Fair Trade Chocolate Brands To Love

This Valentine’s Day give chocolate that is made with love. Unfortunately the cocoa industry is known for slavery and unethical treatment of workers. But thankfully with fair trade chocolate we can give treats that are made with love and kindness. And don’t worry I’ve tried chocolate from all of them and chocoholics everywhere will be thrilled with these six slave free chocolate brands that are using fair trade practices. Also, I swear fair trade chocolate tastes WAY better than those popular brands you find in the candy isle due to the care and considerations for high quality ingredients, people, and the planet.

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4 Eco-friendly Wedding Invitation & Stationery Brands

Eco-friendly and sustainable wedding invitations (and save the dates) are a great way to kick off your conscious wedding planning. Let your guests know you want to celebrate your love with some love for the planet. Here are four eco-friendly wedding invitation brands that are serious about sustainability and design. These brands have other wedding paper goods and stationery products as well which is great. For the simplicity of this post I’m just chatting wedding invites, but definitely check out their eco-friendly thank you notes, menus, save the dates, and all the other paper products you might need!

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2018 Life Lesson Reflections & Reminders

Ironic, isn’t it how there is such an emphasis on starting over and starting fresh in the new year, when really, we enter each new year with more knowledge and life experience than we’ve ever had. Each new year is an accumulation of all the life lessons and personal growth from all the previous years. I’m truly thankful for 2018. It was honestly one of my best years. A year of learning, exploration, & changes for

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Too Many Gifts? Now What?

So what now? The holidays are over and you’re starring at the pile of gifts you got, grateful, but unsure of what to do with everything….I know because I’m starring at them thinking how I’m going to fit them back into my suitcase. And especially if your New Years Resolution has anything to do with decluttering…..the holidays might not leave you in a good starting position.

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8 Sustainable Brands Repurposing Plastic Water Bottles

Whenever I do vendor fairs for Give a Damn Goods people are always shocked when I inform them our shirts each have 6 recycled water bottles in them! Recycled water bottles are being turned into all kinds of awesome things these days! If you’re interested in learning more about the process, click here! Below we’ve listed innovative brands that are selling super cool products made from recycled water bottles! Prepare to be blown away!

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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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