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Intersectional Environmentalism Is Our Urgent Way Forward

One day it dawned on me that if my feminism can be intersectional, so can my environmentalism. So I decided to define the term Intersectional Environmentalism as this: an inclusive version of environmentalism that advocates for both the protection of people and the planet.

A Gay Dad of Three Reflects on Fatherhood During Pride Month

This Pride Month, this Father’s Day, Youth To The People spoke with Jason Knight, who is gay, is white, and is married to a Black man named Liron. Together, they have three adopted children. In some senses, it's wholly traditional: two parents and a few kids. But it took some time and work to get there.

Juneteenth in 2020: a Toast to the Afro Future; a Celebration Dripped in Blood

To most, Juneteenth is known as an African-American day of celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. It occurs annually on June 19th. “Juneteenth” is a joyful portmanteau signifying that day.  It’s also known as “Freedom Day,” and some have called it the second Independence Day. But is it, really?

Good News: Protesting Is Working

Protests have erupted in all 50 U.S. states and at least 20 countries across the world, from Japan to Brazil to Senegal to Hungary. And what we’re doing—from protests to petitions to phone calls—is working. Though the road continues ahead of us, we’re seeing results from the pressure of our actions unfold by the day. We’re using this space to chronicle the positive outcomes of protests worldwide. 

Anti-Racist Resources

We now face what is hopefully a progression toward the dismantling of systemic racism. To make real change, educating ourselves to be better equipped in tough conversations is key. So is voting come November. So are the dollars you spend.

Youth To The People has donated  $50,000 across Black Lives Matter, Black Girls Code, and the NAACP. Our team is committed to continuing the conversation within our company and on our platforms, and we invite you to join us. This is a living list of resources, and as we become aware of more we’ll continue to add them here.

Notice Anything Different About This Superfood Cleanser?

If you’re looking to level up your skin routine, a pH-balancing cleanser is a good place to start. Youth To The People’s award-winning Superfood Cleanser gentle cleanser is vegan, cruelty-free, and biodegradable so you can cleanse, assured that no human, animal, or body of water was harmed in the process. After debuting last year for Earth Day, the whopping 16 oz. refill-sized bottle of the Superfood Cleanser now joins our permanent roster. 

Neenah, Inc. Is Changing How We Consume Paper

For over 30 years, Neenah, Inc. has met the paper industry’s need for sustainability by offering ENVIRONMENT® Papers—but even before that, their commitment to the environment began the day they opened their doors in 1873. Neenah’s FSC-certified Wisconsin-based paper mill is the first-ever mill to offer paper certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. Neenah provides the FSC-certified Kraft paper that makes up Youth To The People’s recyclable boxes.

Mindful Consumption for a Healthier Planet + Better Mental Health

Throughout the last few months, we have been made crucially aware of our individual and global vulnerability—alongside our global health emergency, scientists have been continuing to communicate the facts about our impending climate crisis. We have an opportunity to empower collective action, to rewire the way we consume and live on our planet. ⁣⁣One item we need to address is our relationship with fashion.

The Sustainable Sourcing Behind the Yerba Mate Resurfacing Energy Facial

When we set out to formulate the Yerba Mate Resurfacing Energy Facial, we did it with our ethos in mind. We have one world to protect for ourselves and future generations—it’s why Youth To The People is dedicated to formulating products in California, packaging them all (even samples) in glass bottles and jars, and boxing them up with FSC-certified post-consumer recycled paper. But what about our products themselves? Enter sustainable sourcing.

Living with HIV and Riding to End It

In the first few years after diagnosis, I focused so much on fixing myself, and that was okay. Now, though, it is time for me to help other people, and that’s why I decided to participate in the AIDS Lifecycle Ride, a seven day, 545-mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles to raise money for the Los Angeles LGBT Center and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation.

Physical Exfoliants That Are Safe for Your Skin and the Planet

With the launch of the Yerba Mate Resurfacing Energy Facial, we introduced a new kind of exfoliation: dual-action and triple-powered from a combination of physical and enzymatic exfoliation, boosted by caffeine from Yerba Mate. With this facial, we created something good for your skin and safe for the planet—something that wouldn’t cause microtears in your skin or create pollution in the environment.

AIDS Life/Cycle Ride Canceled Due to Covid-19

The Covid-19 pandemic—the farthest-reaching global health crisis in generations—has forced numerous charities and charitable initiatives to abandon their plans in favor of innovating new ways to fundraise and support at-risk communities in an age of social distancing. In mid-March, as shelter-in-place took hold, AIDS/LifeCycle announced that this year’s ride would instead be virtual.