Summer Dreams

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The weather is warm, school is almost out, and I’m thinking about summer fashion. Check out the outfit of my dreams below, followed by some more realistic options.

Summer Dreams

My dream outfit for summer adventures is this fair trade shirt dress from UK-based Bibico, a handmade fedora and a beach tote from Mar Y Sol, and Huarache sandals from Nisolo.



Summer Plans

Considering I’m a mom of boys with casual days of gardening and neighborhood adventures in the plans, a more practical outfit for me would be a locally screen-printed tank from Project 615, ethically made sneakers from Etiko, and fair trade shorts from Liz Alig and Love Justly.



Summer Reality

But what will I actually be wearing this summer? Probably yoga pants like this pair from PACT, a Nashville Predators shirt (Project 615), and flip flops (Etiko). Real life here, folks.

What summer adventures do you have planned? Will your fashion be festival-ready or homebody cool?

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May the Force Be Fair

Happy Star Wars Day!

In December 2015, the Star Wars universe got a new movie — and a new heroine. And her boots are ethically made.

Image courtesy of Po-Zu.

Rey’s signature boots are from Po-Zu, a shoe brand specializing in sustainable materials and ethical manufacturing. Po-Zu’s design materials include chromium-free leather, Piñatex, wool, and organic cotton. Their Portugal-based manufacturing facility strives to pay workers fair wages in a toxin-free, low-waste environment.

Today, Po-Zu is launching a co-branded Star Wars line. In addition to the Rey Boots, they have designs inspired by Chewbacca, Poe, Finn, Stormtroopers, and — my personal favorite — BB-8.

Image courtesy of Po-Zu.

The shoes, available in men’s, women’s, and children’s sizes, are launching for pre-order TODAY and will ship in August.

Ethical options are rare when it comes to licensed products. Kudos to Lucasfilm/Disney for leading the way into the future by collaborating with a sustainable fashion brand.

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Anthropologie – a Long Way to Go

ModernSprout Seed Kit at Anthropologie
ModernSprout Seed Kits at a local Anthropologie store.

A few weeks ago, I went hunting for ethical products in Anthropologie. If ethics and cost weren’t an issue, my house would be draped in Anthropologie. I fell in love with their global, Boho style years ago.

I had high hopes for Anthropologie. Their website occasionally stocks products from several well-known ethical brands, including Naja*, Coyuchi, Mercado Global, and Fortress of Inca. You can find fair trade baby toys, organic beauty items, and several made-in-the-USA clothing brands.

Unfortunately, when it comes to their retail shops, ethical sourcing is, shall we say, a growth opportunity for Anthropologie. The fair trade and organic items from the company’s website are nowhere to be found in stores.

Anthropologie stores do stock some made-in-the-USA pieces, although you’ll need to hunt for them. Left of Center, Lacausa, Michael Stars, and Love TanJane are a few of the American-made brands I discovered in my local shop. I also found a display featuring Baggu, a handbag brand that manufactures in the US and China and seeks to minimize waste through their designs.

American-made jeans  are one of the easier items to find in stores, with Paige Denim and Citizens of Humanity getting sizable rack space.

Handpoured soy candles from Candlefish at Anthropologie
Candlefish products are made from soy wax and hand-poured in Charleston, South Carolina.

When it comes to ethical linens and home goods, you’re mostly out of luck. Anthropologie’s gorgeous, globally-inspired textiles appear to be subject to standard manufacturing practices with no additional certifications. I would love to see Anthropologie add a line of GOTS-certified linens, similar to Target’s organic Threshold sheets*.

There are some bright spots of artisan-made products at Anthropologie stores, including hand-poured soy candles from South Carolina-based Candlefish and handmade Kingston Jewellery from Australia. On my last trip into the store I found lovely, non-GMO seed starting kits from ModernSprout.

The good news is that Anthropologie is doing some things right. I love that their website provides visibility to smaller, artisan-made brands, and I appreciate the USA-made apparel in their stores. I imagine stock becomes an issue with many ethical brands, who may not be able to supply Anthropologie’s 200+ store locations.

Considering their global aesthetic, I’m going to keep holding Anthropologie to a high ethical standard. I’m hoping we will see more sustainable brands and partnerships from Anthropologie in the future.

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