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Conscious Consumerism

5 Truths the Fast Fashion Industry Doesn't Want You to Know

Shannon Whitehead | Posted 08.29.2014 | Style
Shannon Whitehead

The industry giants have dedicated millions of dollars to massive PR campaigns, going so far as to launch "conscious collections" and donate proceeds to worthy causes. Yet despite these efforts, the truth remains -- fashion is one of the dirtiest industries in the world.

A Chic Shopping Shift

Jason Keehn | Posted 09.09.2014 | Business
Jason Keehn

The last decade has delivered a roster of brands and products that are designed at their core to have net-positive influences on our world.

Clearing the Air

Scarlett Johansson | Posted 03.26.2014 | Small Business
Scarlett Johansson

While I never intended on being the face of any social or political movement, distinction, separation or stance as part of my affiliation with SodaStream, given the amount of noise surrounding that decision, I'd like to clear the air.

Because Eastern Market, That's Why

Amanda Gregory | Posted 01.23.2014 | Detroit
Amanda Gregory

I suspect the reactions I received when telling people I was moving to Detroit were similar to those one might receive after announcing a plan to move to Yemen or to give up practicing law in order to farm tarantulas. Many just did not understand.

Chocolate and Child Slavery: Say No to Human Trafficking this Holiday Season

Amanda Gregory | Posted 01.23.2014 | Food
Amanda Gregory

The next time you reach for a candy bar, buy candy to hand out to trick-or-treaters, or stock up for holiday baking, consider the price thousands of children are paying to bring you your chocolaty cheer.

WATCH: 80 Billion Garments A Year And Nothing To Wear?

Posted 08.29.2013 | Style

How often do you open your closet and think, "I have nothing to wear"? (Answer: All the time.) But outside your bedroom doors, the world is overflowin...

Is America's 'Money Complex' Bankrupting Its Character? Interview With Psychoanalyst Tom Singer, M.D.

Pythia Peay | Posted 08.19.2013 | Politics
Pythia Peay

"As a psychologist viewing the country as a patient, I think we've become over-identified with the accomplishments of the 'cultural ego.'"

A Store Where Every Purchase Gives Back

Peter Walters | Posted 04.06.2013 | Food
Peter Walters

I see our American culture becoming less about conspicuous consumption, and more about "conscious consumerism." Traditional philanthropy is not going to feed the world's hungry, but a more conscious consumer and a more caring entrepreneur just might.

What Does Your Christmas Wish List Say About You?

Posted 12.18.2012 | Black Voices

We can't all be Rihanna, unapologetically professing our love for the sparkly wonderment formerly known in hip-hop circles as "bling." Not without bei...

A Tale Of Two Fridays

Matt Litton | Posted 01.23.2013 | Religion
Matt Litton

As the celebration of American consumerism once again draws near, there's a question we need to ask of ourselves: Which religious Friday are we going to celebrate this season?

Ethical Fashion: The New Luxury

Willa Shalit | Posted 09.04.2012 | Impact
Willa Shalit

In an arena long defined by unrestrained spending on diamonds, designer dresses and exclusive resorts, the idea of "luxury" is being revised by none other than the United Nations. Who'd have imagined it?

Space Invaders

Charles Kolb | Posted 02.06.2012 | Business
Charles Kolb

I'm all for our capitalist society and for making profits, but at some point. American consumers will rebel against the relentless intrusion into their private time and their private space.

Green Is the New Punk

Erin Mahoney Harris | Posted 01.22.2012 | Los Angeles
Erin Mahoney Harris

There's no question that "going green" is officially trendy. Of course, this is one seriously high-stakes trend; if it doesn't stick, the earth is pretty much screwed.

Humane Meat Is the Solution to What, Again?

Nil Zacharias | Posted 08.21.2011 | Food
Nil Zacharias

No one can deny that it's better to be less cruel in the ways we confine and kill animals (if we are going to kill and eat them anyway), but if we're interested in long-term change, we can't look at killing with kindness or gratitude as a solution in itself.

Philanthro-Teens on the March

Tamsin Smith | Posted 06.12.2011 | Impact
Tamsin Smith

A young imagination -- twinned with leadership skills, amplified by media and social networks, and boosted by private sector and community support -- is an unparalleled engine of change.

Top Green Consumer Trends for 2009: Which Predictions Came True?

Robyn Griggs Lawrence | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Robyn Griggs Lawrence

At the end of last year, our friends at The Fresh Ideas Group went out on a limb with some public predictions about how Americans would act in 2009. As the year winds down, let's see how they did.

The Body Shop: Stop Sex Trafficking of Children Campaign (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Tam Vo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

The Body Shop is a cosmetics company with a conscience, known for naturally-derived products and an emphasis on ethical business practices. Its founde...