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We at S . A L T  decided to launch a hat as our first product for several reasons. 

Our first initiative started with wanting to protect our oceans.

One way we know we can protect our shared seas is by supplementing sunscreen filled with Oxybenzone, Butylparaben, Octinoxate, and 4-Methylbenzylidine Camphote, that kill the ocean's coral reefs, with hats!

We still want you to protect your skin from the sun. There are natural, organic sunscreens on the market, such as zinc and titanium, that won't cause coral bleaching. But, in the meantime, choose a hat to protect your scalp and face from the sun. That way you're protecting the marine life, too.

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These hats are also are made of organic cotton.

Organic cotton is better for our environment, for cotton farmers, and for the future of our ecosystem.
Organic cotton farmers do not use pesticides to kill unwanted bugs, as well as, organic cotton farmers rotate their crop in order to stimulate and balances natures true working power.
More importantly, organic cotton is Non-GMO. Non-GMO is the best for any crop and for any farmer.
There are so many reasons why organic cotton is better than standard.
Standard cotton is a dirty industry. It's the fashion industry's dirty little secret. 

Further, we wanted to experience the environmental challenges people face when launching a business and ordering products.
Ordering a limited number of hats allowed us to become aware of what we do not know.
For example, we could not find out where our hats were made and who our hats were made by.

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Lastly, when our hats did arrive, we found plastic all over them. In each hat, there is a plastic tag that connects the paper organic cotton tag with the organic cotton hat. Our hats were also wrapped in plastic to protect from outside elements during the process of transportation.

Although, we at S . A L T will reuse, reduce, recycle, we cannot speak for other companies. Nor can we speak for the people who order our hats. What will they do with the plastic tag? Most likely these tiny plasticts will end up in the garbage as they cannot be recycled.

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Our challenges then helped us make our decision on who we wanted to donate to. Because we had two major issues to address, plastic in our oceans and fair trade labor laws, we decided to ask YOU, the customer, to pick whichever one is closest to your hearts.

Being responsible is part of the ethos of S . A L T. We must admit when we are wrong, what we've wronged, and make the necessary adjustments.

Thanks for sticking with us as we continue our journey to bettering the fashion industry, our impact on our shared environment, and protecting our oceans.

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Yours truly, 
Sarah and The S . A L T  Team


Our First Product: Why Our 1st Product is a Hat

Sunday, August 20, 2017



S . A L T had chosen two organizations for our customers to decide where they wish to donate their 1%. Below is information on both {taken from their sites}.

The Ocean Conservancy




What happens to the ocean impacts all of us. The ocean is our responsibility, but we can’t do it alone—we need to join forces with you and people around the world to keep our ocean and our coastal communities healthy and prosperous.

Ocean Conservancy has been at the forefront of the trash free seas® challenge for more than 30 years. Trash in the ocean has serious consequences for all of us, but there is hope.
Visit at https://oceanconservancy.org/about/


Fair Trade USA



Fair Trade USA, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, is the leading third-party certifier of Fair Trade products in the United States. Fair Trade USA audits and certifies transactions between U.S. companies and their international suppliers to guarantee that the farmers and workers producing Fair Trade Certified goods are paid fair prices and wages, work in safe conditions, protect the environment and receive community development funds to empower and uplift their communities. Fair Trade USA educates consumers, brings new manufacturers and retailers into the Fair Trade system, and provides farmers with tools, training and resources to thrive as international businesspeople.
Visit at http://fairtradeusa.org/

Your involvement?


The biggest thing you can do is not only purchase a hat from shopsalt.net but also donate to our fundraiser.

Why?
Small businesses struggle to make it far off the launching pad. We have big dreams to do big things in the sustainable, eco-friendly, plant-based community. Your help, not only helps us but our shared Earth.

Also...
The closer we get to our fundraising goal, the bigger our profit will be. That means, more money S . A L T can donate to the charity of your choosing: Following your purchase of the Protect Yo Mother: Earth Hat you will receive an e-mail asking for your vote. The charity you chose will get your portion of the 1%.

Why we chose these two charities?


S . A L T chose both Fair Trade USA and Ocean Conservancy for two reasons:

1.  S . A L T worked with a company that had misleading info as to where and who made their hats. We thought we were getting Made-In-The-USA, but rather, our lovely hats are made in the China. China isn't the problem as the country has been a leader in sustainable and efficient energy sourcing. What we worry about is the standard of workers who made our hats.
We wanted to support FairTrade USA in order to make decent labor and wage laws the standard norm across every business (eventually, including ours) and become FairTrade Certified.

2. On our caps, there is a plastic tag that connects the hat to the organic cotton tag. Tiny plastic like this is not recyclable, which is an extreme bummer. We wanted to make ourselves aware of the impact fashion has on the everyday person which eventually leads to plastic in our oceans. That is why we wanted to support Ocean Conservancy. Plus, the ocean is our main focus and we think the ocean needs the biggest help.

S. A L T believes in honesty - we hope you appreciate honest business practices as much as we do.

Thanks for your support!
- The S . A L T  Team

Who S . A L T donates to & Your Involvement

We wanted to say a little thank you to everyone who shares our love for the Earth & give away THREE wallpapers, curated and edited by our lovely team here at S . A L T :)

We hope you enjoy! Just click each image and save straight to your phone.

And don't forget to share with friends!!


The WINDY Palm:

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The PISA Palm:

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The B&W Palm:

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WallPaper Give Away!

Thursday, August 17, 2017





Which is more energy sustainable and environmentally friendly: How you wash & dry your clothes OR the transportation of clothes from China to the U.S.?

If you guessed "the transportation of clothes from China to the U.S." then you're right.

Shocking, isn't it?

The answer is dependent, of course, on how you wash and dry your clothes.
If you use hot water & a dryer and wash with chemically-made detergent then, you are contributing more to global climate change than those emissions produced by transporting your garments.


Here are simple ways you can reduce your impact on the environment:

1. Use cold water when washing your clothes, towels, sheets, and undies.

2. Wash your clothes with your own DIY detergent (Pinterest it!) or purchase The Simply Co* (pictured above).

3. Skip the dryer and go hangin' ... as in, hang-dry your clothes!
Of course, it's understandable to want to dry your towels and sheets, especially for convenience! Even if you dry those and skip drying the rest of your garments, YOU are still helping Earth out!


Did You Know?

You can reduce the energy use and climate change impact of your garment by 60% if you switch from dryer to clothesline & lower the temperature of your washer's water. 1
Cool, right?!


Happy Washing ;)
- The S . A L T  Team 🤙🏽 


*This is not a sponsored post. Sponsored post will be emphasized.

Rivoli, Pietra. The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy: An Economist Examines the Markets, Power, and Politics of World Trade. 2nd ed. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 2009.

Sustainability Starts With You: Laundry Edition

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Sewn Alternatively aims to show companies, big or small, making waves in the way garments are consumed and manufactured.

Upon scrolling In The Soulshine's social media and company page we were like, Ding Ding Ding! Brand Spotlight!

Here's what In The Soulshine is doing differently:

Promote a Plant-Based lifestyle
Why is this important?
S . A L T believes there are many ways people can combat the current climate situation. Limiting intake of animal-based foods is one of them. By eating plant-based, we are helping eliminate the emissions of greenhouse gasses (such as Carbon Dioxide & Methane). When we cut down trees and deforest the Amazon, for example, to farm livestock we are contributing to the release of CO2. When we create a demand for animal foods then, more animals need to be farmed and these animals release Methane. Therefore, when we limit - or even eliminate - our animal ingestion (decrease our demand for animal-based foods), we minimize our contribution to climate change.

Ethically Made
Here's a direct quote from their page:
All of our tee's and bags are made by our Bali Crew.
We searched high and low to find a production house that treated their staff with love & respect. 
Our tailors choose how much they want to get paid per item they sew so their salary ends up being 3 -5 times more than the average for a tailor in Bali.
We are so proud of each high quality item made with a smile.
Check out the difference for your self... compare our quality tee's with one from a department store that would use a sweat shop with staff that are not treated properly and not stoked to be at work. 
Our entire collection is printed with Vegan products.



Follow them on Instagram: @inthesoulshine
Or check out their webpage: www.inthesoulshine.com

Eat more veggies 🤙🏽
- The S . A L T  Team

In The Soulshine: Brand Spotlight

Monday, July 24, 2017



New fad? Or a total change of lifestyle?

We think both. And both are amazing for not only our oceans but for the health of our body! Avoiding plastic and eliminating waste (aka trash) is our best bet to beating climate change every day.

Why?

When plastic ends up in our ocean it ends up being a part of us. Plastic finds its way into our food, air, and land.

If you're a fish eater (even that sushi), studies have shown plastic micro fibers to have ended up in the gut of fish on the market.

Did you know? 70% of the oxygen we breathe is produced by marine plants. The possibility of breathing in plastic toxins, however, not a fun thought.

Because plastic does not biodegrade that means it's here to stay. It is here forever. Scary, right?
Humans are not guaranteed to be on earth forever. But, plastic, it will always remain in our land, on our land, and within everything we consume.

For our health?

Plastic causes cancer... yikes! As it breaks apart in the ocean it releases more toxic chemicals that enter the food web. But we don't want to bum you out about that, it's a never ending story.

However, you can change your lifestyle to avoid further risk to cancer.

Things you can do?

1. Use Reusable Bags
For groceries, you can use these.

2. Bamboo Straws and/or Metal Straws
You can find them here and here.

3. Reusable Water Bottle
You can find some here, here and here.

4. BYOC (Bring Your Own Cup)
To the coffee shop!
For beverages both hot (here and here) and cold (here and here).

5. Stop Using Face Wash with Plastic Beads
You know those exfoliants that have beads in them? Well, they're made from plastic.
Probably don't want to be rubbing plastic all over your face now, do you?
Some alternatives are using baking soda for a hard scrub or coffee grinds, sugar, and salt for a softer scrub.

6. Avoid Plastic Wrap 
As much as possible find foods not wrapped in plastic. It may be hard when first starting out and it may take a change of routine (as in finding different grocery stores to shop in or even venturing to the farmer's market) but, it will be worth it for the environment and YOU can do it! It's easier than it seems.

You can find more info on these sites:
http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/campaigns/ocean_plastics/
https://www.plasticoceans.org/the-facts/

In regards to fashion,  S . A L T will dive more into that soon. Where to shop, who to shop and why the fashion industry should change. For now...
Protect our Oceans! 🤙🏽
~ The S . A L T  team

What's Up With Zero Waste?

Thursday, July 20, 2017


Everyone loves an excuse to watch a movie or short film. Here's a quick list of cinema that will spark your interest and imagination about the depths of the ocean. 

1. The Smog of the Sea
A group of people take sail along the Sargasso Sea discovering the massive amounts of microplastics resting on the surface of what looks like crystal clear seas. It may be a hard to find the movie since it was available for limited release however, you may be able to watch it here. (More on https://www.thesmogofthesea.com/)


2. Fish People 
A Patagonia film that tells the stories of individuals who are connected to the ocean, one way or another. From psychological to physical, the barriers and the benefits, the ocean is there for these people. The storytelling gives insight into the variety of ways people are reliant on the sea. It's available to buy or rent on iTunes.


3. Chasing Coral 
Talking about the coral reefs, the bleaching of coral due to rising ocean temperature, and what it means for the world. It also informs us about the advancement of medicine that comes from our Oceans, how we must wake up to the impact climate change has on Coral Reefs, and the everlasting importance of the greatest living organism on Earth. It is an exclusive insight on the magic of Coral Reefs. It's free to watch on Netflix, if you have an account. (More on www.chasingcoral.com)

Happy Watching 🤙🏽
- The S . A L T  Team

3 Movies to Watch About the Ocean + the People Passionate about It

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

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