Friday, November 27, 2015

So today I read a couple of articles about how bad artificial sugars are for your body (I'll link them below). Some doctors are apparently even arguing that sugar is a "drug" that should be regulated just like cocaine. All this information, coupled with the fact that I have gorged on tons of sugary stuff in the past three days, has made me think about sugar and health and all of that stuff. I have noticed that artificial sugars really do affect me in a bad way. For example, if I eat something sweet first thing in the morning, I usually feel like crap for at least a couple hours after that. Also, the past couple of days I have found myself standing in front of a pecan pie or something with a spoon in my hand- and I literally don't know when I stood up and walked there, that's how strong my instinct is to consume sugar. It's scary to think that I might actually be addicted to something that is potentially just as dangerous and unhealthy as weed or cocaine - and I wouldn't even know that I was addicted, because sugar isn't considered a drug.
I read two stories about people who decided to completely quit eating any kind of sugar. The first woman quit for 4 weeks and she noticed a significant boost in energy, and had less pimples, as well as losing 4 pounds. The second story I read was about an entire family who quit sugar for a whole year and would only have a sugary treat once a month. As the year progressed, they noticed that they would crave the treat less and less, and by the end of the year they could barely eat it because of how sensitive their palates had now become. They also felt more energetic and got sick less.
I've decided to do a little experiment for myself to see how going without sugar will make me feel. Starting tomorrow, Saturday, November 28, I am not going to eat any foods with artificial sugars in them, until Monday, December 28. Any food that has "sugar" in it's top 3 ingredients will be considered sweet. I'm probably going to record how I feel each day here, especially the first week because apparently people literally go into withdrawal when not eating sugar. I think it will be interesting to test my determination as well as how good I will feel after quitting sugar. Also, I made the decision to go completely cold turkey, instead of slowly eating less and less sugar everyday. I did this because whenever I try to limit my sugar intake, I always end up eating way more than I would've if I hadn't tried to limit myself in the first place.
So here goes.
See you tomorrow!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

So since I've decided to buy anything I need from organic/sustainable companies, on Sunday when I went to Whole Foods (my favorite store) I decided to buy some toothpaste and mouthwash - good quality, organic products. Here is what I got:


So I got this mouthwash from the brand "Desert Essences". It was about $6 or so. For people like me who've been using Crest mouthwash their whole lives, the taste of this may come as a surprise. It is NOT sweet and not nearly as minty as those artificial mouthwashes are.

So I also got this toothpaste, which I really really like. I got the cinnamon taste and it does not taste strong like normal toothpastes- I actually put a lot of it on my toothbrush whenever I brush my teeth. I highly recommend it, it leaves my mouth feeling extremely clean and actually kind of numb. The ingredients in it are water, redmond clay (food grade), xylitol, cinnamon essential oil, salt, and diluted tea tree oil. So I can pronounce everything and I know whats in it. I completely recommend this!

Saturday, November 21, 2015


It's called TenTree and for every clothing item that is sold, the company plants ten trees in different countries such as Madagascar, Canada, and Cambodia! All the clothes are recycled and/or sustainable and affordable, and when you receive your clothes you get a code that tells you where your ten trees will be planted! I love this so much!!!

Sunday, November 8, 2015

organic/eco-friendly brands of hygiene products!

1. Poofy Organics. this brand sells completely organic cosmetics and personal hygiene products. it is a family owned company that makes all their products fresh or by hand. Also, their products are all at extremely reasonable prices! for example, one lipstick is $20, and one tube of liquid eyeliner is $18.
Eco-Rating: A+

2. Burt's Bees. probably one of the most well known brand of organic cosmetics and beauty products, Burt's Bees says that their products are, on average, 99% organic, if not 100%. their goal is to become completely 100%. They also write that they are trying to make their packaging more sustainable and use more post-consumer recycled content (PCRs). Right now their PCR content ranges from 35% to 60%. they don't sell any makeup other than tinted lip balms, which are $7. 
Eco-Rating: A

3. Lush. Lush has become very popular lately with teens because they sell organic, good smelling cosmetics and soaps. I have bought products there which I really like, they small great and have great results. All of their products are organic and use little packaging. All their products are vegetarian and they do not support animal testing. They are slightly more expensive than other beauty companies, but considering how much better they are for the environment and for you, spending a couple extra dollars wouldn't hurt. 
Eco-Rating: B

Saturday, October 17, 2015

****UPDATE on American Eagle's clothing. They JUST announced the Denim X Cafe collaboration, which is denim made from RECYCLED coffee grounds. Each pair is stretchy and made with 2.25 grams of coffee. Coffee grounds are biodegradable anyway, however, I think this is still really awesome. Each pair is $40-$50, so they are pretty affordable. I am looking to get one ASAP and will then review them!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

grading popular teenage clothing brands based on how eco-friendly they are!

American Apparel: one of the most eco-friendly, popular fashion brands out there, American Apparel has a section on their website that sells clothing made from 100% organic cotton. They also try to be as efficient as possible. "We try to minimize the gaps between pattern pieces when cutting our garments. We rank styles by efficiency. For really inefficient styles, we find complementary styles that, when cut together, drastically reduce the amount of waste generated," they wrote on their website. Also, they power their factories using solar panels, and have a bike program for their employees.
Eco-Rating: A+

Brandy Melville: i've read from multiple sources that the brand makes eco-friendly clothing. I'm not exactly sure what this means (organic cotton, or recycled materials?); also, since most of their clothing is one size fits all, the amount of energy expended on manufacturing the products is much less than other stores.
Eco-Rating: B-

Charlotte Russe: no eco-friendly/sustainable practices. i hate the clothes anyway. so trashy and cheap-looking. (see Forever 21)
Eco-Rating: F

Forever 21: honestly, please stop buying stuff at this store. Forever 21, along with other fast fashion brands such as Charlotte Russe, are basically just stores that want you to pay a cheap price for a crappy, poorly made piece of clothing that will get a whole in it after two washes. It's just not worth your time or your money to shop at this store. Not to mention the fact that these clothes, made in pollution-causing factories by high school age kids who are paid minimum wage, are absolutely terrible for the environment. it's a much smarter move to pay a little more money for quality clothing (from the brands that get an A+ eco-rating) and have it last longer.
Eco-Rating: F

American Eagle: no eco-friendly items. However, it donates all it's damaged clothes to charity.
Eco-Rating: C-

H&M: #1 user of organic cotton worldwide. Also has a "Conscious Collection" which is eco-friendly. I'm not really sure what this is: if all their clothes are conscious or if it's a specific collection that is. "21.2% of our cotton is either certified organic, recycled or grown under the Better Cotton Initiative. Our goal is 100% by 2020 at the latest," they wrote on their About page. They label their eco-friendly clothing items with a flower pattern. 
Eco-Rating: A

Urban Outfitters: UO has a popular brand called Urban Renewal which sells eco-friendly clothing, which could be vintage or deadstock. 
Eco-Rating: B

Uniqlo: Uniqlo made a commitment in 2013 to eliminate all hazardous chemicals from their production process by 2020. I'll keep updating you guys on that. 
Eco-Rating: A

Victoria's Secret: they have reduced energy and paper use; however, they don't have any eco-friendly items. They have also been accused of using cruel sweatshops with very tough conditions for the laborers. The laborers are paid about 4 cents for every $15. Think about that next time you want to buy a $40 bra. 
Eco-Rating: D-