Why did you go from socially driven marketplace to Conscious Lifestyle blog?
Retail is tough when you’re in the start up phase. I have a young daughter and found myself exhausted and stressed at the end of every workday, intent on sharing the message and purpose behind the products in the Sister House marketplace but spending too much time away from my family to create content around sales. This year, I have formed a new, sustainable way of promoting ethical production that fits my lifestyle of wife and mother first, businesswoman second. I absolutely love that I get to share my passion for socially driven business in a new way- educating a community of change-making humans about ethical businesses and also about living a purpose-filled, conscious (but not perfect!) lifestyle. I get to collaborate with creatives, assist business owners in manufacturing and producing goods responsibly, and best of all- increase economic sustainability for developing communities and social-impact based businesses around the world. I am honored to do this work, and finding the balance between a worthwhile personal life and productive business owner has made my life so much sweeter!
Why such a fuss over ethical and sustainable businesses?
I am utterly and forever committed to educating individuals about living a more conscious lifestyle. I am incredibly passionate about changing the conversation around the goods we buy: creating awareness about prevalent labor exploitation that goes on throughout the world’s manufacturing factories, but also provide solutions to consumers so they can confidently spend their money in a way that empowers our world’s people. I aim to support small companies making big impact with their efforts of valuing people over obscene profit margins. I intend to continue making a fuss about the importance of ethical production until our we start to see safety and living wages as the norm for those working in our global trade industries.
How do you choose the brands you promote?
A lot of research goes into the brands I support and promote. When seeking brands to feature, I look for socially-driven brands who commit to fair and/or living wages, a safe working environment for their employees, and are creating economic sustainability. You might also find brands featured on the blog who are committed to the environment, low-impact and organic materials, recycled materials, or zero animal products. None of the skincare or body products I promote test on animals.
Can I send you products to review?
As long as you think we are a good match (ie: your company or product line takes sustainability into account and sourcing is ethical)! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in sending product for review.