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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.

A Compostable Phone Case​

Pela Case's Compostable, Biodegradable, Non Plastic & Non Toxic Phone Case Review by Conscious by Chloé

While I wait for the Fair Phone (an ethical smartphone) to conquer the US market, I'll try and keep my iPhone 6 as long as I can and will at least make sure its accessories meet the same standards I require for the objects that I allow into my life: ethical & sustainable.

I do not remember how I first heard about Pela, but when I read its phone cases were biodegradable, non plastic and non toxic, I was sold!

That was two years ago and the truth is, had the Canadian brand not sent me an updated version about six months later, I would still have that same first case.

I've been using the one I currently have for more than a year now, and can attest for its quality and durability. It still looks as good as the day I received it, in spite of many a hours spent lose in my bag, a couple dangerous falls and one unfortunate water bottle spill (my phone is fine too, thanks for asking).

Octave only recently switched from his iPhone 5s to the latest model of the brand and was on the hunt for a new case. So I jumped on the occasion to order one for him when Pela offered to send us one of their compostable phone cases.

Pela Case's Compostable, Biodegradable, Non Plastic & Non Toxic Phone Case Review by Conscious by Chloé

My one year-old case in the black one on the pictures. Octave's new case is the beetroot red one.

About Compostable Plastic

Pela Cases are 100% compostable and free of lead, cadmium, BPA and phthalates. They are made of a proprietary blend of Terratek Flex and Canadian Prairie flax shive.

Compostable refers to a material capable of breaking down into carbon dioxide, water, and biomass at the same rate as cellulose. Compostable plastic must also disintegrate and become indistinguishable in the compost and cannot leave any toxic material behind.

That means compostable plastic breaks down to a point that it can help in the support of plant growth.

Pela Case's Compostable, Biodegradable, Non Plastic & Non Toxic Phone Case Review by Conscious by Chloé

The Unboxing Experience

I received my Pela case in a 100% recycled and recyclable paper envelope. It contained my case and a little personalized note. That's it!

It seems like nothing but trust me, it happened to me way too often to order something from a so-called eco-brand only to receive it wrapped in plastic.

Pela Case's Compostable, Biodegradable, Non Plastic & Non Toxic Phone Case Review by Conscious by Chloé

Pela Case's Compostable, Biodegradable, Non Plastic & Non Toxic Phone Case Review by Conscious by Chloé

Pela Case's Compostable, Biodegradable, Non Plastic & Non Toxic Phone Case Review by Conscious by Chloé

Pela Case's Compostable, Biodegradable, Non Plastic & Non Toxic Phone Case Review by Conscious by Chloé

The Versatile Design

  • Pela cases come in a variety of classic and timeless colors.

  • The phone cases are flexible and were designed with waste reduction in mind so they could fit multi-generations within the same size family. That means if you upgrade your phone, you can keep your case, i.e. the smaller case fits iPhone 5 / 5S and iPhone SE, the medium case fits iPhone 6 / 6S, iPhone 7, and iPhone 8, the larger case fits iPhone 6 Plus / 6S Plus, iPhone 7 Plus, and iPhone 8 Plus!

  • They are smooth but grippy with a light texturing caused by the flax shive. They also have natural anti-slip and shock-absorbing properties.

  • They feature precision cuts around speakers, charger, camera, volume and power buttons.

  • Pela offers phone cases for most new and old smartphones, so if, like me, you still have an old iPhone or Android phone, make sure you check out their selection.

Pela Case's Compostable, Biodegradable, Non Plastic & Non Toxic Phone Case Review by Conscious by Chloé

The End of Life

When the time comes to dispose of your Pela case, make sure you do it right.

  • Pela cases meet US and Europeans standards for composting in an industrial facility. Please double check that your city allows for compostable bioplastics as not all municipalities will accept them.

  • If it's not, just make sure you do not put it in your recycling bin. This can create a wasteful extra step for the recycling plant to sort out bioplastics from recyclable plastics or contaminate the recycled materials in the process which again, defeats the whole purpose.

  • Also, throwing a “green” plastic product into a landfill defeats the purpose of creating and consuming biodegradable and compostable plastics in the first place. Many people think that it will break down eventually but it probably won’t. These special plastics need air, moisture and sunlight to break down properly. Landfills tend to entomb waste and deprives it from these necessary elements.

  • Through the Pela Cycle program, you can also send your old Pela cases back (a 20% discount code off your next order) so they can be recycled to make another generation of Pela products!

  • An alternative would obviously be to put it in your backyard compost. I really wish I had composted my first Pela in my backyard, instead of letting it sit in a box in my office. Shall I do it and report back?

Pela Case's Compostable, Biodegradable, Non Plastic & Non Toxic Phone Case Review by Conscious by Chloé

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This post was graciously sponsored by Pela in collaboration with the EWC. 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.

Seasonal Cleansing

Juice Cleansing with Pure Simple Juice by Conscious by Chloé

Winter has been pretty gloomy, long, and snowy here in Portland, and spring has been, well, unsurprisingly very rainy. I felt like I needed a break to start afresh for the new season, but did not know how to implement this by myself.

In autumn of 2015, I had done a 21-day purification program for healthy eating and living and habits changing with a group of girlfriends, led by my acupuncturist.

After I completed it, I promised myself to do something similar before each major seasonal change, to put my eating habits back on the right track. But I've never succeeded. I missed the accountability and support provided by our weekly group meetings.

Juice Cleansing with Pure Simple Juice by Conscious by Chloé

A couple weeks ago, I attended a brunch at a local restaurant and met Lydia, a local entrepreneur. She was attending the event as a vendor and I immediately knew that our paths would cross again soon. Here's why:

Lydia is the owner of Pure Simple Juice, a Portland-based juice company whose juices are raw, cold-pressed, made from local, organic and seasonal ingredients, and served in reusable glass bottles!

As you can imagine, I contacted her a couple days later, and soon started my first juice cleanse.

Pure Simple Juice offers a wide variety of juicing and cleansing options. I was feeling highly motivated, so I opted for the 5-day Deep Green Cleanse. Each day of the cleanse you get to drink the following:

  • Green lemonade (lemon, apple, parsley, E-3 blue-green algae)
  • Pumpkin Seed milk (pumpkin seeds, dates, maple syrup, cardamom, nutmeg, star anise, pink himalayan sea salt)
  • Green Juice (cucumber, kale, lettuce, celery, fennel, spinach, parsley, cilantro)
  • Ginger Turmeric Tonic (grapefruit, apple, ginger, turmeric, just add hot or cold water)
  • Green Juice (kale, lettuce, celery, fennel, apple, parsley, lemon)
  • Veggie Miso Broth with leeks

Don't ask me why I chose the Deep Green Cleanse rather than the Standard Cleanse. I suppose I wanted to show how motivated I was and probably convinced myself that it was the healthiest option.

Juice Cleansing with Pure Simple Juice by Conscious by Chloé

I never thought I'd do a juice fast. The idea of a juice cleanse did not really make sense to me. Having followed a very strict diet a couple years ago, I had learnt that eating real food, masticating, was indispensable and I had been discouraged from drinking juices in lieu of eating real and whole fruit.

Coincidentally, I had watched Sick, Fat & Nearly Dead 1 & 2 recently and saw juicing with a somehow critical eye as I did not believe that it could be a viable option in the long run.

But since I'm a questioner, I wanted to try it for myself to decide whether a juice cleanse is worth all the current hype.

Juice Cleansing with Pure Simple Juice by Conscious by Chloé

Reasons why I decided to go on a 5-day cleanse

  • I wanted to experience it for myself and form my own opinion.
  • I wanted to challenge myself by fasting (with benefits) for 5 days.
  • I wanted to take a step back and connect to my body.

So on Wednesday morning I drove to Lydia's kitchen to pick up my juices for the next 3 days (and would come back on Sunday to pick up the last fresh juice batch for the last 2 days of the cleanse).

Juice Cleansing with Pure Simple Juice by Conscious by Chloé

My experience

Everything went pretty smoothly on day 1, 2 and 3. I even went out with friends on the night of day 3, which included dinner at a pizza place and drinks and cake at a fundraising.

I switched the order of the juices throughout the day according to my mood and program, but would usually keep the miso for dinner time and try to spread out the green juices as much as possible.

My favorite combo was the following:

  • Breakfast - Seed Milk - I need something sweet in the morning, always
  • Lunch - Green Juice - Because I have to drink it at some point.
  • Dessert - Lemonade - I always eat something sweet after lunch.
  • Pick me up - Ginger Turmeric - I prefer not to have it too late at night as it definitely gives me a boost of energy.
  • Dinner - Miso Broth - I need something warm in the evening.
  • Snack - Green Juice - Because I have to drink it at some point.

Then things became a little shaky. I was so excited that I started the cleanse on Wednesday when I picked up my order. So when Friday night came, I realized that the second pick-up day was Sunday and that I would have to find a solution to continue the fast on my own on Saturday. I called Lydia to the rescue and she gave me some very useful tips.

But I was not prepared, did not have the necessary ingredients at home and totally went off track because I no longer had a framework. I did go to the farmers market on Saturday, ate steamed greens at a Japanese restaurant and drank all the ginger tea at my favorite tea house. But once I was home, all I could think of was bread and cheese.

The next day, I was back on track. I exercised a little, brought the empty bottles back to the Pure Simple Juice kitchen and picked up the rest of the order. Even though I was a little discouraged by the idea of tasting the same flavors for yet another 2 days, it was also very comforting to be back on track and not have to worry about shopping and meal prepping.

The last day was pretty interesting as I was working at a client's office. The people who work there are only working on short projects and usually just eat at their desk or take short breaks at random times. So I had no social pressure to eat real food, and the bottles were actually pretty convenient to "snack" at my desk (though they were a little heavy to carry in my backpack on my bus commute).

Finally, I went back to a regular diet at the same time as Octave came back home (perfect timing as he's the one who cooks at home!).

I unfortunately got sick during that week - I blame public transportation, the non-dedicated workstations at the office, and my being cooped up at home all winter (working from home does not reinforce your immune system) - so I did not really measure the benefits post-cleanse.

But it was overall a very interesting experiment. I did not beat myself up for "bending the rules" on day 4 and was actually proud for not giving up overall after this little transgression.

I would definitely do it again next time I feel like my eating patterns are aiming to much towards comfort food.

And of course, I'm always very committed to supporting young, local, and female entrepreneurs who share my values by being ruthless about the quality of their products and their impact on the environment.

Juice Cleansing with Pure Simple Juice by Conscious by Chloé

My recommendations for a successful cleanse

1. Take it slow

Gradually reduce your intake of stimulants and foods that are high in sugar, salt and fat 1 or 2 days before the cleanse. This includes alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, dairy products, red meat, white flour, sugar foods and fried foods.

Reintroduce them gradually into your life and notice their impact on your mind and body. It's a great way to monitor their effect and notice intolerances and allergies.

2. Find your own space

To me, this cleanse was a great moment to focus on me, and me only. I was lucky enough to be able to program the cleanse while Octave was out of town, so I had the whole house to myself. It sure helped a lot, not having someone eating regular meals around me.

And again, since I work from home, I did not have to struggle with the temptations of snacks and coffee machines from the break room at the office.

3. Treat yourself

I took epsom salt baths, dry brushed my skin, mediated and took many naps throughout the day to take my mind of food.

My budget did not allow me to do so during this period but I would definitely schedule a massage, a sauna, an acupuncture session, or, for the most adventurous among you, a colon hydrotherapy.

4. Be active (but not too much)

I took that advice and stayed home reading books and bathing (see 1.) but, on Sunday morning, as the weather was really good, I did hop on my bike and cycle through my neighborhood, admiring the blooming flowers and trees along the way.

5. Journal

Not having to worry about grocery shopping, menu planning, cooking and dishwashing, for 5 days, my mind suddenly had more room to wander. So I filled pages of notes, ideas, resolutions.

I also took note of the triggers of my food cravings and of the satisfaction I felt for not indulging.

As mentioned at 1., monitor the reactions of your body to the reintroduction of certain foods into your diet.


Have you ever done a juice cleanse? Would you ever want to try one?

This post is sponsored by Pure Simple Juice. All opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that support the original content on Conscious by Chloé.

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Photographs by Octave Zangs for Conscious by Chloé.