• 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Budget-Friendly Ethical Jewelry
    Ethical Shopping

    Budget-Friendly Ethical Jewelry

    Ethical shopping doesn’t have to be expensive. Sometimes it’s worth it to spend extra to ensure your product was made with fair wages, safe working environments, and sustainable practices. Sometimes ethical companies can’t compete with the ultra-low, sweatshop-produced prices we’re used to. But sometimes you’re on a budget, and you just can’t afford ethical price tags. Or so you think. I’m here to tell you that it is possible to buy ethical on a budget. You just have to know where to look. Ethical jewelry is a great example of this. There’s a huge variety of ethical jewelry brands out there, with a wide range of styles and price points.…

  • 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 chemicals—including carcinogens like chromium—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.…