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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 change...

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...

What the Brazilian Election of President Jair Bolsonaro Means for the Global Environment and Human Rights

What the Brazilian Election of President Jair Bolsonaro Means for the Global Environment and Human Rights

The U.S. midterms are finally over, and as the dust settles and the last few races are called, I’d like to turn our attention to another race that deserves more attention and alarm, especially from environmentalists. On October 28, Brazilians elected Jair Bolsonaro president of Latin America’s largest country and the world’s eighth largest economy....

Why the U.S. Needs Criminal Justice Reform

Why the U.S. Needs Criminal Justice Reform

Washington D.C: When Kanye West met with Donald Trump, it was under the pretense of talking about criminal justice reform. Throughout the surreal sprawling encounter, it wasn’t among the topics discussed, as one would expect. It’s no coincidence that Trump sought this pseudo-advice from Kanye, a black man, simply for the optics of it. Meanwhile,...

How Trump’s Trade War With China Affects Ethical Fashion

How Trump’s Trade War With China Affects Ethical Fashion

Washington DC, United States: American political news is going at a breakneck speed, and it’s hard to focus on one thing — from the continued abuse of immigrant children who are taken from their homes under cover of night, or the fallout from the Kavanaugh hearing, they’re all important and they all have rippling consequences....

Sustainable Fashion Has An Inclusion Issue

Sustainable Fashion Has An Inclusion Issue

I sometimes dread shopping. From struggling to imagine an interesting shirt gracing my favorite sustainable lifestyle blogger on my body to the frustration of thrifting when nothing fits right, it’s stressful. There are significantly fewer options for stylish clothes if you want sustainable and ethical options and have a body that is outside the Instagram...