Informed Voting: Official Voter Guides and VOTE411


It seems like the clarion call to "go out and vote" is shriller than ever this year. But the fact remains that merely showing up to the polls and casting a ballot on election day (which, in truth, is becoming intentionally harder for non-rich, non-white voters across the U.S.) is not enough: the power of... Continue Reading →

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Are your sneakers made with sweatshop labor?


Today's post comes from Green America, a U.S.-based non-profit dedicated to creating a socially just and environmentally sustainable society. I wanted to highlight the list they've compiled on the sweatshop labor that makes the shoes you most likely wear: Footwear can be one of the trickiest parts of building a sweatshop-free wardrobe. Hundreds of shoe... Continue Reading →

TerraCycle and Eliminating the Idea of Waste


Mainstream conversations about "living green" or being sustainable usually revolve around reducing our footprint on the environment. (The idea that humans need to minimize our presence, as though we're some kind of disease, separate from our environment, is another blog post for another day). I find it problematic because that way of thinking is inherently... Continue Reading →

Homemade Hair Care: Flax Seed Hair Gel via Crunchy Betty


One of my favorite handcrafted, organic hair and body product businesses (Brendita's BodyWorks) seems to have gone under. She used to make hair gel that I really liked and I recently needed more of. I like supporting small businesses like Brendita's, but so often their products contain ingredients from animals or leave lots of buildup... Continue Reading →

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