If you’re an ethical fashionista like me, you’re ready for April because of one specific reason. It’s not because you’re anticipating spring weather. It’s not because you’re one month closer to summer (although it is one month closer to May the Fourth). It’s because April is the month of Fashion Revolution Day. It’s not a day of celebration, but it is a day to advocate for changes in the fashion industry. Fashion Revolution Day is a day to give a voice to the garment workers who lost their lives in the Rana Plaza complex on April 24, 2013. Although I’ve been blogging about sustainability both in the fashion and travel industry for a while, I have only stumbled upon these movements recently. What took so long for me to catch onto something others have known about for years? Continue Reading ›
Spring carries many different meanings. Whether people enjoy spring with celebrations during the Vernal Equinox or chocolate bunnies or tree blossoms, spring is a time to renew. After advocating for and sharing my advice on how to advocate for and support causes, I feel empowered to take on this next month. I still have January, February, and March’s affirmations in my mind as I move forward, and it feels amazing to have incorporated these small steps to reach a larger picture of a more sustainable, balanced, and healthy lifestyle. On occasion, I have made missteps like neglecting time for myself, but I’ve enjoyed making these affirmations a part of my everyday life. Continue Reading ›
With the recent release of President Trump’s budget, threats are being made to numerous government organizations in an effort to balance the budget. These cuts will affect many individuals and communities and have led to advocacy for many different causes. While I support many of these programs and organizations that are getting cut, one specifically in my view is the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). After a recent visit to Washington D.C. for Arts Advocacy Day, my eyes were opened up to the government and how we can remind our representatives what matters to us. With this month’s affirmations, I’m ready to advocate for a cause I care about, but I also realize that not everyone shares my views about the arts. That’s why I’ve crafted a blog post that addresses those perspectives with information from Americans for the Arts. If you’re skeptical about how much impact the arts can have considered a few of my steps to becoming an arts supporter and move forward: Continue Reading ›
Although sustainability is a cause I care deeply about and was the focus of my last blog post, there’s another cause I support that falls into the realm of sustainability and ethics. Just as I care about how we treat the environment, I care about how we treat one another. With March officially designated as Women’s History Month, you’ve no doubt noticed many people wearing red or knitted and crocheted pink hats to show solidarity for the equal treatment of women. While I agree that it’s incredibly important to empower women all over the world, not just in developing nations, it’s also important to realize that we cannot have equality for women without considering men too. Men and women are both placed in roles and feel pressure to fit specific stereotypes. Even though we are currently encouraging and inspiring people to reach beyond their gender roles, there are still some areas where we are making our way through the complicated labyrinth of gender and society. How can we break the mold of gender expectations? Here are few ideas and steps I’m going to start taking to show how I support gender equality: Continue Reading ›
March is known for being a month of green. Whether it’s St. Patrick’s Day or the beginning of spring, March is no doubt a time for this color. As I’m incorporating more “green” choices for a more conscious lifestyle, I have so far reflected on relationships and sustainability in my home. This past month I had a great deal of fun finding recipes and mixtures to make my own cleaning supplies and I was delighted to find many of the ingredients weren’t complicated to find. Memories of one of my favorite high school classes, A.P. Chemistry, came back to me as I researched mixes and combinations.