Sustainable Hang Tags with Botanical PaperWorks

I’m so excited to share my new hang tags for Give a Damn Goods tees! Our new sustainable hang tags came from Botanical PaperWorks and they are plantable! How cool? Give a Damn Goods customers can now grow wildflowers from our t-shirt hang tags! Botanical PaperWorks is working to reduce waste and spread beauty through their innovative seed paper products.

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30 Ethical Fashion Accessories for Fall

Celebrate ethical fashion and fall style with this guide to ethical fall accessories! Discover ethical brands celebrating fair fashion and modern design in this guide featuring beanies, purses, jewelry, scarves, hair pins, & more.

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Let's Talk Toxic Clients: Tips for Freelancers & Entrepreneurs

I’m grateful for all the clients I’ve had because I learn something unique from each and every situation. 95% of the time I have great experiences working with clients…but there have been a few who I’ve considered to be toxic. I’ve worked with clients in many different forms…freelance writing, social media management, web design, & more! So what do I mean by toxic clients? Clients who consume you. They make you feel as though your work is never good enough.

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8 Brands Empowering Survivors of Trafficking

There are some amazing brands fighting against trafficking by encouraging survivors to be part of a community & feel empowered through employment! Check out these ethical brands empowering survivors. By shopping their products you’re supporting the healing and new start for survivors. Many of these brands have resources to learn more about trafficking, the signs, and how to take action.

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10 Tips That Have Helped Me Cope with Anxiety

Today is World Mental Health Day! I invite you to be part of the conversation whether you struggle with mental health or not, we can all learn from the experiences of others. I’m pretty transparent about my mental health because 1) writing is therapeutic and helps me cope and 2) I think it’s so important to start the conversation. I’ve struggled with anxiety since I was a kid. I’m 23 and I’ve been in therapy on and off. I’m on meds for anxiety. I have to be careful with how certain foods effects my mental health. And it’s okay to talk about all of that.

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Shop for Justice with New Creation's Survivor Made Goods

New Creation is a non-profit social impact marketplace educating consumers on human trafficking & encouraging shoppers to use their purchase power to empower survivors. New Creation partners with ethical brands all over the world to carry a wide range of products that are made by survivors or artisans in vulnerable communities at risk of being trafficked.

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24 Ethical & Sustainable Wedding Gifts Under $100

Heading to a wedding to celebrate love? Consider getting the newly wed couple a gift made with love! These ethical wedding gifts are all under $100 and focus on sustainable, fair trade, & eco-friendly values. The newly wed couple is sure to love a sustainable wedding gift that shares a story.

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5 Reasons Give a Damn Goods Was Launched

A year ago I launched my mini-marketplace selling ethical & sustainable products, Give a Damn Goods. And I am SO grateful for the support it received through the first year. Like WOW. Give a Damn Goods started because of a few reasons listed below….and I can’t wait to watch it continue to grow.

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The Subscription Box for Candle Lovers: The Shine Club

The Shine Club is a subscription box from Light Shine Candles. Customers will receive two curated candles for $30 a month (+ free shipping). This allows customers to try out NEW & seasonal scents while giving back to a good cause. Plus all Light Shine Candles are made with non-GMO soy, a cotton wick, a made-in-the USA glass jar, and free of dyes and phthalates.

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Fair Tribe: Modern Fair Trade Home Decor

Fair Tribe encourages consumers to celebrate modern design and fair trade values through their selection of affordable ethical home goods and accessories. Inspired by travel and artisan made decor, Fair Tribe was born with a mission of making fair trade home decor accessible for conscious consumers. All of Fair Tribe’s partners use fair trade and sustainable practices. 

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Global Climate Strike Day: 5 Ways to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Today is Climate Strike Day. A day where businesses are closing, students are missing school, and people are coming together to unite and raise awareness of the climate crisis. While I think the Climate Strike Day is a wonderful idea, to be honest, you won’t find me at the public strike because of my anxiety. Large groups and loud noises are a huge trigger for me, so I’ve never really been able to take part in marches and rallies. And if you’re like me, unable to take part in large group strikes and rallies, but an advocate for the planet, it’s okay because advocating for our planet goes beyond today. You can make a difference by how you live your life everyday. Real change can happen when we implement eco-conscious practices into our regular routines! Here are five things I do on the regular to try to reduce my carbon footprint.

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6 Tips for Sustainably Styling Your College Apartment

Back to that college life and living on campus or in an apartment near by? Or just graduated and starting that first adult job? You can totally decorate sustainably and on a budget. I started this blog back when I was a sophomore in college. I know what it’s like to be on a budget and trying to find ethical & sustainable home decor. Here are a few tips to help!

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A Note to Unethical People on The Web: Stop Stealing Images & Graphics

It’s 2019 y’all. And it never ceases to amaze me how just unethical people can be. I was on Pinterest yesterday and saw that someone has stolen a graphic I had made to try and sell their jewelry. Okay, okay this has happened before and I report it to Pinterest, they remove it, I know the drill and am kind of used to it. It makes me mad every time, BUT this one really got me worked up. It featured an image from my engagement photoshoot. A photoshoot I paid for.

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The Frustration of Creative Mind Blocks Fueled by Internal Thoughts

The creative process can be both brilliantly beautiful and a frustrating “I want to pull my hair out” experience. We commonly hear the term writers block used when writers struggle with new ideas. I’ve definitely had a writers block, but the past month has been a more all encompassing block….like a creative block.

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Tech for Good with Nimble

I am seriously loving my wireless charger from Nimble. This certified B Corporation is shifting the tech industry in a positive direction through their innovative products, one for one tech recycling program, and eco-friendly materials. Nimble’s Tech for Good products include eco-friendly wireless chargers, phone cases made from recycled water bottles, eco-conscious fast charge kits, and more.

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15 Ethical & Sustainable Brands Accepting AfterPay

Cost tends to be one of the biggest concerns consumers have when transitioning to purchasing ethical & sustainable goods. If cost is a concern, I think Afterpay USA can be a good tool for conscious closets. Here are some ethical and sustainable brands that accept AfterPay. AfterPay allows consumers to purchase an item and pay it off with four even installments. I’ve created a list of ethical and sustainable brands accepting AfterPay. While I’m sure there are other ethical & sustainable brands accepting AfterPay directory, the brands on this list are brands that I trust due to previously purchasing their goods or collaborating with them. I’ve also included a pricing guide for consumers on a budget!

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100+ Brands That Give a Damn

Support brands that give a damn! By shopping brands that give a damn you’re able to support brands that share your values as a conscious consumer! In this ethical brand list discover 100+ ethical, sustainable, & fair trade brands.

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Affordable Ethical & Sustainable Decor for The Conscious College Student

Heading back to college and looking to furnish your dorm or apartment? I know the struggle of wanting ethical and sustainable decor, but also being on that college budget. I actually started The Honest Consumer in college, so I’ve been there for sure. And wanting your place to be cozy, yet sophisticated, and “adultish” is a tricky balance. TBH I’m still trying to figure it out. But for the sake of heading back to school and furnishing those apartments on a budget, here are a few products & home decor brands worth checking out as you furnish your small space on a budget. All the ethical and sustainable home goods in this post are under $100!

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15 Sustainable Living Hacks to Save Money

There is often a stigma that buying sustainable & ethical products, living an eco-friendly lifestyle, and being conscious comes at a higher cost. In a lot of ways sustainable living can not only be good for the planet, but also good for your wallet. Yes, you can actually save money by living sustainably. Check out these tips on living sustainably and saving money.

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Vote with Your Wallet: 15 Brands Fighting for Women's Rights Around The World

Happy Women’s Equality Day! Today is celebrated to remember the 19th amendment giving women in America the right to vote. While a lot of progress has been made, it’s also important to remember there is a lot of work to be done! There is still a lot of discrimination with voting for certain genders, races, & communities. The fight for equality extends beyond the U.S., all over the world there are women experiencing daily discrimination due to their sex & race. Being The Honest Consumer, I want to remind you of the power you hold as a consumer. When you choose to purchase from ethically made and fair trade brands, you’re voting (with your wallet) for equality. 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. This gives women the opportunity to earn a fair wage and support their families. I highly encourage reading this short piece, Gender: Women Workers Mistreated from the Clean Clothes Campaign, to learn a bit more about what women in the garment industry experience. Choose ethical fashion & vote with your dollar.

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