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What is an alum stone and how do you use it?

What is an alum stone and how do you use it?

Genevieve Livingston

Crystal deodorants seem like utter magic at first glance. A block of salt that can be used as deodorant, aftershave and a styptic? We, like many of you, were huge skeptics before we joined the alum stone club. You might have seen the Crystal brand deodorant in drug stores, in a plastic applicator just like regular roll-on deodorants. It's touted as all natural and has recently come back into popularity, but a lot of people have never had success with it. Well, not only did we find an alum stone that's completely unpackaged and will last you for years at a time,...

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Journaling prompts for activism and antiracism

Journaling prompts for activism and antiracism

Genevieve Livingston

Dearest friends and community, Our political landscape is so primed for change right now, and it's important that we continue learning about systemic racism and fighting for the safety and thriving of Black lives. In all areas, we need to find ways to lift up the voices of Black and Indigenous People of Color for the wellbeing and enrichment of all people. I am far from an expert on this topic, but I am responsible for being a part of the change, and the work starts within. For me, this looks like a humbling and ongoing process of learning, listening and identifying racism in my field, my circles, and...

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Thinking about longevity and avoiding burnout while fighting for Black Lives Matter

Thinking about longevity and avoiding burnout while fighting for Black Lives Matter

Genevieve Livingston

Environmentalism and racial justice are undeniably linked. We are actively fighting for the Black Lives Matter movement and joining forces to combat the environmental injustices that disproportionately affect Black and Indigenous communities. It's important that we all keep reflecting, speaking out and acting against both blatant and systemic racism. This last week has been emotional to say the least, and it's easy to become overwhelmed. We are attentively learning from those who have been fighting for BLM and climate justice for decades, and one of our takeaways is finding ways to combat burnout so we can keep the movement strong. We are firm believers that if you take care...

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Our action plan to support the Black Lives Matter movement

Our action plan to support the Black Lives Matter movement

Summer Hanson

Today and always, we remember George Floyd, Amaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and all the others we've lost to racism and police brutality. It's time for all of us to do more. We want to back our words and our work with financial support for organizations on the front lines that need it. It's Eco Collective's birthday today, and we're putting our plans on hold to focus on sharing resources and taking action towards justice and equality for black and indigenous people of color. For the next week, we are donating 15% of our proceeds to the NAACP. The mission of...

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Ring in the New Year, sustainably!

Ring in the New Year, sustainably!

Genevieve Livingston

It's that beautiful time of year where every one is setting New Year's intentions and there are holiday parties galore. And this time, we're ringing in a whole new decade! Here’s a few of our top tips for a decade party full of memories - not disposables - that will last forever. 1. BYO cup! Metal tumblers or wide mouth bottles are great lightweight options to carry with you. If you’re the host, use a washable marker or a grease pen to label guests’ glasses for the night to avoid mixups! There are also lots of cute mason jars with...

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Ideas for upcycling things you already have at home

Ideas for upcycling things you already have at home

Genevieve Livingston

At Eco Collective, our goal is to empower individuals to reduce their waste with sustainable alternatives, but zero waste isn’t always about buying new! In fact, we encourage our customers to check secondhand stores first or see what they already have at home before investing in a new reusable. The truth is, the least wasteful thing we can do is to reuse something we already have. Of course, you can’t “reuse” personal care items like toothpaste and you may want to store your food in nontoxic containers, which is where zero waste stores come in! But you CAN reuse the glass jar your...

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