Can Black Friday Shopping Be Ethical?

stocksnap_fmeuwemb97For the last few years, I’ve compiled tons of green beauty deals for Black Friday. As I’ve committed myself to making more ethical, sustainable, and minimalist purchases, my perspective on Black Friday is a bit different. My hope is that talking about it will encourage others to feel the same.

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Sustainable and Affordable: Preserve Products

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The world has gotten to an age we are all thinking more consciously about the types of food we eat, what ingredients are in our cosmetics and skincare, and even how our clothes are manufactured. There is an increased interest in sustainability and waste, but how often do you think about the impact products like your toothbrushes and razors have on the environment?

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TOP DRAWER: Zao Organic Makeup

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Another confession: I judge products by their packaging. Yes, maybe that makes me shallow but at least upon initial inspection it’s always a piece in my consideration and future devotion. I’m a sucker for beautiful innovative design, is that such a crime? And when those qualities combine with organic, eco-friendly formulas in makeup and skincare well, just call me smitten. That’s what I’ve become with this gorgeous organic makeup line from Zao that I can’t help lusting over.

“The Zao philosophy is about an ethical and sustainable approach to living in harmony with nature. Looking beautiful should not compromise your health, the health of animals, or the health of the planet.”

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Orange Harp Makes Ethical Shopping Simple On iPhones

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Socially conscious, quality, hassle-free shopping? There’s an app for that! Orange Harp is a new iOS app that makes 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. 

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Self-sustaining Terrarium Jewelry from With Roots

I’ve always loved the way one can enjoy the beauty of nature whether outdoors or indoors through the form of potted plants, flowers and herbs. Sometimes you just need a little reminder of Mother Nature on your desk or kitchen counter to help you breathe and get through the day. Take a look at these fab jewelry pieces from the company, With Roots where you not only take a bit of nature with you, you can wear it.

WIth Roots is a Brooklyn-based jewelry line designed by photographer, Sharon Goldberg. The idea for this unique collection started when Goldberg designed some custom terrariums for a friend:

“He liked them so much he told me he wished he could wear them! I did my research and made it happen, and With Roots was born.”

These tiny terrariums dangle from precious sterling silver or gold chains, adorned with charms and encased in beautifully crafted glass. These eye-catching pieces are real, self-sustaining terrariums which in moderate sunlight and temperature will collect enough moisture to hydrate and maintain itself. Intended for daily wear, the motto for these living necklaces, bracelets and earrings is, “The more you wear it, the happier these plants are!”

For anyone who can’t keep a house plant alive or just needs more green in their life, these would make fun and gorgeous gifts. I’m definitely putting these on my list for all my nature-loving, stylish friends!

For a limited time, you can purchase selected pieces at a discount on Fab.com (click here for my special invite) or shop the full collection on the With Roots websiteWhat do you think about wearing these With Roots terrariums? 

Images from Fab.com, information from Fab.com and With Roots.