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London Fashion Week highlighted a few ethical brands that are paving the way through a broken apparel and textile system. The fact is that a majority of fashion companies don’t monitor their individual supply chains to ensure that there is minimum impact on the environment, toxic chemicals are not being used, and human rights are not being abused. Many times, the fashion company may sign a contract with one factory that then subcontracts the work to an unauthorized factory to fulfill the order unbeknownst to the fashion company. Thankfully, there are a few retailers out there that are no longer willing to participate in this unethical treatment of people or the planet. Join me in being a responsible consumer and show the support of our dollars (or votes) to the groundbreaking companies that are changing the face of fashion one consumer at a time.

Building Momentum for Sustainability in Fashion – Green Living – The Ecologist.

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Sustainability reporting is a great way for consumers to have a better understanding a company’s of the environmental, economic and social impact. When done right, which generally means that it is certified by a regulatory organization, this is an important tool that many companies can use to showcase their efforts to participate in global change.

Elephants in the Glass House: Contextualizing Sustainability and Integrated Reporting | Sustainable Brands.

The new H&M Conscious Collection makes Sustainability cool. The eco-friendly Spring Line that was represented by A-Lister Helen Hunt at the Oscars is available in stores around the world on April 4th. The Line is exclusively made from organic cotton, recycled polyester, recycled polyamide (plastics) and Tencel. What’s more, they are providing an outlet for consumers to drop off used clothing that will be re-purposed for second-hand wear, reused in other products or recycled into new textile. Hopefully, this is the wave of the future for major retail chains.

Sustainability Becomes Stylish in H&M’s New “Conscious Collection” | Corporate Social Responsibility.

Would you ever buy reusable cotton balls or coffee filters? Check out today’s post from Earth 911 for more reusable product ideas!

10 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Buy Reusable – Earth911.com.

Nowadays, it’s hard to image an office that doesn’t already have an established recycling program but there may be room for improvement. My current establishment offers very little in the way of resources for recycling but this guide may be the path to inspire change. I’m looking forward to using the guide to get the necessary buy-in from the management team to implement an all inclusive office recycling program. There is a really great opportunity here to make a difference at the corporate level. Check it out! I’d love to hear success stories or tips on how to get our colleagues on board.

How to Start an Office Recycling Program – Earth911.com.

What a neat way for Starbucks to promote their goal of increasing contribution to going green. The goal is to increase the amount of consumers that they serve with reusable cups by 5% through offering an affordable alternative to disposable cups. What a awesome attainable way to decrease our individual global footprints!

Starbucks Hopes $1 Reusable Tumbler Will Cut Cup Waste – Earth911.com.

Way to go San Francisco! The city diverts 80% of its waste from the landfill and should be at 100% (or more – yes that’s right) in the next few years. Every city should take a take a lesson from nature where nothing is wasted and implement the Cradle to Cradle program. Think of the possibilities!

http://www.sustainablebrands.com/news_and_views/waste_not/innovative-solutions-cradle-cradle-and-beyond

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Keep up the clean energy growth for 2013!

‘Advanced Energy’ Wants to Ramp Up Most Everything But Coal – Bloomberg.

How do you cope with the guilt from all those crumpled wrappings scattered around the floor that were once nicely dressed packages? Choose to use DIY handmade gift wrap, that’s how! There are so many great environmental, economical and personal reasons to embrace upcycling. If you’re like me, space is a common issue in our house so we try not to keep extra clutter (like gift wrap) around. Upcycling is great solution that allows us to recycle items we already have around the house for use as gift wrap all the while we’re saving money and the environment through consuming less.

There are tons of creative ideas for making your own gift wrap and gift tags. Giving new life to used paper bags from any grocery or retail store is my personal favorite. The basics of converting used bags into wrapping paper is to remove the handles and cut at the seams. Once that has been done, you can easily wrap your treasure and decorate with an unlimited amount of items such as ribbon, stamps, markers, twine, doilies, stickers, lace, or glitter.

Alternatively, wrapping paper can be made out of old magazine pages or maps that are no longer being used. Simply secure the pages together by taping the back side to form a sheet that is large enough for your gift. The idea is the same here in that you can use any of the decorative material mentioned for the paper bags to dress the package up the with the finishing touches.

Finally, if none of these other methods work for your gift then print paper according to your specific needs with the templates at this site (http://www.minieco.co.uk/cross-stitch-wrap-printable/). This will at least eliminate all of that extra wrapping paper in the closet that either gets ruined from storage or thrown out with the spring cleaning.

Here are a couple of my favorite DIY tutorial sites:
1.  http://www.makoodle.com/gift-wrapping-ideas/
2.  http://www.sugarbeecrafts.com/2012/12/diy-wrapping-paper-tutorial-thinking.html

Happy gifting!

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Over the weekend, we went to one of the large hardware stores to explore the idea of buying our very first real Christmas Tree. I was met with an overwhelming feeling of sadness and moved to the verge of tears by the sight of the number of trees that were cut off at the stump and piled up along the walls. What was even more upsetting to me was the line of families wrapped around the lot with their tree choice in tow who were seemingly unaffected by the surroundings. Thankfully, my husband agreed to leave with me immediately. For me, the fake tree we’ve used for years stirs the very same amount of Christmas spirit as having a real one (perhaps even more since the fake one satisfies my desire to live sustainably). But since marriage is built on compromise, I have agreed to explore the idea of sustainable real tree options. This is what I’ve found:

Of course, deforestation is no longer an issue because most trees are grown on farms but they must still be shipped, are often treated with pesticides and ultimately take up landfill space. Trees that are treated with pesticides will expose your home to chemicals that can linger and create potential hazards to the health of your family. Not to worry there are alternatives to finding a “Green” Christmas Tree, you can choose a tree that is locally and organically grown without pesticides through the Tree Locating Tool at the National Christmas Tree Association, http://www.realchristmastrees.org/dnn/AllAboutTrees/TreeLocator.aspx. Or better yet, buy a living tree that can be replanted in your yard or donated to a local charity!

Tree disposal is a biggie so have a plan in place for recycling your tree after the Holidays are done. There are many creative alternatives to sending your tree to the landfill such as converting it to mulch, disposing in your yard waste container if available, donating it to a goat farm where they will feast on the needles, sinking it in a private lake or pond for fish food, checking with your city for curb-side pick-up, or making a small donation to the Boy Scouts who will offer their pick-up services.

Make the environmentally responsible choice this Holiday Season to reduce your global footprint by choosing organic or living trees and finding a recycling option that works best for your local community.