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Are Cotton Shopping Bags Really Eco-Friendly?

Are Cotton Shopping Bags Really Eco-Friendly?

The controversy around tote bags grew linearly to their popularity. A versatile and fun accessory, the bags have been cherished now across many subcategories of fashion. But in recent years, the environmental efficacy of cotton bags has been called into question by reputable sources. The fascinating fashion history of tote bags is a strange tale. At the crossroads of high-class clothing designers and business-convention marketing strategies lies the tote bag. Companies give bags away for free as advertising while consumers pay hundreds of dollars for a logo or pattern from top designers.To understand the environmental efficacy of cotton tote bags,...

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Zero Waste Soap Brands and Alternatives

Zero Waste Soap Brands and Alternatives

How sustainable is mass-produced soap? Not too much. Here's a list of options for those that need to find a zero-waste soap: Why Is Mass-Produced Soap Unsustainable?   Mass-produced soaps in both bar and liquid forms contribute to a vast plethora of environmental issues. The primary concern about soap is that many formulas contain palm oil, a substance that comes from the fruit of oil palm trees. The World Wildlife Fund says producing palm oil is a “major driver of deforestation,” meaning the demand for it leads to more trees being cut down and a subsequent loss of biodiversity. If...

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5 Reasons Why Soap Saver Bags Are Better Than Loofahs

5 Reasons Why Soap Saver Bags Are Better Than Loofahs

Soap saver bags are eco-friendly pouches made for plopping a bar of soap inside and washing your hands, body, hair, etc. for a high-quality shower experience! We have all spent too long dealing with gummy soap residue in the shower or on the bathroom sink-- a better option is long overdue! A loofah may seem like a good option, but that poof of plastic hanging from your faucet is probably covered in tons of gross bacteria. Natural loofahs are great for dishwashing, but they can be overly abrasive for our skin.  So what makes soap-saving bags an easily superior option?  Here's...

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The Best Alternative Floss: Bamboo, Silk, and More

The Best Alternative Floss: Bamboo, Silk, and More

If everyone in America flossed twice a day for just one year, we’d generate enough waste to wrap the floss around the earth three times. Conventional floss is undoubtedly wasteful, but cleaning in between your teeth is an essential part of your hygiene. Plaque builds over time and food becomes lodged in between teeth, creating a perfect breeding ground for bacteria that can cause harm to your teeth and gums. So you’ve gotta remove all that icky plaque and buildup, but you’re also mindful of your waste. Let’s talk about conventional floss, why it’s harmful, and what you can do...

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Natural Deodorant: Everything You Need To Know

Natural Deodorant: Everything You Need To Know

Armpit sweat: It’s not glamorous, but it’s totally normal! We shouldn’t feel ashamed to admit that we sweat because everybody does. Sweating is an opportunity for your body to cool down and expel toxins. Natural deodorant is a tool for allowing your body to complete its natural processes while regulating the BO that makes you self-conscious at the end of the day. While “natural” deodorants can be bought at the grocery store, you’ll often still find a long list of unpronounceable ingredients, and the product will likely come in a plastic tube. Here, we’ll only talk about deodorants that are...

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