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Sustainable Living is the theme of our April issue, which is fitting since Earth Day is celebrated this month.

Mar 29, 2021 03:36PM ● By Shae Marcus

Often the word "trend" feels like a four-letter word. I mean these days, trends seem to come and go so fast you can almost get whiplash trying to keep up with what’s in vogue; it can be pretty exhausting, frustrating and time-consuming.

One trend that, thankfully, doesn’t appear to be going away anytime soon is sustainability. It’s being talked about with food, farming, fashion, automobiles, travel, home products and the list goes on and on. Buying organic, eco-friendly, recycled, upcycled, solar and sustainable products has finally become hip. With any luck, it will go from being a trend to a lifestyle—one that will help save our planet for future generations.

Sustainable Living is the theme of our April issue, which is fitting since Earth Day is celebrated this month. Our feature article, “Climate Change and Our Health—The Human Costs of a Warming Planet,” focuses on how people are understanding that the warming of the planet has dire and immediate consequences for human health, yet the new realities also offer the opportunity for global transformation and justice. The article also addresses the need for us to make consumer and lifestyle choices based on sustainability.

Our Green Living section is filled with smart steps to detox your house; our Fit Body section has to do with working out with the planet in mind, such as donning Earth-friendly activewear, stretching on recycled yoga mats and picking up trash while jogging.

We also have a number of local articles that pertain to sustainability, namely: “Sustainable Fashion and What Brands Are Really Stepping Up,” “Organic vs. Traditional Cotton Pet Beds,” “Top 10 Ways to Be an Eco-Friendly Pet Owner,” “Top 10 Items That You Didn’t Know Could Be Recycled” and “Defining Sustainable Living.”

I hope you enjoy this issue and are inspired by it. I want to leave you with the following fitting, motivational quote by Lady Bird Johnson: “The environment is where we all meet,where we all have a mutual interest; it is the one thing all of us share. It is not only a mirror of ourselves, but a focusing lens on what we can become.”

Shae

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