*This post was originally published on the NICORA blog.
Conscious shopping may be a strange concept for many, but at its core remains a simple approach when using your purchasing power: having a more active shopping experience, through more informed and mindful decisions. Conscious consumers are actively aware of their purchases, consider the transparency and social impact of companies, and focus on the long-term or “big picture” effects of purchases.
Are you curious about how to shop consciously? Here are five basic habits of conscious consumers that you can apply to your own shopping.
Every new year I resolve to be a bit better about taking time and putting some effort into my daily beauty routine. Managing to switch up my daily hair styles is part of this, yet always feels the most frustrating to me. This year I’ve decided to take small, meaningful steps to discover hair products and tools that work for me and not stress over my lack of hair styling skills.
It’s starting to be that busy time of the year and in the midst of all the chaos, I’ve been continually reminded to focus on family and my own well-being. I’ll be finishing up my graduate studies (for good!) right before Christmas this year and I’m so excited to spend time with my family and friends without the usual school distractions and stress looming over me. While I haven’t had much free time to update my blog as often as I’ve wanted, I’ve had time to reflect on personal priorities and values, and what’s changed so far.
Maybe it’s the annual arrival of spring cleaning or that dreaded need to purge old clothes, but every day I anxiously look into my cluttered closet and feel overwhelmed. Sometimes I want to give away all my clothes and start anew. As a regular contributor for Ecouterre, I’m constantly following the latest in eco-fashion and design, though it’s been hard to apply everything I see and learn in the industry to my own personal habits. I’ve been trying to shopethically when it comes to fashion, donate unworn or old clothes, and revamp my wardrobe into one that reflects minimalism and quality pieces.
Socially conscious, quality, hassle-free shopping? There’s an app for that!Orange Harpis a new iOS app thatmakes eco-friendly, ethical shopping easy and convenient on a smartphone.Created by two women, programmer Anbu Anbalagapandian and attorney Kacie Gonzalez, Orange Harp is a carefully curated digital marketplace that features ethical, quality-made products from socially responsible brands. Simply download Orange Harp for free from the iTunes app store, create an account, and shop away! Orange Harp is currently only available on Apple products (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch)and not on Android devices. To try out the app, I downloaded and tried it out on my friend’s iPhone.
I was very excited to interview Grandt Mason, the founder of what may be the coolest (and first ever, as far as I’m aware of) ethically-made vegan footwear brand, Grandt Mason Originals.Straight out of Cape Town in South Africa, these shoes have so many awesome features that highlight comfort and sustainability while minimizing harmful effects on the environment. Mason spoke with me about the story behind his brand and how he hopes Grandt Mason Originals will be asolution to mass-produced products and a way to reinvigorate artisan skills as well as ethical, consumer choices.I’m hoping these will be available in the U.S. soon otherwise, the Grandt Mason factory is one more stop on my dream trip to Cape Town!
I’ve been a longtime reader of Ecouterre, an online website dedicated to reporting about eco-fashion, sustainable innovations, style, and design. I wrote a post on Ecouterre about an ingenious portable clothes dryer designed to benefit individuals in wet climates. The contraption is called the X&C Quick Assembly Dry Machine and it won a prestigious international design award in 2013, theRed Dot Design Award.Read the full postonEcouterre! 🙂
Looking for an eco-friendly alternative to gift wrapping paper this holiday? Take a nod from the ancient Japanese art of cloth wrapping, furoshiki to gift goodies without adding to landfills this holiday season.
Last week, I gladly accepted a chance to attend the Go Green NYC 2013 symposium held at the CUNY Graduate Center courtesy of eco-fashion and sustainable design website, Ecouterre. (Thank you!) The Go Green NYC conference is an annual, nationwide conference featuring talks by experts and recognized leaders in the sustainability field with a mission to foster learning and empower attendees with greener solutions, strategies and tools. Read more about Go Green NYC here.
I attended the closing presentation called “The Future of Fashion: The Rise of a Global Movement to Design, Source & Manufacture Responsible Apparel”. I was giddy with excitement as I love fashion and design as much as I love learning about sustainable development.