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How I got a free bike and other ways to find your bike

My partner is a bike lover, to say the least, so when we started living together we made a pact that I would also get a bike. This way we could go out on adventures together.

I’ve been thinking about it for awhile, but I have to say spending money for a new bike was giving me a bit of anxiety. I find it difficult to make expensive purchases, especially if there are other options.

As luck would have it an almost brand new bike found its way into my life for free! A coworker was looking to get rid of his wife’s broken bike and gave it to me, with the caveat that it needed some work.

It turns out all all it needed was to reset the pedal and tighten the brakes. And it’s practically brand new! So today I want to explore some ways you too can get a bike practically free or deeply discounted.

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Free People now has a fitness line

Working in the health and fitness space makes me quite aware of all the companies around me when they start to promote a healthy lifestyle, and that include fashion brands.

So when I saw Free People decided to start the FP Movement line of fitness gear I had to check it out. I like their products for the style and durability. (I’ve had a pair of blood orange colored jeans, that I love to death, for the past 7 years.)

Though their sustainability practices are a bit unknown (and therefore questionable) I have seen that their products are well made and durable.

I’m the next few weeks I’ll start exploring more sustainable brands, especially for fitness clothing. So check back from some new articles soon!

A peak into Free People’s fitness line

The fitness lines reminds me of the being a ballerina. I spent more than 14 years of my life dancing, so it really grabbed my attention. Here’s a photo of me at 9 years old:

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Here are a few of the items like I liked the most:

I love all of the lines on the back of the sports bras and body suits. They are absolutely beautiful and help to show off the form and muscles.

As a rock climber these are great for showcasing our overly muscles backs when training and sending routes outdoors. They make for great pics.

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What fitness clothing brands are you looking at?


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Weekly zero waste swaps: kids rooms

One thing about kids is they really keep you honest. Everytime we have my boyfriend’s son with us and do the weekly shopping he reminds us of our no plastic journey. It we step out of line for one second the questions come.

It’s nice to see that he is learning and we can inspire in him good practices. As we’re still organizing his room and making the apartment more kid friendly and at the same time low waste / zero plastic, I decide to dedicate this post to the kids!

Zero waste shopping at H&M

When shopping for kids my obviously choice was to check out H&M. They have things that are relatively inexpensive and durable, despite being mass producers.

They also started a line of home products called Conscious that use organic fabrics. It’s a nice step in the right direction.

H&M Home Kids

  • I absolutely love this Crocodile Lunch Bag. It’s insulated and quite adorable. The child inside of my wants it for myself! (It’s also available as a pineapple!)
  • This Stoneware Froggie is perfect storing little knick knacks and coins. This little one is into collecting Legos and rocks, etc. It’s a nice place for him to stay organized.
  • I’m a firm believer that kids don’t need to use plastic plates and are perfectly capable of not breaking things when given the chance. I love this Ceramic Frog Plate. It make dinner time fun and it’s durable.
  • And that plate pairs really nicely with this World Map Cork Placemat. I absolutely love the educational placemats we had as kids (thanks mom!). Being able to share that love with him in a plastic free solution is even better!

H&M Conscious & Home

  • I love these Ceylon Black Tea Pillow Cover and Striped Pillow Cover in the conscious collection.
  • This Zebra Apron also caught my eye and I wanted to share it. I’ll keep it in mind for the future. My Anthropologie apron is still going strong after almost 10 years.
  • Looking to a shopping bag? This Yute Beach Bag is an excellent solution. And you can also use it picnics on the beach.
  • H&M even makes entertaining for the summer plastic free easy. I can’t wait to try this Beverage Dispenser. It’s extremely elegant in glass, metal, and wood.

Those are my recommendations for the week. Have you seen anything lately that you love that helps you live plastic free or low waste?


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Perfect your zero waste coffee routine

If you’re like me and you often need a morning caffeine fix before you feel like you can really get the day going one of the first new habits you need to get down pat is your zero waste coffee routine.

In the U.S. we consume about 4,43 kg of coffee per capita (source). That makes our nation one of the leading consumers of coffee worldwide, with more than 400 million cups of coffee made per day (source). Think about how much useless trash that produces. Especially when more sustainable solution have existed for years.

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Our Progress: Two Months Zero Plastic

Time is flying by and we’re reach two month living plastic free, moving towards a zero waste lifestyle. I want to share with you our progress so far, how it has impacted our budget, and generally how it had made us feel. Because in the end that is the most important thing.

As you can imagine, it is impossible to have a completely zero waste home in just two months. We have to use up the things that we own that have plastic containers and slowly replace them with new options. It’s a process to change habits and one that we are more than willing and able to go through.

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Weekly Zero Waste Swaps

It’s Friday and I’m home sick from work from all the weather changes I went through this week. This spring has been maddening! The ups and downs of temperature and the rain…ugh! I’m really looking forward to summer.

So I decided to do a short weekly post on the nice Zero Waste Swaps that I used / found this week. I’ll be heading to the BioCulture fair in Palau Sant Jordi this Sunday. I’ll be able to find some great new solutions and ideas there.
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Avocados: How to buy them and keep them fresh

Avocados have become a huge staple in my life as an adult. As a kid I couldn’t get over the color to even taste them. But now, I can’t about anything better. We always have them on hand in our home. They’re delicious and a great source of good fats.

But they are also a tricky fruit and it is sometime difficult to know if they are ripe, how to store them, and how to preserve them if you don’t eat the whole avocado at once.

So with out more ado, here are my tips on everything avocados!

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Low waste rock climbing

I’ll be taking my first outdoor rock climbing trip since going zero plastic this weekend. I’ve made sure that I took as many steps as possible to ensure I am comitting to low waste rock climbing through my trip.

If you too like climbing and are looking for ways to be a more eco-friendly climber here’s a look into how I’m preparing for my trip.

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Zero waste swaps for manageable new habits

We’re a month and a few days into our Zero Plastic / Low Waste lifestyle and it has been a great journey so far. But there is still something that I struggle with when making zero waste swaps and I’m sure you do, too.

Exploring social media and and blogs I see the same products over and over again. And people DIY-ing their own napkins, cleaning clothes, products, makeup, you name it!

And I’ve been thinking to myself. Is it still possible to have a sense of personal style and identity and go zero waste? Is it possible to not lose yourself in the process?

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Climbing in Tenerife: All you need to know to plan your trip

Of all the places I have top roped and bouldered Spain, climbing in Tenerife has been one of the most spectacular. The little island just off the cost of North Africa is ideal for both sports and getting a bit of sun.

This super tranquil island is sure to blow you away and it isn’t full of too many tourists that you will have a difficult time getting around or getting to climb. It feels just like a small pueblo of mainland Spain, but it’s so much more! And, there are climbs for all levels.

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