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Thoughtful Style: Secondhand September in Stripes

Happy Secondhand September! Are you participating in Secondhand September or another sustainable shopping practice this month? The Secondhand September campaign is run by Oxfam, a British nonprofit organization known for their charity shops throughout the UK. The premise is implied: challenge yourself to buy only secondhand for one month. This year’s campaign is premised on …

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Sustainable and Ethical Brands Directory

My sustainable and ethical brands directory is a frequently updated resource. It is intended to help you find more ethical, sustainable, and thoughtful brands quickly. If you have brand suggestions or questions, please feel free to comment and let me know! My criteria for brand inclusion is listed below. Thanks for supporting StyleWise! What is …

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Plus Size Sustainable Brands: 19 Size Inclusive Options

Plus Size Sustainable Brands Over the past several years, body positive and body neutral activists have rightly pointed out that ethical and sustainable fashion cannot be rightly called these things without better accessibility. Plus size sustainable brands are better able to live into the values of ethics in the fashion industry. Because they account for …

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August 2021 Check-In: Henri, Afghanistan, Angry Professors

August 2021 Check-In Topical Storm Henri (formerly Hurricane Henri) is due to make landfall in the next few hours. Originally, New Haven was set to get a direct hit, but it looks like the storm has moved a bit further east now. I grew up in Florida and know hurricanes and tropical storms well. But …

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5 Things to Avoid Buying Secondhand

This post was originally published in 2016 and was updated in 2021. Things to Avoid Buying Secondhand A few months ago, I shared my tips for thrift shopping without regret. Thrift shopping is an excellent choice for the planet, not to mention your wallet. But there are some things I try to avoid buying secondhand. …

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Ethical and Environmental Fashion Certifications: A Guide

Ethical and Environmental Fashion Certifications While I don’t subscribe to a consumption practice that demands certifications from every brand I support, there is no question in my mind that ethical and environmental certifications are good for the garment and consumer goods industries. That’s because certifying agencies set a minimum standard for a particular ethos, such …

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