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

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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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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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Ingredient Spotlight:  The Many Benefits of Coconut Oil

Ingredient Spotlight: The Many Benefits of Coconut Oil

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People often don’t realize that simple ingredients already available in your kitchen or medicine cabinet can multi-task in wonderful ways. These ingredients have been used for centuries by many different cultures for a very good reason – they work! There is growing scientific evidence of coconut oil’s many beneficial uses.  It has been found to contain healthy fats known as medium chain fatty acids (MCFA): Caprylic acid Lauric acid Capric acid Unlike the fats found in plant based oils, MCFAs are: Easier to digest Not readily stored as fat Are anti-microbial and anti-fungal Processed by the liver, which means that they are immediately converted to energy instead of being stored as fat There have been over 1500 studies conducted to date that have taken a closer look at coconut oil's…
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