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22 Apr

Earth Day Roundup 2017

At Twinseperable, we believe every day is Earth Day, so here is our 2017 roundup of eco-friendly products and brands you can incorporate into your daily routine and living spaces all year round. Click here for last year’s picks, and for some great tips on how to make a difference check this out!

Back at the top of our list for the second year in a row is a Twinseperable favorite, Boll & Branch, specifically their  cable knit throw. This throw consists of Fair Trade Certified and 100% GOTS-certified organic cotton with eco-friendly, non-toxic dyes. As a brand, they believe that by selling directly online to the consumer, they eliminate the cost of the middleman and retail space, saving you money and ensuring you’re purchasing nothing but the highest quality blankets, bedding and bath. The brand also provides economic opportunities for those involved in the cultivation and manufacturing of cotton textiles.

 

Next on our list of eco-friendly home-goods is our newest favorite candle. The Starling Project’s Starling candles come in unique scents like Vanilla+Hemlock, Juniper+Sage, and Currant+Rosewood. Hand-poured in Brooklyn, NY, and made with American hand-blown glass and cotton wicks, that is only the beginning of what makes these candles so special. With every candle purchase, you are helping provide solar energy to impoverished communities around the world. Within a year of launch, the Starling Project has donated over $100,000 to UNICEF to fund a solar energy panel in Chad. The chic, solid black and white glass adds an instant sense of style and warmth to any room, and the scent of doing good.

WakaWaka’s Power+ is an easy way to help minimize your carbon footprint and we think everyone should be jumping on the solar energy bandwagon! The brand identifies this product as a rugged, ultra efficient solar flashlight and charger beautifully designed to work for everyone. It provides up to 150 hours of bright LED light on a single charge from the sun, and can fully charge smartphones, cameras, and other gear via USB ports. In addition to providing an efficient power source, it can also be a lifeline for those in off-grid, disaster-struck, or war-torn regions.

Still obsessed with the concept of a flat water bottle, this year we recommend everyone purchase a Memobottle. Particularly, since we’ve adopted the habit of always carrying a book with us, having a cylindrical bottle makes packing our handbags or totes, nothing short of a challenge. Made from BPA-free plastic, it is the ideal traveling companion, no matter your final destination. Sleek on a desk or just practical in your bag, It is designed to fit where other bottles don’t. Memobottle is also a proud partner of water.org and donates $1 from every order made through memobottle.com which provides access to safe water for one person for 10 months.

JuiceBeauty’s organic Cleansing Milk is a creamy formula that deeply cleanses and removes makeup with organic neroli and grape seed oils, while soothing normal, aging, or sensitive skin with organic chamomile and calendula. With the product more closely related to a lotion than a traditional cleanser, it is perfect for every day use.

As living creatures, we should be mindful not to overlook the negative effects of harsh chemicals on our bodies, especially from unexpected sources. According to Scotch Naturals, “We believe in a world where women don’t have to sacrifice their health to be beautiful and shouldn’t have to choose quality over care… NaturaLaq lacquers are 100% free of all phthalates, parabens, and toxins. Their quick drying technology has left out the noxious odors while still allowing for salon-quality elegance and durability.” Their selection of seasonally perfect colors, coupled with their undeniably great formula and top coat is a perfect beauty cabinet replacement for your nail polish collection.

There is nothing not to like about Milk cosmetics! They use high-tech ingredients — without the bad stuff. All Milk Makeup products are cruelty-free and made with amazing ingredients. Hydrating jojoba, coconut, orange peel, and grape seed oils, and fruit and vegetable butters like mango and shea make up some of the products. Their packaging is recyclable and allows for minimal to no preservatives; and quick, easy application that lets you apply, or change, your look in minutes in the back of a cab.   We’re especially fond of their hydrating cooling stick. Sleep in a stick. De-puff eyes in an instant and hydrate skin with this convenient gel stick. Infused with seawater to soothe skin and caffeine to increase micro circulation to energize skin and restore glow.  We will definitely be bringing this along for constant moisturizing on our upcoming trip to Cuba!

Another new addition this year is People Tree, a pioneer in ethical and sustainable fashion. Their goal is to be 100% Fair Trade throughout their supply chain. By purchasing Fair Trade products from marginalized producer groups in the developing world, and keeping open communication, they are able to pass on knowledge and provide financial assistance to these fledgling businesses when needed , so they can not only meet the high production standards, but also develop competitive, desirable products.

A Twinseperable favorite, Reformation, has managed to make us love them even more! If you aren’t already familiar with their brand, sustainability is at the core of their ethos. From investing in a brand new green building infrastructure, to investing in their employees with on-the-job training and opportunities for growth, they are truly revolutionizing the industry One of the best features of their website is called RefScale, which tracks the environmental footprint from the carbon dioxide emitted, gallons of water used, and pounds of waste generated, and breaks it down per garment. They  also calculate how Reformation’s products help reduce these impacts. Presenting this information allows us to make informed and empowered choices. While they are not completely sustainable…yet, they give back to the environment in the form of “offsets”. In exchange for the emissions and water used by their production process, they plant forests to naturally capture CO2 from the air, invest in clean water solutions, and purchase landfill gas offsets. This year they have not only started selling eco-conscious denim (one of the worst environmental offenders in fashion), but they just recently launched RefSwim! In the label’s true fashion, the silhouettes — which include mix-and-match separates as well as one-pieces — are retro and made from recycled fabrics. More importantly, made for all shapes and sizes.

Introduced to this brand by humanitarian queen, Emma Watson, we can’t wait to get our first pair of Vejas!  On their site, they extensively detail every aspect of their production and material harvesting practices. They buy cotton from 320 families whose source of income and living is this cotton farming. This cotton is spun then weaved into canvas for Veja sneakers and accessories, in accordance with fair trade rules. Despite sounding like a made-up plant, rubber trees are the sole source of natural rubber and the Amazon is the only place on earth where they grow in the wild.  The Amazonian rubber tappers that are responsible for the harvested rubber making up Veja soles, live in the forest. Using a new technology, they are able to transform latex into rubber sheets which are then directly sent to the factory “without any industrial intermediary process.” This exclusion of a middle man also enables these Seringueiros to receive a higher income from selling semi-finished products directly. As a company, Veja does not advertise. “The resources saved are integrated into the production chain. This means the farmers and producers Veja works with are fairly remunerated – to accomodate their social and environmental requirements.” Taking their products and service one step further, their packaging is made of recycled and recyclable cardboard and in 2002, in a successful attempt to optimize efficiency and minimize their carbon footprint, the size of the shoe-box was reduced.

Our eco-friendly outfit wouldn’t be complete without a Matt and Nat bag. Matt and Nat, derived from MAT(T)ERIAL and NATURE,  live by a simple motto, “Live beautifully”. To them, this means “appreciating the humanity, creativity and positivity found in all of us”. The brand is inspired by nature, and thus constantly works to improve their impact. Season to season, they continue to explore new innovative ways to remain sustainable and eco-friendly. They have experimented with materials from recycled nylons to rubber and cork. Additionally, their linings are made from plastic bottles, which is not only an amazing use of a nmn-bidegradable material, but it means less plastic is ending up in our oceans and eventually our food chain.

This earth day, in particular, we must take pause and reflect on where we are going as a country. With President Trump and his environmentally ignorant band of loyal lemmings, the earth and all of it’s inhabitants, ourselves included, are at risk now more than ever. He has one of the most anti-science agendas ever, evidenced by his swift budget cuts to organizations such as the EPA and National Institutes of Health… not to mention his statements that climate change is a hoax perpetuated by the Chinese.

According to the World Bank, “a healthy environment is fundamental to poverty reduction. Environmental income accounts for about 28 percent of income worldwide, with particular importance for low-income households. Three-quarters of this income comes from natural forests, and one in eleven people are lifted out of extreme poverty thanks to forests. Without policies and action to address the climate challenge, an estimated 100 million more people will move into poverty by 2030.”

Dosomething.org lists pollution as one of the biggest killers, affecting more than 100 million people worldwide, (that’s comparable to global diseases like malaria and HIV) with more than 1 billion people lacking access to safe drinking water. The garbage dumped in the ocean every year is roughly 14 billion pounds, with plastic being a major contributor, killing more than 1 million seabirds and 100 million mammals every year. According to this same Dosomething.org fact sheet, people who live in high-density air pollution areas have 20% higher risk of dying from lung cancer than people living in less polluted areas. More than 3 million children under the age of 5 years die every year due to environmental factors like pollution. The United States produces 30% of the world’s waste and uses 25 % of the world’s natural resources. Americans make up an estimated 5% of the world’s population but uses 25% of the world’s resources – burning up nearly 25% of the coal, 26% of the oil, and 27% of the world’s natural gas.

What are you doing to try and curb your carbon footprint?

Gabrielle Levy
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