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We're Eating Polyester in Our Seafood

We’re Eating Polyester in Our Seafood

There’s a new plastic scourge on the ocean. In the U.S., it’s a bigger problem than plastic water bottles, fishing nets, and other of the common plastic debris you see on the beach. Yet it’s invisible to the naked eye. And we aren’t quite sure what to do about it. Usually when you hear “microfiber” you think...
  • Weekend Reading: Maybe Don't Drink the Coffee

    Weekend Reading: Maybe Don’t Drink the Coffee

    Ah, readers, it’s been another tough week for those who care at all about the environment. It seems the world is falling apart, and maybe our parents’ and grandparents’ generations (if they lived in a Western country) were and will be the only generations to live in optimistic comfort and expanding wealth. I’m actually grateful...
    10 Eco-Friendly Denim Brands That Don't Poison the Water or Workers

    10 Eco-Friendly Denim Brands That Don’t Poison the Water or Workers

    Denim that is sourced sustainably, crafted eco-consciously, and upholds social responsibility – and fits just right.
    Updated With New Items! My Favorite Eco-Friendly and Ethical Burning Man Fashion This Year

    Updated With New Items! My Favorite Eco-Friendly and Ethical Burning Man Fashion This Year

    Updated 7/29 with new fashion! Burners have a reputation for being environmentally conscious. It’s the whole “Leave No Trace” ethos of the desert festival, in which you have to pack out all your own trash. MOOP, an acronym for Matter Out of Place (a.k.a. anything that was not in the desert) is strongly discouraged. That...
    How Your Yoga Clothes Could Help Boost America's Recycling Rates

    How Your Yoga Clothes Could Help Boost America’s Recycling Rates

    This post is generously sponsored by REPREVE®. As always, EcoCult only works with companies we believe are doing good things. Support Ecocult’s mission of education and activism by supporting them! I was talking with an eco-friendly, vegan blogger last week, who was trying to get plastic out of her life. “Water bottles are easy. I can...
    5 Myths About Conscious Bloggers I'm Tired of Hearing

    5 Myths About Conscious Bloggers I’m Tired of Hearing

    Are ethical and sustainable bloggers elitist? Is living a conscious lifestyle easy? Do we think our blogs alone are going to change the world? Conscious bloggers hear a lot of myths about what we do, and here are a few of them I'm sick of hearing:
    Just Because It’s Handmade, Doesn’t Make It Sustainable or Ethical

    Just Because It’s Handmade, Doesn’t Make It Sustainable or Ethical

    There’s an entire life that item has already lived before each of its individual ingredients reach the hands of the artisan to craft the final result. And that life may be destructive.
    Greenwashing Alert: Rayon Viscose Is Made From Plants, but Is Also Toxic and Destructive

    Greenwashing Alert: Rayon Viscose Is Made From Plants, but Is Also Toxic and Destructive

    If you've decided to swear off polyester because it's a petroleum product, you might be pleased to know that you can buy clothing made with rayon viscose, a biodegradable fabric that is made of a natural, renewable resource: plants. Just kidding! It actually might be worse for the environment. And there are two major reasons...