STEVIE Van Horn on Clean living
Stevie is the type of person who radiates infectious joy. Her smile and over all good vibes can brighten the darkest of rooms in an instant. My best guess is that has something to do with the lifestyle that she's made the conscious decision of leading. That being one of less or zero waste to the natural environment we are so much a part of.
Stevie runs a blog http://tradingwasteforabundance.com a long side of a youtube page and an Instagram account which I'll list below where she shares daily practices and delicious recipes which we can all easily adopt. Her aim is to help us understand that we can and should attempt to shed our reliance on the unnecessary amount of waste we all produce each day.
Next time you pop in your local convenience store stop and think about how every product you purchase is encapsulated in plastic. Next think about how much utility that packaging will actually serve you especially the bag that the clerk hands said items to you in.
That being said I wanted share with you some of the recipes for the home-made care products Stevie brought along with her. Please see below.
"Face lotion: Made with olive oil, shea butter, bee propolis, honey, and beeswax. My face is really sensitive so this is really good for all types of skin. The bee ingredients all help with inflammation and infection and are all from the same apiary that is Brooklyn local and I get it at the farmers market (Andrews Honey). Everything else is good for moisture without clogging pores; all sustainably sourced and plastic free.
You can find how to make it on my youtube. ( https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxH7crsywgfgaOGUl2FXfVQ/videos )
Toothpaste: Made with bentonite clay, baking soda, coconut oil, peppermint/spearmint essential oils. Bentonite clay is formed from volcanic ash. It has a strong negative electromagnetic charge, and when activated by water, it acts as a magnet so with brushing your teeth it pulls toxins and metals from your gums and teeth. Coconut oil is also a toxin puller, baking soda removes surface stains and the essential oils keeps your breath fresh and is a nice scent to pull it all together.
Lip balm: Still working on a perfect recipe but its shea butter, beeswax, beet root powder, coconut oil.
Aker Fassi- Berber lipstick: My favorite thing in the world that my friend Olivia brought home from Morocco. Made from petals of dried poppy and pomegranate extract. I just dip my finger in water and use a tiny dab of it from the clay to my lips and it turns out to be a beautiful burgundy red color that lasts a while. All natural and no package necessary."
Stevie and I met while I was working at Pilgrim Surf + Supply and her across the street at Deppaneur a small cafe. In getting to know each other from various over the counter interactions through out the work day we came to understand that we share similar view points on contemporary living.
It is difficult to enroll zero-waste practices into an industry such as fashion. Clothing is really the last thing that we need more of. However I do believe in offering unique well made, easily loved and simple to maintain garments. The products I produce are in 100% natural fibers aside from the occasional vintage fabric I source in perhaps a popular rayon print of its era. My goal is to move more towards using only natural fibers and dyes such as companies like Industry of all Nations or Older Brother who are both based on the west coast where I hope to relocate to eventually.
I hope you feel passionate in trying to support our movements and please feel free to reach out to either me or Stevie with any questions regarding garments or clean living practices.
Website - http://tradingwasteforabundance.com/
Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/stevieyaaaay/?hl=en