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Don’t Sweat the Switch!

Deodorant tends to be one of those personal hygiene products where you buy whatever smells nice from a brand who advertised with your favorite celebrity. At least that’s what my thought process was when buying deodorant at the store.  However, when I started to experience skin irritation in my underarms, I realized I needed to think about what my deodorant was made of and what was causing my skin to react. Not to mention, commercial deodorant contributes to a lot of single-use plastic that I really wanted to eliminate out of my lifestyle. So, I started to research sustainable and natural alternatives to my everyday deodorant. Here’s just a piece of what I learned:  Say No to Unwanted Ingredients   Have...

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Sustainable Fall Decor

It’s mid-October and fall is in full bloom! The change of the season ignites the desire to decorate for the upcoming holidays. Although holiday decorations contribute to plastic pollution and waste, there are many ways to stay sustainable while getting festive! Here are a few ideas to creating eco-friendly holiday decor: Pumpkins  When I think of Halloween, I think of pumpkins. With so many varieties, pumpkins are the easiest way to decorate a space. Carving pumpkins are also a great activity to do with friends and family. But what about all of the food waste produced by pumpkins? Here’s some easy ways to turn pumpkins into purpose before composting:  Roast those seeds! Save, bake and season the seeds to create...

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Pick a Straw!

Pick a straw, any straw! Well should you really pick any straw? You’ve probably already heard about how bad plastic straws are for our environment, but there are so many reusable straws available on the market, it can be hard to choose! To make it easy, I thought I’d break down why you should avoid using plastic and the variety of reusable straws that you can find.    Why are Plastic Straws so Bad?  A few years ago, a video of a turtle with a plastic straw stuck in its nose went viral on the internet. This video sparked the conversation of avoiding, even banning, the use of plastic straws. However, not using plastic straws goes beyond “saving the turtles”....

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Sustainable Fashion

Did you know that the fashion industry is one of the major contributors to pollution, landfill waste and water consumption? That’s crazy, considering that we wear clothes every single day. However, in an effort to live a more sustainable lifestyle, there are a few simple ways to avoid contributing to the negative environmental effects of the fashion industry:  Look at the Tags Cotton, polyester, nylon- oh my! You’ve probably heard of these common materials, but do you know where they come from? Here’s a quick breakdown of what the most sustainable and unsustainable materials are:  It’s best to purchase clothes made from all natural materials such as: cotton, hemp, cashmere, wool, silk and linen. These materials are manufactured organically, without...

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Three Steps to Packing Sustainably

Annie gives us her top three ways to travel sustainably! Whether you're planning a week long getaway or a quick spontaneous trip - check out how you can cut down your waste while still enjoying your vacation!

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