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Giving Back with PrAna! Sustainable Clothing With A Conscience

The following post is sponsered by PrAna – however all thoughts and opinions remain my own. I feel strongly about everything I write in this space. My aim is to simply promote companies that I truly believe in. Thank you for helping me support a worthwhile cause.

 

Hello my fellow earth-babies!

I’ve got a really lovely gift for you today. 

You all know I am a lover of all things whole foods/from-scratch/farmers market, but this passion isn’t solely for the means of body health, nor solely to appease my creativity needs (though these are large components). I’ve always had a deep passion for the environment, and this passion extends much further than with just food. 

I have a whole page dedicated to my all natural and DIY cleaning products. And yes, I use these products – everyday! It’s easy to think that our “health” is only a mirror of what we put in our bodies, but what we put on and around our bodies can have all the same effect. Cleaning products are one thing – but what about in other areas?

Reduce your carbon footprint with the help of your local farmers market. And treat yourself while you’re at it. 

It can be hard to find companies that work with the value of doing what is best for our planet – and therefore ourselves.  I know, because I try! This is why I really want to make it my mission to help YOU all find these companies!

Sadly, clothing is an area which I’ve found very hard to support my goals to live more sustainably (besides my mothers’ knitting passion. Which I am grateful for). So when I discovered PrAna, my tree-hugging spidey senses get alllllll rowled up.

PrAna – started in a garage in Carlsbad, California in 1992 – is a company which offers sustainable, recycled, fair trade certified and hemp clothing. Everything they sell is mindfully made in order to support fair trade and sustainable practices. Not only that, but they prioritize giving back to communities all over the world. PrAna actually has only one core belief – to give back more than they take.

 

“Respect for the planet and its people. This is what our Sustainable Clothing Movement is all about @PrAna”

 

In rummaging through their products and reading more about their mandate, I have learned SO much about sustainable clothing practices. For instance, did you know…

  • Thanks to its natural heartiness, hemp doesn’t require any chemical pesticides or fertilizers. This makes it safe for the farmers that grow it as well as the land it’s grown on. In addition, the hemp plant is drought resistant, which means it does wonders for the soil it’s grown in. Farmers who grow hemp are able to plant food crops in the same field immediately after harvest—something not possible with a lot of other crops. For more on why hemp matters, watch this
  • Conventionally grown cotton consumes approximately 25% of the insecticides and more than 10% of the pesticides used in the world!! Organic production systems on the other hand, replenish and maintain soil fertility, reduce the use of toxic and persistent pesticides and fertilizers, and build biologically diverse agriculture. Organic cotton drinks less water, uses rainwater more efficiently, eliminates GMOs and harmful chemicals from your closet, and so much more.

 

“Replace one conventional cotton tee with an organic cotton tee, and you save 436 liters of water.”

 

  • From emissions, to dyes, to all-weather treatments, up to 2000 chemicals are used in textile processing. Without proper management, most of these chemicals end up in the environment. PrAna, however, has partnered with bluesign® systems to ensure the fabrics they use meet the highest environmental and human safety standards. Basically, PrAna provides bluesign® with a list of chemicals they do not want in their products. Bluesign® then manages that list and ensures the chemicals that are used are managed correctly. 
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So what does it actually mean to produce a product that is ethically made? It means the company considers the impact of their actions and lets their values guide their decisions. I, for one, would like to support any company making these considerations. 

 

“Companies like PrAna should give much more than they take from the world. Our commitment to sustainability, community, and doing right still inspires and pushes us to find innovative ways to do good things in a good way.”

 

I got myself a pair of Kara jeans as well as an Aya sweater and I must say…. I’m totally smitten. The jeans are SO comfy. You hardly feel like you are wearing denim at all! They come in a collection of different earthy tones and are made from organic cotton and an organic soft stretch ‘Kara’ denim blend. The sweater is comfy, warm without being heavy, and made from a recycled wool blend. 

In addition to their use of sustainable, free trade and recyclable materials, I am super impressed with PrAna’s ability to design items which not only look good, but are so versatile! I could see myself wearing both these jeans and the sweater on so many different occasions. On a skiing trip where I want to be warm and sporty? Check. To a dress-casual meet and greet or audition? Check. Heck, I could go on a hike and then head straight to work without needing to change!

I’m not sure how they are able to get their hands in both sides – making clothes that are equally functional as well as fashionable – but they really kill many birds with one stone. Er, landfills with one forest? I can’t think of a better eco-friendly analogy…. oops. 

Basically, when wearing your prAna gear, you can walk down the street feeling extra good because a) you know you look dammmmn fine and ALSO b) you know you are giving back to the planet just by wearing what you have on.

So….STRUT YOUR STUFF baby. 

To help you do so, PrAna is offering YOU all 15% off your order!! Simply go to their website and use code MSF17ML when checking out! AND – for my own excitement as well as any fellow Canadians out there – PrAna shifts to Canada! With very reasonable shipping rates and no landing fee! 

And hey…. did you know it’s officially fall? Which means it is TOTALLY acceptable to start your Christmas shopping!

 

“More than ever, people just like you and me are seeking ways to spread positivity in our country. One way to do that is to make sure every purchase you make and every gift you give has a positive impact on our planet.”  

 

Thank you for helping me support a worthwhile cause and doing what you can to give back to our world. Happy shopping!

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Tell me,

Do you ever think about how your clothing is made? 

How do you try to live more sustainably? What do you do to give back to the planet? 

  

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

23 COMMENTS

  1. Evangeline | 26th Sep 17

    I love, love sweaters that feel like a hug, and the one you bought looks like it would definitely feel like a hug. Sustainable clothing is something I tend to fret over. It can be so darn pricey. The trade off is usually buying clothing from thrift stores…it’s kind of like recycling and more budget friendly. This brand does seem to be doing great things though! I’ve heard of hemp-based clothing being more eco-friendly but never thought to ask why. Now I know 🙂

    And all the shots of you are lovely <3
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    • Cora | 29th Sep 17

      Sweaters demand to feel like a hug!!

      I hear you. Sustainable clothing is hella expensive. I can’t usually budget for it – which is sad because obviously that is something that is keeping people from making this step for the environment. Buying second hand is doing just as much, so lets let ourselves feel good for doing that too, ya?

  2. Sarah @ Bucket List Tummy | 26th Sep 17

    I LOVE this outfit Cora and all these photos of you. You look so happy and carefree. This is definitely a perfect partnership for you. I love PrAna and everything they stand for. We need more stylish but environmentally conscious companies like them. They have it nailed with using the right materials. I may have to order that sweater 🙂
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    • Cora | 29th Sep 17

      I could definitely see you rocking the sweater!! They should have a doggy line. You and Tater could be twins 🙂

  3. danielle | 26th Sep 17

    this is so inspiring! clothing is not something i think much about, sadly. i really need to make an effort to connect more with our planet. i feel like my carbon foot print is pretty heavy, the only thing i consciously do is keep the temps above 70 degrees and 75 mostly. i want to do more!
    i will say that regardless of my ED history, i have trouble consuming animals because i feel they are not treated fairly. it’s just too sad to even think about and i know the industry has impact on our planet. i also know people say that it’s the food chain and we need each other. but i don’t like the idea of eating something i wouldn’t personally kill. if i were stranded on an island? i don’t think that will happen. i have choices. this is my current conundrum…recovery says don’t make food rules, but my heart can’t help but have compassion. oye vey

    • Cora | 29th Sep 17

      Oh gosh bringing personal beliefs into an ED history is a big thing. I will always stand by sticking to your beliefs – there is always a way to manage food intake around it – as long as it is 100% sincerely in your heart. Which I know it is for you.

  4. chasetheredgrape | 26th Sep 17

    I love both pieces you are wearing, they look super comfy! I would definitely be checking them out if I was over your neck of the woods but you have inspired me to see if there is something similar here in Australia! 🙂

    • Cora | 29th Sep 17

      I’m sure there is! I hope these clothing practices are starting to become more common and less hard to find (and more affordable).

  5. Hannah | 27th Sep 17

    I tend to balk at the prices of sustainable clothing, so I try to buy secondhand when I can. At this point probably the majority of my closet is from consignment stores. But I’ve noticed recently I’ve been drifting towards more sustainable brands even on consignment…in part because the fabrics tend to be nicer (how is recycled polyester so much softer than the regular stuff?)

    • Cora | 29th Sep 17

      I know. It can really really turn you away. Which is really too bad. I think everything I own is second hand… so I think we can let ourselves feel good about doing that much. Now finding sustainable brands AT a consignment store?! Now that is just ec-gold level status.

  6. ShootingStarsMag | 27th Sep 17

    I just recently learned about this company, but they sound amazing. I love the look of those jeans and the sweater!

    -Lauren
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    • Cora | 29th Sep 17

      They are great! Thanks Lauren!

  7. Kat | 27th Sep 17

    Look at you cute thing!!
    I actually NEVER think about how clothing is made – isn’t that sad?! I really need to be more conscious of a lot of things like that. I think that I get so wrapped up in the food and place all of my attention of that, yet you would think that I would still have some considerations for OTHER areas as well. Anyway, thanks for reminding me to be more conscious of this!
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    • Cora | 29th Sep 17

      It’s not sat at all, Kat. It’s normal. I think its just beginning to become something. Unfortunately that means that ethical clothing production is still hard to find and – cough – very expensive. You aren’t alone!!

  8. Kristy from Southern In Law | 27th Sep 17

    Oooh, PrAna sounds brilliant! That sweater looks so cosy and cute! You are adorable, girl!
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    • Cora | 29th Sep 17

      Ah shucks thanks Kristy 🙂

  9. Joyce @ The Hungry Caterpillar | 27th Sep 17

    Hey hey! Good for you for reaching out to a brand you love. <3
    I have a PrAna jacket that's a beautiful shade of burgundy with pink pedals and I love it.
    My sister-in-law recommended a book to me called Overdressed by Elizabeth Cline about cheap fashion and how cheap fashion impacts the environment. I haven't read it yet, but it's on my to-read list–you might enjoy it too!
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    • Cora | 29th Sep 17

      Ooooo cool!! I’m going to look it up! I love that you have a PrAna. Go you!

  10. Emily Swanson | 28th Sep 17

    I love the cozy and comforting looks of Prana, and I also really appreciate their desire to make it so sustainable. I would really like to find more sustainable clothing options too, but it’s hard to find ones that are affordable and sustainable.

    • Cora | 1st Oct 17

      It’s SO hard. A lot of the clothing is painfully expensive. Which is just really too bad as it keeps us all from doing a thing we’d ideally like to do.

  11. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets | 30th Sep 17

    This post makes my hippie heart happy. I love everything about it. Also that sweater is dreamy.
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    • Cora | 1st Oct 17

      Hippy hearts collide!

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