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5 Tips for Sustainable Style Under $25

by Sica Schmitz | Posted on January 06 2016

5 Tips for Sustainable Style Under $25 by Bead & Reel
We all want to make more sustainable choices, right? But sometimes it's hard to know where to start so here are our 5 favorite tips for under $25.

1. Laundry Care - $14.99

The chemicals in conventional laundry products and dry cleaning solvents get embedded in fibers so every time you get dressed, dry off after a shower, or go to sleep, not only are you surrounding yourself with harsh, abrasive and often toxic chemicals, but you are also shortening the longevity of all of your fabrics - gross!

Fortunately we've found the best non toxic, biodegradable, Made in America detergents & stain remover to lengthen the live of your clothing & safeguard us and the environment from the multitude of chemicals commonly found in detergents and dry cleaning. Learn more here

Roux Maison Eco-Friendly Laundry Care

2. Fabric Recycling - $ shipping

The average US citizen throws away 70 pounds of clothing and other textiles annually! That's just crazy. All this wasted fabric ends up in landfills where just 1 pound of textiles emits 7 pounds of C02, and synthetic fabrics can take up to 40 years to biodegrade. There's nothing chic about that!

If you can't mend, alter, or repair your clothing, bags, & shoes, then recycling is a great next option. You can even recycle your denim to make insulations to use in homes for those who most need it!

Blue Jeans Go Green Denim Recycling

3. Bring Your Own Bag - $20

Say no to plastic (and even paper!) by bringing your own stylish bag when shopping for food, clothes, and anything else you might grab during the day. 

Plastic bags take between 15 to 1000 years to decompose, and paper bags aren't much better -- one study found that compostable plastic and paper bags require even more material while being manufactured, meaning that more energy, fuel and raw materials are being used to make them. Basically no good comes from boring single use bags, so instead you can choose a pretty, colorful, reusable one - we have plenty of Fair Trade options!

 

The Peace Exchange Fair Trade Reusable Tote Bag

4. The True Cost Documentary - $3.99

Knowledge is power. Learn more about why sustainability is so important with this informative documentary that you can rent, stream, or buy online for a little extra empowerment in your buying choices.

"The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing?"

The True Cost Movie - Fashion Documentary

5. Reusable Napkins - $24

The average American uses approximately 2,200 paper napkins per year, which amounts to billions of pounds of waste in landfills. Not only are cloth napkins way more stylish (clearly!), but they can be used over and over again at meals to help preserve resources and spare landfills. 

Extra tip: use eco-friendly laundry detergents, line dry, and only wash as needed - bonus if you keep one in your bag to use at restaurants!

The Peace Exchange Reusable Fair Trade Cloth Napkins 

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