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A New Report Ranked The Actions That Your Favorite Fashion Brands Are Taking Toward Sustainability —The Results May Surprise You

In recent years, ’sustainability’ has become much more than a buzzword. The fashion industry —and the world— has been waking up to its impact on the planet and its communities. A new study, found, however, that fashion brands and retail stores are not doing too well when it comes to improving their sustainability processes and policies. While some retailers are putting in the work to make their businesses more sustainable and environmentally conscious, others still have a lot to do. 

There may be no such thing as a ‘fully sustainable’ brand yet, but the fashion industry should start investing on fixing that.

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What many consumers don’t know is that fashion is as much about the process as it is about the end result —in fact, fully sustainable fashion doesn’t exist yet. There are many ways in which the fashion industry impacts the environment and communities, from the sourcing of the fabrics, to manufacturing, transport and right down to selling and recycling. 

‘I don’t like to use the word sustainable, because I find people are scared of it and don’t understand it,’ says Orsola de Castro, Founder and Creative Director of Fashion Revolution, an organization which educates brands on how to produce clothes than don’t exploit the planet or people. ‘There is no fully sustainable brand at this point in time. There are certainly brands that are embedding sustainability in the way they design and think,’ Orsola says.

‘Sustainable’ should not just be a buzzword added to a marketing campaign to attract buyers —but rather a total change in policies and processes. 

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In recent years we’ve heard fashion brands and retailers mention ‘sustainability’ a lot more. Huge high-street giants like H&M which came up with ‘H&M Conscious’ a range of sustainable clothing and fashion, have made entire ranges and campaigns around the trendy buzzword. Brands like Reformation and Everlane make a point of sharing their sustainable practices such as sourcing recycled materials. But are brands really walking the walk, or just talking the talk?

A new report by environmental group Stand.earth, has found that a lot of fashion brands and retail stores aren’t doing too well at making their businesses more sustainable.

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The group recently released their Filthy Fashion Climate Scorecard, which ranks the “climate commitments of 45 top fashion companies” including everything from high street favorites like American Eagle and Levi’s to top luxury labels such as the ones managed by luxury giant LVMH, sports brands like Nike, as well as infamous mass-fashion brands like Zara.

And —tbh— Stand.earth’s findings were not all that shocking. 

According to the report, the many “efforts” that companies have made public to change their manufacturing processes for the betterment of the climate, have fallen short. The report found that “nearly all of the companies (except two) have failed to reach the level of emissions reduction needed to align with the UN Paris Agreement’s pathway to 1.5°C degrees of warming and avert the worst consequences of climate change,” according to a press release from the organization.

Participating fashion brands and retailers were measured on a few different commitments and given scores up to 50 points for each category, including commitment to reductions in direct emissions from owned and controlled operations and the energy used to power them, use of renewable energy, commitment to reductions in global supply chain emissions, and long-term global supply chain emissions reductions.  Companies were also rewarded five bonus points each for positive changes in their processes; like supplier incentive programs and low carbon textile sourcing. Their scores were then added up and ranked in order. 

Mid-market and high street brands came out on top, whereas luxury brands didn’t do too well.

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This year, Levi’s came out on top, with American Eagle at a close second and English luxury brand, Burberry at number three. Brands like Target, Ganni, and Adidas landed in the middle. Upper-market department store giant, Nordstrom, scored zero points. LVMH, the luxury conglomerate which owns everything from Dior to Fendi to Pucci and Louis Vuitton, scored a 14; they earned points for emissions reductions and renewable energy. 

Stand.earth found that 17 of the companies they studied for their report have made little to no effort to improve their manufacturing processes at all, and that could potentially “put the world on a path to climate catastrophe, with 3 or more degrees of warming.”

While some brands are making meaningful progress, others need to step up their game if we want to reverse climate change.

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Liz McDowell, Filthy Fashion Campaign Director at Stand.earth said in a press release that; “A handful of companies, including Levi’s, Burberry, the Gap, H&M, and American Eagle are taking meaningful strides to shift their global supply chains off dirty fossil fuels. But many other companies are relying on false solutions to meet their climate commitments – easy measures that look good on paper but fail to tackle carbon pollution in the real world.”

“While the industry’s progress is encouraging, signing onto one of these initiatives doesn’t guarantee that a company will take climate action in line with the scale of emissions reductions needed to keep the world below a dangerous level of warming.” The group’s study also found that; “companies will not be able to adequately reduce emissions in line with the Paris Agreement’s 1.5°C ambition unless they transition their supply chains off of coal and on to renewable energy.”

The fashion industry has a disastrous impact on the environment. In fact, it’s the second-largest polluter in the world, just after the oil industry.

In most of the countries in which garments are produced, untreated toxic wastewaters from textile factories are dumped directly into rivers. Huge quantities of freshwater are also used for the dyeing and finishing processes of all of our clothes. The private research platform, ‘Sustain Your Style’ states that “Up to 20,000 liters of water are needed to produce just 1kg of cotton.”

On top of the pollution caused by the manufacturing process, clothing has clearly become disposable. As a result, we generate more and more textile waste. A family in the western world throws away an average of 30 kg of clothing each year, according to Sustain Your Style. Of all that waste, only 15% is recycled or donated, and the rest goes directly to the landfill or is incinerated. 

The fashion industry’s impact on the climate is a serious problem, and though it seems like many brands are aware of their role in these catastrophic processes, and are working to improve, we must hold them accountable.

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It’s important to keep brands accountable as they continue to push sustainable initiatives and recognize their impact on the environment. In August, luxury brands like Gucci, Chanel, and Prada announced their intention to join up with brands like H&M to help combat the industry’s negative impact on the environment, signing the “Fashion Pact” to ensure their partnership. And while it’s exciting that brands are putting in the work towards a more sustainable tomorrow, it’s important to mention that we, as consumers, should start making more conscious fashion choices too!

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Pick a Fragrance & We’ll Tell You What Kind of Spring You’re Going to Have

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Pick a Fragrance & We’ll Tell You What Kind of Spring You’re Going to Have

Springtime is here! After what felt like the longest Latino despedida at the doorway, the darkness and gloom of winter are finally saying farewell, leaving us with the brightness of the days ahead. 

Spring represents everything from rebirth, to renewal, to productivity. And one thing’s for certain–spring is marked by distinctive scents. April showers. May flowers. Fresh-cut grass. Newly picked citrus fruits. Sephora has an endless range of scents that will make you feel like spring has come alive. Pick any Sephora fragrance below and we’ll tell you what kind of spring you’re going to have.

Renewing

These scents refresh and renew you, making you feel bright and alive after a long, cold winter. 

Versace – Dylan Turquoise 

If you picked this refreshing, clean scent, it might remind you of getting caught in a spring shower. The keynotes of citrus lemon primofiore essence, guava, and musk bring you right to a tropical rainstorm. Open your arms and enjoy the downpour.

Dolce & Gabbana – Light Blue 

This fragrance is like a seaside getaway! The scent notes of citrus, bamboo, and green apple perfectly capture the essence of springtime in the South of Italy. Nothing says rejuvenation like a last-minute trip with your amigas to the isle of Capri. 

Relaxing

While bees may start their busy season during spring, you can use the warmer days as an opportunity to relax. The season of rebirth should include some much-need self-care.

Maison Margiela – ‘REPLICA’ Beach Walk 

This fragrance is like…you guessed it, a trip to the beach. But not just any beach, it’s a chill beach, as the summer crowds haven’t poured in yet. The notes of bergamot, heliotrope, and coconut milk bring to mind a long leisurely stroll next to the waves.

Valentino – Voce Viva 

The mixture of italian bergamot, crystal moss accord, and orange blossom gives off a warm floral scent that is remindful of a springtime picnic. Imagine yourself spread out on a blanket, feeling the light spring sunbeams kissing your skin while you enjoy the good company of a friend.

Romantic

During the spring, you can practically feel all of the love that’s blossoming in the air. If you choose any of the scents below, you have a season of love ahead of you.

Dior – Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet 

Spring is the season practically made for weddings. This fragrance’s fresh rose and peony scents are directly reminiscent of a blushing bride’s bouquet. Don’t worry. You don’t gotta get married if you don’t want to. Just know that this scent might make people wanna put a ring on you.

Yves Saint Laurent – Libre Eau de Toilette 

The sexy and feminine scents of lavender, orange blossom absolute, and white-tea accord are perfect for a night of stargazing. Enjoy the mild weather while you lay under the night sky with your amorcito.

Marc Jacobs – Daisy

This fragrance’s notes of strawberry, violet, and jasmine give a feeling of purity and optimism. The scent of new love. This fragrance is an intoxicating first date at a breezy outdoor cafe. 

Productive

If you spent all winter hibernating, then spring might be the time you devote to getting things done. If you choose any of the scents below, you’re destined for a very productive season ahead.

Atelier Cologne – Clémentine California

  

Notes of vetiver, clementine, and star anise, this citrus fragrance reminds you of a California citrus grove during spring harvest time. Just picture yourself under miles of blue sky, picking clementines in a wide-brimmed hat.

Flora by Gucci – Gorgeous Gardenia 

The red berries, pear, and white gardenia keynotes in Flora by Gucci Gorgeous Gardenia will make you feel fresh and energized–just like how you feel after giving your house a top-to-bottom spring cleaning. 

Carefree

Spring can be one of those times of the year where you just pause and experience life without wanting anything else from it. If you choose any of the fragrances below, you’re sure to have a footloose and fancy-free springtime.

Viktor&Rolf – Flowerbomb 

Get out your sundress because this fragrance is perfect for a garden party. The notes of jasmine, orange blossom, and patchouli are perfect for a breezy gathering with girlfriends under the springtime sun. 

NEST New York – Seville Orange Oil 

The bright note of orange in Seville Orange Oil evokes the mimosas you’ll be sharing over french toast with your comadres. Not a care in the world.

Armani – My Way 

The sweet notes of orange blossom and vanilla will transport you right to a nighttime spring Carnival. See yourself at the ring toss or lining up for the Ferris wheel. Just make sure you let out your inner child for the night.

If you’re the type of person that wants a bit of everything, then Sephora Favorites – Deluxe Mini Perfume Sampler Set is perfect for you. 

This option would be for the type of woman who doesn’t want to choose just one type of springtime–she wants to experience them all. Choose your favorite scent out of the seven included in the sampler set. Then, take the included scent certificate to any US Sephora store to redeem for a FREE full size of your favorite featured fragrance at no extra cost.

Take time this spring to celebrate life in all the little ways–including finding the perfect scent. There’s no right way of doing springtime–just as long as you seize the day!

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3 Sites That Have Super-Fast Shipping For Your Last-Minute Mother’s Day Buys

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3 Sites That Have Super-Fast Shipping For Your Last-Minute Mother’s Day Buys

Listen, we get it. These days are hectic, crazy and very nearly apocalyptic. Whether you’re juggling your work from home routine or dealing with your kids, finding the perfect Mother’s Day Gift might be harder this year than most.

When it comes to this, know that we’ve got your back and understand that procrastination happens. To help we put together the top three Mother’s Day gifts that’ll help you navigate fast-shipping.

Check them out below.

Etsy

Etsy now allows an option that will allow you to search results by delivery date ensuring one-of-a-kind options that will arrive just in time for Mother’s Day. From handmade sweaters, specialty baskets soaps, candles, and embroidered pillows you’ll be able to find it all.

Amazon.com

No doubt for the extreme procrastinator Amazon guarantees on-time shipping for just about everyone. While Prime members are more likely to strike shipping gold with orders from the site, shoppers who’ve yet to subscribe to the premiere membership will likely not be disappointed in last-minute shipping fees.

Start off with Amazon Handmade and their Mother’s Day gift guide.

Nordstrom

Nordstrom now offers all sorts of quick delivery options. From their expedited shipping and pick-up in store to curbside pickup, the big box retailer options all sorts of Mother’s Day goods for the last-minute shopper!

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