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Hygge: the Danish way of living

Hygge, pronounced "Hue-Guh", is a Danish concept on the art of living. Although it cannot be translated into a single word, hygge relates most closely to the “happiness which money can’t buy.” Nowadays, everything is an excuse to make your daily life more hygge. Just a passing fad, or a real art of living? Why is it a source of inspiration? Denmark is both fascinating and intriguing. Despite having weather that could deter more than some, the country was nominated several times as the world's happiest country by The World Happiness Report. But what exactly makes Danish people so happy? No wonder they are a source of inspiration; their most sough-after secret is called hygge. The idea behind this word is to live fully in the present moment. Therefore, answering emails and posting on Instagram or Twitter at anytime is out of the question. Since this moment doesn’t allow for any external distractions, one must cut off all access to a phone or a computer. It's a return to authenticity and to enjoying simple things in life, along with candles, a fireplace, a hot drink and a big sweater for a warm and cozy winter. Along with this return to authenticity, the “hyggists” promote many other activities, such as practicing yoga and meditation, reading, drawing, gardening…. Anything that helps one relax, be in the company of others and treat oneself. Why does it make us feel good? From house furniture to make-up products, today anything goes when it comes to bringing some “hygge” to our lives--and sometimes with no valid reason required! Even brands now eagerly use the hygge connotation to sell their products. Fashion and beauty bloggers are also surfing the trend by posting hygge-inspired photos with pastel colours, which may cause the concept to lose a bit of credibility. However, in Danish culture hygge is more than a passing fad with superficial appearances: it is a lifestyle that is deeply instilled and one of the main causes of the country's well-being, according to Meik Viking, CEO of the Happiness Research Institute of Copenhagen and author of the best-seller The Little Book Of Hygge: The beauty of this lifestyle also lies in its authenticity. It is going beyond the diktats of passing trends and finding a rhythm of life in accordance with our needs and personality. To stop racing against time would allow us to better appreciate and feel the comfort of the present moment. But in order to do so, we need to allow ourselves to shut our phones off and disconnect from social media. Let’s hide and live happily: this also is the subliminal message which Hygge seems to advocate. By Leslie Dion

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5 tips for becoming an eco-traveler (for real!)

You buy organic and local? You have changed you habits to be more eco-responsible but find it hard to keep them up when traveling abroad?  Here is a blog that will help you be eco-friendly wherever you go.

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Lithotherapy: minerals and their virtues

Since the dawn of time, humans have been fascinated by the benefits of minerals.  Egyptians, Aztecs and Native Americans were seeing a protective virtue in each and every gemstone acting both in medical treatments and in the spiritual well-being of the body and mind.

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Fast Fashion: State Of Play

Remember when department stores produced only two collections a year?  Spring/ Summer and Fall/Winter.  That was it and that was enough. Today, the term Fast Fashion refers to a phenomenon in the fashion industry whereby companies produce new collections at a very high pace. Companies now offer between 26 to 52 collections per year to meet consumer’s demand for the most recent trends.   But at what cost? The consumer isn’t the one “paying the price” since this practice is mainly utilized by the low-end brands . The price of their clothing is ridiculously low, especially in the clearance sale section filled with items that are barely a month old. In short, companies must get new trends  as quickly and cheaply as possible to market in order to offer new clothing to customers who are constantly looking for the next best thing.   And here we go again… And again…   The Human Cost Knowing that only 12 cents from the sale of every $14 t-shirt goes towards a workers salary raises some serious doubts around the  always faster always cheaper industry.  Tragedies such as The Rana Plaza or shocking documentaries like The True Cost are a reminder that these issues exist.  Unfortunately, the cycle resumes its “normal” course just a few hours later, the news being relegated to a dark corner of our collective  brain.  As a society, we are in denial.   Yes, we do like to constantly renew our wardrobe in order to follow the latest fashion trends dictated by the industry and yes, we also like to pay less.   Our reality is so far away from that of these misery workers that it is difficult for us to even conceive it. Yet, thousands of workers in Bangladesh and in other textile-producing countries work for an extremely low salary and in appalling conditions beyond understanding.  All of this so we can have the latest trend t-shirt for cheaper than cheap.  Food for thought when in comes to the hidden cost of clothing.  One thing is certain: someone, somewhere is paying the price.  If not the one selling nor buying it, then it’s inevitably the one making it. The Environmental Cost The environmental burden behind such practice is obviously heavier than we can imagine and bear as a planet.  We throw tons and tons of clothing collectively every year.  We can outrightly call it an environmental disaster.  Most of the clothing sold in those department stores are of very poor quality.  We quickly get rid of them either because they are out of style or because they wear out after a few washes.  For this reason we can’t resale them, and often charity and second-hand stores won’t take them. Therefore they end up in the landfill.    Beyond the environmental cost of the pollution produced by ending their days in the landfill, clothes also pollute when being manufactured   The fashion industry is, by the way, the second most polluting industry right after the oil industry.  Imagine all the ressources needed to manufacture these poor quality garments that will be worn an average of 5 days and will have a 35-day lifespan.  The mere thought of the long term consequences is chilling. Our role Fast Fashion exits because we, as consumers ask for it and encourage it.  Each and every one of us plays a decisive part in this phenomenon and by shedding light on the reality of this industry, we  will hopefully succeed at bringing some change.  Would you be willing to pay a little bit more, and to consume a little less in order to be part of the solution?   By Camille Tériault  

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