Father's Day Gift Guide: Gifts That Give Back

Looking for a meaningful Father’s Day gift? Check out these ethical gifts for dad that have a positive impact. All of these ethical brands are encouraging consumers to share a story and care about the greater good! Dad is sure to love these goods!

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Pushing Through The Entrepreneur Burnout

Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life….right? Myth busted. Entrepreneurship seems to be really glorified these days. Social media makes running a business appear easy, makes it seem common for an overnight success story, and fails to shine a light on a lot of entrepreneur's failures before success. The reality is entrepreneurship is hard as hell, not for the faint of heart, and the entrepreneur burnout is a serious side effect.

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30 Brands That Give Back When You Shop

Love making an impact with your purchase? Check out this list of brands that give back featuring over 30+ socially responsible brands giving back to different causes.

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The Basics of Repairing Clothes: 3 YouTube Tutorials

We all know the feeling of getting a hole in our favorite t-shirt…or a button popping off our pants! Unfortunately, so many people throw their clothing away when garments begin to show wear. But you can mend your clothes instead of sending them to the landfill. Check out these helpful tutorials on mending clothes! Save your wardrobe and save the planet by mending what you have!

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It's World Fair Trade Day! Why is Today Important?

Everyday should be a day to celebrate fair trade! Today is World Fair Trade Day a day of heightened awareness and education surrounding fair trade. So I’m going to chat fair trade for a bit and answer some common questions!

To quote the source directly, “World Fair Trade Day is an initiative of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) that takes place on the second Saturday of May each year. It is an inclusive worldwide festival of events celebrating Fair Trade as a tangible contribution to sustainable development, especially the economic empowerment of small producers, gender equality in workplaces and responsible production practices.” -WFTO

What does fair trade mean?

To put it simply, fair trades values people, economic empowerment, and the environment.

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27 Meaningful Graduation Gifts That Give Back

Give your grad a meaningful gift that shares a story! We’ve got plenty of ideas organized in a personality based gift guide! Who is your grad? The Go-getter, The “I Only Went to College for the Parties,” The Creative, The I Need a Break from Everything?

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9 Ethical Clothing Brands Embracing Fun Prints & Bold Colors

Sometimes there are misconceptions that ethical clothing has to be minimalistic and all about the neutrals. I personally LOVE fun prints and bold colors. They keep my closet exciting! Here are some ethical clothing brands that I love because of their bold style and eye-catching looks that keep ethical fashion exciting and different! Keep your closet conscious & exciting with these fabulous ethical clothing brands!

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Conscious Consumerism Isn't About Perfection

Quite often I see ethical fashion bloggers post wardrobes like the one pictured. A perfectly curated clothing rack of ten or so items at first it made my feel like I was doing this conscious consumerism thing wrong, but now after years in the ethical fashion scene it makes me laugh. I’ve accepted that will never be my wardrobe and that’s okay. My closet is a hot mess. Confession I despise doing laundry (I justify it by telling myself the less laundry I do the better for the planet ;) so there are clothes spread out. I have a lot more than ten pieces of clothing in my wardrobe. I like supporting ethical clothing brands that are making positive change and it keeps my wardrobe exciting. Minimalism isn’t really my style….I love fun prints and bold colors.

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Hello Again from the Overcommitted Entrepreneur

After a busy week filled with travel & three vendor fairs for Give a Damn Goods….I’m back…and exhausted. You may have noticed I was offline for a few days partly because I was incredibly busy and partly because I needed a break from the online world. Running online based businesses can consume you in the internet life, so it was nice to step away and really connect with Give a Damn Goods customers in person. However, while doing this I definitely overcommitted….three vendor fairs in one week was too much.

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MOM&I by EK: Slow Fashion Statement Necklaces Sharing Stories

MOM&I by EK creates detailed statement necklaces that empower women in Turkey. The limited edition necklaces are crafted with love and serve as a great conversation starter. Through MOM&I by EK’s beaded crochet necklaces, this brand is encouraging consumers to invest in high quality, slow fashion accessories that can be worn for many years.

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The Fight Against Fast Fashion is Far From Over: 4 Steps You Can Take

It’s 2019 and another Fashion Revolution Week has come and gone. While it’s always good to see the community coming together for fair fashion, it’s unfortunate that we are still having to fight for the respect of garment workers. Just because Fashion Revolution Week is over, doesn't mean the fight against fast fashion is. Sadly, it’s far from over and we need to continue taking action! Here are a few things you can do to continue raising awareness of fast fashion.

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Connecting Customers to Their Products Through Stories

While Fashion Revolution Week is coming to an end, I’ve spent the last few days connecting customers to the stories behind products at a vendor fair for Give a Damn Goods. Shoutout to my supportive mama for helping me with this one! It’s always nice to get out from behind the computer and be able to share the stories of products through conversation because you never know where the conversation will lead. One of the many joys of running Give a Damn Goods is seeing the lightbulb moment customers have when they are intrigued by the story behind a product.

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6 Ways to Take Action & Be Part of Fashion Revolution Week

It’s Fashion Revolution Week! This week we’re coming together to raise awareness of the harmful effect fast fashion has on people and the planet! There are so many easy and FREE ways to take action. Here are six ways to be part of Fashion Revolution Week and advocate for fair fashion!

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5028: Small Batch Artisan Shoes Crafted with Upcycled Materials

5028 is a small-batch artisan shoe company focused on the art of crafting shoes through ethical practices and upcycled materials. Their limited edition shoes are crafted with deadstock materials making their shoes extra special due to only producing up to 250 pairs of a particular style/color. 5028 furthers their social impact by donating $5 from each pair sold to mental health support groups.

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What is Fashion Revolution Week & Rana Plaza?

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 needs to be celebrated. This week we are asking #whomademyclothes, demanding transparency from brands, and remembering the victims of Rana Plaza.

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22 Eco-Conscious Brands Worth Checking Out On Earth Day

In honor of Earth Day on April 22nd check out these 22 eco-conscious brands. Consumerism has been taking a toll on the planet due to excessive use of materials and harmful materials used in the creation of goods. These brands are taking the initiative to educate consumers, seek out impactful materials, and encourage shoppers to have a positive impact on the planet through their purchase power.

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PACT: Affordable Organic Fair Trade Apparel

When I first started my ethical fashion journey as a sophomore in college, PACT was one of the first brands I purchased from. As a college student I loved their affordable prices, organic materials, and fair trade principles. Four years later and I’m still in love with the quality of PACT’s organic clothing. If you’re not familiar with PACT, it is a great time to learn about this sustainable brand because they’re having a huge Earth week sale with 30% off site wide!

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Jackalo: Sustainable Kids Clothing Crafted to Last

Jackalo is a sustainable brand of children’s clothing that is ethically made and crafted to last. This kid’s clothing brand encourages parents to invest in high quality products for their children & take part in circular fashion. Great lessons to start teaching kids at a young age!

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Boody's Affordable Eco-friendly Essentials

Boody is encouraging consumers all over the world to add eco-friendly essentials to their wardrobe. Their affordable, ethically made bamboo viscose products allow consumers to explore and enjoy the comfort of eco-fibers through everyday basics such as bras, underwear, and activewear.

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My Experience Dress Shopping for a Sustainable Wedding Dress

And so the journey to planning an ethical & sustainable wedding continues! When I first started researching ethical & sustainable wedding dresses, I found a decent amount of online wedding dress companies that specialize in made to order wedding dresses which is great. But as someone who had no idea what kind of dress I wanted….I didn’t feel comfortable ordering a wedding dress online. Plus I wanted the wedding dress shopping experience, trying them on until you find the one! Luckily I discovered Brides for a Cause. Brides for a Cause is a non-profit bridal boutique that sells wedding dresses for charity. This unique bridal shop focuses on collecting & reselling wedding dresses while empowering women.

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