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  • Celeb Style: Lily the Dog Wearing Bamboo Sunglasses.

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    Smart dogs prefer eco-friendly bamboo sunglasses from our collection.

    Available from www.BambooAndWool.com

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  • 3 Keys To Building Your Perfect Summer Wardrobe

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    Why does it always seem so much harder to build a summer wardrobe? Maybe because you have to trade in your go-to jeans? The infinitely less material? Or the lack of 'throw on a hoodie' option? Could be all of the above. Whatever the reason, if you find yourself sweating putting together your wardrobe this time of year, don't!

    It may not be the same as the  'fit's like a glove-dress up or down' jeans, but with a few guidelines to follow, you can still achieve that ease and confidence! So get ready to shop, because by paying attention to these 3 keys to building your perfect summer wardrobe, the only reason you'll be sweating is from living it up in the sunshine!

    1. It is essential to stock up on essentials!

    Having a strong base to your wardrobe of classic pieces gives you something to build on. Your first mission should be to find some plain, great fitting tees and tanks that work for your body type in multiple colors. When selecting them, cotton is the material of choice, as it will breathe and keep you cool. For tees, a V-neck is always flattering and good for layering. And keep them a bit longer than you might think to keep it from riding, or potentially shrinking, up on you.

    Your next mission- get your base of shorts. Find 1 pair of denim, 1 pair of black, and 1 pair of white. Remember, classic cuts and plain design.

    Now, you have your foundation, and you can fill in with statement pieces. Find some fun shirts with interesting details or fabrics, and shorts or skirts that standout. Then it's time to mix-and-match! You should have the perfect pieces to combine to make several awesome outfits!

    1. Fit, fit, fit!

    Making sure your choices fit you correctly is crucial! With less fabric to work with, the fit is not always universal, and the room for error is much smaller.  So, here's the important part- try things on! Even if you hate the fitting room lighting, don't we all, you always gotta try your options on. When your clothes fit right, you'll be more comfortable and confident! (told you we would get you there!)

    1. Accessorize!

    Now that your closet is full of sweet summer clothes, take it to the next level with your accessories. Find bright and colorful necklaces, bracelets, or anklets so you can bring the summery vibe to every outfit. Branch out with some interesting sandals with beads or a strappy gladiator. Finally, snag a pair of  awesome, unique sunglasses like our polarized, handmade bamboo sunglasses, it will be the final touch to take your summer wardrobe to the next level!

    OK, now you don't have to mourn those jeans, or wish you could just throw on that hoodie. You can go to your closet, and have that perfect outfit for every adventure your summer holds! Take us with you! Check out our Facebook for what's new in our products to keep adding to that perfect summer wardrobe!

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  • Are you Eco-chic?

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    From flapper dresses and poodle skirts to acid washed jeans and crop tops, fashion has seen the tides of change and has evolved in aesthetics over history. In this ever-evolving industry, interests have always catered to the trends and themes of the times. But a new concept in the evolution of fashion has gained popularity and credence that caters to a much larger cause, the environment. 
    The need for progress and innovation to conserve our natural resources and reduce the damage we inflict on the planet has directed energies into new avenues, and clothing and accessories are one of them. Exploration and refinement of using materials that are renewable and pose a far less risk to the environment, have created a new genre called sustainable fashion, and is causing our world to become "eco-chic".
    You might be wondering, what exactly is "eco-chic?" 
    The term eco-chic refers to a line of clothing or accessories that are ecologically conscious in the materials used and the manufacturing process to create their products, but with the important caveat that it is also stylish. It is a term that is now trending and has a bright future. But it wasn't always that simple. 
    The concept of bamboo, and sustainable materials, in general, have penetrated the US market by way of building materials in furniture and household supplies, most notably in flooring. But the fashion industry was more complicated to bring this concept to life, particularly in the US. The renewable materials, bamboo, wood etc., seem to be a far cry from the "norm" of materials used in clothing like cotton, polyester etc. And convincing the public to follow a movement in an area that already had such established guidelines would require a different effort. So how was this important movement started? Sustainable fashion was created and made popular in the US over time through these important factors:

    A Mindset shift~ 
    People were used to buying their clothing based off of aesthetic appeal and comfort only. It was not an arena where the environment seemed to make much of an appearance. That is until the 70's when the "hippie" era began. Not only was free love abundant and world peace touted, but there was the first mental shift in how the population viewed and purchased clothing and accessories. The concept of better resources and recycling began influencing the creation of clothing and accessories.
    Hemp started being used as material, which could be seen in bracelets, necklaces and hair accessories. Recycling clothing was introduced, as a pair of bell bottom jeans would be sewn from patches of other old clothing. And the big trend of tie dying, which encouraged coloring clothing with better, more natural resources. 
    It was the first time clothing and the fashion industry intersected with environmental and sustainable forward-thinking ideas. Although on the right track, the plan was not executed well, and, unfortunately, the trend didn't catch on quite as much as hoped. 
    The look of the clothing was not very appealing. Bright tie dye colors, psychedelic nature, and the patchwork "crafty" appeal was not for everyone and was lost out in the 80's and 90's for more trendy, appealing, and faster to produce clothing. But all was not lost, as the seed of change had been planted into people's minds. 
    An Attention to the Details~
    Unlike their "hippie" predecessors, companies today are creating sustainable fashion products that have streamlined the look and process of the movement. From using materials used are much better suited for the job, such as bamboo, which is a plentiful and incredibly green material that can create products that are both aesthetically pleasing and comfortable. To examining the manufacturing process and construction to promote the best option in true sustainability and environmentally friendly products, the modern technology and sensibilities have changed the face of sustainable fashion. 
    An Influence~
    Now that eco-friendly options have been created that could stand the test of time and demand, the word needed to get out. As major companies began promoting better ethical standards like Nike, H&M, and Espirit, and major players like Stella McCartney infusing an eco-conscience into their high-end clothing lines, the idea of sustainable fashion began to become mainstream. 
    The evolution of this concept in the world of fashion has allowed the average consumer to have the option to participate in a green lifestyle in a new way. Now you can integrate your appearance into your efforts to protect our resources and reduce your carbon footprint, and you can look good doing it! 
    At Bamboo and Wool, we believe in exactly this and we can also help you to answer that burning question. You can purchase our sustainable products exclusively online, with plans for major retailers in the US in the future. By buying our bamboo and wood sunglasses and watches, you will help protect the environment, look incredibly stylish, and undoubtedly be able to answer the question, "Are you Eco-Chic?" with a resounding yes! Courtesy of www.BambooAndWool.com

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  • A SustainABLE Reality?

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    Breaking Down Sustainable Living

    Of course, if asked, anyone would want to be environmentally friendly, and contribute to a more sustainable earth. No one is intentionally trashing our planet, or hoping to kill species of animals. So why isn't this more of a reality? What's holding us back? Sustainability and a green lifestyle is hampered by the lack of products and materials being offered on an attainable level for the average consumer. Therefore, even if the desire is there to contribute to bettering our environment, it just isn't a realistic option. And here's why...

    The majority of ideas of going green or converting to sustainable materials come to us commoners as a lofty idea of saving our planet and ending global warming. But without a grounded, down-to-earth reality check, they will stay just that; really great concepts with no practical application on the ground level. In the spirit of being realistic, to put it into the plain language it looks like this:

    In order for sustainability to truly function, this graph by John Dreo demonstrates this perfectly. There are 3 pillars that need to be addressed properly: Social, Environment, and Economics. Now, see the points where all 3 intersect? Obviously being sustainable is the goal so it's smack in the middle of the three. The other intersections are the necessary objectives for the center (sustainability) to be achieved. Unfortunately, that's also where it falls down, and why it's not completely realistic for the average person to lead a more green lifestyle. Let's break this down:

         

    Basically, there have to be options for our environment that have sustainability through renewable resources and processes. But they have to also be both economically affordable and within the realm of typical social constructs. For example, renewable energy for your house, such as solar, is an excellent option for you to contribute a more sustainable future. However, that option is much more expensive than traditional options, and for most, is just too much to be considered. Or, some products that are made from sustainable materials like bamboo are not within stylistic ideals, practicality, or comfort that consumers are going to buy and are still much more expensive as well. This is where the 3 pillars are not intersecting, and, therefore, not allowing a more green lifestyle and sustainability to be more accessible on a personal level.

    So, there are certainly ways to live greener through recycling, responsible water use etc. But when it comes to more sustainable options, they might not be as easy to achieve. Hopefully, as time goes on and advances are made, these options are more readily accessible. For now, keep an eye out for products that do fit realistically into your life and budget.

    At Bamboo and Wool.com, we aim to create sustainABLE products that are made from renewable bamboo and wood, that still check off the boxes of style, comfort, and practicality while being affordable. We lie right in the intersection at the heart of sustainability, and want to bring it to you! Make sure to subscribe to our blog for other style, environment, and lifestyle tips!

     

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  • 5 shocking plastic statistics that will make you break up with plastic.

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    How well do you really know plastic? Plastic is like a bad relationship; it seems great in the beginning, but then you see their true colors and realize the unhealthiness. And just like any toxic relationship, it can be difficult to get out of it. Even though you might feel like you need plastic and cannot live without it, getting out of that relationship is one of the best things you could do.
    But it's not you, it's plastic. And it's time to officially break up.
    Making that decision is sometimes easier if you have facts, and, in this case, there are many. For example, you have heard how plastic is not biodegradable, but did you know it emits toxic chemicals during its manufacturing process? It's true, and that's just the beginning. Here are 5 shocking statistics that will make up your mind once and for all about plastic:
    It takes 500-1,000 years for plastic to degrade. That means that everything plastic ever made has not degraded yet! Let that sink in for a minute. And once is does begin to degrade, it is not biodegradable, but photodegradable. That means that it doesn’t decompose, but, rather, breaks into smaller pieces of itself that then remains in the soil or water.
    When plastics escape from landfills through wind or water, they leak countless chemicals into our soils, streams, rivers, and oceans. From there, those chemicals wind up in animals, our food, and in our bodies.
    Plastic bag manufacturers sometimes add chicken fat to the exterior of plastic bags to make them more slippery. First, gross! Also, that is an infringement on vegetarians rights and a potentially unsanitary situation.
    Plastic bags are produced using petroleum and natural gas. These are our natural resources that are being wasted in vast amounts just for the production of plastic. And mostly for plastic products that are not necessary like plastic bags or disposable water bottles.
    Plastic waste can travel large distances over air and sea. Canadian plastic shopping bags are found as far as Scotland. This just shows why this problem is of such epic proportions. Every piece of plastic can be a global problem.
    Now, just like relationships, not all plastic is bad. Some like cases of medical needs etc. It's necessary. But other associations like disposable water bottles, silverware, and plastic bags are not, and it's time to kick them to the curb. You can use your own bags when you go shopping, try to only use plastic water bottles and silverware in necessary situations, and search for products that use environmentally friendly materials. It's time to move on and break up with plastic! Share some of the ways you have broken up with plastic in comments below! And make sure you follow us on Facebook to check out all our environmentally friendly products! 

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