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Chloé Lepeltier - Conscious By Chloé

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Make Your Own - ​Sourdough Bread

Sourdough Bread Loaf by Conscious by Chloé

My own version of the "A meal without wine is a day without sunshine" saying goes like this: "A meal without bread is a day without sunshine".

My grandpa was a baker, my first serious boyfriend was a baker, what can I say? Bread is the way to my heart.

If I had an endless supply (and the metabolism of an athlete), I would eat bread for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. But since I don't, I save it for special occasions - for some reason, a perfectly ripe avocado seems to have become enough of a "special occasion".

Sourdough Bread Loaf by Conscious by Chloé

I had already experimented with No Knead Bread, but was inspired to go one step further in my zero waste experiments (no more instant yeast packets!).

Some time after I watched the "Air" episode of Michael Pollan's "Cooked" Series on Netflix, I attended a food swap and came back home with my first sourdough starter. The time had finally come for me to make my own sourdough bread!

Octave and I used this sourdough recipe and worked with the equipment we had at home to bake our first loaves, though I wish we had proper proofing baskets* and a sharp scoring tool*.

Though the article links to instructions for how to make a sourdough starter, I would highly recommended getting a starter from a local source. Ask a friend, post a message on Nextdoor, ask your baker, sourdough starters grow way too fast so people are usually eager to share them to avoid waste.

Talking about waste, the Zero Waste Chef has an amazing sourdough crackers recipe, but that's a whole other story. For now, you need to focus on bread making before even thinking of repurposing your leftover sourdough starter.

Sourdough Bread Loaf by Conscious by Chloé

The process was long, but the result was so worth it! The smell of warm bread, the tanginess of that first slice you've just cut from your homemade loaf, nothing beats that feeling.

My paternal grandpa passed away a couple days before I moved to the US - but I only got the news after I had landed in LA. We had been estranged for a couple years and I never got a chance to say goodbye, so this experiment brought me a little closer to this complex figure in my life.

But on a larger scale, all the recipes and DIYs I've tested during my journey to less waste - whether it's a lip balm, a loaf of bread or a jacket - make me appreciate so much the work of small makers.

I might not make bread at home forever, but I'm happy to now know how much work, science and dedication it actually takes to have bread on the table for every meal.

Bread Making Inspiration

  • Tartine* - I had this book on my radar when I was working at the shop, and regret not having used my employee discount to buy a copy.

  • Cooked - Michael Pollan's Netflix Series focused on the 4 elements.

  • Bread Making Essentials* - My ideal breadmaker kit.

Sourdough Bread Loaf by Conscious by Chloé


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What's the one thing you could eat all day, every day?

Habit Shift - Pack a Zero Waste Snack

How to Pack a Zero Waste Snack in a Tiffin by Conscious by Chloé

I do not keep a written list of things I want to buy, but I do have a mental list of things I would allow into my life if I stumbled upon them.

I was not on an active search for a tiffin, but I did want to replace the one that was stolen from my car a couple months ago.

And, lo and behold, after a work date in South-East Portland last November, I popped into my favorite vintage store to check out whether my friend Carley was working there and see what was new in stock.

I grabbed 2 cozy sweaters to try on, and then went into the back room where the best treasures are kept. And there, sitting on a side table, was this vintage tiffin.

How to Pack a Zero Waste Snack in a Tiffin by Conscious by Chloé

It's so beautiful I could cry.

It's not the most convenient, it's not leak proof, it's not packable, but it's... not the point.

How to Pack a Zero Waste Snack in a Tiffin by Conscious by Chloé

I have a precise idea of how I want to use it. To pack zero waste snacks when I'm invited to a potluck or a party.

How to Pack a Zero Waste Snack in a Tiffin by Conscious by Chloé

How cool would it be to show up with it and then display each container with delicious snacks I'll have made or purchased from the bulk aisle of my supermarket?

How to Pack a Zero Waste Snack in a Tiffin by Conscious by Chloé

I also picture putting little sealable stainless steel containers* at the center and fill them with hummus or a nut dip.

This is way too exciting.

Best $10 I've spent that month!

For more zero waste snack packing inspiration, check out my take away kit*

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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!


What's the latest thing you've thrifted?

Podcast - A Conversation with Jillian Engel and Alison McClaran of We Tried Wellness

We Tried Wellness Podcast by Schmidts Naturals featuring Chloé Lepeltier of Conscious by Chloé

We Tried Wellness is an original podcast from Portland natural deodorant brand Schmidt’s editorial platform The Natural, which takes on the latest and greatest trends in wellness and discusses their merits.

The podcast is all about investigating practical tips and hacks the team come across on social media and in our communities, and seeing how they fit into our lifestyle.

In each episode, podcasters Jillian Engel and Alison McClaran try a wellness trend and talk to influencers and experts in the field.

I've been an avid listener of the podcast since its launch back in March 2018, binging on episodes featuring my favorite wellness experts such as movement and meditation coach Kait Hurley & vegan chef Tara Thomas and simply decided that I would reach out to the We Tried Wellness team to see whether they would be interested in chatting with me about wellness and sustainability, and they were!

In this episode, we chatted about the app that started it all for me, Europe vs the US, my number one wellness tip and the trash audit I challenged the girls to take during the week leading up to the podcast recording.

Here's a link to the We Tried Wellness podcast and article. I hope you'll enjoy them!

And if you're in need of some bubble bath inspiration*


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!


What's a wellness secret you swear by? It could be anything, from taking a hot bath to treating yourself to getting 8 hours of sleep for at least one night!

Habit Shift - Propagating Plants

Propagating Plants on Window Sill by Conscious by Chloé

For the past couple weeks, I've been growing plant cuttings on my office window sill.

This idea came to me after a friend of mine mentioned that she wanted new plants for her house but that she did not have the budget to invest in big plants and new pots.

My own plants were thriving and it was time for some of them to get a new haircut so I decided to start a little side hustle in my office: growing my own plants from cuttings.

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My method is simple and straight-forward:

I cut just below a bud with a pair of clean scissors, remove the bottom leaves and stick the cuttings in a tiny glass bottle so I can see the root system develop.

Once it seems strong enough, I transfer the plant baby to a little ceramic pot filled with soil - I have a whole collection of those that I "stole" from the "messed-up projects shelf" of the ceramics studio I used to be a part of.

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Seeing plants grow roots is a soothing experience and greenery is always a nice addition to an office.

I love a slow project, I love to see nature unfold, and I also love giving "homemade" gifts.

I'm so excited to have a constant supply of plant babies to give to friends.

Now I cannot wait to grow a couple more and attend a plant swap so I can add new varieties into my own home jungle.

Or maybe some of you would be willing to trade? Shall we do this?

Propagating Plants on Window Sill by Conscious by Chloé

Do you propagate plants? What's the easiest one to start with? Which one's more tricky? Any tips?

Habit Shift - Buy Nothing New

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Image: Boheme

This year, I have unofficially decided to buy no new clothes.

I am not sure I will be able to pull it off, but I want to make sure I set myself up for success.

I've been doing a lot of research and thought I'd share the results with you, should you want to come with me on this vintage and second hand journey.

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Image: Ochre

Online Vintage Stores

I'm not the best at vintage shopping or online shopping. So when I find a great resource, I bookmark it and cherish it. I chose the following stores for their aesthetics, their styling, the quality of their selection and their customer service.

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Image: Desert Vintage

Instagram

Instagram is great place to gather inspiration but also gives an amazing opportunity to shop and sell pieces from your favorite brands at a lower price via the following Instagram accounts!

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Instagramers' Closet Sales

Instagram is also an amazing resource for buying and selling clothes! I am actually working on downsizing my wardrobe, so you'll soon be able to shop my closet at Too Many Good Things!


Where do you like to shop online for vintage gems?