Consumption, Ethical Choices

Ikea and the Ethics of Consumption

What's a girl to do? Today on, "Buy Nothing or Buy Better" aka my constant struggle, I'm trying to figure out what it means to buy some stuff from Ikea and whether or not it's ethically sound. After a bit of digging and quite a few puff pieces from the "2016 highlights" section of Ikea's… Continue reading Ikea and the Ethics of Consumption

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Consumption, Cosmetics

Yearly Use-Up

I've got a product hit-list that I'm working through. In searching for organic skincare and makeup, I've come across a lot of blog posts and YouTube videos about the anti-haul, i.e. things that people are not buying, as opposed to what they have bought. My favourite of these bloggers is Renee over at Bad Outfit, Good… Continue reading Yearly Use-Up

Challenges

Recap : April 10×10 Challenge

We're at the end of the 10 days! The 10X10 Challenge was really easy. If you have a large wardrobe, then I don't think my experience is necessarily going to be terribly helpful to you, but here's how it went anyway. A very brief diary of the last 10 days : Saturday, April 8 :… Continue reading Recap : April 10×10 Challenge

Consumption, Ethical Choices

Purchasing Prep : Shoes and Denim

I double checked my bank statement, and the last time I bought any clothing (some undergarments) was on January 13th. So, it has been just over four months since I bought any clothing at all! That's pretty cool, considering my commitment to ethical consumption. For me, that means consuming much, much less, and when I… Continue reading Purchasing Prep : Shoes and Denim

Ethical Choices, Life in Paris

Dreams Come True!

I've put in a request for a lombricomposteur! When I moved to France, an immediate difference between my life in Paris and my life in the US was the lack of composting. I was fortunate enough to live in cities that had great composting programs. Even my university welcomed us to our dorm rooms with… Continue reading Dreams Come True!

Consumption, Cosmetics, Ethical Choices

I Tried : Organic-ish Shampoo

Not exactly a blockbuster title, but I switched shampoos with mixed results. As part of my movement to integrate my interest in sustainability into my daily life, I'm working slowly through my cosmetics and personal care products. Once they're gone, I'm either working through the ingredients to see how "safe" they are, or switching to… Continue reading I Tried : Organic-ish Shampoo

Consumption, Ethical Choices, Money

Denim Dreams

People Tree doesn't carry denim, and I don't know if I can quit my jeans. I'm not exactly cut out for trousers. To begin with an admission of short-and-squat-ness feels like a cop-out, but I look better in jeans than I do in proper pants. As my Zara jeggings near the end of their life,… Continue reading Denim Dreams

Challenges, Health, Life in Paris, Reflection

March Madness!

I have a very particular response to stress and anxiety that I’m unpacking these days. Anxiety and high-functioning tendencies go hand in hand for me, but when things get really tough I can find it hard to redirect myself back toward the initially stress-inducing problem at hand. Take my current pre-occupation for ethical, organically produced… Continue reading March Madness!