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You know that desperate feeling when you have you period and you reach into your handbag and frantically look for a tampon or pad only to find nothing? Imagine having that same sensation every single menstrual cycle, only being without the option of running to the nearest drugstore, friend or vending machine to fix the problem. What would you do?

This is the dilemma that homeless women face each period, due to the lack of sufficient access to feminine hygiene products. Many shelters do not have enough products to distribute to these women as feminine hygiene products are rarely distributed, and people have become so desensitized to homelessness that they barely even recognize or realize that there is a real problem at hand.

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If you are a regular reader of the Maxim Hygiene blog, you know that women’s health is one of our top priorities and that we want nothing more than for women to feel fierce, in charge, and healthy. Many women who are without a home encounter lots of hardships daily like finding food to eat, a warm place to sleep and avoiding sexual assault. When homeless women get their period, their stress levels increase ten-fold. Their self-worth drastically diminishes, and they feel vulnerable, ashamed and unclean because they often do not have access to a bathroom or a shower, let alone a sanitary pad or tampon. Countless homeless women have resorted to stealing feminine hygiene products or looking for old rags that they can cut or tear up and use to absorb the blood. This practice is very unsanitary and dangerous, as the rags that are used are often old and soiled and could cause infection, which ultimately leaves women more susceptible to contracting serious, life-threatening diseases.

Image courtesy of indiegogo.com #HappyPeriod.

Image courtesy of indiegogo.com #HappyPeriod.

Even in our modern female empowering times, menstruation is still considered a very taboo subject , so people often try to ignore it, making the situation worse for homeless women. Chelsea VonChaz is one inspiring fierce woman who refused to turn a blind eye when she was driving down Los Angeles’ skid row and saw a homeless woman who was clearly on her period and in need of some product. It was a life changing moment for Chelsea that led to her creation of the #HappyPeriod social movement, which started with just Chelsea and her friends gathering together to create bags filled with feminine hygiene products and distributing them around L.A. to homeless women in need. Their efforts have expanded to Toronto and they hope to make the movement a global effort with your help.

We encourage you to check out the #HappyPeriod fundraiser to see the wonderful work these women are doing. Every woman deserves to feel good about herself, and a period shouldn’t stop her. If you feel inclined after this article to help out women in need, you can contact your local shelter and donate some feminine hygiene products, or consider donating to a fundraiser of your choice, like #HappyPeriod which will put your money towards making a homeless woman’s life a bit simpler and with fewer worries.

Carolyn Maloney

With only 20% of the U.S. Congress being comprised of women, every female vote is fiercely necessary in order to better represent the needs of the female population. Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) is our hometown state’s first and current woman to represent New York City’s 12th Congressional district (she was also the first woman to give birth while in office).

Since she was first elected to Congress over thirteen years ago, Congresswoman Maloney has created positive change in many different sectors of government. We are most in awe of her nationally-recognized advocacy for women’s issues, one in particular which we are watching very closely – The Robin Danielson Feminine Hygiene Product Safety Act, a bill named after a woman who died from Toxic Shock Syndrome as a result of using a conventional tampon brand.  Maloney has tried to pass the legislation in Congress some nine times, re-introducing it again just last month, in a year that has seen a huge consciousness shift around period acceptance and awareness of environmental toxins.

The act asks that there be independent testing on all feminine hygiene products – from tampons to douches – by the National Institutes of Health that investigates the safety of the chemicals and synthetic fibers used by many femcare companies. These findings would then be made public, as would all ingredients – listed on the side of the box, a practice we at Maxim Hygiene products already implement as seen on this pack of our organic chlorine free cotton tampons.

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Although there is some research out there already on the topic, like the widely distributed Chem Fatale Report, there is still cause and demand for more. As a company who is committed to women’s health, we are inspired by Carolyn Maloney’s allegiance to this issue, which is why we’ve elected her as May’s Fierce Woman of the Month.

We had the great privilege of connecting with Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney about her dedication to the cause in this exclusive Q&A.

What inspired you to create the Robin Danielson Act originally?

I first introduced Robin Danielson legislation in 1999 to create a program to conduct the collection and analysis of data on Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS), a bacterial infection considered rare but more prevalent in the 80s and 90s, and linked to high-absorbency tampon use. The bill was named after Robin Danielson, a woman and mother who tragically died from Toxic Shock Syndrome in 1998 at the age of 44. I remember being shocked at how little data is being collected and analyzed on a product used so frequently by women throughout the course of her life. If tampons have the potential to be life threatening or cause some other adverse health effects we must do something about this for women everywhere.

Over time, greater awareness about the environment has led to more concern about the chemicals and other contaminants being absorbed in women’s bodies, which is why an updated version of the Robin Danielson Act in 2014 called for new research by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on additives in all feminine hygiene products. I reintroduced the bill again recently with the new name the Robin Danielson Feminine Hygiene Product Safety Act of 2015.

Why do you feel it is taking so long for this legislation to go to vote in Congress?

In Congress things take time, in part because it often takes strong bipartisan support to get anything done. A further factor in passing this bill is that women’s health and feminine hygiene are unfortunately not something members of Congress are comfortable discussing. I continue to reintroduce this legislation, because it helps move the conversation forward.

Do you think it is fair to make comparisons with the way the FDA and government has responded to the problematic ingredients of toothpaste, as RH Reality Check recently did?

The FDA is looking at triclosan, and many companies have removed it from toothpaste, but it is important to recognize that this chemical, which is an endocrine disruptor, is included in many feminine hygiene products. My legislation would require the FDA to consider the health impacts of all the chemicals and contaminants in these products as well.

Do you think the taboo around menstruation is partly to blame for lack of progress in research into these products?

Menstrual health has long been considered a taboo subject and something that is often overlooked and brushed aside. This bill helps begin a conversation to encourage research and ensure that women live healthy lives.

What can women do to help you and support you in enacting this legislation?

The best way to generate greater support for the bill is for individuals to call or write their representatives in Congress and ask them to support the bill. It’s great to raise awareness through word of mouth, and also through social media. Interested women can be advocates by sharing articles and information through their social media networks.

At Maxim Hygiene, we define a Fierce Woman as a “glorious female creature whose idea of beauty is hinged upon the idea that she can change the world with each choice, each moment and each breath of her life.” Who in your life is a Fierce Woman and why?

There are many fierce women in my life but I’m particularly inspired by women in political office who’ve taken charge and are leaders on issues that have gone unnoticed. That’s why we need more women political leaders so that a full range of perspectives can be addressed. I hope all women can become fierce and see how she can change the world through each action.

So, if you’re feeling as inspired as we are about this Fierce Woman, flex your feminine voting powers by calling or emailing your Congressperson and telling them you need them to support this bill. Don’t know who your Congressperson is? Click here where the fine ladies and our friends at Women’s Voices for the Earth have a nifty Congressperson locator tool.

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This year for Mother’s Day instead of buying mom (or grandma, or aunt, or whoever is a mother figure in your life) a gift, why not reconnect with your inner child and make her something like you used to? She will surely appreciate the extra effort and will cherish your present that much more.

At Maxim Hygiene we believe that health is very important, especially women’s health, so we also wanted to link back your gift giving to well being in some way that will contribute to nourishing your mama figure’s mind, body, and soul. We have compiled a list of five DIY health-oriented gift ideas to inspire you, but please do not feel limited to our suggestions.

If arts and crafts or cooking aren’t your strong suit, consider taking mom on a hike this Mother’s Day, to a botanical garden, or you could brew her a pot of herbal tea, run her a bath, give her one of her favorite books to read and forbid her from running any errands or cleaning. Your mother is busy being superwoman the other 364 days of the year already – she deserves this one day off to recharge her batteries and reconnect with herself!

Our DIY-Health Oriented Gift Guide:

Homemade Granola

Help mom start the morning off right with homemade granola that does not have any additives or preservatives that store-brought brands often have. It is very easy to make, and you control exactly what goes into the granola. Certified health coach and blogger Elizabeth Rider has a great basic granola recipe that is low in sugars. Consider gifting your granola in a mason jar that you can customize and decorate yourself.

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Recipe Book

Does your mom love to cook but already owns every cook book under the sun? If the answer is yes, then why not make your own? Search for some healthy recipes on blogs, in magazines, or even in other cooking books that include ingredients and dishes that your mom already likes, and put them in your own DIY recipe book. You can add in family recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation, as well as pictures of you and your mom and of other loved ones to customize the book even further. Check out these templates to get inspiration for the layout of your cookbook.

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Indoor Herb Garden

If mom has a green thumb and also enjoys cooking, then an indoor herb garden is a great gift that she is sure to enjoy. If you are feeling ambitious and want to create a full indoor herb garden for your mother, check out Brit+Co’s tips on how to get started. Otherwise we advise you to take any large pot you may have lying around, decorate it, buy some seeds and soil, and package everything up with a nice bow so that your mother can create her own garden as she sees fit.

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Aromatherapy Shower Disks

Very simple and easy to make, these aromatherapy shower disks are great if your mom is pressed for time and cannot take a long bath, but still wants some R&R. Add her favorite essential oil scents to the mixture, or choose ones you think will be most relaxing. Put the disks in a beautiful airtight container, like a mason jar, so that the disks do not dry out and can be used for weeks or months after Mother’s Day.

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Image courtesy of homegrownandhealthy.com

Lavender Eye Pillow

This DIY requires a bit of sewing but you could easily sew it by hand if you do not have a sewing machine. Eye pillows are great to use after a yoga session or whenever your mom wants to rest her tired eyes for a few minutes. Lavender is a very calming scent and helps ease anxiety.

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Happy Mother’s Day from the Maxim Hygiene team to all the fierce mamas out there! Go out and treat yourselves this May 10th!

Rotator Image_SafeRobin Danielson died in 1998 at the age of 44 after contracting Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) from the use of a conventional brand of tampons. Today many women feel like TSS is something that they no longer need to worry about and believe that tampons are now much improved. While it’s true that the particular product Robin used was eventually pulled from the market, there are still some unanswered questions about the general safety of tampons.

Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) has created legislation named after Robin Danielson – the Robin Danielson Feminine Hygiene Product Safety Act – that demands the National Institutes of Health undertake independent testing of all feminine hygiene products to ascertain the health impact of using tampons and sanitary pads. The act also asks that the FDA make publicly known the contents of all of these products.

As a company who cares about your health, is transparent about the ingredients used to produce our Maxim brand of organic and natural chlorine free 100% cotton tampons and pads, and hears consistent praise from women who’ve found comfort in the hypoallergenic benefits our products have to offer, Maxim Hygiene Products fully supports the Robin Danielson Act.

Maxim’s detailed educational videos speak directly to our customers’ concerns, show ways to detect the difference between cotton and other “cotton-like” materials and support informed decision-making. In the spirit of our mission to educate women about healthier menstrual care options, here are 5 reasons why the Robin Danielson Act is of such importance and needs the support of all women, especially during the upcoming National Women’s Health Week.

Amanda+logoReason #1: Women are still dying of TSS and we don’t know why. In 2002 eight women died in California alone from this disease. In 2010, 20 year old Amy Rae Elifritz was killed by her tampon. Maxim teamed up with Amy’s mother Lisa to support the launch of her educational non-profit You ARE Loved, which raises awareness for TSS. We think we should all be able to agree that no one should be dying because of their chosen femcare product in the 21st century. Yet, the Center for Disease Control no longer even monitors the prevalence of TSS, despite continued cases.

Reason #2: Women’s Voices for the Earth released the ‘Chem Fatale’ report in 2014 in which they outlined the potential hazards of conventional tampon ingredients such as dioxins, furans, pesticide residues, and fragrance chemicals and the potential link between these ingredients and cancer, reproductive harm and endocrine disruption, as well as infection, irritation and allergic reaction. The investigators argued that research conducted by the femcare companies themselves does not take into account where these products are used – in a highly absorbent and permeable part of the body – or the cumulative amount of time they are used, when drawing conclusions about the health risks.

Reason #3: Carolyn Maloney has been trying to pass this legislation for almost two decades. She began her campaign the year before Robin Danielson died. She has brought it before Congress nine times in total, this year will see the tenth effort. Every time the act is prevented from going forward to a vote. It is currently in the Committee on Energy and Commerce. Part of the reason for this is the lack of attention from women’s health activists and from the media.

Reason #4: When compared to actions around a product like toothpaste the inaction of Congress on this act shows a blatant disregard for women’s health. Concern over the chemical triclosan in Colgate toothpaste in 2013 prompted the FDA to investigate risks and some states have already passes legislation to ban use of the chemical in any products. The concern over triclosan is specifically around its potential endocrine-disrupting properties. Conventional tampons, pads and other feminine hygiene products also contain potentially endocrine disrupting chemicals.

Reason #5: The Robin Danielson Act would also require companies such as Maxim that are producing natural, organic, chemical-free femcare products to undergo independent testing. Women would be able to compare the ingredients list of a conventional tampon to the much shorter, more understandable list of ingredients in a Maxim tampon. Companies like Maxim would welcome the opportunity to be investigated as such and to have the opportunity to be transparent with their consumers about their products.

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So, what can you do? Here are the 3 steps we suggest to take action.

  • Call your Congressperson and tell them you need them to support this bill. Give them the reasons outlined above. A call and a direct email are much more effective than just a signature on a petition, although you should do that too! Don’t know who your Congressperson is? Click here where the fine ladies at WVE have a nifty Congressperson locator tool.
  • Spread the word via social media with the hashtags #tampontruth and #menstruationmatters – tell your friends to do the above this way. Share this blog post!
  • Switch to natural, organic, chemical-free products from companies that are open and honest about how their tampons and pads are made. Maxim has produced several informative videos detailing the ingredients we use and all of our packaging is clearly labeled with the ingredients as well.

While we push to get this legislation passed we hope to be here to support women in making informed choices about their health.

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Last week’s post introduced you to Ashleigh Sergeant, our #FWOTM that lives the yogi talk, naturally and sustainably. We learned she not only teaches people to “build a life you love” in spirit, but also in physical form with the example of the beautiful sustainable home she and her husband Justin recently built in Costa Rica (pictured above).

Fueled by a love for mother nature and protecting the planet for generations to come, this week Justin and Ashleigh share in their own words through this exclusive guest blog post, a more detailed look at three specific sustainable aspects of their new home that make it special and more friendly to the environment.

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Recycled Shipping Container – The central structure of the home is a 40ft high cube recycled shipping container. There are currently over 17 million shipping containers in the world right now and only 5 or 6 million are actively being used for global shipping on vessels, boats, trucks and trains. This leaves millions of inactive shipping containers laying around in ship yards, junk yards, dumps and recycling centers. Instead of tossing these incredibly durable and structurally sound items aside, people around the world are recycling them to create artistic, eco-friendly homes and structures.

We purchased our used container here in Costa Rica from a shipping yard near the capital city of San Jose. Shipping containers are all 8ft wide, 8ft tall and either 20 or 40ft long. The “high cube” containers, which only come in the 40ft length are 9.5 feet tall. Because the popularity of building with these vessels is increasing in Costa Rica, the prices have sky rocketed. Our high cube cost us $3,500, which totaled about $5,000 after delivery. In the US, containers are still extremely affordable.

Shipping containers are structurally built to withstand the weight of being stacked up to 9 containers at a time. This makes them extremely structurally sound and a great platform to build from since the infrastructure is already in tact to create second and third story homes. This statistic was one of our key motivators in using a container to build because it made it very easy for a quick build and move-in.

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Living Fence – The fence surrounding our property (you need a fence in Costa to both claim your land and to keep your neighbors cows from destroying your land!) is a “Living Tree Fence.” This means that the fence posts are all living trees. When the fence is planted the trees are just tiny little sticks. It’s incredible, here the jungle is so fertile you can literally just stick the end of a branch in the dirt (for some trees) and it will grow roots and become a tree! Not only does this method use natural materials but it also provides shade and can be used to support an agroforestry system on the property.  Agroforestry uses strategic placement of trees and shrubs among other crops or pasture to facilitate a sustainable land use system. Combining both forestry and agriculture principles, agroforestry creates more productive, healthy, diverse and sustainable usage of the land. In our situation, we planted trees that are “nitrogen fixers” which have been used in perennial agriculture for millennia. Nitrogen fixing trees help to restore nutrients and fertility back to the land while also moderating harsh conditions.

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Biodigestor – The septic system in our home is called a biodigestor which uses anaerobic digestion to process the waste which can then be used as renewable energy. The collection process gathers biodegradable waste into an area with the absence of oxygen where microorganisms break it down. The result is super clean water being returned right back to the land and harvestable methane gas. We use this gas as fuel for our tankless hot water heater — a completely renewable and sustainable system!

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Pura Vida!

 

Ashleigh and Justin

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If you’ve ever taken a yoga class, you know there are teachers out there that can lead you through a valuable life mantra that transcends your experience beyond any physical pose you may have been trying to master on your mat and elevates your being to a place of wanting to live a more conscious, natural and earth-loving life.

At least that’s what we’ve experienced in Ashleigh Sergeant‘s class, which is why we’ve chosen her to be our Fierce Woman of the Month. Ashleigh is not only a highly celebrated yoga teacher, but if not more importantly, she has built a life she loves and is helping others “connect with their unique purpose,” which in many cases can lead to a new found love for mother nature.

With Earth Day coming up next week, we are all (hopefully) taking on initiatives to celebrate our beautiful planet, however what more can we do year round to connect to the great powers of the Earth every day? Ashleigh’s yoga practice lead her on a progressive journey of answering this question. It sharpened her senses to the beauty of the world we live in and finding ways to preserve it by becoming one with it.

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Photo Credit: Justin J Newman Photography justinjnewmanphotography.squarespace.com 

In her own words, “it took a big leap of faith,” to leave the successful urban routine and following she had in NYC (where we first met Ashleigh)  for sunny LA (where we just opened a new satellite office) to where she recently created her own “magical” sustainable Avatar-like home not in the fictional native planet of Pandora, but in the beautiful reality of the jungles of Costa Rica (a place we recently launched Maxim Hygiene products).

Learn more about Ashleigh’s story in our exclusive and first ever Fierce Woman video interview below. Although a little long, you’ll be uplifted by Ashleigh’s authentic spirit, story and the beautiful green landscapes she gets to have as her backdrop not only in this video but in every day life!

For those who prefer a quick read, we’ve transcribed bits and pieces of her responses below the video. We’re hoping this piece will have you as excited as we are to check back in next week for a guest blog post by Ashleigh and her husband Justin on pointers about how they built different aspects of their beautiful sustainable home (just in case this interview inspires you to build one of your own).

Your bio tells us you grew up with and picked up your yogi lifestyle from your mom. Was eco-conscious living a big part of your upbringing? If so, how and was it difficult to live with those standards amongst your peers who may have not had the same values?

I didn’t live in a hippie commune away from society, kind of like I’m moving towards now, but I more feel like I was raised with a little more awareness and  consciousness about what I’m putting in my body, so it was always beneficial to me and I never felt really hindered by it actually.

How long have you been dreaming about having a sustainably made home of your own and how did you begin researching ways of creating it?

I’ve kind of been dreaming of living an alternative lifestyle my whole life. Everywhere I traveled made me realize the world is so much bigger than where I grew up in New Jersey and New York. I just saw all these different cultures and different ways of living and I was instantly and consistently pulled more and more towards trying to live this way or that way… helped me see I could live somewhere totally magical and totally creative and the idea of bringing that creativity in to my home and surrounding myself with is a big part of what my yoga practice brought to me. Creating the space around us creates our reality.

Here are the two books Ashleigh read and recommends for researching ways of creating a sustainable home:

Builders of the Pacific Coast

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Home Work

home workWhat was the most difficult and most fun part about the sustainable home building process?

The difficult part was really learning patience. Being New Yorkers we kind of were very pushy and wanted things to happen immediately. The more and more we pushed it seemed the slower it felt. I had to learn things take time.

The most fun part about it is seeing our land…walking around the property, getting our hands dirty and connecting to the earth and realizing this is my home. Becoming one with a piece of this land that offers us so much abundance.

Why choose Costa Rica for your new home?

So many reasons…the water is 86 degress, so warm, and so beautiful. It’s the land of Pura Vida (pure living). It’s about realizing here that every day is about enjoying yourself, being present in the moment and appreciating everything the world gives – our food, our shelter, our oxygen. Everything is so alive here. I feel so healthy and nourished by the seasonal and organic food here

Not that long ago Costa Rica dissolved their armed forces and put the money in to building schools and conserving the rainforest. I love that this is country is doing what they can, even though they are a small country, to really put that out there in the world.

Also Costa Rica runs off of 95% sustainable power so even when you’re plugging in to the grid here Costa Rica is generating most of its own energy which is huge for me because it’s less impact on mother nature who serves us all the time.

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If you were to talk to your grandparents or great-grandparents today, chances are they lived much simpler lives with fewer personal items and articles of clothing than you. Fast-fashion has become the norm, as people desire to keep up with trends and dress like their favorite celebrities, and become easily enticed by pretty storefront windows and glossy magazines.

Companies have taken note of this behavioral shift over the years and have gone to great lengths to not only reply to the growing consumer demand, but also to create one. Factories and sweatshops are included in many business models and society has learned how to overlook the harm it causes not only the workers in these places, but the environment as well.

If we look at the infographic below we can see the impact the production of just one single t-shirt has on the planet. If more people were to buy less clothing and try to reuse and recycle what they already have, it will benefit nature, the workers that have to mass manufacture our clothing and accessories, and our wallets.

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Image courtesy of asianfashionlaw.com

More and more companies and activists are starting to investigate how to improve working conditions and be eco-friendly, and they are doing what they can to revise business plans and raise awareness about the impact our insatiable consumerism has on the environment and on those around us. The advocacy group Canadian Fair Trade Network recently created an emotional campaign, “The Label Doesn’t Tell the Whole story”, that reveals some of the horrors workers in many third world countries face daily, many of which we are hardly ever informed about.

Image courtesy of The Canadian Fair Trade Network. The label reads, “Made in Cambodia by Behnly, nine years old. He gets up at 5am every morning to make his way to the garment factory where he works. It will be dark when he arrives and dark when he leaves. He dresses lightly because the temperature in the room he works reaches 30 degrees. The dust in the room fills his nose and mouth. He will make less than a dollar, for a day spent slowly suffocating. A mask would cost the company ten cents.The label doesn’t tell the whole story.”

The Slow Fashion Movement, coined in 2007 by design consultant Kate Fletcher, was established to go against the injustices factory workers face as well as an attempt to help save the environment. The movement is meant to encourage people to consume less and in a more intelligent manner, and give them peace of mind that they are spending their money on products that are of high-quality and were created in an ethical and sustainable way.

In order to create more sustainable fashion, people have gotten creative in the materials they are using. Designers and companies like Heidi and Adele are experimenting and toying with unique materials like waste salmon and eel skins, a byproduct of the food industry that’s becoming the new alternative to python, a popular fashion material that is unethically sourced. Take a look at these hot clutches that were produced from this more sustainable material:

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The goal of using different resources is to reuse, recycle, and reduce waste, as well as find ways to produce fashionable items. Many individuals are starting to take an interest in buying products that are made of these unique materials because not only are they attractive, but they they are “one-of-a-kind,” which makes people feel special and like they own exclusive pieces.

At Maxim Hygiene it is our goal to deliver high-quality sustainable and ethical products, as well as inform you about how to lead a more environmentally friendly and health conscious way of life that benefits the planet as well as mankind.

If you are interested in learning even more about how to live a sustainable and ethical but savvy lifestyle, then check out this article by Fashion Hedge that includes some of her favorite bloggers to follow.

So, Green Queens, what do you think about the Slow Fashion Movement? Have you already joined it yourself? Let us know and share some your fave finds here!

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