THE TRUTH BEHIND ZERO WASTE: THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE PRIVILEGE.

THE TRUTH BEHIND ZERO WASTE: THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE PRIVILEGE.

This year, for Earth Month, I decided to experiment with going zero-waste. I began with the simple idea that anyone can do it and, by doing so myself, that I would make the world a "greener" place. Some prominent zero-waste influencers suggest that this is a possibility for all of us, so we should all try. And to some extent, I agreed. I quickly discovered, however, that a complicated set of corporate and institutional structures prevent most people from ever coming close. 

I saw first-hand that waste-free living is nearly impossible if you aren't extremely diligent and privileged with free time to do so in the first place. Is striving for zero-waste on an individual level the best way to use that privilege for the betterment of our planet and society as a whole? Or should we also be demanding governments finally get involved with us? 

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Q&A WITH FREEDOM OF ANIMALS FOUNDER MORGAN BOGLE

Freedom of Animals is one of my favorite accessory brands.

Beautiful Handbags, including Clutches, Totes, Cross-Body Purses, Backpacks, and Day Bags for work that transition to night, are some of the staples of the current collection.  

The founder, Morgan Bogle, designs her bags with a complete understanding of the modern aesthetic that women desire in a handbag today.  Freedom Of Animals has been featured in many contemporary fashion publications, is completely vegan, and is as sustainability sourced as possible.

Morgan uses her social media as a platform to spread awareness about the issues closest to her heart; from Pitbull rescue and adoption, to the anti-Ivory trade movement, to the importance of volunteering for everyone. 

See a capture from her Instagram below:

A screenshot from the Freedom Of Animals Instagram account.

Sustainable Fashion is moving beyond the trend now. 

Morgan is such an inspiration to me, because F.O.A. not only fills a much-needed void in the accessories market, but she also uses her place in the spotlight to highlight greater issues. She is an avid animal-rights activist, and donates a part of every purchase to wildlife conservation efforts around the world.

Values such as Morgan's are so important to be highlighted. I hope you enjoy the interview, that they have inspired, below:


Q&A with Morgan Bogle

What is your name, Where were you born/ where do you currently call home, and what is your occupation?

Morgan Bogle. Portland Maine, but I grew up on a sailboat in the Caribbean. I call the East Village, NYC my home. I am the  founder of Freedom of Animals

Please describe your company, Freedom Of Animals

Freedom of Animals is a sustainable and cruelty free bag line that is made in the USA. We use the most eco friendly materials that don't harm any people or animals and support a local economy. Additionally we partner with conservation organizations and big retailers to spread the message of the importance of conscious consumption.
Morgan Bogle wearing the "Melia" bag from 2013.

Morgan Bogle wearing the "Melia" bag from 2013.

What does “Sustainable Fashion" mean to you?

As a designer it means using materials that are post consumer, have low chemical content and are made locally. As a consumer it is being aware of where the products come from, what they are made of and who was impacted during production.
Do you think more local/ sustainable fashion is possible? Totally. There is incredible craftsmanship in the USA and a plethora of sustainable and technologically advanced materials on the market. I am not against supporting communities world wide but having one element of your product being eco friendly is important to me.


What does "green living" mean to you? 

Being mindful of our actions. Daily reminders such as recycling and using less energy is always important but bigger picture decisions are even more important and that is being consciously aware of everything that you are consuming from fashion to transportation to food to living arrangements. 

How can a green message reach a broader audience??

It will take time but social media, inspiring marketing and coming up against not having much of a choice anymore will start to change peoples perspective.


I truly believe that living an AMAZING, ABUNDANT, FUN, and FASHIONABLE LIFE does not have to be in opposition with living green and sustainably. 

...Do you have any tips for like-minded companies/ bloggers/ designers to help better reach the young women and men (teens-twenties) that are the audience for current magazine and television marketing?

I spent a year researching what I could do to be a part of the betterment of the world and I think it is everyone's responsibility to do the same. It is now more available than ever so my suggestion would be to research how we can all be a little bit more mindful on a day to day basis.

     The values that designers like Morgan are building around their businesses, are not only necessary for our earth and future generations, but can also inspire beautiful design for fashion-conscious consumers. Please visit the LABELS I LOVE page, featuring FREEDOM OF ANIMALS for more info. Also please be sure to check out Morgan's Instagram and follow the Freedom of Animals website to shop and see updates! 

Thank you for reading!

 
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COVERING ACNE NATURALLY WITH KRISTEN ARNETT

     I am so happy to present you with my first-ever YouTube video! It features me and one of my favorite Makeup Artists in NYC, Kristen Arnett. Kristen is a self described, "eco" makeup artist, and the Founder of the Green Beauty Team.

     I had been having problems with my skin since I got off of birth control, and needed some "green beauty" advice on how to conceal my blemishes. Kristen knows all of the best products from her extensive career in the industry, so she was a perfect fit.

     Switching out my makeup to all natural products with no silicones, petroleum or paraffin ingredients really helped, and I hope this tutorial can benefit you just as much as it has me!

     The video features Kristen's professional advice on products that let your skin breathe and won't clog your pores. She shows me several leading brands of eco-minded concealers and foundations along with the best tools and techniques to use when applying them.

     "Finding a great all natural foundation that won't clog your pores can be hard. In this video, I offer my professional advice on foundation and concealers that let your skin breathe. You’ll also pick up tips on how to use brushes and various application techniques to get luminous looking skin that feels great too."

- KRISTEN ARNETT

Stay tuned for more "Makeup Overhaul" videos. This is just part 1 of a series of 3, where Kristen helps me "CLEAN OUT and GREEN OUT" my makeup bag. Be sure to visit GreenBeautyTeam.com for more great beauty advice!

 

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SUSTAINABLE STYLING TIP from Model4greenLiving:

I am wearing some of my favorite brands in the video. Click their following names to view their sites! Reformation Top, Rag & Bone Denim, Makeup Bag by Remember Me Green.

HAPPY EARTHDAY FROM ME AND #XOWILHELMINA

 
 

RUNNING IN THE RAIN WITH PHOTOS BY PETE THOMPSON

     It's rare as a model to have complete freedom while shooting.

Usually there is a client and a creative director with visions of what they want and how the photos should look and feel. A "mood" for the day and for the final product, whatever it my be. 

     Yesterday was one of those rare occasions, however, when all that was asked from me was honesty. Just me being me. At first it was hard to let go... to truly be free and enjoy myself. But then something happened to inspire me.

     RAIN. There is something about rain that just make everything seem fresh and possible. I was able to let go. Let the drops sweep me away from my everyday thoughts and concerns. Let me truly enjoy the moment and be alive.

     Nature has so many beautiful things that nourish the mind and the body, but too often we forget how good it can be for our souls. Take time to enjoy the simple things the earth has to offer, because even in the middle of New York City, nature can bring peace of mind and escape. 

Here are some of my favorite photos by 

Pete Thompson

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     I hope you enjoy... and maybe even let yourself go run in the rain the next time a storm comes your way.

 
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Renee Peters

Renee Peters is a NYC-based model, blogger, and advocate of mindful, sustainable living. She strives to be a role model by using her platform for positive change. Through her blog, Model4GreenLiving, Peters seeks to reshape the way people think about environmental issues and provide practical tips and everyday actions for readers.  Peters uses social media to promote that same message, as well as one of self-love and body-positivity. She also volunteers, is an environmental activist, and is an avid learner of anything relating to the planet and its health. For booking inquires visit Muse Models NYC or Nomad Management Miami.