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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...

What the Heck is Happening in America?!: The Trump Administration’s Environmental Policy Part 1

What the Heck is Happening in America?!: The Trump Administration’s Environmental Policy Part 1

Remember the Clean Power Plan (CPP)? The EPA first proposed it under President Obama in 2014, with a final draft released in 2016. It was an instrumental bargaining chip to show the U.S. was serious about climate change during the Paris Climate Conference. Good times. Soon after taking office; however, President Trump issued the Energy...