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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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Gone to Green’s Step-by-Step Guide To Building A Sustainable Wardrobe

Gone to Green’s Step-by-Step Guide To Building A Sustainable Wardrobe

Fashion, Green Living
If you’ve never thought about building a sustainable wardrobe, consider these crazy statistics: * We wear an article of clothing an average of 7 times. * Most women consider a wardrobe item “old” after wearing it just 3 times. * The average American produces 82 pounds of textile waste annually. This all adds up to a lot of waste: wasted objects, wasted time, and wasted money. Wouldn’t it be easier to have a closet full of curated items that you loved - items that all worked together interchangeably to define your style? Mornings would be easier. Your style would be defined. You would feel good about wearing classic, timeless pieces. You can have a closet full of eco-friendly clothes that you love with Gone to Green’s step-by-step guide to a…
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How To Create A Sustainable Lifestyle

How To Create A Sustainable Lifestyle

Green Living
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.” Based on that definition, here are five ways to use less resources and produce less waste to decrease your environmental footprint. 1. Stop unwanted mail Let’s face it: junk mail and unwanted mail are a daily nuisance, but they are also bad for the environment. There are a few ways you can minimize your intake of mail. You can remove your name from mailing lists, opt out of phone book and catalog delivery, even tell charitable organizations that you donate to not to send additional mail. Here are six more…
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Ultimate “Green” Gift Guide for the Holidays

Ultimate “Green” Gift Guide for the Holidays

Misc
Give the gift of an eco-friendly gift to a friend or loved one this holiday season! Check out our top ten gift ideas for the special person in your life: For The Teacher Beauty By Earth Bath Bomb Gift Set THE GIFT OF RELAXATION: We all know someone who deserves a little relaxation. (Anyone know a teacher?) Our bath bomb gift set is the perfect way to say “you’re amazing.” Each set is gorgeously packaged and filled with a variety of lush bath bombs. Whether you’re looking for something pretty to put under the tree or just want to let someone know you care, there’s no better way to say it than with bath bombs.       For Sister Everyday Minerals Makeup Diary – London-9 Piece Shimmer Eye Shadow…
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Bamboo: What you need to know about this awesome plant

Bamboo: What you need to know about this awesome plant

Misc
The amazing, versatile bamboo plant can be used sustainably for all sorts of products If you’ve been thinking about switching to more eco-friendly products, you’ve likely come across bamboo. Not only is bamboo beautiful and versatile, it’s also a plant that can be grown sustainably without the use of pesticides and without the harsh practices of traditional logging and plant harvest. Bamboo is a personal favorite of ours. It’s used in so many different ways around the world. Now, as more people are becoming concerned about the sustainability of our manufacturers' practices, bamboo is gaining popularity. All about bamboo Did you know 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…
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Get off the bandwagon: Five health trends and how to really benefit from them

Get off the bandwagon: Five health trends and how to really benefit from them

Misc, Trends
Everyone’s talking about Turmeric, Coconut Oil, Activated Charcoal, Aloe Vera and Witch Hazel. Are they worth the hype? It seems like every couple months some new health food or skin care ingredient pops up in the media, touting wonderful benefits from its use and/or consumption. Sometimes these claims are accurate. Sometimes, not so much. We’re here to clear up some of the misunderstandings and help you know truth from hype. Here are five ingredients everyone’s been talking about and the truth behind them.   Turmeric Turmeric is a beautiful bright orange spice used traditionally in curry. The fine powder is made from the ground roots of the curcuma longa plant in Southeast Asia and has been known for its medicinal effects for thousands of years. But lately, turmeric has been…
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Do you know what’s in your sunscreen?

Do you know what’s in your sunscreen?

Skin Care
Do you know what's in your sunscreen? Find out what the difference between chemical sunscreen and mineral sunscreen is and what it means for you Everyone knows about the damage the sun’s rays can cause to skin. Even if you aren’t prone to sunburn, the ultraviolet (UV) radiation can cause a number of ailments, mainly and most worryingly, malignant melanoma. As more and more people are aware of and concerned with the potential of sun-exposure related cancers, sunscreen use has risen around the world. As with most cosmetic products, the frequency of use has led some to question whether the chemical composition of sunscreens, which have been developed in the last century or so, are as safe as they are touted to be. And, it seems these fears aren’t entirely…
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What Is Greenwashing?

What Is Greenwashing?

General, Misc
What is greenwashing?   Simply put, greenwashing is when companies put misleading information and labels on their products in order to appear more environmentally friendly. Why you may ask? Well, because it works to sell the product.   These companies count on people not having the time to properly research the product and the ingredients. People are in a hurry and usually only glance over the label briefly in order to make a decision and determine if it’s a better product.  They know people look for certain buzzwords that sound nice.   This isn’t anything new. Greenwashing has been around since the 1980s; however, it has become more prevalent because people do want better, safer, and more eco-friendly products. To meet this demand, manufacturers are changing the packaging and putting…
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Kourtney Kardashian Meets With Congressional Leaders About Cosmetics Reform

Kourtney Kardashian Meets With Congressional Leaders About Cosmetics Reform

Misc, News
On April 24, Kourtney Kardashian teamed up with the Environmental Working Group’s president Ken Cook to discuss cosmetics reform on Capitol Hill. Specifically, Kourtney spoke out on her support for a bill to more strictly regulate personal care products. The Personal Care Products Safety Act of 2017 would require personal care companies to tell the Food and Drug Administration what ingredients they include in their products and to register their manufacturing facilities with federal authorities. According to Cook, requirements for companies that make cosmetics have not changed much since 1938 when the legislation was first passed. He is strongly advocating for reform and has launched a new campaign for #BeautyMadeBetter. He has stated that cosmetics manufacturers are allowed to use ingredients that have known safety issues. In typical Kardashian style,…
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5 Ways Natural Skin Care Can Benefit You

5 Ways Natural Skin Care Can Benefit You

General
Natural skin care is not just a modern fad. Living naturally in general is not a fad, either. The truth is, natural products have several advantages that make them the best choice when it comes to taking care of yourself. It’s about more than just using natural products, it’s about treating your body well, and thriving. Here we go over some of the reasons why natural skin care should be your top choice. There are countless benefits to using natural skin care products, but we’ve decided to hit on the top five. To learn more, be sure to read Introducing a better way to buy eco-friendly products. No Harmful Chemicals The most popular hygiene and beauty products on the market are unfortunately pumped full of artificial colors and an assortment…
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