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Reflections on Becoming a Conscious Consumer

Simplify. Consider. Research. Shop with Intention.  These are buzzwords in the ethical fashion niche. And they are said with authenticity and heart. But they are also crazy-making. People often use these words in tandem with an idea that removing things from their life and being more thoughtful in their purchasing will make them better friends …

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The Business of Blogging: Why Fair Trade Rhetoric Must Include Bloggers

The fair trade system was created to address the root causes of global poverty and income inequality by advocating on behalf of marginalized workers – mostly women – and creating economic infrastructure to aid in long term, sustainable employment. Because the fair trade system as we know it grew out of Western, mostly white, charity …

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Disordered Eating and Intentional Living

Disordered Eating and Intentional Living Disclaimer: I am not a psychologist or medical doctor. Ideas expressed here are based on my personal research, firsthand accounts from friends and acquaintances, and personal observations. Please seek out a professional if you have questions. I recently read an article about the connection between partaking in a “clean eating”-type …

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The Ethics of Blogging: Do Ethical Bloggers Need a Code of Conduct?

The Ethics of Blogging When I use the term ethical blogger, what do you think of? I use it to mean bloggers who write about ethics, and more specifically those who subscribe to and promote a conscientious consumer lifestyle. This, admittedly, reveals a specificity in meaning that isn’t apparent at all by the term itself. When …

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Help Me Out! Take the StyleWise Reader Survey

It’s that time of year again…time for the StyleWise Reader Survey! Your responses to last year’s survey were illuminating, and helped me get a good sense of who you are and what you’re interested in. As a result of your answers, I offered more resources on affordable clothing, discussed vegetarianism, wrote a piece on religion …

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10 Ethical + Slow Living Bloggers You Need To Follow

Back in the day, being an ethical blogger was kind of lonely.  I “met” a few fellow conscious consumers through WordPress, but for the most part, I felt like I was talking to myself. Not so any longer. There are hundreds of slow living, conscious, vegan, eco, and ethical bloggers out there, and I like …

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