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LUSH cosmetics is a new market line that advertises bath supplies, make-up, and soap that are made from fresh and organic fruits and vegetables.  The company focuses on the idea of creation natural cosmetics that requires little to no preservatives in the product, packaging and transportation. The line also fights again animal tested products for animal rights activists. They only buy their resources from companies that have proven not to test on animals. It markets products that make the smallest impact on the environment to keep our green Earth green. The products are made with common natural vegetarian resources such as vanilla bean, rose oil, almond oil, seaweed, and even charcoal. The cosmetics are meant to make humans beautiful as well as our planet and ecosystem. The company has over 700 stores world wide and is continuing to grow and branch out not only the products, but the message of a drive toward a greener future. In Houston’s local First Colony Mall, in the Macy’s Department store, a LUSH product stand is actually inside the store. With personal experience, the workers there are incredibly friendly and even have live demonstrations of popular products such as the butterball bath bomb. The cosmetic line has hair, skin, bath, and shower products. In not only attracts a younger generation, but can appeal to an older generation that enjoys the same cosmetic products they normally enjoy with a great overall cause that helps our environment.  The LUSH product line has come along way and went from Constantine and Weir, Cosmetics to Go, and finally the brand name we’ve come to know and love today.

-Nicholas Chan

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Under the Green Conditioner

         So we’ve gotten green shampoos covered but what about conditioners? For all those who love conditioning your hair daily in order to achieve that slick and shiny look or those who do it once or twice for to give your hair the treatment it deserves, this is a blog for you. According to ecosalon.com”to avoid the common ingredient in conventional conditioners called Lauramide DEA. It strips away important amino acids like serine, histamine and other hair and skin proteins. This can leave hair feeling dry and unmanageable – creating the need to use more conditioner.” Luckily for you beauty freaks, there are eco friendly products for you.  First we have the Nature Girl Lemon Thyme Crème Rinse. Not only is this product 100% organic but the smell is exactly what its label promised; lemon and thyme. This condition is perfect for any type of hair as well as daily usage.  Next we have the Hamadi Shea Rice Milk Conditioner. While having a citrusy smell and being 100% organic, this condition won’t leave any build up in your hair AND it will leave it feeling smooth and silky. There are many other alternatives to the norm, just click on the link below for many other great eco friendly conditioners.

http://www.ecosalon.com/conditioners/

 

 ~Phil Pham

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Greener Suds, Bud!

        

Shampoo; sure they help us clean our hair and make It nice and silky but have you wondered what side effects shampoo has? According to ecosalon.com sodium lauryl sulfate a chemical that makes regular shampoos suds up. Among other things, it can lead to skin damage, permanent eye damage in children and even liver toxicity. Luckily for us some shampoos contain the greener alternative there is decyl glucoside. This is a mild sudsing agent certified for its eco-clean production. A research was conducted by ecosalon.com to see which shampoo could’ve been deemed as the best eco shampoo on the market. Their top pick was Tasmanian Lavender Shampoo from Sea Chi Organics. Its ingredient contain seaweed extract, nettles, marshmallow root, comfrey root, calendula blossoms, oat straw, kombucha tea and more. There are many other eco friendly shampoos that ecosalon.com reviewed. If you want to know more about those shampoos or more about the Tasmanian Lavender Shampoo, click on the following link

http://ecosalon.com/organic-shampoos/

~Phil Pham

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Sprouting from the ground

            

Wherever there are shoes there MUST be watches to go along with it. A blog was done on environmentally friendly shoes and since there are environmentally shoes, there will be a blog done on environmentally friendly watches. Introducing Sprout’s environmentally friendly watches! Manufactured by E. Gluck corporation, Sprout watches are made of 86% recycled materials such as include a corn resin case and buckle, certified organic cotton strap, bamboo dial, mineral crystal lens and mercury free battery. For only 27 dollars, you can purchase Sprout’s environmentally friendly watch. For the buyer’s convenient Sprout’s watches can be purchased at Amazon.com, Sear’s, Kohl’s and K-mart

~Phil Pham

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Wrapping the Bride in Something New

574074c9-3343-41b9-afdd-6c71dbe9ad37_widecThe day that you’ve been waiting for all your life is finally here and everything must be perfect down to the smallest detail. The hair, the shoes, the jewelry, and of course the dress. You’re wedding day silly, what other event where you thinking about? Like every girl knows your wedding day is the most special and important day of your life ever since you were small. The dress being one of the most important pieces to your dream. By know you would be wondering what does this blog have to do with being eco friendly? Well check out these brides in there wedding dresses.  http://www.cheap-chic-weddings.com/wedding-contest-2006.html If you already checked out the website then you all ready know what this blog is going to be about, if not allow me to inform you. Today I’m going to inform you about wedding dresses made from TOILET PAPER! Yes toiler paper!  You would have never thought that wedding dresses would or could be made out of toilet paper. I didn’t believe it ether but it’s possible. Like my September post this is also a contest meaning you can’t go out to the store and buy one of these dresses, you have to make it at home yourself. You have to have a lot of creativity to make a dress especially out of toilet paper. These brides made their dresses only using glue and or tape to hold the dress together. Making such an outfit isn’t as easy as it might seam judges look for creativity, beauty, and originality that is put in to the dress. If you would like to enter this contest then here are the requirements and anything else you might want to know.  http://www.cheap-chic-weddings.com/contest-rules.html AnnHatNot only do the brides make the dress completely out of toilet paper but any hair accessory or head piece the bride want to wear with the dress must also be made out of toilet paper. What about the bouquet? Well in the contest rules they don’t mention anything about the bouquet but it can be made out of toilet paper if the bride decides to have one. I hope you liked this blog but here is a warning to any bride who wishes to wear a wedding dress made out of toilet paper. WARNING: Do not get that dress wet and be careful if you decide to wear it on you wedding day.    

-Betsy Garcia

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Mud, Leaves, Cosmetics

947_lnewHi it’s me again, the eco friendly fashionista! Or the eco glam diva on the team. (lol) But I might not write any more fashion topics because I’m running out of topics to write about. Anyways today I’m going to tell you about eco friendly cosmetics. Yes I said cosmetics. I didn’t believe there were eco friendly cosmetics until not long ago. There are a couple of products I want to talk to you about. Burts Bee’s cosmetics are a great eco friendly product. I promise that all the containers that hold their products are all recycled. You might wonder what about the product? How can cosmetics be eco friendly? Well Burts Bee’s containers are all made from recycled materials. You might wonder how about the products? Well of the products are all natural and environmental friendly. Burts Bee’s products are from “beeswax, botanical and essential oils, herbs, flowers and minerals” and of course there products weren’t tested on any animals, so no cute little animal were harmed in the laboratories. Another company who has the same standards as Burts Bees is Lush. Lush testes their products on people not animals. The Lush policy states that no products can be used or bought from any supplier who tested on these cute creatures under any circumstances. And of course Lush uses all vegetarian ingredients in there products such as organic fruits and vegetables, essential oils, and little to no preservatives. Lush and Burts Bee are just a few companies that are eco friendly here are some websites so you can check out these cosmetics yourself.

http://www.lushusa.com/lush 

http://www.burtsbees.com

http://www.ecocosmetics.com.au/

http://www.korresusa.com/

-Betsy Garcia

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Hemp Is The New Black

As you have previously read by the notorious Betsy Garcia, you can be eco-friendly and fashionable. I, Sadiqa Bramlette, have volunteered myself as her apprentice and as someone to verify these fashionable finds. Not only can you make clothing from recycle objects, you find clothing made from eco-friendly things like bamboo, organic cotton, hemp (yes I mean pot), and soy.

Organic cotton is the most practical of all the fabrics. It comes in many different textures and weights, plus it does not come in contact with those gross chemicals and pesticides that are used on cotton typically. Organic cotton is also easy to find especially being that large numbers of designers use organic cotton in their eco-friendly collections.

Bamboo is also most greatest creation ever (okay that was a little biased)! Many fashion designers use this magical fabric because it can mimic the texture of haute couture fabrics like silk and cashmere.

ecoSkin_Brooks_Dress-1Hemp clothing is entering the fashion world with a bang (BANG!). Hemp was once associated with the people of the hippie community, but now hemp blends are being used in the latest fashions by eco-friendly designers like Stewart + Brown, EcoSkin, and many others.

Soy is becoming something other than a meat substitute; it’s become a fabric of choice. It is biodegradable, luxurious and a versatile alternative to cotton. Designers like Anna Cohen use soy in their lines.

Using fabrics like these and many other tricks, like do it yourself projects, can make you an environmentally safe fashionista.

-Sadiqa B.

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