The shocking reality of our local shopping malls.

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A man walks through a mall holding shopping bags
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Over 190 million dollars worth of clothing ends up in a landfill annually. That’s about 11 million tons of textiles piling up around the world. And though cotton can take up to 5 months to decompose, leather and nylon clothes typically take over 25 years. You get it — it’s a lot of trash.

But why? you might ask. Why is the fashion industry producing so much waste? You guessed it; fast fashion. While over-consuming plays a major role in this polluting industry, especially in the U.S., the biggest problem lies in the hands of fast fashion companies. …

A bisexual woman’s perspective on the critique of Rainbow-Washing.

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The inside of a rainbow-colored flag
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Recently, considering it’s June, I’ve seen an influx of Medium articles on my recommended for you page centered around pride month. At first, I was thrilled. It seemed like Medium, like many other businesses, was promoting lgbtq+ creators and their stories. I loved discovering more lgbtq+ writers on the platform. After reading scores of lgbtq+ centered articles, many writers, like Alexandra Tsuneta, gained my follow. People like her are going to change the world for the better. Other times, authors I had been following for quite some time, wrote an lgbtq+ story that pleasantly surprised me.

However, many of the…

Simple and inexpensive ways to decrease plastic pollution.

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When I was in high school, I made it a goal of mine to go zero-waste in college. I planned on buying food with mason jars, never using plastic, and always composting my food scraps. Little did I know I’d have zero money (see what I did there?) in college to fully achieve that goal. But as a university student should, I learned a few things, specifically about how to reduce your kitchen and food waste.

Reusable Cotton Produce Bags

We all know about (and hopefully use) reusable shopping bags, but the less uncommon reusable bags we all need are for our fruits and…

Her long-term trick to beat Medium’s algorithm.

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Have you quit your day job to write on Medium? Are you one of the top 5% of writers on Medium? Do you make over $500 on Medium every month or every week? If the answer to any of those questions is something along the lines of No, but I wish —you’ve come to the right place.

As you can tell from my profile, I’m a new writer on Medium. Maybe I’m a bad writer, maybe I’m too inexperienced or maybe, I’m too busy. …

The key to the 8–8–8 rule and a truly healthy lifestyle.

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By now, we all know the golden 8–8–8 rule: work, sleep, and leisure. It’s one of the most efficient ways to keep you, and your life essentially, in check. However, one of the pitfalls of this lifestyle is time and if you have them, children (that’s an article for another day).

“But Natalia”, you ask, “how does that relate to working out at the gym?”

The simple answer is you’re busy. We all struggle to find the time, and motivation, to drag ourselves out the door, sit our ass down in the car, drive to the gym half-asleep, work out…

Gen X, Baby Boomers, and Millenials, this is for you

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A young woman suprises her grandmother
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We all know elderly people face discrimination because of their age, but recently, young people have been facing the sample problem.

Think about it.

How many times have you seen a Facebook post about teenagers being glued to their phones? How many times have you thought a person unfit to do a job because of their age or their “inexperience?” How many times have you voted for an older politician versus a younger one? How many times have you talked over a teenager?

I can go on and on because we all do it. We all think we know best…

A simple solution to decreasing your stress levels.

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The very first thing I did on my 16th birthday was visit the DMV. I couldn’t wait another day to get my license because driving meant freedom.

A driver’s license was like the key to a new world, to adulthood, to independence. There was no greater gift than the gift of getting to do what I want. With this little piece of plastic I could go anywhere I wanted. I could speed without my parents chastising me and blast rap music with the windows down.

It was magical.

And I didn’t see how anyone could think otherwise. I’d fly down…

No, it wasn’t because of health insurance

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Woman in scrubs and mask walks through hospital courtyard
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The average American adult goes to the doctor about three times a year.

For the first six months of my senior year of high school, I went to the doctors 55 times. (Credit to my iPhone calendar for bookkeeping). …

This inspiring story will change Gen-Z for the better.

Jojo Siwa poses with a peace sign, wearing a big red bow and an outfit made of stars
Jojo Siwa poses with a peace sign, wearing a big red bow and an outfit made of stars
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You may know her as the reality tv show’s sparkly sensation or the giant-hair-bow-girl whose face is plastered all over children’s toys, but recently, she has become a vibrant young role model.

In 2014, Jojo Siwa made an appearance in the fourth season of Dance Moms. She was then asked to replace a cast member that was leaving. After two years or so of stardom on Dance Moms, Nickelodeon offered JoJo a deal. She accepted.

With Nickelodeon, Jojo produced music, children’s toys, accessories, apparel, and bedding. She was also featured in her own Nickelodeon special, an animated series about her…

The zero-effort method to positivity.

A smiling woman holds a leaf while listening to music
A smiling woman holds a leaf while listening to music
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For nearly three years of my life, I straightened my hair every day. I woke up early each morning and damaged the hell out of it. Then I was diagnosed with hyperthyroidism and it started to fall out. I pumped myself full of products and vitamins for a year but nothing brought the hair I used to love back. My self-esteem fell. I couldn’t feel beautiful with this mop of regret and split ends framing my face.

So I scripted like my life depended on it. I meditated and made vision boards, (and deep conditioned once a week) but something…

Natalia Packwood

Open-minded environmentalist, activist and lover of many things

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