5 Innovations That Make Ethical Shopping Easier

Over the past year, the ethical community has (thankfully) started to organize itself in a way that makes it abundantly easier to shop for stylish, affordable goods that are sourced responsibly. When I started writing about conscious consumerism in late 2012, I remember looking far and wide for ethical things that fit my sense of…

Ethical Giveaway: American-made Denim & Leather Clutch from Hem + Haw

This post was produced in partnership with Hem + Haw. When Hope, founder of new domestically produced purse line Hem + Haw, initially reached out to me, she had no idea we shared the Charlottesville connection. It amazes and sort of baffles me how many people in the ethical consumerism space have lived for a time in…

If Only In My Dreams: A Late Fall Splurge List

Sometimes you just want to look at pretty things.  With cold weather finally settling in over Charlottesville, I've turned my thoughts to things that are warm, versatile, and easy to layer. I normally try to create lists that are right in the comfort zone of my budget, but this month, I just want to dream…

#ConsciousLiving: Snapshots and Thoughts from our Kentucky-Ohio Roadtrip

Last week, Daniel and I drove 7 hours to Nazareth, Kentucky to attend the annual Kentucky Council of Churches conference at the Sisters of Charity Convent and Retreat Center. You may be thinking: "Why would two Virginians go to a conference tailored to Kentuckians?" Well, I've sort of been keeping a secret for the last…

EWC Zero Waste Challenge: Paying Attention Counts for Something

This week of the Zero Waste Challenge was harder and easier at the same time. I know that doesn't make sense, but here's why. On the one hand, there were some unavoidable trash moments because I attended both an open house through my work and a launch party for new business, Hem and Haw. Where…

The Moral Wardrobe: Ethical Fashion is Not the New Black

Ethical Details: Tee - A Beautiful Refuge; Purse - c/o FashionABLE; Sneakers - Etiko; Ring - Alex & Ani I got this t-shirt way back in May when A Beautiful Refuge premiered its very first line of graphic tees and totes. My friend, Hannah, of Life Style Justice and members of the Ethical Blogger Network…