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Ethical Shopping

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...