Entries Tagged as 'Advocacy'

Friday, October 25th, 2013

What happens when you invest in a woman + 30% off at FashionABLE (including the scarf I designed!)

To celebrate FashionABLE’s third birthday (congrats!), the team has put together a beautiful video about the power of investing in women. It’s amazing the impact it can have on all the future generations she touches — even more so than for a man. Please watch it and share! Today would be the perfect time to [...]

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

Q&A with new baby brand KinderStuff: “We have solved the problem that kids grow but clothes don’t”

  Welcome to the next generation of organic kid’s clothes. This spring marked the U.S. launch of KinderStuff, an innovative U.S.-German line of baby and kid’s clothing. Several things make KinderStuff different: Not only are all items organic and ethically produced, but like Warby Parker and Everlane, they sell exclusively through their own online store, avoiding [...]

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

On the Bangladesh factory collapse

As you no doubt know, three weeks ago on April 24, an eight-story factory building collapsed. Early reports counted a death toll of a few hundred, and especially at first, the event felt more like a far-away bullet point in the news than something that might actually affect you or me. But soon, we heard [...]

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

Pre-order now! Introducing the Genet Scarf from FashionABLE & ONE, designed by Janette

 Remember how in December I entered a scarf design contest and in January 600 bloggers voted my design as the winner? Today, my scarf is on pre-sale for delivery by Mother’s Day! From FashionABLE in partnership with the ONE Campaign. And did I mention that the scarf’s producer and I share the same name?! I [...]

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

On supply and demand (and the dollar vote)

In doing my best to make ethical purchasing choices on day-to-day things, the most important thing I consider is supply and demand. Without demand, there would be no supply. So I create demand for things like… Independently owned businesses. Local, organic produce. Quality craftsmanship. Non-GMO grocery items. Natural diapers. Beautiful design. Art. Ethical production. Vintage. Etc. Two things [...]

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

The results are in: My scarf design will be produced soon by FashionABLE!

Sometimes it’s incredible how things come together. Five years ago, I started this blog, promoting brands that respect people and the environment. Two years ago, I wrote a post about FashionABLE, a for-benefit company that sells scarves woven by women in Africa. Also two years ago I first attended Alt, a mind-blowingly fantastic blogging conference in Salt Lake [...]

Friday, November 23rd, 2012

Everlane on Black Friday

Friday, September 9th, 2011

Zara launched online shopping in the U.S. this week. But is it ethical?

Zara is in the business of fast fashion — and I think we can all agree that fast fashion sucks, fueling a culture of constant consumption that latches onto low price points rather than quality craftsmanship, classic style or supporting independent business. But… every once in a while, fast fashion can have its place. As I’ve [...]

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

Implications of the fashion industry: So much broader than we realize

Earlier this week I clicked on this article, devoured it, retweeted it — and haven’t been able to stop thinking about it since. Lecturer and former fashion editor Charty Durrant writes about the impact the fashion industry has had on not only the ecology and economy of countless developing countries, but also — even more [...]

Monday, August 8th, 2011

The IOU Project

If you’re a follower of ethical fashion, social shopping or even social media in general, chances are you’ve heard of The IOU Project by now. Launched last April, the brand is doing truly revolutionary things in the production and distribution of its garments. In production, all items have a one-of-a-kind nature, with the India fabric [...]

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

15 Big Brands ranked according to labor rights

Remember back in November when I shared a long list of fashion brands that made Newsweek’s Green Rankings? As I pointed out then, those rankings included only environmental considerations, not social, so not long after I was glad to see As You Sow’s report on Apparel Supply Chain Compliance Programs, based on human rights issues. However, [...]

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

Kate Spade X Women for Women International

I didn’t know today was International Women’s Day until I got this email from Kate Spade — so Happy Women’s Day! To celebrate, they’re unveiling a small collection of accessories handmade by women in Rwanda via Women for Women International, including these black-and-white seed bead pieces ($95 & $45), also available in several other colors. The pink [...]

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

Now appearing in Standard Magazine

Remember Standard Magazine, which launched in September? It’s an online-only shelter mag that features exclusively eco-friendly goods, but it doesn’t mention eco qualities because they shouldn’t be out-of-the-ordinary — they should be standard. (Just in case you needed a refresher!) Kelly asked me to contribute to the current issue by curating the “On the Boards” [...]

Friday, January 28th, 2011

This month’s Uniform Project LBD designed by Edelwiess by Sarah

Have you been keeping up with The Uniform Project? After Sheena Matheiken wore the same dress each day for a full year, the second year of her project kicked off last August and is getting a makeover every 30 days or so. Each month, a different “Pilot” has her own LBD designed and shares daily photos [...]

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

Eco-Fashion Predictions for 2011

Happy 2011! (Only six days late!) Right before 2010 ended I got an email from Jasmin at Ecouterre asking me to contribute my predictions for 2011 in the eco fashion industry. You can read my response here. It was great to add my two cents in the company of John Patrick Organic, Sheena at The [...]

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Win it! Turquoise Chunk Necklace from United By Blue, helping keep our waterways clean

United by Blue recently asked me if I’d like to do a giveaway for something on their site, and I thought the holidays would be the perfect time share the love! For each item you purchase from United by Blue — organic tees, bags or jewelry — the organization removes one pound of trash from [...]

Thursday, December 9th, 2010

Gift it: PACT holiday undies, benefitting Haiti

Stocking stuffer of awesomeness, anyone? PACT men’s and women’s underwear has always donated 10% of each purchase to your choice of their selected causes, but with each sale of the Winter Lights designs they recently launched, they’ll donate a solar lantern to a family in need in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Priced at $18-$22 for women, and $24-$26 for men.

Saturday, November 13th, 2010

A closer look at labor regulations with Nau Clothing

A couple weeks ago I published my latest piece on for-benefit companies at Commerce with a Conscience, With Benefits: Nau. For it, I got to learn a lot about the labor landscape from talking with Nau‘s product and textile guru: I get a little bit giddy every time I talk to someone like Jamie Bainbridge, [...]

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Welcome to the post-green movement: Standard Magazine launches today

Interior designer Kelly LaPlante’s mantra is that “green is a standard, not a style.” In interiors especially, where almost every green build you see has a modern aesthetic, Kelly has made a name for herself by doing fabulous sustainable design work that crosses all genres, from classic to country and beyond. She’s made a career of [...]

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

5 things I love about San Francisco’s “green” culture

Lovely to see my new friends Jennine, founder of The Coveted and IFB, and Joslin, owner of EcoCitizen, featured in FASHIONmeGREEN’s San Francisco Project! In the video, Jennine mentions the influence that style bloggers can have in sharing great eco fashion with their audiences, and local designers (The Podolls, Feral Childe, Kayu and Juleselin) weigh in on the benefits of eco fashion. This video has [...]