Ware Journal: A blog with Intention


Reusable Coffee Filter Care

Drinking daily coffee to help beat the winter blues? Us too. Find some tips & tricks below from our friends over at GDS Cloth Goods on the care of reusable Ebb coffee filters to help get the best bang for your buck & to be more sustainable while you're at it. Our filter selection includes: Chemex 3 cup, Chemex 6-10 cup, #2 Pourover, #4 Pourover, Hario v60, and Aeropress. New to reusable cloth filters? We've got you. Ebb reusable coffee filters should last for about 90-120 uses, which is 3-4 months for daily use, and about a year for weekend coffee drinkers. Proper cleaning and storage of your Ebb filter will help it last longer and deliver a delicious taste....

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A Wavy-Maven Take on Plastic-Free Conditioner

To my curly hair friends, finding products that work is a quest. I have type 3A hair,  so my hair is thin, curly, and I have a lot of it. My intention for hair-care includes frizz-eliminating, moisture quenching essentials that don’t weigh my hair down. I’m a low-maintenance kind of gal when it comes to getting ready and I pride myself on the fact that my morning routine takes less than 20 minutes. Not only that, but I seek out companies that use natural products, cruelty-free, and understand their responsibility to the earth through recyclable packaging. All-in-all, quality-over-quantity is a core value that I hold within my interactions and purchases.  With an oversaturated market of  products that don’t benefit my...

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When a Solution isn't a Solution (read: isn't Sustainable)

As a seller of things who preaches that we should own less but better (my pitch for reading the book Essentialism), I often find myself in a predicament. With so many options available to consumers, a retailer’s biggest job is deciding what not to offer. That Ware is a sustainable lifestyle store eliminates, frankly, most products on the market. But even once you zoom in on just “sustainable” products, there are some more nuanced decisions that have to be made.  Sure, there are companies that are flat out greenwashing their marketing and claiming to be environmentally responsible and/or ethical when they, as a whole, are not at all. Those aren’t the hard decisions, once you figure out how to discern which brands...

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Sustainable Gifting Hot Take: Don't Give Them What YOU Want

The Short This piece is equal parts confession and hot take. Here's the crux of my soapbox (tl;dr) : giving someone a gift that is anything less than perfect for them is inherently unsustainable. That's a lot of pressure, but I'll give you some helpful hints by the end. Promise! The long Gift buying/giving is a subject that holds a somewhat uncomfortable place in my life. I have a fairly strong aversion to receiving gifts. There are very few things in the world that I want, and when I want something, I want a very specific version of it. To be precise, it's not that I hate being gifted exactly what I want, it is just incredibly rare that someone manages to get...

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If it doesn’t work, it isn’t sustainable

As a seller of things that preaches that many things aren’t needed in the first place, I often find myself in a tough situation. With so many options available to consumers, a retailer’s biggest job is deciding what not to offer. That Ware is a sustainable lifestyle store eliminates, frankly, most products on the market. But even once you zoom in on just “sustainable” products, there are some more nuanced decisions that have to be made.  Sure, there are companies that are flat out greenwashing their marketing and claiming to be environmentally responsible and/or ethical when they, as a whole, are not at all. Those aren’t the hard decisions, once you figure out how to discern which brands are doing...

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