How to Give Meaningful Gifts This Holiday Season

I think part of consumerism that is often overlooked around the holidays is the act of giving meaningful gifts. Often times we see people buying to buy, such as black Friday where we see consumers buying just for the sales, not for items they need. Buying a crazy amount of gifts just because, not items people actually want or will use. This mass impulse buying prevents consumers from stopping to think stop and reflect on what they are buying. Here are a few ways to focus on giving meaningful gifts this year.

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EarthHero: A One-Stop Shop for All Things Eco-friendly

If you’re looking for a sustainable marketplace to get some holiday shopping done, you’re in luck! EarthHero is a one-stop shop for all things eco-friendly! This mindful marketplace carries a wide range of responsible brands and makes sustainable shopping easy with their variety of products. Oh and lucky for you, they’re having a sale! Use HOLIDAYLOVE for 15% off through December 14th.

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6 Places to Get Ethical Holiday Decorations

The past few holiday seasons I’ve typically been living in a dorm or smaller apartment, so I haven’t had too many Christmas decorations. This morning I spent a few hours browsing the internet to figure out how to decorate ethically and sustainably. I wanted to invest in quality Christmas decorations that would last us years. Here are a few places I found that might be of interest to you if you’re looking to spruce up your tree with a touch of ethical and sustainable goodness.

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Conscious Thoughts on Black Friday, Cyber Monday, & Holiday Consumerism

Being in the ethical and socially responsible consumer business during this time of year is really interesting….especially now that I’m also running Give a Damn Goods. You have brands & consumers that boycott the Black Friday, Cyber Monday, all together and you have brands & consumers that are excited about the sales and participate. No matter which side you’re on I respect and see both points of view. However, I thought I’d share my own.

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Singing Rooster: Fair Trade Coffee from Haiti

Have you tried Singing Rooster coffee yet? Because it’s one of my favorites! And it’s a brand I first tried while studying abroad in Haiti! They’re doing wonderful work and I highly encourage you to try it! Seriously we use their recyclable k-cups in our kitchen just about every morning!

Singing Rooster works with small producers in Haiti to ensure farmers are fairly paid, treated respectfully, and to provide resources for Haitian suppliers to grow their businesses. Through their partnerships Singing Rooster is able to supply U.S. markets with gourmet Haitian coffee and provide Haitian farmers with the opportunity to expand and reach new markets. 

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10 Ethical Online Boutiques to Shop Black Friday Weekend

Let’s be honest black Friday is a crazy mess. BUT we can’t deny that Black Friday, Cyber Monday, & Giving Tuesday are ingrained in our society as a time for good deals and to start gift shopping for the holidays. So if we’re going to shop, please shop responsibly and Vote with Your Wallet! Every purchase you make matters! SO to make it easy, here is a list of some online boutiques that I have worked with and feel that their brand selections and business ethics are exceptional. I encourage you to consider supporting them instead of rushing out to the mall! Shopping in your pajamas on the couch is more fun anyway, haha!

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4 Ways Building a Conscious Closet Can Help Identify Your Sense of Style

So often consumers get caught up in what’s trendy, what’s in, & designer brands. But by focusing on ethical and sustainable fashion, I think this can help consumers identify their own personal style and get away from trends. Yes, a bit ironic given the word “sustainable” is becoming trendy, but really focusing in on how style reflects a persons values can lead individuals to discover so much about themselves and the industry.

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Spend Less Time Counting Your Blessings & More Time Checking Your Privilege

It’s November, the month of celebrating gratitude and counting your blessings. So let’s kick the month off with some conscious thinking. This is something I have struggled with for a long time. I’m originally from the deep South…Texas where everyone’s blessed, loves sweet tea, and BBQ crazy….or so the stereotypes say…

So many people recognize their blessings, but a lot of people fail to recognize their privilege. Now maybe it’s my southern upbringing, but to me ‘blessed’ has a biblical association. And when I googled ‘blessed’ for the purposes of writing this, I was presented with definitions such as “made holy, connected with God, and sacred nature.”

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Slow Living & The Pressure of Society on Relationships

There’s quite a pressure from society that you have to be engaged or “find the one” by the time you’re in your early/mid-20s and that’s just wrong. I’m at that uncomfortable age of 22 where half my friends are engaged (including myself) and the other half are convinced they’re going to die alone. You might be sitting at your computer screen chuckling, but I’m not kidding. Some of my closest friends literally think they’re going to die alone and it breaks my heart that these strong, independent women are beat down because of this pressure society creates that we need to have our “other half.” That you, yourself, are not enough.

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7 Slow Living Tips Humans Can Learn from Their Pets

Meet Jimmie (dog) & Theo (cat). Our little furry babies. Stunners huh?#adoptdontshop Both about 6 months old and quickly becoming best buds. Being a new pet owner can be a bit overwhelming when your animals are so young, but these little goobers have taught me a lot. Somedays I get frustrated when I’m working from home and they’re going crazy They remind me daily about the importance of slow living and unconditional love. Here are a few slow living tips I think we could all take in and benefit from.

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Looking Beyond Fair Trade Certified

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about Fair Trade Certified products. I buy certified products all the time. I think it’s great that there are third parties that can verify the ethics of a brand. And I believe they should be compensated for their time. I think their stamp of approval on products is helpful to consumers because it makes it easy for shoppers to identify products that are positively impacting the world.

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Why Shopping In-Person Still Matters & How to Do It Ethically

Today a lot of our shopping happens in the distant world of e-commerce, but in-person shopping allows us to break the usual disconnect that happens between consumers and products when an item is purchased online. Ordering online is easy and doesn’t take much effort or consideration. Shopping in person and getting to know the makers is an important experience that tends to get lost in todays society. Shopping in person allows us to ask questions about how the product was made, what materials were used, and connect with our local makers.

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