Socks, Socks, Socks…Where is the second one?

If you are like us you are in constant search for the second sock! With babies, especially when they are learning how to crawl and walk, this can be a challenge.

We came across a brand that made that a little easier for us AIDIE LONDON, not only are they super cute they are also “Award-Winning Baby Booties. Designed by specialists in Child Psychology.” according to their website.

Lined with Organic Cotton, they are soft and cozy, keep your babies feet warm and allow for sensory stimulation to the soles of your babies feet….which when they are learning how to walk is especially important.

What we like most is the little buttons that keep the booties on your babies feet, even if they do try and pull them off, they stay on. In addition they get to grow in to them as they are adjustable, which at their growth rate is very convenient to get to use them a little while longer.

We can finally be done with lost socks! EcoCouple definitely approves of these booties!

To purchase and help us continue our mission please go to our affiliate link:

AIDIE LONDON BOOTY

Eco Couple uses affiliate links. If you make a purchase using a link we may receive a commission. Such revenue helps keep this website running, helps us pay our growing core team and allows us to keep the content free for readers and keeps us on our mission to inspire conscious consumerism.

Conscious Traveler: Maui, Hawaii 🇺🇸

cropped-eco-couple-by-chelsea-heller-photography-16.jpg

We have been blessed with the opportunity to have traveled to Maui, Hawaii for almost two months. Iñaki was competing in a windsurfing contest, The Aloha Classic (IWT), a life long dream, and I was blessed to enjoy motherhood and continue researching eco conscious brands. Upon arrival we came across a wonderful photographer…that took some of the pictures in this article….who not only did the shoot with us but also recommended some of the amazing brands we ended up collaborating with. Thank you Chelsea! If you are headed for Maui it is definitely worth it to capture this stunning place with some beautiful photographic memories.

Maui was especially fun as we not only came across really inspiring brands but also made friends for life. Our first stop was Mana foods, of course  we had to stock up for our adventures. Surprisingly the prices are quite similar to Los Angeles. Mana foods is also the place you can be quite entertained simply standing in front of the store, you may be serenaded by a harp or find yourself philosophising about God and the world, you know what I mean if you have been there. This is where we found our water source now we just needed to find the right container.

We were so very blessed to meet Kayden, of Blue Bottle Love, we were taken into her humble abode. Surrounded by beams of sunlight filtered by the cobalt  blue bottles ….making her home and workspace even more magical. Our meeting turned into a 5 hour extravaganza, including everything from Meditation to the whole story of how Blue Bottle Love came about.

From that day on… at least one blue bottle (1 gallon:-) made it with us wherever we would go. The water tasted clean, conscious and simply delicious.

Blue Bottle Love photo by Chelsea Heller Photography

Iñaki was windsurfing every day and getting ready for the competition, now the sun is strong in Maui so it was imperative we found the right sunscreen, that was reef safe to keep us all protected while making sure we were not harming our environment. That is when we came across Raw Love Sunscreen Jenna also received us in her home and explained to us about all the harmful ingredients sunscreens use and how they damage the reefs and coral.  We were so excited about this knowledge that we decided to speak to the people of IWT (International Windsurfing Tour) and got Raw Love Sunscreen to become a sponsor for the event, thereby educating and keeping us and the nature around us safe.


We also came across a very innovative brand located right in Paia. Ellemer we wrote a separate article on them check it out for a discount code.

One of the brands we were very happy to find was was Green Toy. You can purchase them at the organic food market ¨Down to Earth” – really close to the airport and Kanaha beach. Being on Maui and having fun toys for the beach is imperative and these ones are made from recycled milk bottles, how cool is that, so we had to get in touch with the brand and test them out. Atlantis, our son, loves them, they are perfect for the beach and the bath tub. The boat even turns into a watering can.

Chelsea suggested so many other local brands that are fully green-eco; on an Island you especially realise how important it is to consume less and make wiser choices. All and all we are so happy to have had the chance to experience Maui and visit its gems like Lumeria (best home made veggie burger I have ever tried), or the lavender fields, the local farmers market, also if you invest in a fruit picker and have a good eye you can eat fruit right from the trees, a must try the local banana bread on the road to Hana (We recommend you download a guide before heading out in the very early hours of the morning, as you will lose reception and there are many magical stops to make), taste the orange passion fruits and the delicious papayas, there is also a local Kombucha brewery in Haiku…but be warned too much kombucha and you might get a booch high as they like to call it (don’t drink and drive)……. Last but not least our favorite restaurants by far…. Nuka sushi in Haiku…. Go for the elaborate rolls…. And for a delicious organic pizza…. Flatbread company in Paia is the place to go!

Lastly we came across a really special store and brand, in Lahaina, they have the most beautiful swimsuits made of recycled ghost nets….. They are very orginal in their designs and I absolutely love mine!!!!! Kelley Chapman the owner of Manakai is a true eco goddess and lives and breathes a sustainable lifestyle…. Please check out her blog and amazing projects! 💕 MANAKAI

One really great insider tip: at the Kuau store, if you wait to the end of the day, you can get their Ahi Poke for half price, and it is DELICIOUS!! If you have been to Maui you know it isn’t cheap to eat…. So that is a good one…. Speaking of savings… It is absolutely worth it to get a costco card…. The gasoline is waaay cheaper and they have lots of delicious organic food in bulk!

One more thing, don’t miss the sunsets on the south side of the island, or the sunrises for that matter, thousand peaks for example. So many things pop into my mind… Try the Açai at Choice, and the Fish tacos at the Fish Market….. It is a place to revisit for sure!

Thousand peaks is also a great spot to go surfing for anyone…. From beginner to advanced, there is a peak for everyone…. Hence the name.


As for the windsurfing spots…. This island is a playground for all levels… . For the more advanced windsurfer you can pretty much find conditions at ho’okipa every other day… And for the not so skilled, kanaha works pretty much every day! Both places are about thirty minutes apart.

If you are visiting maui with children we highly recommend the Maui Ocean Centre…. The tunnel is an experience to remember, especially for the little ones, and they have a lot of amazing info on helping and preserving marine life.

To finish this article we wanted to share an experience we had: During the IWT Windfsurfing Competition, we participated in an ocean clean up: in Hookipa this can be tricky: We were only a few people and it was about to be cancelled due to the big swell that was hitting the spot. Both Boojma and me (Sanny) decided to do it anyway, and in the end most of the people decided to get wet and join us. We ended up collecting about 60 masts, and some booms, fins….. the point is if you are enjoying the island, leave it cleaner than you found it so that future generations can enjoy it as much as we did.

For extra exclusive Maui tips….. feel free to write to us anytime at sustainablecouplegoals@gmail.com we may hand out a phone number or two!

Thank you for stopping by our blog…..and feel free to leave comments and help us grow!

Follow us on Instagram @ecocouple

Eco Couple uses affiliate links. If you make a purchase using a link we may receive a commission. Such revenue helps keep this website running, helps us pay our growing core team and allows us to keep the content free for readers

Uno de los mejores pañales sostenibles 🇪🇸

“Sabías que en media cada niño utiliza 11.000 pañales en su vida? Y sabías que cada pañal tarda unos 500 años en descomponerse? Haz tú las cuentas.

Pañales Pingo Sostenibles

Con esta información, no podemos evitar comprar pañales lo más ECO que encontramos. En medio de esa búsqueda nos hemos cruzado con PINGO una marca que definitivamente cree e intenta hacer las cosas diferentes, mejores para todos. Entre los comentarios que podemos hacer, destacamos que nuestro hijo en sus casi 11 meses de vida prácticamente no ha tenido rozaduras o problemas de piel con sus pañales. Seguramente influya su alimentación, pero pienso que ha sido muy en parte por la calidad de sus pañales, libres de toxinas, cloros u otros componentes poco naturales usados habitualmente en ésta prenda de usar y tirar.

A nuestro bebe le encantan, hemos probado varias marcas y éstos son de los que no gotean. Absorben bastante y efectivamente no irritan la piel del bebé; a mí me da mucha confianza que los pañales no tocan productos tóxicos ni cloro, si lo pensamos el bebé está mucho tiempo con el pañal puesto. Me recuerda que las mujeres usan tampones que tampoco están hechos con químicos nocivos, igual no tiene nada que ver pero a mí me lo parece. Tantas horas en contacto, creo que es un tema a tener en cuenta. Sin tóxicos, libres de cloro y más absorbentes. En Francia es el pañal ecológico mas vendido, y en temas de producto ecológico creo que los Franceses junto con los Alemanes nos llevan ventaja, me da confianza.

Son biodegradables, tienen el certificado FSC y Totally Chlorine Free, que certifica que tratan la celulosa con agua oxigenada.

En nuestra opinion es la mejor opción.

Si quieres apoyar a Eco Couple puedes comprarlos pinchando aquí: PINGO

Ah, por cierto, Pingo también hace unas toallitas que funcionan una maravilla y son 100% biodegradables. Ya que estas nosotros compramos la caja de 12 y a si no nos quedamos sin!

Gracias por leernos.

Elle Mer Eco Swimwear 🇺🇸

Photo by Chelsea Heller

When recently visiting the island of Maui we did some research on brands that were trying to have a positive influence on our environment…. We will post a more detailed blog in the near future…. for now we wanted to single out one of them: Elle Mer is a company that makes their swimwear from recycled fishing nets and produce in their own little factory in Paia, Maui. We went to visit and loved what we saw…. Here a few of my favourites… I was very postpartum in these photos but a proud mama 🙂

You can use this discount code to get 10% off : SAVE10SANNY

*A small % of this sale will go to Ecocouple to continue promoting eco-friendly brands

Thank you for coming back to our blog and helping us make this world a better place!

Follow us on Instagram @ecocouple

The softest baby pj’s ever 🇺🇸

When I first became a mother I was blessed with an amazing neighbour…. She stopped by with all things baby and said “anything at all just call”. One of the items that she left with us was a KYTEBABY onesie that she had saved from her little baby.

It was so soft, and adorable….made from the finest bamboo. Ethical and sustainable and very convenient for in the middle of the night nappy changes… to be honest from that moment on, our little munchkin slept in nothing else. Since then I have not only bought but gifted so many sleepbags and onesies to new mothers…  sometimes pictures speak more than a thousand words.

Months later I got in touch with the brand and now I am proud to say that we are brand ambassadors…. well he is …I am not as lucky but hope to be wearing kytebaby soon enough!

So I am super happy to share with you my discount code ECOCOUPLE10

Type it in at checkout www.kytebaby.com

Sweet Dreams beautiful families!

“So leb ich” in Bad Kissingen 🇩🇪

Bad kissingen, in the South of Germany is by far one of my most favorite places in the world, recently we were pleasantly surprised by this lovely new store that had justopened up . Not only do they sell amazing sustainable products for our little one but I also get to have my organic coffee and delicious organic cakes.

We have yet again been introduced to many new and amazing companies that are proving that eco-friendly products are the way of the future.

When meeting the owners of the store we were so impressed with their passion project and how they made it a reality…. “I woke up one day and realised I wanted to do something that aligned with what I believe in” so they made this beautiful store named “So leb ich” which pretty much says it all in the name 💕 (This is how I live)

There is a beautiful little play corner for the little ones and as you can see Atlantis was over the moon…. We had to take the truck home with us. They support the local artisans as well as amazing international companies with a fair trade philosophy.

We absolutely love this place and look forward to watching it flourish. Congrats and Goodluck with your endeavor…. We are very happy customers.

Thank you for doing what you do!

My Breastfeeding experience 🇺🇸

Here my breastfeeding recommendations: ECO COUPLE amazon page (click here)

breastfeedingsanny

In lieu of breastfeeding week I wanted to tell my story…. Breastfeeding for me is probably the most amazing thing I have been allowed to experience in this lifetime…. And for those of you that know me I have done a lot.

I know not all mothers get to have the chance but I believe everyone lives what they are supposed to and some things work for some and not for others, I respect that.

I had a horrible pregnancy, not only was I nauseous the whole nine months, I was also confronted with an awful scare by the American Dr’s, I won’t even go into details…. As it was terrifying. What I focus on is the outcome and I was blessed with a perfectly healthy baby and at the end of the day that is all that matters and all that every parent wishes for. That being said after what I consider a traumatic pregnancy and birthing story I have been blessed with the opportunity to breastfeed.

The first few weeks were insane, my breast had grown eight sizes and I think I probably could have fed a dozen babies…. I was engorged on numerous occasions and my highly sensitive nipples were so very raw…. But I had the voice of a friend of mine in the back of my head “hang in there, it will be worth it”…. I remember calling that friend at one point… Crying my eyes out “how long for” I said…. “It’s so hard” ….. Just a few days later all had calmed and my breasts were able to feed my little one.

breastfeeding2

I cannot begin to describe how beautiful it is to look down at your little baby as he is latched on to your nipple, solely depending on you for his nutrition. The fact that he grows from your breastmilk is such a phenomenon. I have a little “spit up” baby….. So every time he ate… It all came back up again. I was so worried he was not getting enough…. We finally found our way of doing it…. Turns out that he didn’t spit up at night, so I decided to wake up every two hours to feed him and he indeed did grow and become stronger and even cuter. He is now four months old and I still get up every three hours with him at night so he gets good feeds that stay inside him…. My friends say… My God is he not sleeping through the night…. You must be exhausted.

You know what, it’s funny that… I’m not at all… He gives me energy… I am happy, no wait, exstatic…. This is the one time in my life I get to do something so special and I’m already sad he will soon be eating solids. I realize that in the larger scheme of things a few months of dedication is so rewarding… He now looks right at me when he feeds and once in a while pops off the breast and gives me a huge smile. I will live the rest of my days remembering that smile…. Even though parents tell me every day I will forget.

I will breastfeed him only for as long as he likes, and I hear that is different in all children. I’ve spoken to other mothers and I hear of their struggles so I wanted to share atleast what worked for me and maybe it will work for another mother somewhere in the world.

I have days when I produce less milk, be it stress induced or food. For me if I drink a coconut, my milk comes right back. I have found that nuts, cashews, and almonds especially also help.

Avocadoes are a must on a daily basis and the biggest trick I believe is lots and lots of fluids…. Our bodies have fat stored from pregnacy to feed…. The way too move that fat and access it is by drinking, drinking and drinking. The reason I know this is because I must confess I never was one to drink all those glasses of water that are recommended but I have made an extra effort and it is paying off.

Lastly I want to talk about the feeling of true meaning in life… It is indescribableto be the sole source of another human beings existence…. That this being grew inside of me and has now doubled his birth weight, that he is smiling, and rolling over… That we cuddle and laugh, that we are already growing together, I am beyond grateful and happy to be a mother and I have so much too look forward to…💕

  • UPDATE Almost two years have gone by, and I am still breastfeeding, and to be honest I still feel the same way, by far the most fulfilling responsibility I have ever had. I feel beyond blessed to be able to nurture my little boy in this way, and although I still have not had a singlesnight sleep since the journey began, I would not change it for the world!

¡Que gran descubrimiento! Yupibox! 🇪🇸

Estamos encantados con el descubrimiento que acabamos de hacer, www.yupibox.com

Es perfecta para hacer tus regalos de cumple para los amigos de tu pequeña o pequeño; en ella encontrarás muchas opciones de juguetes para aprender disfrutando. Tus hijos aprenderán y jugarán con los mejores juguetes educativos eco-friendly del mercado.

En cada cajita vienen varios juguetes, clasificados dependiendo de la edad y empaquetados con mucho amor. Los juguetes son naturales, orgánicos, y se basan en la filosofía de aprendizaje de los métodos Waldorf, Steam y Montessori. Cada juguete estimula un determinado sentido y está especialmente pensado para los diferentes momentos de desarrollo de el/la peque. Los productos están hechos de materiales “eco” y te darán la sensación de que estás ante productos de calidad y seguridad. Las cajas tienen precios más que razonables, y hay mucha variedad, nosotros ya tenemos la nuestra y la verdad es que nos dan ganas de comprar más..

Y ahora la mejor parte; hemos llegado a un acuerdo con YupiBox y si utilizas el código SANNY en tus compras, te beneficiarás de un 20% de descuento en todo lo que compres!!

Así serás parte del movimiento de elevar la conciencia acerca de los juguetes que compramos, colaborando para un mundo mejor para nosotros y nuestros pequeños.

Now more than ever (eco products for babies) 🇺🇸

We have just become new parents, wow, what a crazy and wild experience… I will be podcasting all about this soon…. I have to admit in addition to feeling the greatest love I have ever felt for another being…. I now more than ever see the utmost importance of finding the best products for our little one. It is not easy to navigate the world of products and how organic they are but I am extremely happy with the companies we have come across and would like to share with you what we have found so far:

Helina baby carrier

This carrier is so very special and I am also so blessed to get to know Ingrid (the founder)…. Not only is the carrier completely adjustable from birth to a couple of years old…. It is completely sustainable, stylish and here the most important part: this company has done extensive research on our little munchkin’s hip development. I as a new mom had no idea how important this is and am so blessed to have found the perfect carrier from the beginning.

I truly recommend this carrier to all my mamas out there! And if you mention you found it through me you may find yourself with some extra tlc from Ingrid and Co 🙂

P. S I very specifically would like to mention…. That this carrier is also perfect for the c section mothers. Because you can tie it in ways that completely avoid that tender area which was a super plus for me!!!

Puremedy

This company is the real deal. Lives and breathes its philosophy. They have amazing products for mother and child. I’m beyond happy with their products. Especially their best selling original healing salve which can be used to pretty much heal any cut, bite or scrape. This month they are having a sale use code natural10 at checkout.

http://www.puremedy.com

Kytebaby

I am a little bit of a softness freak and am always looking for the most comfortable fabrics… Bamboo being some of my favorite. Well here we have found the super cozy bamboo onsies by Kytebaby (use ECOCOUPLE10 for a discount) that if I was a baby I would want to wear nothing else. I highly recommend this organic and comfy product!

So ladies, I am new to this and also still on the search for amazing organic, conscious products so please feel free to contact me and give me Tipps.

Hope this was a little useful to you new mothers out there and….. As for diapers…. We are still testing out brands… But for now “seventh generation” is the way to go.

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!

Ethical Fashionweek in Berlin

DSC_3627

It was the first Ethical fashion Show held at Funkhaus Berlin. We had to take a sneak peak at all the wonderfully innovative up and coming sustainable designers. The location was amazing. Funkhaus really emanates the true spirit of Berlin and its sustainable trends.

The first day we arrived Green Showroom we were really excited to go to Safia Minney’s book presentation “Slave to Fashion” 💕 Safia’s book reinforces the truth of what is happening in the production chain of fashion. And we highly recommend it if you are interested in learning more about the ethical fashion industry.

DSC_3560

Safia is currently the director for Po-Zu and founder of Tree People. I was lucky enough to check out the new Star Wars collection.

Photo with Safia and Po-Zu

We decided to head to the Mercedes fashion Week on wooden bicycles by Coco-Mat.

See video on twitter

Philomena Zanetti and I have a fun story, we met because I was desperately waiting for the Postal service to deliver a dress for an event. The morning of the event nothing arrived. I was introduced to Julia and within a few hours I was all ready to go to my event. I loved wearing her on several occassions. Here I am talking to Barbara Meier who not only is a friend but is now also an Abassador for fair trade textiles in Germany. So I hope we will possibly collaborate on something fun together in the future.

 

 

We also came across two really fun companies Globe Hope and Mimmeko, Globe Hope makes bags from parachutes and other recycled materials. This bag is made from recycled sails. We so love that!

We also met Lanius I am wearing a Lanius top and Philomena Zanetti trousers in the left pic. Lanius has a reall great basic collection of responsible clothing.

 

 

I really loved the super stylish outfit I came across from Sanikai Clothing. I decided to wear it for the Ethical Fashion Show and was spotted by friends on instagram. Apparently even a few guests went down to visit the designer after the show which makes me very happy.

 

 

I am especially excited to have found an ethical jeans designer  Mud Jeans

 

 

Here I am in a comfy look by Mud Jeans and  the super cool Star Wars sneaker by Po-Zu.

Needless to stay we have found a lot of exciting brands and will be keeping our eye out for upcoming trendy sutainable fashion we can share with you.

Hope this was helpful to the sustainable shopper.

Love,

@ecocouple