Favourite Additions 2018

Favourite Additions 2018

We’re all about consuming less and making the things we own last, and when we add something to our life, we wan to make sure that it’ll truly bring us joy! Reflecting on what new additions did just that over the past year is something we hope will help with making choices in the following year (and maybe you’ll find some of our recommendations helpful, too?), so we wanted to share our favourite beauty, fashion, home, making and miscellaneous additions from 2018. We’d also love to hear, what did you add to your life this past year that you’d buy, gift or make again and again in a heartbeat?

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Hello, 2019!

Hello, 2019!

Did I mention just how much I adore making plans? From to-do lists for a day to dreaming big for the next couple of years, I love them all. Believe me or not, I might be able to fill the better part of an hour telling you about what hairstyles I plan wearing for the rest of my life, year by year. My planning obsession has proven to be very helpful countless times (not exactly planning out a life in hairstyles, but you know, most of the rest of it), but it also has me struggle regularly when things don’t go according to my meticulously thought-out plans.

Malte and I aren’t exactly made from the same mold when it comes to planning, which can be challenging at times (read: it’s high up on our list of things to fight about), but more often than not, we actually really benefit from what we can learn from each other. With Malte’s help and those of friends, for the last couple of years, my focus has been to try and be more laid-back when plans don’t come to life exactly as they do in my head, and to find a better balance. It’s all about accepting and enjoying the one life we have and about not missing out on the beauty of life just because I had a different idea of a few details, all the while still embracing something that has always given me a great deal of joy.

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Making Snail Mail More Sustainable With DieUmweltdruckerei

Making Snail Mail More Sustainable With DieUmweltdruckerei

Whether or not you celebrate a holiday during this time of year, December is certainly the busiest month of the year for our letter boxes. We, too, love sending out season’s greetings via snail mail, and this week, we’re teaming up with dieUmweltDruckerei, a company we’ve been using for a long time, to take a closer look at how we can make paper communication more sustainable. How can we be respectful of nature’s limited resources, what’s the deal with recycled paper, when does what way of communicating make sense, and what options are out there for us to choose from?

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Thoughts On Flying & Practical Tips

Thoughts On Flying & Practical Tips

It’s my first day back at work after a wonderful vacation, and I wanted to jump in feet first and address an issue we care a great deal about! Malte and I spent three weeks in the States with my parents and brother and while I didn’t get around to talking about it much before we left, the fact that we had to take a plane to get there is something that we’ve been thinking and talking about a lot. Now let me preface this post by saying that like with many other things, I do think that when talking about a sustainable lifestyle, it’s very important to acknoledge that we’re all constantly learning and to not get discouraged. Everything is a work in progress, no one is perfect or able to choose the most sustainable option 100% of the time, and every step in the right direction is important. Another thing I want to add is that the impact of planes on the climate is complicated and there are still questions left to be answered, but that shouldn’t stop us from caring about the negative effects that we do know about. For us, there are a few experiences we would consider flying for – such as this trip that our family has been wanting to do together for the better part of the past 10 years – but we never take the decision lightly. Whenever there’s a reasonable alternative, which is pretty much always the case within Europe, we use other forms of transport, and we’re lucky to be in a position where our family and friends all live within a distance that doesn’t require flying. Read on to find out how flying compares to other personal lifestyle decisions in terms of its impact on climate change, what we can do to slightly lessen the harmful impact when we fly and our plans for next year!

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In Bed With Wool (Part Two)

In Bed With Wool (Part Two)

At the end of last year, Malte and I upgraded our bedding sitiuation, and about 9 months later (and also after having comfortably survived the most recent heat wave), I thought I'd share a little update! As I mentioned here, we decided to go for wool beeding, which is said to have numerous health benefits, including a lower heart rate and less sleep disturbance. And while wool makes most people think of the colder months, thanks to its isolation and temperature regulating properties, it's actually great to sleep in all year round.

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Meet: #SustainablistDesignVote!

Meet: #SustainablistDesignVote!

Do you like to take a glimpse behind the scenes and get involved? Then we created #SustainablistDesignVote with you in mind! Here at Sustainablist, we're gearing up to launch an exciting project, and it's all about sharing the process and teaming up with our community. In other words, you're warmly invited to join us as Verena designs a new piece in collaboration with Blacker Yarns! You’ll get to make ALL the choices, from what type of garment or accessory you’d like to knit a little later this year and the inspiration behind the design to choosing yarns and colourways, and there will be plenty of fun prizes, too.

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Sustainable Living Favourites: Contigo

Sustainable Living Favourites: Contigo

You know these little shops in your neighbourhood or city where, with a bit of luck, you'll find the most unique and beautiful pieces? I absolutely love them, but am always a bit sad when friends ask about something I got there as they tend to offer one of a kind pieces or very limited quantities, making it hard to help people find exactly what they're looking for. One of my absolute favourites is Contigo, a little fairtrade shop in my hometown Tübingen. We'll go there every time we visit family, and prompted by a follower question on Instagram, I just discovered that they also sell online. Way to go, Monday! With the holidays and ...

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New Bedroom Textiles

New Bedroom Textiles

A good night's sleep is crucial to our wellbeing – how we sleep impacts our everyday life in many ways, from our mood, emotions and memory to how our bodies react to stress, just to name a few (more details can be found here, for example). One of the various factors that influence sleep is the environment we sleep in, which is conveniently also relatively easy to tweak. Thinking about the importance of sleeping well and given how much time we spend asleep (ahem, or aim to spend asleep), bedding and bedroom textiles are very likely the home items we get the most use out of, and I'd venture to say also one of the key ones. Last month, I shared about our bedding upgrade in In Bed With Wool (Part One) (and I can't wait for it to arrive!), and we recently also treated ourselves to some new winter bed linen.

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Digging Deeper

Digging Deeper

Are you good at keeping secrets? I couldn't be more excited that something I've been keeping a secret will be revealed very soon – the Hometown Cardigan design I contributed to Taproot Mag's upcoming issue REST – and I wanted to share with you that they just brought back their Digging Depper series! It's a look behind the scenes of how some of the pieces from their magazine came to live, and I feel so honoured to get to share a bit more about my work in this first feature. Find it here if you like, I hope you'll enjoy it!

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