10 Brands Empowering Haiti Through Sustainable Employment

If you’ve been following along for a while you probably remember that I did a study abroad trip to Haiti a couple years ago. It was a great opportunity because we didn’t go to build houses for anyone, save anyone, or teach anyone…we went to learn as students. We visited social enterprises, learned about Haitian culture, the economy, the health care system, and all. It was truly a life changing experience. These people have the kindest souls and are incredibly hard workers. Unfortunately this past month in Haiti there has been a lot of suffering and rioting. One of the ways we can help from America is by supporting businesses that empower Haitians and work towards positive impact by valuing these beautiful people. These businesses don’t just provide employment opportunities in Haiti, they invest in the people and the community which is key.

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Why Actual Conversation is So Important for Social Entrepreneurs

Yes, I’m a blogger. And yes, a lot of my work can be, and is, done through e-mail. But I think it’s so important to take some extra time to build genuine relationships with the brands I’m working with. E-mail can be so impersonal and makes my work feel distant. For the majority of the brands I work with I make the extra time to have an actual conversation. If the brand is local to where I’m living (or have lived) I meet with the founder in person. If the brand is not local, I chat with the founder or a team member over the phone.

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Sanaya Set: Self Care & Social Justice

Sanaya Set is a seasonal collection of intentional products focused on self care and social justice. This beautifully curated set, available by subscription or as a stand-alone purchase, is empowering womxn and educating individuals on intersectionality. No, womxn is not a typo silly, keep on reading!

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Lemur Bags: Give Back & Save the Lemurs

Lemur Bags is on a mission to protect the critically endangered lemurs through the creation of their bold print, cotton canvas bags. Lemur Bags donates 15% of all profits to lemur conservation organizations.

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3 Summer Shade Brands That Give Back

Stay styling this summer with the perfect pair of shades that gives back! Here are three brands that sell high quality shades while making a positive impact! 

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Sustainable Apparel & Waterway Clean Up: United By Blue

United By Blue is on a mission to show our oceans & waterways some love by removing trash all over the country. For each product sold, United By Blue removes one pound of trash from oceans and waterways through organized community clean-ups.

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The Eco-Friendly Hotel That Matches Your Values: Qbic London

Finding a hotel that matches your values can be a challenge! Believe it or not it's possible! During our stay in London we stayed at the Qbic Hotel, a certified B Corp. I'm so impressed with their initiatives and dedication to sustainability.

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The Yays & Nays of Social Entrepreneurship

Being a social entrepreneur (or an entrepreneur in general) can be terrifying. People don't realize just how much courage and patiences it takes. Sometimes it seems like we're constantly putting ourselves out there...

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Actively Spreading Love: ShareHope Ethical Activewear

ShareHope is a people oriented activewear brand empowering garment workers in Haiti. Profits from their ethically made leggings are reinvested into educational and health focused social programs, furthering the growth of garment workers and creating bright futures for Haitian workers. 

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Happy Birthday: Two Years Old

Two years ago TODAY I was sitting in my dorm room at Belmont University when I made a pixelated logo in Powerpoint and typed up out the words The Honest Consumer. I had no idea what was ahead of me.

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A Day In The Start Up Life

What do you do for a living? What I do....is something different EVERYDAY. I mean everyday. I couldn't tell you what a day in the life is like because I don't have a set routine. My days are chaos...most days, relatively organized chaos.

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KNOWN SUPPLY: Humanizing Apparel

KNOWN SUPPLY is humanizing the apparel industry through collaborative partnerships which encourage, educate, and empower businesses to take part in social impact.

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2017 Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts That Give Back

This holiday season give a gift that shares a story and empowers others. This year I've curated a selection of goods from The Honest Consumer community based on characteristics & personality type in order to make your holiday shopping more fun and interactive.

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A Little Stressed, But Still Ethically Dressed

This morning I woke up to an inbox full of e-mails...I didn't know where to start. Todays schedule...Three meetings, two calls, and an abundance of homework due for class tomorrow.

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Know & Love Your Messy, Beautiful Self

I'm the girl who wakes up twenty minutes before a meeting or class, throws on a bra, deodorant, brushes her teeth, and runs out the door. I'm the girl with a mind running at 1,000 miles an hour in five different directions. I literally have a sign in my living room that says, "Welcome to the Shit Show" because I'm all over the place, all the time.

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Fake It Till You Make It: Lessons from a Social Entrepreneur

From not being taken seriously as a blogger to being told people don't care about conscious consumerism, I've just about heard it all. But guess what? The Honest Consumer is still here. Like a lot of entrepreneurs, I jumped in head on following a passion. The idea of "Fake it Till You Make It" can bring on a confidence to keep you going on the rough days.

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