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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3 Natural Skincare Brands We Love For Healthy, Glowing Skin

3 Natural Skincare Brands We Love For Healthy, Glowing Skin

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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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3 of the Best Natural Skincare Ingredients for Mature Skin

3 of the Best Natural Skincare Ingredients for Mature Skin

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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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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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Living Sustainably On A Budget

Living Sustainably On A Budget

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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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Ultimate “Green” Gift Guide for the Holidays

Ultimate “Green” Gift Guide for the Holidays

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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

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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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