Acala is the alternative sustainable beauty online store we have been waiting for. Freshly launched this month, Acala has arrived, providing us with the natural health and beauty products we desire, all in one place. The items sold at the online boutique have been strategically selected and vetted by the founder herself so we can buy with ease and confidence. Ranging from organic soaps, sturdy safety razors, biodegradable glitter, zero waste makeup, Acala has covered all bases.
Hanna first found fame in the sustainable community by creating the popular online platform Flor & Cesta, a conscious lifestyle blog. Originally Hanna started this journey to inspire the convenience obsessed city dweller to think about the sustainable options available, instead of reaching for the quickest, often unsustainable option. Launching Acala is the next step in Hanna’s journey, continuing her influence in this field. Helping us to try new products that carry a dramatically smaller environmental footprint.
How to begin introducing someone’s whose work I admire so much? Over the last three years, I have become a big fan of Carol’s work. She has single-handedly brought us a brand with timeless style and quality. Quality, in the final products and also in the lives of the makers.
It is my great pleasure to Introduce Seek Collective, sometimes referred to as “Seek” for short, a name which inspires thoughts of searching for better, looking and learning about better practices and doing it together.
Seek Collective as a brand has become very close to my heart and of course the strong woman behind it. I have been lucky enough to meet Carol through a serious of fortunate friendships, so I know not only does she make some serious fashion waves but she is also a really great woman to hang out with.
Since posting about our travels around California last year on Into The Eco we have received a lot of questions from friends, asking us how we got around and for any tips, we learned along the way. So while we currently have no upcoming holiday plans, I am feeling like writing more about our American adventure, this time about the in-between parts of our trip. I hope it helps answer any questions people may have, or spark many more, maybe even inspire you to take a trip of your own. Please always feel free to ask away.
While Josh and I were on our travels we stopped at some great places (read about Yosemite and San Francisco) but most of our time was generally spent on the road, seeing what some might say the real America. Travelling with destinations in mind and stopping off where ever took our fancy along the way. This might be some peoples idea of hell, but we really enjoyed the feeling of freedom this enabled us and I loved stripping down to the bare basics for a while.
Today we are joined by Joey Taylor, the creator of the fashion blog, Northern Magpie. I had the pleasure of working with Joey a couple of years ago, she is a fellow designer and a fellow northerner, hence the name Northern Magpie. Needless to say, we clicked straight away and I am really happy to say we are still good friends. We have enjoyed many an in-depth chat about all that is good and bad about the fashion industry, and I can say that she has truly been an inspirational influence.
No one can deny that this woman has style in spades and we want to learn from her. Joey has been kind enough to agree to collaborate with us sharing some of her fashion advice. Often seen contrasting her fun and vibrant outfits against the urban background of London, I could easily spend hours scrolling through her content. Joey provides the honesty I crave from a blog. Not only giving us outfit inspiration, but also tips on how to get the most out of our purchases and even talks about the days we all have when we just don’t feel all that.
Reading up on Northern Magpie recently a couple of articles caught my attention. The first talking about “being in a style rut” the second talking about getting back to her true identity after a period of getting distracted.
Today I want to discuss why “IT IS COOL TO CARE.” The concept for this post came when looking for inspirational quotes, because who doesn’t love a good quote, and who is more inspirational than Safia Minney? She coined this phrase and has used it in many interview style articles when asked, If you could say one thing to consumers what would it be?
I think Safia Minney is the coolest of the cool. She’s the founder and CEO of People Tree, a Fair Trade fashion label and online retailer, and the first clothing company in the world to guarantee Fair Trade and environmental production practice throughout the supply chain. Committed to empowering the poor, protecting the environment and changing the kind of world we live. Drop the mic. That is my idea of cool.
So using this quote as inspiration I am going to open up a conversation in the hope that it speaks to anyone out there who really does, well, care.