SMELLS LIKE TEAM SPIRIT

ETHICAL COLLEGE TEES FROM ALTA GRACIA VIA DESIGN WELL SPENT

Okay, so I know this post isn’t super fashion-y or design-y BUT, it is football season.  And sometimes we do have to rock a school tee.  So if you find yourself in that predicament, choose one of Alta Gracia’s tees.  They are sourced out of a factory in the Dominican Republic that is trying to prove you can pay workers livable wages and still make a profit (read more here).  In fact, their workers make more than three times the minimum wage.  Why not help prove their point and take that whole “wear your team’s shirt with pride” thing to another level?  Click here to find out where their sold.

DREAMING OF CROP TOPS

ethical crop tops via designwellspent.com

….and my 21 year old body back so I can wear them.  But that’s another issue for another day, folks.  Maybe it’s the amount I’ve been seeing on the red carpet lately (see here, here and here) or maybe it’s that I’m wanting to make summer last a little longer, but whatever the reason, I’m wishing I had one of these in my closet.  And when they’re from Annie Greenabelle, there’s no shame in buying a few.  They use organic cotton and are sourced from a factory in England that complies with the Ethical Trading Initiative.  Prices starting at left, $41.48, $41.48, & $26.55.

WEEKLY FAVES – MEN’S

MENS FAVES

I know, I know.  It’s more like “Monthly Faves” these days.  But I’ve been busy.  It was my birthday, I joined a neighborhood softball league, and The Mindy Project has been back on.  All very valid reasons for slacking on the blog.  …right??  Anyway, here’s a little roundup of my fave men’s options from companies we love.

Live Loud Poster - $15.  $7 will be donated to the weekly charity.  This week’s is Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep – a charity that works to provide portraits to families facing the untimely death of an infant.  From Sevenly.

Barnabas Tees – $28.  10% will be donated to Living Room International.  From Barnabas.

Cocktail Shaker – $36.  Etched on the side of the shaker is a list of toasts in 13 different languages.  $7 will be donated to the weekly charity.  This week’s is Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep – a charity that works to provide portraits to families facing the untimely death of an infant.  From Sevenly.

APRIL SHOWERS BRING ETHICAL FLOWERS

april showers bring ethical flowers

I’m really craving permanent springtime weather.  Let’s all celebrate the season with some ethical floral shopping choices shall we?

Outfit:  Shabby Apple.  Percentage of sales donated to women’s charities.  Bielby Sweater, $50.

Necklace:  Light Gives Heat.  $32.99.  Handmade by Starfish Project whose mission is to restore hope to exploited women.

Wall Caddy:  Connected.  $72.  Handmade in the US from used and vintage items to reduce waste.

Floral Flats:  Roozt.  $49.95.  Made from organic and repurposed materials and $1 of each sale goes to their Clean Act Collection.

H&M GETTING CONSCIOUS?

HandM conscious

H&M recently unveiled their new “Conscious Collection” – all made from sustainable materials.  Above are my favorites from the collection, but to be honest, I was expecting a little more style from the collection.  Question is – for a company that has been rumored to use some unfavorable, to say the least, practices in the past (Beyonce knows what I’m talking about) is this a step in the right direction or just a cheap trick for mo’ money?  Thoughts?  Will you be shopping the collection?

images from hm.com

RED CARPET TURNS GREEN

Kellan Lutz in eco friendly tux for Oscars via designwellspent.com

 

Look at those smiles?  Those are a couple of happy faces, wouldn’t you agree?  I’m gonna guess it’s all because Kellan and Olga chose to go eco-friendly for the Oscars.  She wore a cruelty free dress made of 100% organic “peace silk” from Red Carpet Goes Green.  He chose H Brothers for an eco-friendly tux made partially out of recycled plastic bottles.