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Chloé Lepeltier - Conscious By Chloé

Bonjour & Welcome! Conscious by Chloé is a Sustainable Lifestyle Blog focusing on Zero Waste, Slow Living, and Ethical Fashion.

Podcast - A conversation with Stephanie Seferian of The Sustainable Minimalists

The Sustainable Minimalists Podcast by Stephanie Seferian with Conscious by Chloé

I was a guest on the The Sustainable Minimalists Podcast.

The Sustainable Minimalists Podcast is where sustainability, minimalism, zero-waste living, decluttering, parenting + conscious consumerism intersect. The host, Stephanie Seferian, offers eco-friendly tips + incremental strategies for cutting through clutter as a means to more fully enjoy life's sweetest moments.

In this episode, Steph & I chatted about 3 incremental tweaks we can all tackle to crank up our eco-friendly efforts.

Here's a link to the The Sustainable Minimalists Podcast and the show notes. I hope you'll enjoy them!

The Sustainable Minimalists Podcast by Stephanie Seferian with Conscious by Chloé

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What's one thing you would do to kickstart your journey to less waste?

Have a Blissful Weekend #29

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What are you up to this weekend?

I'm attending a letterpress workshop tomorrow at the Pacific Northwest College of Art and will go mountain biking on Sunday.

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

A BOOK - The Untethered Soul* by Michael A. Singer

which I've been falling asleep to for the past week (I borrowed the audiobook * from the library).

A SONG - It's You by Lou Doillon & Cat Power

I never thought that 2 of my favorite singers would ever collaborate. A perfect song for a rainy morning.

A PODCAST - The Word Witch by Claire Burgess

This Transgender Awareness episode with Aaron Caffee and Harvey James taught me so much and I simply want to share it with the whole wide world.

A VIDEO - It's Alive with Brad by Bon Appétit

I have a crush on Brad, not gonna deny it. I think Octave does too...

A DIY - Painting with Milk & Dyeing with Tea

Rebecca Desnos is a genius natural dyer. Her book * is my number one reference. This new technique she developped is changing the game. I cannot wait to give it a try!

A RECIPE - Roasted Beet Tart with Almond Crust by Andrea Bemis

Octave wants to switch up house chores a little, so I'm gonna cook a little more and he'll take care of the dishes. This recipe sounds like a great place to start.

And a couple links from around the web...

  • Have you heard of Loop, a circular shopping platform that transforms the packaging of your everyday essentials from single-use disposable to durable, feature-packed designs?

  • This love letter.

  • Classic and cozy black textured cardigan*, anyone?

  • Human composting.

  • These Moss sneakers*.

  • Yes to inclusive sizing in the activewear industry. These leggings* made from recycled water bottles for the win!

  • My dream home.

  • I'm not super familiar with Eileen Fisher but keep seeing this brand at my favorite second hand store so this means: Good quality + Good resale value! I could see myself in these wide leg trousers*!

  • This quote made my heart skip a beat.

  • This music on repeat!


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

Zero Waste Workshops in Portland

Do you live in Portland or are you planning a trip to the most Zero Waste friendly city in the world?

Come hang out with me!

I will open the doors of my own "Zero Waste" home to you, take you on bulk shopping trips and teach you how to make your own reusable food wrap!

Book a Zero Waste Home Tour in Portland, Oregon, with Conscious by Chloé

Zero Waste Home Tour

I've been giving those tours for quite a long time now and really love it. I get to meet people from all around the world, or people who live down the street for me.

I think that this format (4 people max per tour) is the best introduction to Zero Waste living as it shows how easy it is to gradually implement zero waste swaps at home. And who doesn't love seeing what really happens on the other side of the camera?

Sign up now for a Zero Waste Home Tour!

Book a Zero Waste Shopping Trip in Portland, Oregon, with Conscious by Chloé

Zero Waste Shopping Trips

Going shopping in bulk, whether it's at Whole Foods, Fred Meyer's, Winco or a small coop can be intimidating. I've been there, and had to take my husband with me because I was too scared to ask how I'm supposed to weight my containers. So why not have a friendly face show you how it's done? I'd be honored to be that person!

Zero Waste Shopping at the Alberta Coop

I'm a member of the Alberta Coop, so I know it like the back of my hand. It's small enough that I don't get lost but it has a wide selection nonetheless.

Schedule your next Zero Waste Shopping Trip at the Alberta Coop!

Zero Waste Shopping at People's Coop

Oh how I wish I lived closer to People's! To me, it simply is the best Zero Waste resource in town. So many bulk items to chose from, so many classes to attend, a farmers' market. It's Zero Waste Heaven.

Book your next Zero Waste Shopping Trip at People's Coop!

Book a Zero Waste Food Wrap Workshop in Portland, Oregon, with Conscious by Chloé

Zero Waste Food Wrap Workshop

Reusable food wrap is a super easy switch from disposables. And it's so easy to make. It is actually the first DIY I posted on the blog, and I'm still using the same pieces I made a couple years ago! Can you imagine how much money I've saved over that period of time?!

Reserve your spot for my next Zero Waste Food Wrap Workshop!

Book a Zero Waste Workshop in Portland, Oregon, with Conscious by Chloé

Do you have more Zero Waste workshop ideas for me?

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


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 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*

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


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?