@prelovedjules’ Tips for A Sustainable New Year

Sustainable Living@prelovedjules’ Tips for A Sustainable New Year

@prelovedjules’ Tips for A Sustainable New Year

Say hello to @prelovedjules or Julia Grieve; she is a mother of three, a wife and has dubbed herself, the Accidental Environmentalist because her journey toward sustainability started completely by accident! We caught up with Julia to talk about all things sustainability, wellness her tried and true Well.ca picks and new must haves for the best New Year yet! 

Tell Us Where The Name ‘Accidental Environmentalist’ Came From?

I call myself that because I started on this journey towards sustainability really, by accident! In my 20’s, coming off from working abroad as a model in the fashion industry, I wanted to create my own pieces, so I launched Preloved. I started by just taking thrifted and vintage pieces, re-cutting them, and upcycling them into cool, unique pieces. The intention right out of the gate was just to make one-of-a-kind clothing, I didn’t realize we were actively diverting textile waste. When we realized the impact, it became a core part of the business, and 29 years later, we’ve diverted over a million sweaters from landfills. I’ve really seen the impact of small changes, and today it’s my mission to inspire others to create meaningful little changes that will leave the planet better than we found it. 

How Do You Approach Goal Setting For the New Year?

I love a January reset, but I prefer to think of it as setting up challenges for the new year. Challenging yourself to try something new, learn something new, practice something a little bit more. It doesn’t have to be super difficult; it could be as simple as perfecting two new plant-based recipes or offering to run an elderly neighbour’s errands once a month, joining a walking group, just something that inspires you. For 2024, I’ve set a challenge to meditate at least 3 days a week! 

What Is Your Number One Intention For 2024?

A habit I’m hoping to try – and maintain for 2024 is to walk more, anything that could be 15-minute car ride, I’m going to walk it instead! 

What Does Wellness Mean To You?

To me wellness means being your best self. Wellness is such a gift and I’m so privileged to be able to take care of myself, and my mental and physical health. To be able to do the things that make me the happiest, it’s incredibly valuable.    

What Do You Love Most About Shopping With Well.ca?

I’ve shopped at Well.ca for over 5 years now, and I just love it. They have everything I need, and I love that I can shop and support small Canadian businesses, in every category. That’s my one little hack for shopping at Well.ca – filter to Canadian products! 

What Are Some Of Your Top Picks From Well.ca For The New Year? 



ATTITUDE Home Essentials Laundry Detergent Lavender & Rosemary Bundle

Attitude has been one of my favourite brands for years and this bundle is perfect for those trying to use more refillable. 




Three Ships Dew Drops Mushroom Hyaluronic Acid + Vitamin C Serum

Love this Canadian clean beauty brand and this serum in particular is to die for! 



NOTICE Hair Co. (Formerly Unwrapped Life) The Hydrator Travel Set

A really easy way to cut down on waste – bars! This hydrator set is a game changer for my hair, incredibly moisturizing, and makes traveling such a breeze! No worrying about spills or being over your liquid requirement! 


What Are Some New Brands In The Sustainable Space You’re Excited To Try?

There’s some great innovation coming on the scene!  


Dotti Super Scrubber Blush

This new ergonomic, anti-bacterial sponge is a must-have. It’s even dishwasher friendly! What!




Myni All Purpose Cleaner Zest Fest

I love cleaning tablets, they cut down on packaging waste, and you just add it to a reusable bottle with water, and you’re good to go!




Guests on Earth All-Purpose Cleaner Kit Dunes at Dusk

Another build-you-own style cleaner that gives you options for scents and potency, a great way to reduce waste


What’s One Of Your Favourite Recent Purchases From Well.ca?



My Bala Bangles Ankle and Wrist Weights, I am obsessed! I use them in addition to my workouts, and lately, I’ve started slapping them on my wrists for my evening walks.  


What Would A Perfect Day Look Like For You?

A perfect day would start with a sunny morning and a 5am workout, I really need to move my body every morning. A good cup of coffee, and then a traffic-less drive into the Preloved office for a weekly team check-in, before heading south into Toronto for a Cityline segment, and then home in time to catch my kid’s game, volleyball, hockey or football – depends on the season! A lovely family dinner, that ends with a spotless kitchen, that I didn’t have to clean. A little nightcap and catch up with my husband, and I’m tucked into bed by 9:00 PM. Yes, seriously.  

And Finally, What Is One Mantra You Live By That You’d Love To Pass On To Your Followers?

It’s such a cliche, but it is one for a reason – it really is about the journey, not the destination. It’s not just about running the 10K, just to tick it off the list – it’s about the everyday changes and habits that’ll help you get the 10K done, and beyond. 

Explore More Go-To’s From @prelovedjules

Nellie’s Dish Butter & Brush Bundle

When I started cutting down on single-use plastics in my life, dish soap bottles were the first to go. Second were the green and yellow sponges– made from plastics, I learned they were leaking microplastics with every use! Now I use natural bristle brushes, and it was a seamless change! 

The Bare Home All Purpose Cleaner Refill Box Lemon + Tea Tree

When it comes to the 3 R’s of recycling, I always like to say the secret 4th “R” should be refill! I love this Bare Home all-purpose cleaner, the scent is lemony fresh! Oh, and another Canadian business!  

OmieLife OmieBox Bento Box Pink Berry 

I pack my lunch when I’m on the go, and bento boxes are my new obsession! I love the retro feel of this Omiebox Pinkberry bento box, and now I carry one container instead of a few small ones. 

Living Libations Best Skin Ever Seabuckthorn Face and Body Oil Cleanser

I’m such a fan of Living Libations, I’ve known Nadine for a long time, and every product lives up to the hype! 

Graydon Face Food Mineral Mist

I love incorporating mists into my skincare routine, they feel so luxurious. Gradyon’s mineral mist is so refreshing, and another Canadian women-owned brand!  

Tom’s of Maine Whole Care Fluoride Toothpaste

I am a Tom’s of Maine woman through and through! Their products are made with natural ingredients, and they have an incredible take-back program with Terracycle, taking responsibility for the post-consumer lifespan of their packaging! What’s not to love?   

Ten & Co. Sponge Cloth Vintage Blackberry

I love Swedish sponge clothes, especially the ones from Ten and Co. a Canadian, woman-owned business! Long-lasting, and once you’re done with them, toss into the compost! The beautiful patterns also make them perfect for gifting, wrap around a bottle of wine with some twine, and you’ve got twice the gift! 

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