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Just How Sustainable is Organic Cotton?

Just How Sustainable is Organic Cotton?

Growing conventional cotton is generally considered as one of the most environmentally harmful endeavors. Reports note that it uses 25 percent of the world’s insecticides and 10 percent of the world’s pesticides.1 This does not only negatively impact the environment but also the health of cotton farmers. Plus, cotton is a water-intensive crop, needing at least...

5 Podcasts for Conscious Living Enthusiasts

5 Podcasts for Conscious Living Enthusiasts

Carpe diem! Seize the day! This is what conscious living is all about – actively making choices, being in control of your life, steering it to where you want it to go. Are you living the life that you have always wanted? Does your job make you feel fulfilled? Are you in a relationship that...

The Rise of Conscious Capitalism

The Rise of Conscious Capitalism

Capitalism has always been a subject of criticism. German philosopher Karl Marx is its most vocal critic, rallying against capitalism’s promotion of commodification, inequality and exploitation of the labor force.1 According to Marx, capitalism will eventually be toppled in a revolution of the working class. More than a century after Marx’s death, however, capitalism is still...

Top 5 Environmental Victories of 2016

Top 5 Environmental Victories of 2016

The year 2016 is considered to be one of the worst years in recent history – with political upheavals the world over, terror attacks, celebrity deaths, environmental disasters and so on. However, it has also ushered in landmark victories for the environment which hopefully sets a precedent for bigger victories this 2017. Five of the...

How to Become a Minimalist in 7 Simple Steps

How to Become a Minimalist in 7 Simple Steps

Political thinker and writer Henry David Thoreau said: “It is preoccupation with possessions, more than anything else, that prevents us from living freely and nobly.”1 In this day and age, no truer words have been uttered as advertising has led to wasteful consumption and the shackling cycle of consumerism and wastefulness. Our wasteful lifestyle has...

How Advertising Has Contributed to Wasteful Consumption

How Advertising Has Contributed to Wasteful Consumption

Have you ever wondered about the impact of advertising in your daily life? Have you ever thought of its influence on your buying behavior? Advertising is all about selling – of products, services and ideas. It is paid communication employing persuasive techniques to get the audience or the consumer to take a specific action, according...

How to Have a Zero-Waste Christmas

How to Have a Zero-Waste Christmas

It’s the most wonderful time of the year once again as the entire world celebrates Christmas and New Year with family, friends and loved ones. Unfortunately, the outlook is not so wonderful for Mother Earth as the holidays are expected to bring in more waste from all the celebrations. In the United States alone, Stanford...

What You Didn’t Know About Recycling

What You Didn’t Know About Recycling

There have been a lot of debates on the pros and cons of recycling. The important question is, does it make a difference for the environment? The short answer – yes, it is beneficial for the environment. Annie Leonard, producer of the YouTube film Story of Stuff and head of Greenpeace USA says: “Everyone knows the...

6 Key Takeaways from the Marrakech Climate Summit

6 Key Takeaways from the Marrakech Climate Summit

Despite the President Trump specter that hounded the Marrakech climate summit in Morocco, the message from 111 countries was clear: “Our climate is warming at an alarming and unprecedented rate and we have an urgent duty to respond.”1 This is the Marrakech Action Proclamation for our Climate and Sustainable Development signed at the 22nd Session...