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My Trash…Africa’s Treasure? Not Likely.

August 31, 2012

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This is part 3 in a blog series exploring our wardrobe and our lifestyle: who makes our clothes, where our clothes come from, and why a struggle for quality over convenience might just change our outlook on life and the world around us. Read part 1 and 2. Photo credit: James Greenfield via Flickr. It’s easy […]

Disposable Dresses, Then and Now

August 17, 2012

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This is part 1 in a blog series exploring our wardrobe and our lifestyle: who makes our clothes, where our clothes come from, and why a struggle for quality over convenience might just change our outlook on life and the world around us. Disposable op art dress, left. Disposable beach cover-up, right. Both pictured in Life […]

Waging Liberty in D.R. Congo

November 5, 2011

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Just a bunch of passionate young people, videographers, musicians, artists, you name it, working on some crazy cool stuff to help out a war-torn nation Invisible Children, along with the help of local community leaders in D.R. Congo, is building an Early Warning Radio Network to broadcast information about the LRA’s movement and warn of possible […]

Global Fashion Victims

September 21, 2011

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Allison Joyce shares her take on the global fashion scene after documenting multiple factories in Bangladesh where workers sandblast denim for designer labels. If you’ve followed the Killer Jeans campaign against sandblasting at all, you’ve probably run into a few striking photographs from a small plant in southern Bangladesh taken by New York based photojournalist, Allison Joyce. The photos […]

Happy Labor {of Love} Day

September 5, 2011

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I’m as guilty as any when it comes to the occasional quick fix of clothing and accessories on the big box retail scene. But, I’m also fed up with buying things that have to be put to rest 12 months (if I’m lucky) down the road! Consequently, I’m convinced that there’s a better way to replenish […]

Farm to Fashion, Part 2

August 11, 2011

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This post is a continuation of Farm to Fashion, Part 1, which touched on the importance of organic cotton cultivation in the fashion industry and introduced a new model of farming developed by husband-and-wife duo, Mani and Vijayalakshmi (below). Their company Appachi Cotton and brand Ethicus are forerunners for ethical fashion in India. This trail blazing team […]

Farm to Fashion, Part 1

July 30, 2011

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Conventional agriculture has met its match in India’s southern state of Tamil Nadu, a location that caught my attention after traveling there in 2004. Mani Chinnaswamy, a third generation farmer, and wife Vijayalakshmi, have started an organic process of contract farming that brings together the seed producer, farmer, ginner, spinning industry, artisan, and finally, the […]

Amplify Your Voice

June 21, 2011

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Street artist, Shepard Fairey creates works that are graphic, thought provoking, and telling of cultural figures and issues within our contemporary culture. With his 2008 Obama “Hope” print likely still fresh on the brain for many, I wanted to shed light on a few of his newer works that I thought were inspiring. The following prints […]

Blood Red: The Ethical Gem War

June 18, 2011

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It’s a location where access to foreigners is strictly prohibited and child labor is kept silent by government officials. Prized blood red rubies are mined here in the Mogok region of Burma, a place where 90% of the world’s rubies originate. Below is an exclusive video discreetly filmed by Al Jazeera. The mining of gems has both […]