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Bonjour Everyone,


It's summer, it's fuc*@^%$ hot and all I want to do right now is swim. So lets talk about eco ethical swimwear! You know those ads you see on facebook and instagram for super cheap bikinis from Fashion Nova or Cupshe? Please don't buy those brands as they help the fast fashion industry flourish.


In case you didn't know: What is fast fashion?


Fast fashion can be defined as cheap, trendy clothing, that samples ideas from the catwalk or celebrity culture and turns them into garments in high street stores at breakneck speed to meet consumer demand. The idea is to get the newest styles on the market as fast as possible, so shoppers can snap them up while they are still at the height of their popularity, and then, sadly, discard them after a few wears. It plays into the idea that outfit repeating is a fashion faux pas, and that if you want to stay relevant, you have to sport the latest looks as they happen. It forms a key part of the toxic system of overproduction and consumption that has made fashion one of the largest polluters in the world (sourced from Good On You).


Instead, try buying a bathing suit from one of these awesome Canadian companies! Not only will you feel great about your purchase, but your swimwear will have a way longer life.


Here are some eco innovative companies to keep your eye out for!



Minnow


This Canadian company has a flair for bold prints and a little extra coverage for those with big hips (aka me). They design one collection a year and work to reflect the diversity in female bodies throughout their suits.


FEATURES

Eco Highlights: Recycled materials, made-to-order, gives back to the community

Star Qualities: Gender non-conforming collections, LGBTQIA+ supporters, M4BLM, plus sized models

Size Range: XS – XXL

Ordering: Based in Toronto, Canada, but ships internationally


Instagram Handle - @minnowbathers



Saltwater Collective


At Saltwater Collective their mottos are "Sustainability is Sexy" and "Cleaner Oceans Are Fashion Forward". Each Saltwater swimsuit is made from abandoned fishing nets and nylon waste from landfills. Need I say more?


FEATURES

Eco Highlights: Rescues waste, recycled materials that can be recyled infinitely

Star Qualities: M4BLM, plus sized models, body positivity

Size Range: XS – XXL

Ordering: Based in Toronto, Canada, but ships to some international countries


Instagram Handle - @thesaltwatercollective



Nettle's Tale


This Vancouver based company is all about fit. They design swimsuits for real woman - no matter what your shape or size is. Their core values include:

  • manufacturing locally and ethically

  • quality clothing and thoughtful design

  • valuing inclusivity, honesty, kindness, and joy

  • working to always be better

FEATURES

Eco Highlights: Recycled materials, gives back to the community, empowers woman

Star Qualities: M4BLM, plus sized models, body positivity, indigenous rights activism

Size Range: XS – XXL

Ordering: Based in Vancouver, Canada, but ships internationally


Instagram Handle - @nettlestale



June Swimwear (x MEC)

I put this brand last on my list because their original collections are not eco conscious, but they paired up with MEC to do an eco line using recycled materials. Hopefully they continue down this path!


FEATURES

Eco Highlights: Recycled materials (MEC collaboration)

Star Qualities: M4BLM

Size Range: S – XL

Ordering: Handmade in Montreal, Canada, but ships internationally


Instagram Handle - @juneswimwear



Lots of love and sun kisses,


  • Perrier Planning

Hello Everyone,


I hope you have been enjoying this hot summer weather in Ontario. I have been spending lots of time at my in-laws cottage on Charleston Lake: swimming, canoeing and eating one to many bags of chips (chips are my weakness and the one wasteful habit I haven't been able to quit...yet).


I have been getting lots of questions from my followers about sunscreen lately. There is so much conflicting information out there on the web and it can seem a bit overwhelming.


So let's talk about my favourite zero waste sunscreen and some other amazing eco-friendly beach day items.



SUNSCREEN

So as I mentioned before, the lines around "healthy sunscreen" are very blurry.

The Eco Hub's Guide to Sunscreen really broke it all down for me in an easy to follow way.


In summery of their article, here are some basic rules of thumb for buying sunscreen:

  • Do not ever buy sunscreen in aerosol spray cans

  • Always buy sun 'cream'

  • SPF 30 protection is best

  • Avoid sun creams with these harmful chemicals: Oxybenzone, Retinyl Palmitate, Avobenzone, Homosalate, Octocrylene & Octisalate, Ethylhexyl Triazine, Padimate O, Cinoxate, and Phenoxyethanol

Talking about the 'zero waste' aspect of sun cream - here is my recommended brand that comes in a refillable silicone GoToob at The Pretty Clean Shop in Toronto.


Green Cricket's Mineral Sunscreen (SPF 30)



Beach Blanket


Look no further for the perfect beach blanket/towel.


If you don't have a Turkish towel, you need to invest in one now.


Here is a great fair trade Turkish towel you can buy in Canada!


Take me to the towel



Picnic Basket

Cooler Bag in Mango - from LNBF


Okay, I am very excited about this basket, and so are the people who have one (aka everyone in my family).


It's's the perfect eco-friendly picnic basket for the beach because it's also an insulated cooler! It comes in six different colours and it's only $25.00!


Chop up some fruits, veggies, cheese, crackers and potato salad and throw them in the basket. The perfect beach day lunch awaits you.


Buy yours today from LNBF!



BEACH TOYS



As most parents know, a significant amount of the beach toys are made from cheap plastic and eco-friendly toys are extremely difficult to find. After some extensive searching, I have found that Indigo has an Ocean Bound Tide Pool Set that is made from recycled plastic that was previously found in the ocean. This beach toy set is good for your children and the planet!


If you are looking for more eco-friendly summer toys, check out Treehugger.com.


Enjoy the sun everyone!


Lots of Love,








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Hello Ladies,


I'm going to jump right in this week!


Stigma be gone... let talk about periods.


Every single woman in the world goes through around 350-450 menstrual periods in her lifetime (source). This means that the average woman creates 300 pounds of "tampon and/or sanitary pad" waste during her lifetime (source). That is a lot of waste and a lot of money.


Supposedly woman spend over $6000 on sanitary products over their lifetime (source). Switching over to waste free options might cost you a bit more up front, but after a span of five years you could be saving twice the amount you invested from the beginning.


Here are your options for switching to a more sustainable approach:


Silicone Menstrual Cup (aka the Diva Cup)

Cloth Pads

Menstrual Underwear


Now you just need to find what works best for you!


After some trial and errors, here are my recommendations, thoughts and advice regarding all three options.



The Silicone Menstrual Cup


This was the first zero waste option that I tried, and although it is very popular among zero waste advocates, I have to say I didn't like it.


Pro's - Very easy to insert, easy to wash at home or in a private bathroom and totally leakproof (it never leaked for me and I have a strong period).


Con's - I found it very uncomfortable to wear and impossible to wash out if you are in a public washroom.


That being said, many woman find their menstrual cups very comfortable to wear, so I would recommend trying one out for at least a week to see if it works with your lifestyle. Here is a guide to finding the right menstrual cup for you.


Find Your Cup



Cloth Pads

Cloth pads work great!! Unfortunately, they don't pair well with leggings or tight pants, so I usually just wear them at night or when I work from home.


At Blushing Bluebird Essentials they offer a great starter kit that includes a wet bag (essential for storing used pads until you have the chance to wash them). Made in Canada, these cloth pads would be my top recommendation.


Click here to read about how to use cloth pads when out of the house!



Menstrual Underwear


Personally, I LOVE using menstrual undies and my favourite brand is Thinx.

Get $10.00 off your first purchase by clicking here for code.


Thinx has a LOT of underwear options to choose from and some work way better than others.


Here are my ratings for the following Thinx Underwear:


The Comfiest = Hi-Wasted (true to regular sizing)


The Best for Workouts = Boyshorts (fit small, so order a size bigger than usual)


The Best for Overnight or Heavy Periods = Super Hi-Wasted (true to regular sizing)

Since I have a very strong period for the first few days of my cycle, I cannot wear these undies alone (even the ones that claim to hold 4 regular tampons worth). For the first few days of my cycle I usually wear the super hi-wasted thinx with a cloth pad or Veeda tampons (without the applicator).


Then when my period gets lighter I can wear any of the Thinx underwear that I previously recommended, as long as I change them twice a day.


I would start with buying at least 6 pairs to start off with, in a few different styles to suit your lifestyle needs.


Thinx even offers a super comfy thong to wear as backup with a tampon.


And if you don't like the underwear, it is super easy to return. When I have had to return a pair due to size or fit, they have sent me a new pair within a few days, at no extra cost (and they let me keep the old pair to give to a friend).


Have any questions about minimizing waste during your period? Please reach out to chat! This is a safe space for females of all ages, shapes and sizes to chat with one another. No judgement here.


Bonus Giveaway: I have 1 free pair of Thinx Boyshorts (size M) to give away. Please comment below if this is your size :)


Best Wishes,








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