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After Halloween, Celebrate National Brush Day Sustainably

October 25, 2017

What better time to celebrate National Brush Day than the day after Halloween—after you’ve eaten all of your trick-or-treat sweets? Join us on November 1st to celebrate National Brush Day with a kids bamboo toothbrush giveaway and tips on how to maintain your sustainable smile!

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How One Entrepreneur Packs Powerful Causes into her Backpacks

October 05, 2017 3 Comments

Danielle Magee describes her brand as having a focus on empowering women to “live like an ACE”. But what exactly does that mean? “An ACE is someone who spearheads their dreams with fear, but achieves them with courage,” she says. “Someone who has struggles but, despite the fears, decides to keep going.” ACE is also an acronym for Advocate, Create, and Empower. These form the three pillars on which ACE’s mission is built, and guide everything from the way the bags are produced to the beneficiaries of the company’s humanitarian work. ACE Backpacks will begin a Kickstarter campaign for their first backpack, “The Daniel”, this fall!

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6 Reasons Why Natural Toothpaste is Better for You

September 14, 2017

You’ve heard natural products are better for you, and toothpaste is no exception. But have you really learned why? We’ve compiled a list of some of the most concerning chemicals found in non-natural toothpaste that have many people searching for a cleaner product, or making their own! Read on to find out what they are, why they’re not so great, and where you can find information on alternatives to buy or make.

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Do I REALLY Need to Change My Toothbrush Every 3 Months?

September 05, 2017

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends changing your brush every three to four months. But have you ever wondered why that is? From bristle quality to bacteria, the ADA has many reasons for the standard. Read on to learn why!

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4 Small Steps to a Self-Sustaining Home

4 Small Steps to a Self-Sustaining Home

August 17, 2017

What exactly is a self-sustaining home, and how you can you start taking steps in the right direction? Without breaking your bank account, or completely gutting your home and starting from scratch? It’s easier than you think. We compiled a list of a few key features autonomous homeowners strive for. For each, we give you the ultimate version (not for the faint of heart). And for the rest of us, there are baby steps.

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The Return of Craft

The Return of Craft

August 03, 2017

In the ethical lifestyle movement, people are moving away from the production line to the artisan, favoring human hands over machines. It’s not so surprising; multiple studies have shown the strong links between being creative and general well-being. Fortunately, what's good for us is also good for the planet: many artisan crafters use more sustainable materials, and generate less waste.

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Going zero-waste will change your life...but perhaps not in the ways you thought.

July 20, 2017

Think going zero-waste is a certain death sentence to your social life? (*sheepishly raises hand*). To find out, we nabbed some face time with the zero-waste maven herself. And we asked her those “surface-level” questions about the lifestyle that we’ve all been wondering, but perhaps hesitate to ask. And her answers did not disappoint!

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How half of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch could be gone in 5 years

How half of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch could be gone in 5 years

June 22, 2017

The Ocean Cleanup is a project centered around a brand new technology, invented by young Dutch entrepreneur Boyan Slat. It uses the same natural currents that consolidate garbage into large patches to find and collect the debris, where it's later picked up by barges and recycled. This technology could greatly reduce the amount of pollution that eventually breaks down into microplastics, which have harmful effects that cascade up the food chain.

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The U.S. is Largely Going Green—Paris Agreement Notwithstanding

The U.S. is Largely Going Green—Paris Agreement Notwithstanding

June 08, 2017

For Americans who have set intentions and personal goals around reducing impact—by buying eco-friendly products or cutting energy use—the news of the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris agreement may be disappointing. But this change has actually inspired many powerful entities to kick their current planet-cleaning efforts into high gear. The trajectory doesn't have to change simply because of a formality. The movement starts with everyday people: buyers and consumers.

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Don’t scorch your green track record this Memorial Day; picnic eco-style.

May 25, 2017

Memorial Day is special on its own, and it also famously kicks off the summer season with pool parties and barbecues! In keeping with our tradition of helping you coast through the most special times of year while keeping your green reputation intact, we’ve gathered a couple tips for cooking out eco-style.

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Sustainable Living on a Budget: Learn from a Master

May 16, 2017

Cassidy is the co-founder of ethical clothing company Wakened Apparel, and popular eco-conscious product reviewer at @life_simplified. We had the privilege of hearing in her own words what simple living has done for her, and all the surprising ways she’s learned to go green and actually save money doing it! Cassidy explains why she loves what she does, and busts the myth that eco-friendly living is too expensive.

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The Strengths of Seasonal Eating, And How to Get Started

The Strengths of Seasonal Eating, And How to Get Started

April 27, 2017

You’ve probably heard that eating seasonally is a good idea. But do you know all the reasons why? Francesca Willow, creator of the ethical lifestyle blog “Ethical Unicorn”, shares some surprising insights into why syncing your eating to the season is great for the environment, and even better for your body.

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