in the news: Fair Trade USA

Fair Trade USA has done much to increase awareness of working conditions in the food and clothing industries. But I was disheartened to discover in my research for an upcoming article that the organization split from Fair Trade International in 2011, stating "that FI’s requirements were too stringent for its corporate members" (CorporateRegister.com). As a result,…

Everlane: Know Your Factory

Clothing company, Everlane, offers an innovative alternative to the typical retail experience by providing specific information about the factories that produce their understated line. image source The Factories tab opens to a map that allows users to click on a location to get detailed information on each manufacturing plant, including name, materials used, and owner.…

Guest Post: The Seduction of Stuff by Hannah Theisen

I asked Hannah of Hannah Maria if she wanted to contribute to Style Wise since she's doing such a great job (a better job than me) living conscientiously. Below is the story of her transition to ethical consumerism. Thanks, Hannah! A year and a half ago, I made a commitment. A commitment to what I…

Bangladesh factory death toll passes 700

The Bangladesh factory collapse that occurred a day after concerned workers noticed a crack in the building's exterior wall has killed 700 people and counting, becoming the worst garment industry disaster in history (Associated Press via ABC). Now is a time for grieving, for emotional recognition of the hundreds of innocent lives lost for no…