Ethically Styled for Summer in Everlane

Back in July I got to try out some ethically made summer clothes from Everlane. I’ve posted some of the styled outfits, but am just now getting around to actually reviewing the items. Everlane partners with ethical factories around the world to ensure their clothes are crafted to last. Through their ethical practices and emphasis on quality materials Everlane fights for radical transparency in the apparel industry.

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Sustainable Packaging Solutions with noissue

Noissue is leading the way with sustainable packaging solutions for small businesses. I’ve been using noissue compostable mailers to ship out t-shirts for Give a Damn Goods and I’m obsessed! Their compostable mailers are sturdy, durable, and have a positive impact on the planet. 

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Dear America, It's Time to Listen

The level of hate in our country is unacceptable. Absolutely disgraceful. We all have an extraordinary opportunity to learn from people who are different that us. There is power and knowledge in listening to the stories of others. People different than you….different political opinions, different colors of skin, different backgrounds, different social classes, different sexual orientations. There is a lot I will never fully understand, but over the years I’ve at least made an effort to try and learn from the experiences of people different than me by getting out of my bubble. I don’t claim to be an expert of these matters, but I’ve seen my views on the world (especially America) shift.

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The Power of Clothing & Confidence

As consumers we often think about how our favorite outfit makes us feel while wearing it….but what about on the other end of things? How did the people feel while making it? Did they feel safe in their work environment? Confident in their work? Were they treated with dignity and respect? Paid fairly?

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MYTH BUSTED: Do What You Love & You'll Never Work a Day in Your Life

We’ve all heard the saying….”do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.” Let’s break it down because this is a MYTH. I absolutely LOVE running The Honest Consumer & Give a Damn Goods. I have creative freedoms, get to manage my own schedule, partner with some cool brands, BUT there will always be things that I don’t want to do that have to get done. And this past week has tested me to the max…..

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The Inner Anxious Control Freak

My anxiety makes me a total control freak. I have to control as much as I can so that things run smoothly because knowing what to expect helps keep me calm. And boy, oh boy….does running a business test this. For the most part I do everything myself….content creation, vendor fairs for Give a Damn Goods, financials, posting to social media, updating the website…and thankfully I have Jake to help me with photographs + technical website stuff. I enjoy it all, helps me better understand all the moving parts of my business, and I know it gets done correctly allowing me to plan accordingly.

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3 Ethical, Sustainable, & Size Inclusive Swimsuit Brands

Ethical & sustainable swimwear can be a challenge to find…especially size inclusive swimwear brands! Check out these three ethical & sustainable swimwear brands, find a style to rock, and get in the water this summer!

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Find Your Freedom by Loving Yourself

A lot of times when I write about my struggles or embracing my flaws I get messages from people saying things like how they “admire my courage” or that I’m “wise beyond my years.” But I honestly can’t imagine living any other way….why be someone you’re not? My close friends will tell you….I’m a terrible liar…I laugh every time so I can’t even attempt to go down that path. I have transparent facial expressions, so I suck at hiding my emotions. I can’t stand fake people or small talk…let’s get to the meaningful conversations. Now, I’ll admit back in high school I definitely tried to fit in, but I got over that real quick. I found that I’d rather be who I truly am and surrounded by people who love the real me rather than constantly trying to act like someone I’m not. There is freedom in embracing your flaws, not fearing your struggles, and loving your true self. I’m lucky to have found that freedom early on in life.

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Love Your Body & Get in the Water

My body is unique & beautiful in it’s own way….just like everyone else’s body. And the idea of a perfect swimsuit body is silly because as they say, “every body is a beach body.” So love your love handles, celebrate your stretch marks, & treasure your tummy because you are beautiful & life is too short to spend time hating your body. All bodies are amazing and different so put on your swimsuit, power pose, & enjoy the water.

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Ethical & Sustainable Clothing Brands to Look For

If you plan to take part in the Nordstrom Anniversary sale try searching for these ethical and sustainable clothing brands. Nordstrom actually has a decent variety of socially responsible clothing brands focusing on sustainable practices and ethical fashion.

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TREAD: A More Sustainable Leather Sneaker by Everlane

Everlane’s new sustainable leather sneaker brand, TREAD, focuses on using less waste, less energy, and 54% less virgin plastic. TREAD strives to be a zero impact sneaker brand by one day closing their production loop. This means TREAD would only use recycled + natural materials and off-set their carbon footprint. TREAD has already taken great strides toward this goal with The Trainer sneaker.

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Ethical Style with Emily: What I'm Wearing This Summer

Looking for some inspiration on how to channel your inner ethical fashionista this summer? Check out how I’ve styled some of my ethical clothing and accessories for this toasty time of year! As always I’m keeping my ethical style fun and fresh with patterns + bright colors!

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3 Zero Waste Clothing Brands for Eco-Conscious Consumers

On the hunt for zero waste clothing brands? They can be tricky to find! These are three zero waste clothing companies that I have tried and been pleased with their products! They are making the most of the resource they have and keeping materials out of landfills!

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A Few Thoughts to Ponder as You Celebrate The 4th of July

Happy Fourth of July! A day to celebrate independence and freedom. To be honest I’m having a difficult time celebrating freedom today because there are people in our country locked in detention camps. It’s heartbreaking and inhumane especially in a country that claims to be “land of the free & home of the brave.” And while I am incredibly grateful for those who have fought for our freedom, it seems the social construct of America still has a ways to go in freedom and equality for everybody.

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5 Ethical Clothing Brands Celebrating Fair Fashion & Feminism

When you choose to purchase ethically made and fair trade clothing, you’re voting for feminism and the fair treatment of women. It is estimated that 80% of the garment industry is made up of women. Unfortunately there is a lot of abuse within traditional fast fashion garment factories and this abuse directly impacts women due to the large percentage of workers. Your purchase to support brands who use ethical and fair trade practices empowers women around the world.

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5 Benefits of a Long Engagement

Having a long engagement has been wonderful for us. Jake and I decided to have a long engagement for a few different reasons. When we got engaged he was starting a new job and we were moving across the country…so not prime wedding planning time. Also, for my sanity and mental health I needed to know I had a lot of time to figure things out. AND because the slow living, conscious consumer fanatic in me wanted to plan wedding to be as socially responsible as possible. I wanted to find vendors who give back, care about other people and the plant, and work with brands who actually celebrate love through their missions. Honestly, it’s made wedding planning so much fun because I love the stories and missions some of my wedding vendors are sharing! (Can’t wait to share with you) The process of discovering these meaningful vendors is making our wedding that much more meaningful. Besides my personal ties to the hearts of my vendors, here are a few reasons I think long engagements are great.

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The Exhaustion of Anxiety + Social Interaction

Last night I pushed myself to get out of the house and attend a social event. I’d met a few of the people before, but didn’t know them well. It was a casual social + dinner event, but I felt like I was struggling to find things in common and relate. After those four hours I was anxious, my lips were chapped, the hang nails on my fingers were picked, and I was exhausted. I felt like I’d just run a marathon….but no it was just a simple social interaction. And it didn’t end there. That night I laid in my bed replaying conversations in my head…Could I have contributed to the conversation more? Why did I say that? Did I sound dumb? They probably think I’m a failure. Instead I tried to remind myself, you did it. You went. You survived. But the anxious thoughts kept winning.

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Our Top 10 Ethical Fashion Guides

When first starting out as a conscious consumer, it can be nice to have some easy go-to guides! Our Guide & List page has lots of great resources. This post highlights our most popular ethical fashion guides & round-ups making it easy for consumer to discover new ethical clothing brands and accessories! We have guides highlighting ethical clothing for men, size inclusive brands, affordable ethical brands, & more.

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