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TENCEL The New Way You Should Be Buying Jeans

Tencel

Ah jeans, the never ending hunt for the perfect pair.

Sure, you want them to fit well in all the right places and land a decent price point but have you considered what jeans are the best choice for the environment?

The fashion industry is one of the biggest offers to damaging our lovely Mother Earth.  Both the consumption and production of garments creates environmental issues including pollution, landfill waste, and excessive water usage, with denim ranking as one of the top offenders.

Yes denim can be a dirty business.

I’m not saying you have to stop wearing jeans, I mean come on they are a timeless wardrobe staple. But, there is a way you can shop SMARTER by opting for jeans made from TENCEL.

What is TENCEL?

TENCEL™ is a brand name for a set of fibers called lyocell and modal. Its fibers are among the best environmentally friendly fibers around and a green alternative for your closet staples because it’s made from trees. Yep, trees! Plus it’s super soft, extra comfy, maintains breathability and allows for easy movement. And since the fabric naturally absorbs and then releases excess moisture, it even helps ward off nasty bacteria — making your skin feels fresher throughout the day.

This sustainable material is biodegradable because it’s manufactured in a way that allows it to eventually return to nature, reducing the amount of textile waste that gets tossed in a landfill.

TENCEL/Lyocell is made by dissolving wood pulp and mixing it with a wet solvent. The mixture is dried by a spinning process and is then formed into thread. Once the thread is treated, it can be spun into yarn or cloth. The fibers are certified as compostable and biodegradable. As a result, they will eventually revert back to nature.

By combining these sustainable fibers with upcycled cotton to create denim and using significantly less water throughout the dyeing stage, it’s fair to say that TENCEL jeans are the super product of a process that’s eco-friendly from start to finish.

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Why Buy Recycled Polyester Clothing?

recycled Polyester

You may have noticed new labels popping up at some of your favorite clothing brands. Things like “Made from Recycled Polyester” or “Made from rPET”. But what exactly does that mean?

It’s all part of the 2020 Circular Fashion System Commitment which was signed back in 2007 at the Copenhagen Fashion Summit. 90 companies, representing 12.5% of the global fashion market, signed and committed to focus on four key areas of circular fashion: design, collection, reuse and recycling.

The purpose of the commitment is to transition from the unsustainable linear textile system to a circular textile system.

With clothing being manufactured, bought, used, and discarded, the fashion industry has been one of the biggest offenders to pollution.

But the Fashion Industry is waking up! From Fast Fashion and Fitness to Luxury Brands the fashion industry is making some super GREEN changes.

H&M has the Conscious Collection, Zara has the Join Life Collection. Luxury brands such as Gucci, Saint Laurent, Balenciaga, and more are utilizing recycled materials. Fitness brand Nike has the Move To Zero Movement where apparel labeled “Sustainable Materials” is made with at least 50% recycled content and shoes with the same label are made with at least 20% recycled content.

The new circular textile system aims to collect all used fibres, repurpose, reuse, and recycle them. The goal is to transform the textile industry from a producer of greenhouse gas emissions accounting for more than all international flights and maritime shipping combined to a sustainable and ethical business.

When it comes to textiles polyester is the bad boy. It’s the single biggest polluter yet nearly HALF of the world’s clothing is made from polyester. With so much polyester being produced it’s a no-brainer that we need to try to lessen it’s footprint on the planet.

What is Polyester?

Polyester is a type of plastic made from petroleum.  It was developed in the 40s, created from the reaction of chemical components. Back then, it was a groundbreaking fabric that matched the need for efficiently made and cheap materials. Durable, stretchy, easy to take care of  it became wildly popular in the 70s. We use it like crazy in our everyday lives.  Just look down at the leggings you are probably wearing, they are polyester.

Recycled polyester, also known as rPET, is obtained by melting down existing plastic and re-spinning it into new polyester fiber. It gives a second life to a material that’s not biodegradable and would otherwise end up in landfill or the ocean.

Recycled polyester not only contributes to the reduction of petroleum extraction, but it also consumes less energy than the regular method.  Which allows for a much longer life-cycle of the garment. Since the recycling process can be repeated instead of disposing of unwanted garments, it lessens the environmental impact that comes with garment waste.

Totally avoiding polyester is nearly impossible so keeping an eye out for these new labels and making a conscious effort to purchase pieces made with recycled Polyester you are helping to keep the circularity of fashion going!

It doesn’t stop there. This bad boy of fashion may have cleaned up his act a bit but he still carries some baggage. Remember to wash your polyester pieces (even recycled ones) in bags like the Guppy Friend to limit the amount of micro plastics slipping out into our oceans!

Zara Join Life

Zara recycled Polyester

rPET

Recycled Polyester

Sustainable fashion

Recycled Polyester

What I’m Wearing: Blouse and Skirt from Zara Join Life Collection | Anthropologie Coat | Dior Saddlebag | Hue Tights| Inc Boots|

New Season Trend That Looks Even Better Secondhand

New Season Trend That Looks Even Better Secondhand

Fashion’s renewed love affair with upholstery dressing continues into F/W in the form of tapestry coats and jackets.

This granny-esc fabric ruled the runways at top designers like Celine, Loewe, Acne Studios, and Gucci.

The key to tapestry-inspired dressing is to ease into it. You don’t want to look like you stole your g-ma’s sofa, drapes and rug to get dressed. Since these pieces tend to skew a little extra, you don’t want to wear them all at once. Think of each as a hero item that can help elevate an otherwise classic look.  It should be THE statement piece to your look.

The best part about this straight from the runway new season trend? It looks even better with secondhand pieces.

Designers often look to vintage pieces and styles from yester-year to get inspiration for their collections so why not rock an original!

According to The Business of Fashion‘s State of Fashion Report 2020, sustainability is one of the 10 biggest themes in fashion this year.

Shopping secondhand is by far one of the most cost-efficient ways to make your wardrobe more sustainable. Plus it’s a sure-fire way to ensure you are rockin’ something totally unique.

When you pick up something in a vintage store, you know you’ll never see another soul in the same item. There’s also nothing better than the thrill of coming across a gem hidden in a heaving rack of clothing.

New Season Trend That Looks Even Better Secondhand

New Season Trend That Looks Even Better Secondhand

New Season Trend That Looks Even Better Secondhand

Vintage Tapestry Coat

What I’m Wearing: Vintage Tapestry Jacket | Free People Boots | Marc Jacobs Saddlebag | Unique Vintage Blouse| Plaid Midi Skirt | Vintage Belt

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Tapestry Coat trend

Turn Your Shower Into A Spa

DIY Shower Spray

Luxury Spas have a certain identifiable instantly recognizable “relaxing” smell.

You know the one I’m talking about.  It’s that calming, fresh scent that lingers throughout the air in spas to help you feel all chilled out and smiley.

Have you ever wanted to take that chilled out vibe home with you?  I have an easy DIY to create a Shower Spray that will instantly turn your shower into a SPA and help you start each day in that “spa” state of mind.

Essential Oil shower sprays work really well because the steam from the shower helps diffuse the oils and disperse them throughout the air. The aroma then helps the nervous system transmit signals to the brain, which prompts changes in things like hormone levels, pain and mood. It’s a brain/scent sensory connection that helps to alleviate stress and lift your mood.

The best thing about aromatherapy shower sprays is that you can make different scents for different seasons or occasions. For this shower spray I chose three oils that are commonly used in spas to help boost mood, decrease stress and soothe the mind.

Eucalyptus Essential Oil- Calming, clears your mind and promotes clear breathing and opens airwaves

Basil Essential Oil- reduces feeling of tension, creates a calm relaxed environment

Peppermint Essential Oil- promotes a feeling of energy and alertness while boosting mood.

Turn Your Shower Into A Spa

What You Need:

Turn Your Shower Into a Spa

DIY Shower Spray

Add 2 oz. of Distilled Water to the spray bottle.

DIY Shower Spray

Then add 1oz. of Vodka- Since oil and water don’t mix, vodka is there to help disperse the oil. It also helps the scent last longer in the air.

DIY Shower Spray

Now add 15 drops of Eucalyptus oil, 10 drops of Basil Oil and 10 drops of Peppermint oil.

DIY Shower Essential Oil Spray

Put the top on, give it a good shake and then keep it in your shower.  Spritz in the shower before you get in and it will instantly feel like a mini spa getaway.

(Make sure you are spritzing the shower NOT your skin.  Do NOT spray this on your skin- it is for the air).

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DIY Shower Spray

Three Easy Ways to be More Sustainable

Three Easy Ways to Be More Sustainable

We have the power to make changes to our lifestyle that can help ensure a sustainable future for the generations after us. And here’s the thing—it doesn’t have to be a crazy extreme transformation; it just requires making some small changes.

I’m not saying you have to go full-on granola, but every little bit counts. There are some totally easy ways to be more sustainable that you can incorporate into your life.

There are seemingly innocent everyday objects out there like bottle caps and straws that can disrupt entire ecosystems, so why is it so hard to believe that on the flip side, we can’t enact positive change in the tiny choices we make every day?

Adopting just ONE sustainable habit is an AMAZING thing, and chances are that once it becomes a ritual, you’ll start to think about what else you can do.

One of the worst offenders to our planet’s health is single use plastics.  These are plastics that you use once and then throw away like plastic forks, straws, bags, product packaging, etc.

The World Economic Forum predicts that by the year 2050, there will be more plastic floating around in the ocean than fish.  MORE PLASTIC THAN FISH!  That’s crazy!

Thankfully there are some great companies out there working hard to not only lessen their footprint but also help you lessen yours.

Some of these sustainable heroes can be found right here at Fashion Show. I partnered with three of them (Dick’s Sporting Goods, Cotton On and Urban Outfitters) to share with you Three Easy Ways to be More Sustainable.

WARNING- I am going to toss some statistics at you in this post, lol.

Plastic Water Bottles

What better way to beat the heat than grabbing a bottle of water and can find them everywhere.  It’s an innocent seemingly healthy thing we do everyday. In total Americans use around 50 billion plastic water bottles a year and only about 23 percent get recycled,  the majority end up in landfills and the ocean!

Solution- you alone can help keep 156 plastic water bottles out of the oceans every year with one small swap, opt for a HYDROFLASK instead of plastic bottles. HYDROFLASK’s are reusable water bottles that are BPA Free, easy to clean, made of 18/8 food grade stainless steal, and 100% recyclable plus you look pretty cool carrying one. HYDROFLASK available at Dick’s Sporting Goods Fashion Show.

Plastic Shopping Bags

Every time you make a purchase it’s put into a shopping bag right?  Most of those are plastic. Did you know that Americans throw away 100 BILLION plastic bags annually! That’s about 307 bags per person! Guess where they end up?  Yep, our oceans. The #1 man made thing that sailors see in our ocean are plastic bags. It takes 500 (or more) years for a plastic bag to degrade in a landfill. Unfortunately, the bags don’t break down completely but instead photo-degrade, becoming microplastics that absorb toxins and continue to pollute the environment.

Solution- One company that is making huge efforts to have a more positive effect on the environment is fashion retailer Cotton On. They implemented a program to remove ALL plastic shopping bags from their stores and as a result, the Group has stopped 38 million plastic shopping bags from entering the environment annually. You go Cotton On!

As part of the initiative they encourage customers to actively reduce the use of bags by bringing their own shopping bag when making a purchase. To assist in these efforts you can purchase (for just $2) chic, fun reusable totes of which 100% of the proceeds go to The Cotton On Foundation which is focused on empowering youth globally through the delivery of quality educational projects in Uganda, South Africa, Thailand and Australia. Reusable totes available at Cotton On Fashion Show.

Plastic Straws

Over the past couple years what was once a whisper by environmental activists has now become a full on nationwide war cry calling for a ban on plastic straws.

The movement to oust plastic straws has spread across the U.S., from Miami Beach, where straws are now banned, to Malibu, where the prohibition also extends to single-use plastic utensils and stirrers with restaurants moving to either paper straws, bamboo straws or “no-straw” policies.

Solution– It’s so easy!  Order your drink without a straw or bring your own straw. It’s a small sacrifice but a big step to reducing the amount of plastic we produce and waste. I am a HUGE fan of Bamboo straws. Urban Outfitters at Fashion Show carries this cute set that comes with a cleaning brush and pouch to carry them in.

*This post was created in partnership with Fashion Show.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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