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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Summer Sale Alert

I’ve had a slow posting schedule this summer due to kids and swimming and, well, LIFE, but I had to type out a quick post to tell you guys about some awesome sales happening right now. Brands with asterisks (*) denote affiliate links; I want to be transparent about the ways I earn money through posting, so know that if you see ***stars*** I may earn money or credit from that company.

These first two sales are ultra time sensitive, including a 4-hour flash sale on Monday:

*** FASHIONABLE Online Warehouse Sale*** — TOMORROW, July 17, from 11am to 3pm central standard time, FASHIONABLE will be offering crazy good discounts on their bags and jewelry, plus some great deals on their new line of shoes!  Yep, four hours only!

***Nisolo Flash Sale*** — Cool-kid brand Nisolo will be offering 40% off select styles Monday, July 17, and Tuesday, July 18. Plus, use my code AFFILIATEFLASH17 for an extra 10% off!

A few other brands are rockin’ some great sales this week — I’m not sure when they end, so I would check them out ASAP.

***PACT Summer Clearance Sale*** — $20 organic cotton maxi dresses and $9 fair trade tees? Yes, please! PACT sales are good chances to stock up on some wardrobe basics.

Synergy Organic Clothing — Synergy usually has a robust sale section. Right now some of their offerings include tanks, cardigans, and flowy dresses made in Synergy’s signature organic, fair trade style.

Raven & Lily End of Season Summer Sale — I heard Raven & Lily founder Kirsten Dickerson speak during Fashion Revolution Week, and I was impressed with the depth of research that goes into their fair labor standards. Their end of season sale is a great way to get to know the brand.


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