Live the Give || Affordable Basics On A Mission To Educate

Live the Give || Affordable Basics On A Mission To Educate

What if I told you that a week of schooling for a child in a developing country was as cheap as the shirt on your back? Najat Murillo, the founder of Live the Give, has done the math (along with numerous other studies, so don't just take her word for it), and it's true. Although the price may seem small, the fact is that accessible, effective education is simply out of reach for many children in developing countries.

Echoing the words of Nelson Mandela when he claimed that education was the world's most powerful tool for change, Najat founded Live the Give on the simple premise that education matters and a closet staple can be a vessel for ushering in change. 

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Bird + Stone || Jewelry for a Better World

Bird + Stone || Jewelry for a Better World

Travel has a way of changing everything; of inspiring and broadening perspective. I remember coming back home from a trip to Kenya when I was 16 with an intense awareness of the privilege of my culture and the injustices that plague most of our globe. Sure, I wasn't there for months, but in my short stint across the world, I became painfully aware of need and was filled with a desire to do something about it when I arrived home. 

The problem was, I didn't. My flame burnt out over the excitement of senior year of high school and my focus shifted away from the women I had met on my trip and towards the immediacy (and convenience) of my own life. 

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Liz Alig || Effortlessly Fair Trade

Liz Alig || Effortlessly Fair Trade

Effortless. Transparent. Slow. Fair. 

These are only a few of the words that Liz Alig uses to describe their business model. If there was a brand to value all aspects of ethical, sustainable, and slow fashion equally, they would be it. 

I first heard of Liz Alig very soon after my commitment to shop ethically well over a year ago. At the time, even with my limited knowledge of what ethical, sustainable fashion really was, I was impressed with their commitment to creating ethical fashion that was actually (gasp...) fashionable. Their designs are far from boring and are meant to be worn comfortably, in your real day to day life.

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Karton || Cardboard Reimagined

Karton || Cardboard Reimagined

If you've been following along on SL&Co.'s social media for the past few months, you'll know that my family and I are right in the middle of packing up everything we own, downsizing, and moving to a small town in the mountains of Colorado. It's been a busy phase, but I can't stop thinking about our new house/condo/apartment (to be determined...) and how I want to decorate it with so much more intention than in our previous homes. 

As I journey into slow living, I've realized that ethical shopping and sustainable living applies even in the pieces I choose to fill my home with. Although decorating sustainably and ethical takes more time, money, and research than just going to Target and buying a new rug, it immediately fills your home with literal culture, value, and stories, without costing the environment. 

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An Ever Growing List of Ethical Lingerie Retailers

An Ever Growing List of Ethical Lingerie Retailers

A few weeks ago I shared about the one time I shopped at Victoria's Secret and the subsequent guilt I felt as an ethical fashion advocate and simultaneous relief I felt as a consumer upon finding a bra that fit the way I wanted it to. After sharing my story and hearing the (many) responses echoing my feelings, I was a bit saddened by the lack of availability of ethically made lingerie. It's one of the most basic garments, but for many different reasons, finding ethically made bras and lingerie is a struggle for SO many ladies out there (myself included). 

Deep down, I know that a list can't solve all of our problems, (you'll be hard-pressed to convince me that they can't help ;) but I thought that curating my own resource of brands who are, in fact, making ethical and sustainable lingerie, would make the search at least a bit less daunting. 

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