While I obviously think Sustainimals are the perfect gift for just about anyone on your list, I suppose I can imagine that there are some people (like maybe someone who already has a Sustainimal?) on your list for whom you might want to get something else.
We all know that the most sustainable clothing option is to keep wearing what we have. However, sometimes you need something new. The tendency for a lot of us is to throw a bunch of stuff that we no longer wear into a garbage bag and haul it off to the Salvation Army or Goodwill, and then head off to the mall. But what if donating used clothes is not all that its cracked up to be? And what if the way we have all been taught to donate clothing is not only unhelpful, but in some cases actually harmful and counterproductive? This blog discusses major apparel brands that offer clothing recycling options where the clothing is... actually recycled.
While the public has been inundated about the environmental impact of industries such as energy and food production, up until recently, the fashion industry seemed to escape much scrutiny. However, once the impacts are examined, the findings are eye-popping. The fashion industry produces 10% of all carbon emissions, and is the world’s second largest consumer of global water supply. This is in large part driven by the explosion of the “fast-fashion” industry. So now that we know this, what can be done? Well, there a lot of options, which we will explore in this post!
It can be very challenging to talk to children about the problems facing the environment, including climate change, increasing levels of waste, and endangered species. There is a seeming tension between wanting to raise environmentally conscious children, and traumatizing them by talking about problems that can seem overwhelming and unmanageable.
This post is geared towards giving you the tools to start (or continue!) a conversation with your children about why the environment and the issues it currently faces are so important. There are a lot of resources available that specifically address how to discuss climate change with children; this post contains are a few that we found particularly helpful.
Finding more sustainable and eco-friendly ways to live is central to Sustainimals’ core values. As such, you can imagine that here at Sustainimals’ HQ, we are very excited that there is a whole holiday dedicated to raising awareness and taking action to protect the environment - Earth Day! In addition to a brief history of Earth Day, this post is loaded with ideas to get your kids excited about the environment!