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On “Activism” Burnout, and What I’m Doing to Resist It

In the days and weeks following the Women’s March, I was about as close to “woke” as I’ve ever been.  I was bearing witness, I was donating, I was reading and tweeting and posting. And then…I broke down. I started weeping one night right before bed, mumbling incoherent concerns to Daniel. I realized I couldn’t …

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What Minimalists Can Learn from the Ascetics

If you got sucked into watching the Minimalism movie like I did, you might be thinking about casting off your worldly possessions in an attempt to live a life of renewed meaning. You wouldn’t be alone in this. In fact, minimalism has been practiced within world religions for centuries, just under a different name. But …

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Gettin’ Around: See Me in Selva Beat and Bustle This Month

I’m in print!  The team at Selva Beat was so kind to accept my piece, Dispatches from the Mall: What I Learned When I Gave Up Fast Fashion, for their Fall/Winter Issue. It was one of those essays that came easily, and acted as a reminder and self-inspiration to keep on the ethical fashion path. …

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On Trafficking, and Why I’m Participating in Dressember

One of this year’s Dressember Dresses produced in collaboration with Elegantees. If your Instagram feed is filled with social enterprises and fair trade bloggers like mine is, you’ve likely heard about Dressember. Founded in 2013 by Blythe Hill (I followed her personal style blog when I was in college), the Dressember Foundation is a fundraising …

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The Discerning Consumer: 5 Ethical Credentials To Prioritize

This is sort of a follow up to my What Is Ethical? post, so I’d recommend brushing up on terms if you’re not too familiar with the jargon of the conscious consumer movement. I would make a small change to the original list when it comes to defining sustainable. I previously grouped Eco, Organic, and Sustainable …

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Three Prayers for Workers in the Global Supply Chain

Tonight I had the opportunity to give a talk on ethical fashion and Christianity for the college group associated with my church. It was a good opportunity to hone my sense of why this type of advocacy matters within a Christian context, and how I can best relate it back to traditional Biblical texts and …

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