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6 Ethical and Eco-Friendly Baby and Kids Organic Cotton Clothing Brands

6 Ethical and Eco-Friendly Baby and Kids Organic Cotton Clothing Brands

Being eco-conscious when it comes to baby and kids clothing is not just good for the environment. It also goes a long way towards safeguarding the health of your children. You see, environmentally-harmful clothing is tantamount to health hazards. Non-organic cotton, for example, is grown using a lot of chemicals — insecticides and pesticides that...

7 Mindful Living Apps That Monitor Social Media Usage And Help To Break Digital Addiction

7 Mindful Living Apps That Monitor Social Media Usage And Help To Break Digital Addiction

When you wake up in the morning, what’s the first thing you do? Check your phone for social media updates, emails, and more? What about all throughout the day? Do you notice yourself constantly checking out your smartphone? And before you sleep, have you noticed yourself still checking your phone? For many people, phone addiction...

5 Sustainable Brands That Make Cool Eco-Friendly Runners, Sports Shoes and Sneakers

5 Sustainable Brands That Make Cool Eco-Friendly Runners, Sports Shoes and Sneakers

The recent article by Jennifer Nini on the adidas x Parley collaboration on the upcycled sustainable running shoes has generated a lot of interest. And rightfully so as each pair of the adidas UltraBOOST Parley and UltraBOOST X saves at least 11 plastic bottles from being dumped into the world’s oceans. Overlay this with the...

Compassionate Gold: Sustainable Gold Mining to Empower People and Protect the Environment

Compassionate Gold: Sustainable Gold Mining to Empower People and Protect the Environment

Manila, Philippines: I have just very recently read The Ethics of Mining Gold: The Social and Environmental Impacts of Gold, written by my colleague Mary Imgrund. Let me say, as a person who has visited small-scale gold mining communities in the Philippines and worked for the NGO BAN Toxics which has presence in said communities,...

5 Super Cool Ethical and Sustainable Surf Wear Brands For Men and Women

5 Super Cool Ethical and Sustainable Surf Wear Brands For Men and Women

There is no sport that is as attuned to nature as surfing. This is perhaps the reason why Duke Kahanamoku, a Hawaiian, and considered the father of modern surfing, said: “Out of the water, I am nothing.” The concern for nature is inherent in surfers. In fact, having spread awareness on the impact of the...

Sustainable Seafood: Can Fish Really Be ‘Sustainably Farmed’?

Sustainable Seafood: Can Fish Really Be ‘Sustainably Farmed’?

In July 2016, UK’s giant supermarket chain Tesco announced the removal of at least 20 percent of John West tuna products from their stores. The reason? Unsustainable fishing. Immediately after the announcement, two more British supermarket chains, Waitrose and Sainsbury, also threatened to pull John West products off the shelves for the same reason. This...

How American Identity Politics Went From Inclusion to Exclusion, and Fractured the Nation

How American Identity Politics Went From Inclusion to Exclusion, and Fractured the Nation

London, United Kingdom: “Us” versus “Them.” This is turning out to be a common theme in politics nowadays, from the United Kingdom’s Brexit to the rise of strongmen leaders in Asia, and the election of Donald Trump in the United States. The current buzzword used to explain this phenomenon? Identity politics. But what is ‘Identity...

Carbon Intensive Industries – The Industry Sectors That Emit The Most Carbon

Carbon Intensive Industries – The Industry Sectors That Emit The Most Carbon

At this point, there is no question that we are the main drivers of climate change. The way we live, our consumption and economic needs, basically most human activities release deadly greenhouse gases into the Earth’s atmosphere. The 2014 graphic below provides a visual timeline of when the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) began acknowledging the...

It’s Been Almost 2 Years Since the Paris Agreement Was Signed – Where Are We At?

It’s Been Almost 2 Years Since the Paris Agreement Was Signed – Where Are We At?

London, United Kingdom: The European Union continues to take the lead in the implementation of the Paris Agreement, cementing its role as the global leader on climate policy. Just a few days ago, on 22-23 March, 2018, EU leaders expressed their call for the bloc’s revamped strategy in cutting down greenhouse gas emissions. “The European...