Why I Switched to a Plant Based Diet

Why I Switched to a Plant Based Diet

Green Living, Misc
Have you ever heard the expression, “Don’t eat the cow, eat what the cow eats?” This may sound good in theory, but the shocking reality is that conventional cattle farms feed their livestock an alarming array of so-called foods that is anything but wholesome or healthy. According to the book, “Food, What the Heck Should I Eat?” written by Mark Hyman, M.D., “many factory farms are willing to feed their animals whatever it takes to fatten them up as quickly and cheaply as possible…” Hyman continues, “it’s not only legal but common for producers to feed their cattle all sorts of sugar, candy, Kool-Aid powder, potato chips, and molasses.” In today’s article, I want to outline the reasons I switched to a plant based diet, and why you might consider…
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Cotton vs. Bamboo – Which fabric is better for the environment?

Cotton vs. Bamboo – Which fabric is better for the environment?

Fashion, Green Living, Sustainable Fashion
Both bamboo and cotton have been labeled as environmentally friendlier than other fabrics. But, when it comes to the production and manufacturing processes, which one has the edge? Find out!   Cotton Manufacturing Traditionally manufactured cotton is hard on both the agricultural workers and the land at every step in the process. From the pesticides and over use of water in the fields, the chemicals used to treat and dye the fabric to the polluted water runoff - cotton farming and textile production are taking their toll on the planet and on the workers’ health.    Cotton’s Overuse of Water The fashion industry has a large water footprint, due mainly to its dependence on cotton. Cotton plants are amazingly thirsty. On average it takes about 2,720 liters of water to…
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3 Natural Skincare Brands We Love For Healthy, Glowing Skin

3 Natural Skincare Brands We Love For Healthy, Glowing Skin

Misc
Searching for better skincare products? Worried about the chemicals you’re using every day? There are several ingredients you really don’t want on or in your body, especially a delicate place like your face. (Read about five toxic skincare ingredients to avoid here.) Since skin is the body’s largest organ, it soaks up anything placed on it. Skincare products don’t always stay skin deep. Some products, like lipstick, can be ingested while others, such as sprays, can be inhaled into the lungs.   By choosing natural and organic skincare products instead you can help your skin become clear and bright—without the risk of toxic chemical ingredients. Here are some of our favorite natural skincare brands and why. Andalou Naturals Andalou Naturals was the first beauty brand to achieve Non-GMO Project Verified…
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Green Your Wardrobe with these 7 Eco-Friendly Fabrics

Green Your Wardrobe with these 7 Eco-Friendly Fabrics

Sustainable Fashion
Interested in greening up your closet a little? Let’s face it, some of our clothing fabrics are not very eco-friendly. Synthetic materials and chemical-laden manufacturing processes put some of our fabric choices in the ecological dark ages. Traditional fabrics like cotton, rayon, nylon and polyester fall into this category. If you want to take steps to a more sustainable wardrobe, here are 7 fabrics you should consider.   Organic Cotton           Unlike regular cotton, organic cotton is grown without the use of pesticides or herbicides. Natural seeds are used, compared to genetically modified seeds. Organic cotton is also handpicked vs. machine picked, maintaining the long fibers and resulting in a softer fabric.   Bamboo           Bamboo is an eco-friendly alternative fabric that…
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The best organic hair care products for curly hair

The best organic hair care products for curly hair

Hair Care
It’s a curly girl revolution! We are seeing so many ladies rock their natural curls and we love it!    The most important thing for curls is to keep them hydrated. Curly hair is thirsty hair! Because of the texture of the curl, it can make it hard for moisture and oils to travel down the length of the hair follicle. But, of course, we know that using organic products are better. For more on that, read this blog on buying organic products.    Here are a couple of our very favorite products that keep hair nice and hydrated and clean with natural, organic ingredients that will make your hair happy.   Shampoos/Co-Washes   Of course, all hair needs to be cleaned occasionally. Whether you use shampoo to wash your…
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3 of the Best Natural Skincare Ingredients for Mature Skin

3 of the Best Natural Skincare Ingredients for Mature Skin

Misc
Taking the best care of your skin as you age means using great, healthy ingredients. We’ve got a few suggestions for rock-star skincare ingredients that will help you do just that. If you’re looking to source products for mature skin that are cleaner, safer and smarter, natural skincare is where it’s at. As we age, our skin begins to reveal how we’ve treated it over the years. Our face in particular will show signs of things like lifestyle, diet and personal habits. Genetics and heredity will also make their appearance. Some common complaints for people with mature skin include: Wrinkles Age spots Loss of elasticity Skin appears more translucent Three rock-star natural ingredients for mature skin include: Vitamin C Vitamin E Caffeine Vitamin C Vitamin C is a wonderful natural…
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How Can Fashion Be Sustainable?

How Can Fashion Be Sustainable?

Fashion, Green Living, Misc
With the rise of “fast fashion” and consumer demand for more and more inexpensive clothing, there are many sustainability issues in the fashion industry. But can the fashion really become sustainable?               There are several issues the fashion industry must address. In this blog we’ll address the massive problem of pollution and what can be done to limit waste in order for fashion to be more sustainable.   Textile Waste People are buying more clothes than ever before, but even worse - they are also disposing of them more quickly.                In fact, “the average American throws away 70 pounds of clothing each year,” according to thredUP’s annual Resale Report. Unfortunately, much of the discarded clothing winds up…
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Synthetic vs. Natural Insect Repellents

Synthetic vs. Natural Insect Repellents

Green Living, Skin Care
By now we’ve all heard about the dangers of using DEET in insect repellents, but what is it and is it unsafe? Let’s discuss synthetic vs. natural insect repellents, so you can decide which options work best for you and your family.   What is DEET? Diethyltoluamide, is a chemical commonly known as DEET, and it is the most common insect repellent currently on the market in the U.S. It was developed by Samuel Gertler of the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 1944. The U.S. Army began using it to protect soldiers in insect-infested areas in 1946. By 1957, it became widely available by the general public. Since then, not much has changed in the synthetic insect repellent industry.   Is DEET safe? According to a 2002 study published in…
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7 Reasons to Add Bamboo Fabric To Your Wardrobe

7 Reasons to Add Bamboo Fabric To Your Wardrobe

Fashion
If you’ve never worn bamboo fabric, you’re really missing out. Here are 7 reasons we love wearing bamboo!   1. Bamboo is sustainable Did you know that bamboo is a grass? It’s true! It grows natively all over the world except in Europe and the Antarctic. There are more than 1,500 species of bamboo, some of which can grow as tall as 13 stories.   Not only can it grow to be very tall, it also grows extremely quickly. According to Guinness World Records, some species can grow almost three feet in a single day or a whopping inch and a half every hour! Bamboo can be harvested between three to five years after planting. Once harvested, it will simply grow a new shoot from the same root system, meaning…
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Why Buy Organic Products?

Why Buy Organic Products?

Green Living, Misc
The organic industry has brought new products to the market to offer safer cosmetics, personal care items, and household goods. As more people become aware of the consequences of unhealthy eating and better understand the issues many crop yields can pose, the organic industry has blossomed to offer a better solution. But, many people remain unconvinced. Higher prices and skepticism whether organic products work as well have left some people questioning if buying organic products is really worth it. They wonder if organic food really makes a difference, both ethically or nutritionally. We can tell you organic does make a difference. The longer you eat and use organic products, the more of a benefit it is for you. Here are eight reasons why buying organic is worth it. Organic saves…
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