4 Simple Living Lessons From Tiny House People

Hello Lovelies!

I have a feeling that most of you have heard about tiny houses. Once a small, fringe community, the tiny house movement has gained a huge amount of interest in the social media and blogging worlds, and has even spawned TV shows and documentaries.

I’ve been a fan of the tiny house movement for years, and I’m not surprised to see how much interest has been generated over the ultra minimalist community. Actually living in a tiny house may be too extreme a version of simple living for most, but the movement has managed to strike a chord with people from all kinds of backgrounds and current housing situations.

Don’t think that the tiny house movement is simply about a race to the bottom in square footage. At its heart, it’s about people wholeheartedly embracing simple living and minimalism and freeing themselves from mortgages, debt, and the physical trappings of day to day life.

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8 Ways to Be a More Responsible Traveler (And Why it Matters)

Hello Fellow Travelers!

Has the term ‘responsible travel’ landed on your radar lately? Also known as ‘sustainable’ or ‘ethical’ travel, it’s a concept that’s becoming an important consideration for many travelers when planning their adventures.

I travel for the same reasons most people do; an interest in other people and cultures, a love of nature and wilderness and a deep desire to experience far off places. Like most travelers, I don’t want to cause any harm to the communities or ecosystems I travel through.

That’s the simple idea behind the responsible travel movement. It’s about recognizing that our travels have an impact. It’s about striving to minimize that impact by being mindful of our choices while on the road. 

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Your Guide to Egg Labels – What the Ethical Shopper Needs to Know

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Here at Oak & Soul we’re big on living a more intentional lifestyle. To us, a big part of making intentional choices is learning about where our food comes from. Not just to benefit ourselves as consumers (healthier food, no artificial ingredients, organically produced etc.) but to ensure that we’re not supporting animal farming practices that we believe are inhumane.

Eggs are a common item on most families grocery lists and the vast majority of eggs produced come from high intensity, factory like farms. The chickens that produce those eggs are subject to some of the worst animal welfare conditions I can think of.

As people have become more conscious of the conditions these birds are raised in, alternatives have become much more common. Eggs labelled “cage free”, “free range”, “comfort cage” or “farm fresh” are readily available for consumers looking to make better choices, but do you know what all those different labels actually mean?

Whether you’re shopping for eggs from happy hens, or are looking to get the added nutritional benefits of naturally raised chickens, are you actually getting what you think you’re getting?

Let’s explore the egg industry a bit…

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Where Does THAT Come From?

Hello Lovelies!

I want to talk a little about a simple question that I’ve started to ask myself more and more lately.

Where does THAT come from?

Whether it’s my clothing, my personal care products, or the food in my refrigerator… Where does THAT come from?

As consumers we’ve become very isolated from the production process of almost everything we buy. We see the end product but we don’t see how it was manufactured, grown or raised. It’s easier not to ask “Where does THAT come from” because, often, even the most innocuous items have ugly histories or environmental consequences.

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Why We’re Searching for Better Bath and Beauty Products

Hello Lovelies!

We want to take a few minutes to share with you why we’re searching for better bath and beauty products. We’re looking for products with minimal ingredients that are natural, organic and wholesome. We’re looking for products that align with our ethics and don’t harm the environment or wildlife.

Before we talk about the alternatives, let’s understand the problems we have with conventional personal care products.

It basically boils down to three main issues…

// A desire to reduce our exposure to potentially harmful chemicals and toxins.

// Concern over the environmental impact of certain ingredients.

// The ethical impacts and social responsibility issues surrounding certain ingredients.

Let’s dive right in shall we?

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