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Should Sustainable Fashion Be Fun?

Should Sustainable Fashion Be Fun? Ethical and sustainable fashion is having a moment right now. Celebrities are instagramming it. Big time bloggers are talking about slow fashion. And communities that used to only talk among themselves – fair trade, eco-conscious, vegan, all natural – are becoming so large they’re starting to run into each other, …

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Buyer Beware: Covert Missionary Operations

This is the second post in a series called Buyer Beware on business models I generally don’t support. Ethical Business as Christian Conversion? This topic is bound to be a sensitive one for many of my readers simply because the fair trade movement is dominated by Christians. As a Christian raised in the Evangelical tradition, it’s …

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Buyer Beware: One-for-One Models

This is the first post in a series called Buyer Beware on business models I generally don’t support. Holes in the One-for-One Model I’ve talked about the one-for-one model before (I’m even advertising one of them on my sidebar), but I think it’s worth mentioning again. One-for-one models, popularized by TOMS shoe company, operate under …

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Is Leather Sustainable? Turns Out, It Can Be

This piece was originally published on EcoCult. Is Leather Sustainable? Written by Evan Streusand. Evan Streusand is the founder of Fortress of Inca, a conscious shoe company that pays its Peruvian workers a fair wage and ensures they have safe working conditions. When I set out to start Fortress of Inca in 2012, I didn’t …

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5 Questions Every Conscious Consumer Should Ask

5 Questions Every Conscious Consumer Should Ask My recent post on shopping the J. Crew Warehouse sale sparked a great discussion on the plethora of approaches to shopping ethically. This topic is particularly relevant now, as the Holidays and all their consumer temptations approach, because it’s easy to get caught up in our decorative and gift giving …

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Small Wins and Sustainable Fashion

Small Wins and Sustainable Fashion This is a response to Michael Hobbes’ article, The Myth of the Ethical Shopper, published July 15, 2015. Michael Hobbes wrote an article for Huffington Post Highline a few weeks ago that shook the conscious consumer community. In The Myth of the Ethical Shopper, Hobbes outlines the myriad ways buying …

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What is Ethical? 7 terms you need to know

What is Ethical? This post contains a few referral links, noted with a * When I first started this blog, I found it rather difficult to navigate the ins and outs of “ethical consumerism.” I knew vaguely that designated fair trade items were preferable to conventionally produced goods, but that was about it. All I …

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