Entries Tagged as 'Advocacy'

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

Please vote for me at SXSWi 2011!

If you have a minute right now, I would really appreciate your help. Please sign in and vote for my panel at South by Southwest Interactive in Austin next year! » Empowering Conscientious Consumers: Take the Power Back I’ll discuss case studies of brands/concepts that educate and empower responsible consumers through the web, along with: [...]

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

The Story of Cosmetics, from Annie Leonard + SafeCosmetics.org

How crazy is it that current FDA laws concerning personal care products haven’t changed since 1938? Apparently cosmetics companies aren’t required to meet any standards or regulations with their products. Crazy. But there’s good news! Annie Leonard from The Story of Stuff has narrated this excellent video to educate us about what the heck we’re [...]

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

Join me in standing up for Bangladeshi garment workers

“It is shameful that we allow the people who make our clothes to live in extreme poverty.” My friend Mary at Social Alterations (in the pic above) is running a really inspired campaign right now that I am excited to help support. The background: As you’ve probably heard, Bangladeshi garment workers have been on strike [...]

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

Interview with Bright Young Things designer Eliza Starbuck

After helping announce the launch of Bright Young Things earlier this month, I got to catch up with designer Eliza Starbuck for a quick email interview about how her fashion label is doing things its own way. FLP: I read on your blog that at the time you met Sheena of The Uniform Project, you [...]

Monday, June 28th, 2010

Exclusive 15% off on Lalesso’s African-made dresses and jumpers!

Lalesso’s Spring Summer 2010 collection is as sweet as it is socially friendly. And with code “fashion loves people,” you can get 15% off in the Lalesso online store from now through June 30! In addition to dresses, this summer’s styles include two jumpers, two bikinis and even ballet flats. (The Mbari Playsuit, above, is [...]

Friday, June 18th, 2010

One of ethical fashion’s best concepts yet: Eliza Starbuck’s Ultimate LBD

Remember The Uniform Project? To raise money and awareness for the Akanksha Foundation, Sheena Matheiken wore the same little black dress every day for 365 days, styled as creatively as imaginable and photographed daily. Today, the designer of that little black dress is doing something truly disruptive in the fashion industry: Eliza Starbuck is releasing her [...]

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

EXTRASEED flats handmade in Ethiopia

More shoes made in Africa! EXTRASEED‘s classic flats are handmade in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The uppers are made from factory waste, either leather or vegan scrap fabric. And the soles are made of recycled rubber from car tires! The pairs range from $38-$55, depending on materials. Take that, Payless. Shop EXTRASEED on Etsy!

Friday, June 11th, 2010

With Benefits: SAWA Shoes

This post is the first in a series I’m writing on for-benefit companies — for-profit models that inherently benefit social causes — for the men’s ethical fashion site Commerce with a Conscience, where my awesome Internet-friend Brad creates daily features as well as the most well-curated product guide for conscientious men’s style out there. Launched [...]

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2010

TOMS Wedges are here!

First things first: It is remarkable and amazing that TOMS Classics have become trendy not for their style, but for their cause. (I’m a happy owner myself, but we can all agree they’re a bit funny looking, right?) But to add a heel and a peep-toe to that basic style? Not too shabby! I love the [...]

Monday, April 5th, 2010

Sseko Designs: Transformative sandals benefitting Ugandan women

I recently wrote an article for KCFreePress.com about eco fashion in Kansas City, spotlighting three fabulous Kansas City brands. Today, meet Sseko Designs. In the past year, Sseko Designs founder Liz Bohannon has sold more than a thousand pairs of sandals to customers around the world. The sandals are transformative, meaning that they can be [...]

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

Warby Parker eyeglasses

Would you believe that each of these pairs of glasses are only $95? Yes, with prescription lenses included! Warby Parker is seriously shaking up the world of awesome eyewear with a business model that benefits pretty much everyone. They sell directly to consumers, avoiding the markups and middlemen of a wholesale model, which allows them to [...]

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

Suno, Fall 2010

So much print-on-print! It’s perfect. Suno, which launched two years ago with the impetus of bolstering Kenya’s manufacturing industry (and which I first wrote about here), seems to have made an especially big splash at NYFW with its newest collection. Style.com wrote, “Of course, along with a major buzz comes major pressure—but Suno’s confident and spirited [...]

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

Bamboo rayon: Not a green fabric

Hold the presses! Bamboo rayons aren’t a green fabric? Earlier this month, the Federal Trade Commission officially started its campaign to stop well-meaning retailers from misleading consumers about bamboo’s perceived eco-friendly qualities. From the FTC consumer alert: Bamboo stands out for its ability to grow quickly with little or no need for pesticides, and it [...]

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

The powerful consumer

I just (finally) watched Food, Inc. for the first time. Besides providing a continued education on where our food comes from, it reminded me of what a moral obligation I believe we all have to be good and thoughtful stewards of the things we consume. If you haven’t seen this film yet, do! I watched [...]

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

Hope for Haiti: Artist tees benefit earthquake relief

Over at Storenvy, we’ve spent the last 10 days or so working on a t-shirt design collaboration to benefit earthquake relief in Haiti. Designers from the community donated designs, and the community voted on their favorites. Based on all the support we got in the voting, we decided to print nine tee designs that are [...]

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

Wendy Brandes Jewelry on the costs of manufacturing

Earlier this month I came across a blog post from Wendy Brandes Jewelry that gives an informative glimpse into the costs of manufacturing, namely in the U.S. versus overseas. She describes the “classic small business conundrum,” as she calls it. First, why she can’t offer inexpensive jewelry: I would love to do inexpensive jewelry for [...]

Thursday, January 14th, 2010


I just learned via Facebook that my friend Natasha was in Haiti when the earthquake hit. Hearing about the country’s heart-wrenching news has been sickeningly sad, but it wasn’t until I heard about Tasha being there that it really felt heavy. Thankfully, I hear she is fine. But I am humbled. Jon and I donated today [...]

Friday, January 8th, 2010

Thoughts on this week’s H&M debacle

This was kind of a big week for ethical fashion news. The New York Times outed H&M for intentionally destroying and discarding unsold merchandise at a New York store, to which the brand responded with a statement saying they would make sure it wouldn’t happen again. And amidst it all, H&M launched a spring line [...]

Monday, November 9th, 2009

How Nike will legitimize eco-design for the masses (and eco brands won’t)

I’ve written in the past about Nike’s Considered Design initiative, which I think is one of the most brilliant out there. This weekend, the brand introduced its newest Considered Design collection, N7, which benefits Native American youth sports. Read more about the shoes’ particulars at GreenBiz.com and Reuters. If you haven’t heard about Nike’s green [...]

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

FLP at Pecha Kucha Kansas City Tomorrow Night!

Tomorrow night I’ll be diving into “the art of conversation” at Pecha Kucha Night, an awesome concept that invites creative people on stage to talk about anything they choose for 6:40 at a time — 20 slides at 20 seconds each. About 200 cities around the world host their own local events. I went to [...]