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My Personal Journey & Approach to a More Sustainable Closet & Lifestyle by 'Sustainably Chic'

My Personal Journey & Approach to a More Sustainable Closet & Lifestyle by 'Sustainably Chic'

While I’ve spoken about this through conversation, I’ve never really sat down and written about my past and ongoing experience with sustainability. It’s been an incredibly long journey, and one I’m constantly making minor changes to because of growth and education. I truly believe in the baby steps, and not overwhelming oneself with many changes at once. I’m also not perfect, and make many mistakes along the way! 
If each family in the world could do 3 things in terms of sustainable living what would they be?

If each family in the world could do 3 things in terms of sustainable living what would they be?

If each family in the world could do 3 things in terms of sustainable living what would they be?

1.     Eat and drink in the place that your supposed to eat and drink in. In Croatia, there’s no take away anything. There’s no concept of bringing food to places that aren’t specifically for food. If more people enjoyed food and drink in the places designed for that, then we wouldn’t need single use plastic. Such a simple thing creates a huge change.

2.     Make the effort to recycle....

How is it possible that nearly 2 billion people do not have access to safe water and hygiene?

How is it possible that nearly 2 billion people do not have access to safe water and hygiene?

Hello, my name is Kevin Sofen from Chicago.  I work for a water treatment company called W.S Darley & Company that brings safe water solutions to the disaster response and humanitarian markets.  After working in the water industry for 6 years, I have seen the wide range of opportunities and inequalities that exist in the water industry.  I noticed that in the developing world, the people who need the technology the most cannot afford it.  Therefore, they spend up to ½ their income on bottled water or are forced to drink contaminated water that makes them perpetually ill. The questions in my head started to unfold: How is it possible that nearly 2 billion people do not have access to safe water and hygiene? Why does the majority of the developing world spend up to half their income on bottled water?  Does it have to be this way?
Dreams are the beginning to most journeys. You set your goal and make a plan. But how do we stick to that game plan?

Dreams are the beginning to most journeys. You set your goal and make a plan. But how do we stick to that game plan?

It starts with a dream. You feel that purpose, you find your calling and you start a journey towards a defined goal. We often hear about dreams and we see people crossing the finish line. What about the inbetween? It’s called game plan.

Dreams are the beginning to most journeys. You set your goal and make a plan. But how do we stick to that game plan? How do we follow through to reach our goals? Because dreaming, setting goals and making plans are the easy part. Action and following through can be the biggest challenge of them all.


"Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will."

Never let go before the miracle happens...

Never let go before the miracle happens...

It was a perfect sunny winter day in Bend, Oregon and my family was headed to the mountain to ski.  The memory is as fresh as powder because it was the day a dream was planted in my heart and would begin a two-year journey of faith that has forever changed my life.  


The dream was this: Raise 40K for my 40th birthday for clean-water wells.

Just Do it!

Just Do it!

I am currently sitting in a very cute cafe in Canggu, Bali on a hot, sunshiny Sunday afternoon  sipping on my tasty, fresh beetroot juice across the table from my lovely husband Luke. For the past two years we’ve had a running joke between us that one day, when we sell our stuff and take off we will know we have made it when we get to Bali, the creative nomad paradise. We even had a hashtag we used when we were dreaming or excited about the idea #beatittobali. Despite having not ‘arrived’ on any major level in this lifestyle, we are here, in Bali!
My Walk for Water

My Walk for Water

We pulled up to the village in a caravan of Toyotas.  I wasn’t prepared for the emotion I would feel as I saw the children lined up with signs and jerry cans.  My throat felt tight as I smiled and walked through the happy line of children.  Even small children are not exempt from carrying water.  In rural Ethiopia it’s a way of life that begins at a young age.
Sharing is caring

Sharing is caring

What is the difference between an entrepreneur and a social entrepreneur, I hear you ask?

And my response would be that an entrepreneur looks at a need that has to be filled and he fills it, whether it be a product or a service, to make money for himself.

A social entrepreneur, on the other hand, looks at a need that has to be filled and he fills it, whether it be a product or service, to make money that he can then give away to someone else

Why we do, what we do- the sugarcane water bottle that really gives back

Why we do, what we do- the sugarcane water bottle that really gives back

Drum roll please……….!! So in my ever increasing futility to write better blog posts I might have  overlooked one small factor that is actually the reason of why we do, what we do. So you all know that for every bottle we sell we give 6 months clean water to someone in the Central African Republic through our partner Water for Good. But we actually donate to a specific village in the Central African Republic called Gbokoulou, this is why we do, what we do. It’s that simple!
Training Day, water bottles and Rocky Balboa

Training Day, water bottles and Rocky Balboa

And you are going to start it right with a water bottle that reflects your attitude, your want to make a positive change in your life. A bottle that looks as good as you’re going to look but that has the heart of you as well. A bottle that reminds you why you’re doing what you’re doing, that gives something to someone else and that is environmentally speaking the best one you can get out there. A Yuhme water bottle sounds perfect! CO2 negative, made from sugarcane and for every bottle we sell we give 6 months of clean water to someone in the Central African Republic. The best part is that you avoid single-use plastic and you drink from a bottle without toxins such as bpa or phthalates.
The Change

The Change

Climate Change, by the time it takes effect, will rob me of nothing. I will likely be dead or a very old man waiting for that final nail in the proverbial coffin but this isn’t about us. It’s about what we leave behind, the only thing of any real worth that we leave, the next generation, our children. We now stand in the unique position of deciding what kind of future our children and grandchildren inherit, and history will judge us accordingly. Will we gift the future of humanity a life equivalent to that of the starving Polar Bear or will, as so many before us have failed to do, learn the failures of our past and give our children the chance to walk their own path on humanity’s journey?
The Riddle of ...?

The Riddle of ...?

It is both infinite and finite. You cannot see it, feel it or touch it, in fact it has no physical presence in the universe whatsoever. But we live with it every moment of our lives, it follows us through life. It influences nearly every decision we make in one way or another and we have no way of controlling it. You can see it equally in the faces of the young as you can the old but the young have no understanding of its existence whereas the old are often painfully aware