A New Year!

Hey, friends! We’ve got some exciting posts in the works for 2017, including vegan fashion options for my leather-free friends and more posts about finding fair trade at stores near you. If you have any topics or products you’re hoping I’ll cover, let me know!

While we’re planning and organizing for the weeks ahead, check out these posts from other writers:

Unfancy Sweater 101

Learn Sweater 101 from Un-Fancy — Taking care of the clothes we have and using them wisely is an important part of sustainable fashion. I love Caroline’s tips for making sweaters last!



4 Ethical Fashion Brands That Are Better Than Old Navy — Leah from StyleWise explores ethical alternatives to that casual Old Navy style many of us love.



I keep the peppermint flavor going all winter long, so I love this recipe for a Peppermint Latte with Numi Tea from Life+Style+Justice.



For the travelers among you, check out Suburban Turmoil’s guide to the town of Rugby, Tennessee’s Best-Kept Secret.

I hope your year is off to a lovely, gentle start. See you soon, friends!

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Last-Minute Shopping: The Procrastinator’s Prime Guide

The Procrastinator's Prime Guide to Ethical Christmas Shopping


Looking for last-minute gifts? Amazon Prime to the rescue! You can still find sustainable, thoughtful gift ideas slated to arrive before Christmas with Amazon’s handy two-day shipping. The items below are made with care and are estimated to have a pre-Christmas arrival date. Remember, though, just in case,  double-check shipping times before ordering.

Novica Cotton Hammock — This fair trade hammock from Novica holds up to 450 lbs and comes with a story card certifying its authenticity. Fun gift for the adventurer and book-reader in your life! $104.

EST WST Collective Rucksack — Featuring a 17″ laptop sleeve and a waterproof lining made from recycled bottles, this rucksack is a thoughtful gift for the urban traveler seeking to balance modernity and global awareness. EST WST bags feature textiles handwoven by partner producers in Nepal and India. $145.

Matr Boomie Cuff Bracelet — I love this intricately-designed, silver-toned brass cuff  to complement any outfit, from a cocktail dress to jeans and a sweater. Handmade at a fair trade facility in India. $23.

Friendsheep Wool Terrier — Crafted from eco-friendly New Zealand wool, this sweet puppy is shaped and sewn at a fair trade cooperative in Nepal. $16.

Tegu Magnetic Wooden Blocks — Encourage imaginative play with a magnetic block car that can be rebuilt and reconfigured. Tegu blocks are created in Honduras from sustainably-sourced hardwoods. The company seeks to impact their Honduran community with economic  development and transparent, responsible manufacturing. $30.

Sky Organics Lip Balm — Stocking stuffer alert! These organic lip balms are made in the USA with beeswax, cocoa butter, and coconut oil. $11.

Eliza Fair Trade Leather Journal — This fair trade journal is handcrafted from cruelty-free leather and 100% recycled, acid-free paper. Perfect for the aspiring poet or author.  $27.

KeepCup Travel Mug — This reusable, 12 oz cup is a great gift for the coffee shop enthusiast in your life. In addition to providing a stylish, zero-waste alternative to the to-go coffee cup, the company seeks to reduce their own environmental footprint through local manufacturing and transparent sourcing. $20.

This post contains Amazon affiliate links that will earn money for this site if you choose to make a purchase. However, this post was not sponsored by Amazon. All opinions are my own. 

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Gifts That Do Good

Gifts That Do Good


Still searching for that perfect gift for someone in your life? Check out these under-$50 gifts that have more to them than materialism:

Body Balm from beelove: This gentle balm is formulated with beeswax and oils to soothe dry skin. I love beelove’s mission to provide employment to the formerly incarcerated (check out my friend Leah’s review of their products here).  $12.

Soap from MADE by DWC: The Downtown Women’s Center in Los Angeles is dedicated to ending cycles of chronic homelessness and unemployment. These handmade soaps are among several products providing job skills for DWC clients and capital for the center’s programs. Available in Lavender, Sweet Orange, or Goat’s Milk and Honey. $9.

Cuff from Branded Collective: The perfect gift for the Wonder Woman in your life! Branded Collective employs trafficking survivors from End Slavery Tennessee to handcraft each piece of jewelry. Each item is branded with a unique number to represent one of the millions of people trapped in human trafficking. $35.

Candle from Thistle Farms: Employing residents and graduates of Magdalene House, Thistle Farms is a social enterprise that provides job skills to survivors of addiction, trafficking, and prostitution. This “Three Trees” soy candle features fir, cedarwood, and spruce essential oils and a natural fiber wick. $22.

Travel Wallet from Stalyon: Made-in-the-USA accessories and gear from Stalyon aid their mission to give the gift of adventure, and this small wallet is a great choice for the on-the-go minimalist in your life. Proceeds from Stalyon’s products help run in-hospital camp experiences for kids with life-threatening illnesses. $48.

Tee from A Beautiful RefugeA Beautiful Refuge is continuing to expand their product line as they employ women from Safe Refuge International to screenprint their fair trade tees. I recently ordered this “Ethics Over Aesthetics” tank for myself. $32. (Extra thanks to those of you who supported this brand’s launch last spring!)

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