Conscious by Chloé

Chloé Lepeltier - Conscious By Chloé

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

The Quilt Bucket Hat

Quilt Bucket Hat by Conscious by Chloé

Bucket hats are making a comeback and I figured that making one out of a quilt would be a great way to bring the 90s to the (20)20s.

Quilt Bucket Hat by Conscious by Chloé
After making my beloved quilt jacket, I had a few scraps leftover and decided to use them to try an easy project.

Quilt Bucket Hat by Conscious by Chloé

I used the free Simple Bucket Hat pattern from The Essentials Club and followed this easy Youtube tutorial.

Quilt Bucket Hat by Conscious by Chloé

I just finished a sewing project repurposing linen sheets I thrifted and I'm definitely considering making more bucket hats with the scraps!

Quilt Bucket Hat by Conscious by Chloé

We shot these pictures yesterday as the sun was setting. While I may no longer live in Southern California, I still take my boards out of the garage from time to time. Just don't ask me to show you any trick...

Quilt Bucket Hat by Conscious by Chloé

What do you think about my quilt scrap bucket hat idea? Is it so cool or a little too much?

The Conscious List

Trees by Marita Kavelashvili for Conscious by Chloé

Picture by Marita Kavelashvili

Happy Friday! What are you up to this weekend? I've had a migraine for the past two days but I'm starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel and will get out in nature to hug as many trees as I can.

Here are a couple links to things that have caught my attention or kept me busy this week:

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What are your plans for the weekend?

Zero Waste Grocery and Bulk Food Stores in Portland, OR

Zero Waste Grocery Stores in Portland Oregon by Conscious by Chloé
Picture by Laura Mitulla

The pandemic has taken a had a significant impact on access to unpackaged food, but there are different ways to shop in a way that's not detrimental to the planet.

Here are some alternatives to conventional grocery stores in Portland, OR.

Good Life Market Zero Waste Grocery Delivery Portland Oregon for Conscious by Chloé

Picture by Good Life Market Delivery

1. Good Life Market Delivery

What if I told you that you could safely get your groceries in bulk (in reusable containers) straight to your door? Well, such a service now exists here in Portland!

Good Life Market is Portland's first and only zero-waste grocery delivery service. Their online marketplace currently features bulk dried goods, snacks, a breakfast section, cleaners, food storage, and more!

Place your first order at Good Life Market Delivery today!

Farmers Market by Anne Preble for Conscious by Chloé
Picture by Anne Preble

2. Farmers' markets

Besides growing my own food, buying produce straight from the farmer is my favorite way to shop. Supporting small farms, cutting down the middle-man is good for the people and good for the earth.
Find out where your closest farmers' market is, when it start, and which day it's held at Portland Farmers' markets.

Blueberry Picking by Farsai Chaikulngamdee for Conscious by Chloé
Picture by Farsai Chaikulngamdee

3. U Pick Farms on Sauvie Island

OK I might have lied, maybe picking your own food is second best after growing it.

There are quite a few farms in Oregon where you can harvest fruit, Sauvie Island might be the hotspot.

Check out this list of U Pick Farms and plan a fun family outing!

Bulk shopping at the Alberta Coop Portland Oregon by Conscious by Chloé
Picture by Conscious by Chloé

4. Co-ops: People's (SE), Alberta (NE), Food Front (NW)

Fact: I Own a Grocery Store with Some Friends. You don't believe me but it's true, because I'm a member of a co-op!

Co-ops are yet another way to buy responsibly and make sure that suppliers and employees are paid fair wages. Also, the aforementioned co-ops have bulk aisles (check with them to know what the guidelines are during the pandemic - some let you fill your own containers, other will do it for you - let's all remember that the goal is for everyone to stay safe).

I wrote a whole article about shopping in the bulk aisle. I LOVE MY CO-OP!

Bob's Red Mill Bulk Bins by Elisabeth Allie for Conscious by Chloé
Picture by Elisabeth Allie for Bob's Red Mill

5. Bob's Red Mill

World-famous Bob's Red Mill based here in Oregon and we're lucky to have access to its Whole Grain Store. They have a whole guide to How to Shop the Bulk Bins. Check it out!

Sheridan Fruit Co Portland Oregon for Conscious by Chloé
Picture by Sheridan Fruit Company

6. Sheridan Fruit Company

Sheridan Fruit Company offers a huge bulk selection, from flour to olives. Pandemic update: "You may have noticed our bulk bins are empty, however the product is available. Just ask a staff member for assistance."

Many other more conventional stores also have bulk aisles, check them out below and don't forget that you can upload the Zero Waste PDX map on your phone or computer to see what's the closest bulk store.

7. New Seasons

8. Whole Foods

9. Winco

10. Fred Meyer

Coming soon:

The Portland Bulk Inventory App by Shannon Tivona for Conscious by Chloé

11. The Portland Bulk Inventory app

Our amazing friend Shannon Tivona created this comprehensive Portland Bulk Inventory app, so if you're looking for an item in particular, check it out.

Zero Waste City Guide to Portland PDX Oregon

As always, the Zero Waste Portland Guide lists every single resource you might need to lead sustainable life in Portland!

And don't miss my list of Portland Zero Waste Essentials and Refill Stores too!

Zero Waste Grocery Stores in Porland Oregon by Conscious by Chloé

The Conscious List

Winter River Douglas Fehr for Conscious by Chloé

Picture by Douglas Fehr

Happy Friday! What are you up to this weekend? I'm planning on going for a cold plunge under the full moon.

Here are a couple links to things that have caught my attention or kept me busy this week:

Note: If you buy something through my links, I may earn an affiliate commission, at no cost to you. I recommend only products I genuinely like. Thank you so much for supporting my work.


What are your plans for the weekend?

The Yellow Dress

Thrifted Yellow Linen Dress with Pockets by Conscious by Chloé

I found these pictures in my archives and realized I never published them. They date back to April 2019. It feels like a couple of lifetimes ago.

Since then I moved houses 6 times and across the ocean twice. I decluttered, downsized, packed everything I owned, but, for some reason, I still have and wear everything on this picture.

It shouldn't be that surprising, though. Over the past couple years, I've learned to make mindful decisions about what I allow into my life.

The shoes - which you may remember from this amazing photoshoot - were gifted to me by a brand whose values I share (and who's currently hosting its semi-annual sale, the earrings were also gifted to me by my dear friend Regina and fellow Portlander (at the time) of Passage Jewelry and I found the bag at a store which was closing down.

Thrifted Yellow Linen Dress with Pockets by Conscious by Chloé
Dress - Thrifted | Mules (8) c/o Nisolo | Bag - Thrifted

But let's talk about the yellow dress.

I found it at one of my favorite thrift stores while Octave was taking a barista class I had signed him up for as a birthday present.

It was there on a rack, stuck between uninteresting (to me) other items of clothing and my eyes were just suddenly drawn to it.

Thrifted Yellow Linen Dress with Pockets by Conscious by Chloé

I don't think I remember trying it on but I do remember someone commenting about how lucky I was to have noticed the dress before they did.

It was a sign, it was meant to be.

There was no brand or size tag on it. I know nothing about the story of that dress. But I know it's got the perfect fit, the perfect color and... POCKETS!

Thrifted Yellow Linen Dress with Pockets by Conscious by Chloé
Earrings c/o Passage Jewelry

All that to say that when you know your values, shopping is easy. And if you make the right decisions, you'll benefit from them in the long run, especially of you've embarked on a buy-nothing adventure.

I cannot wait for the snow to melt so I can take my spring clothes out of storage and twirl around in my perfect yellow dress.

What's a piece of clothing you're still excited to wear after many years?

Thrifted Yellow Linen Dress with Pockets by Conscious by Chloé