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Meatless Mondays + Nurturing Your Inner Herbivore

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You’ve heard of Meatless Mondays… but why would you want to skip meat for a day? While meat is a good source of protein, vitamins, and minerals, it needs to be eaten as a part of a well balanced diet (should you choose to indulge your carnivorous nature...we’re not judging!). Typically, people who don’t eat meat “generally eat fewer calories and less fat, weigh less, and have a lower risk of heart disease than non-vegetarians do.” (Mayo Clinic, 2016). Not only that, but there is evidence to suggest avoiding meat can improve overall mood by giving you more, sustained energy, and a confidence boost because you’re doing right for the Earth!

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You could say that tapping into your inner herbivore is as easy as skipping the meat section in the local grocery store. We’ve learned first hand that it’s a little more complex than that. Before we give you some tips on how to replace meat in your meals, let’s discuss how you can help the environment just by skipping the deli at lunch!

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The meat industry has surprisingly negative effects on the Earth:

  • 83% of farmland is being used for meat and dairy. To keep up with high demand of meat and dairy, ranchers/farmers must destroy wildlife areas to create space for more cattle. Cattle ranchers have cleared 1 million square kilometers of forest to create bigger farm space.

  • Cows creates 12x more greenhouse gases than any other farm animal. Cows release methane and ammonia that come from their waste.

  • Water pollution can be attributed to the result of animal waste contaminating the water. Also there is an increased use of freshwater to maintain the farm animals.

What you can do:

The popular and effective solution is adopting a vegan/vegetarian lifestyle. However, making this lifestyle change can be a long and difficult process, especially for a long-time carnivore like myself or like many others.

Here are some easy changes you can make right now!

  • Commit to reducing your meat and dairy consumption by just a few meals a week

  • Switch to vegan-friendly products such as skincare, cosmetics, clothing, and even household products

  • Read the ingredients labels. Some products might have animal byproducts you may choose to avoid such as Carmine, Gelatin, and Lanolin

In short, cutting down on meat intake can significantly improve your mood, skin, and overall health… all while helping preserve forests and the ozone layer! You can also join a Facebook group for support and to share tips & tricks; we recommend this one which has a broad focus on overall sustainable living.

Let us know what you think in the comments!

By Naomi Jackson, photos + links by Jackii Ramis


INDIGO Code of Ethics Pillar 2: Low-Impact Dyes

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Our Center Ashwood Bamboo Dolman Top due to the hand dyed nature of these garments, each dye lot (the particular batch of fabric dyed) varies. The shade may appear darker or lighter. 

Our Center Ashwood Bamboo Dolman Top due to the hand dyed nature of these garments, each dye lot (the particular batch of fabric dyed) varies. The shade may appear darker or lighter. 

As a fashion brand whose principle is to produce quality pieces through sustainable practices, using low-impact dyes has always been a no-brainer. The only impact we want to make is on your wardrobe--not the planet-- so bringing our pieces to life with dyes that don’t leave a negative mark on the environment goes without question.

What exactly are low-impact dyes? In order to be a low-impact dye, it must be classified by the Oeko-Tex Standard 100 (an international certification process) as eco-friendly. These dyes do not contain toxic chemicals or mordant, which is a substance, typically an inorganic oxide, that combines with a dye or stain and fixes it in a material. In addition to their organic and nontoxic qualities, they also require less rinsing and have a high absorption rate.

High absorption rates and decreased use of rinse water means less water wasted. Less water wasted means happy planet. Happy planet means… well, you get the picture;  it’s all good stuff! Not only do low-impact dyes get “two thumbs up” for how environmentally friendly they are, but also for how kick-ass they make our clothes look.

Non-toxic and low-impact all dye, every dye.

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INDIGO Code of Ethics: What is Second-Life Fashion?

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Code of Ethics Pillar 1: Second Life


Over the next handful of weeks, we’re going to dive deeper into INDIGO’s sea of sustainability and take a closer look at the pillars that make up the Code of Ethics. The first pillar on deck is none other than: second-life.

When we say ‘second-life’, we are referring to the utilization of deadstock or recycled materials to produce our textiles rather than sourcing new. By taking this route, we are actively contributing to the minimization of waste tossed in the landfill.

 

Jackie picnic's on our deadstock blanket scarf (multipurpose!) in an RPET cropped tee with recycled sateen custom patch. 

Jackie picnic's on our deadstock blanket scarf (multipurpose!) in an RPET cropped tee with recycled sateen custom patch. 

So… what’s deadstock? Deadstock is a term that is used to describe “merchandise that was never sold to or used by consumers before being removed from sale”, typically because it’s seen as ‘outdated.’ The thought of all that perfect fabric getting kicked to the curb pulled at INDIGO’s heartstrings, so we decided to re-use those discarded textiles and breathe new life into them. Nobody puts deadstock in the corner.

 

This custom skirt, made of RPET chiffon, is a great addition to any season-less wardrobe. Orders for this piece are currently OPEN, send INDIGO a message to get your own! 

This custom skirt, made of RPET chiffon, is a great addition to any season-less wardrobe. Orders for this piece are currently OPEN, send INDIGO a message to get your own! 

When we’re not scouring the landfills for textile gold (metaphorically speaking, of course), we’re shopping around for fabrics made from post-consumer plastic water bottles. A whopping 80% of purchased plastic water bottles end up landfills! Using fabrics that are derived from plastic water bottles helps ensure that those bottles don’t become another statistic. It may not make the biggest impact, but if we helped prevent any pollution at all, that’s a win in our eyes.

As the saying goes, “first is the worst, second is the best.” We think they were talking about second-life clothing and we couldn’t agree more. Stay tuned for the next Code of Ethics post where we’ll be covering, pillar #2: low impact dyes. You won’t want to miss it. :)

 

By Shaye Radin - Shaye is a sustainable lifestyle blogger and founder of www.galtruism.com—for nature, for others, for you. 

 

Images by Yanina May Photography - Follow her on Instagram @yaninamayphotography

Find out more about our production process and manufacturing methods here

INDIGO’s Code of Ethics

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Nowadays, it seems as though sustainable fashion is a trend. A movement, if you will. To us at Indigo Apparel, it is way more than that; it is a lifestyle that is sewn into each of our pieces. Sustainability is the foundation on which INDIGO Apparel was built and it is our natural duty to spread the knowledge.

There are several misconceptions about living a green life. One of the biggest is that maintaining an environmentally friendly life is ‘so hard.’ We live in a society that makes it a little difficult, sure, but anything worthwhile takes determination, grit, and commitment. It’s all about baby steps. Swap out plastic bags at the grocery store for reusable bags. Quit buying plastic water bottles and get a canteen instead. Invest in quality clothing pieces that were made with the environment in mind and produced to last. Living an eco-life is easier than you think and extremely fulfilling.

So, yeah, we’re obviously passionate about living an environmentally conscious life. So much so that we created INDIGO’s Code of Ethics, six pillars that are essentially the backbone of our company. Let us explain a little further.

  1. Second life (deadstock or surplus fabric, vintage trims): We reuse discarded textiles instead of sourcing new, which keeps a smile on Mother Nature’s face. We also choose fabrics made from post-consumer plastic bottles-- reduce, reuse, recycle.

  2. Bamboo (fabric): Bamboo is a very sustainable crop; it grows extremely fast, doesn’t require fertilizer, and regenerates from its own roots. It also creates an incredibly soft, silky feeling fabric, which is durable and thermoregulatory, meaning it cools or warms to you to regulate your body temperature and keep you comfortable. Feel good, look good.

  3. Organic: Your body is a temple, so it should be treated with the most love. This is why our products are made from organic materials, which are derived from plants that have been planted using non-gmo seeds, free of pesticides or other harmful chemicals.

  4. Vegan: It is our promise that no animals have been or will be harmed or tested-on to make these clothes.

  5. Low-Impact (dyes): Why use toxic chemicals or modants when you can use low-impact dyes? Our products contain low-impact dyes, which are classified by the Oeko-Tex Standard 100 as eco-friendly.

  6. Made in the USA: As a local brand ourselves, we’re all about supporting small businesses. By shopping domestically, you not only promote the local economy, but also the artists and workers that make the magic happen. All of our pieces are born in the USA, from beginning to end.

If you are looking to embark on a sustainable lifestyle journey, wearing it on your sleeve is a good start. It is our hope that INDIGO’s Code of Ethics has taught you that living green isn’t as daunting as you think. Small steps eventually turn into big steps, and you have to start somewhere. By wearing the change, you are the change.

By Shaye Radin - Shaye is a sustainable lifestyle blogger and founder of www.galtruism.com—for nature, for others, for you. 

Images by Yanina May Photography - Follow her on Instagram @yaninamayphotography

Find out more about our production process and manufacturing methods here

An Easy Way to Lessen Your Environmental Impact: Washing Smart

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Washing clothes can be a mindless task. Make a routine feel impactful in 5 easy steps. It is not a surprise that the fashion industry is incredibly wasteful and harmful to the environment. Yet, if you thought plastic was bad, the very machines we use in our homes are just as damaging.

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If you guessed washing machines, you’re right.  When washing, garments release half a million tons of microfibers into the ocean, which is the equivalent of more than 50 billion plastic bottles. The microfibers are near impossible to clean up, and can enter food chains harming us, as well as marine life.

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What can you do? Buying with longevity in mind is one way to help slow down this damage to our planet and health. Up to two-thirds of clothes’ carbon footprint occurs after you take it home, which is good news because this means it’s up to us to make change which can be done in a few simple steps.

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Sustainability and style can certainty coexist, and one of our favorite brands, Reformation, showcases this effortlessly. The eco-friendly company geared toward the millennial with some extra cash to spend on 70s-influenced silhouettes and retro denim has become a fan favorite. Reformation has shared with us some steps to incorporate into our daily lives when it comes to washing smart. Here are a few pro tips:

 

1.     Only wash as needed – Next time you feel lazy about not doing a wash, and instantly feeling obligated to do a load of laundry, sit back down, put your feet up and pat yourself on the back for being a smart washer. Re-wear and re-use clothes as many times as desired without feeling dirty. Not only are you saving water this way but your also saving the life and longevity of your clothes the less they are continuously washed.

2.     Skip the dryer – Avoid the dryer when you can, and try hang-drying your clothes instead. In fact, machine drying is not recommended at all for denim. To save the color and longevity of your denim, begin air-drying the next time you go to do a wash, especially for black denim!

3.     Cold water – When you do a wash set the water to “cold” to save energy and help clothes last a little longer. Heat breaks down fibers.

4.     Spot cleaner- Tell your BFF to move aside for the spot cleaner! If there is a stain in one visible spot, don’t waste water by throwing it in the laundry, use spot cleaner.

5.     Denim – Try bagging and putting it in the freezer for a day or two, this will kill bacteria and odors as well as keep your jeans in better shape. Consider it a science project!

 

Join Reformation and other sustainable brands like Indigo Apparel in efforts to shop smart and live responsibly. It is in our hands to make change!

Author: Amanda Asencio (Indigo Apparel)