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Four Reasons Why I choose Handmade Over Mass Produced

Growing up I was never familiar with the term "fast fashion" but as an apparel design major at Appalachian State University, I became quickly aware of the true meaning of these words. Here are a few reasons why I choose hand made over mass produced: 1. Handmade items are carefully and diligently made by real humans who make a living wage 2. Handmade items are thoughtfully created with the environment in mind, meaning only making quantities to order and never mass producing. Mass producing can lead to being thrown into the landfill after one season. 3. Handmade items are ALWAYS...

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End Human Trafficking

Recently my eyes were opened to the devastating fact that human trafficking is still very real and the United States is the epicenter of the demand. Women and children are being trafficked into slavery at a very young age. Thankfully, there are things we can do and there are organizations out there like Operation Underground Railroad, fighting the fight on the front lines to rescue survivors of human trafficking and seeking justice for the victims. Let me break it down for you 1. A fair trade, ethically made t-shirt, piece of jewelry or pair of jeans was made in a...

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Environmental Justice is at the Root of a Fair and Sustainable Future

The beginning of my journey into climate activism started when I was a sophomore in college at Appalachian State University. We were watching a Climate Change video in biology class and I became terrified of what the world might look like in 2020, 2030, 2040, and 2050. I left class that day with a lump in the back of my throat, holding back the tears and realizing that we have to make a change. I clung to the words, "If you just don't get a receipt at the gas station, then you are doing your part". Half of me wanted...

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Make Loved Clothes Last

Did you know that about 25% of the carbon footprint from our clothes comes from the way we CARE FOR IT? I definitely did not know this. Helllllo! calling me out for loading that thing to the brim and pressing start. I've created a few eco-friendly tips for the next time you ( and me ) toss our clothes into the washer. ♻︎ Always wash your clothes on tap cold, this not only lengthens the life of your garment but saves on your energy bill as well. ♻︎ Wash your clothes inside out, this preserves prints from cracking and colors...

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Let's talk Organic Cotton

Why is this stuff so special?   When I think organic cotton I think clean, fresh and lovely, not to mention a little easier on the earth than conventional cotton. Here I've broken down the facts.   ‣ Non toxic chemicals are used in the growing of organic cotton   ‣Organic cotton has less of an impact on the air and soil by eliminating the use of harmful fertilizers   ‣Uses 88% less water and 62% less energy than conventional cotton    ‣Can be grown with rainwater, cutting water consumption by 91%   ‣Currently, organic cotton makes up a little...

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