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Noissue, a Sustainable Business Helping Brands Create Custom Eco-Friendly Packaging and Reduce Waste

Noissue, a Sustainable Business Helping Brands Create Custom Eco-Friendly Packaging and Reduce Waste

With brands from Guinness to Hermes announcing their switch to sustainable packaging, and others like Glossier suffering backlash over over-packaged goods (though the brand announced it would change its packaging, particularly in itsPlay line which packaged the makeup in plastic wraps and cardboard boxes), consumers are paying attention to unnecessary waste. Companies, particularly small startups,...

I’m Breaking Up with Sustainable Fashion

I’m Breaking Up with Sustainable Fashion

It’s warm, diverse, and passionate – yet sometimes myopic, exclusionary, and pandering. Researching the supply chains, power dynamics, and western apathy that make global exploitation possible and profitable in the fashion industry helped me grow throughout my teens and early 20s into a more well-rounded political advocate, however, as I gather expertise in the particulars...

Clean Origin Lab-Grown Diamonds: A More Affordable, Ethical Alternative to Mined Diamonds

Clean Origin Lab-Grown Diamonds: A More Affordable, Ethical Alternative to Mined Diamonds

Even the most minimal among us appreciate the artistry behind a piece of fine jewelry; it’s expressive and personal. I don’t have a lot of jewelry, but every piece has a story, and it’s incredibly important to me that my pieces are made by well-paid artisans and of ethically sourced materials. So, that pretty much...

10 Advocacy Dos and Don’ts to Help You Become a Better Social Justice and Environmental Advocate

10 Advocacy Dos and Don’ts to Help You Become a Better Social Justice and Environmental Advocate

Looking around your community or the world, you may be compelled to fight to remedy injustice. Welcome to advocacy. However, an earnest belief does not a great advocate make, alone. You  must be strategic in your message down to the word use or the frame you use. Convincing one person, let alone an entire community to...

When Artisan Clothing is Anything but “Ethical”

When Artisan Clothing is Anything but “Ethical”

Theoretically, you should be able to buy artisan-made garments confidently knowing that its costs reflect ethical wages for the artisans who make them. In theory, that would happen. Realistically, the obfuscated system of home workers, forced laborers, and exploited artisans make up a hidden labor force that’s nearly impossible to trace or make compliant with...

The Ultimate Guide to a Plastic-Free Christmas – Part II

The Ultimate Guide to a Plastic-Free Christmas – Part II

Editor’s note: This Plastic-Free Christmas Guide is published as a two-part series. We recommend you read Part I for ideas on hosting a plastic-free party and plastic-free Xmas decorating. Plastic-Free Gifts Packaging. It’s the hardest thing to avoid when going plastic-free and one of the most ubiquitous forms of single use plastic. Most major companies ship...