Cariloha Opens in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

31 Jul

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Cariloha this week opened a new corporately owned and managed store in the popular tourist city of Playa Del Carmen on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.

The store is approximately 330 sq. ft. and is located next door to its sister brand, Del Sol, on famous 5th Avenue across from the ADO Bus Terminal and the Cozumel Ferry Terminal, which transport thousands of tourists to and from Playa every day. Veteran Cariloha Store Manager, Beto Avila, will be managing both stores with local staff members.

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The stores is also located within 30 minutes of multiple theme parks, popular excursion sites, and the Cancun airport.

Most people who visit Playa Del Carmen are there to shop, play at the beach, scuba dive, visit Mayan ruins, and enjoy the nightlife and theme parks. Welcome to the Cariloha worldwide family!

What are your favorite things to do in Playa Del Carmen or anywhere along the Yucatan Peninsula?

Kimberly-Clark Company to Begin Using Bamboo in Paper Products

30 Jul

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Why would paper products giant Kimberly-Clark turn to bamboo fibers in manufacturing its line of paper products? In a nutshell, sustainability. The company has committed to sourcing at least 50 percent of the materials used in its product lines from alternative, sustainable fibers by 2025. It’s an ambitious timeline, but Brenda Nelson, a director in the family care division, is confident they’ll succeed. “We did enough research on the fibers and potential barriers to know that it’s achievable,” she said in an interview.

Why Bamboo?

The company is using both bamboo and wheat straw to address two pressing concerns in the manufacturing process: The need for a more environmentally friendly and sustainable source of fiber, and the rapidly increasing costs in wood pulp. According to Forbes, the company saw a $240 million increase in expenses for wood pulp in 2014 alone.

In addition, consumers are increasingly demanding products that are manufactured in a socially conscious, environmentally friendly way; alternative fibers such as bamboo address the needs of these consumers.

Bamboo grows exponentially faster than trees used to make wood pulp, and it requires no fertilizers or pesticides in the process, making it a favorite source of sustainable materials. While the vast majority of the projected $17 billion commercial bamboo market is located in Asia, Kimberly-Clark has partnered with Booshoot, a biotech startup in Seattle, to grow non-genetically modified bamboo on a commercial scale in the U.S.

What Products Will Be Available?

Staples currently carries a line of Kimberly-Clark copy paper made from 80 percent wheat straw, but the company is greatly expanding its offerings, launching a new line of GreenHarvest products under the Kimberly-Clark Professional division in 2015. The products include a Scott bathroom tissue made with 20 percent bamboo fibers, and a Kleenex brand paper towel line made using 20 percent wheat straw.

These products will be sold to commercial customers such as hospitals, restaurants, and sports venues, and will not be available to individual consumers right away. However, the new line’s success will affect the timetable for launching consumer paper products.

In 2012, Kimberly-Clark launched a line of bathroom tissue in the United Kingdom under the Andrex Eco brand, which is manufactured using 90 percent recycled fibers and 10 percent bamboo fiber. The Andrex Eco tissue was the first bathroom tissue product using bamboo fibers marketed at the retail consumer level in the U.K.

The company also launched a line of Viva paper towels in Australia made with bamboo fiber in 2013. It was the first paper towel product to contain bamboo sold in that country. The bamboo used in this line is also certified by the Forest Stewardship Council, indicating that it is responsibly sourced from bamboo not used as food or habitat by pandas.

What Is the Timeline?

The company has not released a specific timeline for rollout of particular products using the sustainable fibers, but it is has indicated its commitment to increase sales of sustainable and environmentally conscious products to 25 percent by the end of 2015.

In addition, its commitment to increasing its use of sustainable fibers by 2025 indicates a fairly aggressive roll out of new products containing bamboo and wheat fibers in order to achieve its goals. Given the popularity of eco-friendly products, industry watchers expect to see new versions of prominent Kimberly-Clark products such as Huggies disposable diapers and Cottonelle bathroom tissue fairly soon.

So far, major competitors such as Proctor & Gamble haven’t introduced any consumer paper products using bamboo fibers, and it’s unclear if they will in the near future. Kimberly-Clark is leading the way for consumers looking for sustainable fiber alternatives for their home paper products.

Resources:

http://www.greenbiz.com/news/2012/11/08/kimberly-clark-banking-bamboo

http://www.forbes.com/sites/greatspeculations/2015/04/17/kimberly-clarks-push-for-alternative-raw-materials-kills-two-birds-with-one-stone/

http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2015/apr/12/paper-company-turns-to-wheat-straw-bamboo-for-tiss/

http://www.environmentalleader.com/2012/03/28/kimberly-clark-to-launch-bamboo-toilet-paper/

6 Ways to Spice up Your Weekend

24 Jul

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Do your weekends end up filled with more work than play? Check out these ideas.

Does it seem like your weekend is often less relaxing than weekdays? With all the demands around the house, with the kids and for the car, it’s easy to miss out on the important time to rejuvenate. But every once in a while, you deserve a break.

FirstThings.org cited a report released by the National Marriage Project that found, “Couples who manage to devote time specifically to one another at least once a week are markedly more likely to enjoy high-quality relationships and lower divorce rates compared to couples who do not devote as much couple time to one another.”

With this in mind, take a weekend to indulge yourselves and recharge your relationship with one, or several, of these fun activities.

Play some board games — with a twist

Board games might sound like a tame pursuit, but that is why you’ve got to mix it up when you’re playing with just your spouse. Make sure wherever you’re playing is a secure location safe from unexpected intruders, then raise the stakes with this rule: Every time someone loses a game, he or she must discard a piece of clothing. Watch how desperately your husband tries to beat you when he finds out what the prize is.

Go on a scavenger hunt

This activity is a great way to get you out of the house and experience new things as a couple. The idea is you have to collect a variety of items or pictures of items from all kinds of locations. You can compete against each other, against other couples, or against nothing at all, perhaps with just a time limit.

The Diva Girl Parties and Stuff blog suggests all kinds of scavenger hunts, including seasonal ones, door-to-door hunts, around the town hunts, mall hunts, nature hunts, signature hunts, video hunts and even cemetery hunts.

Indulge in luxury—with a twist

You’ve heard of a wine-tasting night, what about a chocolate-tasting night? Grocery stores have all kinds of chocolates you’ve probably never tasted before. This game might be extra fun around Valentine’s Day, though, when there are even more varieties available than usual. You could rate them and compare your favorites with your spouse, try exotic flavors you’ve never tried before, have a guessing game trying to decide what is different about each kind and possibly discover your new favorite chocolate.

Feed each other dinner

Basically every cliché romantic dinner involves one spouse feeding the other some morsel on the end of his or her fork. But what if you fed each other the whole meal? It may be tricky, but a few giggles and awkward bumps do wonders for an evening in. Not only will the two of you laugh lots together, you’ll see what it’s really like to completely rely on one another for help.

Create a piece of art together

Working together on a project is great for building teamwork skills, and it’s especially rewarding when you have something to show for it afterward. You don’t have to be artists to enjoy being creative. Work on a garden together, decorate dollar-store mugs or plates with ceramic pens, take an art class or draw sketches of each other by memory (see how well your husband really knows your face).

As you work together, remember to compliment your spouse frequently on his or her efforts. Psychology Today says it’s important to “make at least two positive comments every day to your partner and speak to the specifics about what you admire. Make sure that your positive comments exceed critical ones by a healthy margin.” Spending indulgent time together should be a prime opportunity to compliment each other. Save the criticism for later.

Once you’ve completed your artwork, frame or otherwise display it, and you’ll likely have instant conversation pieces when visitors come to call.

Play the newlywed game

Take a walk down memory lane with this game. Spouses answer questions about their early dating days, their engagement, their wedding day, and about each other’s preferences and pet peeves. It’s interesting to find out how much you remember, and how much you still don’t know about your spouse. This also makes a fun group date activity with other couples. Find out whether those who have been married for longer know more about each other than those married for a short amount of time. Challenge your parents to the game for some fun family rivalry.

Marriage doesn’t have to take all the excitement and spontaneity out of your relationship. All you have to do is exercise a little creativity, and you’ll be able to rediscover all the same interest you had in each other when you first started dating.

Don’t get stuck in the ordinary. Cariloha believes everyone deserves luxury. Visit Cariloha.com to find the perfect things for your romantic, indulgent weekend with your spouse.

Cariloha Featured in Inc. Magazine

23 Jul

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Cariloha was featured in July’s issue of Inc. Magazine, one of America’s leading business and entrepreneurial magazines. Cariloha Founder & CEO, Jeff Pedersen, was interviewed for the article, and Cariloha’s bamboo socks were spotlighted as part of the article that included the Cariloha brand.

Cariloha employee preferences persuaded the company to expand its sock styles.
IMAGES: Winifred Charlotte, Getty Images

How to Cultivate Product Disciples

by Sarah Todd @sarahlizchar

Don’t demand that employees double as product endorsers. Turn them into advocates with creative incentives and room for constructive criticism.

Former PayPal president David Marcus made headlines last year for a memo in which he exhorted employees to use the company’s mobile payments app–or look for another job. It seems logical to expect, or demand, such devotion from staffers. But where do you draw the line between encouragement and ultimatum?

Start with the former. “You can’t mandate engagement,” says consultant Paul Marciano, author of Carrots and Sticks Don’t Work. “However, you can mandate that your supervisors and managers treat people with respect.”

PayPal has done that in part by making it easy for employees to integrate the payment service into their daily lives. The company’s cafés, mailrooms, and on-campus food trucks all accept PayPal, so staffers can walk around wallet-free. There are any number of ways you can create employees who are enthusiastic customers.

Preach to the convertible
Local-food delivery service Good Eggs looks for workers who share its zest for hand-raked littleneck clams and seasonal fiddlehead ferns. But new hires don’t have to be farmers’ market fans.

“Sometimes there are people who want to do good in the world but aren’t particularly knowledgeable about food,” says Rob Spiro, co-founder and CEO of the San Francisco-based firm. After sampling Good Eggs’ free daily lunches, featuring dishes like spring leg of lamb with grilled little gems, employees tend to become converts. “Tasting the food every day,” Spiro says, “changes the way they eat.”

Ambivalence is the enemy, so screening potential hires for enthusiasm is a must, says Marciano. Some people, no matter how qualified, aren’t going to show the love you want. Vegans will be unhappy at fur companies, and couch potatoes will resist promoting gyms. “I understand the reality that people need jobs,” says Marciano, “but it’s critical that their values align with the organization’s.”

Cariloha founder Jeff Pedersen embraced the fact that employees were spurning the bamboo-apparel maker’s socks for pairs with wild patterns and clashing hues. “Employees said they loved wearing these socks that are really colorful and add personality,” says the CEO of the Sandy, Utah-based business. “So we made a line of socks to appease that group, and they’ve become really popular in our stores.” Read the entire article here.

Read the entire Inc. Magazine article featuring Cariloha here.

5 Things to Consider When Buying a New Sheet Set

16 Jul

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Have you ever gone sheet shopping only to come home empty-handed and overwhelmed by the sheer number of options available? Today, consumers have more bedding choices than ever before — not just in color and style, but in fabrics, weaves, and materials. If you’re a sheet shopping novice, or just want to learn more about your options, here are five things to consider before you buy:

Thread Count Isn’t Everything

Simply put, thread count is the number of individual vertical and horizontal threads in a square inch of fabric. Conventional wisdom says the higher the thread count, the more durable and luxurious the fabric. In the past, most cotton sheet sets featured thread counts of 200 or 300; today, however, it’s not uncommon to see thread counts of 600, 800, or even 1,000, especially among luxury brands.

Unfortunately, however, high thread counts are more a marketing gimmick than a true indication of fabric quality. Here’s why: It’s impossible to fit more than about 400 threads into a square inch of fabric. Manufacturers are turning to gimmicks such as using a two-ply or four-ply thread and then multiplying it by actual thread count. So your 800 thread count sheet is actually either a 400-count two-ply thread or a 200-count four-ply thread.

Factor in Fibers

If you are buying cotton sheets, understand the lingo. For example, a sheet labeled 100 percent cotton is likely made of short fiber cotton, which is less durable and soft. Sheets made from short-fiber cotton will always pill faster, fade, and grow coarser over time, no matter how high the thread count.

Look for Egyptian cotton, Pima, or Supima cottons, which are made of extra-long staple (ELS) length; they are breathable, more durable, and softer even after multiple launderings.

Choose the Right Material and Weave

While many people consider cotton percale, the most common weave, to be the only choice in bedding, there are actually many other options that offer a comfortable night’s sleep. Cotton sateen, for example, has a broader weave, giving sheets a satin-like finish and a rich luster. Cotton poplin is a feather-weight weave perfect for hot summer nights. Some prefer the drape and softness of cotton jersey knits, while others prefer a cotton flannel for cold winter nights.

There are other natural fibers that make excellent bedding, as well. Linen sheets, which are woven from flax, are very breathable, and have a refined, luxurious texture, and a crisp, natural appearance

Don’t Forget Chemicals and Dyes

If you are sensitive to chemicals and dyes, or just prefer a more eco-friendly bedding option, look for sheet sets made with organic cotton. Traditional cotton is treated with a lot of pesticides and fungicides throughout its growth cycle; many other chemicals are used in bleaching, dyeing, and finishing cotton fabrics. If you purchase sheets labeled “wrinkle free” or “wrinkle resistant,” they’ve been treated with another dose of chemicals.

Finding the Right Size

Beds today come in more than just single, double, queen, and king; there are California-style mattresses, which are extra long, extra thick pillow top mattresses, and foam mattress toppers, which makes finding well-fitting sheets more complex. Be sure to check the dimensions of your fitted sheet against the length of your mattress, and look for deep pocket sheets if your mattress is more than about 12 inches thick. Wash your sheets in cool water and dry at a low temperature if the fit is tight; cotton laundered at high temperatures will shrink a bit.

Buying new sheets doesn’t have to be complicated, especially if you understand the terminology. Once you know the material, thread count, and weave you like, you’re free to focus on the fun elements such as color, pattern, and style.

Resources:

http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2013/09/higher-thread-count-doesn-t-guarantee-better-sheets/index.htm

http://blog.cariloha.com/sleeping-bamboo-sheets-blankets-simply-divine-experience/

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/linen-sheets-magic-key-to-the-best-nights-sleep-165094

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-dietz/organic-cotton-sustainable-fashion_b_3562788.html

Cariloha’s Inside Scoop on Juneau, Alaska

13 Jul

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Heading to Juneau this summer? Get the inside scoop from a local’s perspective.

There’s so much to see, eat and do while visiting Juneau, but we’re going to focus on the two most popular attractions: Mendenhall Glacier and Mt. Roberts Tram.

You’ll hear a lot about these from travel sites and others, but we’re going to give you the local’s inside scoop that you won’t hear about anywhere else.

Mendenhall Glacier:

Multiple tour companies offer a guided “Glacier Express” bus that costs $10 each way. You can buy these on the docks of your ship. If purchased on the ship, you may purchase the same tour for $100 or more, and it may restrict you at certain times. This bus will bring you from downtown to the glacier visitor center.

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There’s a $3 entry fee that’s completely worth it. You can catch the return bus at any time later in the day. At the glacier, take the easy, handicap accessible, flat hike out to a breathtaking waterfall close to the glacier. You can also wander along the elevated walkway known as Steep Creek Trail. This trail meanders about 10 feet over a natural bear habitat where salmon run throughout the entire summer.

Mt. Roberts Tram

You can purchase an all-day pass for $33, or you can make the 90-minute hike from the cruise ship, about 60 minutes from the trailhead on Basin Road. The locals choose to hike. If you spend $5 at the top, you can ride the tram down for free. The tram station is about 1,800 feet above sea level and offers amazing views of Downtown Juneau, Gastineau Channel, and the beautiful mountains across the channel on Douglas Island.

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At the top of the tram, you can eat at the restaurant, browse the gift shop, learn in the nature center, and watch a free 18-minute movie about the history of Juneau and the native Tlingit people. You can also meet Baltimore, a friendly photogenic bald eagle. Multiple trails lead up from the tram to even more impressive views, but we suggest Father Brown’s Cross, a large cross on the hill similar to Rio de Janeiro’s Christ the Redeemer statue.

Stop by the Cariloha store on Franklin Street and check out our ultra-soft, thermal-regulating bamboo products to make your Alaskan experience the most comfortable ever. Our friendly staff would be more than happy to give you more tips and tricks from a local’s perspective.

Once You Go Bamboo, Can You Ever Go Back?

10 Jul

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When you first experience bamboo clothing and bath towels, you immediately notice the difference in softness and quality compared to other non-bamboo towels you’ve used. With one touch, you can actually feel the difference, and you wonder how you ever used anything other than bamboo before. Trust us, you’re not alone in this discovery.

Day in and day out, thousands of Cariloha customers are getting their first feel of bamboo and making the switch immediately. Question is, will they ever go back? Or, better still, why would they want to? With so many unique benefits to bamboo, like its moisture-wicking and thermal-regulating properties, or its odor-resistant and eco-friendly benefits, most people see no point in returning to the bygone days of non-bamboo fabrics.

Don’t take our word for it, though. Read this unbiased media review of Cariloha’s bamboo clothing and bath goods and decide for yourself.

Cariloha Bamboo Clothing, Apparel and Accessories
By Shop With Me Mama

I’m addicted to the softness of bamboo clothing, apparel and accessories! I have many bamboo products and adore them. One of my most favorite blankets is bamboo, and I sleep with it every night on my bed, even in the summer!

Recently, I received some awesome, soft yoga pants from Cariloha. They are the softest pants I have ever put on my body. They fit me perfectly and they are so nice to lounge around the house in and sleep in! Totally enjoying my Bamboo Fitted Yoga Pant! I also received the most softest bath towels, hand towels and washcloths, EVER.

The bath towels are big and even cover my hubby when he gets out of the shower. My kids wrap themselves in these towels, after the bath, for a while, because they are SO soft and cozy! We love these bamboo towels, hand towels and wash cloths! We love our Bamboo Bath Towel Sets!

These bacteria-resistant towels are made from a blend of rayon from renewable bamboo and cotton, Cariloha towels are perfect for home, gym, car, pool or spa.

Read the entire review here.

There you go. Once you’ve tried bamboo clothing, bedding and bath goods, the thought of going back just doesn’t make sense. Of course, that’s just our experience, and you’re free to choose whatever you’d like, but bamboo might just be the game changer you’ve been looking for. So, go on – give it a try – just be forewarned that you may not like anything else after you do.

5 Types of Boxers You Need to Try Today

9 Jul

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How’s your underwear etiquette? If you’re like most men, you rarely think about your underwear; it’s just buy it, wear it, wash it, forget it. According to some men’s health experts, however, your relationship with your underwear is more complex than you think. Did you know that many recommend replacing your entire underwear wardrobe every three to six months for health and hygiene reasons?

Most men think of fit and style as the main considerations when buying new underwear, but function and fabric are important, too. If it’s time to change up your underwear wardrobe, here are five types of boxers in luxurious fabrics you need to try today.

COOLMAX Boxers

COOLMAX is a fabric that was originally designed for marathoners, Iron Man competitors, and other endurance athletes who generate a lot of sweat. Manufactured by Invista Apparel, COOLMAX is a synthetic polyester fabric that absorbs moisture and spreads it out over the surface of the fabric in order to promote rapid evaporation and keep athletes dry and cool.

While you can buy COOLMAX underwear in all many different athletic styles, manufacturers are now making comfortable COOLMAX boxers perfect for casual wear under shorts and slacks. If you’re spending a day in the sun or live in a humid climate, try a pair of COOLMAX boxers to keep you dry and chafe-free.

Bamboo Boxers

If you’ve ever worn bamboo clothing, you’ll know why every man should keep some bamboo boxers on hand. Fabrics made with bamboo fibers are naturally soft and supple; they feel like silk to the touch. They are also extremely absorbent and wick away moisture better than most synthetic fabrics. Bamboo boxers are odor resistant due to bamboo’s inherent antibacterial and antifungal properties.

Boxers made with bamboo viscose are perfect year-round; they are cool in summer and warm in winter. And they are an eco-friendly choice for those who prefer to live a green lifestyle.

MicroModal Boxers

If you like feather-light boxers that are sleek and soft to the touch, add some MicroModal boxers to your underwear collection. MicroModal fabric is a favorite with high-end designers due in part to its body-hugging properties, giving you a smooth and seamless look. Boxers made with MicroModal fabric stand up to washing better than cottons and synthetics and retain their incredible softness over time.

Supima Cotton Boxers

Supima is a trademark name for fabric woven from exclusively American-grown, extra-long staple cotton. Supima cotton accounts for just 3 percent of the cotton production in the U.S.; it’s considered a luxury fabric and known for its softness and durability. Supima also holds dye better than other cotton fabrics. Supima cotton boxers are a great choice for everyday wear because they are breathable, soft, and stay true to color, even with multiple washings.

Silk Boxers

Don’t limit yourself to thinking of silk boxers are something you keep on hand to impress your romantic partner. While silk is very luxurious against the skin, it also naturally regulates temperature, dispersing body heat in the summer and insulating you in the winter. Silk boxers are comfortable to wear under anything, and are usually available in very rich, vibrant colors.

Keep in mind, however, that silk is more delicate than other boxer fabrics. Many manufacturers recommend the delicate cycle, or even hand-washing, and air drying to maintain their shape and softness.

It may seem strange to assemble an underwear wardrobe, but for today’s health- and style-conscious men, it’s a necessity. The right underwear for every activity, event, and occasion is not only smart from a fashion perspective, but it’s also key to staying comfortable throughout the day.

Resources:

http://www.cariloha.com/mens/bottoms/underwear.html

http://blog.cariloha.com/turn-new-leaf-start-eco-conscious/

http://www.supima.com/whats-supima/history/

http://www.underwearexpert.com/2012/10/silk-underwear-for-men/