The Problem with Palm Oil

What’s one thing we need to live without but have a hard time eliminating it from our lives? Money may seem like the answer, but for the purpose of today’s post, I’m discussing the abundance and reliance on palm oil. What is palm oil? According to Salve Beat, palm oil is edible vegetable oil that comes from the African palm and is a versatile ingredient for many products. Although palm oil crops can produce a lot, unfortunately, it can only be found in a certain part of the land within 10 degrees north or south of the equator. Where this gets complicated is that harvesting palm oil has led to deforestation, animal endangerment, and harm of the atmosphere. The Crowded Planet’s post about palm oil depicts the Haze, a toxic cloud created by the fires used to clear rainforests for palm oil plantations in Indonesia. The Haze not only affects Indonesia and Singapore, Malaysia, but it also affects the wildlife in the area, especially orangutans. Is there a way to stop these devastating results? While upholding this month’s affirmation searching for more eco-friendly beauty products, I’ve determined reducing beauty products that use palm oil should be on my list. This is a difficult road, but it provides some solutions to a complex question. Continue Reading ›

Ethical Fashion: Star Wars Style

High school is often seen as a time for prom, football games, and SATs, but that’s not what I often recall. My time in high school revolved around spending time with my friends: Wookies, Droids, and Jedis. Even if they weren’t real, they always gave me a sense of community and belonging. My love of Star Wars has extended beyond my teenage years, and I find multiple opportunities to enjoy this science fiction world whether I’m in Seattle or reflecting on how I travel. Searching through the infinite galaxy of the internet, I’m thrilled to find my new admiration for sustainable fashion shares the same sense of enthusiasm I have for this galactic film. From an upcoming shoe design launch to luxury fashion, Star Wars can be found throughout ethical fashion. If you believe in the Force as I do, follow me to a galaxy not so far away to discover how eco-fashion has merged with my favorite high school pastime. Continue Reading ›

May 2017 Affirmations

April has come and gone in a flash. Pushing my way through finals week, I feel as though I awoke and the month is gone. Although I did not get to write a lot of posts, I was inspired to see so many others committing to Fashion Revolution Day and asking about everything from #whomademyclothes to conscious consumerism. Scrolling through Instagram, one of my favorite posts revolved around Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs: Continue Reading ›

Ethical Fashion Resources

Starting a commitment to sustainable and ethical fashion practices can be very overwhelming. At times you might wonder how it can be possible. You wonder what you can do. You wonder is it enough? Doing a quick Google search on eco-friendly fashion companies can bring up a huge list, and although everything seems great, I have found that eventually, I read somewhere that a company is not as eco-friendly as I once thought. Before you get in over your head, consider incorporating sustainability into smaller pieces. Wherever you happen to begin your ethical fashion journey, whether it’s online, in a used clothing store, or reading a well-renowned blogger, here are a few resources to consider and select from. Continue Reading ›

A Visit to the Baltimore Museum of Art

On the way to Washington D.C. for Arts Advocacy Day, Katie and Cameron (my graduate school classmates) and I decided one thing had to be done: Visit Baltimore and eat Captain Crunch French Toast. In order to make our goals happen, we purchased tickets on a red-eye flight that would land us in Baltimore early in the morning. Despite the fact that we were met with biting cold weather, we ventured out into Baltimore after devouring breakfast at the Blue Moon Café. Our main destination? The Baltimore Museum of Art. With student loans and budgets on our minds, we were excited this site is free admission, and as Arts Administration students, we’re even more excited to explore a museum with exquisite art. Continue Reading ›