Changing the World, One Mindful Purchase at a Time
by Taryn Hipwell
Many don’t stop to think about what impact their purchase has on themselves, let alone factory workers or the environment. When it comes to fashion, when was the last time you stopped to asked yourself, ‘Who made my clothes?’ or ‘What’s in my tee?’
The fashion industry is considered to be the second largest polluting industry in the world. From the harmful pesticides sprayed on crops to chemical detergents used to wash our garments, fashion’s impact expands farther than just our personal wardrobe. Alas, it’s not all doom-and-gloom. We have the power to make a sustainable impact and by default make the world a cleaner, kinder place. Here are three steps to shop eco-friendly:
Part of the problem with the fashion industry is over production. With 26 billion pounds of textile waste entering U.S. landfills, there’s simply too much clothing cycling through our closets. Secondhand clothing that doesn’t end up being sold in thrift stores are often exported to third world countries which often burden the local fashion economy. Start thinking about investing in a few quality pieces that will last you a long time!
The bad news is that there are many large companies exploiting their workers and the earth, the good news is that there’s something we can all do about it. All around the world there are growing numbers of sustainable and ethical brands popping up. Brands such as Patagonia, Eileen Fisher, Reformation, and Industry of All Nations are creating exciting alternatives to typical fast-fashion and they also share technologies with shoppers and other designers.
RSVP here for the FREE Second Annual Sustainable Fashion Show + Tell, hosted by Beyond the Label, on November 2nd in Santa Monica.
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Journaling as Self-care
By Beth Navarro
I’ve always looked to words to give me answers. For as long as I can remember I’ve done this. I wrote stories, poems, plays, screenplays, picture books, novels. Over the years I journaled as well but not regularly. Over the last year when life got hard I realized how much self-care mattered. I created a solid ritual journaling and the discoveries I’ve made are nothing short of extraordinary.
Your journal is your witness. It does exactly what it’s supposed to do. It's there to bear witness, to the good, to the bad and everything in between. Journaling is a meditation and has become a integral part of my self-care. It feeds my soul like a spiritual practice. Journaling is not just away to record and remember. It is a way to process (and it will literally change your brain chemistry!). I believe in the power of writing.
In this ongoing class we will explore different ways to journal (it's not just limited to "Dear Diary") and how to use this as a regular practice in your self-care routine.
Dates: Pick one or many! We will switch up exercises in each class.
Nov. 4, Nov. 11, Nov. 18
At Belles Nest in Sierra Madre, CA
$38 per class
Your first class includes a journal.
Join me! Register before spaces fill up: https://bellesnest.com/products/journaling-as-self-care
Beth Navarro is a writer of children and young adult books. To learn more about Beth go to bethnavarro.com