Helping Out: the Latest Lifestyle Trend

Every so often, I write about a current or emerging lifestyle trend that isn’t only able to influence our own personal choices but also to shape the culture we engage with. In fact, this is one of my favorite topics to write about. It’s certainly my life goal to stay trendy and support sustainability at the same time, and I love spreading the word about it. Here are some of the lifestyle trends that I’ve previously written about and remain beloved to me:

1. Sustainable fashion

Making your wardrobe eco-friendly isn’t really as difficult as it sounds. The key, as I often point out in other aspects of daily life, is to organize. From your old ones, pick your favorite and essential clothing items then decide on what you don’t need. Go on to sell or donate them. Whatever you do, don’t throw stuff away!

As for shopping for new items, be aware of your sources. Do your research in advance. Shopping local is usually a good way to support the community. Avoiding items that might have come from animal cruelty is a good principle. At the end, I guess it’s a matter of principle and knowing which fashion companies mirror yours.

2. Food choices — organic, local, and balanced

Sustainability, though it is also seen in other aspects of daily life like fashion, most often comes up in conversations about food choices. So it’s safe to say updating your lifestyle means supporting sustainable food production. Millennials, they say, are effecting some big changes in the food industry: they opt out of GMOs, go organic, and support local. And I believe those are very good choices. Now more than ever, people are encouraged to produce their own food by growing their own gardens and such.

However, in addition to sustainable, what should food choices be if not healthy? Research says that a Mediterranean or a plant-based meal plan can give us the most health benefits. So don’t go for those heavily advertised crash diets. Choose the most balanced — thus sustainable — one for your body as well.

3. All-around mindset

Here’s the thing. Doing healthy things and following lifestyle trends without reflecting on why you do them could suffice, but they cannot ensure  long-lasting effects on your well-being. What’s really important is how you think about your life and how you let that process manifest into actual decisions. Some things that really helped me be more conscious of my choices are lagom and mindfulness. Lagom has helped me achieve balance in my daily life — from arranging my apartment furniture to reducing my work-related stress. Mindfulness has helped me embrace my mental illness, commit to a self-care regimen, and even seek help when I need it.

Now you may ask, why am I listing all of these things? It’s because I want to reflect further on what makes a certain lifestyle trend so important to me. And I’ve been thinking, in the end, it’s all about kindness, isn’t it? Sustainable fashion is all about being kind to the earth. Sustainable food choices is about being kind not only to the environment, but to your own body as well. Certain mindsets like lagom and mindfulness are about being kind to yourself and the people that you love and that love you.

I realize, maybe the next thing that I want to commit to is being kind beyond my self and my inner circle. So here’s another lifestyle trend that I believe should go viral:

4. Kindness, kindness, kindness.

Maybe it’s not even simply the latest lifestyle trend, maybe kindness is a more timeless choice that we need to make chic now. After all, it even has some amazing health benefits. So go outside and volunteer. Help out a stranger in need — whether he is in a medical emergency or simply needs a ride home — because you don’t know what impact it will make on his life. And for the matter, you don’t know what impact it will make on the world. Maybe one little favor can push someone to pay it forward and eventually end up creating an entire culture of helping other people out.

Sustainable fashion or food choices make us feel good, but what can make us feel better than being compassionate to others? And in the way that choosing organic for your salad today can be great for the environment, helping someone out may end up making the world better. Now that’s chic.

Final tip: you can actually use technology to start on this kindness lifestyle. Use the BeepBeep Nation app in reaching out to those who need your help, and learn more about the EMINENT token to get started. And hey, honestly, helping out has never been this trendy.

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These Rock-Climbing Shoes Are Made Of Recyclables

This year, sustainable fashion has become an inescapable trend — and we’re not complaining. All sorts of materials are being reused to create wearables that are identical to pieces that are entirely new. We’ve seen the birth of sportswear made from coffee and running shoes made with algae. Now, popular athletics brand La Sportiva has produced rock-climbing shoes made of almost entirely recycled materials.

La Sportiva put a spin on its latest model with the addition of the Eco Rubber, completely rebranding the otherwise harmful process used in the production of climbing shoes. The company utilizes biodegradable leather for the sole of the shoe and a tanning process that is completely metal free — no traces of mercury or chrome to be found.

The brand combines and repurposes leftover material to create the Eco Rubber. They also use fishing net to create laces and webbing.

The Mythos is an iconic climbing shoe that has been in La Sportiva’s arsenal for over a quarter of a century. Tried and true to boot, climbers covet the comfortable moccasin-style shoe that adapts to the shape of your foot.

Brands as renowned as La Sportiva becoming more eco-conscious is just what the industry needs. All they require is a gentle push.

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Sustainable Sportswear Is Made From Coffee

Trends may come and go, but eco-conscious clothing looks like it’s here to stay. If you’re planning to revamp your wardrobe into something more environmentally friendly, you may want to invest in Rumi X. The sustainable sportswear brand reuses plastic and even coffee grounds.

‘Rumi X was born out of my three passions: spirituality, yoga, and nature,’ [said creator Melissa Chu]

‘I wanted to develop something that spoke to the devotion of my practice and honour my source of energy from spirituality, while simultaneously ensuring that our products were environmentally impactful and contributing to the solution, not being part of the problem.’

Chu further explains that Rumi X is about being mindful of oneself and of others. As with most environmental activists, Rumi X begins with awareness.

‘Rumi X is about living a mindful lifestyle, taking care of yourself within, and being good to the world around you,’

‘We take care of our body, mind, and soul, and we take care of others around us to feel good.’

Rumi has not only done a great job recycling and upcycling materials, it is also affordable and accessible to customers.

‘Whether you are reducing your plastic waste or inspired to develop sustainable products as a business, we do hope that we can inspire each individual to become more mindful in their everyday life,’

If you are picking up coffee wear any time soon, I hear it also does wonders for body odor. Work that body out!

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Sustainable Fashion Is The New Chic

I was thirteen when I stopped eating meat. My parents, on a road trip, had driven past a slaughterhouse. I’d caught a whiff of a terrible smell, and even worse, a peek at a butchering session. Since then I’ve maintained a sustainable diet. And while sustainability in food is trendy, people are looking to expand it to other aspects of daily life. Primarily, this includes fashion.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve spent ample time revamping my closet into something more eco-friendly. Though the fashion industry is quickly welcoming change, the issue of wasteful consumers remains.

Since going on a wardrobe cleanse, I’ve picked up on a couple of tips that have helped me achieve a perfectly green closet.

The key to a hard fashion reset is segregating your closet. Know what no longer suits you and what still rocks your style. Take a few days to contemplate whether you are willing to keep certain pieces or not. If you aren’t, donate or sell them. Whatever you do, don’t toss them. Someone might be into what you no longer are. If you are unsure, borrow grandma’s sewing machine and repair whatever pieces you think you can save. You never know when a garment just needs a little tweak.

Inevitably, getting rid of clothes occasionally means you’ll run short of them. If it’s a case that calls for some retail therapy, shop wisely. Think about what you value in a piece of clothing. Surely, going “green” means you aren’t looking to wear a dead animal, but are you also banning animal byproducts? Where you shop is also something to consider, as buying garments made locally is often more beneficial for a community.

Of course, going on the hunt for a brand new wardrobe is more exciting than anyone gives it credit for. So be sure to do your research for a clearer picture of what you might be truly interested in. Many affordable brands such as H&M are becoming more sustainable (check out their Conscious Collection!). See if your principles align with what certain brands are selling.

More importantly, make a list. Lists are tedious, but they are your friend. Be specific. Purchase only what is on your list. Don’t over shop! Pick out what you can mix and match. You can never expect when you’ll get carried away on a shopping spree.

Hitting the mall isn’t the last of your worries because, trust me, you will always have the urge to shop. So refine your style not according to what is currently in, but what you will feel most comfortable in. Magazines may be outdated in this day and age, but go through them if you must. After all, the new generation seems pretty keen on reviving trends we thought were a thing of the past (hello bell-bottoms).

Give your closet personality. If you grow tired of something, at least you’ll have other things to fall back on. If you’re not quite that adventurous, go for a timeless wardrobe. It may require a bit more effort, but it’ll be worth the time spent and money saved.

While eco-conscious brands are now getting the traction they deserve, you, as a consumer, could be their ultimate key to success.

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This Hoodie Will Outlive You!

New water-proof, fall-proof, and everything-proof phone cases have had me wondering whether we’ll soon come up with something along the lines of immortal. Though I certainly doubted so, I was quickly proven wrong. After barely five minutes on Google, I stumbled upon the 100 Year Hoodie, designed to last throughout generations.

The London entity, under the direction of twins Nick and Steve Tidball, is hawking the centennially dubbed item as “the most indestructible hoodie you’ve ever worn.”

“If there’s a tougher hoodie out there, our 100 Year Hoodie is ready to beat the crap out of it and steal its crown,”… the costly innovation… can survive at extreme temperatures ranging from 572 degrees Fahrenheit to -378 degrees Fahrenheit and whose reliance on sun-dyeing will even make it look different from one day to the next.

The germaphobe in me is screaming, but the Tidballs claim a hygienic retention for the hoodie, which incorporates materials that are components of, “aircraft carriers, body armor, and space suits.”

While the idea of passing something on through generations is an attractive gimmick, the fact that everyday items are now so durable brings hope to a society that predicts an annual apocalypse.

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Turning Trash Into Fashion

With a steady rise in global population comes an undeniable increase in waste. Seeing a rapid decline of resources, we are constantly on the hunt for a more sustainable lifestyle–and that includes recycled fashion! Eco-friendly firm “Miniwiz” is encouraging households and industries to ‘upcycle’, or reuse materials creatively.

Most of fashion’s assumed pollution problem comes from its supply chain and its materials. It can take more than 20,000 liters of water to produce a single kilo of cotton.

Recycling regular household and industry goods could offer another sustainable model for a broader range of fashion companies.

A plastic gown wouldn’t bother me if it made me look like a queen.

Exhibitionists of traveling show “Gardening the Trash” have also taken a new perspective on trash.

“We used to look at waste as a problem, but it actually is an opportunity, and it takes all the knowledge of the community. Trash is now the new medium to do things differently.”

“We want to shape and create the dimensional effect, to demonstrate trash is a material with a lot of possibilities,”

The fashion world is becoming more well-versed in the likes of renewable energy and recycling, without faltering in style. The H&M Conscious Collection, Freedom of Animals, and Kowtow are just a few brands that have hopped onto the sustainable train. So quit the fur and leather and opt for something more environmentally friendly. After all, rabbits are much cuter in action.

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