Conscious Traveler: Maui, Hawaii 🇺🇸

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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!

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Water: Say goodbye to plastic 🇺🇸 🇬🇧

The first thing that attracted our attention when visiting Tapp´s website, is the display that shows the number of plastic bottles that are no longer consumed when using filters such as this. We are using the model Tapp 2 Twist, that has biodegradable cartridges. Tapp filters eliminate more than 80 water contaminants and reduces another 50, while keeping the essential minerals needed for the human body.

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Collectively TAPP users have successfully avoided 4 million plastic bottles since their launch in 2017. And this is only one of the few brands that currently exist in the market. This shows that we can really have an impact using these filters.

It’s very convenient to fill up your glass bottle before you head out of the house; the combination of filtered water-glass bottle is simply perfect. If we are made up of more than 70% water, how do you not pay attention to the water we drink?

With each cartridge you filter up to 1500 liters, more or less 2-3 months of daily use; if you drink bottled water, you calculate how much money you save. (Tapp filter plus 4 cartridges – yearly budget – costs around $100).

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If you have access to a natural water spring and can filter the water, then you and your family are covered for your water needs whilst being responsible and sustainable; if you live in a city however, with no access to a spring, the filter is good enough. There are several options to think about when it comes to the water you consume, any option will be better than drinking water out of plastic bottles.

It is affordable: Filtered tap water is over a hundred times cheaper than bottled water.

It is sustainable: TAPP 2 refills use biodegradable (around 80%) materials which can be disposed of with organic waste

TAPP 2 refill cartridges are made entirely out of non-toxic materials which remain inert after decomposing.

For more info, please visit: TAPPWATER

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Agua: Adiós al plástico 🇪🇸

Lo primero que nos llama la atención de la web de Tapp es el contador de numero de botellas de plástico que al usar filtros como éste, dejamos de consumir. Nosotros estamos usando el modelo Tapp 2 Twist, con Recambios biodegradables. Los filtros de agua TAPP 2 Eliminan más de 80 contaminantes del agua y reducen otros 50 a la vez que deja pasar los minerales que son beneficiosos para la salud.

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Es muy cómodo llenar tu botella de cristal de agua del filtro antes de salir de casa; el combo de agua filtrada en botella de cristal me parece perfecto. Si somos como el 70% agua, como no prestar atención al agua que bebemos?

Con cada cartucho puedes filtrar unos 1500 litros, esto es mas o menos 2-3 meses de consumo de agua diario; si bebes agua mineral haz el cálculo de lo que ahorras a tu bolsillo. (El filtro y los 4 recambios te cuestan unos 100€ al año). El ahorro para el planeta en términos de menor uso de plástico es incalculable.

Si tienes la opción de recoger agua de un manantial y filtrarla, tienes cubiertas tus necesidades de agua de una forma limpia, responsable y sana para ti y los tuyos. Las opciones son muchas, creemos que merece la pena darle una pensada y que cada uno elija, todas serán opciones mejores que comprar agua embotellada en plástico que entre otras desprende micro partículas al agua que ingieres.

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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.

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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 🙂

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La jirafa Sophie 🇪🇸

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En nuestra búsqueda de juguetes naturales, un día dimos con una Jirafa. Resulta que nuestro pequeño la adora, la gente la conoce, se llama Sophie.

Hace unos cuantos años un señor llamado Rampeau tuvo la feliz idea de hacer un animalito para los niños algo más exótico que los clásicos perro-gato. Apareció Sophie, llamada así porque fue “concebida” un 18 de Septiembre, día de Santa Sofía; lleva ya varias generaciones entre los niños de todo el mundo, que la disfrutan escuchándola sonar cuando aprietan su vientre o cabeza.

La empresa Vulli, situada en los Alpes Franceses, conserva celosamente el secreto de fabricación de este fantástico juguete.

Sophie la jirafa se sigue fabricando “artesanalmente” ya que se requieren más de 14 operaciones manuales para realizarla.

Está hecha de látex, que es natural, flexible, impermeable, aislante y agradable en cuanto a su tacto y olor.

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Sophie dando un paseo en la playa de Maui

Nuestra sorpresa es que allá donde vamos, la gente nombra a la jirafa por su nombre, Sophie es conocida en el mundo entero y a nuestro pequeño le encanta comerle las patitas y los cuernecitos, se ríe con ella, es fácil de agarrar desde muy temprana edad, pesa poco, en fin, es perfecta.

Desde Ecocouple proponemos por un lado el reciclaje de juguetes, y por otro que intentemos comprar juguetes hechos de forma respetuosa con el medio ambiente, esto es, que se descomponen en un corto plazo, desaparecen y no dejan huella; Sophie cumple con ésta última.

En España se puede comprar en https://bbgrenadine.com/es/ 💕

“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!

Hevea Planet 🇪🇸

Desde @ecocouple seguimos buscando marcas en el mercado que elaboran sus productos de forma sostenible y con materiales no tóxicos.

Recientemente nos hemos topado con la marca danesa Hevea, tambien vendida en España.

Hevea Planet nace del deseo de una mamá de crear productos no tóxicos para bebés y que a la vez fuesen sostenibles. Hechos exclusivamente de hevea, el árbol del caucho, sus mordedores, chupetes y juguetes, se hacen con respeto por el planeta.

A partir de los 3-4 meses, los bebés empiezan a llevarse las manos a la boca, y rápidamente no son solo mas manos, se lo llevan todo… y los juguetes, ¿no deberíamos mirar de qué material están hechos?

Así, el mordedor Kawan de Hevea está hecho de caucho natural y está pintado con pigmentos de plantas naturales. Es de gran alivio para las encías irritadas cuando el bebé lo muerda. Kawan es suave, ligero y fácil de agarrar

Kawan es suave, ligero y fácil de agarrar. Atlantis está encantado!

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El diseño de una pieza no tiene grietas o juntas, lo que evita la acumulación de bacterias, suciedad y moho.

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Y como no, el artículo numero uno para los bebés, el chupete:

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Estamos deseando ver a nuestro pequeño jugando con los juguetes de Hevea para el baño.. aquí creemos que lo más importante es que el juguete no acumule moho, para ello Hevea hace sus juguetes de baño sin agujero en la base.

Bien, hasta aquí llegamos hoy; seguimos buscando las mejores opciones para nuestro bebé, y os iremos contando sobre los productos que encontramos en nuestro camino.

My Breastfeeding experience 🇺🇸

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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.

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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…💕

¡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.