Your Clothes are Exploiting Workers

Fashion is a $2.5 trillion global industry. In 2017, the US alone spent $380 billion on apparel and footwear. Waste of this industry? 92 million tones, that is 4% of the world’s waste per year. An average American throws away over 68 pounds of textiles per year directly into landfills. With the rise of fast fashion, we are negatively impacting the environment. Fast Fashion brands like H&M, Zara, Missguided, Forever 21 and more are bringing new ‘‘trendy’ wear to their stores (and online) every week. This, of course, is affecting the way people shop, the waste they create and how they discard this waste.

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Leo's Vision to Fight the Climate Epidemic

Climate change is real, it is happening right now, it is the most urgent threat facing our entire species, and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating. We need to support leaders around the world who do not speak for the big polluters or the big corporations, but who speak for all of humanity, for the indigenous peoples of the world, for the billions and billions of underprivileged people who will be most affected by this, for our children’s children, and for those people out there whose voices have been drowned out by the politics of greed.”

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5 places to donate your clothes

Your friends, family or even you yourself may have gone through your closet, picked a piece of clothing and asked, ‘Does it spark joy?” after Netflix released “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo”. If your clothes sparks joy that’s great, keep it, use it and mend it! If It doesn’t then you may think about throwing it away which we do not want you to do since Americans, “… throw away 13 million tons of textiles — about 85 percent of their clothes — each year, accounting for 9 percent of total non-recycled waste”.

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10 Ways to Avoid Food Waste

41 million Americans are food insecure and 12-13 million children in America face hunger. To make the matter worse, in the United States, 40 percent of all food is wasted, costing us $218 billion.. We need to educate ourselves on how we purchase, consume and discard food. In 2014 FAO reported that the global water footprint of food wastage is equivalent to three times the size of Lake Geneva. The World Economic Forum states that Earth’s 1 billion hungry people could be fed on less than a quarter of the food wasted in the US and Europe.

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We eat plastic equivalent to one credit card a week!

Since plastic is made to last, it doesn’t really go away. Traditional plastic bags can take 1,000 years or longer to decompose, and even then, they will never be completely broken down. As for recycling the plastic, only 8-9% of plastic has been recycled in the United Sates. Plastic will break into microplastics which have been known to be found in table salt, and water meaning we as humans consume microplastics frequently, without a second thought. We eat plastic equivalent to one credit card a week!

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Biodegradable Plastic 101

18 billion pounds of plastic waste flows into the ocean every year. 40% of all plastic is used for packaging, used one time and then discarded. The packaging industry alone produces 161 million tons of plastic per year, building and construction produces 72 million tons and the textile industry produces 65 million tons. Consumers in Denmark use approximately four plastic bags per year, but in the United States consumers use an average of one plastic bag per day. Less than a fifth of plastic is recycled. In the United States, approximately 9% of our plastic trash is recycled. We are facing a plastic epidemic.

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When In Doubt, Throw It Out! 5 Tips to Recycle Right

You may be wishcycling if you have been throwing questionable item(s) into your recycling bin hoping that the item will be recycled. With easy access to single stream recycling we may not think twice about what should actually go into our recycling bin and what should not. Single Stream recycling was introduced in early 2000s in the US. This made it convenient for individuals and businesses to dump their recyclables into one bin since the recyclables would be later separated at the sorting facilities. Since this was much more convenient for customers, recycling rates increased but so did the contamination rate. Contamination rate is at 25% today, 1 out of 4 items placed in the recycling bin do not get recycled.

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10 Companies Committed to Sustainable Packaging

As sustainability becomes more prevalent in the beauty, home and fashion industries, brands are taking notice and making big changes. Online shopping is booming, but packaging waste is a big problem. Approximately 165 billion packages are shipped every year in the United States alone, majority containing single use plastic. These ten companies are making a change and using reusable or recyclable packaging to eliminate waste.

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How Fair Trade USA Gives Back

Fair Trade USA was established in 1998 by Paul Rice. He flew to Nicaragua in 1983 and recruited coffee farmers to sell their product on Fair Trade terms. The farmers loved the benefits they received, as their higher income allowed them to better their communities, and soon over 3000 families had joined Paul’s group. As soon as Paul returned to the US, he formally established his values into TransFair USA (now Fair Trade USA) in Oakland, California.

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How L’Oreal is Taking Charge With its Sustainability and Social Initiatives

Since its foundation in 1909 L’Oreal has become the number one cosmetic company in the world. Many brands you see on the cosmetic shelves today are owned by L’Oreal. They own at least 39 beauty related brands, including Garnier, NYX Professional MakeUp, Kiehl’s, Urban Decay, Essie, Redken and Biolage. The group made their first commitment to sustainability in 2001 by joining the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. In 2002, they joined the UN’s Global Compact.

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Six Powerful Celebrity Women Making Their Mark with Sustainable Brands

These six celebrity women are forerunners in the fight for ethical products and sustainable living. Both influential and compelling, celebrities have the power to make great sustainable and healthy change in the lives of others, whether that be through education, raising awareness or promoting safe, healthy products for all parties involved.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Aprons

Aprons were invented to keep clothing clean, especially during messy cooking and baking times in the kitchen. Aprons for women can be traced back as far as the 1300s. By the 1500s, aprons were starting to gather more traction, and fancy and personalized embroidered ones for upper class women were introduced. Aprons reigned until the 1980s when the trend started to wear out. Now, aprons may not be as common on a day to day basis, but they are still found in most homes, given as gifts and worn on special family and guest occasions.

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Our Top 5 Eco-Travel Tips for Your Next Vacation

According to the Center for Biological Diversity, airplanes will generate 43 gigatonnes of pollution contributing to global warming by 2050. Currently, airplane travel accounts for approximately 11% of CO2 emissions from public transport in the United States. Airplane emissions, including vapor trails, are harmful to the environment, but not as long-lasting as car emissions. Booking a non-stop flight will also help to reduce your travel impact, as takeoff and landing create the most emissions.

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Why Your Company/Brand Needs Canvas Tote Bags

Make the switch from wasteful plastic and invest in organic cotton tote bags. Americans consume more than 300 million pounds of plastic every year. Plastic takes over 1000 years to break down, and even then, it doesn’t ever break down completely, it only separates into small pieces, known as microplastics. The chemicals used in the making of plastic can be absorbed into your food, items you carry in your bags, your body, the bodies of animals and into eco-systems. Encourage your customers to be sustainable and make the switch from plastic to eco-friendly, biodegradable cotton bags.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Fair Trade

When a product is Fair Trade Certified, that means it has passed all of the qualifications to become Fair Trade, including improving working conditions, protecting land and paying a living wage. In the United States, Fair Trade certification can be most commonly achieved through Fair Trade USA or Fairtrade America. 

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Top 3 Most Asked Canvas Tote Bag Questions

You may find yourself typing into Google “Where can I buy Canvas Tote Bags” and being confused as to which result to click on. Good news is, you can buy them right here at Gallant International! Just send us an email or give us a call, and we will help your tote bag or other canvas bag ideas become reality. We are completely flexible and even offer blank tote bags if you wish to purchase plain tote bags.

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Six Ways To Use Gallant's Cosmetic Bags

The Ultimate Guide to Using Wholesale Cosmetic Bags. Our wholesale cosmetic pouches are organic, Fair Trade certified, and can be used for many things. Customize your zipper pouch with your company’s logo or artwork. We offer screen printing and digital printing. We also offer wholesale cosmetic bags for embroidery. Everything is customizable in size, shape, colors and accessories. Call or email us today for a quote, sample or to place an order. Gallant International is your ultimate cosmetic bag wholesale supplier.

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Four Ways to Get Involved in Earth Day 2019

Earth Day’s goal is to “build the largest environmental movement”. Earth Day Network has more than 1 billion people who participate in Earth Day activities, whether big or small. More than 192 countries participate in total, including the USA, Canada, UK, India, Australia, Ireland, South Africa and New Zealand. Earth Day Network aims for Earth Day to be a day of political action, awareness and participation. People around the globe will be participating in events, marching, meeting with political leaders, planting trees, cleaning up trash and spreading the message of the importance of taking care of our Earth.

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