Conscious by Chloé

Chloé Lepeltier - Conscious By Chloé

Bonjour & Welcome! Conscious by Chloé is a Sustainable Lifestyle Blog focusing on Zero Waste, Slow Living, and Ethical Fashion coming to you from Central Oregon.

The Conscious List

Hygge by Conscious by Chloé

Happy Friday! What are you up to this weekend? After our camping trip was cancelled 2 weeks ago, we're contemplating going to the coast tomorrow.

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

  • Word of the season: hygge.

  • This kid's look in my fall mood.

  • Black-owned Etsy shops.

  • Fall cooking - This utensil has been on my second hand watchlist for a while now.

  • Don't know what to do with your produce stickers? Mail them to Stickerman!

  • The enlightening book I'm reading this week - #BLM

  • I'm looking for a cute basket for the vintage bike I found for a steal at the thrift store yesterday (see it it my Insta Stories).

  • I really really want to watch this movie - Miranda July 4 eva.

  • Money talk? I started listening to this podcast (in French).

  • Local event - See you there later today?

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What are your plans for the weekend?

Habit Shift - Reading to Appreciate and Understand the World Around Me

Girl Reading Book by Conscious by Chloé

At the beginning of the pandemic, I had a really hard time reading. My mind would go wild and after turning a page I would realize that I had been reading it without reading it. Does this ever happen to you?

The only solution I found was to download an audiobook and listen to it while going on a walk.

That's how I "read" my first book of the pandemic: Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants
by Robin Wall Kimmerer.

Fast forward a couple weeks and I found myself in a new house in a new town and a library stocked full of amazing books and the option to check them out safely.

That's how my pandemic reading really started. I signed up on the library's website, got my card and login in the mail, created a reading list on the library's website, placed holds online and waited for an email notification to come and pick up my next reads.

My regular trips to the library bring me a lot of joy and are the perfect excuse to take a break from work and go for a walk.

Unsurprisingly, my 2020 reading list has been showing 3 major themes: POC authors (#BLM), food (having a proper kitchen and direct access to nature make me want to forage and cook all day every day), and home decor (did I mention I moved?).

Black Author Reading List 2020 by Conscious by Chloé

POC Authors

I've had a hard look at my reading list and made a point to actively look for black and brown authors. I also searched historic and antiracist books to raise my consciousness about race and (systemic) racism (see my complete reading list).

Plant Magic Christine Buckley Organic Sunscreen by Conscious by Chloé

Food & Herbs

Hoping to stay put for a while in my new place, I want to learn about the local fauna & flora, go foraging, dry, dehydrate, preserve, pickle and cook. While on the one hand I do not want to add to my house chores and mental load, I also want to make mindful and healthy living and eating a priority.

The New Bohemians Cool & Collected Homes Justina Blakeney by Conscious by Chloé

Home Decor & Organizing

One day I'll build a house and will be able to chose the color of the walls and the placement of the windows. But for now, I gather all the tips and tricks to make a (rented) house a home.

Girl Reading Book by Conscious by Chloé

You can find my 2020 reading list here.

2020 Pandemic Reading List by Conscious by Chloé

Note: If you buy something through my links, I may earn an affiliate commission, at no cost to you. I highly recommend signing up at the library or checking out your local bookstore (#shopsmall).


What's on your reading list?

The Conscious List

The Foraged Home by Joanna Maclennan for Conscious by Chloé

Picture by Joanna Maclennan

Happy Friday! What are you up to this weekend? I'm gonna go through my wardrobe and do some editing & switching for the colder season.

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

  • I just finished reading this book and want to go foraging (here's my 2020 reading list).

  • I was asked about my style rules in this interview (go to rule number 9).

  • Local farmer Andrea Bemis published a new cookbook (I LOVED her first one too).

  • I've lost the one I got last year so this time I'm gonna get a very bright one.

  • I wouldn't be able to survive this election season without this podcast. I also highly recommend the group thread during the vice/presidential debates.

  • Once I'll have switched up my wardrobe, I'll refer back to this board for styling inspiration.

  • Octave copied the design of this cutting board to make one from a letftover piece of walnut and did an amazong job!

  • I watched this TV show this week and all I want is to have bangs, drink tea and wear cozy colorful sweaters.

  • I love how Isabel documents her life in the mountains.

  • I'm looking for a pair of cozy slippers, please share sustainable recommendations in the comments below.

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?

Portland Makers - Zero Waste Essentials Stores in Portland

By now, you might have noticed that your local grocery store may carry zero waste products such as wooden dish brushes and solid shampoo, but did you know that a few businesses in Porland have made it their mission to curate a selection of plastic-free zero waste essentials? And that some of them will provide a contact-free shopping experience and local deliveries?

Here are four (women-owned) Zero Waste Essential Stores based out of Porland that would definitely need your support during the pandemic (and beyond):

Utility Zero Waste Essentials Store in Porland Oregon by Conscious by Chloé
Picture by Utility Zero Waste

1. Utility Zero Waste

UTILITY is Portland's first zero-waste inspired refill shop with a mission to help you go plastic free. They offer home and personal care products in bulk, refills, and sell durable plastic-free goods for less wasteful living.

UTILITY operates as a pop-up shop and online store in Portland, OR.

Come to a pop-up and fill your containers or order products/refills online and choose pick up or delivery (in PDX only).

The Refill Center Zero Waste Essentials Store in Porland Oregon by Conscious by Chloé
Picture by The Refill Center

2. The Refill Center

The Refill Center wants to close that “inconvenience gap” and make it as easy as possible to fill (pun intended) your needs for household cleaners, personal hygiene items, and many other products that otherwise would contribute massive amounts of waste. They will even deliver it to you and pick-up empties in the Portland area!

Simple Sundries Zero Waste Essentials Store in Porland Oregon by Conscious by Chloé
Picture by Simple Sundries

3. Simple Sundries

Simple Sundries is a home delivery mason jar refill service, kinda like the milkman. The offer waste-free kitchen & bath products in East Portland. Shop
online or at the refill window.

Good Intent Zero Waste Essentials Store in Porland Oregon by Conscious by Chloé

Picture by Good Intent

4. Good Intent

Good Intent's mission is to provide the resources and support to demonstrate that low waste living is for everyone, regardless of your age, culture, or socioeconomic status. They want to expand the reach of low waste resources and make alternatives to single-use plastics and everyday disposables more accessible both geographically and economically. They also hope to show that reducing your personal trash output isn’t just better for the environment, it’s also a more practical and more fulfilling way of life.

Shop online at Good Intent.

Null Refillery Waste Essentials Store in Porland Oregon by Conscious by Chloé
Picture by Null Refillery

5. Null Refillery

A neighborhood refill store and delivery service for affordable eco-friendly home and natural body supplies. Reduce single use plastics by refilling your own container.

This post is not sponsored.

Zero Waste Essentials Stores in Porland Oregon by Conscious by Chloé


Don't forget to check out my Portland Zero Waste Guide to find all you need for a low waste life.

The Conscious List

Quilts by Psychic Outlaw for Conscious by Chloé

Picture by Psychic Outlaw

Happy Friday! What are you up to this weekend? Octave & I are packing up for a camping trip to the desert!

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?