In the course of my journey towards ethical consumerism, I have come across some great blogs. These online journals published by our fellow conscious consumers and activists provide a wealth of information and inspiration about the ethical lifestyle. Topics range from fashion to shopping and activism to product reviews, all explored from each author’s unique perspective. Below, we share some of our favorite blogs that celebrate sustainable living and ethical fashion. These blogs are filled with up-to-date information to help you look great, live well, and have fun without compromising your commitment to ethical living.
The American Edit gives center stage to brands manufactured in the United States. The site features an extensive shopping list showcasing great styles designed and made right here in the US of A. US-made brands are considered ethical due to the stringent workers’ rights and wage laws in the United States and the reliable enforcement of them. Check out this November 2015 article highlighting several U.S. brands that give back.
Joshua Katcher, an adjunct professor of fashion at Parsons The New School created The Discerning Brute. His research is focused on sustainability and ethics in fashion. The site is a smart, elegant, men’s lifestyle website. I love this excerpt from his mission statement: “fashion, food and etiquette for the ethically handsome man, highlighting visionaries and creating discourse with creative-influencers who want to redesign the world, redefine success, and look good doing it.”
Moral Fibres is a UK-based sustainable lifestyle blog written by a woman named Wendy who believes that a sustainable life should be “hip not hippie”. The site offers tips and tricks on how to live a green life and still be cool.
Finny and Dill is a Chicago-based green style guide that highlights sustainable designers, boutiques and manufacturers. Christina Pippin “lovingly curates” the site with the aim to “inform and delight”. There are plenty of green goodies to be found here – the whole site is worth browsing thoroughly. Be sure to scroll down the side bar on the right, where Pippin recommends online shopping sites for clothing and cosmetics and provides a long list of ethical lifestyle-related websites. Her unique and informative blogs are found there as well.
Devoted to sustainable fashion, Ecouterre is an award-winning eco-fashion site. To quote them, “Our ethos [is to] follow the evolution of the apparel industry toward a more environmentally-sound future, as well as facilitate a conversation about why sustainable fashion matters.” Read more about the founder and authors of Ecouterre here.
EcoSalon writes on culture, ethical fashion, home design, love and sex, food and wellness, and more – no wonder it’s considered one of the leading conscious culture websites. Their motto is simply, “have a heart”. Read more about the authors here.
A relatively new ethical site, The Good Trade is written by AmyAnn and Blake Cadwell. The Good Trade is a beautiful site that focuses on sustainable brands as well as other aspects of a socially conscious living. The home page heading states, “The Good Trade is a search for the entrepreneurs, products and ideas that are bringing social change and business together to create good in their communities.” Their holiday gift guides for men and women offer a range of options for everyone on your list.
The Note Passer is a blog by New York-based writer Elizabeth Stilwell from whom I have learned a great deal. Stilwell is a self-proclaimed “sustainability nerd” who says that her “aim is to be a comprehensive resource for ethical alternatives that benefit both people and the environment”. She writes on a wide range of topics that include ethical beauty and fashion as well as ethical finance, food and home. Be sure to visit her LEARN page, where she writes on trends in green activism and the culture of sustainability. On her FIND page, you can read environmental book and film reviews as well as articles on topics such as art, travel, and minimalism. Stilwell’s shopping guide is remarkable in its breadth; highlights include a wide variety of ethical brands for men as well as a very long list of sites offering sustainable products for the home.
The Eco Chicks have been writing about sustainable living online for longer than almost anyone else. Eco Chick was established in 2005 as one of the first environmental lifestyle websites. The site’s editor and publisher, Starre Vartan, has also created a site for ethical travel called Escapes, and has written a book called The Eco Chick Guide to Life.
Eco Cult, written by hip New Yorker Alden Wicker, is one of my favorite sites for its breadth of subject matter and edgy, honest writing. Wicker is a strong environmentalist and a talented journalist who describes her blog as “a curious, provocative, utterly enthusiastic view into the NYC sustainable scene”. She does focus on NYC but he site covers much more, and offers an extensive shopping guide.