I had the pleasure of attending SHE Day: LA last week, hosted by She Changes Everything. SHE stands for Sustainable. Healthy. Ethical. The company is run by sisters Jennifer Klotz and Heather Young, who together are incredibly passionate about a holistic approach to a happy lifestyle. They promote the importance and power of community, specifically female-driven community.
I was able to attend this full day event, complete with an awesome goodie bag and vegan food, through an Elisha C. giveaway! I wanna give them a shout out for letting me have this experience, but also for the awesome work they do. Elisha C. produces ethical goods with Haitian communities, empowering and supporting these individuals. Learn more about them on their website!
We Are All Unique
The biggest takeaway from this all-day event was that we are all unique. Whether it is style, health, education, or background, we each have a different story to tell. As the world becomes smaller and more homogenized, it is important to remember the beauty in diversity. We are not all the same, so why are we trying to dress, eat, workout, or learn the same? Through social media and aggressive marketing, I’ve fallen victim to comparison, jealousy, guilt, and anxiety. I know that our society has started to become more aware of these issues, but it still takes constant reminders that we do not, and should not, be like everyone else.
As someone who is passionate about conscious fashion, I think that personal style is a perfect example. Through fast fashion, and the rise of technology, everyone is starting to dress the same. We’ve lost a general love for personal style and it’s killing our earth. The more we demand the same thing everyone else is wearing, and now, the more clothing is going to be produced under terrible conditions. Clothing has become disposable and personal style has faded away. There are no quick fixes to the myriad of issues in our country, but let’s start by falling back in love with what makes us unique!
Heather Young shared a few alternatives she’s found for single-use plastic. A few years ago she realized she had a plastic allergy and had to completely change her lifestyle. Plastic is toxic for the environment and our health, so all the more reason to ditch it! Some of my favorite switches were stainless steel straws, polyester-free clothing, and coconut bowls.
Conscious Fashion Insights
Speaking of polyester-free, LA Beyond the Label was there! If you’re not familiar with the badass organization check out one of my recent posts for more info. Taryn Hipwell spoke for forty-five glorious minutes about what is in our clothing and how we can make better purchases for the world, and ourselves. #whatsinmytee?
From vendors to attendees there were some really exciting companies participating in this event. Some of my favorites are Elisha C., Freedom Array, Swap Society, Lucy & Jo, The Tote Project, Purpose Jewelry, and The Source Cafe. There are so many businesses doing great work and I feel lucky I got to learn more.
Even Cooler People
Arguably the best part of this event were some of the people I met and conversations I was lucky enough to have. There were so many inspiring women there whom I got to connect with. This little ethical and sustainable community is growing and I can’t wait to see what it can do!
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