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Sustainable Resolutions For The New Year

New year, new goals.  The beginning of a new year is an exciting time.  There is so much hope and possibility from new beginnings and fresh starts.  Spending time reflecting on the past year seeing how far you have come and looking forward focusing on your aspirations for the new year.   Sustainable living is a lifestyle.  Even by choosing to be dedicated to one sustainable resolution for the year will have a positive impact on the environment.  Take your time building up to incorporating other sustainable resolutions into your daily routine.    

1. Be Fashion Forward: Support Sustainable Fashion

Join the fashion revolution and support sustainable fashion.  If you can, support sustainably made clothing.  Other ways you can contribute to sustainable fashion is by wearing clothing more than once or twice.  It’s so easy to buy something pretty, wear it once and never pull it out of your closet again.  Buy pieces of clothing you love and envision yourself wearing in a variety of settings, occasions and events.  Have a bunch of clothing you don’t wear often? Consider restyling them to make new outfits and looks (check out Finery App, click here), donate them to a charity or swap clothing with your besties.  The goal is just to increase the lifecycle of clothing.  Choosing well and buying less helps you save money. 

2. Buy Less & Choose Well

Choose products that are sustainably made, ethically made and animal cruelty free.  Invest in  quality products and clothing.  They will last longer.  Choose makeup and skincare products that are animal cruelty free.  Support local, buy handmade and handcrafted items from local artisans.  

3. Support Local Farmers & Community Gardens

Support your local farmers market and eat seasonal fruits and veggies.  Supporting local is beneficial for both the environment and your local economy.  Start a community garden.  Whether it’s in your own backyard or apartment complex start growing your own herbs, fruits and vegetables.  It’s a great family and community project with your neighbours.   

4. Reconnect with Nature

Spend more time out in nature.  Marvel at the beauty and wonder of nature.  Going outdoors is a great way to boost your mood, reset and recharge.  For the love of nature, if you happen to see plastic and litter please take a few moments to pick it up.  

5. Break That Plastic Addiction

Who needs plastic when you have your own sustainable kit?  Create your own sustainable kit to bring with you to work or have with you as life is always on the go.  Essentials for a sustainable kit: reusable straw, cutlery, reusable bag(s), travel coffee mug, reusable water bottle and food containers.    

Holiday Treats: Marshmallow Popcorn Treats 

Ahh, the holidays… From Christmas to New Year’s Day, ‘tis the season to bake up a storm of delicious treats.  Gotta love holiday baking.  Who knew marshmallows were such a versatile ingredient?  Oh, and we aren’t talking about your typical marshmallow, we are talking about Powder Monkey Gourmet Treats flavoured marshmallows.  It’s always good to support local.  Powder Monkey’s signature collection of extraordinary flavours infused into made from scratch marshmallows are a real game changer.  Popular favourites include: coconut, strawberry, vanilla, mint chocolate chip, coffee, and rose —just to name a few.  This holiday season we have all new treats in-store for guests, friends and family.  Our popcorn marshmallow treats are a fun and festive dessert for holiday parties.  Yes, the holiday’s just got a whole lot sweeter.  We loved the combination of flavours, strawberry marshmallows, chocolate and popcorn— we think you will too!  A delightful holiday snack for guests or to add to your hot cocoa bar.  

With New Year’s Eve almost here, I am already planning out a menu for my dessert bar.

Baking Tip: Really you just want the butter to melt into the popcorn before adding in the marshmallows.

In partnership with Powder Monkey Gourmet Treats. 

Holiday Gift Guide: Eco Conscious Stocking Stuffers, Secret Santa, & Gifts Under $30

The countdown to Christmas has officially begun! Time is just zooming by and before we know it, it will be Christmas.  ’Tis the season to be Merry & Bright. Yes, it sure is the most wonderful time of the year.  With that being said, it also happens to be the time of year when we seem to be moving at a rapid speed to accomplish all of our goals, tasks, deadlines, baking, decorating, hosting parties and holiday gift shopping. It can be overwhelming and rather stressful.  Some of us still have to start our Christmas shopping. (Yes, I am very 11th hour this year when it comes to gift shopping.)  To make things a little easier for those of you possibly still on the search for a gift for Secret Santa, Stocking Stuffers or even gifts for friends, family or a loved one we have got you covered with our holiday gift guide.   

Our eco conscious holiday gift guide is dedicated to supporting local, ethically made products, animal cruelty free makeup & skincare products, eco-friendly and sustainably made products.  To keep things budget friendly, we are sharing our favourite holiday gift ideas all under CI$30. Happy Holiday Shopping, xo  

Eco Chic Cayman Holiday Gift Guide

Looking for some last minute gift ideas? Our holiday gift guide has just the inspiration you are looking for.  Especially, if you are looking for eco-friendly gifts.

Gifts For The Foodie

1. Holiday flavours premium loose leaf tea by Tea Time in Cayman. Browse online to shop their teas and assortment gift baskets.  Some favourites include Christmas in Cayman, Fresh Peppermint, Guilty Pleasure – Chocolate Mint, Caramelicious,  Oh Natural – Peppermint, and One 345 Taste of Swanky.

2. Coconut marshmallows from Powder Monkey Gourmet Treats.  These are amazing in a cup of hot cocoa or coffee.  Powder Monkey has an array of delicious flavoured marshmallows like strawberry, peppermint, mint chocolate chip and vanilla just to name a few favourites. 

3. Laurel’s Pepper Jelly.  Add a little island spice to your holiday meals with Laurel’s homemade pepper jellies.  Special holiday flavours include: Pumpkin, Cranberry, Original, Sorrel, Green Jalapeño, Red Spicy Roasted Flakes, Double joy and Cranberry & Basil.  Homemade pepper jelly comes in both 4oz and 8oz jars.

4. Honey BBQ Plantain Chips and Blinking Hot Plantain chips from Powder Monkey.  The perfect holiday snack for guests. 

Gifts For The Hostess

1. 3 Girls and a Kiln, have a fabulous collection of handmade and hand painted pottery.  Their designs are island inspired making the perfect gift for the hostess.  A fabulous range of pottery from ornaments, to tea cups, coffee mugs, and decorative signs and more. 

2. Santa Claus is coming to town… Bee Line Designs makes awesome upcycled Christmas decorations by repurposing driftwood and painting them with the iconic Santa Claus. 

3. A great stocking stuffer gift idea are these adorable eco-friendly holiday inspired soaps by Cayman Scents. 

4. An absolute holiday favourite gift for any hostess is a scented candle.  These soy coconut shell candles are a must have, from Cayman Scents. 

Gifts For The Beauty

1.  Sometimes less is more.  A super neat gift for the beauty you know and love, is Lip Batter by Lucie and Pompette available at Le Visage.  It’s a 3-in-1  a plumper, gloss and balm.  It is an animal cruelty free, vegan and paraben free makeup product. 

2. Sara Happ’s Fabulous Lip Scrub! Is the ultimate exfoliant for your lips. Available at Le Visage. 

3. Here comes trouble… Double Trouble Mascara by Butter London.  Get ready to deck your eye lashes, available at Le Visage.  What we love about Butter London is Clean Ingredients. Good-for-you formulas. Always Cruelty-free.

4. Lemon Drop Truffle Buffer, by Soapy Bliss available at Le Visage. This buffer is natural with the sweet smell of Beeswax and Lemon essential oils. This is a perfect “wake up” exfoliator and moisturizer for your skin! Made with organic butters and oils. 

Gifts For The Fashionista 

1.  Add a little sparkle to your holiday outfit this holiday season.  Handcrafted Christmas tree earrings made with Swarovski crystals by Bee Line Designs.  

2. Living a charmed life, with this fabulous charm bracelet handcrafted by Bee Line Designs

3.  Beautiful necklaces with an eye-catching engraved pendant by Bee Line Designs

4. Get festive, with this fiesta bracelet handcrafted by Aglow. 

Gifts For The Stud

1.  Gentlemen that bottle of whiskey or tequila just got a whole lot cooler, with this awesome “booze” tag handmade by 3 Girls & a Kiln

2. A & R Soap by Triumph & Disaster, made of Almond milk that gently works with flakes of oat to massage the surface of your skin, rosehip oil treats, heals and protects. Available at Le Visage. 

3. Shearer’s Soap by Triumph & Disaster ‘Shearers Soap’ is safe for the environment, Gentle on skin and strong on the nose. Use Daily for a superb all over body exfoliation. Available at Le Visage

4. Bullocks by Cowshed Cracker filled with two of our best grooming essentials: Bullocks Soothing Moisturiser and Smooth Shaving Cream.  Made with natural ingredients.  Available at Le Visage. 

Gifts For The World Traveler

1.  One can’t go jet-setting without their trusty luggage tag.  The “ Wanderlust” luggage tag by Aglow is on point!  This tag is made from a vegan oilcloth like material. 

2. The travel inspired collection by Bee Line Designs, perfect for the world traveler to always be inspired to travel and have a little piece of home with them. 

3. Shine coin pouch by Aglow, a nifty gift for world traveler, with all the country-hopping and jet-setting coin purses are a great way to keep your coins of whatever currency safe and sound. 

4. How cute are these cupcake bath bombs? These minis are great for travel. Cupcake bath bombs by Soapy Bliss. Their Cupcake Bath Bombs are sweet treats.  Fizzy, moisture rich, skin softening, bath enhancing treat of deliciousness! Made with organic butters and oils, paraben free, sulphate free, and phthalate free.  An amazing little stocking stuffer! 


Happy Holidays, with love, xoxox

Holiday Survival Guide: Nature Fitness Challenge

’Tis the season for a lot of holiday cheer, gift giving, holiday parties, fabulous eating and spending time with friends and family.  This time of year can get a little crazy, running around checking everything off our ‘To Do List’ and fitting in time for everyone and all of our holiday parties and dinners— not to mention work.  As it is the busiest time of year for everyone, it is easy to become feeling overwhelmed and stressed out.  Breathe! After all, it is the most wonderful time of the year.  Might we offer a solution to finding some time for yourself?  Take time out of your day even if it is just 5-10 minutes to spend outdoors.  Reconnecting with nature will help you reset and recharge.  Being immersed in nature can have a positive impact on your health, well-being, mind, body and soul.  (Nature is truly great for that.). While you are outdoors taking some time for yourself and recharging, why not include a very easy-to-do exercise challenge?  It is a win-win! It keeps you active and helps reduce your stress.  Take part in Alicia Proud’s 12 Days of Fitmas Challenge! One move a day.  How easy and manageable is that?  Feeling inspired, visit Alicia’s website for more great fitness and healthy eating tips. 

Start the workout today as we countdown to Christmas/Holidays and continue on. You got this!


Looking Eco Chic While Working Out

’Tis the season to treat yourself.  Activ Angels has a great selection of sustainably made leggings.


Photo Credit(s) Alicia Proud & Lori- Ann Speirs

Proud Brand Ambassadors for Activ Angels 

Holiday Gift Guide: Holiday Flavours In A Tea Cup

Christmas and the perfect cup of tea goes hand in hand.  Some of the best holiday moments are simple ones— when friends and family come together.  Tea Time in Cayman has premium loose leaf tea available at local tea and coffee hotspots, supermarkets and online.  Their range of loose leaf tea comes in a variety of 36 flavours.  Never underestimate the power of tea— filled with so many health benefits and antioxidants.  During the holiday season, things can get a little bit hectic and sometimes a little bit crazy.  Don’t worry, you won’t crack under pressure with a cup of tea nearby. Tea is well known for helping to reduce stress and help calm one’s mind.  Get ready to bring out your holiday tea set and serve up your friends, family and guests some deliciously festive flavours.  Today, we are sharing our holiday favourite flavours by Tea Time in Cayman.  PS- As part of our Eco Conscious Holiday Gift Guide, we thought these teas make a great gift for the hostess, guests visiting for the holidays and the tea lover. 

Holiday Tea Collection: Tea Time in Cayman

Christmas in Cayman, Fresh Peppermint, Guilty Pleasure – Chocolate Mint, Caramelicious,  Oh Natural – Peppermint, and One 345 Taste of Swanky.  A delightful collection of flavours that capture the essence of the holidays.  

Christmas in Cayman: When it’s finally December and that Christmas Breeze (salty sea breeze) rolls in, you know the holidays are just around the corner.  Swirling with cinnamon and spice, this therapeutic herbal tea is based on a classic, Ayurvedic formula to promote longevity, stamina, balance. 

Oh Natural – Peppermint: A classic holiday flavour, good old fashioned peppermint. After eating a holiday feast, a nice cup of peppermint tea is the best thing ever.  Benefits of pure peppermint tea is said to relax the muscles, ease nausea, headaches and even alleviate bad breath!

Guilty Pleasure – Chocolate Mint: Chocolate and Mint are two must haves during the holidays. This tea is perfect for chocolate lovers.  It also has red tea, rooibos contains exceptionally high levels of flavonoids, which act as antioxidants.  As the name suggests, you don’t have to feel guilty drinking this chocolate flavoured tea. 

Caramelicious: A rich taste of caramel, it doesn’t get any better than this.  It is a lovely tea to serve guests during dessert at your holiday dinner party.  Oolong is known for its many incredible health benefits including boosting your metabolism to help burn fat faster.

Fresh Peppermint: The classic peppermint tea with a boost of green tea.  Perfect to give your metabolism a boost and help relieve heartburn, stomach pain or nausea.  

One 345 Taste of Swanky: A Cayman holiday tradition is a glass of Swanky.  The true definition of “Swanky” is imposingly fashionable and elegant; however, most locals would know this as a traditional Caymanian drink made with Seville oranges and brown sugar. This tea was inspired by the “Swanky Kitchen Band.”

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The Making of a Sustainable Swimsuit with Sage Larock

“Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.” -Rumi

Taryn Larock is the founder of Sustainable Luxury Swimwear by Sage Larock. Their ethos is not sacrificing sustainability for style. Sage Larock is committed to offering ethically made and sustainably sourced sustainable swimwear for women— “We want to dress women who want to change the world” (Sage Larock). Their sustainable luxury swimwear is made from sustainable, recycled or organic materials (non-toxic and plant based dyes) — and ethically made in Los Angles, California. Sustainable fabrics used in the making of their swimwear is made from upcycled swimwear fabric, which is made of recycled fishing nets and plastic debris recovered from the ocean. They also use ECONYL®, regenerated nylon made from waste, to make their swimsuits. Sage Larock is dedicated to using sustainable fashion as a platform to raise ocean awareness, focusing on plastic ocean pollution and abandoned drift nets. Their swimwear is inspired by the love of the ocean and respect for the environment and commitment to ethical fashion. Sage Larock takes pride in their integrity and respect for our oceans and planet. They are committed to working with sustainable materials and suppliers around the globe and hope to incite positive changes in the fashion industry. Their dedication to protecting the ocean expands to their partnership with NGO’s Healthy Seas, Ghost Fishing (Ghost Divers) and Canopy. A percentage of their swimwear sales goes towards helping these NGO’s in their efforts to protect our oceans and rainforest.

Why Does Sustainable Fashion Matter? 

The future of fashion is circular fashion. Sustainable fashion is the way forward. For Sage Larock, their ethically made swimwear tells their story, one that is about a journey of transforming reclaimed ocean plastic waste and fishing nets into fashion. Each swimsuit made from upcycled ocean plastic serves as a reminder that we can all do our part to be proactive and help facilitate positive change towards causes that are close to our hearts. According to a report by UNEP and FAO the 640,000 tonnes of fishing nets are left in our oceans each year. Moreover, “Half a million tonnes of plastic microfibres- the equivalent of 50 billion plastic bottles- leak into the ocean each year, not only affecting marine life, but, fundamentally, all of us.”- Make Fashion Circular. With this in mind, it is becoming more evident that fashion brands need to take notice of both the impact the fashion industry has on the environment and the escalating issue and growing concern of ocean pollution. Sustainable fashion is not a trend, it is lifelong commitment to creating positive changes, providing a solution to plastic waste and encouraging social responsibility. Eco Fashion is not just a design philosophy but a statement. It encourages transparency of the manufacturing of clothing and brings to attention the great value of providing ethically and sustainably made clothing. Furthermore, it presents a challenge for fashion brands to consider stepping up their game and changing their business model whereby their focus becomes setting standards of sustainability and ethical sourcing.

Interview with Taryn Larock, founder of Sage Larock

1. What is the process involved in making a sustainable swimsuit?

The entire process of sustainable design considers the impact of your product from start to finish has on people, animals, the environment & the planet. We use Oeko-Tex certified fabric that can be upcycled at the end of the swimsuits lifecycle, and we produce ethically & locally in Los Angeles.

I don’t believe you can create sustainable products without taking every step & its possible effects into consideration. What we all need to consider is can something can be considered sustainable that is ethically produced in a factory with fair working conditions, if the fabric contributes to deforestation & habitat destruction, or the fabric is made with chemically intensive dyes that causes birth defects in workers families and pollutes rivers?  There really is so much green washing going on in the fashion industry with brands wanting to appear ‘sustainable’, so it is good for everyone to be educated about this process and what goes into their clothing.

2. Where do you get your inspiration from when designing your collection(s)?

Everywhere actually – we are constantly inspired by vintage photography, architecture, nature. I would say our aesthetic is ‘less is more’ – not necessarily less fabric & showing more skin, but just clean, well cut, minimalistic design that brings out the best in a woman’s figure instead of distracting from it.

3. What interesting fact(s) would surprise people about designing and making sustainable swimwear?

The quality is often better than traditionally made swimwear! I mean that because polyester fabric that most swimwear is made from is made of plastic and it in my opinion does not feel great on your skin and is full of  chemicals. Also, many brands produce in sweat shops, and I don’t believe that someone who is working 14 hour days and is not treated well is going to be able to put the same care & love into making something as someone that loves their work, makes a living wage and has good working conditions. Also, because sustainable fashion is still somewhat new, many people think that because something is sustainable style & quality have to be compromised – but its definitely not true!  We believe in leading with both sustainability and design.

4. How do you source your sustainable materials and why do you choose those particular materials?

We currently use Econyl Okeo-Tex certified upcycled fabric. The world definitely does not need more new plastic being manufactured, as we already have 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic that will never biodegrade floating in our oceans, not to mention what is in landfills or incinerated (which leads to lung disease). Traditional swim & active fabric – polyester – is an incredibly toxic, chemically intensive material that is made from the same petroleum oil based plastic PET as water bottles. If we can up-cycle and use the plastic that is literally already killing our oceans – and therefore our global oxygen supply – why should swimwear or activewear be made by making new plastic? And why would we want those harsh chemicals so close to our skin?

Outside of skinny dipping, or wearing a vintage style cotton swimsuit, up-cycling exciting fishing gear & plastic from our oceans to make our swimwear is the next best option we felt. So we chose a fabric that uses low impact dyes, is made in a environmentally contentious manner, and utilizes existing ocean plastic debris.

5. The Fashion Industry is said to be a major contributor to placing a negative environmental impact on our planet, how does sustainable practices help decrease this negative impact?

The fashion industry is said to be the 3rd most polluting industry on the planet behind oil & animal agriculture – and for what – a t-shirt or dress we will forget in a year or two? Its not at all worth the massive destruction it causes to our Earth, other people’s lives, and other animals. I recently read that the fashion industry also is one of the top industries that relies on slave labor, so all these things need to change. Consumers have an incredible ability to influence this change and power with what they purchase, wear and support. From that perspective it is pretty amazing to be in a time where we as individuals have such a great opportunity to make a difference in what we wear. Its just a matter of deciding what kind of impact we each want to have on the world environment and other people’s lives.

6. What advice would you give to emerging and/or established fashion designer seeking to adopt sustainable practices?

I would say look at how you make things and what you are making them from, and just make sure you are proud of what you are putting out there and how it is produced. Just because everyone else in the industry is doing things in a certain way and it makes money does not mean it is the right or best thing to do. And just start by learning and educating yourself and your employees. I think brands have a responsibility to know what their business practices are and what the effects are from start to finish. No one person or brand is perfect, but we should all at very least be aware of the effects of our actions.

7. What are the greatest benefits of implementing sustainable practices in your business model?

I definitely believe in the inherent benefit of doing something good just for the sake of doing the right thing, or the best you can. I also have seen that the trend of sustainability is only just beginning to grow – so it makes sense in the long run financially as well.

 8. What is a typical day behind the scenes designing and making a sustainable swimsuit like? 

Always different, and never boring!  Some days it is sewing new swimwear and casting models for shoots, but most days it is attending meetings and working on new non-profit alliances, and working on being better at what we do. Our ultimate goal is to be as sustainable as possible while making women feel great about themselves and feel beautiful, so we are always working towards reaching this goal.


*Proud Brand Ambassador for Sage Larock.

Photo Credit: Lori- Ann Speirs