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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Ethical Clothing in Emily's Closet: Fun Patterns & Colors for Summer

In response to all the love for 9 Ethical Clothing Brands Embracing Fun Prints & Bold Colors, I wanted to take the time to showcase some fun ethical clothing items in my closet. Often times ethical fashion can be associated with neutrals and minimalism, but I like to keep my closet full of fun patterns & unique items! Ethical fashion CAN be fun! Check out the video showcasing some items in my closet. Listed below are the items and brands shown in the video.

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Eco-friendly Save the Dates & Wedding Stationery from Botanical PaperWorks

I’m so excited to share our save the dates with this conscious community! Our sustainable save the dates from Botanical PaperWorks are made with seed paper and I’m obsessed. Our friends and family can actually plant the save the date, the paper will compost down, & the seeds will sprout into wildflowers! How cool?

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20+ Budget Friendly Ethical Summer Sundresses

Stay cool and stylish this summer with ethically made & sustainable sundresses! These ethical dress brands are affordable and fun! All dresses in this guide are under $100, feature organic cotton dresses, sundresses made from recycled materials, and more!

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A Jake Appreciation Post

Today marks six years Jake & I have been together. Crazy how time flies. I’m lucky to have found my person so early in life. It’s been such a joy to grow together over the years, travel together, and embark on new beginnings with one another. I know he’ll roll his eyes and laugh when he reads this gushy post, but he’s really and truly my rock.

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The Struggles of Being Sick as a Small Business Owner

Today after another day of sleeping all day, binge watching Riverdale, and eating chicken noodle soup I’m left feeling anxious. Anxious about getting being behind on my work, wondering how long before I feel 100% (it’s already been a week), and that urge of wanting to something, but having the energy to do nothing at all. Even though I physically stepped away from my business to allow my self the healing needed….mentally I can’t shut it off. Endless to-do lists I make in my head while laying in bed. Glimpsing at my inbox every once in a while to make sure there is nothing urgent…only to be overcome with a sense of anxiety to the never ending amount of e-mails I haven’t responded to. My web traffic and social number dropping. And the stress of not evening knowing where to begin diving in when the time comes to jump back in.

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"You Don't Have to Know What You're Doing, You Just Have to Start."

Recently I saw a graphic on an entrepreneurship page that said, “You don’t have to know what you’re doing, you just have to start.” I’ve been obsessed with this graphic. When I started The Honest Consumer….I certainly didn’t know what I was doing or where the journey would take me. And three years later….confession I still don’t really know what I’m doing. And that’s okay. TBH most people don’t have their shit together…even if they appear to.

People often act like I have my shit together and know what I’m doing because I own a business. When it’s actually quite the opposite…..having a business makes me feel so much less put together and clueless. Every day is different and I don’t know what the day is going to throw my way. Somedays are hard…very hard. Somedays I want to quit. But I show up.

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20+ Fair Trade Clothing Brands to Love

Fair trade clothing companies are fighting against fast fashion by offering their garment workers livable wages, respectable working conditions, and empowering the people through out their supply chain. Wear your values with these fair trade clothing brands changing the world! This list of fair trade clothing brands even has a pricing guide to accommodate various budgets. While not all of these brands are officially fair trade certified, they all use fair trade principles through out their supply chain. Clothing companies certified by a third party fair trade organization are specified below.

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ROUND + SQUARE: Ethical Clothing Supporting Equal Rights

ROUND + SQUARE’s ethical clothing supports equal rights, sustainability, and transparent supply chains. ROUND + SQUARE clothing is crafted using organic cotton and donates 10% of profits to Equality Now, a non-profit fighting for legal rights for women and girls around the world.

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12 Memorial Day Weekend Sales for Conscious Consumers

Happy Memorial Day Weekend! If you’re planning to shop the sales, please shop socially responsible brands! Sales like these are a great opportunity to kick start your conscious closet with more affordable ethical clothing, home goods, and accessories! Check out these ethical brands having sales and support their conscious values. I’ve listed discount codes and all.

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What's The Deal With Microplastics in Clothing?

Microplastics seem to be a topic of growing conversation in regards to clothing. So what are microplastics? Why are microplastics in our clothes? And how are microplastics harming the environment? Let’s discuss & see how we, as conscious consumers, can take action!

Basically microplastics are what they sound like…tiny pieces of plastic. Clothing made with synthetic fibers such as polyester, nylon, and acrylic have plastic in them. Microplastics are typically released when washing garments made from these synthetic fibers. A lot of our athleisure wear such as leggings are crafted using these synthetic fibers.

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100+ Socially Responsible Brands to Shop

Looking for socially responsible brands to shop? I’ve got you covered! There are so many brand making a positive impact through ethical craftsmanship, sustainable initiatives, and giving back! Taking part in a socially responsible lifestyle can be as easy as supporting socially responsible brands! Here are 100+ socially responsible brands to LOVE! This list has socially responsible clothing brands, accessories, home goods, wines, and more!

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5 Reasons I Still Won't Shop at H&M During Their Sustainability Push

Well if you haven’t heard by now H&M is moving towards sustainability. I’m not writing this to hate on H&M, but to simply explain why I prefer not to shop with them. I’ve procrastinated writing about H&M’s sustainability push for a few reasons.

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