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.Read More
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.Read More
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!Read More
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.
I DO think it is important that large companies like H&M to move towards social and environmental sustainability. And I think it’s good they’re doing something even if they have a way to go.
I understand it takes large companies time to transition their supply chain to be ethical and sustainable on such a large scale.
I try to focus on the positives and support companies that are trying to take positive steps, but I struggle with H&M’s motives.
BUT after a few of my friends asking if I’ll shop at H&M now that they’re “sustainable,” I’ve decided to write. So here are my thoughts and why I personally do not shop at H&M. I have read parts of H&M’s Sustainability Report which helped me come to the conclusions below.Read More
Quite often I see ethical fashion bloggers post wardrobes like the one pictured. A perfectly curated clothing rack of ten or so items at first it made my feel like I was doing this conscious consumerism thing wrong, but now after years in the ethical fashion scene it makes me laugh. I’ve accepted that will never be my wardrobe and that’s okay. My closet is a hot mess. Confession I despise doing laundry (I justify it by telling myself the less laundry I do the better for the planet ;) so there are clothes spread out. I have a lot more than ten pieces of clothing in my wardrobe. I like supporting ethical clothing brands that are making positive change and it keeps my wardrobe exciting. Minimalism isn’t really my style….I love fun prints and bold colors.Read More
It’s 2019 and another Fashion Revolution Week has come and gone. While it’s always good to see the community coming together for fair fashion, it’s unfortunate that we are still having to fight for the respect of garment workers. Just because Fashion Revolution Week is over, doesn't mean the fight against fast fashion is. Sadly, it’s far from over and we need to continue taking action! Here are a few things you can do to continue raising awareness of fast fashion.Read More
It’s Fashion Revolution Week! This week we’re coming together to raise awareness of the harmful effect fast fashion has on people and the planet! There are so many easy and FREE ways to take action. Here are six ways to be part of Fashion Revolution Week and advocate for fair fashion!Read More
Ethical brand directories are a great resource for consumers looking to discover more responsible brands. The brand directories below provide extensive ethical brand lists and make it easy for shoppers to find responsible brands based on the category of goods they are shopping for.Read More
Beeswax wrap is a great sustainable alternative to plastic wrap! Beeswax wrap is reusable which means, not only is it good for the planet, but it can also save you money in the long run. Just wash & reuse the beeswax wrap. Making the switch can be an adjustment for some consumers just because they’re not 100% sure how to use beeswax wrap. Fear not! I’m here to help. I’ve been using this wonderful stuff for about three years now. I’ve also found some great videos that show you how to use your beeswax wrap. Hopefully these visual demonstrations help make your eco-friendly swap easy.Read More
It’s no secret that the mental health, self care, and sleep industries have been monetized with an obscene amount of products…some brands unethically looking to take advantage of consumers in desperate need of some z’s. So what works & what doesn’t? As someone who struggles with anxiety getting a goodnight sleep can be extra tricky. Over the years I’ve tried a lot of products because I’m will to do just about anything for a goodnight sleep. Sleep impacts my mood, productivity, mental health, so needless to say as a small business owner, I value sleep. I’ve tried a lot of different sleep aid type goods, but here are seven I actually consistently use….a few of them are even FREE!Read More
Happy International Women’s Day! While a lot of progress has been made and there is a lot to celebrate, it’s also important to remember there is a lot of work to be done! Women all over the world are still being mistreated, and struggling to survive. Here are a few brands working to empower women in different parts of the world and create communities & safe spaces for women living in poverty, healing, and growth.Read More
We all know the common style compliment response…..“ Thanks, I got it for $10” or whatever great deal the consumer feels they received. But quite frankly this is not something to be bragging about……low price isn’t always a good thing. It’s usually a sign of fast fashion which involves slavery, disrespect, and suffering. It indicates how we, as consumers, want immediate satisfaction in buying a lot for a little and view garments as disposable. And it probably indicates a low quality product that won’t last very long. I’m not saying this is always the case in a cheap find, but a lot of times it is. It’s time to rethink how we respond and focus less on bragging about the price because as Lucy Siegle says “Fast fashion isn’t free. Someone somewhere is paying.”Read More
Fair trade coffee is an easy kitchen swap that encourages consumers to begin purchasing food products that invest in the farmers. Unfortunately there is quite a bit of slavery in the coffee industry, but by purchasing fair trade or direct trade coffee consumers are taking a stand and demanding farmers get paid fairly. Think of how much coffee you drink a month? A lot probably. If you invest this into purchasing fair trade that can make a huge difference for farmers abroad. I’ve tried all of the fair trade coffee brands listed below and think these are a good starting point.Read More
Looking to live more sustainably, but not sure where to start? Cutting down on the plastic products you use & purchase is a great place to begin. Here are ten easy swaps to make sustainable living easy! This post does contain some affiliate links! All products I truly believe in!Read More
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.Read More
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!Read More
If you’re looking for an easy way to incorporate fair trade into your lifestyle starting with pantry swaps and food items is an easy starting point! Consider swapping these items you purchase regularly for fair trade brands. Your simple swap will make a huge difference in the lives of farmers and the environment.Read More
Still thinking about that perfect 2019 resolution? Here are seven ideas to help encourage more sustainable living! Grab a buddy and pick a couple that way you can hold each other accountable and become conscious living experts together!Read More
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 forRead More