Final Post

Looking back at my work throughout the course of the semester, I hope my publication has been worth the read. I set out to do an eco-friendly/ sustainable blog for this class with only a few ideas on what to write about and now I have a whole collection of posts on this topic. I didn’t intend on it being mostly sustainable brands but I think it worked out well. I also learned a lot more about some of the brands I wrote about. I may never be the perfect sustainable person and may make some mistakes but its the effort to be more eco-friendly that counts, it at least has a better impact than if I were to carry on using plastic products.

I hope the eco-friendly brand aspect brought something interesting to the table and people enjoyed reading my blog. This blog was inspired by Lemonstripes, a blog written by a mom in CT that is eco-conscious but also has a variety of different topics she talks about including gift guides around the holidays.

Planet-friendly parkas

I liked how this article mentions “because being warm shouldn’t cost the earth.” I am frequently cold once the weather starts to cool down and transition from summer to fall. I also liked how they included options in different price ranges and buying vintage/ second hand. Not everyone can afford the same price as a lot of bloggers out there so it was nice to see there were a range of price options.

by Hannah Rochell

Because keeping warm shouldn’t cost the Earth

It’s officially not summer anymore! Which makes it well and truly coat weather, and as such I’ve had a lot of messages on Instagram asking me where to buy responsible winter warmers.

I’ll be honest, this is not an easy one to answer. I’ve spent the last few months since I gave up shopping educating myself on the non-fast fashion ethical and sustainable brands that will be my go-tos once I allow myself the odd new items of clothing here and there in the future. But many of them stop short of producing anything REALLY warm, and I imagine this is because it often means the use of down (and feathers are often not collected in a cruelty-free manner), and/or waterproof polyester. Plus they are an expensive thing to produce.

I doubt I will be buying a new winter coat for about a…

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10 Cents… Not Today

I’m sure pretty much everyone has heard about how some businesses (especially in Connecticut) have started to due away with plastic bags and charge 10 cents for paper ones. I often joke around about being a part time CT resident since I’m there so often but don’t actually live there. That being said I’m used the bag rule and I’m not about to pay 10 cents* so I try to remember bags.

There’s a few common things I’ve heard or seen

⁃ *panic look* “oh no we don’t have any bags!! How are we gonna carry all this without a bag!!” “Relax your in Massachusetts”

⁃ *at check out* nervously says “uhhh we don’t need a bag for those”

⁃ “Let’s see how much stuff we can fit in our arms without needing to have to use a bag”

⁃ “Wait a second.. if they still have produce bags.. they can’t charge us for those”

⁃ *empties out draw string backpack* “ah ha we can use this”

And just for fun (unrelated to bags)

– “aw they have paper straws…. it’s just gonna disintegrate by the time I finish this….”

*10 cents may sound like nothing but think about how many bags you get when you grocery shop for the week then take into account the amount of grocery trips you take in a year. Or you could get a reusable bag starting at under a dollar for the same as it would cost for roughly a couple trips to the grocery store using the bags they charge for everytime.

Comparing Secondhand Clothing Websites | My Four Favorites

A pretty good article comparing several ways on online consignment.

My Unique Nest

The variety of items you can find secondhand is endless, but today I will be narrowing in on four of my favorite secondhand clothing websites. In a world where we are becoming more conscious of sustainability, thrifting has become a common way of life. Some of you may also shop secondhand because you love a good deal. So regardless of which category of shopper you are, let’s get into it!


Can you believe that you can secondhand shop from your couch? It’s probably the easiest way to bargain shop, but it does tend to cost more (compared to shopping in your local thrift/consignment shops) since the site has to get their cut of the money and pay the consigner for the clothing. You can still find some AMAZING deals on name brand clothing through these sites. If you’re interested in shopping any of these sites, click on the sites logo…

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Consignment: Helping Reduce the Tons of Clothes in Landfills

“Globally, 80% of discarded textiles are doomed for the landfill or incineration. Only 20% are actually reused or recycled.”

-Remake

Consignment shopping (and selling) helps reduce this problem. When clothes are consigned, you make money off of the clothes you otherwise wouldn’t have while the life of the clothing is extended by the new owner.

Remake also mentions “the US alone sends about 21 BILLION pounds of textile waste to landfills every year.”

These billions of pounds of clothing that end up in landfills take 200 or more years to decompose, emitting greenhouse gases in the process. Of course not all clothing can be resold, some things are worn beyond repair while others aren’t sanitary to re-sell. Aside from these items that’s where the problem lies. People often buy inexpensive items because of the price instead of spending a little bit more for something that lasts.

My local consignment shop is such a friendly place to shop. While it’s sometimes hit or miss, I end up leaving with something from there more often than not. While I have been to the store many times, I don’t go frequently. Recently I made $80 from consigning things I no longer wore. I’m able to spend a fraction of what the item would originally cost if it were new.

Whether you buy or consign from one of these stores you’re helping reduce the amount of clothing that ends up in landfills each year.

Lush: The Beauty Brand Doing Their Part to Help the Environment

I’m sure most people have heard of this company whether they’ve bought products from there or not. This company is most famous for its bath bombs but has a variety of products, all of which are sustainably made.

Most of their products are package free. However, the ones that need packaging such as shampoo and cleansers are sold in little black pots. These little black pots are made from recycled plastic. The store offers a program where you can return 5 black pots to the store and they will give you a face mask in return. The pots are sent back to their Vancouver supplier.

Lush Promises their products are ethically and sustainably made. Their paper bags for purchases are 100% recycled and also compostable. To reduce waste, they have come up with products like solid shampoo bars to help save water in production. According to their website, they have saved 118,800 gallons of water each year.

If more companies thought about their “footprint” on the environment, that would make a huge difference on the environment. Will it be enough is the question.

Seventh Generation: Plant Power

For those of you that haven’t heard of this company, Seventh Generation is a company known for cleaning products made from plants. Their brand motto is Creating Powerful Plant-Based Solutions for Home & Family For Over 30 Years.

These cleaning products include household & disinfectant cleaners along with detergents and soaps for dishes, laundry and hands all of which are plant-based. I haven’t tried all their products but I LOVE their hand soap. It leaves your hands feeling clean and doesn’t leave a residue like some of the other soaps I have used.

Aside from the cleaning products they also have what they refer to as baby care, feminine care, as well as household paper and trash bags. So it’s safe to say they have a lot of bases covered in this company.

Seventh Generation is a huge breakthrough for the environment and for people who have allergies/sensitivities to usual household products. I didn’t realize how many products we use every day. One week, a family member suddenly started getting hives which turned out to be linked to the dryer sheets. Seventh Generation’s free and clear dryer sheets seemed to help. Also, a friend is allergic (like needs an epi-pen allergic) to all Clorox and Lysol products. She uses Seventh Generations disinfectant wipes which serve the same purpose without being life-threatening.

Eco friendly Tips

What are some steps we can take to help the environment?

Who is really at fault?

With all the plastic polluting the ocean, being littered and other issues such as deforestation for paper products/ clearing land to build, I’ve gathered some ways individuals can do a small part to make a big difference.

There are billions of people on this planet, with individuals following some of these steps it will really add up. It’ll be the start of something big. While these individuals themselves aren’t going to end the crisis, big businesses are the ones who are really at fault. However, some have taken the steps to become more Eco-friendly such as Patagonia, Seventh Generation or even Brandless who make tree-free paper products among their vast collection of items.

  1. Reusable Bags
  2. Reusable straws
  3. Reusable Water bottles/ Tumblers

Option 1: Reusable Bags

These are great for so many uses aside from grocery shopping (or shopping in general). Some more expensive brands such as Lululemon and Vineyard Vines, give out reusable bags with purchase. Depending on how much you buy depends on how big the bag is. Most people usually get smaller bags because $$$. These smaller bags are great for lunch boxes or to throw a pair of gym clothes + a water bottle or a variety of other things. The larger ones are helpful to tote around more/larger items. Some teachers use these larger ones to transport the work they have to correct. Reusable bags are sold in a variety of sizes, styles and colors/ patterns so there’s something for everyone. A lot of the ones sold in stores are usually under $2 while ones online are usually under $20.

Option 2: Reusable straws

I for one, couldn’t get behind the metal straw movement, I don’t usually use straws unless there’s ice in the drink. Since I couldn’t get behind the metal straw movement, I had been using reusable plastic straws when needed them but I missed the flexibility of the “forbidden straws.” I went on the hunt to find straws that would work for me and found silicone straws that checked off all the boxes. If using straws is a need for you but you don’t like metal straws, definitely check them out.

Option 3: Reusable Water Bottles/ Tumblers

Reusable water bottles are a great alternative to single-use ones. They commonly come in metal or plastic a variety of colors, sizes and price ranges to fit everyone’s needs. They also come in glass that has a silicone coating. Reusable tumblers are also a good thing to use, Starbucks offers a discount if you bring in a reusable tumbler. There’s also the option of buying one of their thinner reusable tumblers that looks just like their regular cups if you want it to still “look authentic.”