Ethical Products for the Fashionable Geek Girl

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Ethical Products for Fashionable Geek Girls

 

Geek girls, unite! With these amazing options from socially conscious brands, there’s never been a better time to let your geekiness show. Whether you love Star Wars, Marvel, or studying the skies, you’ll find a fair way to celebrate your fandom.

Space Mission Alpha Patch from MokuyobiMokuyobi creates whimsical, retro patches and pins. Add a few space patches to your favorite denim jacket or bag for an instant, geek-friendly statement. All Mokuyobi products are made in the USA. $6.

Baby Groot Earrings from RockLove  — I found RockLove through their Star Trek collection on ThinkGeek, and I’m in awe of their gorgeous jewelry designs. Licensed pieces featuring Guardians of the Galaxy, Stargate, Firefly, and more are available in hand-crafted, thoughtful designs made from recycled silver and other consciously sourced materials. Each piece is made in New York City. $70.

Wonder Woman Undies from  Naja — Get ready to conquer the day with these Wonder Woman-inspired undies from Naja. Digitally printed to reduce environmental impact, these undies are made in a factory that employs female heads of household and provides fair wages and healthcare. $22.

Constellation Tank from Krochet Kids — A cool graphic tee is a wardrobe essential, and this one shows off your science-y side with a star chart. Krochet Kids employs women in impoverished areas and provides job training, steady income, and education. $42.

Rad to the Bone Dress from Retrolicious — ModCloth received a lot of bad press when it was bought by Wal-Mart, but I think the site is still a great source for made-in-the-USA and fair trade clothing brands. This Ms. Frizzle-worthy dress is made in the United States and is available in sizes up to 4X. $90.

Stormtrooper Backpack from State Bags — While I’m not a big fan of the buy-one, give-one model of some “do-good” companies like State and Toms, I’m happy when any brand that strives to be ethical gets official licensing deals with mega-brands like Star Wars and Disney. For every backpack purchased, State Bags hand-delivers a backpack full of supplies to an American child in need. $95.

Star Wars Sneakers from Po-Zu — Speaking of official licensing deals, Po-Zu is making waves with their Star Wars collection this year. As the source for Rey’s original boots in The Force Awakens, Po-Zu quickly became popular with geeks and cosplayers. Now they’ve released their officially licensed Star Wars collection, including these amazing, limited-edition silver sneakers. Po-Zu products are made in fair trade factories from eco-friendly materials. I own a pair of their Rey boots and can attest to the comfort and craftmanship. $196.

I’m excited to find options that are sci-fi AND fair, and I love spreading the word. Have you found any geek girl essentials that are responsibly made? I’d love to hear about it!

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Good Things to Read

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Hey, gang! Hope you all are having a good week with no hurricanes, traffic, or unexpected bills. Here’s some good stuff I found to share with you today:

You guys know I’m all about imperfection. No matter how much I seek to live an ethical lifestyle, I can never check all the boxes. Leah from StyleWise shares the quandary of the ethical consumer and examines whether more flexible standards can make a bigger difference in the world in “Why I Quit Being an Ethical Purist.

One of my favorite fair trade brands, PACT Apparel, has expanded their range to include more apparel for men, women, and children. Their kids’ clothing is now available in sizes up to 5T and includes pajamas, undies, and leggings. New arrivals for adults include Henley t-shirts, cardigans, and jogging pants.

I recently learned about The Lighthouse for the Blind from the newsletter for the  Social Enterprise Alliance. The Lighthouse operates manufacturing facilities for aerospace parts, office supplies, and plastic injection molding, providing employment, training, and support for blind and DeafBlind members of the community. I love finding social enterprises that go beyond handcrafted gifts and provide essential products for industrial and everyday use.

Have you guys been following Walk Sew Good? These adventurers walked across Asia to find positive stories in the fashion industry. You can see their research and videos at the Walk Sew Good site and follow their current activities on Instagram.

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Back to School!

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I can’t believe summer is over, but this morning I sent my two guys off to school.

Our major purchase this year is a new backpack for my oldest son. We found a made-in-the-USA brand on Amazon  with a reasonable price and good reviews. I’m curious to see how it holds up against previous bags; our Patagonia backpack is still going strong after 3 years, but a licensed character bag from a big box store barely made it 12 months.

Since I’m busy helping my rascals through their first week of school, I’m throwing it back to a few of my favorite school posts from years past:

Do you love school supplies? I love school supplies. While I haven’t found much in the way of ethical school supply brands, I’m happy to know a few of these products are made close to home.
9 School Supplies Still Made in the USA

While we are waiting for WildyCo to produce a polo shirt or for Everlane to make kids’ clothes that don’t involve cashmere, here are a few other places to shop for standard school attire.
2016 Guide to Ethical School Clothes
Back to School, Sustainably

As always, one of my favorite ways to stay sustainable is to reuse what we already have. Back-to-school doesn’t have to include a new wardrobe or accessories when my kiddos already have what they need.

What are your tips for a new school year?

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