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Why so many hurricanes?

WHO. Us, the world. We are the world. We are the children.

WHAT. We’re sorta killing the planet. You know that round (not flat) pretty thing where we live? Yeah, it’s tired and really wants us to get our s@*! together. According to Panmao Zhai, Co-Chair of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group I, “[…] we are already seeing the consequences of 1°C of global warming through more extreme weather, rising sea levels and diminishing Arctic sea ice, among other changes.” Meaning, Hurricanes Maria, Harvey, Florence, Michael, HK typhoon, Texas floods, CA droughts, should I go on? Earth is struggling and it’s letting us know.

From IPCC Working Group II, Co-Chair Debra Roberts said in a press release, “The decisions we make today are critical in ensuring a safe and sustainable world for everyone, both now and in the future.” I know some of you might be over the words eco-friendly, green or sustainable, so we’ll work with you. Why don’t we start making smarter, super futuristic decisions?

HOW. There are many reasons that have brought us to this point. To be fair, not sure we could’ve predicted the impact all those cool inventions, like cars and planes, or those handy products like plastic bottles, plastic bags, Styrofoam and even diapers would have on the planet. And now, we’re here trying to figure out a way to make things better. Super futuristic better.

You know all the tips you’ve been hearing your whole life…Use reusable shopping bags, drive less, walk more, say NO to junk mail (check out Paperkarma to unsubscribe!), etc. But what products should you shop? Glad you asked. Here’s a list of products that will make you and your home super futuristic. From apparel to cars, we found cool, green and not so crazy expensive options. You might already know a few of them. 

Biodegradable straws. CNN gives us the scoop on Biofase.

 

Metal straws. Reusable straws are a thing now you know? And, they’re sold in most coffee shops, but Echo at heart sells packs of them.

Metal straws are a great alternative to plastic straws. Source: Echo at Heart website

 

Shoes. TOMS, Nisolo, Matt & Nat

TOMS continues to give back to the community with sustainable production and community efforts. Source: TOMS website.

 

Fashion. Patagonia, Alternative Apparel, ABLE, PACT, Everlane, Irish Latina, Naja, Mozh Mozh, Everybody World, Tuckerman & Co

Irish Latina, thankfully another option for great clothes. Great sustainable clothes that is. Source: Irish Latina website.

 

Accessories. Warby Parker, The Little Market 

Buy one , Give one model continues to work at Warby Parker. Source: Warby Parker website.

 

Cleaning supplies. Seventh Generation, Grove Collaborative

Seventh Generation products will take care of your entire house. Clean up! Source: Seventh Generation website.

Cosmetics. Axiology, tarte, rms beauty, Vapour Organic Beauty, Ere Perez

Ere Perez is an all natural brand designed to improve and nurture your skin. Source: Ere Perez website.

Food. Drink Oatly!, Numi Tea, Beyond Meat

The production of nuts uses a lot of water. Instead of almond or cashew milk, why not oatmilk? Source: Oatly website.

 

Home decor. Change your down to Buffy!, Viva Terra,  Inmod 

Leave birds alone! Choose Buffy 😉 Source: Buffy website.

 

Electronics. Apple, Headphones by House of Marley

House of Marley makes speakers and headphones out of recycled materials. Source: House of Marley website.

 

Beauty. Tata Harper, Lush Cosmetics, Loquita Bath + Body, Dr. Hauschka, La Corona Butrón, Avalon Organics

Loquita Bath and Body has made bath bombs that take us back to our childhood happy place #PaletaPayaso. Source: Loquita Bath and Body website.

 

Cars. Tesla Models, 2017 Toyota Prius v, 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Electric, 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV, BMW 530e i-Performance, Kia Niro LX

Tesla models continue to make electric cars more appealing to the mass market. Source: Tesla website.

 

I know what you’re thinking. Why do we call them futuristic? Simply because slight changes to our daily routines and switching to products like the ones listed above will allow us to have a future. Period. Oh, and Tesla is kind of the future. So let’s do this people.

WHEN.  Ideally… NOW.  Need a little motivation? Did you know beer is in DANGER?! Yes, sadly, the forecast is barley production will decrease due to climate change. This is a key component for beer which means beer prices might double or, eventually triple. #PrayforlasChelas.

 

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