Compostable shoes!

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Hey guys,

Lately I’ve been working towards a new goal of mine, to have a completely natural wardrobe….or in other words, a wardrobe where my pieces (once dead) will be completely compostable! (Another post on my progress will be coming soon)

So far I’ve converted about 85% of my wardrobe to pieces made of natural fabrics such as cotton, wool, cashmere, and hemp. All of the pieces have been thrift finds, until now.

Reasons to thrift:

  1. The clothes are already in the waste stream, and I’m giving them a second life before they become garbage. So it’s eco-friendly 🙂
  2. Less waste as opposed to normal shopping, most things only leave with a small paper tag attached, so very little in the way of new trash.
  3. It’s cheap! Easy on my budget.
  4. And I find it fun to look for new uses for old things, and thrift store shopping can be fun….like a scavenger hunt lol.

So, as a result almost 95% of my wardrobe has been thrifted over the years. I just recently started replacing my old synthetic fabric pieces with natural ones….

Why?

  1. Natural fabric is so much better for your skin. I personally don’t itch in natural fabric but can’t stop itching if I happen to sweat in a synthetic fabric shirt.
  2. Along the same lines, natural fabric is just that…Natural…no plastic weaves or nasty man-made synthetic fabrics that pollute the world not only during production and disposal, but also when you wash them (google polyester water pollution). Cotton, hemp and the like have no such problems. (as a caveat cotton is produced most of the time with pesticides, but at least the end product is compostable and nowhere near as harmful as some of the synthetics)
  3. They breathe!
  4. Do I even need another reason?

Anyway, when I was looking into switching up my wardrobe I also wanted to look into shoes and undergarments, etc. And as most of you know it is incredibly difficult to find good shoes and undergarments at a thrift store, so I knew I would have to buy new. But when buying new I have strict standards and I wanted only the best quality made in the least harmful way possible. While researching I happened upon a small company based in Canada (Rawganique) that makes and sells their own clothing, bras, etc and since I decided to order a custom made 100% organic cotton bra from them…I figured I’d try out the shoes too.

Boy am I happy I did 🙂

Check them out….made of 100% hemp fabric and a 100% natural rubber sole, these babies are cute and eco-friendly…and pretty comfy too!DSC04084DSC04082

They came with a small amount of recyclable packaging (as I requested) and the only bit of plastic is from the tape they used to seal the package, the rest will go right into recycling 🙂

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The best part is that these babies will be able to go right into my compost bin….years from now….when they finally bite the dust. Until then, I’m going to enjoy them.

It’s hard to find companies and brands that meet my ethical standards while also being within my budget and fashionable as well, but Rawganique really knocked this one out of the park. I really like the company because they are chemical-free, sweatshop-free, and make everything with sustainable fabrics. They also do a lot of products custom made (like bras), so you’re guaranteed it will fit. They even had me measure my foot to make sure they were sending me the right size 🙂

(And for those of you wondering, NO I do not get paid to sponsor them in any way, this is simply a great review from a very satisfied customer)

Have any of you tried natural shoes? Or have anything made out of hemp? As always I’d love to hear about it in the comments!

Xo,

Candice

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Getting ready for the garden :)

I can’t believe it is already March! Winter certainly has flown by this year, though this is Michigan….so winter may make a few more appearances before it’s through 🙂

Anyway since today was the first really warm day of the year I decided to go out and get some sun while starting a few things in the garden.

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Now in the summer it is lush and green, like the picture above. I always get lots of leaf lettuce and herbs out of my garden along with my veggies.

Today I went out and planted a few purple potatoes that have sprouted, as well as a garlic bulb and an onion. The potatoes will sprout into plants and multiply into many potatoes, while the garlic and onion more than likely will go to seed (which I can then save for next year’s garden).

The soil is nice and damp since the snow finally melted so it was easy to dig a couple of holes and plant away…

Then I went on the hunt for a few  cool pictures to share with all of you and guess what I found…peppermint, catnip, and moss! I’m pretty excited. The peppermint is very hearty and lasts from march til November…even in cold weather. The catnip has lasted almost the entire year, except for a month where it was too snowy for it to grow, but it’s back and ready to go. The moss is a new addition to the yard, it wasn’t there last year…but I love how soft and fuzzy it is.

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In another week or two, once the chance of snow really decreases, I’ll probably go out to the garden and flip some of the dirt over to aerate it, and I’ll take some of my finished compost out to fertilize the rest of the seeds and such that I’ll be planting.

I absolutely adore having a garden:

  1. Fresh produce is just minutes from your door.
  2. It gives you a healthier diet, let’s face it…no matter how hard you try, you can’t grow pizza from a plant.
  3. I control exactly how the produce is grown, no pesticides or plastic bag fertilizer, and I collect rainwater in big buckets for the garden.
  4. The veggies taste so Yummy right from the garden!
  5. Half of the time I don’t need to purchase seeds, I just use kitchen scraps…then there are the perennials that come back every year on their own like my leaf lettuce , chives, peppermint, spearmint, catnip, and thyme.
  6. It makes me get out and get some fresh air every day, and besides…getting in touch with nature is the easiest when you are growing your own food.
  7. I can point to my lunch plate and proudly proclaim “I grew that!”
  8. It makes your food bill smaller, saving you money 🙂
  9. It’s both a Minimalist and Zero-Waste helper between my compost and less trips to the grocery store.
  10. Everything you eat out of the garden is extremely healthy for you, chalked full of vitamins and minerals.

“But Candice, what if I don’t have a backyard big enough for a garden like yours?”

Not to worry, you don’t need a huge backyard to make your own produce, you can always cultivate a window box garden or a porch garden with different sized buckets. Some people even have a small indoor garden right in their homes, it’s kind of like having an indoor plant, but you can’t forget to water it lol.

Even if you don’t think you have the room for those, I’ll bet you have a spare cup or jar and a window sill, you can start small with your favorite herb. 🙂

Do any of you garden? If so I would love to hear about your favorite thing to grow in the comments!