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.

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I have a confession to make, I sometimes do not know who I'm writing for. I started this blog to have a creative outlet, a place where I could experiment with writing in a foreign language, taking pictures and experimenting with DIYs. But I also started it to find like-minded people in a new country I had just moved to.

To a certain extent, it's been a success. I've posted regularly for the past 4 years and have somewhat found a certain balance in my all-over-the-place freelance life. I feel inspired, confident in my skills and proud of the content I've created.

But I miss the community I thought would naturally come with posting regularly on a corner of the Internet. I miss the interaction, the comments, the feedback.

I found a way to bypass that feeling by creating Zero Waste PDX, a more tangible, geographically-rooted community of like-minded people here in Portland, Oregon, but I do not want to give up on this space, Conscious by Chloé, my first love labor.

All that to say, I miss y'all!

I miss the comments from the early days from friends from back home in Europe, I miss the emails, the pictures of successful re-creations of my DIYs shared via Instagram.

It's no coincidence that I'm posting this on Valentine's day. So here's what I'd love you to do for me today - if you will:

1. Sign up for the monthly newsletter

Every month, I send a little update to you, sharing what I've been up to for the past couple weeks (i.e. using you as an accountability group for my New Year's Resolutions), highlighting a specific post, announcing upcoming events, and sharing unique content dedicated to this group of very special readers.
No spamming, pinky promise!

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2. Get the blog updates straight into your inbox

This is a brand new feature which was requested to me by 2 close friends. I had never realized that some people would rather receive my blog posts straight into their mailbox rather than regularly checking the blog or subscribing to a feed reader. So from now on, no excuses, you'll never miss a new article because you'll receive all the updates via email.
Again, no spamming, pinky promise!

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3. Sign up via Disqus to comment on my articles

A blog without interaction with its readers is just an online journal. In order to write content that's interesting to you, I need to know what you think, like and dislike. And the easiest way to do that is to give me your feedback in the comments section. I know it's a pain to sign up for yet another platform, but many fellow bloggers use the same one, so you'll only have to do it once.

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4. Follow Conscious by Chloé on social media

Let's put the social back in social media. A community is nothing without its members engaging with each other. You can come follow me on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. And, last but not least, join the Conscious by Chloé Community a safe, private online space where we'll be able to interact seamlessly! See you there!

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5. Recommend my blog to a friend

Because sharing is caring. Most of blogs I read and people I follow were recommended to me and I'm super grateful for it. I've been reading Garance Doré's witty words for more than 10 years (!), got suck into Cup of Jo's community when I moved to the States and just recently discovered Sunshine's yellow world! Here's how you can do it. Share a blog post on FB, tag a friend in an Instagram post or simply tell them about Conscious by Chloé if you feel like they would enjoy it.

Thank you so much for being here!


5 Free Ways to Support your Favorite Blogs by Conscious by Chloé

Now it's your turn, please share your blog recommendations in the comments below!

Make The Switch - Loose-Leaf Tea

Make The Switch to Loose Leaf Tea with Arbor Teas by Conscious by Chloé

Did you know that most tea bags contain plastic? I had never really thought about it until I saw this infographic.

I love a good challenge and search the web for answers but I also have the following mantra: simpler, greener, happier. So, instead of looking for a brand whose tea bags are compostable, I chose the easiest solution: no bags at all!

I'm a sucker for old school tea shops which look like apothecaries and I regularly bring them my jars to refill with fragrant caffeinated and non caffeinated loose leaf tea, but I'm also aware that we don't all necessarily have one of these in our neighborhood...

Make The Switch to Loose Leaf Tea with Arbor Teas by Conscious by Chloé

Enter Arbor Teas, a small, family owned organic tea company based out of Ann Arbor, Michigan whose mission is to find the world's most fantastic organic teas and deliver them to you as sustainably as possible.

But how can a company sell loose leaf tea, online, sustainably?

Well, Arbor Teas has thought about it all.

Besides being passionate about tea, the brand is highly committed to sustainability. They consciously try to consider how every action, big and small, will affect our environment, from supporting organic and biodynamic farming, to offsetting their transportation carbon emissions, running a solar-powered facility and using backyard compostable packaging.

Make The Switch to Loose Leaf Tea with Arbor Teas by Conscious by Chloé

Make The Switch to Loose Leaf Tea with Arbor Teas by Conscious by Chloé

Backyard Compostable Packaging

Arbor Teas is the first and only company offering a full line of loose teas in backyard compostable packaging. This eliminates the need for extra material and keeps it out of the waste stream.

Created from a cellulose film that is derived from wood pulp sourced from sustainably managed trees, the thin lightweight material breaks down quickly and adds practically no weight to shipping. The labels are composed of sugar cane-based paper. They're adhered with an innovative compostable adhesive that meets the requirements for biodegradability and compostability.

This means that you can send the packaging right to the compost bin, if you compost at home or in your backyard.

Note: Since facilities and regulations may vary in different places, make sure that your local composting plant accepts "compostable packaging".

Make The Switch to Loose Leaf Tea with Arbor Teas by Conscious by Chloé

Make The Switch to Loose Leaf Tea with Arbor Teas by Conscious by Chloé

Make The Switch to Loose Leaf Tea with Arbor Teas by Conscious by Chloé

Organic Teas

Arbor Tea's entire catalog is certified organic under the USDA National Organic Program and their inventory is selected with quality, organic certification, and Fair Trade certification in mind.

Whether you're a fan of black, white, green, oolong, pu-erh, or rooibos tea, there is something for you in store!

Now we can all enjoy sustainable & organic loose leaf tea at home thanks to Arbor Teas!

Make The Switch to Loose Leaf Tea with Arbor Teas by Conscious by Chloé

Make The Switch to Loose Leaf Tea with Arbor Teas by Conscious by Chloé


This post was graciously sponsored by Arbor Teas. The review and opinions are 100% mine. Thanks for supporting the carefully selected brands that support Conscious by Chloé!

Pictures by Octave Zangs for Conscious by Chloé.


Make The Switch to Loose Leaf Tea with Arbor Teas by Conscious by Chloé

I'm a golden turmeric kinda gal, what's your favorite tea?

Make Your Own - Coffee Scrub

Make your Own Simple & Zero Waste Coconut & Coffee Body & Face Scrub by Conscious by Chloé

I have a slight obsession which consists in finding ways to reuse kitchen waste and food scraps before composting them.

This translates into growing avocado trees from pits, cooking stock from veggie scraps and making vinegar with citrus peels.

Make your Own Simple & Zero Waste Coconut & Coffee Body & Face Scrub by Conscious by Chloé

Most recently, I've had the challenge to get creative with coffee grounds.

As I mentioned before, and as you can see in the "Latte Art" section of my Instagram Stories, Octave is quite the home barista now, so coffee grounds pile up in a bowl by our kitchen sink.

I use ground coffee on our plants (sparingly), to scrub pots and to make the simplest 3-ingredient face and body scrub.

Coffee, sugar and coconut oil are all you need to make this exfoliating and nourishing beauty product.

PS: It makes for a quick and personal Valentine's gift...

Make your Own Simple & Zero Waste Coconut & Coffee Body & Face Scrub by Conscious by Chloé

Coffee Body Scrub

Supplies

  • 1 part ground coffee
  • 1/2 part coconut oil
  • 1/2 part sugar (granutaled, white, brown or coconut)

Tools

Make your Own Simple & Zero Waste Coconut & Coffee Body & Face Scrub by Conscious by Chloé

Make your Own Simple & Zero Waste Coconut & Coffee Body & Face Scrub by Conscious by Chloé

Make your Own Simple & Zero Waste Coconut & Coffee Body & Face Scrub by Conscious by Chloé

Make your Own Simple & Zero Waste Coconut & Coffee Body & Face Scrub by Conscious by Chloé

Instructions

  • Melt the coconut oil if it's in solid form (I prefer double boiling to microwaving).
  • Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl.
  • Transfer the mixture into an airtight container.

Notes

Use on your face and body once or twice a week.
Be careful if using it in the tub or shower as it can get very slippery.
Also be mindful that coffee grounds and oils could clog your pipes. You can use a wet cloth to wipe your face and body and catch them or a shower strainer* to prevent coffee grounds from getting into your pipes.

Make your Own Simple & Zero Waste Coconut & Coffee Body & Face Scrub by Conscious by Chloé

Head over to my shop section to find all my zero waste kitchen favorites* and more Valentine's ideas* .


In the name of full transparency, please be aware that this blog post contains affiliate links - marked with an * - and that any purchase made through them may result in a small commission for me - at no extra cost for you. Thank you so much for investing in sustainability and supporting my work!


Make your Own Simple & Zero Waste Coconut & Coffee Body & Face Scrub by Conscious by Chloé

What's your secret to silky smooth skin?

Have a Blissful Weekend #30

Galentines Day Party by Secret Supper
Pictures by Alba Betancourt for Secret Supper.

What are you up to this weekend?

I might go to a concert on Saturday and a comedy show on Sunday. But let's see whether I'd rather stay cozy at home since it's gonna snow again this weekend!

I hope you'll have a great one and in the meantime, here are a few things that made my week:

A BOOK - The 5 Love Languages* by Gary Chapman

It was a very quick read and a great tool to get to know yourself and your partner better.

A SONG - Cathedral by Cocoon

I had totally forgotten about that band and was happily surprised when an old song popped up in my playlist.

A PODCAST - The BLK + GRN podcast by Dr. Kristian Henderson

Each week Dr. Kristian Henderson speaks with artisans to connect Black women to the tools, resources, knowledge, and products they need to lead happier and healthier lives.

A VIDEO - 100 Solutions to Reverse Global Warming by Chad Frischmann

"Replace. Reduce. Biosequester." is my new mantra.

A DIY - DIY Pickling Kit Gift Box by Almost Makes Perfect

What not to love about an edible gift?

A RECIPE - Crème au praliné by Pascale Weeks (in French)

We made this recipe on Wednesday night and it is soooo gooood. Octave used to love the crème Mont Blanc praliné, which we could easily find neither in Switzerland nor here in the States, so he decided to make his own.

Galentines Day Party by Secret Supper

And a couple links from around the web...


In the name of full transparency, please be aware that this blog post contains affiliate links - marked with an * - and that any purchase made through them may result in a small commission for me - at no extra cost for you. Thank you so much for investing in sustainability and supporting my work!


Galentines Day Party by Secret Supper

Have you made, watched or listened to something worth sharing with us this past week?

Rainy Day Essentials

Everlane Rain Boot Surplus Review by Conscious by Chloé

It's no secret that Portland gets much more rain than the average American city. And after 4 winters here, I can finally say that my rainy day uniform is complete.

After a major rainstorm 2 years ago, I was very disappointed to realize that the so-called fisherman raincoat I owned (sold by a famous French brand/made in Madagascar) did not have waterproof seams!

I quickly sold it at a consignment store and invested in the one I'm wearing here during the last Black Friday sale. After a rainy season, I'm happy to report that no water made it through.

I've had a pair of tall rain boots for a couple years, but was definitely looking into an ankle height pair to wear on a daily basis, in Oregon weather, without compromising on style.

Everlane Rain Boot Surplus Review by Conscious by Chloé

Raincoat: Stutterheim | Pants* (linked to similar)| Turtleneck: Everlane* | Hat: Tillak | Shoes* c/o Everlane

Everlane Rain Boot Surplus Review by Conscious by Chloé

The Everlane Rain Boot

The Everlane rain boots are ankle height and have a Chelsea look, with a slightly more massive outsole.

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Style

I like the aggressive look of these boots. They're what I look for in a pair of sturdy harsh weather shoes. I want impermeability, comfort and traction since Portland streets and trails are muddy and slippery in the winter.

It was so hard to chose a color, but I opted for the Surplus model to contrast with my potato-colored raincoat.

Also, I may or may not use them a lot in the garden, so I chose the usual color for gardening shoes :)

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Size

I ordered my actual size (8) knowing that the boots are made to be worn in one's usual size with thick winter socks. Otherwise, I would have sized down!

Everlane Rain Boot Surplus Review by Conscious by Chloé

Comfort

This is the most comfortable pair of rain boots I've owned. The cushioned insole definitely a big part in it. They're easy to put on and take off, thanks to their and easy-to-grab pull tabs.

Everlane Rain Boot Surplus Review by Conscious by Chloé

Care

The rubber is easy-to-clean. I've put them to the test working on the compost pile in my backyard and easily cleaned them by spraying them with the watering hose.

Everlane Rain Boot Surplus Review by Conscious by Chloé

If you're considering getting a pair for yourself, I honestly highly recommend them. Don't hesitate to let me know if you have any questions, I’ll do my best to answer them!


This article is part of a collaboration with Everlane, who gifted me a pair of shoes. This post is NOT sponsored, but when you shop via some of the links I will make a small commission. Thanks for supporting the carefully selected brands that support Conscious by Chloé!

Pictures by Octave Zangs for Conscious by Chloé.


Everlane Rain Boot Surplus Review by Conscious by Chloé

Which color would you chose: black, surplus, stone, toffee or pink?