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5 Zero-Waste Stores to Visit

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Americans created an average of 4.48 pounds of trash each day in 2015. Moreover, the average person born in the US creates 13 times as much damage to the environment as someone born in Brazil, uses 35 times the resources of a typical person in India, and consumes about 53 times more products than people who live in China (World Economic Forum, 2017). To reduce their everyday trash and further prevent themselves from negatively impacting the environment, many are gearing up to live waste-free life or plastic free life.

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All About Canvas Tote Bags

Canvas Tote Bags are some of the most versatile bags you can own. They vary in size, shape, and color, meaning you can choose any canvas tote bag to suit your needs. Canvas is an incredibly versatile, heavy duty material. At Gallant international, our Tote Bag canvas is made from organic cotton. We make our canvas from GOTS certified organic cotton to benefit the environment, farmers and workers. Canvas material are also commonly made from linen and hemp. 

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What is GOTS? GOTS 101

GOTS was developed with the aim of defining requirements internationally that ensure the organic status of textiles from harvesting of the raw materials through environmentally and socially responsible manufacturing all the way to labeling in order to provide a credible assurance to the end consumer.

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Here's Why You Should Lower Your Meat Consumption

The US is on top of the list when it comes to the amount of meat that is consumed. According to the World Economic Forum, a US citizen eats an average of around 97 kg of meat per year. This is around 213.848 lbs of meat!  We all know the benefits of meat and dairy; they provide nutritional value and help us keep up with a balanced diet. However, it comes with health and climate risks.

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The Easy Lazy Guide to Saving the World

According to the United Nations (UN), we only have about a decade to keep global warming, “… to a maximum of 1.5C, beyond which even half a degree will significantly worsen the risks of drought, floods, extreme heat and poverty for hundreds of millions of people.” The consequences of climate change are freighting, there will be a shift in the weather pattern that will threaten food production, rising sea levels will increase the risk of catastrophic flooding, there will be more drought and heat waves.

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How Can Reusable Produce Bags Benefit the Environment?

The world is facing a catastrophe when it comes to the disposal of waste. Most of the world’s waste consists of plastic bags, bottles, and other plastic packaging. Plastic bags are consumed at a rate of 500 billion to 1 trillion per year. Every minute, approximately one million plastic bags are used. Many are asking, how can we decrease these massive numbers? Opting for reusable produce bags or eco-friendly bags is a great place to start.

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This Swedish 16-year-old is Behind the Global Climate Protest

Greta Thunberg was born in 2003. By the time she was nine she was troubled by climate change, not knowing why people were not doing anything about it. In protest, at the age of 11 she stopped speaking, today she sees that ‘selective mutism’ as the first step to understanding the power and necessity of speaking at all. This determined 16-year-old is a vegan and has given up flying. Finding her ability to persuade, as she did with her parents, Greta decided to broaden her audience to bring awareness and do something about the climate change.

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4 Sustainable brands Meghan Markle has backed up

Meghan Markle has been closely observed by many since her engagement to Prince Harry. She has been using this opportunity to shine a spotlight on many sustainable brands. Celebrities using their platform to promote conscious and sustainable fashion is not new. To bring awareness about sustainable fashion, Cate Blanchett re-wore her 2014 Golden Globes dress at 2018 Cannes Film Festival. In collaboration with Calvin Klein and Eco-Age, Emma Watson wore a dress made of recycled plastic bottles. Versace created an eco-friendly dress made from GOTS certified silk and cotton for Gisele Bündchen.

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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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