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Greenwashing Alert: America Recycles Day Is Scamming Us Out of Real Change

Greenwashing Alert: America Recycles Day Is Scamming Us Out of Real Change

On its face, America Recycles Day seems like a worthy environmental initiative. We’re teaching Americans how to be good stewards of the earth! We’re teaching them how to sort plastic from paper, and not to litter. What could be wrong with that? But actually, if you look closer, this campaign doesn’t benefit the environment or...
  • Trying to Find an Ethical, Sustainable Bank? This Is the One I Use

    Trying to Find an Ethical, Sustainable Bank? This Is the One I Use

    I should start this post by saying that it is not sponsored. No one paid me to write this. I have no relationship with the brand that I am about to recommend, except that of a purely satisfied customer. I just really, really, like my bank. You may not know this about me, but I...
    Weekend Reading: Juicing Needs to Die

    Weekend Reading: Juicing Needs to Die

    Hi readers! Wild Tussah included EcoCult at the top of their list of the five best ethical blogs, and StyleWise put me in her top ten! Also, I wrote this guide to combatting climate change using your investment money. Not invested? Um, scuse me, you had better have some retirement funds started, at least! Fashion Reformation considers...
    Weekend Reading: Turns Out There Are Sweatshops in Britain

    Weekend Reading: Turns Out There Are Sweatshops in Britain

    Readers, I’m going silent for exactly one week, starting Monday morning. No email, no blog posts, no social media. Here’s why. In the meantime, enjoy this reading! Fashion I wrote this treatise on 10 things you can do to shop more sustainably for Racked, as part of their three-part package on thoughtful shopping. British sweatshops...
    Weekend Reading: My Story Went Viral!

    Weekend Reading: My Story Went Viral!

    Hey readers, this week has been a whirlwind! My story for Quartz on the predatory multi-level marketing company LuLaRoe, purveyor of cheaply-made, polyester leggings, went viral, racking up over 800,000 readers. I didn’t go into how terrible they must be for the environment in the story, because, well, obviously. And also, it is long enough as...
    How To Avoid Activism Burnout

    How To Avoid Activism Burnout

    Whether you volunteer, campaigner or consider yourself a ‘conscious consumer’, you carry an extra burden of responsibility on top of the normal stresses of life. Furthermore, as a person who cares deeply about issues such as fair trade, environmentalism, and labor, you likely encounter bad news on a daily basis. The emotional strain of these...
    Weekend Reading: We Don't Want to End Up Like Louisiana

    Weekend Reading: We Don’t Want to End Up Like Louisiana

    Hey readers! You can now get my sustainable city recommendations while you wait for your plane to board. I’m in the new Raleigh & Drake app, which is live in 9,000 iPads across eight major airport terminals. It asks creatives for their personal recommendations for various destinations. Getting the scoop from cool people on what...
    Weekend Reading: Maybe Don't Drink the Coffee

    Weekend Reading: Maybe Don’t Drink the Coffee

    Ah, readers, it’s been another tough week for those who care at all about the environment. It seems the world is falling apart, and maybe our parents’ and grandparents’ generations (if they lived in a Western country) were and will be the only generations to live in optimistic comfort and expanding wealth. I’m actually grateful...