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5 Ethical Questions to Ask Yourself When Shopping

5 Ethical Questions to Ask Yourself When Shopping | Shopcycle Mag | Scoop.it

There are typically 5 questions I like to ask myself when we’re making a purchase.

 

Is it Safe for Humans?

Is it Safe for the Environment?

Is it Made in the USA (Preferably Local)?

If Not, is it Fair Trade?

Is it Made By a Company I Can Trust?

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Cri de Coeur, 7 for All Mankind Collaborate on Vegan Cross-Body Bag of Our Dreams | Ecouterre

Cri de Coeur, 7 for All Mankind Collaborate on Vegan Cross-Body Bag of Our Dreams | Ecouterre | Shopcycle Mag | Scoop.it

Cri de Coeur and 7 for All Mankind have collaborated on the vegan cross-body bag of our fashion dreams. ...

 

[T]he classically styled carryall—the tassel is a nice touch—consists of ethically sourced, high-quality Italian faux leather and other nontoxic materials.

 

The best part? It’ll cost less than $100

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'Green Tires' Popularity Increasing, Grip Improving Too

'Green Tires' Popularity Increasing, Grip Improving Too | Shopcycle Mag | Scoop.it

If you drive a hybrid or plug-in vehicle, chances are you're already familiar with 'green tires'.

 

Also known as low rolling resistance tires, they're becoming an increasingly popular way of improving the fuel efficiency of cars, both in dedicated green vehicles and even regular cars.

 

That popularity is only set to increase, reports Wards Auto.

 

As gas prices rise, tires which claim to reduce gasoline consumption up to between 5-7 percent help drivers eke every last drop from their gas tank.

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Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie | The Sweet Life

Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie | The Sweet Life | Shopcycle Mag | Scoop.it

[A]fter several attempts, the Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie was born: a gooey oatmeal [vegan] chocolate chip cookie bursting with pumpkin and spices

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Levi's Makes It Easier To Go Green Just By Buying A Pair Of Jeans! (PHOTOS)

Levi's Makes It Easier To Go Green Just By Buying A Pair Of Jeans! (PHOTOS) | Shopcycle Mag | Scoop.it

Depending on your lifestyle, going green may not always be an option, but thankfully, Levi's is making it easier for everyone.

 

With their new Levi’s Waste < Less Denim Collection, you can go green and all you have to do is put on a pair of jeans!

 

The denim products in the Levi's Waste < Less collection are constructed from ET plastic and polyethylene terephthalate materials – mostly consisting of brown beer bottles, green soda bottles, clear water bottles, and food trays collected from across the nation.

That fiber is then blended with cotton fiber, turning them into a cotton yarn for manufacturing this denim collection that consists of jeans, jackets and shirts.

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Five Turbocharged Green Cars You Need To Drive

Five Turbocharged Green Cars You Need To Drive | Shopcycle Mag | Scoop.it

Today, the turbocharger has become the biggest thing in green car technology since the hybrid drivetrain... 

 

Here are just five you need to drive.

~2013 Chevrolet Sonic 1.4-liter turbo

~2013 Dodge Dart 1.4-liter turbo

~2013 Volkswagen Golf 2.0-liter TDI

~2013 Ford Escape 1.6-liter Ecoboost

~2013 Fiat 500 Turbo

 

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Ultimate Guide To Gas-Sipping Minicars On Sale In The U.S.

Ultimate Guide To Gas-Sipping Minicars On Sale In The U.S. | Shopcycle Mag | Scoop.it

Small cars tend to be fairly economical and emit low emissions, but they're often good fun to drive too, thanks to light weight and nimble handling characteristics.

 

To help, we've lined up a full list:

 

Gasoline minicars

~Chevrolet Spark

~Fiat 500

~MINI Cooper

~Scion iQ

~Smart ForTwo

 

Electric minicars

~Mitsubishi i-MiEV

~Scion iQ EV

~Smart ForTwo Electric Drive

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ReFleece Upcycles Old Patagonia Jackets Into Eco-Friendly iPad, Kindle Cases

ReFleece Upcycles Old Patagonia Jackets Into Eco-Friendly iPad, Kindle Cases | Shopcycle Mag | Scoop.it

ReFleece founders Sam Palmer and Jennifer Feller see an excellent way to keep your electronics free from dust and scratches. Eco-conscious consumers will enjoy their line of upcycled iPad and Kindle cases made from recovered fleece jackets and scrap.

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in2green – getting cosy with recycled cotton

in2green – getting cosy with recycled cotton | Shopcycle Mag | Scoop.it

In2green products are 100% sweatshop free, made in the USA and Central America. ...

An American company that embraces the idea that product design can be both beautiful and have a positive impact on the future of the planet, in2green makes throws, baby blankets, dorm blankets and pillows from sustainable yarns, often using ECO2cotton™, a recycled cotton alternative in beautiful heather and mélange colors.

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Go Green while shaving with Eco-armour

Go Green while shaving with Eco-armour | Shopcycle Mag | Scoop.it

Eco-Armour is a plant based shaving wonder. ...

 

Eco-armour founder/inventor Robert Benzinger was fed up with razor burn, ingrown hairs, cutting his face and constantly replacing expensive blades. So the longtime environmentalist began blending ingredients...

 

What Robert came up with is an amazing shave foam that not only protects your skin while shaving, it protects your blades which makes them last longer. The best part is the way your skin feels after using eco-armour.

 

Roberts wife Zoe, a licensed skin care expert, helped to refine the product to make it also appealing to women...

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From Cactus Silk to Soy Fibre, there’s Many a Sustainable Alternative

From Cactus Silk to Soy Fibre, there’s Many a Sustainable Alternative | Shopcycle Mag | Scoop.it

Raquel Gracia, founder of GRACIAWOMAN, discusses her inspirations for setting up her brand and provides an insight into the hard task of sourcing sustainable materials from around the world.

 

Sourcing pure, organic, sustainable, plant-based, fair-trade, hand-crafted, recycled and eco-friendly products and plants is a truly arduous and demanding task. I work with raw, unbleached, untreated textiles and I try to make a garment that does not compromise on style, providing the option to choose an environmentally- friendly product.

 

I take pride in my work and make sure every product has been certified and produced with respect for the environment. I use hand-crafted materials produced by artisans, who help me find better and traditional natural resources instead of synthetics and plastics. I use vegan and sustainable plant-based silks from the agave cactus, local Scottish tweeds, pure Italian wools, soy beans, eco dyes and only organic cottons. I source my materials through organic and origin certifications, taking into consideration: water usage, fair trade regulations, craftsmanship, sustainability and energy consumption.

 

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The Proposed Nutrition Label: A Quick Read, Out Front

The Proposed Nutrition Label: A Quick Read, Out Front | Shopcycle Mag | Scoop.it
How a new graphic on the front of food packaging would work.
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Vegan Challah Bread

Vegan Challah Bread | Shopcycle Mag | Scoop.it

I veganized it.... A sweet and decadent egg-bread turned eggless.

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Lur Me In

Lur Me In | Shopcycle Mag | Scoop.it
Are looking for sustainable clothing? lur Apparel's sustainable line of eco fashion is here!

 

Every piece of lur clothing is made from 100% recycled material. Reparel is more environmentally friendly than organic cotton but just as soft. The fabric is 55% pre-consumer cotton scraps from commercial apparel facilities, while the other 45% comes from post-consumer plastic bottles recycled into polyester fiber.

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10 Tea Elixers You Can Make at Home

10 Tea Elixers You Can Make at Home | Shopcycle Mag | Scoop.it
The most potent and effective remedies are often the natural ones already hanging out in the pantry. Aside from the remedy-specific nature of the following 10 homemade teas, one of the most exciting thing about them is that they don’t require a tea bag! Your spice cabinet, fresh ginger root, some green herbs, a few fruits and vegetables, and honey are all that stand between you and an elixir to treating a pesky ailment – 10 of them, to be more exact.
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Toyota Prius Hybrids Now The Best-Selling Cars In California

Toyota Prius Hybrids Now The Best-Selling Cars In California | Shopcycle Mag | Scoop.it
Ten years ago, even in green-car-loving California, the Toyota Prius hybrid was a rare sight on the roads.

 

Now, Toyota’s family of Prius hybrids have become California’s best-selling car for 2012, beating vehicles like the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, and the Ford F-Series pickup.

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Friday is guy day: Raleigh Denim | Magnifeco - your daily eco-fashion blog

Friday is guy day: Raleigh Denim | Magnifeco - your daily eco-fashion blog | Shopcycle Mag | Scoop.it
Raleigh Denim Raleigh Denim is on a mission to build an ideal pair of jeans; both in principle and in form.

 

Founded by Victor and Sarah Lytvinenko, Raleigh Denim make only small runs, handcrafting jeans using vintage machines and denim from Cone Mill’s White Oak plant, in North Carolina.

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Arm candy – fashion-forward and fair-trade

Arm candy – fashion-forward and fair-trade | Shopcycle Mag | Scoop.it

DIGS has ethical arm candy for everyone.

 

Perfect for toting in the garden, traveling or shopping this RIKA Rubber tote is handmade from recycled rubber tires by RIKA Studio in Peru.

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Lemlem's Supermodel-Approved Garments Support Ethiopian Livelihoods | Ecouterre

Lemlem's Supermodel-Approved Garments Support Ethiopian Livelihoods | Ecouterre | Shopcycle Mag | Scoop.it

Founded by Ethiopian-born model Liya Kebede, ... founded Lemlem, a collection of tunics, dresses, scarves, and bags that promote the centuries-old art of hand-weaving. (Fittingly, Lemlem is Amharic for "flourish" or "bloom.")

 

Five years after its inception, Lemlem has [evolved] from a children-only line to a lifestyle brand that spans womenswear and home accents.

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Cardboard bike by Izhar Gafni

From Israel, Izhar Gafni's maintenance-free cardboard bike uses a "secret" mix of organic materials to make it waterproof and fireproof, and is then lacquered to give it a friendlier appearance.

 

Weighing a only about 20 lbs (9 kg), it's expected to cost a mere $20 The bicycle doesn't use any metal parts at all -- replacing the traitional chain with a car timing belt and using reconstituted rubber for the solid tires.

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Six High-Mileage Hybrids That Will Keep You Invisible

Six High-Mileage Hybrids That Will Keep You Invisible | Shopcycle Mag | Scoop.it

We've picked six hybrid cars that offer the benefits of a hybrid drivetrain--great gas mileage and ease of use...

 

Toyota Camry Hybrid

Toyota Highlander Hybrid

Ford Fusion Hybrid

Honda Civic Hybrid

Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

Lexus RX 450h

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The No-Nag Way To Have Healthy Eating For Kids

The No-Nag Way To Have Healthy Eating For Kids | Shopcycle Mag | Scoop.it

The goal should be to get our kids to eat as much vegetables and fruits they can while not forcing them to eat every bite. We want there to be healthy eating for kids long-term.

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Clean you face naturally with Kaia Naturals

Clean you face naturally with Kaia Naturals | Shopcycle Mag | Scoop.it

Kaia Naturals' ... incredible facial cleansing cloths are... [m]ade of soft , unbleached, sustainable bamboo (instead of irritating rayon like most) and packed with vitamins and skin-loving ingredients...

 

Made with 99% natural ingredients, like organic honey, essential oils, oat amino acids (to deep clean) and sunflower oil, Kaia Naturals are also made cruelty-free and ...]e]ach cloth comes individually packed for the utmost in convenience and to maintain their lush moistness and freshness.

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Cocoon Tree: A Lightweight, Spherical Treehouse for Sustainable Living

Cocoon Tree: A Lightweight, Spherical Treehouse for Sustainable Living | Shopcycle Mag | Scoop.it

Looking like a giant bird's nest hovering between trees, Cocoon Treeis a lightweight, waterproof and inexpensive treehouse pod. You can assemble and mount it yourself in two hours ... What makes it even more appealing to nature lovers is the fact that its air-conditioning mechanisms can be powered sustainably using sun and wind power.

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Healthy diet great way to stay healthy during cold and flu season

Healthy diet great way to stay healthy during cold and flu season | Shopcycle Mag | Scoop.it

If you want to boost your immune system with a good diet, here are some tips from Chrissy Wellington, co-author of “Navigating the Supermarket: A Nutritious Guide to Shopping Well.”

 

And a reason to try it?

 

“Nutritionalists agree that a poor diet is the No. 1 one reason we become susceptible to cold weather illnesses. There is no cure for the common cold or flu, but eating well during this season may help you avoid getting sick,” Wellington writes.

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