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7 Ways Latinos Go Above And Beyond To Be Eco-Friendly

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A group of Latinos came together in Washington, D.C., recently for GreenLatinos, an event dedicated spreading awareness on environmental practices and causes. Many attendees talked about passing legislation to save the planet, and they agreed that Latinos are already eco-friendly af.

Here are some of the ways GreenLatino attendees claim Latinos go above and beyond in saving the planet.

1. There’s nothing like reusing your old clothes as cleaning rags.

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“My mom used to have all of our t-shirts in a pile and she would sit there on Sundays and cut them up into little rags,” Greisa Martinez Rosas, the advocacy director of United We Dream says. “It wasn’t a green thing. It was more of a money thing.”

2. We will always reuse that butter container as Tupperware.

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“At least in my house, they always told me to turn off the lights because it’s cheaper, so they’re low-key trying to save money,” Laura Di Lorenzo, mitú video producer and emcee at the GreenLatinos event. “They don’t even know they’re being green. They’re just being cheap. That’s something my parents did. They reuse ziplock bags and Tupperware. We recycle clothes. If I have a big cousin, I’ll inherent their clothes. Not that I want to, I’m just kind of forced into it.”

3. Your old clothes probably became a very uncomfortable pillow.

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“They usually turn out to be really hard and uncomfortable, but it’s a great way to recycle old shirts,” Rep. Jimmy Gomez of California’s 34th district says.

4. Some times you need to skip the towel after the shower.

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One Congressperson, who shall remain anonymous, admits that sometimes after a shower they skip the towel and dry off naturally. Not a bad idea if you want to conserve power and water.

5. We are experts in how long you can wear clothes before having to wash it.

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“I wait longer before I wash my clothes,” Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragán of California’s 44th district says. “I use it more before I have to go put it in the laundry and use detergent and more water. I don’t sweat very much so it’s probably easier to do that.”

6. We carpool like no other because there are a lot of us.

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“I have arranged for rides with friends that are heading into downtown,” Rep. Ruben Gallego of Arizona’s 7th district says. “Even though they couldn’t drop me off exactly at my spot, I would walk the last 5 blocks to get to my spot which is crazy in Phoenix to do that.”

7. We get every last bit of toothpaste out of the tube.

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“We recycle some times out of need. We reuse the same bags. We use the same containers,” Henry Sanchez, chair of the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda and Executive Director of the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA), says.”We try to be very careful about using things like toothpaste to the fullest. It’s something that comes in our nature.”

To learn more about GreenLatinos, check out their website here.


READ: Our Parents Were Recycling Before It Even Existed

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After Taking Her Panties Out Of Her Pants Sofia Vergara Schools Stephen Colbert On Her New Underwear Company

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After Taking Her Panties Out Of Her Pants Sofia Vergara Schools Stephen Colbert On Her New Underwear Company

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“So I said to her ‘Okay, first of all, you have to show me your underwear.'”

Television star Sofía Vergara was on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” this week to promote her show “Modern Family,” which returned for its ninth season Wednesday night. Oh, and also her new line of underwear. Called EBY, an acronym for “Empowered By You,” the subscription-based underwear service sends monthly, bi-monthly or quarterly packages of undies to customers via mail. Ten percent of the proceeds from their sales go towards helping women in Colombia start their own businesses. Her business partner, Renata Black, a fellow Colombiana, approached her with the idea when they first met. Vergara’s reaction was “you have to show me your underwear” and the rest was history.

EBY will not only be an underwear brand, but a partner to small business owners across Colombia.

They’ll take proceeds from the underwear sales and help fund women who own small businesses as well as women who want to start a business in Colombia. They have plans to bring their model to the U.S. after all the natural disasters that have recently taken place.

She then showed Colbert a sample of what they look like — by pulling out her own.

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The underwear seemingly appearing from nowhere really took Colbert by surprise. She said to him, “Hold it it’s clean!” Colbert replied, “That’s a neat trick… I’ve seen bras being taken off before, but that is…” he trailed off, a little dumbfounded.

The company website says that from kidnapping to cancer, Vergara has been through the ringer and her resilience is what Colombian women and the company are made of.

Vergara then used her undies to show Colbert how to be a classy gentleman.

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I can see the “Shark Tank” sales pitch now: “They’re panties and pocket squares.” Then someone else in the sales pitch shouts, “You’re a genius! One billion dollars!”

The underwear are made for women of all shapes and sizes to enjoy.

From extra small to 4XL, Vergara says they tried to think of all women.

Vergara also spoke about working on a hurricane relief telethon, where she had Julia Roberts on one side and Oprah on the other.

She couldn’t help but take a whiff of Oprah’s greatness. I mean, wouldn’t you?


READ: Sofia Vergara Responds To Those Who Think She’s Playing A Stereotype


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