Weekly Highlights -May 24th, 2023 - Less water, better cotton, and sustainable behavior change

May 24th, 2023 - Today, we’re exploring water rights in the Western US, sustainable agriculture practices in the global cotton industry, industry, and a few tips (9 to be exact) from Sustainable Brands on how we can all be more responsible consumers. Whether you work in a brand or you’re an everyday shopper, it’s important that we take a minute and consider the impacts associated with our lifestyle and favorite products. It’s never easy because there’s so much to consider, but that’s what we’re here for! We’ll get into all this and more. Dive in!

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This week’s references & links: Colorado River deal will bring water cuts to California - LA Times article outlining new restrictions that may be placed on CA, AZ, NV, UT, CO, NM, and WY. Link here: https://www.latimes.com/environment/story/2023-05-22/seven-states-announce-colorado-river-water-deal-agreeing-on-water-cuts-for-three-years

When it Comes to Sustainable Cotton, Fashion’s Focused on 1% at the Expense of the Other 99. Why? Forbes article from Brooke Roberts-Islam suggesting Regenerative agriculture could be the solution to conventional cotton. Link here: https://www.forbes.com/sites/brookerobertsislam/2023/05/09/when-it-comes-to-sustainable-cotton-fashions-focused-on-1-at-the-expense-of-the-other-99-why/?sh=26c8d6019823

Sustainable Brands A Brand Guide to Driving Sustainable Behavior Change - “How to create an advantage in the marketplace through sustainable and innovative solutions that influence consumer behavior.” Link here: https://sbweb.s3.amazonaws.com/library/Content+Marketing/Sustainable-Brands_A-Brand-Guide-to-Sustainable-Behavior-Change.pdf

Other resources: regenagri - a regenerative agriculture initiative aimed at securing the health of the land and the wealth of those who live on it. More at https://regenagri.org/

Regenerative Organic Certified® is a revolutionary new certification for food, textiles, and personal care ingredients. Regenerative Organic Certified® farms and products meet the highest standards in the world for soil health, animal welfare, and farmworker fairness. More at https://regenorganic.org/

Better Cotton is the world’s leading sustainability initiative for cotton. Our mission is to help cotton communities survive and thrive while protecting and restoring the environment. More at https://bettercotton.org/ Last week’s show: Be sure to check it out: https://www.theunderswell.com/podcasts/good-things-happening-just-under-the-surface/episodes/2147942188

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