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Consumers Recognizing the True Value of Secondhand Gifts

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Consumers Recognizing the True Value of Secondhand Gifts

Consumers increasingly embrace the idea of giving used items as gifts. As people become environmentally conscious, the stigma of the ‘poor, tacky’ giver is being replaced with a new badge of honor: Giving used gifts shows that the giver is socially responsible. What do you think?

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Millennials are Changing our Approach to Fashion

Heather Gallien

Millennials are Changing our Approach to Fashion

For Millennials, the trend of "no ownership" is moving into the fashion industry. In our Instagrammed society, they like to rotate clothes quickly. Although they spend a lot on cheap fast fashion, their concern for the environment will ultimately steer them to clothing resale and rental, which will be a boon for our planet.

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What's your Louis Vuitton made of?

Heather Gallien

What's your Louis Vuitton made of?

Louis Vuitton (LV) was established in 1854 and earned a reputation for making indestructible suitcases that could withstand the most extreme wear and travel conditions. Today, the brand’s handbags are among the most sought-after bags in the world. But did you know that if you’re carrying a monogram or damier print bag, it’s not made of leather? Many are shocked to discover that these famous prints are actually made of coated cotton canvas, which is basically cotton canvas that’s been treated with PVC (polyvinylchloride), a common plastic derivative. It’s easy to wonder why a monogram or damier bag is so...

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Celebrate Small Business Saturday This November 30th

Heather Gallien

Celebrate Small Business Saturday This November 30th

Saturday November 30th is our country’s 10th annual Small Business Saturday, and it encourages holiday shoppers to buy from small local independent businesses on the Saturday after Black Friday, but before Cyber Monday. Since Sunday has yet to be claimed, I vote to amend the holiday to ‘Small Business Weekend’ – but I digress. On Black Friday, most shoppers race to big box stores like Walmart, Best Buy or Macy’s. Small businesses are often overlooked, and this not only hurts them, but adversely affects local economies and communities in subtle ways that aren’t apparent on the surface. In the past...

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Beware of the Fast Fashion Sustainability Buzz

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Beware of the Fast Fashion Sustainability Buzz

The fashion industry is screaming about its commitment to sustainability. But many retailers run ‘smoke and mirrors’ campaigns touting sustainability without any decrease in production.

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