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From My Closet Giveaway: Dress + Necklace

Congrats Ana S.! You won this giveaway.

Thanks so much to all kind lifers who entered, there were so many amazing comments.

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The closet giveaways continue! This week I’m giving a kind lifer this Catherine Malandrino dress. It’s a cute dress that is super versatile- you can throw it on for a nice casual look with some flip flops or dress it up with flats or boots. I wore it on the Graham Norton Show in London!
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This Faire Collection necklace is Fair Trade Certified and made in the Amazon region of Ecuador. The Faire Collection puts thousands of artisans on a path to prosperity by helping lift them out of poverty, while offering additional social programs such as educational scholarships  and no-interest loans. Most of the materials used are natural, from native seeds and clay.

To get this Catherine Malandrino dress and Faire Collection necklace, please tell me why the rainforest is important to you in the comments below.

We will select and announce the winner on Monday 5/2, so please stay tuned!

Love,

Alicia

 

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  • Lainie Kundid

    The rainforest is important to me because it is the lungs of our earth and it hold sacred wonders and complex relationships that no team of scientists can understand. It is important to me because although I haven’t gotten to see it first hand, that I recognize that it’s vital for my existence; thus a part of my soul.
    The rainforest is important to me because it shelters and feeds spectacular creatures that love, feel, grow, think, and dream. The rainforest inspires me to be a diligent, effective altruist. I want to take every possible step toward minimizing my output in every facet so that I do not contribute to the degradation.
    Furthermore, because it is so important, I am an advocate. I am a vegan, an artist, a creator, a writer, a vegan cheese maker, a lover, and a friend to all earthlings. I will forever, undoubtedly protect and spread awareness through education, random acts of kindness, activism, and teaching children how to explore and grow in nature. I want to make new changes everyday, to grow, to flourish, share. Like light on water reflecting life as I wish it to be.
    Lightness on the vastness of this gorgeous, sacred place we all call home. Together we change the pace of existing. Positive vibrations

  • Kelly

    The rainforest is important to be for many reasons. The diversity of plants and animals living in a rather small space is incomparable to any other place on earth. So many natural cures have already come out of the rainforest. Who knows what the futures holds. If we ruin it now we will shot change future generations. Also the animal life living in the rainforest need to be protected and that means not destroying their habitat.

  • Abby Mason

    Wow, stunning pairing! The rainforest is one of God’s most beautiful creations. It is home to incredible wildlife and plants of so many varieties. I had the pleasure of walking through a rainforest in Costa Rica. The air was so pure and the colors were so vibrant. It was truly a magical place. Every rainforest should be lifted up and valued as nature’s treasure to be nurtured, cherished and preserved not destroyed. A rainforest, to me, is a true life force for this amazing planet we live on. :) Abby

  • Rachel

    The rainforest is important to me because of all the various animals that call it home. Tearing them down doesn’t just affect us, it affects the innocent creatures that live among the lush trees and diverse plants. In tearing them down we are taking away their home and that makes my heart heavy.

  • Lisa Irwin

    The rainforest is life. Our life. It is up to us to protect it and not tear it down. How? By not purchasing the products that are made by the companies that endanger it.

  • Kristine Miller

    Rainforests are important to me in the same way they are important to everyone on this planet, whether they realize it or not. They are basically the “lungs” of the earth, taking in the carbon dioxide and releasing the oxygen we need to breath. In doing so, they also help to minimize the climate change, which is already troublesome for future generations. I worry about my children’s and grandchildren’s future if we do not stop destroying this beautiful home we have been gifted with.

    Besides these environmental concerns, there is the fact that at least half of the plant and animal species in this world reside in the rainforests! This is their home and we have no right to destroy it! Forcing animals to relocate outside of their natural environment is not a reasonable solution, as animals tend to not thrive in foreign habitats. My heart breaks for the increasing number of species added to the endangered list due to forest destruction.

    Water is another important factor to consider. The rain from the rainforests directly effects the water cycles of the Earth, and there are already so many areas suffering from insufficient water supplies.

    So rainforests are VERY important to me. And to you. And to everyone enjoying this Earth as their home. We must make every effort to protect them.

  • Bronwen

    I have been to the rainforest (I stayed in a remote vegetarian lodge in puerto maldonado only accessible by boat) and it was absolutely gorgeous and lush and so full of life! I have read that it is the lungs of the world, and I believe it! It is a major provider of oxygen and a huge storehouse of carbon. Without our rainforests so many beautiful animals would become extinct, and life on this planet could be over sooner than we expect. Saving the rainforests is a win win for literally everyone.

  • Tracy Childs

    The rainforest is our breath! When I breathe deeply, especially in my yoga practice, I think about how the rainforest supplies a good amount of the oxygen we (us and the other animals) need and “eats up” a lot of the “bad stuff” like carbon dioxide! Thank you rainforest! I contribute to maintaining what we have left by not eating meat/dairy/eggs (rainforest is depleted to feed livestock, especially beef). I wish I could do more.

  • Kirsten Antony

    What a cute outfit & I love the Graham Norton show!! The Rainforest in South America gives us so much… clean air, medication, creatures of all kind and beauty. I hope we can stop so much destruction to such an abundance of life.

  • Kristi Agee

    The rainforest is important to me because it’s the home to so much life and is connected to so many processes that would impact the lives of those around rainforests were anything to happen to them. I abhor the use of rainforest land to farm cattle for fast food as well as the deforestation of trees to provide facial tissues and the like. Ever since I was a little girl, conservation of the rainforest has been one of my top ecological priorities. I think it was because of Lynne Cherry’s “The Great Kapok Tree.” Cosmetically, selfishly, and materialistically, it’s also such a source of natural beauty in this world, and I don’t think we should be without natural beauty.

  • Lorie Hernesh

    The rainforest is important to me because it is home to so many beautiful animals. It is so sad to see all of the deforestation going on. The needs of people are so overwhelming that they greedily take away shelter, food, water and safety from so many animals. I am just so tired of so many people just taking everything….and not giving anything in return!

  • Charmaine Porter

    One of the most telling signs of our respect for mother earth comes in the form of conservation, preservation and great earth love.
    How can we profess a devotion to gaia without first looking at how we not only treat our lands but also how we protect the most indigenous parts of it.
    To me the rainforest represents the heart, the pulse, the very essence of lifeblood of the mother.
    The rate at which the rainforest is being destroyed is alarming. It’s a true sign of this false prophet kingdom the almighty dollar has created.
    If we don’t work to protect this land, entire species could go extinct…plant life down to the microcosm could be eradicated.
    To think that this wouldn’t have a ripple effect out to the entire world is turning a blind and ignorant eye to the very obvious cycle of life.
    I always think of the dinosaurs…I imagine something very similar happened to them- who knows!?
    All I know is that we must be the civilization of preservation..or we will have no civilization left to protect.
    The rainforest is the beating heart of the earth….without it…we have nothing.

  • Destini Skye

    To start, the rainforest brings back childhood memories from my family and I vacationing in Jamaica, and my grandfather that recently passed away would tell us amazing rainforest stories about when he grew up in Belize. But personal experiences and memories aside, they are important for a multitude of reasons. It provides medicine and food sources(my grandpa would talk about the exotic fruit he would have). It provides a home for plants and animals, stabilizes the world’s climate, and maintains the water cycle.

    (My birthday is Mon, 05/02; fingers crossed! :)

  • Darlene Veenhuizen

    Oh wow, these are lovely! I would love to win. The rainforest is so important to me because of the other systems it protects, supports and collaborates with. The birds, animals and insects that live in the rainforest are amazing creatures, and without protecting their home, they are disappearing. Also, the environment as a whole is supported by the rainforest–the trees and other plants have kept our planet a habitable place for humans, and with the rainforest being destroyed each day, global warming is only increasing. The rainforest may not be a place most of us will ever have the chance to visit, but it affects all of our futures.

  • Elizabeth Findlay

    The air we breathe is dependent on the rainforests. All the natural medicine, wonderful creatures and just the absolute beauty of it. Without the rainforests, well I can’t even imagine what that would be like and hope it never comes to something so horrible.

  • Tina Knezevic

    Preserving the rainforest is imperative as I want to save the world’s animals, environment, species of plants, and microorganisms. We must prevent rainforest deforestation. It’s important to preserve the beauty and timelessness of our rainforest.

  • Sue Elizabeth

    The rainforest is so important to me because it is home to so much wildlife. Animals and insects have the right to live peacefully in their home. And to humans, because the Earth is our home too and the rainforests stabilize our climate, absorb carbon dioxide, and the plants that grow there provide medicine. The rainforests are a part of us, and without them we would suffer.

  • Holly Rodgers

    While the rain forest is an integral part of the ecosystem and is essential for the water cycle, it is most important to me because it is home to so many beautiful and unique animals. As an elementary school teacher, what child doesn’t get excited about a picture or book about brightly-colored parrots or toucans or tree frogs? Can you imagine a world where these amazing creatures no longer exist? If rainforests are not preserved we will be impacting the ecology for future generations that is not restricted by cultural or geographical boundaries. We must prioritize the care of this delicate ecosystem so that it can be enjoyed by ALL of the world’s children.

  • Ana Silva

    Hello Alicia,
    Well, where to even start. I am a Vegan that is not only passionate about compassionate living for the animals, but also about our beautiful planet. When I talk to non-vegans about being a vegan, I tell them for me is a three fold reason: ethics, the environment, and health. Not only am I vegan, but I live as green and eco-friendly as possible. I consider myself an activist. I no longer shop for clothes just anywhere. I buy as local, organic, fair-trade, vegan, eco-friendly/conscious, recycled, as possible. When I buy cleaning products I think on the impact it will have on Earth and on the animals. I don’t believe in fast fashion not only for ethical reasons but because of what it does to the environment! To me a beautiful planet, especially the wonderful place we call the rainforest, is crucial to our survival, the amazing animals that inhabit it, and the survival of this planet we call Earth. Without the rainforest, almost all life could seize to exist. I get so mad almost daily at how we treat this planet. I am in the Army, and its a constant battle to get my Soldiers to do something as simple as recycle. I must say, before I became a vegan, I was already a passionate advocate for the planet and lived as green as possible. Hopefully I can make a change for the sake of this planet Earth.

  • Sonja Hilton

    It is home to wild life and fresh air, it needs to be preserved for generations to come

  • Kenneth Castellano

    I always loved you from your movies as well as my niece. She will freak if i got her this. She loves the movie clueless.

  • Mary Cronin

    I love this analogy: The rainforest is the lungs of our mother, earth. I hate the fact that big dollar businesses can overlook this truth and hack away at this beauty and bounty of health. At the microcosm level we preach to everyone, save your lungs! don’t start smoking! But at the macro level, the point is lost in the ether. It is Spring, She is blooming. Mothers’ Day is on the way, so remember our collective mother, Earth – Breathe deep, and please Love the Trees.

  • Dina Banks

    Rainforest are essential for any life on Earth! By absorbing carbon dioxide, rainforests help to reduce the effects of worldwide climate change. In addition to the important role rainforests play in Earth’s climate, they also are an important home to about half of the species of plants and wildlife on the planet. Seems

  • Anne Perry

    The rainforest is important to me because it is home to so many animals. If we do not protect the rainforest many species will become extinct.

  • jtlittlelong

    Its important to me simply because its home to many beautiful animals and birds including endarged ones.

  • Lea

    The rainforest is so important to me because it is such a large part of our world. It is an amazing and huge ecosystem that belongs to so many animals, plants, insects, and even some tribes. We cannot afford to lose those elements of our rainforests. Without them, many things and people will be at a terrible disadvantage.

  • BethanyK

    The rainforest is very important to our world purely for the fact that it brings so much biodiversity. Without it we would lose so many crucial pieces that make up the ecosystem!

  • Kailey Mullin

    The rain forests are so important as they support life. Not only are the rainforests home to a vast array of wildlife, they also house natural medicines. Invaluable roots, leaves, and plants that in their purest state can evoke change in a physical manifestation of pain and blockages. What cooler ecostystem is there?

  • Allison Raymond

    The rainforest is an important part of our ecosystem and we need to do what we can to keep it as nature intended. We only have 1 earth so let’s not waste it! Every second a football field sized area is being destroyed. I wish more people like you and me cared enough to keep the rainforest alive! We depend on the rainforest more than people realize. 5-10% of rainforest species will be lost per decade. Let’s do what we can to keep the animals safe!

  • Lexi Guardado

    The rain forest is the habitat to many living beings I care about. I’m an avid tree hugger.

  • http://www.helenloraine.tumblr.com Helen Loraine

    The rainforest has always been with us. Before humans, it was here. It is an integral part of the natural world, in fact; it IS the natural world, and is made up of thousands of types of plants, some yet to be discovered. It supplies the world with the necessity to live, to breathe. It is what we need to survive, and despite humans’ varying attempts to destroy it, there are many people who are loving and kind and want to protect it at all costs. It is too much to risk losing, it is what lets us live. As a 19 year old female, I want to see the future as a beautiful, green and natural place to live, and for the future generations too.

  • Lindsay F

    It’s crucial that we take care of the rain forest to protect our ecosystem. Moreover, I think it’s also important that we teach kids how to help protect the rain forest and why it’s important so they can see how their decisions impact the world.

  • Audra watts

    The rain forest has so many unique animals in it

  • Shara Webb

    As a nurse who follows a holistic approach to life, the rain forest is important to me for its ability to heal…directly and indirectly. It’s a source of cures, healing, life, inspiration, and hope.

  • Jennifer Bryan Ebner

    The rainforest is a large part of the ecosystem not to mention the undiscovered flora and fauna. I would love to win this because we are moving to Ecuador in a few months.

  • Jennifer Albertsen Blonsley

    The habitat, the environment, and our planet.

  • Kristy

    We depend on nature’s bounty and the rainforest holds such power. It’s home to so many beautiful animals and this is why it is important to me to respect, love and preserve all rainforests.

  • Amy Lee

    It helps sweeten the air we breathe.

  • Katrina Rasmussen-Ream

    Because of all the mysteries it still holds. Plants and animals. Life!

  • Rose

    The rainforest is a piece of this wonderful earth and thus is special to me

  • Abby

    The rainforest is important to me because of its beauty but also because of the oxygen it provides the planet!

  • Kate Hansen

    The rainforest is abundant. It contains the recipe for life. Within its womb we could experience the absolute of nothing and the rush of everything. It’s where I believe many “cures” exist. It’s where respect meets order. It’s where the divine and the thrilling reside. It’s beauty is not to be undermined. It’s mystery is for wonder, not exploitation. There are discoveries around each of its corners. There are rivers formed of hot springs that go on for miles, without a volcanoe in sight. It is truly wonderous. Magical. It is where nature comes to co-exist.

  • Allyson Tice

    The Rainforest is close to my heart as my grandfather was a traveling doctor overseas. The rainforests provided him with many a salve and natural herbs to use for his ointments and teas. they need to be protected from harm so future doctors can use the plants and trees for helping heal!

  • http://www.mystylespot.net Cindy Batchelor

    because it is keeping our earth alive and functioning!

  • Moya

    The rainforest is important to me because, it is pure and untouched I have never got to see it, only in movies But I am always in ahh The beauty of the trees, flowers, plants, and animals I only wish that people care more about the importance of it!

  • Amanda Williams

    The rainforest and its inhabitants are important to me because the rainforest absorbs carbon dioxide reducing the effects of climate change where my 4-year-old, her children, etc. will have sustainability.

  • Sigrun Campbell

    The Rainforest is important to me because I was born there!!!! I was born and grew up there before moving away. Being away really makes me appreciate it even more. I took it for granted when I was there…. People are always really interested in hearing about my childhood and my kids love my creepy crawlie stories!!!

  • etirv

    The rainforest is our children’s future!
    mrsshukra

  • Haley Schryver

    The rainforest contains so many natural medicines, many of which Westerners don’t even know about. It is so important to preserve this. I believe there is a plant somewhere on earth that can offer a cure for every ailment.

  • Shelly Fraval

    The universe has blessed me with an amazing husband whose family has deep roots in Indonesia. In fact, the spiritual leaders of Kalimantan gave my husband his name, Sofiaan, and gifted his family a beautiful piece of land on the border of Borneo’s rainforest. Sofiaan and I still daydream of starting a new life there, in Borneo, and using the family’s land to build an orangutan sanctuary to save a gentle and peaceful species from going extinct. The demand for palm oil, tropical lumber, and paper have skyrocketed, and our choices as consumers have created a ripple effect leading to alarming rates of deforestation and habitat destruction. Humankind’s greatest travesty is our collective failure to see the BIG picture, the unity and dependency of all things, and to grasp how the choices we make today will ultimately decide the fate of our children, our planet, and our future. The rainforests are places of pure beauty and life, the actual source of our breath. As we continue to allow the destruction of Mother Earth’s lungs through our ignorant consumerism, we are literally taking our own breath away. Protecting our rainforests should be every earthling’s top priority. I would urge anyone who has not been to a rainforest to go and experience it (the energy, the life force, the soul of the Earth if you will); it will change your life, ignite your passion/compassion, and realign your priorities!

  • JReneeCampbell

    The rain forest is just like everything else on this earth–connected to and essential to the well-being of every person, animal, and plant that lives. There are still new creatures and life-saving cures to be discovered in the rain forests!

  • Tracey Kilpatrick

    The rainforest is important to me as it is essential for the survival of the planet. It is beautiful and lush and supports many species, some never discovered yet.
    Sadly, humans are destroying it and many places around the world for one thing, greed.
    I wish everyone realised the beauty of what we have and the beauty in every living thing. One day maybe, hopefully!

  • Shemethia Jones

    The rainforests are the homes of our plants and wildlife. It’s important that we respect their homes just as we want our homes respected. When it comes to pollution, the rainforests turn carbon dioxide into clean air for us to breath. This allows us to live fulfilling lives and enjoy everyday pleasures. Think about a time when you were able to take your kids to the park, or enjoy lunch on the patio of your favorite restaurant. These things would not have been possible if we didn’t have clean air. Its important that we protect our rainforests so that we can continue to…Live the lives we love and love the lives we live!!!!

  • amy tolley

    Why is the rainforests important to me because I love trees…And, the rainforest carries some of the most important trees on earth..plus they have a wide variety of animals which I love…these are just some of the reasons I love the rainforest it’s beauty..

  • Lisette Ramos

    Rainforests are important to me and should be important to all as is life itself.It occupies a tiny percentage of earth but it houses more than half the plant and animal species. There are foods and medicines that cannot be found anywhere else. My family comes from Peru and I can see firsthand how people depend on the rainforest to live. We take it for granted so the more they destroy the rainforests we can start the countdown to our own survival as a species.

  • inkberry

    it’s important to preserve habitat for wildlife and humans

  • http://www.phifoundation.org/health-benefits-of-green-tea.html Chuck

    According to Charles, Prince of Wales, the cutting down of the rainforest releases more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than all the planes, ships and automobiles combined in the world. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1Y8iOnIqHk

  • Aida Lana

    Rainforests are our lives, we can’t breathe without them. Sadly, some people take it for granted. There is a real threat of deforestation connected to increasing settlements, expanding agricultural, ranching, mining operations. That is scary and it leads to horrifying impact as it is affecting global climate, destroying natural resources, extinguishing communities of indigenous peoples, damaging houses of thousands and thousand of precious animals and birds, gorgeous trees, beautiful plants and flowers. It all leads to breaking harmony in our Earth life circle.
    This is very close to my heart, as I witnessed how rainforests disappeared
    and it is the saddest and depressing thing you’ve ever seen. And it takes decades
    and more to revive just 10% of what it used to be.
    We must act if to protect rainforests if we want next generations see
    and appreciate the beauty of our Earth, loveliness of wildlife. There are many
    wonderful causes we could be part of to protect rainforests and restore damaged
    ecosystem. From teaching kids about importance of rainforest to boycotting products
    made with unsustainable palm oil. Planting trees in parks, making bird houses, recycling, and eating locally produced food, cutting eating meat and dairy. Encouraging people to live in a way that doesn’t hurt the environment and supporting good companies that care about the environment.

  • Jayedee Halpin Dewitt

    I believe if the rain forest dies, mankind cannot be far behind….

  • Mary Beth Elderton

    I am a little surprised by this question and find myself at a loss for words. The rain forests are the “lungs” for our atmosphere, the home of most species on the planet. As we destroy the rain forests, we destroy ourselves. None of the other seemingly “important” things we think about or strive for or dream of—nothing of our lives–exists without the livable climate and that depends on the rain forests.

  • Nancy

    The rainforest is vital to improving our atmosphere and is a home for so many unique plants and animals.

  • Adrianne B

    The rainforest is an incredibly important example of true biodiversity. We benefit from preserving the flora, fauna, and geography of these special regions.

  • kAY

    We need it for a multitude of reasons. From cleaning the air to homes for so many plants and animals.

  • Danielle

    The rainforest are important to me for several reasons. The first but not most important that always comes to my mind is the beauty of it. Just think about how beautiful it is and how pretty and brightly colored alot of the animals that live there are. Actually about half of of Earth’s species of wildlife and plants call the rainforest home. Thats alot!! So if we keep loosing the rainforest our ecosysytems will really be effected. The rainforest is also home to many humans as well.

  • Sarah

    The rainforests are a reminder of our humanity. On a political level, protecting the rainforests (and the environment in general) is deeply interwoven with animal rights. We must care for the environment that houses animals (and humans!). When we step outside of the immediacy of our own situations and care for the environment, we are transcending our individual personhood and committing an act of deep love.

  • Sarah Hayes

    its important bc of the animals and plants that live there. its such a lovely place to see and it needs to be left as it is naturally and protected

  • Aaron

    The rainforest is important to me because time is a flat circle.

  • Kelley Roach

    The rain forest has so many unique animals in it

  • Aida Tapal

    Rainforests are our lives, we can’t breathe without them. Sadly, that it has been taken for granted. There is a real threat of deforestation connected to increasing settlements, expanding agricultural, ranching, mining operations, greedy companies. That is scary and it leads to horrifying impact as it is affecting global climate, destroying natural resources, extinguishing communities of indigenous peoples, damaging houses of thousands and thousand of precious animals and birds, gorgeous trees, beautiful plants and flowers. It all leads to breaking harmony in our Earth life circle.
    This is very close to my heart, as I witnessed how rainforests disappeared and it is the saddest and depressing thing you’ve ever seen. And it takes decades and more to revive just 10% of what it used to be.
    We must act if to protect rainforests if we want next generations see and appreciate the beauty of our Earth, loveliness of wildlife. There are many wonderful causes we could be part of to protect rainforests and restore damaged ecosystem. From teaching kids about importance of rainforest to boycotting products made with unsustainable palm and coconut oil. Planting trees in parks, making bird houses, recycling, and eating locally produced food, cutting eating meat and dairy. Encouraging people to live in a way that doesn’t hurt the environment and supporting good companies that care about the environment.

  • Aleesha S

    Hi, I am reading The Kind Diet right now and this is my first time on this site! Super exciting! I was able to visit Costa Rica two years ago and ever since have been in love with the beauty of the rainforest. There is such an incredible amount of biodiversity there; everywhere you look, you see something new! The tropical fruits there were amazing too!

  • Sadie Ritter

    “The rain forest…so far away from me. How should I truly know how important it must be? Important to all of the precious animals it holds. The trees and rivers that flow. Hidden beauties of this earth I have yet to see.
    So far away from me.”

    <3 Nature lover in Oregon

  • Jamie Wyckoff

    The rain forest is crucial for all life on the planet, but it is most important to me because of the individual lives there; a baby girl, an old man, a nest of birds or primate family living in the trees…These are all individuals deserving respect and life. This is my motivation for buying organic, fair trade and living/eating cruelty free. Each life matters and the rain forest is their home.