All posts filed under: sustainable living

we have a gift, and it’s everywhere

There is nothing else in our galaxy like our earth. Nothing that sustains life like our planet. We are blessed. But we don’t all know it. How can you teach someone to love the earth? If you can teach them, will they care about what they do to it? Will they love it like they love a friend, a husband, a mother? Will they teach others to love it too? I was at home recently in Texas and as I rode with my family on the interstate, my father pointed out some adjacent land. He asked “see all of that land and how it’s cleared?” I noticed it looked freshly sculpted, like someone came through with a rolling pin and created a hilly landscape and removed all the trees. I asked what was going on and he said “they are extracting oil” and he commented on how nice the land will look after all the grass grows back. Those rolling hills will be so beautiful, he said. The land that was once covered with the …

Luna Sundara Palo Santo: the Holy Wood

Luna Sundara is a sustainably harvested brand of Palo Santo; a natural wood aromatic incense used for centuries by the Incas and indigenous people of the Andes as a remedy for purifying and cleansing. Traditionally it is used for relieving common cold and flu symptoms, asthma, allergies, headaches, anxiety, inflammation, sea sickness and arthritis… it is even said to have cancer fighting properties. In Spanish, Palo Santo translates as “Holy Wood” and it is so named after the mystical Palo Santo tree that grows on the coast of South America and is a relation of Frankincense and Myrrh. Appropriately named, the enriching aroma of a burning Palo Santo stick is heavenly, with hints of mint and citrus at work. “It all began with love.” This is the opening statement of Luna Sundara’s ‘About’ page on their website and really, how perfect is that? Inspired by their shared love of healing, tradition, aromatherapy and respect for nature, co-owners Thomas Konik and Sandra Manay founded Luna Sundara early this year (Luna is the Latin name for moon and Sundara means beautiful …

#VisualizeChange: Blue Planet Eyewear

As a surfer, I know it’s important that I take care of my eyes. While I love spending time outdoors and in the sun, I understand the damage that it can cause and honor the fact I need to be mindful about covering up. The glare of the sun off of the water can be brutal at times, and my sight is something that I’d really like to keep for a while… you know, it’s nice to be able to see when a big set is coming or to be able to navigate the reef line clearly as I make my way in through a 3-foot wide keyhole. And there’s nothing better than opening your eyes as you duck dive under a perfectly crystal, clear Caribbean peeler or watching the day and the night collide as the sun sets over the ocean. Man am I grateful for these two working eyeballs in my head! I was on Instagram recently (shocker!) when I came across Blue Planet Eyewear, an eco-friendly company based out of Santa Barbara, …

Primal Pit Paste: an all natural deodorant that actually works!

Ok, let me be honest. I have always been skeptical of all natural deodorants because I have never had a lot of faith in them actually working. And I don’t mean working to just keep me smelling nice for a few hours. C’mon… I live on a humid island, I need something to keep me from sweating as I walk from one part of the house to the other. I’ve tried Arm & Hammer’s more natural alternative, and it works decent, but it’s still not 100% natural. I’ve tried Kiss My Face, that lasts a few hours then I can’t stop sweating. I’ve tried Krystal, Toms and Desert Essence. All these are trusted brands, and none of them worked for me. So, naturally brokenhearted and forlorn in this dilemma,  I turned to retail therapy for the solution. I stumbled upon Primal Pit Paste, and I will never go back to any other deodorant again. Sorry, Arm & Hammer, you have been replaced. For your hippie Texas cousin. Primal Pit Paste is made in Pflugerville, Texas …

Got Wood? A Sustainable Toothbrush that You Need Now

Got Wood, an Australian company, encourages their customers to ‘Make the Swap’ and throw away their plastic toothbrushes in favor of their naturally raw Mao Bamboo (Panda Friendly) biodegradable versions. Like so many other gorgeous vegan, sustainable and eco conscious brands I have found and devoted my custom to, I discovered Got Wood via their Instagram page. At first glance I just thought it looked pretty neat to have a wooden toothbrush sitting next to the bathroom sink but a quick read through of the companies goals and ethics on their website soon convinced me to go ahead and ‘Make the Swap’ for ethical as well as cosmetic reasons. I haven’t touched a plastic toothbrush since (and never will!). They are a rather cool little company that offers a sustainable and eco-friendly alternative to the traditional plastic-handled toothbrushes that have saturated the market for decades and contribute to our problem of overflowing landfills. Every year over a billion non-biodegradable plastic toothbrushes are thrown away. Furthermore, waste that is not recycled is lifted by rainwater and …

Odina Surf – Chic & Sexy Eco-Friendly Swimwear

Odina, which means “divine creative inspiration” in the Hawaiian language, is company based out of Southern California focused on creating sustainable, highly-functional and fashionable swimwear made from recycled and reclaimed fabrics such as plastic and old fishing nets. Born in 2010, the creators of Odina were looking to fill void in the swimwear industry for active women that wanted quality, sustainability and fashionability (yes, I made that word up) in their suits.  Each suit is made using eco-friendly materials that compliment a woman’s figure, as well as her passions for an active, outdoors lifestyle. Odina is inspired by nature and sets the standard for eco-friendly swimwear by focusing on sustainability in every aspect of production: from the fabric, which is recycled nylon, to the tags, which are organic cotton, even down to the website which is hosted on a 100% wind-powered server! The primary goal of Odina is to inspire other companies to begin looking into how and where their products are being made and how this can positively or negatively impact the environment around …

Earth Friendly Companies and Why You Should Know Them

We are starting a new series on the blog where the three of us ladies will each be posting about the same topic. You guys all know the basic three themes to the blog — sea (for all things ocean related), field (for all things terrestrial) and tribe (for sharing life experiences with those around us). So naturally we have several other things we focus on that fall into these categories in some way, like sustainable living and health and wellness. One of my most important goals for the blog was to make it a place where you can come to learn something new. It essentially began as my photo journal for documenting new things I was trying, like learning to live a more simple life or learning how to live on an island (it’s not all rainbows and sunshine). Then the blog grew – it took on new authors to bring new perspective and ideas. So we’re joining together to bring you three different stories on the same issue. For the first go-around, we’ll …

Choosing the Slow Lane: Our Decision to Move to Bali

My partner Bar and I officially became ‘ex-pats’ just over a month ago when we made the mutual decision to downgrade our entire lifestyle and move to the tropical Indonesian island of Bali. For us the decision to go ahead and book our one-way ticket with no steady employment or housing lined up for us on our arrival was a no-brainer. While some would understandably balk at what they would consider a reckless abandon of security and stable living, we simply saw an opportunity for freedom and adventure. A golden finger beckoning into the irresistible unknown. Between us we have already worked and travelled extensively all over the world; teaching English in South Korea, freelancing as a photographer in Vietnam and life art modeling in Denmark (I’ll leave you to guess who’s the last one is!) So, for us, the traditional map of university, career, marriage, home and babies did not stimulate the streak of wanderlust that colors our spirit. We yearned for an alternative lifestyle. For a pretty non-traditional couple we found that in …

in love with Avasol

I have been wanting to highlight this brand for a while now, and I’m thankful I found the time over the weekend to take some photos and showcase their amazing all natural sunscreen. Have you guys heard of Avasol before? I was first introduced to them from Capt. Liz Clark’s instagram feed – a wonderfully adventurous woman with the ocean in the core of her being. If there was anyone I would take sunscreen advice from, it is this woman. So naturally, being an islander now, I am always looking for better sunscreen options being as it has become part of my [sometimes] daily beauty routine. I was impressed, and I’m sold. I will never purchase another face stick again from any other company. Avasol has me by the curly, salty ponytail. Besides offering two tinted face sticks (see last photo; “dark” is on your left, and the regular “tan” is on your right), they also have full body sunscreen too. That’s next on my list to try. But first, you are going to want …

ocean conservation and why you should care: part two

Thanks for reading yesterday, and coming back today for more. It delights me that this topic interests you, and that you can’t wait to find out why protecting our ocean will benefit you. Did you know that the estimated net worth of coral reefs and the ecosystem services they provide is about $29.2 billion/year? I have seen a few examples of figures of this magnitude, but their message is the same. This $h*t is worth protecting. Imagine a time you went to a beach (if not a beach, then imagine a time you were mesmerized by marine life in an aquarium or on TV). That beach is pristine, there are white sands, no trash, gorgeous healthy plantlife all around the coastline. You dive into the ocean and you see bright, neon colors of live, vibrant coral reefs. The reef is just alive and full of reef fish, octopus, lobsters, crabs. A world abundant. Now imagine that same beach but this time, it’s crowded with people. Each of these people has brought an ice chest and …