Fast fashion, slow fashion. It’s not about how quickly you can get dressed in the morning so you don’t miss the subway, or how new trends go in and out of style in the snap of a finger. “Fast fashion” is a growing industry that relies on mass produced garments made with only one thing in mind – profit – at the expense of the workers and environment. Nowadays, designs can go from the idea stage to the retail floor in a matter of weeks, but at what cost? Consumers are fighting back against the downsides of “fast fashion” and spearheading the “slow fashion” movement. Are you ready to join the fight?
In 2012, I wrote an article for In Magazine called “The Suburbs Make You Fat.” The title was an attention-grabber, but the statistics back it up. When you live in the suburbs, you are much more likely to engage in what urbanists and health researchers call “utilitarian walking.” This is the walking that we do every day just to get stuff done – walking to the bus/subway stop, walking to pick up a litre of milk from the corner store, walking to the neighbourhood brunch hangout on a Sunday morning.
When visiting our website, you may have noticed the “Just Beautiful Pledge” mark at the bottom of our homepage. The Just Beautiful Campaign is an initiative by Environmental Defense Canada to spread awareness about toxic chemicals and promote companies that make safe and effective beauty products. You may not know this, but I serve on the Just Beautiful Campaign Cabinet, and this cause is very close to my heart. Every day, Canadians harm their bodies and the environment by using soap, shampoo, toothpaste, and deodorant laced with toxic ingredients– and it doesn’t have to be this way. We have to take a stand and work together to make everyday products safer, better, and more sustainable.
Palm oil is big business. According to One Green Planet, more than 50 percent of all processed goods contained palm oil. Included on the list are products marketed as healthy, vegan, and organic products. This fact may come to a surprise to the people consuming these products, because the palm oil industry is destroying the environment. Non-sustainable palm oil companies are destroying forests, wiping out animal populations, and contributing to climate change. All of this makes a recipe for disaster, and our planet is suffering because of it.
The risks of a sedentary lifestyle are well documented. According to ParticipACTION, being physical inactive on a daily basis can lead to an increased risk of obesity and an increased risk of chronic diseases like diabetes. In fact, according to research by the University of Leicester in England, inactive people are at 147% increased risk of heart attack or stroke, 112% risk of developing diabetes, and 49% increased risk of “premature mortality.” Sedentary behaviour includes sitting at work, vegging out watching television, lounging on the computer or playing video games, and even activities that are mentally stimulating but physically inactive, like reading.