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5 Eco-Conscious Instagram’s We Love

Read on for 5 Instagrams that can change your perspective on not merely Instagram, but the planet, too.

The easy thing would be to deride Instagram for being an echo chamber of narcissism, but the real beauty of the platform is that you can make of it absolutely anything that you desire. They should re-name it Interest-agram. If you are obsessed with, say, the not overly-popular spoken word poetry art-form, you can create an Instagram that exclusively caters to that interest. If you get gobsmacked over goats, you can generate the hairiest, beardiest, most cloven-hoofed feed imaginable. 

However, you’re here, which means you have more than a passing interest in sustainability and eco-culture. These 5 Instagrams offer more than your average eye-catching, sepia-toned lifestyle posts. Rather, they seek to educate their followers in engaging, useful, and visually stimulating ways. Read on for 5 Instagrams that can change your perspective on not merely Instagram, but the planet, too.

Future Earth

@futureearth

Utilizing eye-catching fonts and memes that recall vintage posters, @futureearth posts beautiful and thought-provoking quotes by anthropologists, philosophers, ecologists, and science writers to inform and educate about climate change. “Serious” about making climate change “fun,” this site isn’t the Debbie Downer that most climate change pages (righteously) can be. Instead, it’s a guide to being informed about the state of the world, and ways to change things on a daily basis. Thanks to this site, I now know that the internet is actually located in the ocean: enough fiber optic cables to circle Earth 22 times, to be precise. 

Claggie

@claggie

A producer, painter, photographer, and vintage purveyor, this master of specialties beginning with the letter “p” is also Passionate about the environment. Kristine Claghorn, @claggie consistently posts vegan and vegetarian recipes, she makes chocolate bars out of her beautiful home, she sources vintage for her vintage clothing and home goods site Cabin Vintage, and she often uses her InstaStories as an engaging community space for her followers to submit ideas on how they commit to sustainable living. Her Highlights function has many tabs with hundreds of tips for eco-conscious sustainability, from the home to beauty to fashion to travel and more. Thanks to her simple and straightforward ideas posted on her Instagram, I have committed to driving around with metal straws and reusable bamboo utensils (no need to ever take plastic ones for To-Go food again!), stainless steel containers so that I don’t have to use the paper or plastic ones at restaurants for leftovers, brought my own net bags to the supermarket and farmers market for produce instead of using their plastic bags, switched to reusable makeup remover pads, and bought a compost bin. I guess you could say I’ve been… #influenced.

Sustainability In Style

@sustainabilityinstyle

Specializing in sustainability in education and science, Katie Roberts, @sustainabilityinstyle focuses on informing her followers about mindful living, especially in what we wear and put on our skin. This page boasts everything from homemade haircare to 20 ways to baking soda can revolutionize your sustainable home life. 

Wasteland Rebel

@_wastelandrebel_

Shia Su, @wastelandrebel is a self-proclaimed “vegan zero waste nerd” who literally wrote the book on zero waste (her book is called, uh, Zero Waste). Featuring an intimate style of writing that feels like your best friend is sending you an email, Su manages to take the intimidation factor away from sustainable living and rather inspire change in a friendly, completely doable way. It’s like she’s cheering you on to go green, but like, without the plastic pom poms. #plasticfree

Zero Waste Chef

@zerowastechef

Anne Marie decided to go plastic-free in 2011, which naturally led to her attempting a zero-waste lifestyle soon thereafter. @zerowastechef is about inspiration over aspiration there are practical, soluble tips here for eliminating all plastic, packaging in general, trash, and processed food from your lifestyle. Did you know you can make your own deodorant? Thanks to Anne Marie, now I know how. Stay tuned on how I fare (i.e. smell) in this 93 degree Los Angeles September. 

Bonus: CNN Climate

For the latest in climate news from around the globe, @cnnclimate is a great go-to Insta for informative graphs and memes. It’s a great quick snapshot of our planet’s health, from all corners of the globe. Take a quick scroll and you’ll quickly learn that the largest hotel chain is doing away with travel-sized toiletries, that London is planning on reusing the heat generated from the Underground rail system to warm British homes, and Indonesian designers have come up with a revolutionary plan to refreeze the Arctic with iceberg-generating submarines. Less lifestyle, more news. 

How to Find Sustainable CBD Supplements that Are as Good for You as They Are for the Planet

There’s no reason you should have to choose between the health benefits of CBD and your commitment to a sustainable lifestyle. The more green, the better!

Even deep in the heart of Texas, where yours truly resides, it seems like a new CBD shop opens every week. With the rising popularity of this mostly unregulated substance, it can be difficult to navigate the myriad of brands and recommended dosages. Further, since CBD is a supplement, what’s on the bottle often doesn’t match what’s inside. 

Instead of creating another missive touting CBDs health benefits, we wanted to talk about sustainability. Cultivation and extraction methods vary, and some are downright toxic. Here’s how to navigate the murky green world of CBD when you’re committed to a sustainable lifestyle. 

Hemp, the Ultimate Sustainable Crop?

CBD can be extracted from industrial hemp, and industrial hemp is one of the most sustainable crops on earth. It pulls toxins out of the soil, stops erosion, and can grow in almost any condition. So why has it taken so long for it to be legalized? As they say, history repeats itself. Immigrants — specifically, asylum seekers. 

From the 1600s to the 1890s, hemp production was in full swing in the U.S. In 1619, Virginia even passed legislation requiring farmers to grow hemp. But after the Mexican Revolution, people fleeing the violent aftermath arrived on U.S. soil and brought recreational cannabis with them (via PBS). 

The same anti-immigrant sentiment we see today played a huge part in the demonization of hemp. People blamed marijuana for everything from insanity (“Reefer Madness”) to sex crimes. In 1937, the Marijuana Tax Act effectively banned cannabis cultivation. Aside from a short resurgence during WWII, it was outlawed until 2014, with the passing of the Agricultural Act, which included the Hemp Farming Pilot Program. In 2018 the Hemp Farming Act made industrial hemp farming fully legal. 


Industrial Hemp Isn’t the Best Source of CBD

CBD is legal in all 50 states, provided that it’s derived from industrial hemp. At surface value, extracting CBD from industrial hemp sounds like the best of both worlds. 

“Farmers often sell what is known as unused hemp biomass to a business that wants to extract CBD from the leftovers, with this “dual-use” practice becoming widespread among large-scale hemp growers in Canada, as an example.”

Healthy Hemp

Industrial hemp provides many benefits to the land. In fact, hemp bioremediation has improved land quality at Superfund sites such as Chernobyl. Unfortunately, that means that hemp is good at pulling toxins out of the soil. CBD made from industrial hemp can have high levels of contamination. For the best quality CBD, go for brands that are certified organic. Leave the chemically-contaminated hemp for synthetic plastics and paper

Extractive Methods: The Good and the Chemical 

As if contamination with pesticides weren’t bad enough, chemical extraction methods are also common. Hexane, or crude oil, is one chemical of choice. Butane is the other. That’s right, folks. Lighter-fluid. 

Neither of these chemicals is environmentally friendly, and consuming them (which you will be because there’s no way to fully get them out of the product) is questionable at best.

Luckily, there are safer alternatives, such as supercritical CO2 extraction. Although on the surface, it might sound like a bad idea since CO2 is a greenhouse gas, supercritical CO2 extraction is generally considered safe for the environment. It’s also up to 96% recyclable. Other acceptable extraction methods are ethanol (alcohol) and olive oil (read more here). 

The Cannabis Waste Problem

The Seattle Stranger reported that during the years of 2014-2017, the industry created 1.7 million pounds of cannabis waste, much of which landed in landfills. Due to complex regulations, disposal requirements vary from state to state, and composting can be challenging if not impossible. But although laws make cannabis hard to compost, that’s not the worst of it. 

The industry heavily relies on plastic. No. 5 plastic in particular. In California, “all cannabis and cannabis products be sold in child-resistant packaging.” And other states have similar laws. 

Plastic pollution is one of the most significant problems facing our planet today. It takes 400 years to decompose, and it’s filling up our land and waters. When considering which CBD companies to patronize, ask whether they compost. In addition, pick brands that use renewable or reclaimed plastic packaging.  

Is Your Favorite CBD Supplier Sustainable?

Here are a few ways to determine the sustainability of your favorite brand.  

  • Look for organically grown, non-GMO hemp.

 If you pick organic, not only will you be avoiding pesticide contamination, you’ll be keeping pesticide-laden hemp waste out of our landfills.

  • Choose supercritical CO2 or olive oil extraction.

From our research, these seem to be the most eco-friendly extraction options.  

  • Go for glass.

Plastic packaging isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, but you can begin to stem the tide of plastic waste by insisting on glass packaging. If your favorite brand doesn’t use glass packaging, suggest that they do. 

  • Skip the pump.

Whenever possible, choose products that don’t have plastic pumps, or ask your favorite brand to provide refill options. Plastic pumps are notoriously unrecyclable.

  • Look at the lab tests.

Reputable companies will happily provide 3rd party-verified results proving that their products are chemical-free. 

There’s no reason you should have to choose between the health benefits of CBD and your commitment to a sustainable lifestyle. The more green, the better!

5 Back-to-School Tips For A Healthier School Year

Back-to-school season is the best time to start finding new healthy routines for the family. So we’ve gathered our five favorite back-to-school tips to make the most of this fresh start.

It’s a season we know all too well. The leaves start changing, the days get a bit shorter, and our littles head back to school for another year of learning and growing. It’s a time known for starting fresh. And we’re not just talking about new clothes (although that’s one of our favorite parts). Back-to-school season is the best time to start finding new healthy routines for the family. So we’ve gathered our five favorite back-to-school tips to make the most of this fresh start.

1. Get up and moving

Keep your kids exercising to keep them healthy

We all know how vital exercise is to living a healthy life. And there’s no better time to teach this good habit than when the kids are still little. This is the time to make exercise fun. Teach them to love and appreciate how their bodies move, so it doesn’t become a chore. And when you can all move as a family, that’s even better! After-school walks are a good time to talk about what’s going on in their lives. Heading to the park for a quick game of flag football is a fun way to get everyone involved. Or you can even spark a new passion at the rock climbing gym. Whatever you do, try to get at least 60 minutes of movement a day. According to the CDC, this is the recommended amount of exercise to keep kids and adults mentally and physically healthy. 

2. Healthy lunches to beat the slump

Making healthy lunches is one of the best back-to-school tips to keep your kids happy and strong

It’s a topic that keeps coming up. School lunches today are more focused on providing cheap and fast options, without paying attention to the health of the matter. We understand that making lunches every morning is not a small commitment, but it’s one that’s more than worth it. And if you have older kids, it’s something that you do together or that they can even do on their own. Little ones go through the same midday slump that we’ve all gone through. But by making sure that their lunch is full of protein and nutrients, you can help them stay fresh all day. Plus, you can make it exciting. Cut a turkey sandwich into fun shapes with cookie-cutters. Give them carrot sticks with their favorite flavor of hummus. And make sure to add in some fruit for when they need a quick snack. 

3. Take sleep seriously

Make sure your little ones get plenty of sleep to keep them healthy

Our quickly growing littles need plenty of sleep to stay healthy and strong. And anyone who has dealt with a sleepy kid knows that they aren’t going to be able to pay attention if they’re running low on energy. In fact, according to the National Sleep Foundation, kids need between 8 and 13 hours of sleep, depending on their age.

No kid likes having a bedtime, which is why it’s important make it something to look forward to. Pick a tradition to end each night, but keep it electronic-free. Let them pick out a book to read or for you to read to them. Tell each other a story. We also love talking with them about what they’re most excited for the next day. They’ll decide how they feel about bedtime based on how you treat it, so keep it a positive experience, and one that they know is keeping them growing strong and confident. 

4. Say goodbye to electronics

With how things are in the world today, we aren’t here to preach that kids shouldn’t have any electronics at all. We know that cellphones are important for safety and that laptops are usually required for homework. But anything beyond that should be limited, especially during the week and at night. Make sure that the kids — and you, too — turn off all of your electronics at least 30 minutes before bedtime. Or, if you can make it an hour or two hours, then stick with that as the rule. According to the National Sleep Foundation, using electronics before bed will make it harder to fall and stay asleep, and can have a longterm effect. By setting limits on technology, you will also make it easier for the family to find time for exercising, enjoying meals together, and having conversations about the things that matter. 

5. Expand their interests

Heading back to school is a time when your little ones are already discovering so many new things, so why not add a few more discoveries to the lineup? This is the time to find new adventures and new passions for them, so let them try everything. Whether they want to try out some new sports camps, take an art class, check out your local museums for classes, find an acting class at your local theater. For every interest or hobby, there are so many incredible options. And they’ll have a blast spending time with kids who love the same things that they do.

Comment below to let us know your favorite ways to keep your littles healthy and happy all year, not just when they’re heading back to school! And stay tuned for more tips for sustainable living and eco-friendly shopping.

The Amazon Has Been Burning for 40 Years. Here’s What You Can Do Today to Preserve It.

The fires in the Amazon, however, if left unchecked, could resurface the world. At the very least, they’re threatening the lives of the flora, fauna, and people that call the world’s largest rainforest home.

The plumes of smoke billowing up from miles of old-growth jungle have captivated our quick-moving media cycle for the last few weeks. Although as dynamic and dramatic as usual, the latest headlines have been unable to displace images of vast swaths of blackened land and burning canopy.

The Amazon is facing potential collapse.

Those of us who live or have lived in California know about fire’s destructive power. We’ve packed our cars with our most precious belongings and driven off through the smoke. We’ve lost our homes and our loved ones. The fires in the Amazon, however, if left unchecked, could resurface the world. At the very least, they’re threatening the lives of the flora, fauna, and people that call the world’s largest rainforest home.

Fires in the Amazon are not unusual, especially during the dry season, which is from around August to November each year. But this has been the worst year on record for fires since the Brazilian Brazilian Space Research Institute (ISPE) started tracking them in 2013. And there are 84% more fires in the Amazon this year than last year at this time. Check out this NASA time-lapse of satellite images that show the rapid deforestation of the amazonian rainforest.

Amazon Deforestation Timelapse

Why Save The Rainforests?

It probably seems obvious to an eco-fashionista like yourself that rainforests are worth having around. They house 70% of earth’s land mammals, and a quarter of all modern medicine comes from their plants—only 1% of which have been studied.

 Although the Amazon’s status as the lungs of the planet is debatable, it still sequesters 2 billion tons of CO2 each year. And we need all the help we can get. In 2017, world emissions topped 37+ billion tons. If that’s hard to visualize, picture the National Mall filled end to end and four times higher than the Washington Monument. That would equal a mere 1 billion tons (Washington Post).  

Rainforests also contribute to the water cycle, especially locally, and the Amazon is no exception. Since 1979, the dry season there has increased by three weeks, and a 2013 study predicted that it would continue to grow. Over time, this could spell disaster for the largest rainforest on earth.


“We believe that negative synergies between deforestation, climate change, and widespread use of fire indicate a tipping point for the Amazon system to flip to non-forest ecosystems in eastern, southern and central Amazonia at 20-25% deforestation.”

-Carlos Nobre and Thomas Lovejoy

But economic arguments to raze rainforests abound, most notably from Brazil’s Jain Bolsonaro, who campaigned on developing the Amazon. Bolsonaro and has since made good on his promises, pushing into new areas of the rainforest since being elected, and refusing to meet with indigenous leaders. He has also rejected 20M in aid from G7 countries, which he says he will consider if Macron apologizes for his part in their war of words.

Deforestation: A Systemic Problem with a Global Solution

Deforestation is nothing new — slash and burn clearing techniques have been threatening the Amazon for decades. In fact, another massive inferno was on the cover of TIME magazine in 1989. From 1970-2018, deforestation has been responsible for 792,051 square kilometers of rainforest loss, or 20%. But deforestation and fires go hand in hand. In 2016, 81% of the fires in the Amazon were human-caused — set to make room for crops and grazing. 

Since 2004, Brazil has made great strides in protecting the Amazon. The government has been fighting deforestation in earnest by protecting indigenous land, preserving new areas, and arresting and fining violators. It worked. Between 2004 and 2012, deforestation had fallen by 75% (L.A. Times). 

Development in the Amazon has been increasing since 2012, and with Bolsonaro in power, legal protections appear to be in name only. His damn and highway plans run right through protected areas of rainforest. He’s made threatening comments regarding indigenous land. And his environmental minister has been accused of changing maps to benefit mining companies (Vox).

Denis Rivas, the president of the National Association of Environmental Experts, another group of government workers, said many longtime workers have seen their life’s work crumble in recent years since the era when Brazil succeeded at reining in deforestation ended around 2012.

Deforestation began inching up after that and has accelerated significantly under Bolsonaro as environmental agencies were weakened.

The New York Times

But that doesn’t mean we are helpless. We can make changes here at home that will reverberate through the canopy. Each small step we take toward a world that works in concert for the good of all makes our voices louder. Here are some you can take today.

Vote with Your Dollars

Listen to the echoes of the movements that were born from Martin Luther King, Jr., Gandhi, and Cesar Chavez. Boycott. In a capitalistic society, our dollars can be louder than our voices.  If we stop buying products that require deforestation to produce, we will reduce demand. Here are four products to either boycott or buy from more eco-friendly sources.

Stop Eating Brazilian Grass-Fed Beef and Don’t Buy Amazonian Leather

When it comes to deforestation, cattle ranching is a major culprit — to the tune of 80%. Not only does grazing require trees to be cut down, the grass must be burned again every few years, increasing fire risk. If beef is a regular part of your diet, be sure to check the labels and stay away from products from Brazil (Yale).

Leather is a little trickier, but before you buy those suede shoes you can’t live without or that great crossbody, do your due diligence. Or better yet, buy used leather. The leather industry is rife with animal abuse too.

Say No to Brazilian Soybeans

Soybeans are another problem. Cultivation necessitates forest clearing. We say skip them unless you can verify the country of origin.

Buy Recycled Paper Products

Go for 100% post consumer recycled paper, toilet paper, and paper towels. That way, you’ll know that no new trees were cut down to make your favorite notebook or fluffy soft.

Stay Away from Tropical Wood

High demand for items made from exotic wood such as mahogany fuels the logging industry, which is another driver of deforestation. Here’s a list of what to avoid.

Support Forest-Friendly Products

We can also support more eco-friendly products created in harmony with the forest. Shopping Rainforest Alliance Certified goods is a great place to start.

Donate to These 4 Charities

Earth Alliance

Earth Alliance’s Amazon Fund passes your donation to local organizations and indigenous communities.

Forest Fund

Forest Fund works with local landowners who face economic pressures to turn that land into pasture. They also work with low-income landowners to re-forest river basin areas. Learn more about them here.

The Kayapo

The Kayapo dwell on approximately 11,000 hectares of Brazilian forest — about the size of Virginia. They’re at the front lines, defending their legal borders from loggers, ranchers, and miners. 100% of your donation goes directly to them.

Rainforest Foundation

The Rainforest Foundation works with indigenous tribes throughout the world to secure their rights, which in turn, protects the forests in which they live.

How to Give Back this Back-to-School Season

Whether you want to make a volunteer day out of it or you want to teach them how to do their part on a regular basis, we’ve rounded up our favorite ways to do good this back-to-school season.

It doesn’t matter if you’re watching TV or walking around — all we’re hearing about right now is back-to-school shopping. And of course, it’s important to get your growing littles clothes that fit to keep them comfortable in the classroom. But there are other things to focus on during this time. Make your new back-to-school tradition finding ways to give back as a family. Whether you want to make a volunteer day out of it or you want to teach them how to do their part on a regular basis, we’ve rounded up our favorite ways to do good this back-to-school season.

Donate school supplies to your local Salvation Army

Give back by donating school supplies to Salvation Army

You’re already taking the kids out to buy school supplies, so this is an easy way to show them just how good doing good feels. Grab a few extra sets of the main supplies, like pencils, notebooks, folders, and crayons. When you’re done shopping, bring the new supplies to Salvation Army. For students who don’t have access to school supplies or schools where funds are low, this can be the difference that allows kids to get the education that they deserve. 

Pack a backpack through Operation Backpack

Fill a backpack through Operation Backpack to give back this season

Operation Backpack is another way to make sure that kids in your area have the supplies that they need. And it’s a fun way to get your little ones involved, since you can choose to fill a backpack for a kid that’s their age. And in the end, they get to see their hard work all come together in the filled backpack. Just check out your local chapter and find the supplies list so you know what to look for. 

Feed My Starving Children

We love letting our kids work to raise money and help us give back. But there’s nothing like taking the entire family out for a volunteer weekend. This allows your kids to see firsthand that sometimes the most important thing they can give to others is their time. And Feed My Starving Children is one of our favorites. There are permanent sites for packing in Arizona, Illinois, Minnesota, and Texas, but they also have MobilePack events nationwide. Just find the closest site and sign up for the two-hour shift that works best for you. 

Donate books to your local library

Donate old books to your local library or literary organization

Make sure your little ones know the power of a good book by letting them share the magic with other kids their age. It’s also a great way to get ready for the school year — clean out your bookshelves to make space for more challenging reads to keep your kids learning more and more each day. Contact your local library to see if they’re accepting donations or find a list of organizations that accept used books here

Volunteer at your local animal shelter

Let the kids volunteer at an animal shelter to help them do good and give back this year

If your family loves animals, this is a great way to give them those puppy and kitty cuddles. Especially if you don’t have a pet of your own. It will also teach them the responsibilities that come with having a pet, by letting them feed, clean, walk, and play with the animals. Contact your local animal shelter to find out if there are any age requirements and what volunteer opportunities they have. But we’ll warn you that you might fall in love with a few four-legged angels while you’re at it. 

Happy giving and happy back-to-school season! If you have other favorite ways that your family gives back, comment below and let us know. Otherwise, check back with us for more tips for sustainable living and eco-friendly shopping!

5 Easy Ways to Reduce Your Domestic Footprint

We’re all about sustainability in fashion, but what we wear isn’t going to solve our planet’s environmental issues alone (though the textile/clothing industry is the second biggest polluter after oil). There are many ways you can reduce your carbon footprint on this blue and green ball we call home. Here are five quick and easy steps you can take to help set back the climate clock.

by Kira Cook

We’re all about sustainability in fashion, but what we wear isn’t going to solve our planet’s environmental issues alone (though the textile/clothing industry is the second biggest polluter after oil). There are many ways you can reduce your carbon footprint on this blue and green ball we call home. Here are five quick and easy steps you can take to help set back the climate clock.

Household Cleaners

Instead of continuously purchasing small plastic bottle filled with cleaner after small plastic bottle filled with cleaner, consider visiting a refill station of a zero-waste facility to fill the empty bottles you currently have (or in more durable, long-lasting new ones) with soaps, shampoos, household cleaners, and ingredients to make your own cleaners. In Los Angeles, visit Highland Park’s new SustainLA refill station or search refill stations near you.

Sustain LA Refill Station

Toxin-Free Makeup

Making the switch to toxin-free (and cruelty-free, while we’re at it) makeup is just another element of being a conscious consumer. Rather than just arbitrarily buying from big name-brand makeup companies that have been around forever and have a large enough consumer base that they don’t yet feel compelled to go toxin-free, invest in your skin and well-being by choosing better. Luckily, an amazing resource is out there for exactly this purpose. The Cosmetics Database, which is run by the EWG (Environmental Working Group) enables searches from over 75,000 products, and each one is assigned a safety rating from 1-10, with explanations of ingredients and studies on possible health risks.

Clean Beauty

Dental Lace

Dental floss seems like such a small and even arbitrary thing to bother changing habits towards, but get ready for this terrifying statistic: if everyone in just the U.S. flosses their teeth daily, every year the empty floss containers fill a landfill the size of a 6-story high football field. Yeah. We’re aghast, too. Enter, stage right: Dental Lace – the only fashionable, refillable, eco-friendly dental floss, and is 99% zero-waste. Comprised of 100% mulberry silk, the floss is biodegradable and it comes rolled in a refillable, small glass container. Sorry, but now there’s really no excuse not to floss.

Dental Lace

Recycling Vision

The CDC estimates that around 45 million people in the U.S. alone wear contacts. Just as in dental floss (above), those tiny plastic packages add up if you multiply them daily, and times 45 million. Because these packages are considered too small by mainstream recycling plants, they are filtered into general waste.

Bausch + Lomb has established a program for recycling not only disposable contact lenses themselves, but more importantly for the top foil and plastic packaging that house the contacts. Bausch + Lomb combined forces with TerraCycle (a company that specializes in recycling hard-to-recycle waste). Print a free shipping label at BauschRecycles.com or drop off for free at your eye doctor’s office!

Bausch + Lomb Facts

Green Travel

The modern traveler has a lot of opportunities to make better, greener choices for how to see new places. Here are two quick and easy ways to travel green:

  1. Instead of renting a gas-guzzling and spewing vehicle, rent an electric or hybrid car. Most major car rental companies offer hybrids at the very least, but electric cars as well.
  2. Most major cities have electric scooter and even electric bicycles available at major intersections. Instead of calling cabs to get around, get some exercise and fresh air while exploring a new city from a more intimate (and thrilling!) perspective.
Bike Rental > Car Rental

Minimalist Packing for a Weekend Getaway

We’ve put together a minimalist packing list for your next weekend adventure, so you can spend less time packing and lugging around a heavy suitcase, and more time living in the moment.

You know (and we know) the feeling of sitting at your desk scrolling through hundreds of Airbnbs, dreaming of your next adventure. Traveling is one of the best things you can do for your life and general well being. And of course we’re all for a big trip whenever we can take one, but there’s something so special about a low-key weekend getaway when you need a quick refresher. It’s also easy to get caught up in overpacking whenever you go away. Sure, you might end up dancing the night away at an unexpected salsa club, but you probably don’t need four different dress options for it.

We’ve put together a minimalist packing list for your next weekend adventure, so you can spend less time packing and lugging around a heavy suitcase, and more time living in the moment. Make adjustments depending on where you’re going and when, but this is a good place to start.

Jeans

Pack Raleigh Denim jeans for your minimalist weekend getaway

In terms of sustainable living, jeans are meant to be worn at least four or five times before you have to wash them. So one pair for the weekend will be more than enough. Take your favorite comfortable pair, like these Raleigh Denim high-waisted skinny jeans, so you can wear them even if you’re in for a full day of serious exploring. 

Classic T-Shirt

Pack Lacausa Classic T-Shirt for your minimalist weekend getaway

A simple tee is a must-have in your suitcase. This striped Lacausa T-shirt will be so comfortable no matter what kind of trip you’re taking, and it’ll be easy to dress up if the moment presents itself. Just slip on some heels and a button-down top for a look that’s effortlessly chic. 

Button-Down Shirt

Pack Tradlands Button Down Top for your minimalist weekend getaway

This Tradlands button-down top is our favorite layering piece. You can wear it over a T-shirt or you can also wear it tied around your waist with a dress. Or try it tucked into jeans for a preppy, put-together style. If you layer it, you’ll be able to get at least two wears on your weekend away. 

Mini Dress

Pack Rove Daphne Striped Mini Dress for your minimalist weekend getaway

If you have plans for a nice dinner out or any other event where you have to dress up, you’ll want to pack another dress as well. But for a versatile option that takes up minimal space, this Rove striped mini dress is your answer. You can wear it with sneakers and a button-down top for a day walking around museums. Then, add a belt and slip on some heels for a night out.

Comfy Flats 

Shop the PONS original sandals to bring on your next weekend getaway

The right shoes are probably the most important thing that you’ll pack for your weekend away. Keep comfort at the forefront of your decision, so you won’t have to say no to anything that comes your way. You can absolutely get away with wearing only these PONS slingback sandals the entire time you’re gone to make sure you’re really sticking with that minimalist packing. But if you’ll want to dress up more, bring a pair of wedge sandals to instantly take any outfit to the right place. 

Statement Earrings

Pack Dear Survivor sustainable earrings for your minimalist weekend getaway

When it comes to dressing up an outfit quickly, statement earrings are about as easy as it gets. We love how much a good pair of earrings makes even the messiest bun look like you planned it weeks in advance. And these Dear Survivor sustainable earrings are made from recycled leather, so they’ll be lightweight enough to wear all weekend.

We hope you have the best time on your minimalist weekend getaway! If you have other favorite pieces that you always bring with you, comment below and let us know. Otherwise, check back with us for more tips for sustainable living and eco-friendly shopping!

Shop Back to School with BUHO

The last hazy, hot days of summer are upon us, and it’s time to prepare for our littles and not-so-littles to go back to school.

The last hazy, hot days of summer are upon us, and it’s time to prepare for our littles and not-so-littles to go back to school. School season is an excellent time for letting go of the old, bringing in the new, and learning more about the world around us. But as much of that world goes through an unflagging heatwave, suggesting that climate change is in full swing, you might be asking yourself how you can make that BTS haul a little more sustainable. 

Fortunately, at BUHO, we only stock brands that are as beautifully crafted as they are kind to the earth and her creatures. You can be sure the purchases you make here support a sustainable future for our children. Because when our kids grow up, we want them to have the knowledge they need to change the world and a planet upon which they’re able to thrive. 

To that aim, here are some of our favorite brands that will help you head back to school in sustainable style.

STATE Bags

When it comes to choosing the statement piece that your child will be wearing for the next nine months and beyond, it’s critical to find one that will be beloved. When looking at your purchase through an environmental lens, you want to know that this new backpack will be able to stand up to your child’s irrepressible energy year after year. Enter STATE Bags. They’re built to last, impeccably designed with a variety of styles to choose from, and made with a purpose. 

STATE Bags began as an offshoot of Camp Power, a nonprofit that serves kids in underprivileged neighborhoods. Most of these children were carrying their belongings in trash bags, which inspired husband and wife team Scot and Jacq Tatelman to create STATE Bags.

For every bag purchased, STATE donates a fully-stocked backpack to a child in need. As of this post, they’ve given out hundreds of thousands of bags.

Oeuf

French for “egg,” Oeuf uses exclusively sustainably and ethically sourced materials. The brainchild of designers Sophie Demenge and Michael Ryan after they had their first; this brand’s ethos is “do good.” They use organic Pima cotton, baby alpaca, and hand-loomed wool from Peru and Bolivia, so you’ll get the peace of mind that comes from knowing your little ones will be wearing the highest quality fabrics. And every item they make is ethical and sustainable.

Treat your little adventurers to the explorers league shirt, and then teach them about diversity with this tee. Dress your young poet in the Poets Sweater, or help your mathlete ace P.E. in the Linen Beige Numbers Shorts.

BOBO CHOSES 

Bobo Choses creates whimsical pieces that will have your child excited to wake up early and get ready for school! Driven by the idea that protecting the environment can be fun, they’re inspired by the “power that kids have to understand, act and transform.” From the Northstar Sweater to the All Over Saturn Jogging Pants, there’s sure to be something your little can’t do without. And might we suggest the All Over A Star Called Home Princess Dress for her royal highness?

When it comes to protecting the environment, Bobo Choses is minimal impact. Knowing that many manufacturing methods harm the earth, they exist in a process of constant upgrade. GOTS certified organic cotton comprises nearly 50% of their line overall and 70% of their baby collection. Bobo Choses also works with OEKO-TEX certified suppliers, ensuring the safety of your kiddos while also taking care of mother nature.

Pink Chicken

What could be more adorable than a children’s line of 60s and 70s inspired silhouettes created in bohemian prints? One with a commitment to sustainability that gives back to women and children in need, of course! Pink Chicken sets its sights set on making mothers and their daughters and sons happy. That’s why they’ve chosen to support charities that support them where it matters most. 

Your miniature fashionista will adore the Georgie Jumper Skinny Stripes, Willa Dress, and Mimi Short.

Little Urban Apparel

This sweet organic and hemp-based clothing line was founded in Southern California and is made right here in L.A. It’s easy to create the perfect minimalist wardrobe for your child with so many great prints and shapes to choose from. We suggest pairing the Swirl Tie Dye Boxy Tee with the Mangoes Cuban or Horizon Shorts. Another winning combo is the Copper Cuban Shorts and Rainbow Stripe Boxy Button Up

Summer in May

Founded during a May that felt more like an August, Summer in May is part of the slow clothing movement. You’ll love to pass along these unisex designs worthy of heirloom status. Summer in May creates runs of 8-12 in each size, and if something isn’t selling, they repurpose it into something that will. 

Teach your kindergarteners and first graders that putting on socks and shoes can be fun! It’ll be a game with the Animal and Retro Socks. And when the weather starts to turn, keep those little bodies warm with the Heart and Mousy sweater. 

Happy Back-to-School!

We wish you all the best in getting your favorite humans ready for the year ahead. Hopefully this guide made it easier to shop sustainably. Remember, in sustainable fashion and in life, to take small steps toward your big goals. And as always, stay tuned to the journal for the latest and best eco-friendly products and processes.

What Is Fair Trade Fashion?

We’ve all heard the term “fair trade fashion.” It’s easy to agree that it’s important in living sustainably, but what exactly does it mean? Well, we’ve done the research and we have the answers…

To really boil things down, fair trade means that every part of the production process meets certain ethical standards. These standards primarily focus on the people who are producing products by making sure employees are in safe and healthy conditions, and companies pay them fairly for their labor.

With the current state of the fashion industry, the facts are dismal. Worldwide, workers in clothing factories face grueling hours, abusive and unhealthy working conditions, and deadly accidents.

In Bangladesh, garment workers only make $96 each month. According to a government wage report, these workers need 3.5 times as much money just to live a “decent life with basic facilities.” And while many people know that this is happening, they still shop from the brands who are involved.

Shop BUHO for fair trade fashion and sustainable style

Fast-fashion retailers are focused on finding the cheapest way to recreate runway trends, so it’s easy to get caught up in the harmful cycle. Beyond the blatant abuse of these low-wage workers, this cycle is also destroying our planet. Each year, the current fashion model (wear and dispose of) creates 1.2 billion TONS of greenhouse gas emissions. To put this in perspective, that’s more emissions than all shipping international flights combined. If you’re wanting to learn even more about how harmful the fashion industry is, watch “The True Cost.”

Now what?

But making ethical fashion part of your wardrobe doesn’t mean that you have to spend a lot of money. In fact, shopping fair trade fashion is one of the easiest sustainable practices. All it takes is a slight change in your purchasing habits. You can stick to your budget while knowing that you are empowering real people.

The hard thing about the fashion industry is that there is no universal fair trade certificate. No government agency checks that every step in the process follows fair trade and ethical guidelines. Instead, you have to figure out which brands follow fair trade fashion standards. But that’s where BUHO comes in. We make sure that all of our brands stick with our promise of ethical and sustainable fashion. So all you have to do is pick out your favorites, feel good, and look even better.

Is Fruit Fiber the Future of T-shirt Textiles?

Today, raw material innovators are imagining a set of alternatives to cotton, which will allow us to evolve the T-shirt into a more sustainable staple.

A perfect T-Shirt is the ultimate laid back staple. It’s a non-statement statement piece, an expression of comfort, an iconic American essential that can be dressed up or down.

Its roots trace back to the late nineteenth century when laborers would cut the sleeves off their long-sleeved work uniforms in the hot months of the summer. The humble garment had a resurgence in the 1950s when Marlin Brando and James Dean slapped heartthrob status onto the plain white tee. Suddenly, wearing a T-shirt as a standalone outerwear garment was not only acceptable, but it was stylish, sexy, and rebellious.

This is a cultural history, but with every cultural history, there’s an environmental history behind it. Every trend has a very real-world set of effects, and the rise of the T-shirt has, underneath it, a story that involves cotton.

Cotton, the primary material used to make our favorite T-shirts, makes up a third of fiber consumption in today’s textile industry. It’s a labor-intensive industry, and its greatest environmental footprint has to do with the agrochemicals and pesticides involved in its growth, the consumption of water needed to sustain its crops, and the conversion of natural habitats into farmland to meet the growing market demand for more of it. Soil erosion and degradation are an upshot of cotton farming, and water contamination from pesticide runoff is another serious concern.

So if cotton is a fundamentally unsustainable crop, what is the future of the beloved T-shirt?

The answer might be fruit fiber. Today, raw material innovators are imagining a set of alternatives to cotton, which will allow us to evolve the T-shirt into a more sustainable staple.

These new innovations in fruit fiber are based around a commitment to using fruit waste. When fruit is farmed, only the fleshy, edible fruit is actually cultivated and sold. This means that a huge amount of plant matter (think stems, leaves, and husks) are thrown into landfills.

Bananas

The cost of your morning smoothie is higher than the few dollars you spent to buy your bunch of bananas. Banana stems are wasted in the billions of tonnes each year, particularly in the Philippines. But banana stems can be turned into one of the worlds strongest fibers, also known as Musa fiber. This natural textile is biodegradable and makes use of what would otherwise be an enormous amount of waste. Banana fiber has a similar texture to bamboo fiber, meaning that it’s incredibly resilient and durable, but can still be spun into a soft and airy textile. The resulting fabric is breathable, absorbent, and can feel like silk on your skin.

Oranges

Oranges are another fruit that can be transformed into a sustainable textile that has the potential to reduce waste and pollution associated with the cotton industry. Founded in 2014, Italian Company, Orange Fiber, has trail blazed orange textiles, creating sustainable fabrics made up of citrus juice byproducts that would otherwise be thrown away. Orange waste contains a large amount of pulp in it, within which can be found a goldmine of micro-materials called cellulose fibers. As it turns out, these fibers can be woven into a silky textile that’s biodegradable and long-lasting. Bring on the OJ.

How Textiles are made from Oranges

Pineapples

Pineapple harvesting is typically done in subtropical regions, including the Philippines, Taiwan, Brazil, Hawaii, India, Indonesia, and the West Indies. Not surprisingly, all of these regions also produce a large number of pineapple byproducts. Namely, pineapple leaves. Specifically, in the Philippines, serious efforts are being made to revive the use of pineapple leaf based textiles. That’s right, the pineapple-based fabric isn’t a new phenomenon. Centuries ago, it was extensively produced in the Philippines and was in high demand until cotton eclipsed it as a cheaper (but less sustainable) alternative. A key point here is that pineapples are already being grown for consumption – so cultivating pineapple leaves as a basis for a sustainable textile requires no additional pesticides, water, or land-space.

Today, Carmen Hijosa has created a new brand called Piñatex, which is based around an innovative natural textile that’s primarily formulated with pineapple fiber. The resultant material comes in a variety of textures and thicknesses: it can be used to make light T-Shirt type fabric, but can also be crafted as an alternative leather material (bonus that its water resistant). The additional income stream generated for pineapple farmers is one clear-cut benefit, and the lower environmental impact is one answer to the problem of cotton in today’s textile industry.

Bonus spotlight:

In the future, your pineapple-leather boots might be delivered to your door wrapped in sustainable mushroom-based packaging. Innovative design company Ecovative is pioneering a future of zero-waste bioplastics made out of mushroom mycelium – they’re creating ‘mushroom packaging’ comprised out of mycelium combined with the agricultural byproducts of hemp. This points to a future in which e-commerce packaging and shipping might take less of a toll on the planet.

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Of course, all of these textiles can be mapped onto a variety of garments that reach above and beyond the T-shirt. At some point in the future, you might be rocking a fruit-based bag, fruit-based shoes, or a fruit-based spacesuit.

Keep up with us here for more future-facing speculative material roundups!