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Brad Pitt goes green, bans soap

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The 49-year-old prefers to use a combination of lemon, water and apple cider vinegar instead.

“Brad says he’s read up on the toxins of soap – especially the antibacterial ones – and feels that using them and antiperspirants is not only bad for the planet, but it also speeds up the ageing process in humans,” femalefirst.co.uk quoted a source as saying.

However, Pitt’s children Maddox, 12, Pax, nine, Zahara, eight, Shiloh, seven and five-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne and fiancee Angelina Jolie are not in favour of his new habit.

“Angelina was revolted – and their kids even started calling him ‘Stinky Daddy’. Angie agreed to humour him only as long as they weren’t on the same continent,” the source added.

Source:msn.com

Go Green And Make Your Wedding A Bit More Interesting

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You may not be able to halt global warming on your own, but you can at least exert some efforts in making this world a better place to live in by choosing to have a green lifestyle. And when it comes to weddings, you can decide to lessen your carbon footprint so that your matrimony will be transformed into an eco-friendly event. In this post, we are going to tackle some useful tips on how you can turn special day into a green event and start your marriage life right.

Tie-A-Knot The Green Way With These Helpful Tips:

1. Go local –  The cake, food, and wine are some of the important things at the reception. Go green by buying these wedding essentials at the local market. Acquire the services of your neighborhood bakery and let them do the honors of making your wedding cake; Buy all the food ingredients that you need at the local farm; and instead of ordering wines someplace else, why not support a winery from your town and patronize their products at the nuptial? Doing these simple things will lessen the carbon emissions that can be produce throughout the whole shipping and delivery process and in turn you are saving the environment without having to put too much effort in it.

2. Opt for Eco-dresses at your wedding – High end suits and wedding dresses are very enticing to wear and surely enough most of the brides would love to don an expensive gown at their special day. But instead of wearing pricey gowns that are made from traditional fabrics, why not go for eco-friendly dresses for a change? They are termed as eco-friendly because all of these dresses are made from natural fabrics and with no synthetic materials used in the coloring and the design.

3. Make all the guests aware about your eco-friendly efforts – Inform all the guests beforehand about your intentions of making a green wedding. Include this information on the invitations and encourage them to wear eco-outfits and bring ‘green gifts’. Moreover, if you can persuade them go easy on nature during the travel then go ahead and do so. Ask them to use ethanol fuel or biofuel on their way to your wedding venue. Ethanol is a plant by-product and it exhausts clean emissions compared to diesel and gasoline fuels. Clean emission equals less pollution, and less pollution to the air means less damage to the ozone layer which will eventually contribute to the decrease in global warming. It’s a clever idea to save Mother Nature while you’re on your way to make your vows in front of the altar.

Source:fashionnews.com

Organic & green to be likely fashion trends in 2013

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As soon as we welcome the New Year with hearts filled with hope and endless joy, the uber fashionistas, who do not want to stay behind when it comes to changing fashion trends, start fretting about the likely trends that are going to take the entire fashion world by storm. To answer that Fibre2fashion spoke to few designers on the topic and here is what they had to say:
 
“The year 2013 will see more and more organic and green things so whatever we do in fashion, architecture or in art could reflect the feeling of mother earth, however it would not be natural in a very clear cut way and definitely will not be typically earthy or brownish in color” says designer Rahul Mishra.
 
“Colour wise there is going to be a great deal of contrasts, the tone on tone range as well as monochromes are really big for this season,” he adds.
 
“In terms of silhouettes, the peplum is going to be one of the biggest trends and trousers of palazzos will certainly dominate the fashion circles,” Mishra predicts.
 
According to ace designer Ritu Kumar, the fashion trends in India will not be uniformly the same, “there would be a traditional classicism in the bridal line with more and more of metallic finishes and less of bling.” 
 
Designer Anita Dongre feels that abstract digital prints are going to be the in thing in the New Year.
 
“Abstract digital prints will enhance the look in a simple and understated way by adding fun and colour to everything like kaftans, maxi dresses, shift dresses and pencil skirts,” she says.
 
According to her, the pencil skirts which were re-introduced in 2012, “are here to stay and will be the most wearable trend in 2013. In terms of designs, the skirts will adorn cool tropical, chaotic or abstract prints unlike the usual geometric ones.” 
 
Dongre further explains that a pencil skirt can be teamed up with a soft sheer georgette blouse, broad waist belt and a great pair of wedge heels or pumps. She additionally stresses that the look could work equally well when paired with a basic solid coloured tank top and a formal blazer or a cropped jacket.
 
“In terms of colours, there will be more solid and sombre shades and washed black and white combinations, as well as creams and fresh hues will also be the new colours this season,” she concludes.
 
Courtesy:fibre2fashion.com

Why Buy Organic Clothing?

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People buy organic clothes for a lot of different reasons. Some people buy organic clothing because it makes them feel better knowing that they are doing something maintain their health and the planets health. Others buy them because they possess more aesthetic appeal. The difference between natural fabric and unnatural fabric is the way it has been grown. Cotton that is grown with the use of pesticides is considered unhealthy and hazardous to the environment and human health in general.

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When people use pesticides to grow their plants, they are harming more than many of us realize. The chemicals from pesticides can easily seep into the ground and get into our drinking water, which is why there are so many warnings about drinking tap water. Everyone should buy organic clothing because it helps to make a statement to sellers. Did you know that cotton is currently the most widely sprayed crop in the world? There is no other plant in existence that is as weighed down with pesticides as cotton.

The more people choose to purchase organic cotton fabrics, the more manufacturers will start to get the idea. Did you know that your skin can actually absorb the chemicals sprayed on fabric? Human skin is like a sponge, everything is absorbed into the bloodstream. In California, five out of the top nine different types of pesticides used are considered cancer-causing chemicals.

Another reason to buy organic is to minimize skin allergies. People who suffer from skin rash and other irritable symptoms are usually unable to pinpoint exactly what is causing their problem. Most people simply chalk it up to a mixture of things, when in actuality, unnatural cotton is the culprit.

What’s even better about making the choice to buy organic cotton is that it doesn’t cost anymore than traditional fabrics. It costs less to grow organic cotton because all that is needed are insects often referred to as “beneficial bugs” to serve as a natural pesticide. The ground does not become polluted with cancer-causing chemicals that get into everything we eat and drink.

Traditional cotton farming relies heavily on the use of insecticides, which currently accounts for 25% of world’s consumption. Aerial spraying is also used, which is hazardous and known to drift out into local neighborhoods, onto the farmers themselves, and into the atmosphere. Surrounding crops are heavily affected by the chemicals used to grow cotton.

Adding to the benefits of buying organic clothing is the way it makes you feel. There is an element of stress relief associated with knowing that you are doing something healthy for yourself and the environment. When you buy organic clothes, it can also help to increase your awareness in relation to going green. All it takes is a few simple changes in your life to really awaken your natural instinct to protect the health of yourself, your environment, and your family.

ArticeSource:EzineArticles.com

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Aloe Vera Sarees – Handloom Sarees With a Difference!

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Image   You might have heard about aloe vera gel for skin care or its extract for health care but you would have never heard of sarees made of it! After being used for giving magical glow to Cleopatra’s skin and medical wellness to Alexander ages ago, this herb has landed right into the wardrobes of Indian women in the form of sarees!

Weavers in Anakaputhur suburb of Tamil Nadu are experimenting with aloe vera fibers to make colorful sarees. Till now, these weavers were making hand loom sarees from traditional natural fibers like cotton and silk. However, with the increasing prices of yarn, they started finding other options for making their sarees. First they used banana fibre, and now they have started using fibre from the Aloe Vera plant. “Sarees made from Aloe Vera fibre are in demand. Weavers today are earning well,” as told by Sekar, the President of the Anakaputhur Jute Weavers Association. What more? These are very cheap saris as compared to the traditional hand loom sarees. They can be bought in as low a price as 700 rupees though in Tamil Nadu only. Hopefully, these sarees will soon be available in other parts of India and world too!

Aloe vera Internationally

In the western countries like Germany and Spain, Aloe Vera enriched clothing is in the initial stages of development. It has been claimed that this herb in garments prevent aging of the skin; rejuvenate skin cells: and keep skin free from microbial infections. Dermatology tests related to the textile applications of these fibers were conducted by a research university in Germany. Presently, these garments are manufactured in Barcelona, Spain. It is mainly used for manufacturing inner garments, stockings etc. due to the claimed additional functions like absorbing bad smell, and providing anti-bacterial features. Looking at the initial stages of development of garments from aloe vera, the achievement of Tamil Nadu weavers is really commendable as they are making full fledged embellished sarees with it!

Source:Ezinearticles.com