5 Things to Talk About During After Work Drinks – June

As we do every month, we have compiled a list of interesting topics you can discuss with your friends while sipping on your after work drinks! Enjoy happy hour and help raise awareness on all things sustainable and ethical.

1. Five ways to build an ethical wardrobe

We think that these 5 ideas to help you build an ethical wardrobe, which are presented in this article, are ingenious:

1. Only buy clothes that you can commit to wearing at least 30 times. Well, we thought that goes without saying, especially if you make a conscious effort to buy slow fashion, high quality garments, which are designed to last for a very long time.

2. Buy clothes that you can wear all year round. This can be rather tricky, depending on where you live, but a nice pair of jeans is a great example.

3. Choose to buy from brands that care, and give some of their profits back to the makers, either directly or indirectly. You can do some research, or you can take the advice of your trusty ethical and sustainable fashion bloggers, and discover which brands are greenwashing and which ones are legit.

4. Only buy from companies that are making efforts to detoxify their production process and minimize their footprint. This video might help:

 

5. Join the fashion revolution and fight for an ethical, sustainable future!

2. The sweatshirt that lasts for 30 years – great new eco-brands

Menswear designer Tom Cridland decided to fight against the fast fashion mentality that plagues the industry by creating a sweatshirt that -you guessed it!- will last for 30 years!

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The 30 Year Sweatshirt
Photograph: Frasershot Studios Ltd 2014/Frasershot Studios Ltd 2014

In the past, he produced a high quality trousers line, which was made of the finest cotton, in collaboration with a seamstress from Portugal. He seems to be striving for excellence with each and every one of his projects.

The sweatshirt’s classic design will ensure that it will remain in style for a long time, and its heavily woven organic cotton fabric and double stitching will help keep it together through the years, and still look good.

We sure love the idea behind this project, and really hope that Tom’s promise holds true. Everyone should get one of these.

3. 16 on-point responses from female scientists to Nobel winner’s sexist comments

What happens when a Nobel winner makes a not-so-smart comment about how women and laboratories don’t mix? Yes, that really happened; Sir Tim Hunt said, during a conference in South Korea, that the “trouble with girls” is they fall in love with you, you fall in love with them and that then when they’re criticised, they cry.

Wow. But even more astonishing was the way girls all over the world responded, using the #distractinglysexy hashtag and tweeting sarcastically on the matter! Enjoy some of the best, which we found here:

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Unfortunately, Sir Tim Hunt felt he had to resign from his position at University College London after his comment. He claimed that he was hung out to dry, and that nobody bothered to ask for his side of the story. He went on to say ‘I stood up and went mad, I was very nervous and a bit confused but, yes, I made those remarks – which were inexcusable – but I made them in a totally jocular, ironic way. There was some polite applause and that was it, I thought. I thought everything was OK. No one accused me of being a sexist pig.

We certainly forgive him, as we understand that people can be socially awkward, and that having a brilliant mind doesn’t mean you can never make a mistake.

4. Eat these snacks to end your nightmares

Can insomnia be treated with… food? According to this article from Elle.com, it certainly can -but it has to be the right kind of food!Cherries

Melatonin helps induce sleep, so cherries, which have a high content of melatonin, are a great snack before bedtime!

Pumpkin seeds

Magnesium may also help in that regard, so try eating some pumpkin seeds or an avocado before going to bed. It also helps prevent nightmares, since it is believed to make dreams less vivid, and thus less scary! Avoid eating cheese, since it contains opioid peptides, which have the opposite effect -unless, of course, you want your dreams to become more lucid – in which case, vitamin B6 will also help, so you might want to eat a banana or a salad before bedtime.

Popcorn

Serotonin, which is found in many foods, such as popcorn, can help regulate your sleep cycle.

Cookies

Keeping your glucose levels at an acceptable level is key to staying asleep for the duration of the night. Now we have an excuse to pick our favorite high-glucose snack to munch on before bed! Elle.com suggests eating an apple with some peanut butter, but you can definitely pick whatever you prefer.

Orange

Vitamin C can help you relax mentally, and fight off the effects of stress. It can also decrease snoring so, if you or your loved one has this problem, try eating an apricot, an orange, or any other type of food that’s rich in vitamin C, sit back and enjoy the silence!

5. Jessica Alba’s honest company is launching a beauty line

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Jessica Alba is one of our favorite women, as she’s very outspoken about equality related topics, and she is one of the most accomplished Hollywood stars. Apart from making it into the Forbes’ list of America’s Richest Self-Made Women, it’s important to remember that her company, named ‘The Honest Company’, is valued at $1 billion.

The Honest Company’s next endeavor involves its first beauty line, which is expected to become available this fall. Rumor has it that the products will all be friendly towards the environment and as gorgeous as their creator. We will certainly be keeping an eye out for Jessica Alba’s beauty line, and so should you.

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  1. Brooke

    I’m excited to learn about Jessica Alba’s company! It’s always great to see a celebrity who speaks up about topics and causes important to them like equality and the environment. Great topics to discuss this Friday!

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