Why can’t Ralph Lauren Be More Like Eileen Fisher?

Eileen Fisher Sketch

Eileen Fisher Sketch

Whenever you see this ampersand in Eileen Fisher product it means there is a story about the company’s broader efforts to protect the environment, empower women and girls, and support traditional crafts and cultures. Check out all of their efforts here: http://eileenfisherampersand.com/

And because that is only the beginning, Eileen suggests ten simple ways each of us can make a difference:
1. Go organic. Organic fibers like cotton and linen are grown without harmful pesticides and fertilizers. Better for your skin, better for the earth.
2. Simplify. Buy only items you love, that are easy to care for and that will stay in style for years.
3. Reuse. Drink from a metal water bottle; bring a reusable bag when you go shopping.
4. Breathe easier. Cleaning products made with essential oils and naturally occurring agents that are biodegradable and phosphate-free will let you breath easier, literally and figuratively.
5. Stretch and move. You’ll feel better and be connected to the seasons if you walk or bike instead of driving.
6. Reduce. Learn how to reduce your carbon footprint by taking the quiz at http://www.myfootprint.org.
7. Save trees. Choose paper towels, tissue and toilet paper that have a high percentage of recycled content. Eliminate unwanted catalogs through the free service Catalog Choice at http://www.catalogchoice.org.
8. Switch to green power. Check with your local utility company to sign up for green power or purchase off-sets through e-certified companies like Native Energy at http://www.nativeenergy.com or the Carbon Fund at http://carbonfund.org.
9. Borrow and share. Use the public library; borrow your neighbor’s hedge trimmer. You’ll have less clutter-and more community.
10. Hand wash wools and silks. Read labels on your clothing. Many more wools and silks can be hand washed than you might expect. If you do use a dry cleaner, look for one that uses environmentally friendly solvents.

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