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Ethical Shopping

The Truth Behind the Navy Blue Blouse

Francine LeFrak | Posted 04.26.2016 | Impact
Francine LeFrak

Even a leader in the ethical shopping movement can still be seduced by a bargain. Over the weekend, while confronting the daunting task of Spring Cl...

Bali Was Not The Paradise I Naively Envisioned

Renne Simpson | Posted 03.21.2016 | Travel
Renne Simpson

After witnessing the tragic plastic problem in Bali, I suddenly became hyper aware of the various bad behaviors tourists tend to unwittingly exhibit. Think you might be guilty of a bad habit or two?

Why You Need To Stop Buying Cheap Clothes

The Huffington Post | Kate Bratskeir | Posted 03.04.2016 | Style

Scoring a sweet deal on an inexpensive shirt feels really good. But when you learn what happens when you're done with that cheap top, you'll feel anyt...

These Pixelated Panties Are Sexy AND Helping Women

The Huffington Post | Chanel Parks | Posted 01.28.2016 | Style

It was just a matter of time before technology influenced the style of our panties. Thanks to designers Cesária & Sebastião, the brand Maison Pixel...

This Is What It Means to Shop Ethically

The Huffington Post | Emily Tess Katz | Posted 12.15.2015 | Impact

Do you know where the items you buy come from? That, alongside such factors as carbon footprint and animal rights, comprise what it means to shop eth...

Ethical Shoppers -- We're Not a Myth

Natalie Grillon | Posted 07.27.2015 | Business
Natalie Grillon

We believe that not only is it possible to find options that align with your values, but also that by continuing to support these alternatives, we can grow those supply chains and industries which are effectively and transparently making sustainable improvements in their supply chain.

Why Is Profit a Dirty Word?

Emma Davidson | Posted 06.19.2016 | Business
Emma Davidson

It's been suggested to me that I should not be making any profits, that my business should be a charity, and that I should not pay myself a salary.

My Family's Multiethnic Makeup Changed the Way I Shop

Stephanie Hepburn | Posted 05.29.2016 | Impact
Stephanie Hepburn

Living in multiple worlds, none that I entirely fit, isn't a deficit. Instead, I feel it has allowed me to see outside the box. I am no one thing and therefore no one culture or experience defines me.

Use Your Consumer Power to Clean Up Cruelty in 2015

Monica Engebretson | Posted 02.09.2015 | Green
Monica Engebretson

Whether we like it or not, consumerism shapes many aspects of our society. Put a little differently, the way we spend our money communicates our beliefs, values, and interests.

The Multi-billion Dollar Industry That's Good for the Planet

Kate Black | Posted 05.14.2014 | Style
Kate Black

At a time when consumers are feeling the pinch to spend less, vintage and thrifting offer an opposing (and ethical) choice to cut-rate or fast fashion.

How To Make Your Closet A Happy Place

Posted 07.15.2014 | Style

Let’s be honest, fashion makes the world go round. In a society obsessed with appearances, the fashionably inclined are constantly cooking up new wa...

DON'T shop like a jerk. Here's How

Carina Kolodny | Posted 02.18.2014 | Impact

While "being the change" usually drums up images of voting and volunteerism, one of the biggest ways we can impact the world around us is with our wal...

The 12 Step Program for Bargain Addictions

Francine LeFrak | Posted 02.09.2014 | Impact
Francine LeFrak

This holiday season the ethical shopping options are plentiful. We must believe that we can employ to empower.

3 Shopping Sites That Make It Easy To Give Back

Ellie Krupnick | Posted 01.24.2014 | Style
Ellie Krupnick

Beginning this week with Black Friday, shoppers will start scouring stores and online in search of the perfect holiday gifts. But this season, it's easier than ever to find a present that's not only trendy but also gives back.

Francine LeFrak: The Case for Redefining Success

Francine LeFrak | Posted 08.19.2013 | Women
Francine LeFrak

You can touch someone's life by empowering them, and in turn, you are actually empowering yourself. There couldn't be a more perfect way to define well-being.

Green Consumerism Is No Solution

American Anthropological Association | Posted 08.14.2013 | Green
American Anthropological Association

Those of us concerned with the real impacts of global consumer culture are stuck in the territory between cynicism and tokenism, trying to think more productively about the kinds of strategies that can make a symbolic and material difference.

How Much Is Your T-Shirt Worth?

Nancy Graham Holm | Posted 07.24.2013 | Business
Nancy Graham Holm

Bangladesh's flourishing but unregulated garment industry raises an ethical issue: how does our buy-and-throw-away consumer culture contribute to inhumanly low wages, death-risking working conditions and destructive environmental practices?

Holiday 2012 Guide: Discerning Shopping to Give Back

Francine LeFrak | Posted 02.05.2013 | Impact
Francine LeFrak

Our fervent interests in how big of a flat screen we can buy seems to remain an undying American tradition. But when it comes to the products that we hunt for, our better judgment about whether they are made unethically or not tends to be overlooked.

We're All in This Together

Francine LeFrak | Posted 10.23.2012 | Impact
Francine LeFrak

Peter Navarro's Death By China is a call for action -- it is up to each one of us to recognize that by indulging in cheap labor we are complicit in the world's ethical collapse.

Would You Buy Ordinary Gum Just Because It Supports a Cause?

Joe Waters | Posted 12.26.2011 | Impact
Joe Waters

Everyone points to Newman's Own as proof that "cause products" such as Project 7 gum can be a big success. But that's like believing your organization can have its own national telethon because Jerry Lewis had one.

Emma Watson: The New Face Of Fair Trade

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Emma Watson is the newest celebrity to advocate for fair trade groups worldwide, GlobalShift.org reported Wednesday. Watson visited India this summe...