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Bulk Food Stores: The Sustainable Alternative to Traditional Grocery Stores

Bulk Food Stores: The Sustainable Alternative to Traditional Grocery Stores

Pennsylvania, Unites States: Buying in bulk may conjure the inelegant image of stocking up on cheap toilet paper, but bulk food is not only efficient and modern, but sustainable. It’s the future of traditional grocery stores. Bulk foods are better than packaged foods for three reasons: First, you can buy your produce completely package-free by...

Why You Need to Make Local Politics A Part Of Your Everyday Life

Why You Need to Make Local Politics A Part Of Your Everyday Life

Pennsylvania, United States: The biggest challenge in small-time elections is getting people to care. The world of local politics is practically alien to national campaigns and advocacy because without the appeal of charming candidates, rallies, and broad national debate, very few people pay attention. But they should. Over the past few months, I helped a...

The Other Shoppes: Discovering Cool Local Businesses At The Other Festival in NYC

The Other Shoppes: Discovering Cool Local Businesses At The Other Festival in NYC

While I was attending The Other Festival at City Point Brooklyn, I took some time to make sure to support the handful of local small businesses vending throughout the festival. I’m fully aware that buying nothing is the most sustainable option, but handmade items (especially those made from reclaimed materials) are like catnip for me,...

Fashion Designer Mara Hoffman: “People Thought I Was Crazy… That I Was Walking Away From Money”

Fashion Designer Mara Hoffman: “People Thought I Was Crazy… That I Was Walking Away From Money”

If you’ve ever met someone whose presence is simultaneously commanding and soothing, that’s the aura of Mara Hoffman. I had the pleasure to sit down with my fellow Aries during The Other Festival and discuss environmental fashion, greenwashing brands, and how young entrepreneurs can start off on an eco-friendly route. Mara Hoffman is is the President...

Sustainable Textiles Spotlight: The Truth Behind Bamboo Fabric

Sustainable Textiles Spotlight: The Truth Behind Bamboo Fabric

In theory, bamboo textiles should be one of the most sustainable options for an eco-friendly closet. Bamboo grows rapidly, needs very little water, fertilizer, or pesticides, and sequesters a large amount of carbon dioxide, absorbing five times more carbon dioxide and 35% more oxygen than similar plants. It’s also naturally regenerating, so harvesting bamboo still...

Sustainable Haute Couture Debuts in NYFW SS18

Sustainable Haute Couture Debuts in NYFW SS18

The current narrative in the fashion industry assumes that sustainability can’t be chic, or that adopting ethical practices would limit a designer’s artistry. Thankfully, that’s changing. Sechs Element, a Chinese firm that supports innovative designers, hosted seven emerging designers embracing sustainability in their debut NYFW SS18 show. I spoke with Jingtian Wu, a member of...

Is Boxed Water Really Better Than Bottled Water?

Is Boxed Water Really Better Than Bottled Water?

Bottled water is one of the first things to forgo in a sustainable lifestyle journey; it’s wasteful, expensive, and easily replaced by reusable water bottles. However, everyone will eventually find themselves in a situation without easy access to unpackaged water, and will ultimately reach for a plastic bottle rather than face dehydration. It feels like...

How to Be A Skeptical Shopper: A Primer on Identifying Greenwashing

How to Be A Skeptical Shopper: A Primer on Identifying Greenwashing

There seems to be no end to the number of brands willing to exploit the good nature of conscientious shoppers for profit. I feel personally manipulated when companies use the guise of fair trade and small charitable donations to hide massive profits and less-than-sustainable practices. Greenwashing, or the façade of sustainable and ethical practices, not...