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Sustainable Kids’ Clothes: How and Where to Shop

My life is more and more kid-adjacent these days. I have a new niece and most of my friends have young children now. But without kids of my own, I don’t always pay a lot of attention to what’s happening in the kids’ product market. That’s why I haven’t written a dedicated post on sustainable …

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Ethical Alternatives to J Crew: 13 Better Brands

Is J Crew ethical? J. Crew has long been a staple for people who work in offices, schools, and other settings that enforce a slightly more composed dress code. The brand projects a sophistication and attention-to-detail that could fool anyone into thinking their clothes are thoughtfully made. But the reality is they’re not as buttoned-up …

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Ethical Alternatives to Urban Outfitters

Post contains affiliate links Is Urban Outfitters ethical? While Urban Outfitters has a vintage and secondhand feel, a majority of their in-house brands were produced in unregulated factories, with sweatshop violations even within the US. They’ve also been accused of copying the designs of independent artists (there are so many articles relevant to this problem …

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Ethical and Sustainable Memorial Day Sales (2021 Update)

A handful of ethical and sustainable brands are doing Memorial Day Sales this year. Seasonal sales are a good opportunity to get some high quality goods at a more attainable price. I always recommend Nisolo and ABLE in particular, as they have excellent ethics, a transparent wage structure, and beautiful items. But there are lots …

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Fair Trade Brands That Support High Risk Artisans

Fair Trade Brands That Support Artisans in India, Palestine, & More Sometimes it feels like fair trade is dead. I don’t mean that literally, as you’ll see from the recommendations in this post. But from a trend and keyword perspective, people are now much more likely to look for the term, sustainable, rather than ethical …

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Highly Rated Mineral Sunscreen for Face and Body

Mineral Sunscreen for Face and Body For the last, I dunno, lifetime I have been on the hunt for a mineral sunscreen that will spread thinly and evenly on my face. While chemical sunscreens typically provide a much smoother effect on the skin, I am allergic to them. So I’ve spent hours searching the internet …

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Sustainable and Ethical Shorts: 12 Better Brands

Sustainable and Ethical Shorts It’s cut-off season. I don’t wear shorts to work, but having a couple sturdy and sporty pairs to wear on hikes, lazy weekends, and summer retreats makes the summer run smoother. We’ve been experiencing a heat wave in New Haven, so I’ve already had a chance to take my shorts for …

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Madewell Balloon Jeans Review – Size 30

Madewell Balloon Jeans Review on a Size 30 I was not going to buy the balloon jeans. In fact, I was convinced that the dramatic “balloon” leg that shows up so well on Madewell’s smaller-sized models would be no match for the curve of my hips. But when Elaine at Fairly Curated reviewed them (negatively, …

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Ethical Alternatives to H&M: 13 Better Brands

Is H&M Ethical? This post contains affiliate links H&M was one of the first mainstream fashion brands to release a “more sustainable” collection, which they term the H&M Conscious Collection. Initially creating quite a bit of buzz in the sustainable and ethical fashion realm when it launched in 2010, the line seemed to signify one …

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How to Shop Secondhand on Thredup

How to Shop Secondhand on Thredup My relationship with Thredup has been a roller coaster, to say the least. I was an early adopter of, and early collaborator with, the “world’s largest online thrift store.” An online thrift store is exactly my speed, after all. But things turned sour for a few reasons: Resale Issues: …

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