Your End of Year Eco Reading List

Beauty Fashion Lifestyle

As we close out the year that was 2018 (seriously, what the f*** was that?), with all it’s crazy ups and downs (like Individual #1, all the new #MeToo allegations, that new beer-loving Supreme Court Justice, etc. etc.), one thing that seems to also be going to hell in a hand basket is the environment — but we already knew that. So, let’s be thankful for the little bits of good news that we can find, while also starting 2019 with a fresh perspective on the ways we can improve our own lifestyle for the benefit of the planet. There have been some small wins this year, so let’s keep ’em coming. 

A 15-year-old Swedish activist named Greta Thunberg has gone more than viral thanks to her searing speech at the COP24 conference in Poland on December 13, 2018. Greta is giving us life — and hope!

Fashion Magazine now has a dedicated sustainability section on their site, and these two hits are our recent favourites — Beauty Director Lesa Hannah, a long-time environmental advocate, broke down the five things she did in 2018 to help the environment and the team also created a list of sustainable Christmas strategies that will become tradition this year and in the coming years. 

Now that cannabis is legal in Canada for recreational consumption, will hemp become the fabric of choice? A few people in the local fashion scene believe so. 

Over at, writer Takara Small wonders if 2019 will be the year that fashion finally cleans up it’s act?

Beauty giant CoverGirl has announced that they will be going 100 per cent cruelty-free with their product line. The company is the largest of it’s kind to announce their commitment to be certified by the Leaping Bunny logo, and announced they are dedicated to ending animal testing worldwide.

A new docu-series on sustainable fashion has been released. Directed by Charney Magri and Ramzi Moutran, Catwalk to Creation follows the life cycle of two sustainably made garments. The film premiered at the UN Headquarters in New York, and  will soon be available for the public. Read Magri’s interview with Forbes, and view the trailer here.

Meghan Markle has been spotted in various sustainable and ethical fashion pieces, including shoes made from recycled plastic bottles by Rothy’s and eco-friendly pieces from Patagonia and Stella McCartney. Many are saying her influence may help increase the sales of sustainable fashion brands (Outland Denim reported at 948 per cent increase in online traffic and 640 per cent increase in sales after the Duchess wore the brand while touring Australia and New Zealand earlier this fall!), which will not only help the environment but the social missions the brands support.

Sparkly eyebrows are great for holiday looks, but the microplastics in glitter wreck havoc on the environment. Click here to discover how to create this look without hurting the planet!

Corporate Knights has compiled their list of the top 30 Canadians under 30 in sustainability. The list spans members from provinces across Canada and a variety of industries. 

The UN published an article on the effect the fashion industry has on the environment. According to the UN, 10 per cent of global emissions and 20 per cent of global wastewater is created by the fashion industry. The article also addresses our disposable culture, stating that “the number of times a garment is worn has declined by 36 per cent in 15 years.” In March, the UN will launch the UN Alliance on Sustainable Fashion.

The Beauty Sustainability Awards were held this month in Paris, with Ren and Weleda both taking home the top prize. You can check out the categories and winners here.

Pantone announced their 2019 colour of the year: Living Coral. To help you get ahead on next year, here’s a list of eco-friendly beauty products that feature the shade.

Feature image courtesy of Stella McCartney

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