Five years ago last January I sat down to write my very first post on StyleWise.
What a ride it’s been so far. I started StyleWise hoping to find community as a blossoming “conscious consumer.” I had heard of maybe two fair trade brands ever (Ten Thousand Villages and Mata Traders) and didn’t really know where to turn to learn about ethics in the fashion industry, but I knew I had to do something. A few months later, the largest garment factory disaster in history occurred when Rana Plaza collapsed, killing over 1,1035 people. It was a wake-up call for many, and before long the conversation was loud enough to start making a difference.
Over the years, I’ve read (a lot), joined ethical writing communities, asked questions, gained and lost readers, teetered on the edge of nervous breakdowns and burnout, felt inspired, and written hundreds of thousands of words.
Blogging, especially on ethics, is not always easy. But it has been life-giving for me and given me a real sense of purpose. It’s helped me understand that I do have a role to play in movement building, but it might not be as “world changing” as I initially thought it would be. Still, knowing that I can play a small part is valuable, and I am determined to keep playing that part as well as I can.
So I want to THANK YOU, readers new and old, for sticking with me, looking me up, and bearing with me as I work through my cluttered thoughts.
SUPER EPIC ETHICAL GIVEAWAY
- $50 Gift Card from Soul Flower
- $100 Gift Card from National Picnic
- Tiny Stick Studs from Sharon Z Fine Jewelry (worth $125)
- Hope Scarf from Bead & Reel (worth $50)
- Paisley Cotton Robe from Ten Thousand Villages ($59.99)
- BONUS: $50 Gift Card from Everlane + Fair Trade Clutch
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