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Dear dear all,

After what feels like a thousand years of silence, my fingers started itching and I started blogging again. This time in Dutch. Yeah, story of my life, I am never one to keep to my decisions forever, but rather go by the flow and do what feels good at a specific moment in my life. As a (still?) new mother and new entrepreneur, so much is going on in my life, and I love a place to store my thoughts.
That’s annepleun.com
Feel free to come follow me there!
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I’m becoming a Rockstar

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Howdy! I’m still alive and kickin’, in case you were wondering and still hanging around here.
And I have some exciting news to share. For 1,5 years now, I’ve been working on a project called ‘On The Rocks’. Sustainable stationery, made from rocks. It has been a fun and exciting ride so far, but we’re taking things up a notch…
 
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During my pregnancy, everything came to a standstill. But now I’m back, stronger than ever. And with a beautiful little girl by my side. And we’re both ready to rock….
 

The Rock Tools Kickstarter campaign!

 
With a great team of people (including Eva and Laura) we’ve been busting our asses of to build an awesome Kickstarter campaign! Why? Let me explain…

 
The stationery we have designed, is made from rock paper. This cradle to cradle certified paper is a very good substitute for traditional, polluting paper.
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To start building a community of pioneers for this still very unknown material, and to start the manufacturing process of our debut capsule line of products, we’ve built a Kickstarter campaign. And now comes the fun part. We need to get the word out there. Need to find as many supporters as possible to make this change happen.
 
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We want to cause the ripple in the ocean, and start on a journey to make the world of paper a cleaner one. For me, this is not an end stage. It’s only the beginning. I want to develop the product further to make it even better for the world. We’ll support an indigenous tree planting foundation in South Africa.
 
I’m so stoked. This is already a dream come true. Talk about chasing your ambitions, right, you should always start and see where it takes you. And you know what’s coming now…
 
Will you help me and my team, be our Rockstar, buy your first ROCKBOOK, thus supporting our campaign? Every euro will make a difference (plus, when you’re an early bird, you’ll get a ROCKBOOK for 8 euros…).
 
And really any support is welcome. Follow On The Rocks on Facebook, Twitter, spread the word or drop me a note with feedback. I’ll be forever grateful (and so will the trees ;-) ).
 
p.s. Would it be fun if I post an update here every now and then about the progress? Shout!

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The day I became a mother

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This is the first time in almost two weeks that I log-in to Quarterlife Adventures. But I still don’t know where to start with this story. I thought the pregnancy had turned my life around, turns out it was not even the beginning. What can I say, all the cliche’s seem to apply in my case. I am a changed woman. My daughter is the most beautiful human being I have ever seen and I can look at her for hours and forget all about the world around me. The deepest form of love. Seeing the love of my life hold that little bundle (of joy YES I JUST WROTE THAT). ‘Love’ doesn’t even begin to describe what I feel for the both of them.
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Fashion Revolution TAG!

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A little extra note: on April 23th, our daugther decided she couldn’t waot any longer to come into our lives. Just as I was finishing this post, labor started and we had to rush to the hospital. On April 24th Lizzy was born. That is why I present you this post, but with one day delay. Because also on this day, awareness is needed for a fair fashion industry!
 

Some background information

On April 24th, 2013, 1133 textileworkers were killed when the Rana Plaza factory collapsed. Sadly, this is not a lone incident. The clothing industry as we know it today, is an unhealthy industry where mainly the poor and vulnerable workers carry the burden of the cheap fashion that is sold on the market. Changes are urgently needed to turn this industry into a heatlhy one.
 
That is why April 24th, is international Fashion Revolution Day. In 2015, this campaign takes a personal approach. The Fashion Revolution organisation calls on all individuals to ask the question: who made my clothes?

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Some facts about me – #40facts4thehive

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If everything goes according to plan (tends not to happen in my life, but I do have high hopes here), I will be attending the Hive blogger conference in Berlin next weekend. Super much looking forward. The organization asked participating bloggers to write something about themselves in a #40facts4thehive blogpost. So of course I am happy to participate. Besides that, this post might also be interesting for other people, since I’ll try to open up a bit about myself… Continue Reading

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Anne’s Diary #3

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Please forgive me, but my diary’s are not going to be spectacular or inspirational or whatever the coming weeks. Because my god, the only thing I am is tired. Nothing more, nothing less. My pregnancy leave has started earlier than planned because my body decided to be not such a start at carrying a baby. At first there was relief, because I could finally focus on making the babe, preparing for the birth and doing pregnancy yoga (I hope no one ever has to see me do that – not charming, but oh so good). But now…
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Andrew Brooks Clothing Poverty

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When I saw a tweet announcing the release of the book ‘Clothing Poverty’ by Andrew Brooks, I didn’t know how fast to run to an online bookstore to order it. The subtitle of the book being ‘the hidden world of fast fashion and second-hand clothes’, this book could not be left unreviewed on my blog. The focus of this book lies mainly on illustrating the social and economic non-sustainability of the fashion industry. A very interesting and also highly political and difficult subject, not a light read. Therefore, I thought I’d break down some of the highlights of the book for you!
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Giving birth 2.0

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Can I just say that I am falling in love with our nature more and more at the moment? I used to be afraid of giving birth. Mainly before I was pregnant. But now? I just can’t wait to get that baby out of me (well this really sounds weird, doesn’t it…). It’s a combination of trust (who run the world…GIRLS etc) and longing (after all the kicking and moving inside of me I can’t wait to meet that little girl) that just makes me wish May be here sooner rather than later. Oh, and the five-star-hotel-like hospital might help as well…
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5 articles that inspire you to be adventurous

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Let’s kick off this week with some great inspirational articles. Because sometimes you just need someone to show you how it’s done. And because adventures are fun, be they big or small, long or short, all good. As long as they bring you a new experience and help you grow as a person. So check these out! Most of them are short-reads, so be sure to read them!
 

5 articles that inspire you to be adventurous

 

  • Ever feel like time is flying by super fast? Maybe it’s because you don’t have enough adventure in your life. Or better said, you could possibly slow down time by going on new adventures, however big or small (well, that is, in your head, no time machine yet)! This article on the Huffington Post provides you with some more reasons to embrace adventure in your life.
  • In a bit of a lazy mood? Ok, let’s start on your couch. Watch these movies for full-blown adventure inspiration. But we’re talking major adventures here. So let’s say that a big boost of inspiration most likely will lead to you doing something adventurous in your life, then this is a good first start. Tips for movies that make you want to go on adventures are listed in this article on Hello Giggles.
  • But you know what, in order to enjoy new adventures, you don’t need to head out far. You could try one of these 50 ways to have an adventure without leaving town, by the Laughing Medusa. Great inspiration, if you ask me.
  • Or you could, of course, go on a really big adventure by booking a trip to a distant place and be wow-ed by all the amazing things this world has to offer. If you do have the possibility and feel the urge to take on a very big adventure, why not do it asap? Look at the stunning examples in this article on the Huffington Post.
  • But then again, don’t forget to look at what you already have in life, to see the adventures you are already living. It’s important not to overlook the efforts you might have already put into making your life YOUR life. Then be sure to check out this great piece by the Self Help Hipster – Because my life is dope and I do dope shit. You betcha!
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    Do you have any articles, movies, music, that inspire you to be adventurous? Please do share!

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    Certifications for sustainable fashion

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    What a maze. Do you have any idea what kind of certifications there are in the clothing industry, what they actually mean (IF they actually mean anything relevant for you), and how to make good use of them while shopping? Well I didn’t. I had heard of GOTS before, because of my own involvement with a sustainable clothing label, and of course about ‘something’ fair trade. But there is more, apparently. Below I have listed 4 important certifications available in the sustainable (clothing) industry, with a short indication of what they actually mean. So if you have plans to shop more sustainable (which you should!), make good use of this list. Remember some of them and in that way reduce the risk of being ‘greenwashed’. By the way, if you have any suggestions for other certifications that I should include, let me know!
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