Today’s the 5th anniversary of Rana Plaza where over 1,000 lives were lost in a fast fashion garment factory. Please, please ask the tough questions like who made your clothes. Demand transparency. Value people.
This week is an incredibly important week! It's Fashion Revolution Week. Unfortunately, this is probably not something you'll see in the news or mainstream media here in the U.S., but it is a week that should be celebrated. Each year Fashion Revolution week takes place in order to remember the tragedy of Rana Plaza and raise awareness for the change we can create in the fashion industry. This year marks the fifth anniversary of the Rana Plaza collapse. Rana Plaza was a garment factory in Bangladesh that collapsed in 2013, killing over 1100 workers.
The Fabric Social works through collaborative partnerships in India & Myanmar turning unique fabrics into fashionable garments. By partnering and providing business for existing women run co-ops, The Fabric Social is able to help co-ops expand, offering safe working conditions and fair payment to more women in these communities.
Mother's Day is less than a month away! Find the perfect gift for your mom based on these fun personality type suggested items! Give gifts with a purpose & share the story of helping others with your mom this Mother's Day!
Ever wish you could take the fresh cup of coffee smell with you wherever you go? Well now you can thanks to Idea Organic and their scented phone cases. Idea Organic uses organic materials to create naturally scented phone cases, allowing consumers to hold a piece of nature in the palm of their hands.
While working and living in India, The Fabric Social co-founders, Fiona and Sharna were inspired by the beautiful fabrics they encountered. As they learned more about the labor intensive process to make the stunning fabrics, they wanted to support the dedicated women in this trade.
Yes, by traditional blogging standards I'm not the best....but at least I'm honest about it. I'm probably the most inconsistent blogger that you follow, but hey I can't help it. That's life for me. I don't know what tomorrow will bring, so I don't schedule my posts too far out. I write when inspiration strikes. Some days I'll post twice and some weeks you'll wonder if I'm alive because I don't post anything.
I came to this city with no clue. No clue about what I wanted to do or who I was, but when I left this city, I left with a passion and the incredible feeling of knowing my true self. Nashville really did give me wings and through this journey I learned how to fly. Moving to a new city and not knowing anyone pushed me to be independent. It forced me to truly find myself. And it is definitely one of the best decisions I have ever made. If you EVER have the chance to move, GO. Go far away where you don't know anybody. It'll take some getting used to. It'll be scary at first, but it's an incredibly rewarding experience that can allow you to find & love yourself.
A lot of people have been asking me what I've been doing since I've graduated....while it does include a hodge lodge of freelance gigs and the blog, I've also been working on a new project. For the past few months I've been creating The Honest Connection, an online social impact wholesale catalog for retailers. What does this mean? Basically I'll be consulting boutiques & retailers for FREE to help them find socially responsible and ethical brands that will fit well in their stores.
ShareHope is a people oriented activewear brand empowering garment workers in Haiti. Profits from their ethically made leggings are reinvested into educational and health focused social programs, furthering the growth of garment workers and creating bright futures for Haitian workers.
Ever tried running a start up & moving across country? Pro-tip probably don't. My life is literally in boxes right now...and my head is spinning in 1000 different directions. Sorry I've been slacking off on product posts & incredibly slow with responding to e-mails, but here's a little life update on what's going on with me.
Earlier today I did a video tour of my apartment! I got a few requests of links to some of the goods featured so here you go! Even with a discount code! If you missed the video apartment tour you can watch it here.
After living in Nashville for four years and running The Honest Consumer for two, I've learned about so many wonderful businesses that have a positive impact on this city and beyond. If you live in Nashville or are traveling to Nashville, I encourage you to check out some of these amazing places.
The creative process can be frustrating because creativity is not something you can just turn on. It takes time and the right environment. The right environment for me can sometimes involve going out and about, but most times it involves sitting in my bed with early 2000s jams blasting, the scent of a strong, fruity candle, and the warm glow of the gold lights that line my window. This is my happy place, where I feel safe, and where I am able to focus my thoughts on the creative process.
Two years ago TODAY I was sitting in my dorm room at Belmont University when I made a pixelated logo in Powerpoint and typed up out the words The Honest Consumer. I had no idea what was ahead of me. Who knew The Honest Consumer would turn into a community of lovely souls passionate about changing the world. We have a community of over 6,000 people which is more than I could have EVER hoped for...and we're not done growing yet! It has been such a blessing and The Honest Consumer wouldn't be possible without YOU!
What do you do for a living? What I do....is something different EVERYDAY. I mean everyday. I couldn't tell you what a day in the life is like because I don't have a set routine. My days are chaos...most days, relatively organized chaos. A day for me could involve a few calls, some meetings, writing, website updates, creating newsletters, editing posts, screaming at the computer, photoshoots with product, researching new companies, interviews, catching up on the e-mails I'm constantly a month behind on, attempting to understand algorithm changes, or all of the above. All done with massive amounts of coffee while trying to keep my sanity.
Missing my Valentine today, but very grateful to call him mine. Jake is the absolute best. The past few years of long distance haven't always been easy, but have definitely been worth it. We've been able to grow as individuals and as a couple. Four and a half years later and he still makes me giggle like when we first started going out in high school.
Vita sneakers are great for your feet and even better for the world! These innovative shoes are made with organic and recycled materials AND set aside 10% of each pair sold to lead service projects impacting homeless communities.
With Valentine's Day coming up chocolate sales are on the rise. Thankfully our friends at Tony's Chocolonelyare giving the chocolate industry some much needed love. Child labor and human trafficking are major issues in the chocolate industry. It is estimated that in Ghana and the Ivory Coast 2.3 million children work on cocoa farms, 90% of which are under illegal conditions.
Sunrays mandarin oranges are revolutionizing the produce industry by encouraging consumers to "snack with an impact." For each bag of these sweet snacks packed, Sunrays makes a donation toSave the Children.
Since graduating in December, I’ve been doing odd jobs including web design, content management, and copywriting, all while running The Honest Consumer. My collection of odd jobs helps me makeup the difference in bills and continue running The Honest Consumer. The transition from being a college student to being self-employed has been more challenging than I expected. I wanted to share a few of the challenges I’m experiencing in hopes that it might prepare others who are transitioning into the freelance world.
Founded in 2015, The Fair Trade Fashion Show is a nonprofit striving to educate consumers, shine a light on ethical fashion, and raise awareness of certain social issues. Fair Trade Fashion Shows are hosted in the Los Angeles area featuring a variety of fair trade brands, while raising money for anti-trafficking organizations.
Looking for a gift to show your special someone how much they mean to you? How about a gift with a story! Whether you're shopping for your special someone, a gal pal, or treating yourself I recommend checking out these fun gifts that empower others.