Overall, the United States exports about a billion pounds of second-hand textiles, making it our eighth largest export. And shockingly, this constitutes only a small portion of America's yearly donations. So, if you imagine someone happily using the bags and bags of crap you discard at your local donation center on a regular basis, you're … Continue reading Does anyone need your junk?
Time to get real with each other - who here throws away their clothes? Raise your hand. I know you're not raising your hand because you're reading this on the train or on the couch with your sig other or you're otherwise embarrassed. At least admit it in your own mind: you've dumped perfectly good … Continue reading You can recycle clothes?!
K.I.S.S. We know what this stands for, right? KEEP IT SIMPLE STUPID. My 7 year old would be offended by this, but you can change the last S to any adjective you'd like to use...silly, slow, scatty, shortsighted, simple, senseless, scatterbrained...you get the idea. The point is, we tend to hide behind perfectionism and feel … Continue reading 15 Ways to Start Being More Sustainable
Even when you purchase something ethically made, you are still demanding more resources from the planet. And it takes quite a bit of time and effort to do your research, and often a bigger portion of your budget. While these things are important, admittedly we just don’t have the time to focus on it when … Continue reading Thrifting in the Name of Ethical Fashion
It may seem like a weird thing to talk about whether your clothes align with your values, but it's a valid question. Our values, our morals, and our priorities in life inform all the decisions we make. We might spend time and money on religion. Or buy organic. Our education and career reflect our interests … Continue reading Do your clothes reflect your values?
Once the closet door to ethical fashion is opened, it's really hard to shut it. You start to notice things and ask questions you didn't before, such as: "How is this shirt $4?!" "Why does everyone buy so many things?" "Where do all these clothes go when no one buys them?" "What does the donation … Continue reading How much do your clothes cost?
I know you are having flashbacks of a stuffy college classroom, a professor with a mothball eaten sweater, and the only C you got on your transcripts. Oh wait, that must be me. All joking aside, the term ethical fashion of course is derived from actual ETHICS, in which we discuss our morals, our values, … Continue reading What is ethical fashion?
Somewhere between being pregnant and not, I decided to quit the underwire. Who knew that fighting against the patriarchy could be so comfortable? When I was a kid, I couldn't wait until I was old enough to wear bras. I'm sure I'm not alone in this, right? We couldn't wait to shave our legs, make … Continue reading How to make good choices and ditch the underwire
On September 11 this year, we all looked at our phones (probably before we got out of bed, if we're being honest) and the newsfeed was predictable, right? Everyone sharing where they were; their feelings of despair and shock; some sugary but earnest patriotism. <flag emoji> I do the same thing, every year. It almost seems if … Continue reading United We Should Be (But Aren’t)
I was listening to some girls making plans to hang out that night. They didn't invite me then, but a few glanced over at me as I took a bite of sandwich. We were at the lunch table. I tried to avoid eye contact. It was awkward. Thoughts raced through my mind about how to … Continue reading We are already enough.