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How to be More Water Wise

How to be More Water Wise

March 22 is World Water Day, and one of the best things we can do for the planet, one another, and future generations is to reduce our water consumption. In the spirit of world water day, I’m going to share what I do to reduce my water consumption and pollution. Laundry One of the easiest ways to reduce water consumption is to do fewer, larger loads of laundry. Older top-load washing machines use between 30-45 gallons of water per load,…

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Organic Basics: SDGs in Action

Organic Basics: SDGs in Action

The United Nations outlined their twelfth Sustainable Development Goal as “responsible consumption and production,” a lofty goal to achieve by 2030. To achieve this goal, the participation of all stakeholders — from farmers to retailers, to consumers — is required. In my last post: The Cost of Being Fashionable, I talk about the many ethical and environmental problems with the fashion industry. The industry overall is toxic — to both people and the planet — but some companies are challenging…

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The Cost of Being Fashionable

The Cost of Being Fashionable

Clothes found at the average mall are trendy and cheap, but at what cost? Although we may think we are saving by buying inexpensive clothing, the price of making inexpensive clothing is high. Production The problem starts at production. Cotton is water and pesticide intensive: excessive water use can put drought prone regions at greater risk, and pesticides have been known to cause cancer and birth defects and pollute the environments with toxic substances. Dyeing and finishing materials also has…

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The Cost of Being Beautiful

The Cost of Being Beautiful

Skincare, hair care, makeup, gel or acrylic nails, nail polish, bleach, hair dye, spa days, threading, waxing, shaving… How many of these things do you purchase and/or use on a regular basis? Do you know where these products come from and what they’re made of? You should, because it matters, and we can’t afford to be blind about our impact globally. It’s not unusual, especially in developed countries, to spend exorbitantly on products and procedures supposed to make us more…

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Six Ways to Save the Amazon

Six Ways to Save the Amazon

The Amazon rain forest has been ravaged by forest fires this year. While fires occur every year in the Amazon, this year the fires seem to have caught the attention of Western media, largely due to these fires not being started naturally, but the result of deliberate actions to clear land for agricultural use. The largest rain forest in the world, the Amazon basin covers around 40% of South America and is where hundreds of aboriginal groups live. Also home…

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