in the sustainable shopping tips series, i want to share the eco-friendly products i have*, use and like to encourage more people to get on the track of being informed, sustainable consumers.
because it matters.
all other sustainable tips and tricks, reflections, journals of my own struggles etc can be found under the 'consume' and 'eco' tag.
Ecozz water bottle
i already mentioned my plan to buy a proper reusable bottle in the eco checklist article, and i finally did it! i picked this minimalist and slim bottle from a Czech brand Ecozz, which was designed by BOA from Prague. (via Econea) it looks really great, does not leak and is super easy to clean (it can be quite difficult with, for example, metal bottles). the only disappointing thing about it is the little note on the bottom of the bottle - 'Designed in Prague. Made in China.' i mean, come on, Ecozz is sort of emphasizing its 'Czechness' and then this? isn't it a bit ridiculous?
the minute i saw Baserange underwear and read the description on the tag at a local retail store, i was in love. Baserange is a DK / FR based sustainable company selling clothes made of organic materials, all manufactured in Portugal and Turkey. they're very transparent about their production, which is so important when you want to be a sustainable company. (uh oh, can't deny my degree in Retail, haha) i love how comfy yet stylish their clothes look, and how the underwear's main purpose seems to be comfort, not pleasing the male gaze. you might have already seen my Ravenna panties on my insta, and i have to tell you - i love love love them!
dish washing supplies
getting a wooden brush instead of plastic sponges is another thing i have already talked about. i got this one from EcoEgo for approx. 2 EUR, and it actually works much better than any of those cheap weirdly-coloured sponges. looks nicer too. i also got a few cloths made of recycled fibres from Econea, they're great too. set of 2 costs a little over 1 EUR, what a bargain!
Astrid och Aporna food
Astrid och Aporna is a Swedish veggie food company making 100% plant-based cheese / meat substitutes in the cutest packages. their broad range of products is sold in SuperBrugsen supermarkets in Denmark, and they also have their own grocery store in Malmö. the prices are, of course, quite high, around 4 EUR per product (it is not that much for Danes / Swedes, but it still is 3x more expensive than non-veg products), but it's really worth it. i totally fell in love with the Cream Jeezly, it tastes like what we call a 'spread butter' in the Czech Rep (pomazánkové máslo ♥) and the combo of it, rugbrød (Danish dark rye bread) and cucumber is just perfect. it's actually pretty wtf how 'real' their products taste! what's even more, there's the Astrid och Aporna Spiseri in CPH, an all-veg fast food in Nørrebro, which is probably my favourite place to eat out at the moment. their menu consisting of a burger with a relish of your choice, fries, mayo and a coleslaw for 79 kr (11 EUR) is the best thing ever. just remembering the last time i had it makes me want to cry a little. also, if you go to Malmö, you can get burgers / hot dogs with Astrid och Aporna meat substitutes at literally every shawarma place for like 30 SEK (3 EUR), yay!
(if you're wondering how is this sustainable - plant-based diet is so many times more sustainable than that of a carnivore! even reducing your meat intake can make a huge difference, go ahead!)
black mud face soap
i've dramatically reduced the amount of liquid cosmetics i use over the past year as solid products are usually unpacked (or in paper only) and very travel-friendly (no spilling, smaller size). my favourite vitamin boost face soap from the Body Shop is not distributed anymore, so i had to find something else to help me wash all the nasty dirt, smog and what-not from my face. i got this one via Bioo.cz, i was really hoping it would make black foam all over my face, which it doesn't, but it still works really great and smells ah-mazing!
*none of this is a paid advertisement