From top to bottom, Chicobag is one of the most sustainable companies I’ve evaluated. These doods pay attention to every detail from the products to their practices in the office and their partnerships with nonprofits. BUT put simply, they make sustainable, reusable stuffRead More
Men are interesting shoppers. We’ll buy the exact same type of shampoo, toothpaste or whatever for like a decade once we find something that works. Keep it simple. I’m low maintenance and like it effective but then you learn a thing or two about sustainability and bodycare (plastic packaging, shitty ingredients and dimwitted brands) you realize it’s time to update your go to products.Read More
Food is undoubtedly the best thing about life. Let’s be real - we all follow our stomachs more than our hearts or brains. It’s literally the elixir of life (next to water of course)! Maybe you’ve heard about the effect agriculture has on the planet, and that what you put in your reusable grocery bag (that you totally don’t forget all the time) makes a difference. So you’ve decided to update your grocery list to be easier on the environment. But...how does anyone do that?Read More
Ever wanted to know just how to distinguish sustainable products from their unsustainable counterparts? Eco-labels play a big part in that. You may have already heard of such labels as USDA organic and/or Fair Trade, but there's loads more that can help you determine which products have sustainable features, and which don't.Read More
The paradox of learning that your favorite drink may be harming the environment is that it just makes you want to drink more. Unfortunately, the alcohol industry has an eco footprint, too. Beer and wine require an assload of water, alcohol manufacturing has an emissions problem, and booze cans and bottles are just another part of our waste. If all this makes you want to reach for a pint, fear not! I’m here to present you with solutions:Read More
It’s not uncommon to hear people bitching about the woes of the 21st century. Short attention spans this, lazy millennials that, and before ya know it someone brings up the most beloved topic of our times...technology. Yes, that dreaded stuff that gets blamed for everyone’s ratchet behavior but maintains its status as one of the most purchased-from categories out there.Read More
But to be honest with you, phones have become the tech staple of all tech staples for many peeps so we thought we’d do a post dedicated solely to freaking you out about just how unsustainable they are.
JK - but we are gonna give you more deets on the emerging sustainable cell phone industry.Read More
For many people, the end of summer coincides with heading back to school. Maybe school is practically your life essence, or maybe it’s the bane of your existence. Either way, you need back to school supplies, don’t you?Read More
When you think of video games, you probably don’t think of sustainability. You likely think about retro Nintendo classics like Mario and Zelda, or maybe you’re the type who likes to play MMOs such as World of Warcraft and Elder Scrolls Online. But maybe what you didn’t realize is that many survival-based simulation games have sustainability-focused gameplay, whether it’s finding a sustainable source of food for yourself or a green source of energy for your settlements.Read More
I think we can all agree that YouTube is best utilized for funny cat videos and stupidly funny shorts a la the vine era, but I’ll admit it’s got its more functional side as well (and I’m not talking about the how to videos that range from kissing to cutting an onion without crying).
Sustainability is an often ignored corner of the YouTube world, which is no surprise since we all know sustainable living isn’t the most popular lifestyle option (yet). That being said, there are some dark horses with YouTube channels that focus on sustainability.Read More
Don’t worry, this won’t be your grandpa's rant about how tattoos are the literal poison of society, and only sailors and convicts had them in our day. But maybe your grandpa’s angry rant didn’t include some really important points about environmental problems associated with tattoos. Regardless, if you’re thinking of inking, you may want to keep reading (that wasn't supposed to rhyme...no, SERIOUSLY.)
Oh, and while you’re reading just remember that no, we aren’t your grandpa’s equally angry friends trying to discourage you from getting inked!Read More
A while back we gave you a broke guide to fast fashion, so we figured why not extend that broke guide to food - green food specifically (this is the ALDA blog after all.) We already gave you an intro to green food, but if we’re being honest, the tips we laid out aren’t always for the money-conscious. The green premium can be a very real thing, which is obviously a problem for all the peeps who want to green their lifestyle but don’t have the funds to.
So without further ado, your guide to eating green on the cheap:Read More
It’s safe to say that it’s pretty normal for people to think that sustainable goods are more expensive than their unsustainable counterparts. Unsurprisingly, this is apparently one of the main reasons many people say they aren’t willing to “go green”.
But is eco-friendly stuff really more expensive? Maybe not everything, or some things require some pretty spendy upfront costs but save you moola down the road (e.g. using renewable energy), BUT...if we compared your typical green product to a conventional product, the likelihood of the former being at least a bit more expensive is pretty high.Read More
Zero Waste is not the same as recycling. It’s a much much bigger concept. It’s the goal or strategy to completely eliminate waste, not manage it. It addresses the source of the problem, creating a circular economy or “cradle to cradle” approach. In contrast, recycling focuses onRead More
Green living can seem pretty unachievable when you’re making minimum wage at your part-time job. It seems even more unachievable when your weekly schedule is as full as a fat kid on Thanksgiving. Or a vegan in a garden. Or...anyway, you get the picture.
BUT! Don’t accept defeat just yet. You can still protect the environment when you’re short on both time AND money.Read More
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, then you’ve heard about the backlash against plastic pollution in 2018. We’re all about advocating for living in nature, but maybe draw a line when your living quarters keep you from knowing about the planet going to shit.
What the hell do we do with all the plastic already out there?Read More