Sustainable Fashion From Athleta - Allie M. Taylor

*I wanted to give a big thanks to Athleta for sponsoring this post and letting me test out their new sustainable collection. As always, all opinions, thoughts, and experiences I share are completely honest and my own.

This year, I’ve been thinking a lot about my impact on the planet and ways that I can reduce it by living more sustainably. There are plenty of lifestyle changes and everyday choices we can make to practice sustainability including the clothes we buy and wear. Today, the common approach to shopping includes little thought for how our buying practices affect the world around us. In a study from Huffington Post, it was found that the average American throws out 81 pounds of clothing per year and 26 billion total pounds of clothing are sent to landfills! This was shocking to me and something I wasn’t even aware of. It made me realize that not only does a significant change in the fashion industry need to happen, but also a change in consumer mindsets to combat these destructive practices.

Thankfully, awareness surrounding the issue of sustainability and mindful consumption has continued to grow over the last decade, with even large brands starting to offer space for ethical products on their shelves. One of those brands that is working to do better is Athleta, who I was thrilled to partner with for National Take A Hike Day on November 17th to promote their new collection of sustainable outdoor wear. To celebrate, I headed outdoors to do some hiking in one of my favorite valleys in Switzerland wearing head to toe eco friendly Athleta items so that I could test them. To see the full details of my outfit, click here.

Sustainable Fashion From Athleta - Allie M. Taylor

I’ve always regarded Athleta as a high quality company and leader in the outdoor and fitness wear industry. However, after testing a few items from their sustainable collection and doing some further research about their sustainability initiatives including becoming a certified B-Corporation, they’ve earned an even greater amount of respect in my books.

As I was researching the values and mission of Athleta, a few important topics stood out to me that I also support.

  • Empowering women to achieve their limitless potential 

One of the core values of Athleta is to empower women to be the best version of themselves with the #PowerofShe movement. They celebrate women and their bodies by designing for all body types and situations. I’m personally inspired by the #PowerofShe movement because it recognizes the limitless potential of every woman including our strengths, talents, and our voice to inspire others.

  • Protecting and preserving the world we live in

Over the last two years Athleta has been hard at work to increase their use of sustainable materials by using organic cotton, switching to recycled fabrics, and implementing more efficient fabric dyeing and finishing techniques. As of today, 40% of Athleta’s fabrics are made with sustainable fibers and by 2020 their goal is to increase this to 80%. As a B-Corp brand, Athleta is using business as a force for good by putting people and the planet right up there with profit!

Sustainable Fashion From Athleta - Allie M. Taylor

Athleta’s initiatives are a great reminder to be aware and be conscious of what we buy and how our consumerist behavior can impact the planet. We, as consumers, have as much of a responsibility as big companies to inspire and make positive and progressive changes to do better and protect the world around us. I hope this blog post gives you a glimpse into why sustainability is such an important topic and also inspires you to take a better look at your impact on the environment and the changes, if even small, that you can make to reduce this impact. Now go ahead and get outdoors and explore this beautiful world we live in.

Do you have any favorite tips on living sustainably or being a more mindful consumer? Feel free to share them below in the comments.



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How To Travel The World With A Full Time Job - Allie M. TaylorFrom the picture perfect squares of my Instagram it might be easy to assume that my life consists of nothing but traveling, but what might surprise you is that I actually work a full time job here in Zurich, Switzerland. In the middle of 2017, I decided to ditch the freelance lifestyle, move to Switzerland, and adopt a full time job in the Tech industry. I was excited, but there was a lingering fear in the back of my head that this meant I had to give up my love for traveling. However, since moving to Europe I’ve traveled more than I have in my entire life. In fact, in the last year I’ve visited over 18 countries all while maintaining a 42 hour work week! I say this not to brag but rather to instil a sense of hope. That it’s possible to travel the world without having to be a professional travel blogger or photographer. That you can still be a responsible adult who doesn’t have to quit their job just to satisfy their wanderlust. So in case you’re wondering how to travel with a full time job, I’ve shared 7 of my tried-and-true tips that will allow you to make this possible.

1. Take Advantage of National Holidays

One of my favorite ways to minimize the amount of vacation days I take while traveling is to take advantage of national holidays. If a holiday falls on the middle of the week, I often turn this into a 9-day vacation while only having to use up 4 of my vacation days! On Friday after work I’ll head straight to the airport and return Sunday night on the following weekend or early-Monday morning to get the most out of my holiday week. It’s a great way to see the most in a new city without having to squeeze everything into one weekend.

2. Work Remotely

How to Travel The World With A Full Time Job - Allie M. TaylorMy current and past employers have thankfully all been incredibly supportive of the “remote work” concept. With communication tools like Slack, and Google Hangouts, I can easily work anywhere in the world while still being connected with my team. While I understand working while traveling might not be for everyone, I don’t mind it at all. Working remotely is a great way to spend some time out of the office and in new surroundings, which I actually find conducive to feeling more inspired at work. Often times I’ll choose to allocate a few hours each day to working (usually in the middle of the day if the light is too harsh for shooting), which adds up to one or two days of full work that I don’t have to count as time off. If you are unsure about your company’s remote work policy, make sure to ask your boss or talk to him/her about implementing one if it does not exist already. You’d be surprised how many companies are beginning to be open to the idea of remote work. In fact some are even calling it the future of work!

3. Travel close to home

You don’t have to go far from home to travel! Often times we get so caught up in the idea that we have to fly to another country or travel states away to feel like we are actually “traveling.” However, there are plenty of hidden gems to discover in our own cities and just a few hours from them. There is nothing better than taking a roadtrip with friends, which is not only a more fun way to travel but also cheaper since you can split the costs of things like gas and Air Bnb‘s. When I used to live in Los Angeles, we would always gather a group of friends, pile up into a car, and roadtrip to places like Yosemite, Santa Barbara, San Francisco, or Big Sur for the weekend. And now that I live in Switzerland, it’s easier than ever to make short weekend trips by traveling just a few hours by train.

4. Make Long Weekends Your Best Friend

How To Travel The World With A Full Time Job - Allie M. TaylorWhen you work full time, taking advantage of your weekends and extending them by a day or two is one of the best ways to travel more. This gives you at least three or four days for vacation, which is more than enough time for a trip – even if you want to travel internationally. This year I’ve been able to travel to places like Rome, The Dolomites, Austria, Morocco, Cinque Terre, Turkey, Copenhagen and several Greek Islands all while taking only one or two days off from work by extending my weekends. I often enjoy these trips the most because they require the least amount of planning and travel time.

5. Extend a Work Trip

If you’re going to a conference or business meeting in another city, make sure to extend your trip by a day or two before or after the event takes place. You most likely won’t have time to sight-see during the day, so it’s always nice to have a few extra days to explore on your own time. Not only is it cheaper because your flight is already covered, but it also gives you more time to spend in a city since you’re already there. I did this earlier this year when my company had a work meeting in Copenhagen for a few days, so I chose to stay an extra day afterwards to explore the city.

6. Take Shorter Trips, But More Frequently

How To Travel The World With A Full Time Job - Allie M.Although I travel quite often, I usually only take one or two long vacations a year. By “long vacation”, I mean a trip greater than one week in length. I find that I’m more happy when I spread out my vacation days by taking shorter trips rather than spending them all on one or two holidays. This gives me a bit more flexibility for the rest of the year to take an extra vacation in case I NEED a break from work.

7. Negotiate Your Paid Time Off

Before signing your contract at a new job or undergoing your annual salary review, make sure to stress that time off is a priority and negotiate for more paid time off. If you’re up for a promotion, think about how you prioritize your benefits and consider taking less pay in exchange for more paid time off. If you value travel, it might be worth giving up a 3-4% salary increase for three extra paid vacation days instead.

Do you have any tips on how to travel and work full time? If you do, Please leave your answers in the comments below to share them with everyone else.

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