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Hello there! Courtney Citro here from Rust & Fray!

Rust & Fray is a fashion startup dedicated to creating sustainable, fashionable and functional bags for the aspiring & working professional.

We are focused on using only recycled materials to style and create our product. The planet we call home is precious and here at R&F we want to do everything we can to support the environment. We will be sharing a wide variety of all things eco-friendly from where to buy the best in-season local produce, sustainable living DIY’s to informative pieces about the environmental issues facing our society today and everything in-between. Now to jump right in...

It’s no surprise that global warming is starting to have a noticeable impact on our way of life. According to Vice, millennials will lose close to $9 trillion over the course of their lives. Now I don't know about you, but as a 23-year-old living in New York City, $9 trillion sounds like a lot of money I can’t afford to lose. With natural disasters like the Louisiana flooding or the magnitude 5.5 earthquake that struck the central region of Italy recently becoming more and more common, what are we as the upcoming flag-bearers of the world supposed to do? 

Global warming is an issue that many don't want to face or simply don't believe is real. Now, how one could say that global warming isn't real, clearly hasn't been outside in the last few years. Seasons have shifted, natural disasters have increased, water temperatures have risen and ice caps have melted. This climate heat up, is having the biggest impact on our oceans. To date, less than 5% of the world’s oceans have been explored, yet fish populations are rapidly declining. We now understand the colossal impact deforestation has on the species that live there, yet we keep knocking down trees to build houses or shopping malls. Society is less concerned with exploration and understanding, and more concerned with how they can use our resources with the smallest impact to them personally.

What people aren't thinking about, is future generations. I was told growing up that nothing would happen in my lifetime, but it is. We are seeing the effects of our overuse everyday and yet, when someone proposes a way to preserve, it is shot down by people claiming it will ruin some industry that they are personally involved in. Developers are worried that protecting our forests will lead to a decrease in commercial and residential development, fisherman are worried that creating marine preserves will lead to a decline in the fishing industry.

What these people don't realize is that if we don't take action, these industries and resources will perish. We will be left with no more trees, which means our oxygen levels will decrease, which means our carbon dioxide levels will increase making it near impossible to inhabit Earth. If our fish disappear, not only will a lot of ocean towns lose their livelihood, but our eco-system will fall out of balance, again making in near impossible to live here.

Now I don't know about any of you reading this, but I have a lot of exploring left to be done, and I would love it I am able to keep doing so for the remainder of my life. Please pay attention to how your actions impact our environment. Even the smallest changes can make a huge difference.

-- Courtney