When it comes to ethical fashion, finding responsibly made jeans can be a challenge. With Fall approaching I have been working to try and find a trustworthy denim company. I am very excited that Monkee Genes is taking action and providing consumers with fair, organic options in the denim market.
Clean water is a luxury we often take for granted. This is a resource we use on a daily basis and typically don't think twice about it. However, over 748 million people do not have access to clean water. Jonas Umbrellas is taking action by funding wells in African schools through umbrella sales in America.
Haiti Made is empowering Haitians through sustainable employment, fair wages, and community. Their beautiful leather products are handmade by dedicated employees and crafted using locally sourced leather. Haiti Made founder, Will met his colleagues in college by playing in a Christian band, Audio Adrenaline. The successful music group felt that God was encouraging them to use their stardom to make a difference and help those in need.
Landmine Design is empowering women in The Minefield Village situated between Cambodia and Thailand by providing training and employment. While sex-trafficking is prevalent in this area, Landmine Design is a safe haven for women to gain a sense of community while receiving a fair salary through jewelry creation.
I'm the girl who wakes up twenty minutes before a meeting or class, throws on a bra, deodorant, brushes her teeth, and runs out the door. I'm the girl with a mind running at 1,000 miles an hour in five different directions. I literally have a sign in my living room that says, "Welcome to the Shit Show" because I'm all over the place, all the time.
It's that time of year again. Back to school. Tired eyes, chapped lips, and picked nails. I know I'm not the only one dreading it. I'm sitting here drowning myself in design work for clients, writing, and procrastinating even LOOKING at my homework. Don't get me wrong, I'm incredibly grateful for my education because I recognize what a privilege it truly is. However, I am also grateful that this is my last semester because I've struggled with school for quite sometime.
During high school and the beginning of college, I struggled to view myself as smart. It wasn't because I was failing classes. It wasn't because anyone was putting pressure on me. It wasn't because I was getting made fun of. It was because of the way school was set up. It wasn't until my junior year of college in a therapy session that I truly began to understand why school is so frustrating for me.
Going to a snazzy event this week? Look dapper for a cause with Mountain Kingdom Bowties. Mountain Kingdom Bowties provide employment to impoverished communities in South Africa, allowing community members the opportunity to learn a new trade and support themselves. Use the code HONEST15 to receive 15% off your order from Mountain Kingdom Bowties!
From not being taken seriously as a blogger to being told people don't care about conscious consumerism, I've just about heard it all. But guess what? The Honest Consumer is still here. Like a lot of entrepreneurs, I jumped in head on following a passion. The idea of "Fake it Till You Make It" can bring on a confidence to keep you going on the rough days.
On my search for ethical home brands, I came across Savvy Rest. I am incredibly impressed with their initiatives. This is a company that values their customers, the planet, and social impact. Savvy Rest creates bedding and furniture using organic and natural materials, while giving back through multiple social impact initiatives.
I don't shop for clothes in the mall very often. I prefer to order online and research the ethics and materials used in making the products. However, this morning I ventured out in an attempt to find a last minute dress for an upcoming formal event. I had NO idea it was tax free weekend. The mall was a madhouse. Based on my experience today I want to challenge YOU to take part in conscious consumerism this tax-free weekend by recording where your clothes are made.
Looking for a one stop shop for socially responsible goods? You can find all your essential accessories at Ethical Trading Co. This ethical marketplace carries a variety of goods such as jewelry, home decor, coffee, and other responsibly sourced goods.
Sometimes, especially in today's media, the focus can be drawn to women putting each other down. However, there are SO many women lifting each other up and it is extremely important to recognize women who empower other women. Women empowering other women can create positive community and encouragement. Through my entrepreneurial journey, I've connected with some kick-ass ladies who are changing the world. These hardworking women have been incredibly encouraging. I am so grateful for their mentorship. Meet these fabulous lady bosses!!
During my study abroad adventure to Haiti, we visited Haiti Design Co. Haiti Design Co. is a social enterprise bridging the gap between American consumers and artisan goods, creating steady employment and opportunity for Haitians. Haiti Design Co. is an incredible community with co-founders Chandler and Josh going above and beyond by focusing on the well-being and advancement of the whole person. Through multiple initiatives they train, house, and employ Haitian artisans.
A boat load of honesty...I'm trying to figure things out and I really need your help. You all know I value honesty and transparency in the companies I work with and my own writing. So here is the honest truth about graduation & The Honest Consumer. I will be graduating from college in December. I am trying to get The Honest Consumer to a point where I can do it as a part time job. Researching companies, interviewing founders, writing, and organizing content is a lot more time consuming than you might think. If I end up having to get a full time job I fear that The Honest Consumer will be put on hold.
I am OBSESSED with Three Huggers Beeswax Wrap. This is an essential product to have in your kitchen! This life changing wrap is a sustainable alternative to saran wrap and plastic baggies. Wrap up your fruits, sandwiches, cheese, or just about any other item (except meat). When you’re done with the wrap you can run it under the sink with a drop of soap, let it air dry, and REUSE!
When I started The Honest Consumer in 2016 I did not want to be in the pictures. If you scroll back to the beginning of my Instagram feed, you will notice I'm rarely in a photograph. When I thought about bloggers, I pictured that perfect girl with the photogenic lifestyle and that's not who I am or what The Honest Consumer is. I wanted The Honest Consumer to focus on the mission of companies making a difference, not me.
Honestly, my life is messy and far from photogenic. The picture featured above...definitely not my desk. My desk is never that organized. It was interesting to me that when I started to highlight the honesty of my life such as who I am as a person: passionate about doing good, being real, and struggling with anxiety, people started to relate. I try to keep it real, after all I am The Honest Consumer.
In 2001 Jarrod and Allison Brown were doing mission work in response to the hurricane that hit Central America. During this time they observed a need for opportunity mixed with a lack of economic stability. The two social entrepreneurs felt that God was encouraging them to help. In 2004 Jarrod and Allison officially founded Mission Lazarus, a non-profit focusing on education, medical, and agricultural outreaches serving Honduras and eventually expanding into Haiti in 2011.
Let's be honest. I couldn't pull off The Honest Consumer all by myself. Thankfully I am surrounded by incredibly creative and supportive friends who are willing to help out. These beautiful souls deserve a shout out and more thank yous than I could ever give. Learn a bit about these lovely humans with some fun facts.
Mawu Lolo sandals are creating opportunity and employment for women in Ghana allowing them to lift their families out of poverty.
Mawu Lolo founder, David was a commercial real estate developer in Minnesota when he got connected with Sam, an inspiring pastor working in Ghana. Through this friendship, David learned about issues in Ghana such as the lack of education and opportunity for women. David was impressed with Sam’s drive to help and formed a partnership with Sam's ministry, Globalserve, to assist in setting up two schools in Ghana, a preparatory school and a vocational school.
Mini + Meep creates earthy, eclectic style for tiny humans beginning their journey in the world.
Mini + Meep founder, Fay began creating watercolor based designs in college. She realized she could use these designs to create a positive impact. Fay, and her close friend Michelle, used the nature inspired designs to co-found The Tote Project. After The Tote Project took off, Fay decided to create a similar line of clothes with her baby on the way soon.
While browsing a boutique I saw a "Consume Less, Be More" bumper sticker. I love this saying... although I did think it was a bit ironic customers have to buy the bumper sticker. I think this little phrase is a great point to consider. All in all consumerism is a good thing. It is part of what fuels our economy and creates jobs. However, I think it is how we consume that can occasionally get out of hand.
When walking into this chic ice cream shop, you will be greeted with a warm smile followed by a welcoming HOWDY. Howdy Homemade is an ice cream shop in Dallas that trains and employs young adults with down syndrome or autism.
Want to "look good and save animals?" GoodBeads jewelry is carefully crafted with a love for nature and sustainable materials. For each piece of jewelry sold, GoodBeads donates $5 to a partnering nonprofit focusing on wildlife & conserving the environment.
After working in the apparel industry, Renewal Workshop co-founders Nicole and Jeff noticed an opportunity to change the way brands view unwanted and excess product, in an effort to keep textiles out of landfills. For example, when a product is returned to a brand with a rip or a dysfunctional zipper, this garment cannot be sold as new apparel and typically ends up in a landfill.
Consume with Love was born out of the passion for social justice and sustainable living. Founded by sisters Megan and Michele, these two discovered that their unique interests could come together for the greater good.
Haiti will break you in the most beautiful way. The Haitian people are welcoming, kind, and have an amazing culture. Despite what the American media might tell you the Haitians are some of the most hardworking, resourceful individuals I have ever met.
As many of you know I am in Haiti through my university's study abroad program. Today we visited the social enterprise of REBUILD Globally, Deux Mains Designs. The work done by Deux Mains Designs is incredible! Deux Mains Design creates shoes and accessories using locally sourced leather and recycled tires.