Eco Friendly Clothing

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Fast fashion and clothing is one of the largest pollution issues on this planet. If you haven’t seen the documentary “The True Cost” check it out. I am sure it will change your view on fashion and clothing forever. Over 90% of cotton used for clothing is genetically modified and the largest pesticided crop on the planet.

Cotton is considered the world’s dirtiest crop due to its heavy use of pesticides. Aldicarb, cotton’s second best-selling insecticide and most acutely poisonous to humans and wildlife, is still used in 25 countries, including the U.S., where 16 states reported it in their groundwater. The dangers are recognized by the EPA and they have signaled its phase out in 2018.- Rodale Institute

I thought I would take the time to highlight a few companies and ideas to be a little more eco friendly in the fashion department.

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5 Eco Friendly ways to Shop:

  1. Consignment shops: They are all over the place these days. It is a fun way to shop- you never know what you are going to find!
  2. Patagonia: They are a big brand but, they use it for good. The company has organic cotton options and even makes some clothing out of recycled plastics. They also buy back clothing and make repairs. When you no longer want them, you can even drop Patagonia clothing off at their stores to be recycled into new garments.
  3. Thred up and reStitch: If consignment stores are your thing, try shopping consignment online in the comfort of your home. They have all of the latest fashions and (bonus) delivered right to your door step.
  4. AYAsacredwear: I found this Etsy shop and instantly fell in love. They have all kinds of organic cotton options and everything is handmade in Indonesia.
  5. Amour Vert: Not only is the clothing beautiful but, for every t shirt that is purchased they will plant a tree. Amour Vert uses organic cotton and sustainable fabrics.

Handcrafted Mother’s Day Gifts: Etsy

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“The days are long but, the years are short.” We all hear it, that piece of advice from every parent before us and, oh how true that one little sentence can be. Being a mom, gave me a new found respect for my own parents because to be honest this shit stuff is hard! Are the kids getting enough vegetables, and too much TV!? Did they go to school with underwear on? (yup, real topic in this house) I mean the list goes on and on. With all that said, at the end of the day I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I love my crazy kiddos and couldn’t imagine life any other way. Keep on reading!

Un-paper Towels

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Happy Hump Day! With Earth Day the other day and in trying to go more Eco Friendly at home, we decided to give up paper towels. Well let me be honest. I still have paper towels in my house because there are just some things that I can not find an alternative…like sticking one in with the lettuce to keep it from wilting. However, for the most part, towels can get the job done.  Keep on Reading

Eco Friendly Make up

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In trying to live a more natural, simple and conscious lifestyle, I have changed some of my make up routine to those that are “green”.  I had my favorite make up brands and consistently used the same items every day so, I made the changes gradually.  I also used the EWG website for research in choosing the best make up for me. Lastly, I wanted to make sure that the make up that I chose fit into my budget. Keep on Reading!

5 Eco Friendly Products

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I love that there are more and more environmentally conscious products on store shelves and online. You can find them anywhere from Target, Etsy to Amazon. This also means that more people are paying attention to the products that they are buying which is also wonderful news.

These eco conscious companies abide by ethical and sustainable practices to create their product. Eco-friendly products are defined as those that do not harm the environment in their manufacturing, use, or disposal. Keep on Reading!

Reusable Makeup Remover Pads

In honor of Earth month, we are looking for ways to reduce our use around our home.  According the World Bank the world produces 1.3 billion tons of garbage annually, with the United States being one of the largest contributors.  The mounting trash problem affects the environment and public health worldwide.  I personally have been looking around my house to see where we can cut down on our waste production.  After using cotton balls to remove my eye makeup and apply toner, I decided to make a zero waste alternative.  Keep on reading!

A month of Green Living

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In honor of Earth Day, we are going to do an entire month of Green Living tips, tricks and inspiration to get you motivated to go Eco Friendly! If you are tired of living a wasteful lifestyle but are overwhelmed by all of the information out there, we will break it down with some simple changes. All it takes is minor changes to make a really big difference.

“Whether from vehicle emissions, coal plants, agricultural operations, forest fires, or other sources, pollutants take a toll – on the Earth, of course, but also on its inhabitants.”- Fox news.com

Let’s start this “Earth Day” month off right and take an extra minute each day to make a change, to not only better our lives, but the lives of those around us.

Tip of the day:

Today, when you are out bring a reusable water bottle and mug to the office, to school and to the coffee shop. This simple change will reduce the trash in landfills. Now imagine if all of your neighbors, coworkers and friends did the same thing?! Be the change and example for others. You never know who you might inspire.

 

Bug Hotel

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Bring on the bugs! I have a garden, peach tree, strawberries, blueberries and raspberries all in my little back yard. I chose not to use pesticides on my plants because I want my kids to be able to run barefoot and eat the food right off the bushes and plants without having to worry that they are harming their body. Pesticides are awful for our bodies and the environment so, I chose to use other ways to keep the “bad bugs” from eating our plants. One of those ways is to make or buy a Bug Hotel. The hotels house solitary bees, ladybugs, butterflies, spiders and more. Keep on Reading

Natural Antibacterial Cleaning Spray

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Its that time of year again! Spring time means Spring cleaning!! Some people loath this task but, I love getting everything clean and sparkly new. A few weeks ago I had a friend ask me for an antibacterial cleaning spray recommendation. She has been using a conventional brand but, afraid of the side effects of doing so. I make and use they spray above and it works great! Plus I do not have to worry my family’s health. Keep on reading!