Vall de Nuria in 20 Pictures

We recently revisited Vall de Nùria for the weekend to breathe in some fresh mountain air and escape the city for a few days. It was an amazing trip. Short, but sweet.

Instead of staying in Nùria this time, we stayed in a hotel in the very small town of Queralbs. You get there is the same way of getting to Nùria, but get off at the second stop on the cremallera.

It was a bit rainy the first day, but the sun came out just in time for us to enjoy a nice hike. Have a look at a short visual recap of our trip.

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3 Apps for your zero waste journey

When sustainability is mixed with convenience it because easier to achieve. Since our mobile phones are integrated into our lives so deeply, that it’s only natural that they should help in this journey.

I hadn’t purposefully been looking for mobile solutions, but along my journey there were a few apps that I stumbled across that made me stop, investigate, and download.

They are all new apps, so still lacking a large user base / product base, by they are a great start in the right direction.

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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!

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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!

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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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