Fashion

08/24/2010

All-Natural Skin Car Products to Love

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Superskin try me kit Ever wonder what you are doing wrong when it comes to skin care? Well maybe your skin is craving something a bit more natural.

Try Liz Earle’s Natural Superskin products, made of 100% pure plant oils, the Superskin Concentrate is an intensive, aromatic nourisher that will give your face and neck the extra lovin’ they need. Organic rosehip oil will protect, argan oil will soften, and essential oils of lavender, chamomile and naturally sourced vitamin E will restore the fresh face that was hiding underneath.

They make simple products, and the company is always doing what they can to reduce their environmental impact. So if you are looking to switch up your daily skin care routine, try to out some natural products and see how your skin responds.

08/23/2010

Eco-Friendly Shopping Tips

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by Rebecca Eve Schweitzer

EWP_Eco_friendly_shopping_tips Searching out eco-friendly products is the ideal way to shop, but what about those shopping trips to the mall or boutiques? How can you make better purchases at these stores?

Here are five tips for greener shopping trips:

1. Avoid “Dry Clean Only” Items

The chemicals used in dry cleaning are harmful to the environment. Check labels, and try to buy washable items. Not only is this good for the Earth, but it's also a good way to cut back on your cleaning bills.

2. Bring Along a Reusable Tote Bag

We've all heard that we need to bring reusable bags to the grocery stores to avoid wasting paper and plastic bags. The same goes for shopping at the mall and boutiques. Bring along a cute tote and ask the sales associate to skip that wasteful, fancy shopping bag.

3. Shop Quality Over Quantity

Avoid purchases that are only going to fall apart or go out of style next week. You will produce less waste by purchasing well-made, quality clothing that will last.

4. Sit Down for that Midday Coffee or Lunch Break

If you need a refresher during your shopping trip, skip the food courts, coffee kiosks and fast food restaurants where you're served paper or plastic cups and plates. Visit a cafe where you can sit down and use real dishes. You'll waste less, enjoy your snack more, and possibly even eat healthier.

5. Show Your Support for Eco-Friendly Shops

If you come across a store selling eco-friendly products, make it a point to keep shopping there. Let your friends know about the store. Tell the manager or owner you appreciate what they are doing. If stores know there is a demand for green products, they will keep supplying them.

08/19/2010

How to Choose Eco-Conscious Makeup

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Wash%20face1 Who would have thought your eco-efforts would venture into the bathroom. Well, most women don’t and they also don’t realize the ecological impact of their makeup.

Eco-conscious makeup artist Paige Padgett has incorporated her ecological lifestyle efforts into her passion for beauty. Up to 60 percent of what goes on your skin is absorbed, so what is put on your body is just as important as what you put in your body.

Here are a few tips from the green makeup artist:

1. Read Labels. Shopping for cosmetics is like shopping for groceries. You have to read labels and watch out for toxic ingredients.

2. Plan ahead.Make shopping easier by checking online first for chemically safe companies at www.safecosmetics.org.

3. Trash disposables. Purchase organic cotton wash clothes and natural sponges that you can wash and reuse.

(Source: Paige Padgett)

08/17/2010

Organic Fabrics Make Fashions More Eco-Friendly

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Eco-friendly-fabrics Its time to stop branding environmentally-friendly clothing as tree hugger duds and start adding these fabrics to your closet. Eco fashions have come a long way and some of these unusual fabrics are surprisingly comfortable and fabulous.

 

From hemp thongs to organic socks, there is no reason you can’t dress eco-fabulous from head-to-toe. To get you started here are some materials to look for that can make your wardrobe a little more sustainable.

· Soy is a sustainable textile fiber made from renewable and biodegradable resources (the by-product of soybean oil production). In other words, no petrochemicals. 

· Bamboo is processed with little or no environmental damage and no chemicals are needed; the fiber comes 100% from bamboo pulp. Bamboo fabric breathes easily and is naturally antibacterial.

·  Organic Cotton is grown without the use of toxic chemicals. These cottons are grown using biologically based and sustainable methods.

·   Hemp is eco-friendly because it doesn’t require pesticides to grow, plus it’s incredibly durable and therefore wears extremely well.

·  Recycled Goods can be anything and everything. Be creative and you will be surprised at what you will find. Other fabrics themselves are considered recycled, maybe it’s a good time to clean out your closet.

Organic fabrics can no be purchased at many fabric stores and on-line, Ink & Spindle is one site that offers great organic cotton and hemp fabrics in beautiful colors and prints. Check them out and you will realize organic fabrics and be just as fun and creative as its traditional counterparts.

08/05/2010

Nail Care Perfect For Vegans

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SpaRitual Vegan Nailpolish A beautiful manicure is one thing that can make you feel good inside and out. With SpaRitual’s line of vegan nail elixirs that are DBP, Formaldehyde, and Toluene-free, it’s just the thing to help add a little eco-friendly flavor to your traditional routine.

SpaRitual produces a whole line of nail care products for both men and women that include cuticle care, nail color, and even eco-friendly nail files. Whether you are looking for relaxed and earthy tones or something vibrant and fierce, you will find the color that will showcase your inner green goddess.

Check out the collections SpaRitual has to offer.

08/03/2010

Ethical Diamonds from Brilliant Earth

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Brilliant Earth Diamonds If a special holiday or birthday is coming up for someone you love, you may be thinking about presenting that special someone with a little shiny gift; or perhaps even popping the question. Either way, jewelry makes a glamorous and unforgettable gift for anyone; however, when shopping for that special someone choose wisely.

The production of jewelry is the complete opposite of what it stands for, it’s a dirty, violent business that produces tons of mine waste with each product. Ensure your lover’s next gift doesn’t support this dirty business and is environmentally-friendly by choosing a jeweler with a conscience.

Brilliant Earth is one jeweler that will provide you with the best selection of guilt-free diamonds that are sure to please the one you love. Their diamonds are exclusively mined in Canada in a conflict free zone that follows strict environmental laws. Aside from providing beautiful custom settings, Brilliant Earth donates 5 percent of their profits to help communities who have suffered from unethical practices in the jewelry industry. So if you are looking to shine up your wardrobe, Brilliant Earth is one jeweler that will make you look good, and feel good too!

07/30/2010

Reduce, Recycle and Reuse Your Accessories

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Pearl-Necklace Accessories are the easiest way to put the “three r’s” to good use. Unlike clothing most accessories, especially jewelry can be recycled and reused over and over again, and in the end reduce the amount of waste produced. When it comes to accessories, there is the old rule of less is more, well as true as that is, the rule of quality versus quantity should also apply.

Jewelry of good quality can be worn for years, passed down and even be remade into something a little more modern. Reusing and passing along your old accessories means no new manufacturing resources have to be tapped into and we are spared from any additional pollution and carbon emissions.

Thrift stores, resale stores and even pawn shops are good places to find timeless accessories at low costs. Also, good quality jewelry will last a very long time, and if it does happen to break, fix it! Restringing a broken necklace instead of opting for a new one is kinder on the environment and will save you some dough.

Another tip, don’t be afraid to ask friends if they have anything you can borrow.  Many accessories are purchased to go with a specific outfit for a special occasion, then are taken off and long forgotten about. Instead of buying something new for your big night, borrowing then returning the next day is both ecological and economical.

07/29/2010

Banana Republic Commits to Eco Fashion

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Banana-Republic Banana Republic has committed to becoming a more environmentally-conscious brand. This summer the company will debut its new Heritage collection, featuring clothes made from organic soy silk, bamboo, cotton and other recycled materials.

Everyone’s favorite conservative retailer has been making more clothing from recycled fabrics and materials. The Heritage Women’s collection will feature basic essentials as well as iconic pieces that represent the best of Banana Republic design.

So keep your eyes open for Banana Republic’s Green Elephant, all Banana Republic products and packaging made with sustainable fibers will feature the little green icon that identifies products that support their earth-friendly efforts.

07/12/2010

Opt for Recycled Clothes Instead of New

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Recycle If organic made clothing doesn’t fit into your budget, don’t worry, there are still plenty of ways to be eco-chic. You can still help the environment by recycling the clothing you have. Recycling clothes can be cheap and fun for those who like to get creative with their wardrobe. Thrift stores such as Goodwill and The Salvation Army allow people to donate old clothing and purchased gently used items at very low costs.

Donating old clothing and fabrics instead of throwing them out greatly reduces waste. The commercial recycling company U’SAgain—which runs private for-profit recycling services in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Minneapolis, Seattle, St. Louis and elsewhere—finds that some 85 percent of the 70 pounds of textiles the average American purchases each year ends up land filled.

Can’t find anything you like in the thrift store? Why not try a friend’s closet? Next time you and your girlfriends feel the need to go shopping, try having a clothing swap instead. This will give everyone a chance to be thrifty and environmentally-friendly. Trading clothing and accessories with your friends allows you to mix it up and possibly get your hands on that cute blouse your best friend has that you’ve been dying to try on, all while saving our environment.

07/08/2010

Organic Fabrics: Worth Every Penny

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Fair-Trade-Fabrics So if you’ve had a sparked interest in purchasing organic clothing, you may have noticed it costs a bit more than traditional fabrics. Much of the fabrics used in eco-friendly clothing use organic cotton. According to the Organic Trade Association, apparel companies are developing design programs that either use 100 percent organically grown cotton, or blend small percentages of organic cotton with conventional in their products.

The price difference comes from the way the clothing is made.

The organic cotton industry is still a growing market and producers are active in supporting Fair Trade. The clothing isn’t made in sweat shops by cheap labor; the products are often hand-made for fair wages to ensure quality. When clothing is made by hand not only does it not use the energy and electricity needed for sewing, it takes longer, creating more jobs.

So for those of you who think organic fabrics might not be worth the cost, think about the big picture.  Every little difference counts, and if you think about it the price difference really isn’t all that significant.