• Ethical Gift Guide for the Holidays
    Ethical Shopping

    Ethical Gifts for Everyone on Your List

    I’ve always loved finding the perfect gift. As a kid, I developed a reputation for making off-the-wall presents for my family. With an adult budget, my Christmas shopping joy has only amplified. I love how the perfect gift makes someone feel seen, known, and appreciated. So of course I couldn’t let the season go by without making a Gift Guide! This list is filled with gifts that are ethically-made, eco-friendly, and socially conscious. Your purchase ensures a cleaner earth and a safe and secure holiday for global workers—while also making your loved ones feel special. Happy Holidays! Gifts for Her 1. Luxe Pamper Set – ABLE x Thistle Farms | Get up to 25% off…

  • Switching to an Eco-Friendly Safety Razor
    Health,  Sustainability

    Switching to a Safety Razor

    In the last few months, I’ve been gradually switching to more natural household products. My main motivation was health: I wanted to see if I could reduce my toxic load and heal my chronic fatigue. But I was also interested in developing a more eco-friendly lifestyle. So I decided to try out a safety razor. Safety razors are a zero-waste alternative to plastic razors. They’re usually made of stainless steel and contain a thin blade that can be changed out and recycled. Basically, it’s your great-grandpa’s razor. But better.   The Benefits of Safety Razors Safety razors are a little trendy right now. Hipsters and bloggers love to gush about them on Instagram.…

  • Shop Ethical Low Income
    Ethical Shopping

    How I Shop Ethically on a Low Income

    Last week, I wrote about being too sick to work. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome has kept me out of the workforce for a good year and a half now. And that’s had an impact on our finances. My husband works two part-time jobs, and I earn a little through affiliate sales. But our income hovers right around the national poverty line. I hesitate to call ourselves poor, because we have a lot of safety nets that rarely exist in true poverty. But we live in a government-subsidized apartment and pinch our pennies carefully. Given our financial state, it may seem odd that I often write about ethical shopping. Ethical shopping has a reputation for…

  • Ethical Shoes for Fall
    Ethical Shopping

    Ethical Shoes for Fall

    If you want to build a more ethical wardrobe, shoes are a great place to start. The footwear industry has long been plagued with pollution, child labor, and poor working conditions. But many brands are hoping to turn this around by offering beautiful, sustainable, and fairly-made shoes. Today, I’ve curated a selection of ethical boots, heels, and sneakers that are perfect for fall. I’ve also included some discount links, so you can shop ethical without breaking the budget. So grab your pumpkin spice latte, wrap up in an oversized scarf, and get ready to swoon over autumnal colors and cozy fabrics. I felt in love with so many styles that I divided them up…

  • Switching to Natural Toothpaste
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    Switching to Natural Toothpaste

    For most of my life, I never thought about my toothpaste. I brushed my teeth, spit it out, and assumed it would work. Even when I started switching to natural products, toothpaste wasn’t on my shortlist. A strict dental hygienist had instilled a deep fear of cavities in me as a child, and I was afraid that natural toothpaste might not work as well. But as other natural products proved highly effective (and often better than their counterparts), I finally decided to give it a shot.   What’s In Your Toothpaste? First, I started researching common toothpaste ingredients. I mostly wanted to know if they were necessary, but I discovered that some can…

  • Switching to Natural Skincare
    Health,  Sustainability

    Switching to Natural Skincare

    If you’re like me, finding a good skincare product is like discovering the holy grail. I have sensitive skin, and I’m at that troublesome age where I have to deal with acne and wrinkles. It’s hard enough to find a product that works, let alone worry about ingredients. But when I started switching to natural products to heal my Chronic Fatigue, I knew I needed to find some good natural skincare products. Here are the ingredients I stopped using and the “holy grail” products I’ve found along the way.   Ingredients to Avoid A lot of skincare products work, but contain ingredients that aren’t actually good for your skin or overall health. Some…

  • Target Ethical Products
    Ethical Shopping,  Sustainability

    12 Ethical Products You Can Find at Target

    Want to shop ethically, but don’t know where to begin? Some of your favorite stores may already be selling ethical products. You just need to know where to look. Today, I’ve curated a selection of ethical products from Target. Like many American moms, I’ve spent a lot of time browsing the aisles of Target with a Starbucks drink in hand. But when I committed to shopping more ethically, I worried that I might have to give up my beloved trips to Target. Thankfully, I didn’t. Target doesn’t have a perfect ethical rating, but it does have higher standards for labor and sustainability than most of its competitors. Target also carries a lot of B corporations and…