Podcasts of the Month
Two awesome teams coming together to create an informative and exciting podcast series! First of all, if you haven't checked out Conscious Chatter or Good Support on their own- DO IT. Second, this is a perfect merging of worlds; Conscious Chatter is all about responsible consumerism and Good Support deals more with political and social justice issues. Together, it is magic!
Host Lorraine Sanders talks "FEST", which is her acronym for "Fashion, Entrepreneurship, Sustainability, and Technology". Her podcast discusses all that and more with different inspiring female entrepreneurs!
If Sam Sanders made a podcast where he just read his grocery list I would subscribe. In NPR's new pod Sam talks current events, political and otherwise, as well as conducts in depth interviews. Listen for a really good time!
Reads of the Month
"Goodwill Jean Jacket Upcycle DIY" on Sustainable Daisy
Sustainable Daisy is a blog created and run by Karen Housel whom I had the pleasure of meeting for the first time recently! Not only is she a super sweet person, her content is really fun and inviting. Check out her recent DIY adventure with the help of a Goodwill jean jacket, crafting supplies and a whole lotta love!
"What Does Ethical Fashion Mean"/"What Does Sustainable Fashion Mean" on Study 34
I've referenced Study 34 a lot on this blog but only because Eleanor O'Neill's work continues to be so relevant! Two recent posts give brief, yet comprehensive, definitions of sustainable and ethical fashion respectively. Whether you're a newbie to this whole "conscious consumerism" thing or want to remind yourself why you got in the game- this post is for you.
"So You Wanna Start a Business?" by Paco de Leon
Paco de Leon is the founder of The Hell Yeah Group which aims to support and educate creatives on their finances. I've seen and heard Paco speak, subscribe to the company's newsletter, and have just purchased Paco's So You Wanna Start a Business manual. You could say I'm sort of a fan. In all seriousness, as someone who is gearing up to start her own business, this manual is a lifesaver.
Brands of the Month
This company turns illegal guns and ammunition, provided by the police, into beautiful jewelry items. Incredible! The money you spend will help their business grow as well as "educate and protect an at-risk child from gun violence".
Another jewelry company with a social mission; providing jobs to homeless men and women. Keys are repurposed into jewelry items that are made entirely in Downtown Los Angeles. Their commitment to employees' well being is pretty fantastic and their products are very well made.
I recently met designer Shana Bea at the Melrose Trading Post and loved her use of color! She hand makes garments, body products, and handbags with a strong commitment to sustainability. Go see how ethics and aesthetics meet!