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10 Tips for Planning a Zero-Waste Wedding

March 14, 2019
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Although you want your wedding to stand apart as a sentimental celebration, you also want to treat the earth right. However, you might be like many others who don’t realize how many paper products, decor accents and food items get thrown away after a couple ties the knot. Welcoming a zero-waste wedding can be your solution.

Environmental considerations during your wedding planning can have a substantial impact. Based on the 2.5 million American weddings each year, a typical wedding generates approximately 500 pounds of waste. Exchanging your vows doesn’t have to expend massive amounts of material if you choose a zero-waste wedding.

A zero-waste wedding doesn’t mean you skimp on the ambiance of the event. It means you carefully reduce your consumption and implement renewable alternatives. Check out these 10 tips for planning your green wedding.

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How a Flexitarian Diet Could Be the Key to Saving the Planet

February 7, 2019
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Your food choices might seem like they could only affect a limited number of things — primarily you and the people you eat with. But your diet has a much larger sphere of influence than you’d think. What you whip up for lunch could even contribute to the earth’s future.

Maybe you’ve tried going vegan, vegetarian or pescatarian before, but you didn’t see the benefit of it. Or perhaps you don’t know exactly how an ecosystem could respond based on how you snack. Find out how the environment can change for the better based on a flexitarian diet, and discover a simple way to start eating responsibly.

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10 Best Meat Alternative Brands for Vegans

January 24, 2019

Meat eaters all have a common complaint they often use to justify their carnivorous diet. You’ve no doubt heard, at least once or twice before: “I can’t find any substitute that tastes like the real thing. If there were some equivalent to chicken, beef, pork and fish, I might consider going vegan.”

In truth, there’s no shortage of companies that produce imitation meat, and they can replicate the flavor and texture of chicken, beef, pork and fish with impressive authenticity. To show just how many options there are, here are 10 of the best meat alternative brands on the market today, along with a few examples of their contributions.

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The Top Sustainable Beauty Brands

December 27, 2018
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This is the fifth and final part of our series looking into environmental issues with the beauty industry, areas it’s excelling in sustainability and where we can expect to see sustainability efforts improve in the future. You can find the previous post here. Hope you have enjoyed reading!

 

You’ve decided to switch to sustainable beauty to benefit your health and the planet we all share. Good for you, eco-warrior!

Followers of this series already know some handy tips and tricks for making your daily beauty routine greener. Still, companies that have already gone the extra mile in implementing sustainable practices deserve some major props and increased patronage (although I’m not an affiliate with any of these brands — just a fan of sustainable companies). Read up on some top sustainable beauty brands that can make your grooming more Earth-friendly.

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Sustainable Cosmetic Packaging Revolutionizing the Beauty Industry

December 24, 2018
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This is the fourth of a five-post series looking into environmental issues with the beauty industry, areas it’s excelling in sustainability and where we can expect to see sustainability efforts improve in the future. You can find the previous post here.

 

While environmentally friendly personal care companies originally marketed primarily to those with a hippie or new age mindset, today, beauty product manufacturers who ignore trends toward sustainability risk becoming obsolete. Conscientious consumers, especially millennials and Gen Zers increasingly demand products that treat the planet kindly. As science develops ever more eco-friendly packaging materials, cosmetic manufacturers benefit both the Earth and their bottom line by utilizing these innovations to decrease their carbon footprint.

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How to Identify Sustainable Beauty Products by Their Ingredients

December 20, 2018
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This is the third of a five-post series looking into environmental issues with the beauty industry, areas it’s excelling in sustainability and where we can expect to see sustainability efforts improve in the future. You can find the previous post here.

 

Many people know that switching to sustainable beauty products helps the environment, but did you know it may improve your health as well?

As many of the chemicals typically used in cosmetic production have yet to undergo rigorous testing, no one truly knows the impact these synthetic substances may have on health. But we do know that the skin absorbs chemical additives like a sponge. So avoiding personal hygiene products laden with chemical additives and preservatives just makes sense.

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How Did Sustainable Beauty Begin, and What Are the Current Trends?

December 17, 2018
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This is the second post in a five-part series environmental issues with the beauty industry, areas it’s excelling in sustainability and where we can expect to see sustainability efforts improve in the future. You can find the previous post here.

 

In today’s electronically connected world, consumers have greater access to information about the products they use than ever before. As a result, manufacturers face increasing public pressure to abandon wasteful production practices and embrace cleaner, greener alternatives.

The beauty industry stands at the forefront of the sustainability movement. Consumers criticize non-essential items most harshly. While few people encounter public scorn for activities such as driving — which pollutes heavily but remains a necessity — choosing to patronize beauty brands accused of unsustainable practices has long raised eyebrows. Cosmetics manufacturers continue to experiment with new techniques to create products that enhance beauty without destroying the planet.

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Common Beauty Industry Environmental Issues

December 13, 2018
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This is the first of a five-post series looking into environmental issues with the beauty industry, areas it’s excelling in sustainability and where we can expect to see sustainability efforts improve in the future.

 

More people than ever before recognize the importance of going green to humankind’s continued existence on this planet and with good reason. The most recent National Climate Assessment strongly suggests that failing to take immediate action to address climate change will cost thousands of lives and billions of dollars.

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What to Know About Zero Waste Week 2018

September 17, 2018
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If you’re like most people, when you toss something into the trashcan, you probably forget about it almost immediately. That piece of rubbish leaves your sigh with the rest of your trash and begins its journey. Although you may not give this “journey” a second thought, it’s happening nonetheless. Your waste ultimately ends up in a landfill, at the bottom of the ocean or, even worse, dumped into the heart of a cute and cuddly land-dwelling creature’s home.

This doesn’t mean you should never toss anything in the trashcan again. It just means you have an opportunity to cut down on your waste and make a smaller impact on Mother Earth. This is why we have Zero Waste Week. It all started with environmental enthusiast Rachelle Strauss, a woman who decided about a decade ago that it was time to take action to change the planet. Keep reading to learn more about the revolution she launched and how you can get involved.

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What Is Sustainable Fashion, and Where Is It Headed?

July 26, 2018
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Manufacturing one cotton shirt requires 2,700 liters of water, which is enough drinking water for one person for two and a half years. Switching to synthetic materials isn’t necessarily any better. Although a polyester shirt requires fewer resources, it creates twice as much carbon emissions as a cotton shirt.

The culture of fast fashion exacerbates these impacts. Over the years, the number of fashion cycles in a year has increased from two to more than 50, which results in people buying and discarding more clothing. Today, the fashion industry produces about 20 pieces of clothing per person every year, and the average American throws away 70 pounds of clothing each year.

As more people became aware of the environmental issues surrounding apparel, the sustainable fashion movement emerged. Today, the cause continues to gain ground in the fashion world.

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