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

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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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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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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