Sustainable, but make it fashion.
Sustainable fashion is better for the planet. (Duh). Leaning away from fast fashion allows consumers, who care about the Earth, to support ethical brands who do not take advantage of their workers or enforce child labor. While fast fashion might get you in with the fleeting trends, sustainable fashion is made with quality and is timeless.
How Birdwatching Can Bring You Joy
Birds are the easiest way for us to observe and connect with nature, no matter where you live. Whether it’s the humble pigeon in a city or a red-crested robin singing its heart out in the countryside, birds are everywhere.
De La Soul
Y'all, I'm leaking. With the end of Aries season (but honestly at the start), the weather changes, and our good yellow friends decide to come out to play. Being in New York, though, you can't help but love Spring. People just seem nicer. Nothing is too overcrowded since some of us are still hibernating, but this city itself seems to do a great inhale from March to mid-June. A living organism that does what we all do after a real good sleep, yawn.
Parenting With Sustainability
Being a parent comes with great responsibility, not only to one's children but also to the planet. The truth is children go through clothing, diapers, gear, and food at a rapid rate. This in turn can affect the planet.
The Soap with 18 Uses that is Transforming Sustainable Living
Welcome to the new Earth-centered community on Vocal! I'm so excited to read your stories and beef up my sustainability game, but to get you started, If I must, I'll relinquish my secret hack for living more eco-friendly.
The Dog-Gone Reality of How Our Pets Affect the Environment
It’s easy to see how a declining bee population affects the environment worldwide. But how often have you considered how your dog, cat, rabbit, or even gerbil affects the Earth? Pets surely can’t make that much of an impact on climate change. Can they?
Calling All Snake Hunters
All is quiet on the Everglades front, at least as far as mammals are concerned. Why? Thanks to the Burmese pythons that have been released either accidentally... or on purpose.
Desperately Seeking Silence
Growing up in rural Michigan, then moving to Florida, the amount of background noise is one of the things that I have never been able to adjust to.
Watching Florida Change and Drain
At the beginning of the 20th century, Florida was one of the least population-dense states in the union. Except for the coast, the state was almost uninhabited. Some places, like St. Augustine, attracted snowbirds from the north and Europe, and sport fishing was beginning to attract anglers from the other states and abroad.
Finding a Part of the Planet to Call Home
Our little blue planet is such a beautiful place. With so much variety to choose from, finding a part of it to call home can take a while. It did for me. I hark from Australia – well known for its harsh climate and dangerous animals. Today I call the west coast of England home. It’s half a world away from where I began life.
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Creators We’re Loving
Meet the people in your communities creating extraordinary things.
Generally speaking, April is a month with a good reputation. It represents the spring holidays, the weather getting nicer, and calculating your tax refund. April is featured in soft ballads evocative of springtime warmth like “April Come She Will” and “April in Paris.” April is even the name of the most hallowed of pop culture figures, a beloved sitcom character.
Creator Spotlight: Laquesha Bailey
Laquesha Bailey is an expressive, kind-hearted soul currently based out of Ottawa, Canada. Being nearly 2,600 miles from her birthplace of Trinidad and Tobago, she continues to widen her worldview as she perseveres through undergraduate Global and International studies with a specialization in Latin American and Caribbean studies.
If This, Then That Challenge Winners
Together with our partners at Decider, we asked our entire community to get inspired and create stories that shared the perfect formula to help viewers decide what to watch next by taking a show or movie that most people know and love, and making recommendations for fellow fans from there. After much deliberation, our sponsor and our judges have spoken.
Creator Spotlight: Little Black Book Challenge Winner - Jess Sambuco
Jessica Sambuco, a.k.a. the first-place-winning creator of the Vocal+ exclusive Little Black Book Challenge (Created with Moleskine), spoke with admirable humility when we asked her about the largest win in Vocal Challenge history. Not to mention, she did it on her first try. That's right—one submission, one win, $20k in the bank.
Listen, Learn, Grow
This edition of Verified finds us on the cusp of April, and in the Greater New York area where we are, Spring has certainly sprung. As much as we would love to take the optimistic tone of the chirping birds, crocus buds, and increased accessibility to the vaccine, that would be disingenuous of us. The fact that a gradual return to "normal life" in the U.S. has lead to the return of mass shootings is impossible to ignore, as is the frighteningly pervasive problem of anti-Asian violence.
Creator Spotlight: Bianca Best
Bianca Best is an immensely driven, buoyant, and accomplished author, entrepreneur, and mother of four from the UK. While some adults tend to shy away from self-improvement and fulfillment as their primary responsibilities take shape, Bianca practices and preaches what it takes to rise above complacency and demand achievement in the modern world.