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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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5 Toxic Skincare Ingredients to Avoid

5 Toxic Skincare Ingredients to Avoid

Green Living, Misc, Skin Care
We all want younger-looking, healthy skin. But at what cost? According to the Environmental Working Group, the average adult uses 9 personal care products each day, with 126 unique chemical ingredients, many of which are toxic. We’ll show you 5 toxic skincare ingredients to avoid and why. Butylated Compounds (BHA & BHT) BHA (butylated hydroxyanisole) and BHT (butylated hydroxytoluene) are used as preservatives in a wide variety of cosmetics and personal care products, including  moisturizers, lipsticks, eyeliners, eyeshadows, blushes, face powders and foundations.   Both BHA and BHT act as a synthetic antioxidant, slowing down deterioration caused by chemical reactions with oxygen. Note that BHA - butylated hydroxyanisole - should not be confused with beta hydroxy acids, which can also be abbreviated on labels as BHA. How’s that for confusing?…
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Sustainability Issues in the Fashion Industry

Sustainability Issues in the Fashion Industry

Green Living
There are many sustainability issues in the fashion industry with the rise of fast fashion. Now the second largest polluter in the world - just after the oil industry - it’s time for the fashion industry to take a serious look at its impact on the environment. The Use and Abuse of Water Fashion 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 produce one T-shirt. In India, the water consumed to grow cotton exports in 2013 would be enough to supply 85% of the country’s 1.24 billion people with 26 gallons of water every day for a year. Meanwhile, more than 100 million people in India do not have access to…
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What’s In My Hair Care Products? 5 Common Ingredients We Can Probably Do Without

What’s In My Hair Care Products? 5 Common Ingredients We Can Probably Do Without

Hair Care
When was the last time you read through the ingredient label on your hair care products? When it comes to hair care labels, much like food labels, the simpler the ingredient list, the better. If you’re looking for hair care products with safe and healthy ingredients for yourself and your family, it’s time to understand what’s really inside those bottles. Let’s take a look at five common additives that you can probably do without.   1. Parabens Since the 1950s, parabens have been commonly used as a preservative in hair care and cosmetics. Their benefit is that they prevent the growth of bacteria and some promote hair growth. The problem is that they can also act as an “endocrine disruptor” in the body. Research has linked parabens to breast tumors…
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10 Ways To Be Sustainable in Everyday Life

10 Ways To Be Sustainable in Everyday Life

Green Living
Creating a sustainable lifestyle is no easy task, especially for those new to going green. If you are looking for ways to make a few positive changes, the best approach may be to simply make one change at a time. Let’s take a look at a few easy ways we can be more sustainable in everyday life.   Drive less Ride your bike or walk to the market to pick up that loaf of bread. The average American spends plenty of time behind the wheel - 293 hours each year, according to AAA. How about walking? It’s better for you and the environment. Plus, by walking or taking your bike, you’ll be setting a great example for your children about the importance of sustainability and physical fitness.      …
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Living Sustainably On A Budget

Living Sustainably On A Budget

Misc
Living sustainably does not have to be expensive. In fact, budget conscious consumers may actually enjoy becoming more sustainable and save money in the process. So, how does one live sustainably and stay on a budget? We’ll share 8 tips to help you do both!   Eat Less Meat and Dairy According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Americans ate 222.2 pounds of red meat and poultry in 2018, up from 216.9 pounds in 2017. For most families, the cost of this much meat can really add up! Try adding a Meatless Monday to your family’s weekly meal plan. You can save yourself from buying 126.6 pounds of meat over the course of a year and watch the grocery bill start to drop. (For a family of four who regularly…
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Why Is Sustainable Living Important?

Why Is Sustainable Living Important?

Green Living, Misc
Is it just us, or does it seem that everywhere you look, sustainability is in the news? It seems to be one megatrend that we hear and see all around, and not just in “green” circles. But why is it so important? What is sustainability? The definition created by the United Nations World Commission on Environment and Development says, “Sustainability is the ability to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” Why is sustainability important? Sustainability is more that just a buzzword; it’s an important issue. In fact, the reason we keep hearing about it is because it’s become a problem. According to the Global Footprint Network: “Today humanity uses the equivalent of 1.7 earths to provide the resources…
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