Faire.Shop is a unique one-stop shop of ethical goods, partnering with artisans from around the world and connecting consumers to a variety of ethically crafted goods. This marketplace is on a mission to change the way consumers purchase online by encouraging customers to think about the impact of their purchases, through focusing on ethical trade, sustainability, & storytelling.
Being a social entrepreneur (or an entrepreneur in general) can be terrifying. People don't realize just how much courage and patiences it takes. Sometimes it seems like we're constantly putting ourselves out there...and constantly being rejected. I've been experiencing this a lot through my journey getting The Honest Connection up & running. I've been trying to learn retail and sales by going in and pitching socially responsible brands to boutiques. It's hard & it's draining. I can work all day and still have what I call a "Zero Dollar Day." After a couple weeks full of "no's" and a few polite no thank yous, I finally got a few "maybes." Ahhh hope at last.
Gearing up for your summer travels? Make sure you have luggage that will last! These three awesome brands are ethically crafting products essential for your summer travel. Check out how they empower others!
Terra Thread Lupa Tote is my personal favorite beach bag! This roomy bag can fit towels, snacks, and so much more. Terra Thread's Duffel Bag is great for weekend trips too!
With another Fashion Revolution Week in the books, I just wanted to encourage everyone to educate themselves. A few weeks ago was the 5th anniversary of Rana Plaza. Basically, Rana Plaza was a garment factory that collapsed in 2013 killing over 1,000 workers in the Bangladesh factory. This factory made clothes for many popular fast fashion brands sold in the United States. And get this.... despite the tragedy, according to The True Cost, that was the fast fashion industry's most profitable year.
With over 25 years of experience, People Tree has been at the forefront of the ethical fashion movement. People Tree places an emphasis on the well being of the individuals involved in crafting their garments & values the planet through their transparent supply chain.
If we're being honest, anxiety runs my business. It's the constant checking of the e-mail in fear that I have messed something up. It's double checking & triple checking everything I send out. It's constantly checking the time, if someone is one minute late to a meeting and being convinced that I'm at the wrong place or read the wrong time.
Another Fashion Revolution Week has come and gone, but just because the week long celebration is over, doesn't mean the fight against fast fashion is. Here are a few things you can do to continue raising awareness of fast fashion.
Weighting Comforts is making it possible for troubled sleepers to catch some z's with weighted blankets. Weighted blankets have been used to help people with anxiety, depression, PTSD, autism, and insomnia reach a relaxed state. This family run company also provides employment opportunities for refugees through their partnership with the non-profitSew for Hope.
Terra Thread creates fair trade organic bags through partnerships in India, providing employment to many. Terra Thread strives to keep their products affordable to encourage all consumers to take part in conscious consumerism.
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.