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10 Amazing Fashion Brands That Give Back

10 Amazing Fashion Brands That Give Back

We’re a world of shoppers. We like to keep up with the latest trends. But do we ever really think about what damage our shopping habits are having on the planet? Do we ever stop to think how buying that $10 dollar t shirt has affected the person making it? We’ve become accustomed to fast fashion that’s extremely accessible and cheap. But it comes at such a greater cost to others. Think of who made that shirt, how much they were paid, and their working conditions. It’s a subject we simply cannot ignore any longer.

But things are changing. Slowly but surely. There’s a load of amazing fashion brands out there that are upping their game and helping to change the face of fashion. These are the brands that value sustainability, ethics and helping others as their main ethos. Whether it be through sourcing sustainable materials or donating profits to charity, these brands are making changes. So next time you go shopping for a new tee, pair of glasses or even shoes, check out these amazing companies that are giving back:

1. Ivory Ella

Ivory Ella is a fashion brand which donates a portion of their profits to help the elephants. 10% of your purchase goes straight to savetheelephants.org which aids the research, prevention and awareness of the ivory trade. The brand has currently raised over $1,081,899 dollars, impressive huh! Delivery is currently only available within the U.S but the brand say they will be opening up to international orders soon. I hope so because I’ve got my eye on this cute necklace!

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2. ASOS Africa

ASOS are the e-commerce giants of fashion, and home to hundreds of amazing brands. It’s no surprise then that they introduced a line that appeals to those with more ethical values when it comes to their clothing. ASOS has now released eleven collaborations with SOKO, Kenya. Proceeds from the collection help to boost the workforce, which is predominantly women, enabling them to afford schooling for their children. Their latest range is currently on sale!

3. Elagantees

Selling great quality basics, Elagantees is on a mission to employ 500 women from Nepal to manufacture their clothing. So why Nepal? Sex trafficking is a huge problem there, and thanks to the Nepali Rescue Project, over 20,000 women victims were returned last year. Help to fight the trafficking by supporting this brand and their mission to put a stop to human sex trafficking and get more Nepal women into legitimate work.

4. Toms

This is one that will be on most people’s radar, but also one that is definitely worth mentioning! Toms has pioneered the way as a sustainable, giving brand. Their unique business model works on a ‘one for one’ basis. For every pair of shoes Toms sell, they donate a pair to someone in need. So next time you want a guilt free pair of casual shoes, you know where to head. You can find out more about the brands incredible charity work here.

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5. People Tree

Sustainable clothing and fair-trade fashion are what stands at the heart of UK brand People Tree. They aim for their supply chain to be 100% ethical and fair trade. People Tree collaborate with groups such as the Bombolulu workshop which empowers physically disabled people. People Tree also partner with a group in Nepal, which provides jobs for more than 2,500 women. Check out their latest Eco Edit.

6. Miki Moko

Miki Moko is a relatively new fashion glasses brand. They operate with a unique business model where the customer chooses the price they want to pay for their frames. Pretty cool huh? From the chosen price, 50% of that goes straight to charity! Miko Moko currently supports the Nepal Youth Foundation which helps to rescue indentured girls and return them to their families. The brand has loads of fashionable prescription glasses online but these are my personal favourite!

7. Sevenly

Sevenly is an apparel brand which ‘exists to bring funding and awareness to the world’s greatest causes’ now if that’s not a reason to buy a new tee, what is? Each week Sevenly supports a different cause, and you can even see how much has been raised on the live homepage counter! Check out the brands new arrivals section which is updated regularly.

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8. FEED

Known for their amazing collection of bags, FEED was founded in 2007 with the simple idea of creating a brand that could engage in fighting world hunger. Just one of their Feed Kenya Bags can provide 370 school meals for children in Kenya. So far, the brand have provided an outstanding 87,683,710 meals.

9. H&M Conscious Collection

It’s a good sign when the high street notices and adopts the call for sustainable fashion. The H&M conscious collections feature garments used from organic materials which support sustainability. Prices still reflect H&M’s affordable fashion, but without sacrificing the planet. This jumper is a must have for autumn!

10. Made

For unique Fairtrade jewelry, Made is your answer. Each piece is hand crafted by artisans, dedicated to using environmentally friendly materials. Sustainability is important to Made and they extensively use reclaimed metals. Investing in employees is also extremely important to the brand, they employ over 60 men and women from developing communities in Kenya. They’ve also collaborated with some pretty big names, Tommy Hilfiger, Louis Vuitton and Topshop to name a few. The dainty trio necklace is top of my wish list!

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So what are you waiting for? It’s time to get shopping! It’s helping a good cause after all…

Featured photo credit: Feed Projects via feedprojects.com

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Last Updated on August 15, 2018

7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape using your own body weight. Planks are one form of bodyweight exercises that will never go out of fashion. Planks are one of the most effective exercises you can do. Why? Because they require a small time investment on your part, and offer the chance to achieve substantial results in a relatively short span of time.

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Why is it important to train up our core strength?

There are numerous sites and blogs which detail ways to build your core muscles or core strength. Often though, these sites neglect to explain what your core muscles actually are, and why building them is important.

This is quite surprising, as core muscles are quite easy to explain. Your core muscles are a series of muscles in your midsection, and are used in most forms of movement. Though they aren’t housed in your arms or legs, your core muscles can help transfer force from one limb to another, or are used in addition to muscles in your arms or legs to increase their effectiveness. As such a strong core will make a big improvement on your ability to move and exercise further.

Also they are great for helping other muscles in your midsection such as your abdominal muscles. Your abdominal muscles are important for supporting your back and spinal column, and as such are important aids in preventing injuries. However for them to be most effective you need to spend a lot of time developing your core muscles.

In short, planking exercises can make a huge improvement in your muscles down your whole body. Making them a hugely effective exercise to perform.

One Exercise, multiple benefits

There are few forms of exercise as effective at building your core as planking exercises. However, planking exercises benefit far more than just your core strength.

By holding yourself in the position for a planking exercise, you’ll notice that your biceps, neck, and shoulder muscles are also being tested and strained. This this encouraging their buildup and development. This is great news if you like to do press ups, developed shoulder muscles will have a big impact on your press up performance.

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When planking, you are holding yourself up through your arms and biceps and so by holding a planking position, your arm muscles are being toned and developed. Making planking a great alternative exercise to other forms of bicep developing exercises.

Moving down your midsection, successful plank exercises actually develop the muscles in your butt! These muscles tend to be ignored by a lot of exercises, so this is another great benefit of plank exercises.

In much the same way as you develop your biceps and arm muscles, holding the planking position helps develop the muscles in your thighs too.

What is even better is that planking exercises don’t take much time at all. In fact you should probably only spend about ten minutes max per day in the planking exercise.

What will happen when you start doing planks every day

    1. You’ll improve core definition and performance: 

    Planks are an ideal exercise for the abdominal muscles exactly because they engage all major core muscle groups including the transverse abdominus, the rectus abdominusthe external oblique muscle, and the glutes. The importance of strengthening each muscle group cannot be underestimated either, for all of these groups serve their own purpose. If you strengthen these muscle groups you will notice:

    • Transverse abdominis: increased ability to lift heavier weights.
    • Rectus adbominis: improved sports performance, particularly with jumping. This muscle group is also responsible for giving you the renowned six pack look.
    • Oblique muscles: improved capacity for stable side-bending and waist-twisting
    • Glutes: a supported back and a strong, shapely booty.

    2. You’ll decrease your risk of injury in the back and spinal column

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      Doing planks is a type of exercise that allow you to build muscle while also making sure that you are not putting too much pressure on your spine or hips. According to the American Council on Exercise, doing planks regularly not only significantly reduces back pain but it also strengthens your muscles and ensures a strong support for your entire back, especially in the areas around your upper back.

      Check out this article if you would like to find out about how doing planks on different surfaces can impact the effectiveness of this exercise in strengthening your core.

      3. You’ll experience an increased boost to your overall metabolism

        Planking is an excellent way of challenging your entire body because doing them every day will burn more calories than other traditional abdominal exercises, such as crunches or sit-ups. The muscles you strengthen by doing this exercise on a day-to-day basis will ensure that you burn more energy even when sedentary. This is especially important if you are spending the majority of your day sitting in front of a computer. Also, making it a daily 10- to 1 minute home exercise before or after work will not only provide an enhanced metabolic rate but it will also ensure that that metabolic rate remains high all day long, (yes, even while you are asleep).

        4. You’ll significantly improve your posture

          Planking exercises have a great impact and improvement on your posture. This is great news as a strong posture brings with it a huge number of fantastic benefits .

          A good posture keeps your bones and joins in the correct alignment which means both your bones and joints will be better maintained and more healthy, but also means the overall effectiveness of your muscles will be improved.

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          A good posture will ensure your back or spine is in the correct position and so you will suffer less back pain.

          On top of everything, someone with good posture looks better, healthier, and more confident.

          5. You’ll improve overall balance

            Have you ever felt that when you tried standing on one leg, you couldn’t stand up straight for more than a couple of seconds? It’s not because you were drunk- unless you happened to be at the time!-  but rather, it’s because your abdominal muscles weren’t strong enough to give you the balance you needed. Through improving your balance by doing side planks and planks with extensions you will boost your performance in every kind of sporting activity.

            6. You’ll become more flexible than ever before

              Flexibility is a key benefit of doing planks regularly, for this form of exercise expands and stretches all your posterior muscle groups – shouldersshoulder blades, and collarbone – while also stretching your hamstrings, arches of your feet, and toes. With a side plank added in to the mix, you can also work on your oblique muscles. This will provide you with further benefits when it comes to hyper-extending your toes, a movement that is crucial for supporting your body’s weight.

              7. You’ll witness mental benefits

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                Plank exercises have a particular effect on our nerves, making them an excellent means of improving overall mood. How? Well, they stretch out muscle groups that contribute to stress and tension in the body. Just think about it: you are sitting in your chair, at home or at work, all day long; your thigh muscles get tight, your legs get heavy due to being bent for several hours; and tension develops in your shoulders due to being forced to slump forward all day. These are all circumstances that put too stress on the muscles and nerves. The good news is that planks not only calm your brain, but they can also treat anxiety and symptoms of depression– but only if you make it part of your daily routine.

                How to hold a plank position

                1. Get into pushup position on the floor.
                2. Now bend your elbows 90 degrees and rest your weight on your forearms.
                3. Keep your torso straight and rigid and your body in a straight line from ears to toes with no sagging or bending.
                4. Your head is relaxed and you should be looking at the floor.
                5. Hold the position for as long as you can.
                6. Remember to breathe. Inhale and exhale slowly and steadily.
                7. When your form begins to suffer, pull the plug. You’re only benefiting from the plank by actually doing the plank.

                Watch the video if you have any doubt!

                Here is a great infographic that shows the best plank variation exercises to evenly target all abdominal muscle groups:

                  How to improve your plank time gradually

                  1. Start with the easier variation if needed. You can start with a bent-knee plank if you can’t perform a regular plank yet. If you can hold a plank for more than two minutes with ease, you can move on to these tougher variations.
                  2. Practise every day. Space your planking exercise throughout the day and do 3-4 times every day. Try to hold the position 10 seconds longer each time.
                  3. Perform other body-weight exercises at the same time. Push-up and squat will improve your core strength too.

                  Are you ready to devote 5-10 minutes of your day, every day, to stay fit, healthy and, most importantly, strong as a bull? Then jump in and make doing plank exercises a part of your life.

                  Who Should Be Cautious Doing The Plank?

                  You need to be cautious doing Planking exercises if any of these risks apply to you:

                  • Prolapse
                  • After prolapse surgery
                  • Pelvic pain conditions
                  • Weak or poorly functioning pelvic floor muscles
                  • Previous childbirth
                  • Overweight

                  Choose an alternative pelvic floor abdominal exercise or consult your doctor before performing plank regularly.

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