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banana republic

A small country, often led by a corrupt government, whose economy depends upon either one internally-produced commodity or the revenue generated by foreign companies or investors. The dictator's insistence that the tiny island nation double down on its dominate export has made it even more of a banana republic.
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banana republic

a small tropical state, especially one in central America, whose economy is regarded as wholly dependent on its fruit-exporting trade. derogatory
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- Additionally, at least 50 percent of all Banana Republic branded product will aim to source sustainable fibers, including: cotton through the Better Cotton Initiative, partnering with Canopy-compliant suppliers to source preferred man-made cellulosics; sourcing recycled and responsible wool from vendors that are compliant under the Responsible Wool Standard; linen and recycled polyester.
- Banana Republic aims to make 50 percent of all products with techniques that save at least 20 percent water in comparison to conventional methods at mills and at laundries.
Sustainability is important to our brand, to our environment and to our customer, said Mark Breitbard, Banana Republic President and CEO.
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As an additional tribute to women this spring and a nod to next years 100th Anniversary of the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which guarantees and protects a womans constitutional right to vote, Banana Republic incorporates symbols of womens suffrage with iconic pieces designed in white the color made infamous by the women who fought ardently for womens right to vote and which stands as an ongoing symbol of female solidarity, strength, tenacity and the fight for equality.
Finally such states are classified as banana republics. Although laws exist, making it illegal and criminal to chop a tree planted on state owned land, the paid uniformed law enforcement rarely performs.
Sean Hannity, the Fox News anchor and Trump cheerleader, says the United States is "on the brink of becoming a banana republic." Hes correct, but for all the wrong reasons.
The definition of a "banana republic" is an unstable country run by an unrestrained and unaccountable dictator.