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Cheers to 2017!

2017 is around the corner, and we’re counting down with 6 fun, sustainable (of course!) ways to spend your holidays. So sleep in, get outside, eat, drink and be merry…  

01. Sleep In

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Hit snooze, or better yet, don’t set your alarm clock because this week relaxation is number one on our to do lists.
  • Fact: The organic cotton market is growing, but still only comprises .7% of global cotton production.
  • Tip: Make sure your tucked in between organic bedding so that those extra minutes in bed, don’t mean extra time exposed to toxins.

02. Get Out

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When the sun hits your pillow and you do decide it’s time to get up, get outside! Take a walk with friends, family, your dog, or by yourself.
  • Fact: Americans discard 250 million tons of trash every year and much of this lands on roadsides and coastlines, rather than landfill endangering wildlife who eat, get caught in, or are drawn toward roadways by litter.
  • Tip: Don’t forget to bring a bag to pick up any trash you see along the way.

03. Eat

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Crack open your cookbooks, strap on your apron, and get cooking! (And eating, of course!) After a month of indulging, get a head start on new year’s resolutions and go meatless.
  • Fact: About 14.5% of greenhouse gas emissions come from livestock production. Additionally eating less meat helps reduce desertification and water pollution.
  • Tip: Some of our favorite ways to cook vegetables and reinvent leftovers.

04. Drink

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Toast the season! Pour yourself a organic glass of wine or mix yourself an organic cocktail and raise a glass to your health and the environment’s.
  • Fact: The production of organic alcohol production is more sustainable, foregoing substances like pesticides and fertilizers that can harm the environment and you. Bonus: Evidence suggests gulping down a cocktail free of added chemicals could leave a lighter sting the morning after.
  • Tip: Here are some top rate organic wines, beers, and liquors, as well as a great source for cocktail recipes!

05. Upcycle

Source: Pinterest (Christmas trees are also used to strengthen dunes!) 

Transform holiday decor - garlands, wreaths, flower arrangements, and Christmas trees into compost or mulch.
  • Fact: There are approximately 25-30 million christmas trees sold in the U.S. every year and who knows how many other decorations. That’s a lot of compost!
  • Tip: If you don’t have compost or a chipper (to mulch) at home, most towns have commercial composting facilities. Call your local dump for details.

06. Resolve

Some of our Brand Manager's favorite beauty brands. 

Looking ahead at 2017, don’t only envision a brighter future, resolve to build one!
  • Fact: The key to keeping your New Year’s resolutions is to set resolutions you can keep - duh! When it comes to living sustainably that may sound daunting, but simple changes - like eating one pound less of beef which as much water as not showering for six months - can make a serious impact.
  • Tip: Here are some of our team’s resolutions:
    • Cayla resolves to buy only organic beauty products. (See some of her favorites in the photo above.)
    • Jacob resolves to switch his energy provider to a renewable source. (This is super easy - just call your energy provider (e.g. Con Ed) and ask about renewable energy options.)
    • Haley resolves to go meatless, at least whenever she’s the one cooking or ordering.

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