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Sustainable Fashion Sent to Your Doorstep From Subscription Box Brand ‘And We Evolve’

Sustainable Fashion Sent to Your Doorstep From Subscription Box Brand ‘And We Evolve’

United States: The subscription box world has blown up to the point that now there’s almost no need to buy anything in the store, anymore. I get the appeal, though the shipping materials and fuel make them less than sustainable. Modern women are expected to juggle so much, whether they have children or not. There’s...

Why I Hate Influencer Culture

Why I Hate Influencer Culture

For just a moment, let’s turn to the big data mirror we use to express ourselves: social media. Specifically, influencer culture. The marketing world looks to influencers, popular social media moguls, and micro influencers, those with smaller followings and seem more “authentic”, to reach their audiences. It’s a sound business model. In the current landscape,...

Ethics of Mining Gold: The Social and Environmental Impacts of Gold

Ethics of Mining Gold: The Social and Environmental Impacts of Gold

Washington DC, United States: We’ve written about both sustainable jewelry and the problems of rare earth mining on Eco Warrior Princess before, but I’d like to examine the impact of gold mining more closely, specifically the devastating human and environmental loss left in its wake. While many focus on diamonds as the human rights violating...

Edible Flowers: Popular, Cute and Profitable

Edible Flowers: Popular, Cute and Profitable

Washington DC, United States: If I start another business, I’d grow and sell organic edible flowers and microgreens. It sounds painfully yuppie-ish, I know, but microgreens are blowing up because they’re easy to grow in urban spaces, are colorful additions to salads, sandwiches, and cocktails alike, and are packed with nutrients. For better or worse,...

Technically Correct: False Narratives of the Far Right

Technically Correct: False Narratives of the Far Right

Washington DC, United States: In politically divisive times, some might be drawn to the idea that the truth is always “in the middle.” That is wholly untrue. While it might be uncomfortable, one side’s arguments are sometimes factually true while another’s are only ideologically true. Global warming isn’t a half-threat; racism isn’t only somewhat of...

The Philadelphia Flower Show: Wonders of Water

The Philadelphia Flower Show: Wonders of Water

Philadelphia, Unites States: The Philadelphia Flower Show is a yearly showcase of world-renowned competitions in horticulture and floral arrangement, massive garden displays, and gardening presentations. According to its website, the Flower Show “introduces the newest plant varieties, garden and design concepts, and organic and sustainable practices.” I’ve been going to the flower show every year...

Explaining Cryptocurrencies and Why They’re Killing the Planet

Explaining Cryptocurrencies and Why They’re Killing the Planet

While it’s true that all currency is based on arbitrary values, some are more imaginary, and more damaging, than others. Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are relatively easy to procure, but they require so much energy to “mine” (more on that later) that they have the potential to significantly damage the planet. These new digital currencies...

Unpacking Racial and Class Privilege within the Eco Lifestyle Movement

Unpacking Racial and Class Privilege within the Eco Lifestyle Movement

Pennsylvania, United States: The popularity of whole foods and a sustainable lifestyle among the wealthy elite and their subsequent commoditization of the movement are a destructive force within environmentalist circles. Since the beginnings of U.S. environmentalism in the 60s and 70s, popular sentiment held that it was a hobby only for wealthy whites. Subjugated groups...