We've been mad girl crushing on Kathryn from 'Going Zero Waste' since we discovered her incredibly inspiring blog earlier this year. So much so that we recently got in touch and wanted to learn a little more about her journey of 'Going Zero Waste'. Oh and did we mention she is the spokesperson for National Geographic on Plastic-Free Living?! The girl know's her stuff in this 'sphere' and we absolutely love learning from her and following her journey. Step this way my fellow sustainable lifestyle lovers...
What sparked your passion for a zero-waste lifestyle?
It might be surprising but didn't start going zero waste because I loved the planet.
I started practicing many of these habits out of financial necessity and to heal myself. I didn't even know what I was doing had a "proper name" let alone a hashtag.
I started making changes because I had a major hormone imbalance that culminated in a breast cancer scare. I was in and out of doctor offices for three looonnngg years.
I learned that not every product on the shelf is "safe". It's crazy to me that the beauty industry hasn't had updated regulations for almost 100 years! And cleaning companies don't even have to tell you the ingredients in their products? Like WHAT!?
So, I started making my own cleaning, skincare products, and removed single-use plastics to avoid toxic-chemicals that interfere with our hormones.
Making these small switches improved my health drastically, and when I moved to California, it all clicked - the same ingredients that were bad for me were also bad for the environment.
I decided to start my blog to show people how easy it can be to live a healthier life for both you and the planet, and most importantly that it doesn’t have to take a lot of money or time.
What does zero-waste/eco-friendly living mean to you?
Zero waste living is about using your life as a way to reflect the future you want to live in. I want to live in a world with clean air, clean water, and a place where politicians and businesses respect the planet.
What are your recommendations for someone who wants to reduce waste in their community, not just their home?
There are so many things! Host a free talk at the local library, call the local newspaper and ask about a column or an article on zero waste living, show a documentary at a community space, grab a table at the local farmers market to educate others, host a clean-up, get involved with your local government, go to city hall meetings, talk to local businesses about implementing a straw on request only policy, get local coffee shops to incentivize bringing your own cup.
There are so many ways that we can get friends, family, and neighbors involved, and it’s one of the most important things we can do.
What do you wish more people knew about zero waste living?
A lot of people think zero waste living is time-consuming and expensive, and I’m happy to say, it’s neither of those things. Zero waste living at its core is depression-era living. It’s about saving and using what you have instead of constantly buying new.
As far as time goes, I’ve managed to save quite a bit of time. Does it take that long to fill up a water bottle from the sink?Does it take that much more time to wipe up a spill with a cloth towel than a paper towel? It’s really about building habits, and once you’re in them you don’t even realize you’re doing anything differently.
What are your top tips for getting started?
I recommend that everyone start with the big four.
What are the zero-waste items you can’t live without?
I love my insulated water bottle, snapware, my Thinx, and my bidet attachment.
One of my favourite inspirational Quote's:
"It’s not about perfection; it’s about making better choices."
Kathryn recently featured us on her incredible blog post about her 5 Favourite Ethical jewellery brands! You can find the article over here.
If you are interested in learning more about living a plastic-free life, Kathryn also wrote a really rad book called '101 Ways to Go Zero Waste' which you can purchase over on her website.
Great minds peeps x
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As we’re doing our best to keep ourselves educated and updated on the Black Lives Matter movement, one of our favourite ways to do so is to listen to podcasts. We’ve been loving learning from teachers, historians, and just regular people experiencing racism and issues we don’t even know about.
As we’re launchingour new Signet Rings, why not take the time to learn more about this timeless piece of jewellery?
First and foremost, signet rings represent a wide range of personalized ring, usually representing family symbols, signs, monograms and more. They were used to represent someone’s identity and they were traditionally used to sign into melted wax. How amazing is that?! A unique representation of someone’s signature right on their finger. In that sense, signet rings were extremely meaningful.
As much as I would love to take credit for this delicious morsel of goodness I'm about to share with you, I can not. This recipe was sent to me from a friend as I begun a journey of ridding Gluten from my life.... and this guy has been an absolute saviour! For when you CBF cooking, for when you just want 'toast' for dinner, for when you're fighting every craving for a hearty 'carb-a-liscious' meal when your GF and for when you just want to wake up and not eat cereal. Introducing to you, what has deemed to be named 'Life-Changing' Loaf...
Luna & Rose necklaces come in a variety of lengths from 18" to 23". Our 18" chain necklace is made from our Fine Chain with the 20" and 23" length chains in our 'Everyday' Chain. These are the same chain design, just slightly heavier in weight for the longer lengths. For a rough guide (as we all have different, amazing bodies) the 23" chain sits around or just above your nipple line...
We're big fans of layering necklaces and I'm pretty sure you are too. All of our chains are adjustable in length by 2" to make sure you can style your layers to perfection and mix them up with other pieces in your jewellery wardrobe.
Although all necklaces are adjustable, for the perfect layered look we suggest that you purchase your necklaces on different length chains. This way you get to see the beauty of both pendants and there's less chance of scratching! We also personally like wearing the smallest pendant on the shorter length and the larger heavier pendants longer. That's just our personal choice though, we're all awesome & individual humans and ultimately you get to decide how you style your pieces!
Below is a little guide of some of our favourite pieces layered and their lengths:
|SALLY T-SHIRT MEASUREMENTS||SMALL (Size 6-10)||MEDIUM (Size 10-14||LARGE (Size 14-16)|
|CLASSIC T-SHIRT MEASUREMENTS||SMALL (Size 6-10)||MEDIUM (Size 10-14||LARGE (Size 14-16)|
It is important to note that different countries have different sizing methods.
Most of the world goes by number sizing which is the easiest and most accurate.
Because we sell our jewellery all over the world, we have decided to stick with number sizing and have put together the below chart to help you out. The most common size for ladies is a size 7 and size 10 for man. If you are unsure of your size you can measure the inner diameter of one of your own rings and refer to the below measurements.
Feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any further issues.
Please also note that if you are ordering a wide band ring, its usually a good idea to go up a size.
Size 4 = Ring Size H 1/2. Inner Diameter measures 14.9mm (Recommended Pinky Size)
Size 5 = Ring Size J 1/2. Diameter measures 15.7mm (Recommended Pinky Size)
Size 6 = Ring Sizes L, M, Inner Diameter measures 16.5mm
Size 7 = Ring Sizes N, O, Inner Diameter measures 17.3mm
Size 8 = Ring Sizes P, Q, Inner Diameter measures 18.1mm
Size 9 = Ring Sizes R, S, Inner Diameter measures 18.9mm (Recommended Male Size)
Size 10 = Ring Sizes T 1/2. Inner Diameter measures 19.8mm (Recommended Male Size)
Size 11 = Ring Sizes V 1/2. Inner Diameter measures 20.6mm (Recommended Male Size)
Size 12 = Ring Sizes X 1/2. Inner Diameter measures 21.3mm (Recommended large Male Size)
If you require a ring in a different size in any of the designs offered, please send us an email here and we will see what our clever silversmiths can do for you.
Luna & Rose chain bracelets also have a 2" adjustable chain length with a clasp. Therefore they have two/three size options for you. They sit at a total circumference of approx 16cm & 17.5cm
If you require any other sizes for any of our items, please just let us know and we will see what we can whip up for you! You can contact us here.