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Celeb Style: Lily the Dog Wearing Bamboo Sunglasses.
Smart dogs prefer eco-friendly bamboo sunglasses from our collection.
Available from www.BambooAndWool.com
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How to recycle unwanted skateboards? This is how: we created this beautiful skateboard wood sunglasses. Good for you, good for the planet. Get them and other wooden eco-friendly sunglasses now: www.BambooAndWool.com
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A SustainABLE Reality?

Breaking Down Sustainable Living
Of course, if asked, anyone would want to be environmentally friendly, and contribute to a more sustainable earth. No one is intentionally trashing our planet, or hoping to kill species of animals. So why isn't this more of a reality? What's holding us back? Sustainability and a green lifestyle is hampered by the lack of products and materials being offered on an attainable level for the average consumer. Therefore, even if the desire is there to contribute to bettering our environment, it just isn't a realistic option. And here's why...
The majority of ideas of going green or converting to sustainable materials comes to us commoners as a lofty idea of saving our planet and ending global warming. But without a grounded, down-to-earth reality check, they will stay just that; really great concepts with no practical application on the ground level. In the spirit of being realistic, to put it into plain language it looks like this:
In order for sustainability to truly function, this graph by John Dreo demonstrates this perfectly. There are 3 pillars that need to be addressed properly: Social, Environment, and Economic. Now, see the points where all 3 intersect? Obviously being sustainable is the goal so it's smack in the middle of the three. The other intersections are the necessary objectives for the center (sustainability) to be achieved. Unfortunately, that's also where it falls down, and why it's not completely realistic for the average person to lead a more green lifestyle. Let's break this down:

Basically, there has to be options for our environment that have sustainability through renewable resources and processes. But they have to also be both economically affordable and within the realm of typical social constructs. For example, renewable energy for your house, such as solar, is an excellent option for you to contribute a more sustainable future. However, that option is much more expensive than traditional options, and for most, is just too much to be considered. Or, some products that are made from sustainable materials like bamboo are not within stylistic ideals, practicality, or comfort that consumers are going to buy and are still much more expensive as well. This is where the 3 pillars are not intersecting, and, therefore, not allowing a more green lifestyle and sustainability to be more accessible on a personal level.
So, there are certainly ways to live greener through recycling, responsible water use etc. But when it comes to more sustainable options, they might not be as easy to achieve. Hopefully as time goes on and advances are made, these options are more readily accessible. For now, keep an eye out for products that do fit realistically into your life and budget.
At Bamboo and Wool.com, we aim to create sustainABLE products that are made from renewable bamboo and wood, that still check off the boxes of style, comfort, and practicality while being affordable. We lie right in the intersection at the heart of sustainability, and want to bring it to you! Make sure to subscribe to our blog for other style, environment, and lifestyle tips!
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It's Not You, It's Plastic:
5 shocking plastic statistics that will make you break up with plastic.

How well do you really know plastic? Plastic is like a bad relationship; it seems great in the beginning, but then you see their true colors and realize the unhealthiness. And just like any toxic relationship, it can be difficult to get out of it. Even though you might feel like you need plastic and cannot live without it, getting out of that relationship is one of the best things you could do.
But it's not you, it's plastic. And it's time to officially break up.
Making that decision is sometimes easier if you have facts, and, in this case, there are many. For example, you have heard how plastic is not biodegradable, but did you know it emits toxic chemicals during its manufacturing process? It's true, and that's just the beginning. Here are 5 shocking statistics that will make up your mind once and for all about plastic:
It takes 500-1,000 years for plastic to degrade. That means that everything plastic ever made has not degraded yet! Let that sink in for a minute. And once is does begin to degrade, it is not biodegradable, but photodegradable. That means that it doesn’t decompose, but, rather, breaks into smaller pieces of itself that then remains in the soil or water.
When plastics escape from landfills through wind or water, they leak countless chemicals into our soils, streams, rivers, and oceans. From there, those chemicals wind up in animals, our food, and in our bodies.
Plastic bag manufacturers sometimes add chicken fat to the exterior of plastic bags to make them more slippery. First, gross! Also, that is an infringement on vegetarians rights and a potentially unsanitary situation.
Plastic bags are produced using petroleum and natural gas. These are our natural resources that are being wasted in vast amounts just for the production of plastic. And mostly for plastic products that are not necessary like plastic bags or disposable water bottles.
Plastic waste can travel large distances over air and sea. Canadian plastic shopping bags are found as far as Scotland. This just shows why this problem is of such epic proportions. Every piece of plastic can be a global problem.
Now, just like relationships, not all plastic is bad. Some like cases of medical needs etc. It's necessary. But other associations like disposable water bottles, silverware, and plastic bags are not, and it's time to kick them to the curb. You can use your own bags when you go shopping, try to only use plastic water bottles and silverware in necessary situations, and search for products that use environmentally friendly materials. It's time to move on and break up with plastic! Share some of the ways you have broken up with plastic in comments below! And make sure you follow us on Facebook to check out all our environmentally friendly products! (www.BambooAndWool.com)
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Are you Eco-chic?

From flapper dresses and poodle skirts to acid washed jeans and crop tops, fashion has seen the tides of change and has evolved in aesthetics over history. In this ever-evolving industry, interests have always catered to the trends and themes of the times. But a new concept in the evolution of fashion has gained popularity and credence that caters to a much larger cause, the environment.
The need for progress and innovation to conserve our natural resources and reduce the damage we inflict on the planet has directed energies into new avenues, and clothing and accessories is one of them. Exploration and refinement of using materials that are renewable and pose a far less risk to the environment, have created a new genre called sustainable fashion, and is causing our world to become "eco-chic".
You might be wondering, what exactly is "eco-chic?"
The term eco-chic refers to a line of clothing or accessories that are ecologically conscious in the materials used and the manufacturing process to create their products, but with the important caveat that it is also stylish. It is a term that is now trending and has a bright future. But it wasn't always that simple.
The concept of bamboo, and sustainable materials, in general, have penetrated the US market by way of building materials in furniture and household supplies, most notably in flooring. But the fashion industry was more complicated to bring this concept to life, particularly in the US. The renewable materials, bamboo, wood etc., seem to be a far cry from the "norm" of materials used in clothing like cotton, polyester etc. And convincing the public to follow a movement in an area that already had such established guidelines would require a different effort. So how was this important movement started? Sustainable fashion was created and made popular in the US over time through these important factors:

A Mindset shift~
People were used to buying their clothing based off of aesthetic appeal and comfort only. It was not an arena where the environment seemed to make much of an appearance. That is until the 70's when the "hippie" era began. Not only was free love abundant and world peace touted, but there was the first mental shift in how the population viewed and purchased clothing and accessories. The concept of better resources and recycling began influencing the creation of clothing and accessories.
Hemp started being used as material, which could be seen in bracelets, necklaces and hair accessories. Recycling clothing was introduced, as a pair of bell bottom jeans would be sewn from patches of other old clothing. And the big trend of tie dying, which encouraged coloring clothing with better, more natural resources.
It was the first time clothing and the fashion industry intersected with environmental and sustainable forward-thinking ideas. Although on the right track, the plan was not executed well, and, unfortunately, the trend didn't catch on quite as much as hoped.
The look of the clothing was not very appealing. Bright tie dye colors, psychedelic nature, and the patchwork "crafty" appeal was not for everyone and was lost out in the 80's and 90's for more trendy, appealing, and faster to produce clothing. But all was not lost, as the seed of change had been planted into people's minds.
An Attention to the Details~
Unlike their "hippie" predecessors, companies today are creating sustainable fashion products that have streamlined the look and process of the movement. From using materials used are much better suited for the job, such as bamboo, which is a plentiful and incredibly green material that can create products that are both aesthetically pleasing and comfortable. To examining the manufacturing process and construction to promote the best option in true sustainability and environmentally friendly products, the modern technology and sensibilities have changed the face of sustainable fashion.
An Influence~
Now that eco-friendly options have been created that could stand the test of time and demand, the word needed to get out. As major companies began promoting better ethical standards like Nike, H&M, and Espirit, and major players like Stella McCartney infusing an eco-conscience into their high-end clothing lines, the idea of sustainable fashion began to become mainstream.
The evolution of this concept in the world of fashion has allowed the average consumer to have the option to participate in a green lifestyle in a new way. Now you can integrate your appearance into your efforts to protect our resources and reduce your carbon footprint, and you can look good doing it!
At Bamboo and Wool, we believe in exactly this and we can also help you to answer that burning question. You can purchase our sustainable products exclusively online, with plans for major retailers in the US in the future. By buying our bamboo and wood sunglasses and watches, you will help protect the environment, look incredibly stylish, and undoubtedly be able to answer the question, "Are you Eco-Chic?" with a resounding yes!
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Fact 1- Did you know...Bamboo grows 1.5" an hour?
Fact 2- Did you know...Bamboo absorbs carbon dioxide and emits 30% more oxygen into the atmosphere than its tree equivalent?
Fact 3- Did you know... Bamboo prevents soil erosion?
Fact 4- Did you know... Bamboo doesn't need any pesticides or other chemicals, or fertilizer to grow?
Fact 5- Did you know... Every part of bamboo can be used, so there is zero waste?
Fact 6- Did you know... The use of bamboo is an important part of developing economies?
Fact 7- Did you know... Bamboo is actually a woody grass, not a tree?

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Bamboo or plastic sunglasses?


With the threats of global warming, loss of resources, and damage to our ecosystem being prevalent and widely known, more and more people are going green. You’re recycling, walking to work, and buying organic. Living green is a lifestyle choice that allows you to contribute to improving your carbon footprint and the health of our environment. But with Bamboo and Wool (www.BambooAndWool.com), we take going green from the very beginning, and we do it in style. Wearing a pair of our sunglasses made with sustainable and biodegradable bamboo and wood will make both you and the environment look good!
Bamboo and Wool is committed to doing our part for the environment by aiming to reduce the negative impacts of man-made materials. We use only materials that are sustainable and eco-friendly, and ensure our products are 100% safe and allergy free. In a world that is overrun with “easy” or “cheap” options, you are limited in purchasing truly green products that will fit into your eco-friendly lifestyle. We strive to change that, and in an innovative way that not only fits into your lifestyle but also your style.
The many benefits of our bamboo sunglasses will open your eyes to many negatives of the alternative plastic and polycarbonate sunglasses, which you may not have previously known. For both, it all begins with its creation. Although the typical image of environmental damage looks like landfills or animals tangled in plastic, the manufacturing process also does its fair share in harming the environment. Bamboo grows plentifully and rapidly and is not actually a wood, but a woody grass. Therefore, it does not carry the same damage its plastic counterpart does. So we have got you covered for your eco-friendly products from the beginning to end.
But don’t just take our word for it. Check out the difference in plastic and bamboo manufacturing:
Plastic Manufacturing-
Plastic is one of the most prevalent materials used. You can find it in your kitchen, doctor’s office, or even on your face if you choose plastic sunglasses. It is also one of the most common materials used in single-use items that are quickly thrown away minutes after use. (Maybe including those plastic sunglasses that often break easily) But that plastic will endure. Plastic is not biodegradable, and will not break down for a long time. All that plastic disposed of will persist in landfills, and can even survive in our waters for thousands of years. Also living for all those years with the plastic is the harmful effects on the environment and human health. Plastic contains chemicals that have been shown to have harmful effects on humans, affecting hormones and more, are poison to wildlife and are disrupting our ecosystem and robbing our natural resources. And it all begins in manufacturing…
To create plastic, a chemical called Ethelyne has to be produced, which is only made from crude oil or other non-renewable resources. The process of turning the Ethelyne into plastic is very involved, requiring heating and cooling to certain temperatures and exact chemical reactions.
What all of that means for the environment is the abusive use of natural resources and the introduction of harmful and unwanted toxic chemicals into our air and water. And with the sheer amount of plastic manufactured every day, just think of how much resources could be conserved or used for things like generating electricity. This is all just the beginning, of course, but the myriad of environmental concerns that plastic produces will persist.
Bamboo Manufacturing-
Bamboo is one of the newest materials being looked at to replace other, more harmful materials being previously used. And with good reason. For all the negative impacts on the environment that plastic implicates, bamboo can demonstrate positive effects. From emitting more oxygen than a tree rather than toxic chemicals to regrowing by itself without replanting, and the positive effects on the soil it grows in, bamboo far outweighs its competitor in this arena. And since is biodegradable, and won’t contribute to a degradation of the environment for years to come. The difference of the manufacturing process will also prove otherwise.
Manufacturing bamboo into products, like our sunglasses, doesn’t require the immense use of natural resources and doesn’t involve toxic chemical reactions. The simplicity of its manufacturing deletes much of the negative impact. Very simply, the raw materials of bamboo and wood are designed and laser cut to fit specifications, assembled, then sanded and finished for ultimate comfort. That’s pretty much it. Coming from the purest of beginnings, bamboo sunglasses’ only lasting effects is the comfort and style you will enjoy!

As you can see, you are looking at the root of the problem. There are efforts to help fight the battle of plastic on our Earth through bottle collecting, recycling, or using less packaging. While these are great and do make a difference, we at Bamboo and Wool are going directly to the problem. The manufacturing of bamboo and wood products does not add to the damage and harm to the environment, and won’t have the same implications thousands of years down the road.
Since you truly believe in living as green as you possibly can, now you can contribute from the very conception. By purchasing bamboo sunglasses, you can know that you are not using up our renewable energy or contributing to toxic chemicals in our environment, and you can do it all while looking stylish! So check out the many looks our bamboo sunglasses, and wear them with pride, because with the bright future we are making, you’re gonna need shades!
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Why is bamboo better than cotton?

Number 1 great reason: it is biodegradable and green. As a regenerated cellulose fiber bamboo fiber is 100% made from bamboo. The raw material bamboo is found in ecological regions of Yunnan and Sichuan Province, China. The whole distilling and production process is a relatively green process without environmental impact. The supplier company manufactures bamboo fiber according to ISO 9000 and ISO 14000. It is good to know that, bamboo fiber is a unique biodegradable textile material. As a natural cellulose fiber, it can be 100% biodegraded in a soil by microorganisms and sunshine. The decomposition process does not cause any environmental damage. Bamboo fiber comes from nature and returns back to nature in the end. Bamboo fiber is well known as "the natural, green and eco -friendly modern textile material of 21st century".
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