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In rural India, over 80 percent of women use rags, often ripped from old clothing, to manage their monthly visit from good ol’ Aunt Flo. Though we’re all about environmentally friendly period solutions here at BUST, the statistics tell a different story: the often unsanitary rag cloths that women use during their periods can cause infections and even infertility, cancer, and death.   When inventor Muruganantham found out that his wife used rag cloths, he went where no man has gone before:  he not only designed a sanitary pad, but tested it himself.   Seriously.

November is my favorite time of the year, from pumpkin-spice everything to the gluttony of Thanksgiving and, of course, my birthday! When it comes to the holiday season, I love buying presents for others (and for myself!), so I thought I'd put together a collection of some of my favorite items of the moment, many from adorable Etsy shops I recommend exploring. Hopefully they can give you ideas for Christmas shopping to come! My first items are these fanciful, handmade pastel oxfords. All the pastels are completely covetable, but I'm really digging the pink ones.

In my opinion, you either like pies, or you were born without tastebuds.  Luckily, one of the vendors at this year’s BUST Magazine Holiday Craftacular is Daly Pies.  Brooklyn-based Daly Pies is owned and operated by Meghan Daly, and has been in business since 2011.  Daly Pies uses handcrafted methods to create delicious flavor combinations, all while using fresh and locally culled ingredients.

Well, this is troubling. Despite mounting scientific evidence that climate change is wreaking havoc upon people across the globe and our ecosystems (check out this regional chart by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency), some Republican lawmakers continue to insist that the movement is a hoax. According to Addicting Info, three of these lawmakers--California Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, Texas Rep. Lamar Smith, and Wisconsin Rep.

Part drawing, part digital manipulation, multi-media artist/illustrator Heidi Phelps creates some stellar posters, prints, and even flasks out of her one-woman studio Wayward Broad.     The renegade art studio promotes empowerment for women and awareness of women’s issues through artistic expression. Recently she has released a special edition piece, titled Tres Gatos Rosados (Cat Triptych), in support of Pussy Riot.

Jewelry designer Melissa Cohen found her calling after taking metalsmithing classes with her crafty friends in Atlanta, GA. Over the next few years, she made the move to Brooklyn, NY and is now making a living off of her twee-yet-tough trinkets. How inspiring! Metal Sugar jewelry ranges from metal-cast edibles (like the Twizzler cuff pictured above) to petite animals to sassy stamped nameplates, sprinkled with a healthy dose of teensy diamonds. They mix with everything from modern statement pieces to your grandma’s vintage locket.

There’s been a lot of talk lately about Internet bullying and the damaging effects it has on those who are targeted. Remember the story of Amanda Todd, the teen who committed suicide in October after years of constant online and physical shaming? Google “teen commits suicide after online bullying” and you will get over 4.5 million hits--a staggering amount. That’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to damage done to people of any age through Internet harassment.

It is with great sadness (happiness) that I report that as of this past weekend, our long national dream (nightmare) is over. That's right, people--Breaking Dawn Part 2 premiered in theaters, thus ending The Twilight Saga once and for all, or at least until they reboot it in five years with hotter, younger actors. Just kidding, no one is younger than Taylor Lautner.

Thanksgiving can be a tricky time of year to be a vegan. Oftentimes, people make distinctions between “normal” food and plant-based food, when in actuality, there’s plenty of traditional holiday fare that can be made vegan-friendly with a few cruelty-free substitutions.

Oh, the weather outside is frightful…but Alex Silva’s cozy handmade knits are beyond delightful. Her intricate circle scarves—in luxe merino wool—are perfect to pair with even the drabbest of winter coats on chilly days. I’m especially loving her candy-colored Aztec Knit Print Scarf:   I’m also dying over these high-waisted knickers in a delicious dusty green.
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