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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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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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