Category: Sustainable and Ethical Brands

Empowering indigenous artisans with Genesis Fair Trade

Empowering indigenous artisans with Genesis Fair Trade

In my humble opinion, artisan-made clothing and accessories are the epitome of slow fashion. After all, they’re the antithesis of mass-produced fast fashion, crafted with techniques honed over generations and infused with cultural meaning.

I’m excited to introduce you to Genesis Fair Trade, a brand that sources directly from indigenous artisans in Central and South America!

Should you buy gold-plated, gold vermeil, gold-filled, or solid gold jewelry? / A guide to buying better gold jewelry

Should you buy gold-plated, gold vermeil, gold-filled, or solid gold jewelry? / A guide to buying better gold jewelry

I’ve never been the type of gal to invest in the little things, like accessories and jewelry—mostly because I didn’t have the money, but also because I didn’t realize how much the little things matter.

I’ve come to realize that a pair of minimal earrings or a dainty necklace can do wonders to make me feel more put together. And as I’ve started buying fewer, better things, I’ve stopped buying cheap fast fashion jewelry that tarnishes quickly in favor of investing in timeless pieces of jewelry that will last me a lifetime.

Summer silks with GRANA / A conscious guide to silk

Summer silks with GRANA / A conscious guide to silk

Silk is one of my favorite warm weather fabrics. It keeps you cool in the summer heat, feels soft and smooth against the skin, and can look luxe and satiny or soft and subdued depending on how it was finished.

But how ethical and sustainable is silk? How can you buy and wear silk in a conscious way?

Great questions, dear reader! Read on to discover how silk can fit into your conscious closet.

9 sustainable and ethical jumpsuits to live in this summer

9 sustainable and ethical jumpsuits to live in this summer

The summery jumpsuit is like the cool older sister of the sundress: effortless and classically chic, but a little more daring and adventurous. I’m pretty enchanted with the idea and look of jumpsuits, and want to wear them more especially in the upcoming summer months when it just feels right to only wear one piece of clothing.

I’ve been doing some shopping around, and thought I’d share my favorite picks with you! Here are nine sustainable and ethical jumpsuits you could totally rock this summer.

How can fashion practice cultural appreciation, not cultural appropriation? (ft. MATTER Prints)

How can fashion practice cultural appreciation, not cultural appropriation? (ft. MATTER Prints)

Alright, it’s time to talk about the elephant in the figurative fashion industry room: cultural appropriation.

I haven’t written about cultural appropriation on this blog yet because everything that could be said on the topic has been said, and, well, it’s exhausting as a person of color to explain to someone why cultural appropriation sucks.

But as an ethical fashion blogger, I’d be remiss if I didn’t tackle one of the most controversial issues in the fashion industry! Even sustainable and ethical brands end up appropriating, but we can—and have to—do better.

grünBAG: The sustainable backpack for all of life’s adventures

grünBAG: The sustainable backpack for all of life’s adventures

You may have noticed that I don’t talk a lot about bags on this blog. That’s because I’m honestly not a huge fan of the sustainable and ethical options for bags and backpacks out there.

I like my bags durable, functional, no-fuss, and of course, stylish. Most of the ethical and sustainable bags I’ve seen haven’t met all of my criteria, or are way out of my price range.

One of the things that has held me back from buying bags from ethical fashion brands is that I’m still unsure where I stand on the real vs. faux leather debate. Both are environmentally damaging in different ways, and while I don’t want to support animal suffering, I’m still hung up on the downsides of faux leather, which include a much shorter lifespan, toxicity, and not being biodegradable—which end up contributing to eventual human and animal suffering, as well.

However, I also haven’t seen many stylish, eco-friendly bags that aren’t made of real or faux leather, either…until now!

Cupro: The magical sustainable fabric you’ve never heard of

Cupro: The magical sustainable fabric you’ve never heard of

Being into sustainable and ethical fashion has made me into a bit of a textile geek. After all, there are so many cool sustainable fabrics! Who knew you could make fabric out of recycled water bottles and fishing nets?

So when I found out about Cupro fairly recently, I was surprised that I didn’t already know about it. Girlfriend Collective sent me a couple of their new Cupro tees, and I immediately fell in love with the miraculously soft and eco-friendly fabric…so much so that I had to learn more about Cupro and share what I’ve learned about this magical fabric with you all!

Love your underwear / Everlane underwear review

Love your underwear / Everlane underwear review

Everyone’s favorite ethical brand recently launched their underwear line! True to the Everlane spirit, the collection is the definition of “better than basic.” It’s simple and functional with no frills, but promises to reinvent a wardrobe staple.

I’ve been impressed with their marketing for the women’s underwear line. Models of color, inclusive body types, poses that show off tummy rolls in all their glory—this is definitely a step in the right direction, and for that alone I was already sold.

Fresh picks for your best spring capsule wardrobe yet!

Fresh picks for your best spring capsule wardrobe yet!

Ah, spring. It’s that time of year when the long winter months of Netflix and popping Vitamin D supplements finally give way to warmer weather and gorgeous spring blooms (and, sadly, the accompanying allergies).

I don’t know about you, but I am so ready for a wardrobe change. Goodbye to wearing 70 layers of winter clothes, and hello to dreamy textures and fresh hues.

Here are my top picks for a timeless spring capsule wardrobe!