Inspired Style (Earth Day Edition): Paul McCartney

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When you’ve been a rock star for more than half a decade, you become an arbiter of style. Paul McCartney has been dressing sharply since the Beatles first debuted on The Ed Sullivan Show wearing matching collarless gray suits, ties, and stacked short boots that later became known as Beatle boots.

These days, the influential singer makes ample use of Savile Row tailors, often sporting a tailored jacket, trousers, a tailored black or white shirt, and no tie. Put succinctly, it’s rock star dashing – whether he’s wearing oxfords or trainers.

McCartney is today’s Inspired Style man because when he’s not performing onstage or collaborating with the likes of Kanye West and Rihanna, he’s devoting himself to charity work for the environment and animals. McCartney and his entire family are vegetarian, and McCartney supports PETA, the Humane Society of the United States, and Save the Arctic. He’s performed at several charity concerts and champions Meatless Mondays (interested folks can visit his Meatless Mondays website here).

Crowned with a shaggy mop of side-swept hair, Mr. McCartney is proof positive that you can look swank while doing good.

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Looking for more style inspiration to look well appointed at your next affair? Check out our Inspired Style category!

(Images, Top to Bottom):  Paul McCartney black and white 2010” by Oli Gill – originally posted to Flickr as [1]. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons, US Magazine, Style.it, Fox News.

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7 Organic and Eco-Friendly Products You Need for Earth Day

Earth Day reminds us to do something we should really be doing throughout the year – living sustainably and consciously. While there’s much good in planting a tree or attending an Earth Day event, there are also ways to incorporate eco-friendliness into your lifestyle.

We’ve scoured the interwebs to bring you the best in natural men’s goods. These pieces are simply sophisticated and designed to last you a very long time.

Read on for 7 ways to celebrate Earth Day in style.

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Sprout Light Grey Corn Resin Strap Multifunction Dial Watch

We can’t resist a good watch, and it just so happens that Sprout’s sleek grey timepiece is made entirely out of sustainable natural resources. A corn resin case houses a mineral crystal cover with bamboo dial, and the watch is water-resistant up to 165 ft.

Keen Slip Ons

Keen Timmons Slip-Ons

A pair of comfortable slip-ons in durable leather is an essential whether you’re at the office or on holiday. These Keen Timmons Slip-Ons are finished in velvety Nubuck leather that’s resistant to wear. But the footbed is where this shoe really excels – layers of recycled polyurethane, cork, and memory foam cushion the foot.

Some Keen wearers have said their shoes last for years with minimal wear and tear.

Patagonia Organic Cotton Shirt

Patagonia Men’s Long-Sleeved A/C Steersman Shirt in Glass Blue

The Patagonia Men’s Long-Sleeved A/C Steersman Shirt was manufactured to keep you looking dashing in even the harshest conditions. 100% organic, fair trade cotton wicks moisture away from your skin and is ultra light. This shirt can be packed snuggly into luggage without wrinkling, so it’s a favorite of travelers and outdoorsmen.

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Himalayan Salt Tequila Glasses – Set of 4

There are beautiful shot glasses, and then there are beautiful shot glasses that douse your liquor with extra flavor and nuance. Brett Cramer’s Himalayan Salt Tequila Glasses add just a touch of salt to your tequila.

Salt is naturally anti-bacterial, so these shot glasses require minimal maintenance.You’ll have one gorgeous tequila presentation with these uniquely grained glasses, which are also 100% organic.

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Edwin Jagger Premium Shaving Cream, Limes & Pomegranate

We are always looking for ways to achieve a smooth shave without harsh chemicals. That’s why we’re thankful for the existence of Edwin Jagger Premium Shaving Cream, which is all natural and paraben free. This rich cream lifts whiskers for a clean shave, and leaves you smelling amazingly fresh.

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Le Kraft Refillable Cognac Leather Notebook, Small with White Paper

Never underestimate the power of the written word – especially your own. Of course, most of us are writing all the time on our computers, phones, and tablets. But there’s something to be said about the age-old art of writing in a notebook.

The folks at La Compagnie du Kraft have crafted an exquisite notebook carefully sourced from the company’s native France. The paper is made exclusively from waste pieces from saw mills, branches, and trimmings in the maritime pinelands of Gascogne. None of the paper is dyed, both to preserve the paper’s rich brown color and to prevent the release of CO2 (which occurs in the process of dying paper white).

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Natural vs. Organic

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Earth Day is April 22nd this year, and to celebrate we’ll be doing several posts over the next few weeks on healthy and natural grooming. With the average Joe spending 3,000 hours of his life shaving, it’s important to step back once in a while and consider your tools and their provenance.

The first issue we want to address: the terms “natural” and “organic.” They two get thrown around a lot in the skincare industry like they’re interchangeable – but we can assure you they’re not.

What is the main difference between natural and organic?

You’ll find lots of products that claim they’re “natural” or “eco-friendly,” but in the end only “organic” offers government-backed assurance that your products are grown and processed without toxic chemicals, synthetic chemicals, or antibiotics. Products labeled “natural” use these factors as guidelines rather than rules set in stone.

If you’re looking to green your grooming routine, organic is your strongest option, since it’s the most strictly regulated farming system. All organic products must comply with state, federal, FDA, and international food safety requirements.

In order for a product to be labeled organic, it must be subject to both announced and unannounced inspections by third party government inspectors. The inspectors get so detailed as to audit companies’ records of purchases, ingredients, etc. to trace production from start to finish.

Because organic products are highly regulated, choosing them over conventional products has been shown to reduce exposure to toxic chemicals, including pesticides, synthetic hormones, antibiotics, and nitrogen fertilizers.

Here is a helpful chart from Organic It’s Worth It to compare the difference:

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Organic is also great for the environment.

Organic farming is sustainable, promoting soil health and species diversity while combating damage to water resources and even climate change.

One of the many practices organic farmers put in place to achieve environmental safety is using ecological methods of pest/weed control rather than synthetic pesticides. These synthetic pesticides deprive the soil of nutrients, damaging the ecosystem.

The conclusion?

Organic products offer you that extra peace of mind should you desire it. Opting for an organic shave soap or shampoo the next time you need to restock is an easy way to make your grooming ritual more environmentally friendly while knowing you’re getting the best quality available. That’s something we can tip our hats to.

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Shaving Myths Debunked: Does Wet Shaving Cost More Than Cartridge Razor Shaving?

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There is a lot of confusion out there regarding shaving. Every man shaves differently. Some of us use shaving soap, some prefer shaving creams, and some don’t use anything at all (though we don’t recommend the latter). There are also several types of razors – disposable, cartridge, double-edged, straight.

The sheer magnitude of options has given way to popular assumptions and myths. Since we’re here to help you achieve the most satisfying shave possible, we’re starting a series called “Shaving Myths Debunked,” in which we uncover the truth behind everything you’ve heard.

First in the series is a myth we encounter on a very frequent basis – that wet shaving costs more than cartridge razor shaving.


Myth: Wet shaving costs more than shaving with cartridge razors.

Busted: Quite the contrary – wet shaving is far more economical.

Let’s break this down: as of this blog post publication, a 4-Pack of Gillette Fusion Proglide cartridges costs $17.79 on Amazon, or $4.45 per cartridge. Meanwhile, a 5-Pack of double-edged blades from esteemed wet shaving brand Derby costs $1.75, or 35 cents per blade (blade prices vary and decrease if bought in bulk). A blade lasts about a week. Replacing the Derby blades weekly would come out to $18.20 per year.

While Gillette claims its cartridges last for 5 weeks, if you’ve ever shaved with one of these razors, you know comfort levels usually dip around week 2. Replacing a Proglide cartridge every two weeks for a year would cost $115.70, or nearly 6.5 times the cost of using the Lord Precision blades. Even if you replaced your razor cartridge monthly and braved the burn, you would be paying $53.40 per year, which is still about 3 times the cost of the double-edged blades.

Something else to consider:

Double-edged razors are built to last a lifetime – you can find 80-year-old, fully functioning double-edged razors out there.

Because they are so well made, double-edged razors and straight razors are far more eco-friendly than disposable razors or cartridge razors. Just think about how many razors/cartridges you’ll be throwing away in a lifetime (left to accumulate in a landfill) vs. replacing a straight razor or double-edged razor a few times at most.

In the end, you have to make a choice between quantity and quality.

GOT A QUESTION ABOUT SHAVING?

Whether you’re hirsute or clean shaven, we’re here to answer all your grooming questions! Leave your question in the comments below and we will consider it for a future post.

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