Conscious by Chloé

Chloé Lepeltier - Conscious By Chloé

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

The Conscious List

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Tonight I'm celebrating my friend Dina's birthday and we're having a real French raclette. Time to take the stretchy pants out of storage!

This week I'm reading this guide to traditional skills.

I'm gonna use these buttons to make my latest thrift finds fit me like a glove.

I'm looking forward to this event to fill my pantry (preorders open on the 23rd).

This is your reminder to protect your passwords.

I loosely followed this recipe to freeze kale for the winter.

I'm still pinching myself for having been able to be a part of this incredible secret supper.

I saw these pants on my friend Alba and cannot wait to get mine in the mail.

It's almost time for me to make a new batch of kimchi (I'm gonna try to remember to wear gloves this time!)

Kara is giving me all the inspiration and motivation I need to keep learning how to knit.

I found the perfect lipstick shade (for my complexion)!

Picture by Christina Rumpf

A Review of my 21 for 2021 List

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In January, I wrote a list of 21 things I wanted to achieve during the year. I have to admit I kinda of forgot about it in the summer, so I thought I'd have a look at what I've accomplished so far and see whether I'd get close to my goal by December 31st.

1. Read 21 books

Things are going pretty well. There definitely a couple home decor, cooking and DIY books here and there in my reading list, as well as easy summer reading that I grabbed in the "Hot title" section of the library before my road trip, but I'm overall happy about how much reading I've done this year.

2. Find a way to treat my parents from afar

I'm still hoping for a reunion if and when the borders open again in November 2021. But a gift idea recently popped into my head and I'm currently working on it.

3. Write 12 letters

Oh this is bad. I wrote 4 of my handcrafted cards in 2020 and only 1 in 2021! Will I catch up before the end of the year. New Year cards maybe?

4. Go on a multiple day hike

I replaced this one with shorter one day hikes. I'm still not sure my body is able to withstand strenuous efforts for long periods of time. I first need to figure out why it is that I severe menstrual cramping when I do HIIT or go for a run. I keep a symptoms diary and will hopefully soon do a thorough health check-up.

5. Host a party in our backyard

We've had a couple pizza parties in our backyard. Not a party-party per se but something that we felt comfortable enough organizing in the midst of the pandemic (and in-between smoky days).

6. Sell stuff

I've sold a bunch of stuff on Poshmark and gave away some stuff through my neighborhood Buy Nothing group. I still have a couple items (a screen, a robot vaccuum, a Kitchen Aid) to list and sell via Craigslist or FB Marketplace. I'm putting it on my list right now...

7. Pay off my credit cards

There have been a couple ups and downs, but I'm happy about where I'm currently at.

8. Watch 12 documentaries and classic movies

Oh this does not look good. I've watched Emily in Paris twice and just started Girlmore Girls again! Also, I've gotten really into following people on Youtube and watching their videos on our projector screen, there's just no time for movies. Octave and I have a hard time wacthing movies together. Maybe we should start hosting movie nights with friends?!

9. Donate blood

Having grown up in France, I am not eligible to donate blood in the US and will most likely not go back to France this year so this will have to wait. If you can donate blood where you are, please do it for me!

10. Re-launch the Zero Waste Switch Challenge

As you may have noticed, the blog has been on the back burner for a couple months, so I definitely did not work on this project. Also, zero waste seems like the last thing on my mind during this pandemic. Maybe next year? You can always sign up for the challenge and be notified when it's relaunched (your email will only be used for this particular challenge, no spamming, pinky promise!).

11. Travel to Hawaii

Bwahaha. This will never happen. Leave Hawaii alone!

12. Go on a yoga retreat

Money, time, pandemic. Also... people. I might simply do another 30-day yoga challenge before the end of the year. Shall I chose November or December?

13. Plan and plant a garden

It happened! And the gardening season is just about over here in Central Oregon. I was also on the board of my local Community Garden this season, so I feel very accomplished!

14. Host a canning party

My gardening experiments have been successful, but not that successful, canning will have to wait. I also am waiting to know that I'll stay in this house (and this country) long enough to make the canning thing make sense.

15. Make jam

There might still be time for this, I was actually talking about this with a friend just last weekend. Who has a great recipe to share?

16. Build a fire

I was definitely not gonna play with fire this summer. Now that it's safe and could be useful to do so, I might experiment in a safe environment.

17. Weave a basket

I've done a lot of DIYing this year, but basket weaving hasn't been one of them, so far...

18. Knit a sweater

Optimistic much?! I did just ordered a beanie and a sweater kit from We Are Knitters. I'm taking things really slow and am making sure I'm not skipping important steps. I've learned a couple stitches and feel confident I'll have a beanie by the end of the year, and maybe a sweater by the end of winter?

19. Take a first-aid or an avalanche course

Covid, timing, price. This has not happened last winter, maybe at the beginning of next year?

20. Make my own chai mix

I like it when I set easy goals for myself. I did it and even wrote an article about it!

21. Make soap

This has been a challenging endeavor and after one failed attempt, I shadowed my friend Em and ended up following her recipe. Blog post coming soon!

21 for 2021 Year Goal List for my Happiness Project by Conscious by Chloé

So, let's see 7 goals reached, 6 in progress, 2 adapted, 5 not met, and 1 postponed. Wow, that teaches me about letting go of expectations and learning to aim for progress, not perfection!

Have you met any of your goals for this year yet?

How to Stop Spam, Junk Mail, and Targeted Ads

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Every time I move to a new place, I try to make sure that junk mail will not follow me.

So, to the best of my abilitites, I do not give out my personal information unless it is absolutely necessary (i.e. the spa does not need my mailing address).

I've recently been getting unsollicited credit card offers and did a deep dive into privacy protection.

If you live in the US, here are a couple steps to make sure you won't be bothered too much with unwanted marketing material.

  • DMAchoice.org offers consumers a simple, step-by-step process that enables them to decide what mail they do and do not want such as Credit Offers, Catalogs, Magazine Offers and Other Mail Offers. You’ll have to pay a $2 processing fee, and your registration will last for 10 years.

  • OptOutPrescreen.com is the official Consumer Credit Reporting Industry website to accept and process requests from consumers to Opt-In or Opt-Out of firm offers of credit or insurance.

  • Yellow Pages Opt Out allows you to select the number of directories you wish to receive (or not). You are able to select individual books only, select multiples and opt out of receiving any or all directories.

  • Catalog Choice is a non-profit organization working to stop junk mail for good. Gather the unwanted catalogs and other junk mail that clutter your home or office. Search for the sender, and submit the opt—out request.

  • WebChoices is a tool that scans your browser and allows you to opt out of website cookies and avoid targeted ads from participating companies.

  • The National Do Not Call Registry gives you a choice about whether to receive telemarketing calls.

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You might be interested in reading my 10 Ways to Stop Junk Mail too.

The Conscious List

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I took some time offline to focus on life and to volunteer in my community but kept a bunch of links in my bookmarks to share when the time felt right to come back online.

This weaving workshop. I wish I has a loom and some experience to be able to attend it.

What is laundry stripping?. I feel like my pillow covers and kitchen towels need a little TLC - but I don't have a bathtub :)

The Art of Making Magical, Seasonal Sparkling Drinks. I have a Sodastream and sometimes buy syrup, but I really want to learn how to make my own flavored waters.

The 2nd Annual Oregon Zero-Waste Conference (online, August 27 - 28). I co-organized the first edition and I'm so happy that someone was finally able to take over!

Bruno makes one-of-one handmade garments from repurposed goods. I can't wait to make another quilt jacket!

This rhubarb galette with lemon rosemary simple syrup is on my to-bake list.

I signed up to be on the waitlist for next year's OSU Master Gardener™ Program.

This How to Gather Fabric and Make Ruffles tutorial saved me when I was making my repurposed linen bedsheets dress (pictures to come).

This Handcrafted Wooden Cornhole is my next DIY project!

I keep these Nature-inspired kits and art supplies in my bookmarks for friends' kids' birthdays.

Picture by Taylor Simpson

Recycling Resources in Portland Oregon

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Portland residents have access to curbside recycling, but many other items that are not recyclable curbside can be diverted from the landfill through the following organizations.

"When in doubt, throw it out", but also do a little research of your own or call the amazing experts at the Metro hotline.

This list is always evolving, feel free to add resources in the comments and I'll make sure to update it on a regular basis, thank you so much for your contributions!

And you can always head over to the Portland Zero Waste Guide, Zero Waste PDX and the Zero Waste PDX Facebook group for reference.

Find a Recycler

Use Metro's Find-a-recycler tool to locate drop-off sites near you.

Recycling Programs & Collection events

  • James' Neighborhood recycling - Curbside collection with subscription ($15/month) or drop-off events ($3/grocery bag of sorted recycling (or similar 5 gallon container) and $3/39 gallon garbage bag of Styrofoam)
    Items collected: Plastics, Electronics, Small appliances, Wine corks, Cereal bag liners, Empty toothpaste tubes, floss containers and toothbrushes, Ink jet and toner cartridges, Empty deodorant containers (non-aerosol), Empty lipstick and chapstick containers, Empty cosmetic compacts, mascara tubes, eyeliner and brow pencils and many more items

  • The Give Bin (free)
    The Give Bin collects and delivers all reusable goods except batteries to local nonprofit organizations.

  • Terracycle - Public drop-offs for various products (Tom's of Maine, L'Occitane en Provence , etc.)

  • Ridwell - Hard-to-recycle items collection

Bottles and cans

Car Seats

  • Target hosts trade-in program events a couple times a year.

  • Terracycle has a baby gear recycling box. Keep an eye for maybe another partnership with Wallmart for a trade-in event in the future (this link dates back to 2019).

Clothing

  • H&M - Textiles (free)
  • Madewell - Denim (free)
  • Nike Factory Store - Athletic shoes (free)
  • Gaia boxes - Gaia receives clothes and shoes donations. Put items inside the box in a closed bag.
  • Ecoworld boxes (formerly Gemtext) - Gently used clothing and shoes
  • SCRAP - Check their website for items they are or are not currently accepting.

Paint

Styrofoam

  • Agilyx - Plastic #6s: plastic trays, clamshells, styrofoam (free)
  • gogo eco - Polystyrene foam collection recycling ($10 for two trash bags)

Local resources

  • New Seasons - plastic film, cork, aluminum cans and Paktech plastic handles

  • Target - Glass Bottles, Plastic Bottles, Aluminium Cans, MP3s, Cellphones, Ink Cartridges, Plastic Bags (free)

  • Ikea - Metal, Glass, CFL Bulbs, LED Bulbs, , Incandescent & Halogen Bulbs, 9V Batteries, AAA, AA, C, D Batteries (free) also mattresses and furniture ($25)

  • Far West Recycling


Know of more recycling resources in Portland? Please share them in the comments below!