• 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…

  • Switching to Natural Shampoo and Conditioner
    Health,  Sustainability

    Switching to Natural Shampoo

    If you want to switch to more natural products, hair care is an easy place to start. Natural shampoos and conditioners often act like their synthetic counterparts—without the added chemicals. They’re also gentler on your scalp and hair follicles, which will result in healthier hair over time.   What’s in Your Shampoo? Brands like to put fruit and flowers on their bottles to make us think we’re using a natural product, but in reality, many shampoos contain harsh cleansers and questionable chemicals. Here’s some common ingredients you might want to think twice about: Sulfates Most shampoos contain sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate, which is a cheap detergent. While sulfates aren’t toxic to…

  • 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…

  • Health,  Sustainability

    A City Girl’s Guide To Composting

    I always thought of myself as a true Midwestern girl—descended from farmers, with grit and dirt in my blood. Then I went to work on an organic farm. According to the real farmers, I was a city girl who didn’t know the first thing about dirt. These people grew food in the desert, made their own worm tea (a natural fertilizer that smells just as lovely as it sounds), and used composting toilets. That’s right: one of my jobs was to empty the poop buckets into the compost pile. It was really special. By the end of the summer, I had no complaints about returning to “city life” with flush toilets…