The more hearts you put out there, the more love you receive

Awhile ago, a piece of jewelry was able to pass down from the older generation to younger generation, and with that, there was a story and tradition that came with the rustic ring or jaded bracelet. One of my coworkers has this ring that was given to her from her grandmother, and when worn upside …

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Alden’s “Coffee Chip” Ice Cream flavor features Fair Trade coffee!

I think there’s a preconceived notion that eating healthy is expensive, and I was one of the people who moaned whenever I saw my receipt after shopping at Whole Foods (aka Whole Paycheck)!  But I can see the diffusion in healthier communities now, especially in regular grocery shops like Stater Bros, Ralphs, Albertsons, ethnic grocery …

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Jewelry store 31Bits helps more than fill up your jewelry box

"31 Bits" is a Fair Trade jewelry shop that pays its workers in Bali and Uganda with fair wages, familial love, and individual respect.  However, none of that is possible without the support from the other side of the world.  And the support shouldn't only be verbal in front of a podium or written on …

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How Our Clothing Affects Us, and Others

Have you ever noticed a trend and made fun of it, along with the people who participated in it?  That’s me.  It happened whenever I came across the word—“eco-friendly” (or environment-friendly)—especially if it were paired with clothing.  I laughed at it like how I laughed at signs that say “gluten-free water.” One day, as I …

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Want to know the BEST way around Portland, Oregon?

Here it is! After months of brainstorming, writing, and editing this cookie for months, the "Wanderer's Guide to Portland Oregon" is published! It is for those who love stories and travelling alike. In here, you'll learn how to travel better, not only in Portland, but also everywhere. It covers places to sleep, restaurants to eat, …

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Instagram Accounts that I Follow for Fair-Trade, Eco-Friendly, Sustainable Clothing or Products

Here is my list that I trust for information, inspiration, and community.  I included their mission statement that is included in their bio: @TheToteProject "Two best friends fighting modern day slavery. Our fair trade totes are made by trafficking survivors, for survivors. Please join us and #HoldOnToHope" @FairTradeUSA "Your Purchase Matters. Quality products, improving lives, …

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Pesticides on Clothing?!

I know what you're thinking.  You're already questioning, "What are you talking about? Pesticides are used on plants, not clothing!"  But if you think about it, clothing is often made from cotton, and cotton  is a plant.  See? Similar to the food movement of "non-GMO" labeling and the gravitation toward eating organic, local food, there …

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