Earth Day Everyday: Tips on How to Celebrate Earth Day #Earthday2013 #Eco #Environment

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Earthday2013As we celebrate the upcoming Earth Day, we thought it would be great to look at interesting movement in the environmental space. Stay tuned for our article series titled “Earth Day Everyday” for stories, tips and trends related to sustainability and the environment.

Today we thought we would draw up a list of excellent ways to celebrate Earth Day. Here goes:

  1. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Perhaps it’s time for some spring cleaning. Go through you old clothes, accessories, and athletic products and consider how you can recycle or reuse products you haven’t used in a while.
  2. Shop Smart: Use reusable bags at grocery stores, shop local, shop ethical, avoid products with packaging that isn’t eco-friendly and shop smart.
  3. Find Green ways to entertain yourself: Instead of going on an energy-sucking treadmill, go for a run outside. Instead of using the gas-guzzling car to go out, consider walking or using public transportation. Make the most of the good weather by doing things green.
  4. Dress in Ethical Clothes and Accessories: Consider the clothes you wear and how they impact the lives of the artisans that produce them and the environment. Buy products made of recycled materials, sustainable fabrics, sustainable production processes and in fair trade conditions. Check out our lines of ethical products at http://shopanthropic.com.

More tips: Responsibility for the Planet

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Earth Day Everyday: Closing the Loop: Risk or Reward? #Earthday2013 #Earthmonth #Environment

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As we celebrate the upcoming Earth Day, we thought it would be great to look at interesting movement in the environmental space. Stay tuned for our article series titled “Earth Day Everyday” for stories, tips and trends related to sustainability and the environment.

Source: http://www.sustainablebrands.com/digital_learning/white-paper/closing-loop-risk-or-reward?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=schtweets&utm_campaign=editorial

Set against a backdrop of global climate change, carbon economics and resource scarcity, the intrinsically valuable materials and scrap carbon that have for so long been locked up in waste streams are now becoming highly sought after. But how are organisations reacting to this challenge, given our current linear ‘take, make, waste’ system? As businesses begin to recognise the benefits of an emerging circular economy and its ability to drive greater resource productivity, the benefits are perhaps less tangible for the waste management industry.

However, as businesses look to reduce environmental impacts and boost the bottom line by moving waste up the hierarchy, the waste supply chain is ideally placed to help them deliver on their ambitions — providing it can react fast enough to align itself as a key enabler to encourage this circularity.

To examine these issues in more depth, edie.net and sister title Local Authority Waste & Recycling (LAWR) magazine, with sponsor FCC Environment, carried out extensive market research among both waste producers (businesses) and waste-management companies to track how attitudes towards waste and smarter resource management were impacting at different points across the value chain.

Set against a backdrop of global climate change, carbon economics and resource scarcity, the intrinsically valuable materials and scrap carbon that have for so long been locked up in waste streams are now becoming highly sought after. But how are organisations reacting to this challenge, given our current linear ‘take, make, waste’ system? As businesses begin to recognise the benefits of an emerging circular economy and its ability to drive greater resource productivity, the benefits are perhaps less tangible for the waste management industry.

However, as businesses look to reduce environmental impacts and boost the bottom line by moving waste up the hierarchy, the waste supply chain is ideally placed to help them deliver on their ambitions — providing it can react fast enough to align itself as a key enabler to encourage this circularity.

To examine these issues in more depth, edie.net and sister title Local Authority Waste & Recycling (LAWR) magazine, with sponsor FCC Environment, carried out extensive market research among both waste producers (businesses) and waste-management companies to track how attitudes towards waste and smarter resource management were impacting at different points across the value chain.”

Read the full report here and share your thoughts in the comment section below.

Earth Day Everyday: Solar Power in India #Earthmonth #Earthday2013 #Environment

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As we celebrate the upcoming Earth Day, we thought it would be great to look at interesting movement in the environmental space. Stay tuned for our article series titled “Earth Day Everyday” for stories, tips and trends related to sustainability and the environment.

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One exciting trend we have noticed is the growing governmental encouragement for the use of solar power in many states in India. In fact, some state governments is encouraging net metering facilities, which provide consumers to generate solar power for self-consumption and feeding excess power into the grid. These solar PV plants can be set up in unutilized places such as roof-tops, dump sites, residential buildings, offices and other institutions.

main11To further encourage this trend, the national government is providing a subsidy of up to 30% of the cost of the panel with a capacity of up to 500 KW without battery power.

In a country that has faced a constant struggle with providing electricity to its vast growing populous, could solar and other forms of alternative energy be the sustainable solution to providing energy to even the most rural parts of the nation? With governments backing such projects, and the general public becoming more aware of environment implications of non-sustainable energy production, we are excited to continue following this trend.

Launching The Global Love Campaign #ValentinesDay #GlobalLove #Socent #Ethicalfashion

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Globallove Campaign-2Support the #Globallove Campaign. This Valentine’s Day, spread the love with us by supporting our #Globallove campaign. This season consider buying ethically-made and fair-trade gifts for your special someone and share your love with the artisans too, who need it the most around the world.

From January 28th to February 14th, enjoy 35% off on our entire collection by entering discount code: “globallove” at checkout. To spread #GlobalLove even further, we can send your gifts directly to address/recipient of your choice with a little card/greetings. So share with your heart this Valentine’s Day and play a part in bringing global social change!

Visit us at: http://www.shopanthropic.com to view our collection and enjoy our GlobalLove sale.

17 days till Valentine’s Day!

[Article Round Up] Eco-fashion Predictions for 2013 #Ecofashion #Ethicalfashion

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Ecouterre.com recently released an article outlining some predictions for where eco-fashion will go in 2013. This lengthy piece is a wonderful read about where the future of ethical and eco-friendly fashion will lead eco-fashionitas.

“We asked 29 eco-fashion movers and shakers, including a model, a Greenpeace campaigner, a fashion professor, a muckraker, an environmental fiber artist, a vegan coat designer, and several of our media comrades in arms to offer their forecasts for the year ahead.”

Read more: http://www.ecouterre.com/eco-fashion-predictions-for-2013/.

Your Body is Your Temple! #Environment #Ethicalfashion #Organic #eco

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“Your body is your temple.” A majority of us have heard this many times before. Sure, you’ve hit that milestone when you realized greens is the way to go. You’ve been munching on those gluten free organic chocolate chip cookies and indulging in big bowls of kale salads with mixed veggies for lunch. Boy, do you feel like you own an internal power house…Well, you’ve certainly treated your body like the goddess that it is, but what’s covering up that temple of yours?

A universal definition of a “temple” would agree that it is a sacred place of worship; a place full of colours with designs carved out by our planets’ greatest artisans. Ideally, such a place would be embraced by rich fabrics and golden monuments to allure the eyes of all its acquaintances. What good would such a place be, without its adornments? What good would your goddess of a body be without something just as captivating covering it?

If you’re amongst the growing population of those who are social conscious then you catch the drift…

Turns out Gluten free diets isn’t the only trendy change. The emergence of ethical/eco friendly apparel is no fad. It’s becoming a widely accepted change in Western societies. For some, it may seem a bit absurd to be spending money on clothes produced by a single Artisan, when one can easily go to a luxury brand name store and purchase the same item with a trendy logo on it. This is a common myth, but it’s no myth that ethical/eco friendly designers are gaining high recognition for their exquisite pieces by the fashion industry. Eco designers on the bliss list, are setting the bars high in the fashion industry as some designers have even been featured in Vogue magazine! Designers, such as Martin Margiela, Franco Moschino, Behnaz Sarafpourand John Patrick have been credited in Vogue. Whether being social conscious or fashion conscious, consumers are clearly falling for ethical/eco friendly brands. There are many variables responsible for this, but consider checking out this list of mottos from the ads of some of the best selling eco friendly fashion brands:

“We are drowning”
“Get back to nature”
“Do the clothes you wear wear out the world?”
“Who says Eco friendly automatically means more expensive?”
“The low cost of coal helps American make ends meets”
“Ferragamo world supports socially responsible initiatives”
“A global symposium of sustainable style”
“Creativity is our medium for change”
“We are inspired by the textures and hues of nature, we will do our best to protect”

It could be the inadvertent wording found in advertisements, the growing awareness for social change or both. One thing is for sure; Eco/Ethical brands are successfully gaining positive public image through marketing. How convinced are you?

By Victoria Bhigroog, a Political Science student and Marketing Coordinator at Shopanthropic

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The International Trade Center’s #Ethical #Fashion Program #socent

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The International Trade Center’s (ITC) Ethical Fashion Program supports the development of marginalized communities of women in Kenya and Uganda. It is a great concept of an organization focusing on enabling disadvantaged African communities and their groups of informal manufacturers to become part of the global supply chain; in essence, allowing them to increase their export capacities, while creating viable domestic/regional markets. It is organizations like these that assist us in connecting with artisans and furthering this movement of lifting communities out of poverty through their trades.

To learn more, click here.

Earth Rangers #Campaign: Our Mission #socent #nonprofit #eco

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As many of you know, we have recently launched our newest campaign with Earth Rangers, an award-winning non-profit organization focused on communicating a positive, science-based message to children on the importance of protecting biodiversity. For the next few months, Shopanthropic will be promoting a collection of kid-friendly journals and finger puppets to raise funds for Earth Rangers. 25% of sale proceeds from this collection will go to benefit Earth Rangers. (To learn more about the campaign, click here.)

This campaign holds a dual purpose that ties into the mission’s of both of our organizations. The first ties into Earth Rangers’ mission, which is to education children about the importance of adopting more sustainable behaviours, in order to  preserve our biodiversity. The soft bound journals we are dedicating as part of this campaign are 100% tree-free and environmentally friendly, since the  cover and writing surface are made of recycled cotton rags. Purchasing products that are made of sustainable materials and environmentally-friendly processes are a great example of such “sustainable behaviours.”

The second purpose ties in with our mission, which is to educate the public about the importance of ethical and sustainable products and how they help people around the world. Both the journals and the finger puppets are made by artisans (the journals are made in Rajasthan and the finger puppets are from Nepal), as a form of livelihood. Through the support of fair-trade these artisans are able to create their age-old art alive, allow future generations to learn this skill, market their products, and financially support their families & communities. Some of these artisans are working with organizations who assist them with financial & technical support, giving them training and creating income generating programmes. By purchasing the products we have dedicated to Earth Rangers, we hope that children will realize the role their purchasing decisions can make in positively benefiting individuals around the world.

As children are arguably being indoctrinated into our consumer culture at younger and younger ages, it is important for us to ensure they realize the importance that their purchasing decisions and daily behaviours make on the environment and on people in impoverished parts of the world. We hope this campaign will be a great step in achieving this dual purpose!

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