• Ethical Shoes for Summer
    Ethical Shopping,  Sustainability

    Ethical Shoes for Summer

    If you want to start an ethical wardrobe, shoes are a great place to begin. Investing in a few pairs of high-quality, ethical shoes can actually make a real difference in your social and environmental footprint (no pun intended). I don’t know about you, but I used to go through new cheap shoes every year. By the end of the season, they’d either be headed for a landfill or the problematic secondhand market. Since I started buying ethical shoes, I haven’t pitched or donated a single pair. Shoes are also one of the most polluting items in the fashion industry, with all kinds of chemicalsβ€”including carcinogens like chromiumβ€”involved in mainstream…

  • Why I Buy Ethical Clothes
    Ethical Shopping,  Social Justice

    Why I Pay More For Ethical Clothes

    I grew up in central Illinois with strong German-Lutheran roots. We made jello salads, sat in the same pew every Sunday, and more than anything loved to brag about a good deal. To this day, if I get a good price on something, I will feel compelled to tell you about it the moment you mention the item. Like my shirt? I got it from the clearance rack at Target! This cute bag? $1 at a garage sale! I will beam with pride, and if you are from the Midwest, you will be equal parts jealous and thrilled. However, lately something has thrown a wrench into my usual good-deal joy.…