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Who are you?
I'm a writer living in Paris, France, with my native Parisian husband and two cats. I've written for or been featured in The Guardian, Apartment Therapy, ELLE.com, MIXT(E) Magazine, Buzzfeed, and One Green Planet, speaking at events like COP21 and the Responsible Business Development Forum in Singapore and working with brands like Airbnb, Alcoa, Hilton, and World Wildlife Fund, among others. Since starting Paris To Go in April 2014, this site received over 3 million page views, averaging 120,000 page views and 20,000+ visitors per month. But once I met Raekwon and he said I was pretty, so none of those will ever top that moment.
Are you vegan?
I was vegan for three years until my doctor told me stop, vegetarian after that, and plant based over a year now. I wear secondhand leather, wool, and have a secondhand down coat with a fur collar. I would never buy these materials (the exception being cruelty-free wool) new, but I figure, why should other living beings be killed or exploited for new clothes, when so many garments exist secondhand?
Do you accept guest blog posts / advertisers / link exchange?
I'm currently not accepting guest posts. If your brand is interested in working with me, please email ariana at paris-to-go.com. I don't run ads, but use ShopStyle affiliate links. If you click on a link, I make a commission. I added ShopStyle after a year because many asked for brand information and it took too much time to reply individually. This seemed like a nice way to support this blog without taking your money, since ShopStyle pays per click. I'll focus on featuring secondhand and plastic-free items, and disclose them in every post.
Where do you buy your food / secondhand clothes?
Here is a list of my favorite dépôt-ventes in Paris and here is a list of my favorite food markets by day, including a complete map of all the marché volants by arrondissement. I don't shop bulk bins because of celiac disease. I try not to buy online, but I used to like The Real Real for specific clothing items. When I started zero waste, I lived in a small town with no farmer's markets or bulk stores, so it's completely possible if you don't live in a city! I just went to the supermarket (there was only one) and asked them to put everything in my own containers. They were intrigued and ended up carrying unpackaged soap, bulk options, etc. I'm living proof that the more people are scared of you, the more bulk bins you get.
What products do you use to clean your apartment? How do you manage laundry?
Check out my zero waste cleaning post here. Here is my laundry routine. All my zero waste posts are written with busy people, who don't have time to make everything, in mind. Instead of recipes, this site focuses on one-ingredient zero waste alternatives working professionals, students, rural residents etc. can buy and use right away. The posts are not necessarily prescriptive- local availability differs from person to person- but I hope you take the principles and adapt them to your own situation. For specific tips on cleaning with pets, click here.
What do you use to take / edit your photos?
All photos are taken via iPad, my phone, or my husband's phone. I don't stage photos because I'm frankly no good at it and I'm not going to put dirty shoes and bags and stuff on my bed anyways. I want to stay true to my values of sustainability and simplicity, so I don't feel the need to buy a DSLR, or Photoshop graphics, at this time. Also I'm just lazy. I know this because of how frequently I wake up still wearing jeans.
Can you show me around Paris?
Please refer to the Paris link above for recommendations. Click here for my Paris city guide and here for a list of places to stay- I update these posts often. I don't email personalized recommendations. For gluten-free restaurants, see the Gluten-free page or my Gluten-Free Guide Map on Pinterest. I usually can't meet because I don't have much time and I want to spend it with my husband and friends and cats.
What do you do about toilet paper? Floss?
This is a question my husband gets all the time. He uses toilet paper like a normal white person. I use soap, water, and a bidet like any self-respecting Asian. For how I floss or any personal care questions, please check the Beauty category from the drop down menu above.
Why do you eat gluten-free?
It's not a choice. I have celiac disease. I had it before it became trendy, though (in 1989).
Can you be zero waste with kids?
Many zero waste bloggers have children. For a list, click here. Additionally, many of these parents work full time. For an example, check out this Zero Waste Kids guest post.