Eco-friendly Travel Musts! / Productos Ecológicos para Viajes!

This week I shared a post on IG focused on how to travel in a sustainable way. It got such a positive response I thought it would be a good idea to share with you, my lovely eco wanderlusters, the products I take with me on every trip. Sustainable, ethical, vegan, non-toxic, zero-waste. There are options for everyone! And, even thought it may seem like I’m going camping, the extra effort of taking these green babies with me is worth it. Do it for your health and for our planet’s.

Let’s start from left to right:

1) Bamboo Utensils & metal straw: carrying our own reusable utensils and straw to avoid single-use plastic ones that contribute to the ……. Waste production is so important, I decided my own! Boho and sustainable! Go get yours.

2) Zero-waste Toothpaste: I discovered this toothpaste recently which has me head over heels. Natural, non-toxic and chewable! Yes, this toothpaste comes as little tabs you chew to create the needed foam in your mouth. The tabs come in a glass jar and there are two different types: charcoal and natural. I have both.

3) Bamboo Toothbrush: Americans throw away 1 billion plastic toothbrushes per year. This is plastic that takes 500+ years to decompose (if it does!). Using bamboo toothbrushes is your way of reducing your waste production. They are biodegradable.

4) 7-free nail polishes: Did you know your nails absorb whatever you put on them? Yes! Just like your skin. That’s why I choose nail polishes that are vegan, cruelty-free, sustainable, and non-toxic. This brand produces polishes and beauty products without 7 of the most harmful beauty ingredients. They also come with recycled wood caps instead of plastic ones. And… pregnant women and cancer patients can use them too!

5) Reusable coffee/tea mug: I’m a big organic coffee and tea drinker. My way of saving plastic and paper cups is by carrying my own reusable cup. I take it with me everywhere and ask baristas to pour my almond milk cappuccinos or matcha lattes in my mug. I choose this brand because their mugs are fair-trade and handmade of ceramic with tourmaline quartz inside which releases negative ions when in touch with warm liquids, making your drink alkaline!

6) Non-toxic hand and face lotion: I love this brand! I’ve been using them for months now and I love the healing effect it has had on my skin. For my face, I use their lavender or rose lotion, and the “Skin Food” for my hands. They also offer a wide range of vegan (no beeswax) products. Certified natural, sustainably sourced, fair-trade, cruelty-free, affordable!

7) Organic Tea: Besides being organic and sustainably sourced, this tea brand is fair-trade and the tea bags are compostable! Also, the tea cord is made of organic cotton and the packaging is made from recycled materials and vegetable ink!

8) Reusable water bottle: there are many options out there. Choose your favorite one and save from 2-4 plastic bottles and cups per day! Especially during your flights. Ask the flight attendants to serve your drink in your bottle and avoid creating more waste by accepting their plastic cups.

9) Crystals and recycled paper pen: You can get these anywhere nowadays! For crystals, I recommend visiting different boutique stores during your trips (or at home) and connecting with the crystal. Feel their vibrations and choose the ones you connect with the most. For eco pens, Amazon sells them. Type “ecofriendly pens” or “recycled paper pens” and voila!

10) Offset your CO2 emissions! Yes, you can! I use Climate Care’s calculator and then donate the estimated amount to either Climate Care’s nature-preserving non-profits or my favorite non-profits.

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(ESPAÑOL)

Esta semana compartí un post en IG enfocado en cómo viajar de una manera sostenible. Recibí respuestas tan positivas de ustedes que pensé que sería una buena idea compartir los productos que llevo conmigo en cada viaje. Sostenibles, éticos, veganos, no tóxicos. Hay opciones para todos! Y por más que parezca que me voy a acampar cada vez, vale la pena el esfuerzo adicional de llevar estos productos verdes conmigo. Por nuestra salud y por la de nuestro planeta!

Empecemos de izquierda a derecha:

1) Utensilios de bambú y sorbete de metal: llevar nuestros propios utensilios y sorbete reutilizables para asî evitar los de plástico de un solo uso que contribuyen a la producción de 1.3 billones de toneladas de basura anual. Evitar crear más basura es tan importante, que decidí diseñar mis propios utensilios. Boho y sostenibles! Vayan a buscar el suyo.

2) Pasta de dientes zero waste: descubrí esta pasta de dientes recientemente y me tiene enamorada. Natural, no tóxica y masticable! Sí, esta pasta de dientes viene en pequeñas pastillas que se mastican para crear la espuma necesaria en la boca y cepillarnos los dientes. Las pastillas vienen en un frasco de vidrio y hay dos tipos diferentes: carbón vegetal y natural. Tengo ambos.

3) Cepillo de dientes de bambú: los estadounidenses tiran 1 billón de cepillos de dientes de plástico a la basura por año. Este es plástico que tarda más de 500 años en descomponerse (¡si lo hace!). El uso de cepillos de bambú es nuestra forma de reducir la producción de basura. Son biodegradables.

4) Esmaltes de uñas sin 7 químicos : Sabías que tus uñas absorben lo que les pones? ¡Sí! Al igual que tu piel. Por eso elijo los esmaltes de uñas que son veganos, libres de crueldad, sostenibles y no tóxicos. Esta marca produce esmaltes y productos de belleza sin 7 de los ingredientes de belleza más dañinos. También vienen con tapas de madera reciclada en lugar de plástico. Y… las mujeres embarazadas y los pacientes de cáncer también pueden usarlas!

5) Taza de café /té reutilizable: soy una fanática del café y té orgánico. Mi forma de ahorrar vasos de plástico y papel es llevando mi propia taza reutilizable. La llevo conmigo a todas partes y le pido a los baristas que sirvan mis capuchinos con leche de almendras o matcha lattes en mi taza. Elijo esta marca porque sus tazas son de comercio justo y están hechas de cerámica con cuarzo de turmalina en su interior, el cual libera iones negativos cuando están en contacto con líquidos calientes. Esto hace que tu bebida se vuelva alcalina!

6) Loción para manos y rostro no tóxica: Me encanta esta marca! Los he estado usando durante meses y adoro el efecto curativo que han tenido en mi piel. Para mi cara, uso su loción de lavanda o rosas, y el "Skin Food" para mis manos. También ofrecen una amplia variedad de productos veganos (sin cera de abejas). Certificado natural, de origen sostenible, de comercio justo, libre de crueldad, accesible!

7) Té orgánico: Además de ser orgánico y de origen sostenible, esta marca de té es de comercio justo y las bolsas de té son compostables! Tambien, tienen un cordón está hecho de algodón orgánico y el empaque hecho de materiales reciclados y tinta vegetal.

8) Botella de agua reutilizable: hay muchas opciones online. Elije tu favorita y ahorra de 2 a 4 botellas y tazas de plástico por día! Especialmente durante tus vuelos. Pídeles a las azafatas de tu vuelo que te sirvan tu bebida en tu botella para evitar generar más desechos al aceptar vasos de plástico.

9) Cristales y bolígrafo de papel reciclado: Puedes obtenerlos en cualquier lugar hoy en día! Para los cristales, recomiendo visitar diferentes boutiques durante tus viajes (o en casa) y conectarte con el cristal. Siente sus vibraciones y elige con el que más conectes. Para los bolígrafos ecológicos, Amazon los vende. Escribe "bolígrafos ecológicos" o "bolígrafos de papel reciclado" y listo!

10) Compensa tus emisiones de CO2! ¡Sí, tu puedes! Utiliza la calculadora de Climate Care y luego dona la cantidad estimada a las organizaciones sin fines de lucro de Climate Care o a tus organizaciones sin fines de lucro favoritas.




My Story with Western Union. Live More. Share More.

Now, this is a video and project I'm very excited to share with you. It shows my story, day-to-day and thoughts on taking a risk and trusting the universe. I hope you guys enjoy it as much as we did while shooting it. The first episode will be on WU website on August 20, 2018! Stay tuned!

Love you!

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ESPAÑOL

Aquí les dejo el video y proyecto que hice con Western Union compartiendo mi historia, vida diaria y mis pensamientos sobre tomar riesgos y confiar en el universo. Este proyecto con WU me llena de amor y es mi linea directa a compartir todo con ustedes! El primer episodio estará en el website de WU Agosto 20, 2018! No se lo pierdan!

Los quiero!

Sponsored by Western Union.

Coffee facts TO KNOW & a green brand reshaping it all! WICKED JOE.

Today’s topic is coffee. Why?  For three very good reasons. 1) I haven’t met one soul on this lovely planet that doesn’t like coffee. 2) I’m fascinated by it. From the aroma it releases when I prepare it in the morning, to its health benefits (despite all the controversial research articles out there, coffee does have a few health benefits. Click here to read about them.) which put a cute smile on my face every single time! There’s something about coffee that makes us all drool over it, but here’s an eye-opening detail you might have not heard of, since the companies of this second most traded commodity (after oil) do not put in on their products’ labels. Coffee production has a devastating effect on the planet and some of its most delicate eco-systems, and this devastation is increasing by the second. Just imagine this: 400 billion cups of coffee are consumed by us every year for which roughly 200,000 acres of rainforests are being burned on a daily basis. Let me rephrase this.. I wrote DAILY! What does this all mean though? Well, it basically means that this "massive deforestation is one of the leading causes of air and water pollution, soil erosion, the release of carbon dioxide, the loss of biodiversity through mass extinction of plants and animals. Fewer rainforests also mean less rain, less oxygen for us to breathe, and an increased threat from global warming.” (by: Going Green Today) That brings me to the third good reason of today’s topic: 3) There are ways to prevent these harmful impacts of coffee production without having to reduce your consumption entirely! We just need to look for the green options. Companies that are producing organic, fair-trade and rainforest alliance certified coffee. Wicked Joe is a brand that fits all those categories, and many more! Wicked Joe is officially taking ethical and sustainable coffee to the next level! They are a B-Corp (certification based on a company's practices and missions taking nature and people into consideration and showing transparency in all) and focus on producing and selling coffee that protects rainforests, birds, the hands that harvest the beans, the local communities, and soil. They have composting systems in place, work with different non-profits to improve the livelihoods of the children living in coffee-growing communities, and so SO much more! They make coffee that is both good for your health (organic and free of harmful pesticides) and kind to our planet. One you can enjoy every morning guilt-free. 

PS: in case you didn't know, coffee has been proven to be one of the most chemically-treated crops in the world. Solution? GO ORGANIC. Always!

Miami: Friday, October 20th, at Ironman's Health Expo. Join us!

I couldn’t be more excited to share these news with you since they involve humans I adore and admire beyond words! This Friday, October 20th, at 4pm I’ll be speaking about a conscious lifestyle with @leilajanah and @begenerationlove at Ironman’s Health Expo! As if that were not awesome enough, @roespnza from @tedgemindfulcoworking will be moderating our panel! The event is open to everyone so come learn, talk with us, and ask us any questions on how to live sustainably and mindfully, or how to become a conscious human and social entrepreneur. Plus, you’ll also get to meet these power babes that are part of my tribe! I hope to see all my Miami souls there!

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Para mi gente Latina! <3 (in Spanish)

Ultimamente he recibido muchos mensajes empujándome a que escriba más en español, mi lengua materna. Para mí, se me hace mucho mas fácil escribir en ingles, ya que llevo más de 12 años viviendo en Estados Unidos, pero poco a poco me ire animando a compartirles artículos en español. Empezando con esta entrevista para una revista Boliviana, COSAS. Toda la entrevista se enfoca en mis pensamientos sobre el amor propio, la libertad, los riesgos, y los sube y bajas de la vida. Espero que les guste! 

Aquí les dejo el link.

Un beso enorme!

For Haiti Fundraiser

No matter where in this beautiful planet of ours you are right now, I’m sure you all have heard or seen the results of hurricane Matthew. This is the third time that a natural disaster hits Haiti in 6 years. (2010 7.0-magnitude earthquake, 2012 Sandy, 2016 Matthew) and they need our help more than ever! Remember I told you on my last Haiti post that I was looking for a non-profit to travel to Haiti with, I found it! Well, they sort of found me or, better yet, we found each other :). I'll be traveling to Haiti in December 20016 to volunteer at an orphanage. I'll be spending there 4 days and taking as many donations as I can, for which you guys get to chip in and help. (I believe in you!!) I'm hosting a fundraiser to gather as many funds as possible to help the nonprofits I'll be working with. One of them will be I am Me. I know a lot of people don't like to donate. I've even heard some complain they are not getting anything in return. (Really?) Therefore, I've decided to make this donation thing a little more personal. 

  • Every person that donates $100 will receive a Simbi Haiti bracelet from me. (This way, you'll be helping two charities with one donation!) With each Simbi bracelet sold, Simbi Inc is able to provide funds to purify 1 gallon of water per day in Haiti through Aqua Haiti. Also, all bracelets are handmade by Haiti artisans with clay and natural colors that are kind to your skin and the planet. Simbi Inc has so far supported 250 jobs and purified 20,000,000 gallons of water in Haiti. 
  • Every person that donates $500 or more will receive a personalized eco-friendly jean jacket (like the one I posted on IG)!!! This applies to everyone. Ladies and gents! I'll also be traveling to Bali next week to review an eco-friendly hotel and have been thinking of getting cute gifts over there for you guys. How about that?!! Deal?? Then, let's get this fundraiser rolling!!! 

 

I'm in. Let's Donate!
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I'll be a speaker at SEED Summit! Come see me!

Good morning, world!! We are starting this week with some exciting news! It turns out, I'll be one of the guest speakers at this year's SEED Food & Wine Summit!  In case you haven't heard of SEED, it's pretty much the best plantbased food and wine festival in the country! Yes! A 6-day event where passionate people committed to our planet get together to elevate the conversation about sustainability, plantbased food, conscious living, and the welfare of animals. From inspiring guest speakers, to a veggie burger battle, to yoga and meditation, to dinners and cocktails with the best vegan Chefs, and so much more! The first time I attended this event was two years ago when I was a 5-month blogger newbie writing about a conscious lifestyle. Fast forward two years and a half and I'm now a speaker at this year's summit. Life will honestly surprise you in more ways than you can imagine! In a beautiful way, that is. Always! 

For all of those souls that have emailed me with questions about becoming a conscious blogger and living life in sustainable ways, you might want to attend this event. It's worth it! We'll be covering many topics you will want to be part of, and I will be focusing my side of the conversation on answering questions about conscious blogging and a planet-loving lifestyle (diet, fashion, travel!). I hope to see you babes there!!

If you need to get your tickets, click here. Make sure you get tickets for the Summit, as well. Use Code JOINME20 for a 20% discount or click this link: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/seed-plant-based-food-and-wine-festival-2016-tickets-26740431350?discount=SFLBLOG75

If you need help getting your tickets, let me know.

My bio for SEED, click here

xo

Live TV Interview About a Conscious Lifestyle! (SPANISH)

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So this happened. First LIVE TV interview ever but SO MUCH FUN! I blushed, I laughed, I talked nonstop, I didn't know which camera to look at, I talked in Spanglish, and I probably got off topic many times but I also shared what I know about following a conscious lifestyle and being a blogger. My experience, how to make a difference in the world with daily baby steps (from fashion purchases to a plant-based diet to my daily thoughts) and how chasing my dreams has opened new doors for me. What a beautiful experience guys! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. The interview was broadcasted in my home country, Bolivia, which means it's in Spanish. Thus, this one is for all my Spanish-speaking soulmates out there! Let me know your thoughts. :)  ps: wearing recycled plastic peep-toe booties by Melissa Shoes and a recycled paper necklace empowering women in Uganda by 31Bits.

Primera vez que escribo en español por aquí. Creo que ya ameritaba siendo que, por más que vivo en Miami hace 10 años, soy Boliviana y llevo mis raíces muy marcadas adentro y ahora estoy en la cuidad que me vió crecer: Santa Cruz. Más hermoso que eso, hace dos días tuve la oportunidad de hablar sobre un estilo de vida consciente en el show de TV "Palabra de Mujer" de PAT en Bolivia. Desde los pasos chicos diarios que podemos tomar para proteger nuestra salud y medio ambiente hasta mi experiencia como bloggera. Cubrimos temas sobre la moda que ayuda al medio ambiente (ej. Plástico reciclado), una dieta vegana sana, viajes ecológicos y también como la práctica de yoga y una mente positiva nos mantienen sanos espiritualmente. Que orgullo ver como este movimiento consciente esta creciendo en mi país! Aquí se vienen muchos proyectos más! Espero que disfruten esta entrevista tanto como yo lo hice, incluyendo mi Spanglish!! Pd: para la entreviste usé botines de plástico reciclado de Melissa Shoes (tienda en Santa Cruz IC Norte) y un collar de papel reciclado que ayuda a mujeres en Africa por 31Bits.

Why Yoga? And what eco brands to use?

I was introduced to the world of yoga over 7 years ago but, to be honest, I never really got the grasp of it until 3 years ago. I remember my mom dragging me to yoga classes and my mind spinning at a million miles per hour during every move I made on my mat. It felt as if time went by too slow and I even remember getting frustrated because my muscles were stiff and my spine had no idea what elasticity meant. It wasn’t until I graduated college and starting working in the private banking world that my health begged for yoga. Sitting on a chair from 8-6 every day puts a lot of pressure on your hips and spine, and within a few months my back began to scream for help. The stress levels were also insane for a girl my age which led my stomach to develop a tiny ulcer. That right there was my tipping point. I immediately signed up at the nearest yoga studio and that’s how my yoga journey started. From taking 2 yoga classes per week, to becoming a certified yoga instructor, to practicing every single day. My recommendation to all of you yogis and yogis-in-the-making, try to practice at least for 10 minutes every day. It doesn’t have to be the whole hour or 90 minutes (of course, if you have the time, by all means practice an entire sequence) but whatever length of time you can dedicate to yourself fully. By practicing every day you build a discipline and that’s extremely important in yoga. And lastly, BREATHE! Breathing is everything! Through every asana on your mat, and in life off your mat. Breathing calms your nerves, calms your body and calms your mind.

With that being said, here are a few of the planet-loving yoga brands I’m head over heels for:

-Yoloha Yoga: brand that designs yoga mats and props from cork and recycled tires. In case you guys don’t know, cork is a renewable natural source that comes from cork oak trees. The process this brand uses is focused on stripping the bark of trees by hand every 9 years. Not a single tree is cut down! This process also helps trees absorb up to 5 times more carbon dioxide! (Carbon dioxide helps trees regenerate their bark). Lastly, Yoloha also uses recycled rubber tires to make the backing of the yoga mats. It doesn’t get more eco than this, guys! PS: I have the Mendhi Yoga Mat, the wheel (great for back bending) and the flask. Love them all! And the fact that the material is cork makes them non-slippery and more durable!

-InnerFire Yoga: We all know how incredible yoga pants look like and this brand is taking them to the next level by designing comfy and beautiful yoga wear from recycled plastic bottles (BPA free) and other eco-friendly fibers and materials and… they are all sweatshop-free! InnerFire also donates a portion of the sales to the School Fund- an organization that helps facilitate micro-financed educational scholarships for youth in developing countries. PS: I have the lotus legging and the goddess legging.

-Gurus: this brand makes yogi flip-flops from renewable natural rubber and plants a tree for each pair purchased! Need I say more? The ones I carry with me everywhere are the orange ones.

-PortdeBras: This brand has just opened its online doors to the world. Elegant, colorful, comfortable and eco-friendly yoga wear. The designs I have are the Emilie bra (white with mauve elastic), the Christi Legging (black/grey/White) and the Letitia Bra (black). 

This story was also published on CocoEco Mag. Read it here!

 



Valentine's Gift Ideas Full of Kindness!

Good morning, sunshines! With Valentine's Day around the corner, I wanted to share with you some of my favorite products that are not only fashionable, beautiful and cool but also really good to our planet! Feel free to go crazy guys. Buy it for your loved one or for yourself! This is the type of shopping you never regret! <3 Details below. Happy almost V-day, babes!!! Let's spread some conscious love around, ok? xx

Harveys Wallet: I love this brand so much not only because they were one of my first sponsors when I started the blog 1.5 years ago, but also because ALL of their products (bags, totes, wallets...) are made with car seatbelts and recycled plastic bottle interior lining. How incredible is that? Not to mention the unique, comfy and jaw-dropping designs they have. 

Wood watches: Who doesn't like these? Specially if they are made from recycled wood (Jord Watches) and also plant a tree for each one purchased (WeWood Watches). No-brainer here guys. I use big watches like the ones in this photo. Both designs are unisex but they also carry a line of smaller and more delicate ones. 

Yogi Jewelry by Bu Design: for all my yogi soulmates, this is THE line! Their products are made with eco-friendly materials and aimed at adding more spiritual sprinkles to your days. Malas, necklaces and Buddha keychains. Happy to announce you can now shop these on the blog with 10% of your purchase going to this quarter's WTS charities. 

Rudraksha Hand-mala: This bracelet is a WTS limited edition babes. Designed with fair-trade Rudraksha seed beads to represent compassion and strength. If worn close to the skin, they are believed to increase clarity, calm the mind and balance the chakras due to the amounts of oxygen, carbon, nitrogen and hydrogen they contain. Each bracelet also carries a Silver elephant to represent the WTS logo and 10% of the sale of each goes to this quarter's WTS charities. 

Handmade Beauty: THIS LINE!!!! All natural, organic, cruelty-free, handmade, yummy smelling, healing and eco-friendly products! I don't think I've ever seen beauty products more beautiful or kind to our health and planet as these. The ones you see on the picture are: Nail polishes (clear and red), cuticle oil, All In One balm (healing) & a Balancing Oil for those well-deserved bubble baths.