#OFF THE GRID

A couple of weeks ago, I was able to get away from everything and head to the middle of nowhere in upstate, NY. The cabin we stayed in is pretty much off the grid. It's always great to get away from the everyday routine, but also really invigorating to get to be in such a secluded spot, out in nature. "Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience." -Ralph Waldo Emerson I need to be reminded sometimes to slow down. To enjoy the process. To just be. We also spent a day in the town of Woodstock. It's long been known as an arts colony and a spiritual and inspirational center for artists, and musicians. The town still has its artistic and freethinking spirit and its a lot of fun to wa

DIRTY DENIM

Making a pair of jeans is a very dirty, very toxic process. Xintang, China is known as the denim capital of the world and it is so polluted that the locals say you can't even give the houses away to get people to live there. Yet, the factories there produce about 300 million denim articles a year. The water in the East river has turned indigo blue and smells toxic. This river is the only source of drinking water for millions of people that live downriver in cities such as Guangzhou. Villagers nearby say that the dirty water is no longer fit for drinking or laundry. Fish have died out. That cool distressed denim wash on your latest pair of designer jeans is the result of several chemical-

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