August 2017 Affirmations

August marks many important dates for me. Summer school is coming to an end and Fall semester will quickly approach at the end of the month. Plastic-Free July is over and has left me with even more ideas and goals for sustainable living. And, fingers crossed I can get some travel time now that school is over. With some time off, I’ve decided this month’s affirmations could also be used to catch up on sewing projects, especially since it’s something that would be great to check off my 30 list. Continue Reading ›

The Truth Behind Bamboo

Taking on Plastic-Free July for the second time, I thought would be simplified since I had participated before. I could not have been more wrong. Unfortunately, eliminating plastic is not as easy as it sounds. We rely on plastic more than we realize. A few years ago, it was reported by the Huffington Post that Americans threw out 31 million tons of plastic, making up 12.4% of the nation’s municipal solid waste. Plastic isn’t completely going away anytime soon, or ever. We are very dependent on plastic. So, what’s the alternative? My research and experience indicate many are turning to bamboo. From beauty products to reusable silverware, bamboo seems to be the rage for the eco-friendly alternative. Just how eco-friendly is it? Here’s what I’ve found: Continue Reading ›

Cruelty-Free Beauty Products

When you pick up a tube of mascara or find some colorful eye shadow on sale, do you think about its connection to animals? I’ll admit, the thought didn’t always cross my mind. I saw purple eyeshadows with sparkles or a tube of raspberry lipstick and was excited to experiment. I hardly ever wear make-up, but I found it something I could entertain my imagination with. After learning some of the truths behind my beauty products, I was discouraged to learn that my seemingly harmless purchases may cause more harm than I would like to admit. Researching ingredients like palm oil made it only more problematic and then I was introduced to the complexities of cruelty-free. Why is it complex? Let’s take a look at the cosmetic industry and animal testing . . . 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 ›

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 ›