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In a world filled with scents, from the candles that light up your home to the perfumes you wear, the choices you make regarding fragrance have a significant impact.
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Autumn is fast approaching, and if there was ever a season to stock up on matches and scented candles, it’s here. But what seems like a simple purchase can quickly get overwhelming. There are all sorts of shapes, sizes, colors, fragrances, and of course – different types of candle wax. So, which one should you pick?

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Soap is one of those things that seamlessly fit into our everyday lives. If you think about it, it’s everywhere – in the shower, on your sink, in the kitchen, bathroom, laundry… But most of the time, we don’t think about it. It’s justthere

But as something we use so often, shouldn’t we know a little bit more about the ones we take home? After all, there are thousands of formulas out there, all with their own proposed miracle effects. But more than a few of them have less-than-healthy ingredients snuck in – and do you know how to spot them?

Not to worry. In today’s article, we’re breaking down everything you need to know about soap – from the science behind an effective one, to which ingredients to look for and which ones to avoid, as well as how your sudsy choices affect the planet, our furry friends, and your own health.

Yup – settle in, friend. You’re about to become a soap expert.

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If you’re anything like me, there was a time in your life when you purchased quite a bit of fast fashion. Hey, we didn’t really know what we were getting into at the time! Now, as someone trying to reduce my plastic waste and carbon footprint, it doesn’t really make sense to throw all those clothes out. After all, reduce, REUSE, recycle, right?

Yet, each time I put my clothes into the wash, I knew they were releasing harmful microfibers into the waterways. So, when I learned about the Cora Ball, I wanted to save up and make the investment.

Here’s my honest review of the laundry ball that promises to reduce microfiber pollution after one month of use.

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Have you heard of forest bathing? If your initial mental image is of rolling around in the dirt, don’t worry — the reality is much more enjoyable. 

Forest bathing, also known as shinrin-yoku, is a nature-based mindfulness practice that originated in Japan. These days, it’s becoming more mainstream in countries around the world. And it’s easy to see why: forest bathing can have amazing benefits for the mind and body.

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You’re planning for your long-awaited wilderness getaway and you have the basics covered. Hiking boots? Check. Reusable water bottle? Check. Tasty snacks? Double check.

One thing you might not have on your packing list is earth-conscious personal care products like shampoo, soap, and sunscreen. But these small items can have a big impact on the planet.

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If you’re anything like us, you think about the natural world a lot – it doesn’t take much to summon images of trash-strewn beaches and bare forests to your mind, and you always do your best to avoid harming the planet.

But as much as we work to preserve nature, most of us forget to enjoy it. Whether it’s the tree in your backyard shifting color with the seasons, a trip to the beach, or a stroll in a nearby park – when was the last time you took a moment to just breathe it in, notice it, enjoy it? 

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Have you ever taken a ride on the habit roller coaster?

It goes like this: you feel excited about a new change you want to make. You jot down a list of goals and go after it with gusto. For a while, you stick to your guns. Then something comes up and you get off track. You start feeling discouraged, behind, and burnt out. So you give up and push your goals off for later.

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Have you ever had someone ask you what your favorite movie is, only to suddenly forget every movie you’ve ever watched?

If so, it’s not just you. Many people find it difficult to answer questions “on the spot.” This can happen with movies, yes — but also when someone asks you about your thoughts on sustainability.

We know this topic matters to you, so we put this guide together to help you feel more confident when talking about sustainability with others. And when you feel comfortable, you can more easily create an open conversation.

So to get started, here are some basic principles to help you navigate conversations about sustainability.

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As climate change progresses, apocalyptic headlines about ravaging fires, rising temperatures, droughts and floods are becoming more and more common. In the last few years alone, the environmental crisis seems to have seeped into everything – the news, social media, and everyday conversation. For some of us, there are even tangible changes in our surroundings that make it difficult to look away.
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When was the last time you climbed a tree?

For most of us, it’s probably been a while. But as a kid, didn’t you love the feeling of being tucked away between the branches, connected with nature and on top of the world?

Trees do make a wonderful place to spark the imagination. But they’re also much more than that. In fact, trees matter more to our planet now than ever before. And, sadly, they’re also facing more threats than they ever have.

In this article, discover why trees are so important, what challenges threaten trees today, and how you can help protect them.

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Your company cares about the planet – and it shows. You encourage cycling to work, there are recycling bins throughout the office, and the employee Christmas gifts? Yup, you guessed it – sustainable, hand-picked products with low environmental impact.

In other words, you’re doing everything right. Or, are you? 

The sustainability jungle, which is complicated as it is, can be even harder to navigate from the office chair. One thing, in particular, trips most of us up – namely, composting. And as it happens, it’s also one of the most important things to get right.

But don’t worry. In this article, we break down the term compostable, and explain exactly how to avoid that one weak link in your chain that could make all your environmental efforts be in vain. We’ll talk about:
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