I learned about sweatshops towards the end of junior high and I remember being deeply troubled. A burgeoning activist, I decided to boycott all clothing stores that sold products made in sweatshops. A quick AOL internet search (#old) revealed that my boycott would actually be incredibly difficult — if not impossible — given that I did not have my own money, transportation or sewing skills. The boycott was abandoned. With the exception of the fair trade purchasing when I do when it’s convenient, it hasn’t reared its head since.
Boycotting Hobby Lobby, however, is easy. The first reason is that I’ve never actually laid eyes on one. Frankly, I didn’t know it existed before they took it upon themselves to save all the unborn fetuses of crafty shift-workers of America. There is only one Hobby Lobby in my hometown San Diego, and it’s about an hour’s drive from my family home. The same is true in Boston, the other American city in which I’ve dwelled. In my current home of Melbourne, Australia, there is literally not a Hobby Lobby in the hemisphere. So you see, my boycott is a bit ridiculous but also VERY MEANINGFUL, you know?
I say this because I know that a boycott can be inconvenient. As the tidal wave of shit that is the recent Supreme Court decision drifts further into the past, it will seem less important to drive an extra 10 minutes to buy your yarn. Keep reading »
It’s easy to feel helpless when it comes to helping the environment. People tend to get caught up in the idea that our actions don’t matter in the grand scheme of things, so why bother? But the truth is, if we all just made a few small changes, we could make a huge difference. That’s not idealism, that’s a fact. Plus, there are so many ways to be more eco-friendly that require little to no effort. Sure, you might need to rethink some of your habits, but you don’t have to rearrange your whole life or quit your job and live on a commune to make a real impact. You don’t have to be perfect. Just be a little better. Here are 40 easy, simple, fun, money-saving, and truly effective ways to start: Keep reading »
Hey guys, good news! The microbeads in your face wash are poison! Oh, wait, that’s terrible news, never mind.
You might have heard that Illinois banned microbeads from cosmetics and cleansers last week, and New York and California are right on our heels. It turns out – in an extraordinarily logical turn that really we should’ve seen coming a long time ago – that the tiny little plastic beads in your face wash are getting into the water supply, polluting arctic ice, and killing fish. There’s a different kind of microbead that’s being developed that isn’t so bad for the environment (it’s called PHA), but really, can we just take a minute and think about whether or not any kind of microbead is really necessary? (Spoiler alert: it’s not.) Keep reading »
I am an unapologetic flower freak. I spend an exorbitant amount of money on bouquets year-round, post pictures of them on Instagram with captions like, “Spring blooms <3″ (I know I’m the worst), and would decorate my house in a floor-to-ceiling floral motif in a hot minute if my boyfriend would let me. For now, I’ll just pack it full of pretty floral DIY projects and hope he doesn’t say anything. If you’re a fellow flower child, click through for 8 awesome craft ideas that are right up your alley…
My best friend has been on a bit of a homesteading, make-everything-yourself kick lately. Every time I call her and ask what she’s doing, she replies with, “Oh, just whipping up a fresh batch of nut butter!” or “Melting some coconut oil to make my own deodorant. Want me to make some for you?” So when she came to visit a few weeks ago and said, “Let’s make our own makeup,” I was like, “Umm…yes please!” We put on some music, looked up some DIY makeup recipes, and in less than an hour, we’d both mixed up a batch of our very own powder foundation, using ingredients I already had in my kitchen. Now I’m addicted to DIY makeup, and excited to try to make my own blush and bronzer next. Here are 7 reasons why I’d encourage you to give DIY makeup a try:
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How does someone who works at a spa treat themselves when they need a little TLC? A DIY home spa day, of course! Having created countless spa days for clients, I’ve concocted two of my own at-home spa day menus that will give you a much-needed dose of relaxation and bliss whether you have a leisurely afternoon all to yourself or an extra 25 minutes in the morning. The best part? While a full day at the spa will cost you hundreds of dollars, these DIY versions will only cost you a few bucks, tops. Don’t let life make you forget to take care of yourself. With these steps and treatments, you’ll see how easy, affordable, and beneficial a little pampering can be. Keep reading »