave's nephew Marcel, but was so glad I stopped by to see the amazing curation from the owner, Amy. We got to chat for a bit and got along really well!

Bingen

Everyone knows everyone in this little community and I love it! On my way out of Sun Sun -where I got a smiley pair of socks and some incense- I bumped into Jenna, who was on her way there for a restock!

This spot is what I picture when I think about an antique store, and its basement reminded me of Cargo in Portland!

Local makers

I visited a market hosted at MoonMountain Highway and got to discover the work of amazing local makers:

And I'm excited to visit this spot one day:

We had already visited the gorge quite a few times, to go hiking, and mountain biking, but had never had a chance to really slow down and spend time there and meet the locals.

It's the perfect balance between being immersed in nature while still being less than an hour and a half away from a major city and airport.

I can't wait to go back, and maybe finally give kiteboarding a try!

Have you visited the gorge already? What was your favorite spot?

The Conscious List

man in fruit market

Happy Friday! What are you up to this weekend? I'm gonna attend a market and go on a hike.

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