Earth Day is April 22. To help celebrate the day, we rounded up the best sustainable products from our favorite fashion brands that are doing their part to help make the world a better place. Even if you don’t consider yourself an environmentalist, the very least any of us fashion lovers can do is help reduce the overall waste that goes into apparel disposal every year. Reports show that Americans dispose of 14 million tons of clothing each year. That is 80 pounds per person.This guide is for the fashionista who is looking to make small steps toward better eco-decisions when it comes to fashion purchases. If you have the urge to buy something, we suggest choosing a line that uses organic materials like cotton or silk, such as Patagonia and H&M.Opt for brands that source from local artisans through ethical means such as Brother Vellies. Choose shoes and bags that use cruelty-free materials like vegan leather.You can also buy from brands that directly contribute a portion of their sales to a green initiative or charitable cause.If our shopping habits don’t change, the very place we call home may not be the same home for future generations to enjoy. Think smart. Choose wisely. Happy Earth Day.Read more from Yahoo Style + Beauty:• In an Age of Fast Fashion, Patagonia is Going Slow • H&M Unveils New Collection Made of 89 Recycled Plastic Bottles • All the Best Eco-Brands from Emma Watson’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ TourFollow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest for nonstop inspiration delivered fresh to your feed, every day. For Twitter updates, follow @YahooStyle and @YahooBeauty.
H&M introduces a new sustainable material called Bionic, made of offshore plastic waste, shown here in the new Conscious Exclusive pink Bionic dress. For H&M‘s new Conscious Exclusive collection, the Swedish brand has created a stunning new rosy pink, ruffled, and pleated gown made from recycled plastic bottles. It’s an understatement to say that H&M is hoping to shake up the sustainable fashion game with this new collection.
Buying gifts for your girlfriend, BFF, or cousin (or all three) can be an ordeal during the holiday season, but everyone loves beauty-related products, even if they’re one of those “no makeup” ascetics. Whether she’s an aspiring cat lady or an aspiring makeup artist, here are 11 beauty gifts to get you started on the holiday hunt.Disclaimer: Bobbi Brown is the editor in chief of Yahoo Beauty.Related:Holiday Beauty Gifts for Dads of All Types15 Holiday Beauty Gifts For Moms8 Gifts from the GOOP Gift Guide That Gwyneth Paltrow Probably Already Owns
While it’s true that bee populations, including those of honeybees, are being systematically diminished by almost 50 percent by climate change, human invasion, and, yes, even stress (according to New York Magazine), beauty products made out of beeswax, honey, and Royal Jelly aren’t culpable for the seemingly imminent extinction. Good news for bees — and those who love honey. As a matter of fact, many beauty brands cull their bee ingredients from sustainable beekeepers, using eco-friendly and non-invasive techniques. “The proportion of wax and honey used in cosmetics is a very small amount,” Norman Carreck, Science Director of the International Bee Research Association, tells Yahoo Beauty. “I don’t think use in the cosmetics industry is significant in bee decline. Beeswax is a much more sustainable product than paraffin wax, made from petroleum, and honey is a much more sustainable product than sugar, made from sugar beet.”Through cross-pollination, the honeybee contributes to many industries that have contributions in the beauty industry. For example, in the January 8, 2010 issue of Science, Carreck notes, “The California almond industry alone is worth $2 billion annually and relies on over 1 million honey bee hives for cross-pollination.” In the United States alone, the number of hives has decreased from six million after the Second World War to only 2.4 million nowadays.While Gwyneth Paltrow gets her fair share of criticism for extolling expensive jars of manuka honey as a healing production, the beauty benefits of honeybee production is well documented. “There is actually some good data showing anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effects of manuka honey, especially in wound healing,” says New York City based dermatologist Sejal Shah, MD. “There is less data for Royal Jelly but I have read a few animal studies — a few years ago — suggesting it has anti-aging properties.” Dermatologist Frédéric Bonté, MD, the head of research for LVMH also tells Yahoo Beauty that because honey is extremely rich in sugar, it’s an incredible fuel source for cells. “It has been proven that the fibroblasts, the dermal cells which provide flexibility and elasticity to the skin, are very fond of fructose energy power that allows a cellular and sustainable growth. Its healing power comes from this complex mixture of sugar and its organic compounds,” he explains.Additionally, the pearly white amino acid-rich royal jelly, secreted by the hypopharyngeal and mandibular glands of the worker bees from 5 to 15 days, is used to feed only the future queen bee and allow her to grow to full adult size, allowing her to have the fertility and longevity to give birth to 45,000 bees and live up to five years. “The list of these nutritional, energetic, and metabolic benefits is endless. But again, the source of the royal jelly is linked to its activity,” Bonté explains. As long as you’re careful about your bee product consumption, there’s no reason not to reap the benefits of these ingredients. Here are some of our favorite bee products, from lip balm to skin serum to eye shadow.Related:The New Buzz Around PropolisBurt’s Bees Co-Founder Burt Shavitz Dies at 80YB Loves: A Classic Lip Balm Just Got Even Better
Tucked behind a gated alleyway in Presidio Heights, San Francisco, where affluent resident neighbors compost their single-origin coffee grinds in their multi-million dollar mansions. The entrance to Skin Remedy, located behind an alleyway in Presidio Heights. The Vermont native started her career in Los Angeles in 2004, but moved to San Francisco after realizing the Northern Californian emphasis on healthy living instead of aesthetics was better suited for herself.