Life

The Lowdown on Leather: the Good, the Bad, and the Surprising Alternative Leather Options

A breakdown of the most sustainable and non-toxic leather products out there


Stop, drop, and shop! Here's to the newest fashion trend, where the only thing hotter than rocking your style, is rocking it sustainably. So, let's talk about leather. Who here loves it? Can I get a hand raise? Maybe it's your everyday bag or your "makes-everything-look-better" moto jacket, or maybe you just want to make 2019 your year to rock leather! Don't worry, we've got the health scoop on it all, from real leather to vegan leather, and even ones made of food (no, we're not joking). Keeping reading – you won't be disappointed, we promise!

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Life

How Budget Jewelry Could Be Messing with Your Health

The problems with cadmium and how you can avoid this cheap filler metal

We've all heard of platinum, gold, and silver used for jewelry, right? Well, how about cadmium? We hate to break it to you, but this is definitely a metal that you'll want to hear more about, but not so you can be ahead of the next jewelry trend. Just the opposite actually. As a pretty cheap metal, it is often either added into jewelry pieces as filler or even used entirely to make pieces of jewelry. This hitchhiker makes jewelry more affordable, but really, shouldn't be used at all! Cadmium has got some pretty yucky health effects, but luckily with some savvy shopping knowledge, you'll be able to avoid this metal and any of its health harms.
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What to Know about Tattoos Before You Commit

Wear your heart (not toxics) on your sleeve

Tattoos are an ever favorite way for people to wear their heart on their sleeve, literally. No matter what the design, they are a commitment to something that has meaning to you or a way of expressing your unique sense of style. While you've been preparing to get the perfect design, we did some research to help make sure you are staying safe from toxics in your tattoo.

Let's start by recognizing that tattoos have been around throughout a variety of cultures for thousands of years. So, they probably aren't causing immediate harm to people. Trust me, the Mayans of old would have figured out if tattoos were making people so sick it was a problem. So, chances are, in the grand scheme of things, the amount of toxic substances you are absorbing from tattoos (if any) is probably pretty small. The most common negative reaction to tattoos is an allergic skin reaction to the pigment.

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Life

Label Education: Textiles

What do all those labels on my clothing, sheets, and pillows mean?

You've heard about how it's better to choose organic food and to think twice when buying things like cleaning products so you don't add more chemicals to your home or your body. But what about clothing?

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