I never considered where my things came from until I started working in the fashion industry in the early 2000’s. Suddenly my daily life involved samples and swatches coming and going from abroad and a dependence on factories that could be trusted to deliver products in time for delivery to retailers. We sourced our fabrics from Europe, produced cheaply in Asia, and sold our goods as bridge wear to fancy department stores. Executives who had their heyday in the early 80’s and 90’s clothing industry were mostly concerned with making profits, getting press, and living lavishly. When the market crashed in 2008, it became apparent that the climate of the industry had changed as one after another fashion company went under.
Now when I shop, I consider so many variables: Where was this made? What were the conditions of the factory workers? What raw materials are being used? Where did they come from? Is this toxic or irritating to humans? For most of my life I trusted society to protect me, but now I realize that most of the time profits come before ethics or safety.
In my journey towards a cleaner and more authentic lifestyle, I have found some amazing products. One major benefit of a capitalist economy is that we, as consumers, have power over which companies succeed and fail. We actively vote with each purchase. I make a point of supporting companies that are ethically responsible in their sourcing, production, and practices. In today’s world a lot of these kind of forward thinking socially responsible companies (like Benefit Corporations) have a philanthropic element as well. So spend smart!!!
THIS STUFF WORKS BETTER THAN ANY OTHER DEODORANT
This actually works better than conventional deodorant for controlling odor. I smell neutral into the next day.
A lot of people tell me they wish they could use organic products for their hair. Salon’s tend to carry more chemically products and drug store organic hair products leave much to be desired. I love Art Natural’s products, I even use their jojoba oil to make my body butter. Here are some links to my favorites:
I use the hair mask every few times I wash for extra strength and softness
For styling I use the thermal protection, which was one of the hardest thing to find in a clean and organic brand