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The Sickening Side Of The Chocolate Industry

The Sickening Side Of The Chocolate Industry

Chocolate is a global delight that many consider to be a favorite indulgence. Opening the packaging and releasing the rich aroma, not to mention the whole melting in your mouth sensation, is enough to halt a chocolate lover momentarily in a sensory-heightened escape from the mundane. But do we always think about where our sweet treats travel from in order to get into our hands? Some of the highest cocoa producing commodities are found in the Western African countries of Ghana and the Ivory Coast. These regions produce over 70% of the world’s cocoa. These areas are reportedly also responsible… read more

What Makes Food Sustainable?

sustainable-food

What makes food sustainable? There are many different definitions of sustainable food. Sustain, a UK charity devoted to promoting sustainable food, emphasizes protection of biodiversity, environmental friendliness, health, and social and economic benefits. According to the University of Queensland, Australia, there are a number of things that impact the sustainability of food, including farming practices (i.e., use of pesticides and other chemicals, harvesting approaches), transport, processing, and business practices (i.e., Fair Trade). Sustain has clear recommendations for sustainable eating and drinking, and these are listed below: – Purchasing local, seasonal foods – Buying food produced by environmentally friendly farms – Keeping… read more

Winter Whites

Winter Whites

Wearing white in winter can celebrate the season, and some designers with an ecofriendly focus know how to do it right. These cold weather fashions were seen at the Vegan Eco Fashion Label Vaute Couture show this season. This dress was refashioned using recycled satin. An organic print shirt. From the founder of Vaute Couture designer Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart, this vegan friendly coat is completely elegant. Vaute Couture, who partners with several animal rights and rescue organizations, uses low impact and ecologically conscious fabrics in their designs. Their Fair Trade and vegan selections use materials like bamboo jersey and organic cotton, moleskin and… read more

Handmade And Extravagant Gift Ideas

Handmade And Extravagant Gift Ideas

There is nothing like receiving a thoughtful, handmade gift. Whether purchased from a Fair Trade supplier and made by a skilled artist or made right at home, the following are a few ideas for gifts that will be appreciated. Connected Fair Trade Goods & Gifts has beautiful artisan gift ideas to inspire some gift giving ideas. Giving someone a bit of relaxation is something that can always be used. Beautiful and fragrant soaps and bath supplies are always a good go-to present. Handcrafted jewelry, like this necklace made with cowry shells, would make a unique present. Cowry shells were actually a… read more

Textiles And Reused Rags Are Rich Traditions

Textiles And Reused Rags Are Rich Traditions

Reusing and recycling can take on many forms, and it isn’t always a choice. Sometimes it is a necessity. Resourceful designs and techniques can be found cross culturally, and some have gone beyond mastering the process of creative frugality. Textiles and fabrics provide an example of how scrap materials can be formed into useful and needed items. Peru is known for its long history of world renowned textile production. Crafting blankets and protective clothing for their families by spinning organic fibers, they evolved the weaving process and references to their methods can be seen in many different designs. Known for their… read more

Green Fashions In Shades Of Deep Blue

Green Fashions In Shades Of Deep Blue

The onset of cooler weather may make some lean toward darker clothing colors. However, inviting a bit of visual play in with some color can liven up a dull look. Wardrobes will wake up with the addition of pieces that have bold cobalt shades and deep hues of navy blues. These ecofriendly clothing items offer consumer conscious choices in one of the season’s hottest colors. Skunkfunk’s fall and winter fashion preview includes this blue belted dress. It looks soft, luxuriously comfortable and wearable, and works with the vivid color. The company uses environmentally inclined fabrics for their line, like recycled… read more

Eco-Luxe Nursery Necessities – Fit for Royalty

Eco-Luxe Nursery Necessities

When the birth of a little one is near, royal excitement starts to go around. When buying for the much anticipated guest forget baby bling, but opt for practical pieces that mom and baby will really use. And so, with the impending birth of the newest royal just around the corner, it started us thinking about the perfect baby items that Prince William and Kate, The Duchess of Cambridge, might find both useful and necessary. Here are a few suggestions we have come up with. Linens A definite need for babies who are amiably renowned for requiring numerous daily wardrobe changes, linens… read more

Ethical Coffee

Ethical coffee

Coffee is one of the biggest export/import commodities in the world and behind petroleum, coffee is the second most traded product in the world. Despite its popularity, coffee is not free of problems. There are ethical problems, as well as environmental and social issues at play. The most common strands of coffee in the world are Arabica and Robusta. Most of the ethical problems in today’s coffee industry occur with this poor quality coffee, which end up in the instant coffee jar. Instant coffee is a big business that allow the companies that produce it to purchase massive quantities which… read more

Eat Better Cakes

Eat healthy cakes

Cakes have been made and eaten around the world in celebrations for many ages. Birthday cakes are an annual custom that sprang up around the 19th century as did more widespread consumption of cakes, according to food historians. Although they have changed a lot from their introduction they are now considered a dessert staple, either in their most basic form or decorated beyond the imagination. Whether supplying the cake for the party or just wanting to serve up a better one at home, you can have smarter celebrations starting with the edible centerpiece. If you bake a lot of cakes,… read more

Conscious Gift Giving

Conscious Gift Giving

You may give several gifts throughout the year, and when you purchase an item you want to be sure and pick out something amazing that will be liked. When buying a great present you can also make more mindful choices in selecting it. Think beyond retail outlets and look for ways to find unique items. Different options for places to buy presents include local shops or groups that offer hand crafted or homemade goods. Also, many non-profit and research organizations offer seasonal and year round merchandise and greeting cards that benefit charities or communities. Donating time in someone’s name to a… read more