IMG_5280 I track my time down to the minute every day. I've sorted it into different "clients," which include EcoCult, some outlets I freelance write for, the Ethical Writers CoalitionGirls Write Now, Wedding Planning, and personal stuff. This week, I added Activism under "personal." It is so important and valuable to me, and it deserve recognition as an activity that is worth slotting into my day, instead of lost time. So far, I can tell you that this week I've spent about 15 minutes a day sending faxes, calling, and signing petitions. I know that our best chance to save this world is by blocking Pruitt from being confirmed as EPA head, to communicate to our leaders how important the environment is to us, to organize. How have you been an activist this week? Let me know in the comments.

Fashion

After reading this, my hope is that the lab-grown diamond industry makes the diamond mining industry collapse. | Washington Post How Levi's is going sustainable. | Fast Coexist The new fashion slang you need to know. | Project Just If Trump were to tax Mexican imports, American cotton farmers would suffer, and the cost of our jeans would go up. | WSJ A solution for the microfiber problem! I'll definitely be buying this fancy laundry bag when it becomes available. | The Guardian  Patagonia and Indigenous have both pulled out of the Outdoor Retailer show in Utah in protest against the Utah government's hostile stance toward parks and nature. | Row & Rue

Save the Planet

How, exactly, to get your representatives to listen. (Hint, yelling "your last term!" in person at a town hall meeting is more effective than tweeting it.) | Congress Foundation Could this conservative climate action plan actually work? I'm digging it. | NY Times Remember, when trying to advocate for environmental policies, that people are selfish. Accepting this will serve your cause. | NY Mag Queuing this documentary up in my movie list!

Travel

The 10 best ethical destinations for 2017. | Ethical Traveler 10 sustainable wineries, breweries, and distilleries in the U.S. you need to visit. | Epicure & Culture

New York

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed New York State legislation that overrode New York City's plastic bag fee. | NY Times