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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,...

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...

Eco Beauty Review: Au Naturale Cosmetics

Eco Beauty Review: Au Naturale Cosmetics

Summer is slowly rolling to an end in DC, so it’s the perfect time to review some dewy, fresh makeup. Even though I worked at a makeup counter throughout undergrad, I’m always excited to try new cosmetics, no matter how many I’ve tried before. Au Naturale Cosmetics sent me some of their summer collection to review. They’re...

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...