The Cut: No. 7

The Cut No. 7 - sustainable cruise - sustainable travel - Royal Carribean - European cruise - cruise ship at sea - She Sweats Diamonds

And we’re back to my monthly sustainable living blog post series, The Cut, for 2020!!!

Kicking off next the decade, I’m happy to let you know that I’m finding more and more brands and companies who make the cut. Although it’s taken a long time, it’s so great to finally see our world moving in this direction!

Let’s get to this month’s list!


Fashion is a large contributor to our landfills and pollution. To help our planet, here are some more great fashion brands you can purchase from and still do good.


I’m late to the game, but I’m so thrilled to learn that an old, but oh-so good classic denim brand made my monthly cut! In case you didn’t know, it takes a lot energy and resources like water to make jeans. So when you’re looking to purge for the new year or plan to do some spring cleaning in a few months, just know you can recycle your jeans through Levi’s partnership program with Cotton called Blue Jeans Go Green.

I haven’t owned anything from Levi’s in decades, but I’ve been eyeing their white basic pocket tee that keeps selling out from under me. Could this be the start to a renewed love affair? I think so!


Pact is a brand I recently discovered. They’re all about fair trade and organic cotton. The fact that they care to recommend cold-water washing when it comes to taking care of their products makes me so happy. This brand truly understands the depth of our impact on the planet.


Since I’m a huge beauty lover, I’m super excited to bring you more clean beauty brands I recently found you can experiment with. Feel free to play with beauty with me!


I heard about Nécessaire through Rach Parcell and other bloggers. Once I found out that they’re a clean beauty brand, I decided to look into them. According to their website, their products have no parabens, phthalates, sulfates, silicones, petro-chemicals, synthetic fragrances, and synthetic dyes. Win number one for me!

Additionally, their packaging is completely recyclable, including the shipping box. The Nécessaire team use boxes made out of 100% recyclable and 100% post-consumer waste material. They also use recycled ink and only work with FSC-certified vendors. Yay and yay! And according to their website, “No virgin forest materials are ever used.”

Third win? Their packaging. I’m such a sucker for a good, Instagrammable product!

lilah b.

  I’m happy to learn that lilah b. is one of the few makeup brands who have a recycling program! I don’t know too much about their brand or products, but their recycling program caught my eye. And yes, they’re a clean beauty brand too! All the praise hands! You can shop lilah b. directly on their website or at Nordstrom or Sephora.


One of the biggest things I’m starting now is to invest in items and services that are environmentally friendly. Here are my recent finds and don’t you worry, I’ll be sharing more eco-friendly brands pertaining to lifestyle as I find them!

Royal Carribean

Yes, I’m including a cruise line for this month’s series. Let me preface by saying this mention is NOT sponsored. However, if someone at Royal is reading this post, I wouldn’t be mad if an email showed up in my inbox. Seriously, let’s work together!

I’m sharing Royal Carribean with you for good reasons. First of all, even though I’ve only been on two cruises with them so far (fully paid with my own money), the outstanding service from beginning to end on both adventures was top notch!

Secondly, learning of Royal Carribean’s extensive environmental initiatives made me feel so good as a consumer. They were my first cruise line experience when I took my first major trip abroad a decade ago. Since then, I’ve taken a second cruise in 2014 to Alaska with them. And I had no idea of the extent of their environmental focus until just this week! To know that they care about wildlife, our oceans, and environment has made me loyal to their brand for life. I don’t think I could ever choose anyone else when it comes to planning my cruise vacations.

Crate & Barrel

One of my favorite places to purchase home decor and necessary items is Crate & Barrel. I was happy to learn of their environmental commitment and that they are working on manufacturing processes and new products. I own this marble pastry slab, utensil holder, and spoon rest from their brand.


To continue to keep you informed and make better choices for our planet, here are some fascinating sources and/or articles I found regarding sustainable living.

Quality vs. Quantity

Although this movie has been out for almost half a decade, I had not heard about it until last year. True Cost is a film about the environmental impacts of our fashion choices. I’ll be watching this soon myself and I’m pretty sure I’m going to be upset about it.

Australia fires

I decided to share a list you can donate to for those affected by the bushfires in Australia. I’ll be adding more organizations as I learn more.

Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors

Australian Wildlife Conservancy

County Fire Authority

CFS Foundation


Koala Hospital

NSW Rural Fire Service

Wires Wildlife Rescue

WWF Australia

And that’s it for the this the firsr issue of The Cut for 2020!

I hope you bookmark these posts so you can refer to them anytime you’re looking for a new-to-you brand, company, service or a product you need.

If one of your goals in 2020 is to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle, check out my sustainable living segment here on She Sweats Diamonds! Once again, I also cover sustainability over on my my Instagram and Pinterest accounts, so feel free to follow me! In case you missed it, I also just created sustainable living boards so check them out!

What did you like most from today’s post?

Feel free to comment and let me know if there is anything else you’d like to see in this series!

Image from my cruise to Europe in 2010

Note: Please note that there’s a website called The Cut that covers a ton of topics for women including fashion and beauty. My blog post series is in no relation to The Cut website as it only focuses on sustainable, more mindful way of living.

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