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Sustainable Clothing: Join the Slow Fashion Movement

Helping the Planet with Sustainable Clothing: Join the Slow Fashion Movement and Participate in Second Hand September. We all love a good deal on threads, but does our planet? Oil is the largest industrial polluter in the world. The second-largest is the apparel industry. Surprised? Read this sobering list*: - Cheap synthetic fibres also emit gasses like N2O, which is 300 times more damaging than CO2. - Over 70 million trees are logged every year and turned into fabrics like rayon, viscose, modal and lyocell. - Cotton is the world’s single largest pesticide-consuming crop, using 24% of all insecticides and 11% of all pesticides globally, adversely affecting soil and...

Why SMEs Should Move toward Sustainability

Aside from helping the planet, there are other, salient reasons for SMEs to move toward or accelerate their sustainable agendas and goals; reasons that translate into higher revenue. Increasingly, consumers and businesses are choosing to engage with companies that align with their philosophy and values. Sustainability is an exponentially growing area of concern for the general public, and that translates to a growing interest in where they spend the money. "According to the Nielsen report, "Brands that are able to strategically connect (sustainability) to actual behaviour are in a good place to capitalize on increased consumer expectation and demand." The report adds, "Sustainability claims on the...

Start with One Thing

Many of us desire to change our behaviours to live and consume more sustainably, but often, we become sidetracked. Overwhelm can be a big part of the problem. We just don't know where to begin. Here's where you start; with One Thing. Decide this week to make one change now, going forward that will lessen your plastic or waste footprint. Discuss it with your family, get the kids involved. We can all make ONE change this week. This is what I did in January of 2018. I decided to eliminate at least one plastic or one-use waste product from my consumer habits. This felt manageable; taking action...