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Your wedding is a wonderful way to incorporate thoughtful choices and more earth-friendly details. There are a variety of simple ideas and tips that are good for the planet and that will also make your special day feel more like you, too. We pulled the best 15 that we’ve seen here.

Of course, planning a wedding can also be overwhelming. Keep in mind that you do not have to do every single thing suggested. Any or a few will have a fantastic ripple effect and contribute to a happier Mother Earth for the long haul.

1. Send Digital Save the Dates and Invitations

Invitations, envelopes, inserts, stamps.  Cuts down on your carbon footprint and save money too by going with digital Save-the-Dates and invitations. Of course if you still desire to do printed versions, go with recycled paper.

2. Cut Down on All Printed Items (digital RSVP, no seating assignment cards)

Think about the other pieces you would normally print and consider how to cut back on those too. Request that guests RSVP digitally via your wedding website.

Forgo individual seating cards and use one diagram or print out of reception seating assignments (and if you’re tech savvy, modern, try a QR Code).

Or why not forgo seating assignments altogether and allow guests to sit at whichever table they choose?

3. Choose a Sustainable Venue

Look for venues with LEED Certifications and Energy Star ratings. Outdoor locations including barns and gardens are also more eco-friendly.

4. Choose a Venue that will Double as Ceremony and Reception

Hopefully that outdoor space can also accommodate for your vows and your party. That way, guests won’t have to drive between venues which saves fuel and energy.

5. Choose a Green-er Send Off Material (leaves instead of confetti, rose petals, dried flowers, feathers

Instead of rice or confetti, we’re completely enamored with the idea of guests tossing rose petals, dried flowers, or feathers. So much more environmentally friendly and endlessly more original and romantic.

6. Upcycle a vintage dress

Sure, on first glance a throwback frock might not be your style. But with a little vision and talented seamstress or tailor, you’ll have an affordable, one-of-a-kind, and sustainable wedding dress that’ll really wow your beloved and family and friends.

7. Support an ethical or sustainable designer for your dress and/or bridesmaids dresses

If you aren’t really a vintage guy or gal, but still want to be greener with your ensemble, simply seek out and shop pieces from ethical and sustainable designers and clothing lines. We love Mara Hoffman, Wear Your Love, and Leanne Marshall. They’re a little pricey, but it is your big day!

8. Rent your decor

You can for sure rent real dishware and utensils, linens, chairs and other fun pieces to bring your dream vision to life. Google really is your best friend here, and many places can create more inexpensive package deals.

9. Buy used decor

Facebook Marketplace, Etsy, Ebay… These are goldmines for fantastic decor at a fraction of the new price. And you’re being more sustainable too.

10. Go with edible favors (Bonus if it’s from a local vendor!)

Favors are tricky. You want something people will remember and that they’ll actually use and that also feel like you. That’s why we say go with something they can eat. Unlike trinkets food is something that people will crave—especially after a few spins around your dance floor.

11. Choose a plated meal

Plated meals may be more expensive, but they also do not waste as much food, since amounts are cooked to serve the specific number of guests.

12. Make your buffets better

If you go with a buffet, save the leftovers and/or set up a plan to send leftovers home with guests, family, or the wedding party. Buffets are notorious for extra food that gets thrown away.

12. Make your buffets better

If you go with a buffet, save the leftovers and/or set up a plan to send leftovers home with guests, family, or the wedding party. Buffets are notorious for extra food that gets thrown away.

13. Donate your flowers to a charitable cause

Reach out to local charities and mission-driven companies that repurposes wedding and event flowers and arrangements. They might even come and pick up your arrangements at the end of your event.

14. Forgo single use straws

Go for eco-friendly straw types including bamboo straws, wheat straws, paper straws, or even reusable straws that can double as bonus favors.

15. Go greener with gifts

We’re sure you’ve already registered for eco-friendly items, but don’t forget to go greener with parent and wedding party gifts too. Hand poured candles, personalized reusable water bottles, and elegant plants are special and also have a lower environmental impact.

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Sunshine. Fresh breezes. And actually leaving the house again.

Those are (hopefully!) going to be a few of the best things about Spring 2021. And let’s add a gorgeous dress to that list, shall we? I don’t know about you, but after living in leggings and leisure suits this past year, my style soul is yearning to get dressed up again.

The pandemic has also given me time to reflect more on my purchasing habits and my desire to purchase things that will last, are made with sustainability in mind, and still uber stylish is more important than ever.

Designers and brands are feeling this call, too. Right now, there are a ton of excellent eco-friendly dresses out there, and the options are growing all the time, in a variety of styles and price ranges.

So cheers, to finding a new frock that makes you look good, feel good, and does good for Mother Earth. 2021 is going to be a good year, I know it.

Check out my picks for the seven best eco-friendly dresses for spring 2021 from least expensive to most expensive.

Best eco-friendly dresses $150 and under

Buying thoughtfully doesn’t have to be pricey.

Clearance Three Quarter Sleeve Fit And Flare Dress

Clearance Three Quarter Sleeve Fit And Flare Dress – $70

1. Pact Three Quarter Sleeve Fit and Flare Dress

Pact is a “one-stop shop where consumers can find organic alternatives that fit their lifestyle because doing good should be easy.” They also share how many gallons of water are saved by using the organic cotton each of their items are made with.

And this lovely number will surely fit into all aspects of your lifestyle. It’ll go from the office to a weekend BBQ to cocktails with the gals with a change of a shoe. It’s also perfect for chillier nights or for ladies who prefer having a sleeve.

Making one item work in a number of ways? Now that’s sustainability!

2.Symbology Geometric Star Shirtdress

Symbology Geometric Star Shirtdress – $150

2. Symbology Geometric Star Shirtdress

Here’s one that will work for every day and for any occasion. This Symbology shirtdress features a midi hemline, slide slits for easy movement, and the pies de resistance: pockets, baby!

All of Symbology’s products are handcrafted by women artisans who utilize traditional art techniques. The company works hand in hand with these local artisans and small factories, creating jobs and sustainable income. An amazing endeavor that yields gorgeous results.

Best eco-friendly dresses $150-$500

Silk Slip Dress

Silk Slip Dress – $195

3. Cuyana Silk Slip Dress

Every woman needs a classic slip dress in their wardrobe. You’ll look and feel amazing in this relaxed shape with an elegant V-neck line pick from Cuyan. Plus, he back detailing cross strap detail is a jaw-dropper. It’s made of 100% silk that’s Bluesign certified, ensuring the material was produced with responsibly used resources and the lowest possible impact on workers and the environment through measures like traceability, water usage, chemical management, and worker safety.


DOEN Tetra Dress – $368

4. DOEN Tetra Dress

This beauty begs to be taken out for brunch alfresco— perfect for the pandemic cautions we are currently living in.

The bodice is defined by shaped waist seaming and a gathered bust, framed by short puff sleeves, a look that is crazy flattering for all body types. The dress is also punctuated by delicate embroidery of carnations throughout and made of 100% Organic Cotton voile.

Best eco-friendly dresses $500 and up

Lelia Dress

Lelia Dress – $625

5. Mara Hoffman

Sure, these are investments, but when you’re spending on a piece you’re going to have for years, you can take comfort in knowing your frock was made with care and thoughtfulness in the name of Mother Earth.

Gia Cotton Dress

Gia Cotton Dress – $995

6. Gia Cotton Dress

Stella McCartney is somewhat of the OG of sustainability and has been incorporating organic cotton in her designs since 2008. The Gia dress features her exclusive “We are the Weather” print, which reminds us all how important it is to care for the planet. This option is a classic you’ll be able to wear forever, and year-round too. The shirtdress shape is ideal for layering. Try a turtleneck under with tights in the winter. In the warmer months, simply undo some buttons, push up the sleeves, and rock with your favorite pair of flat leather sandals.

Eco Silk Shirred Neck Pitched Dress

Tibi Eco Silk Shirred Neck Pitched Dress – $950

7. Tibi Eco Silk Shirred Neck Pitched Dress

After the endless difficult days of the past year, a vibrant, fun, and oh-so-flattering dress like this pick from Tibi is a must! Endless bonus points for its sustainable fabrication too.

Available in punchy orange or rich green, this Eco Silk Shirred Neck Pitched Dress is made of 100% lightweight sustainable silk that chicly drapes over the body. The quality material also renders this frock seasonless, as it’s breezy enough for even the stickiest summer days and substantial enough to work with tall shaft boots in the fall. It’s also crazy versatile and can go from outdoor baby shower to elegant gallery opening with the simple swap of a shoe and jewelry. While it’s definitely a pricey pick, this dress will stand the test of time and occasion and will be one you turn to over and over for years to come.

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Eco Friendly Home

Making the choice to live greener and cleaner may seem like a daunting task, but there are a number of easy ways to be eco-friendly within your household right now.

In fact, it’s important to start simple when it comes to creating new habits and behaviors. Humans are creatures of comfort after all! Without thinking we’ll stick to a daily routine or products and not consider the consequences or effectiveness of such things.

So while you’ll definitely have to shake up your status quo in order to live a more sustainable lifestyle, we have seven simple ways to be more eco-friendly at home right now.

City Threads Organic Cotton Kitchen Towels Absorbent, Reusable, Environmentally Friendly All-Purpose Cleaner Dishcloths Dishtowels

Organic Cotton Towels

1. New Mantra: No More Paper Towel

Or paper napkins for that matter.

Using cloth towels for clean ups and spills, is a no-brainer.

Saule founder Ania Czuprynski swears by these organic cotton towels that she’s had for years, and that do wonders for every room and need around the house.

Budieggs Wool Dryer Balls Organic XL 6-Pack

Budieggs Wool Dryer Balls – $8.99

2. Level Up Your Laundry with Wool Dryer Balls

Real talk: Doing laundry is never going to be super green. Most clothes release tiny microplastics that then enter our water streams. But we can make smarter choices when it comes to laundry.

Wool dryer balls are one such option. If you aren’t familiar with these outstanding eco orbs, listen up: Felted wool dryer balls bounce around inside your dryer, allowing how air to circulate and reduce drying time, and they naturally soften clothes, reduce wrinkles, and stave off static.

They can also last up to 1,000 loads, which also saves you money as well as time. Bingo bango!

Bamboo Food Containers Set of 4- $31.99

Bamboo Food Containers Set of 4- $31.99

3. Keep Convenient Carry-out Packaging

Sure you keep the plastic silverware, but what about the carry-out containers? Especially as restaurants and patrons move to take-out and curbside orders more and more, saving the containers that the food comes in is going to be key.

The smaller sizes are perfect for weekly meal prepping, on-the-go snacks, or even casual picnics.

If your favorite dinner place doesn’t provide save-worthy containers, we recommend opting for glass tupperware over plastic too.

Link: Aunt Fannie’s Glass and Window Cleaning Vinegar Wash - $8.99

Aunt Fannie’s Glass and Window Cleaning Vinegar Wash – $8.99

4. Banish Harsh Chemicals from your home

Newsflash: You may have some natural, effective, and eco-friendly cleaning ingredients sitting in your closet right now.

Yet. common household products like baking soda, vinegar, lemon juice, and water can tackle most of your cleaning needs and save you money to boot.

Hook and Loom Eco Cotton Rug - $48-$685

Hook and Loom Eco Cotton Rug – $48-$685

5. Rip out that Carpet

We all know carpet is dated, but did you know that it can also negatively affect your health? Yep. Carpets are a catch-all for dirt, dust-mites, bacteria, mold, volatile organic compounds, and other nasty allergens.

As such, it’s best to remove carpet in your home if you can. You may have hardwoods hiding under there anyways! And if you don’t, why not embrace the unfinished floor? Give it a coat of (eco-friendly!) paint and then throw a colorful eco-friendly cotton rug over the top. So cute, and soooo much better.

Organic Herbs

Tony Scavo Organic Basil Packet of 250 Seeds – $3.25

6. Grow Your Herbs

This is a fun project for the whole family too. When you grow your own herbs you have the freshest ingredients right at your fingertips, whenever you want or need them.

Plus, adding fresh herbs to your diet is a great way to boost your vitamin intake.

The Laundress Signature Detergent Gallon

The Laundress Signature Detergent Gallon – $56

7. Switch to an Eco Dry Cleaner

Many dry cleaning solvents are toxic to humans and the environment. In fact, one such solvent, “perc” (short for perchloroethylene), can cause dizziness, headaches, drowsiness, nausea, and skin and respiratory irritation. Prolonged exposure to the chemical has even been linked to liver and kidney damage, and cancer.

So what’s an eco-minded gal or guy to do when they’re faced with a “Dry Clean Only” label? Answer: Find an eco-friendly dry cleaner. They exist! And there’s probably one relatively close to you. If there isn’t one within understandable range, try hand-washing your item at home and then taking the clean piece to your standard neighborhood cleaner for pressing only, to get a professionally crisp look without the poisonous chemicals.

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healthy food

Quick question: What have you eaten so far today?

Have you made choices that would be in line with the best healthy food websites?

To be honest, my meal and snack selections aren’t always so smart. I usually have a busy day working and wrangling the kids. Of course, that’s no excuse, but I do make a conscious effort to eat clean 80 percent of the time. 

For me, and perhaps for you, learning how to eat in a more healthy manner is an ongoing journey. 

That’s why we compiled a quick list of the best healthy food websites. 

It’s a fantastic yet simple lineup that will help you learn about what makes food “healthy”, how to prepare healthy food, and how to get involved in the movement for more healthy food. 

Read on for our list of the five best healthy food websites. And let us know what other sites are your faves in the comments. We always love to learn and share more goodness!

Slow Food USA

1. Slow Food USA

“Good, clean, and fair food for all.”

That’s the Slow Food USA goal and mantra. 

The organization was created to support the Slow Food Movement, an initiative that promotes local food and traditional cooking. 

Their website is a trove of information for those looking to grow their engagement in the Slow Food movement and network and connect with leaders, board members, and local and national activists. 

If you’re looking to get directly involved you can also purchase varying levels of a yearly membership, which will provide you with a yearly subscription to the Slow Food magazine, discounts on events, and extended access to the Slow Food network. 

2. Food Nation 

Food Nation is another social enterprise with a vision to inspire people about good food. 

They provide practical and innovative food education activities for the general public, schools, and businesses in Newcastle, Gateshead, UK, and the surrounding area. 

Even if you aren’t local, their website is one of the best for learning about healthier food and eating habits. Visitors can access and purchase home recipe kits, read their informative comprehensive guide to cooking simple, and so much more. 

Food Democracy Now!3. Food Democracy Now!

Food Democracy Now! has some bad news: Some of your favorite snacks contain “shocking” levels of glyphosate contamination, a chemical that causes organ damage even at ultra-low levels. 

While the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) in the United States considers glyphosate to have low toxicity when used at the recommended doses, it’s pretty disturbing to think that the food we eat can make us sick. 

It’s Food Democracy Now!’s mission to educate citizens about the “fundamentally broken” food system and build a better, sustainable method that protects our natural environment, sustains farmers, and nourishes families. 

The most read-worthy aspect of their website is the information on their continued legal action and crusade against Monsanto, the agrochemical company responsible for the poisonous weedkiller, RoundUp. 

Eat Well Guide 4. Eat Well Guide

I’d like to introduce you to your new favorite healthy food website. Eat Well is like Google Maps, but for healthy restaurants. You simply enter your location and what you’re looking for — i.e. coffee shops — and the Eat Well database will search over 25,000 hand-picked restaurants, farms, markets, and other sources of local, sustainable food. 

You can also explore various city offerings from around the country and check out events they support with their sustainable dining guides.

But wait, there’s more! 

The site also has an extensive glossary of terms to help you decipher head-scratcher terms like monoculture, rBGH-Free, and so on.

Food Print5. FoodPrint

FoodPrint is one of the best healthy food websites because they make it simpler for you to make food choices that do less harm to the environment, animals, and people. 

The main page breaks down the major food system issues like social justice and good production and helps you understand how these issues affect your FoodPrint, as well as how all of the big issues are interconnected. 

It’s a little heavy, but it’s fascinating—and super important. 

The highlight of the site is their Eating Sustainably section which provides easy get-started guides. Bookmark this one and work through it slowly. Each section is worth every minute. 

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While the sustainability in fashion conversation generally swirls around cotton, polyester, and other materials, we’re seeing an increasing number of jewelry brands that dedicate themselves to thoughtful sourcing, fair wages, give-back initiatives. 

That’s why we felt it was more than time to talk about the best ethical and sustainable earrings. There are options out there for all ages, styles, and budgets and we rounded them up here. 

Each brand featured does incredible work too, from sustainably ending cycles of poverty through employment, using purely upcycled and biodegradable materials, uploading traditional craft techniques, or offering full transparency and tracing, there’s surely one that matches your values as well as your vibe.

Here are the best ethical and sustainable earrings, picked to suit a wide variety of budgets. 

Element Stud Silver

Element Stud Silver – $130.00

1. Washed Ashore – White Topaz Element Stud Pair

Most people mistake white topaz for a diamond, as its sheen and clarity mimic a diamond’s. It’s also commonly considered to be the proper birthstone for the Aries and Taurus astrological signs. The white topaz in this set was extracted from vintage jewelry, so it could surely tell some tales. In fact, all of the gemstones Washed Ashore uses come from post-consumer gemstones that were extracted from vintage jewelry. 

This well-priced simple white topaz stud set will work for endless lifetimes and works well on its own and as an accent to other multiple piercings. 

Petal Pearl Earrings with Short Baroque Pearl Jackets

Petal Pearl Earrings with Short Baroque Pearl Jackets – $240.00

2. Poppy Finch – Petal Pearl Earrings with Short Baroque Pearl Jackets

You may not realize how much you needed “handcrafted sustainable modern fine jewelry” in your life before you met Poppy Finch. Their mission “is to create accessible high-quality fine jewelry for everyday hustling women and push the boundaries of traditional jewelry.” 

While the fine jewelry tag might give you pause when it comes to pricing, fear not: Poppy Finch keeps prices affordable and honest thanks to its “no-frills” approach to business and keeping production costs low and local to their Vancouver, Canada homebase. 

The brand is doing some truly gorgeous and innovative styles with their Modern Pearl Collection, as evidenced by their Petal Pearl Earrings here. Each set is made to order in 14k gold with organically shaped pearls. 


14K Princess Diamond Chain Stud Earrings – $295.00 for a pair (also sold as a single)

3. Zoe Chicco – 14k Princess Diamond Stud Chain Earrings

Zoë Chicco launched her jewelry line in her twenties after obtaining a metalsmithing degree and learning through years of apprenticeship. She adheres to a strict standard when it comes to her pieces. Everything is made by hand, made from 100% recycled 14-karat gold, and every diamond used is conflict-free. 

Her Princess Diamond Stud Chain Earrings are elegant with just a touch of edge. The slim chain extends from the .04 ctw white diamond and connects to the backing for a sweet huggy effect. Also available in rose gold and white gold.



Sonia Artichoke / Calla Earnings – $470.00

4. Agmes – Mismatch Hoops

There’s something so subversive yet insanely stylish about mismatched earrings. Too daring for you? The artichoke and a calla lily embellishments are removable so you can wear the elegant silver hoops on their own. 

The Agmes line is created by a sister duo right in Brooklyn, NY. Each piece is made out of recycled materials and they ensure no metals go to waste in the process.


Sadie Hoops – $135 CAD

5. Wolf Circus – Small Sadie Hoops in Gold

Wolf Circus is another Vancouver, Canada-based sustainably-minded jewelry brand. They make their collections from recycled metals that are melted down and cast. These refined yet substantial earrings feature 14k gold plated over bronze twist hoops with gold vermeil posts.

This pair is a fun twist (we had to!) on traditional hoops and adds a thoughtful accent to any ensemble, but we think they shine best when paired with a simple t-shirt, jean shorts, and sandals. It’s very downtown summer, with a side of stylish sustainability.


Valentina White Pearl – $145.00

6. Saule – Valentina Earrings in White Pearl

Saulė is a new sustainable jewelry brand based out of metro Detroit, MI. The line’s mission is to cultivate awareness and interest in ethical fashion while instilling confidence in every woman who wears their designs.

This inspiring tenet is apparent in their Valentina Earrings. The bold shape stays modern when paired with fresh white. These beauties feature Swarovski glass pearls, upcycled beading from vintage gowns, and a gold pineapple leather backing. 

While the Valentina Earrings may initially demand a special occasion, they also elevate your favorite oversized denim jacket. A lot of oomph + a little rough = endless compliments.

Louisa Earring

Louisa Earring – $95.00

7. Brackish Louisa Earring

Brackish was first started in 2007 and is most renowned for their handmade feather bow ties handcrafted from locally and sustainably-sourced materials. As the success of their men’s accessories grew, they expanded their offerings to include the ladies and their fun Louisa earrings are our top pick. 

This design honors the founder’s sister, Louisa, and features guinea, pheasant and peacock feathers, and a 24k gold-plated stud with post push back. While the colors are bright, their smaller size keeps the overall look refined and a welcome complement to most everyday ensembles.

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5 Best Eco Ways to Explore Michigan

Ah, Michigan! Land of the Great Lakes, Sleeping Bear Dunes, and Pictured Rocks. Many people would bet a good amount of money that the Mitten State’s natural wonders are the most beautiful in the country. 

Whether you’re a Michigander, or Michi-visitor, there are a number of ways and places that can make your travels here more eco-friendly. That’s why we compiled a list of the five best eco-friendly ways to explore Michigan. 

These picks are perfect for a day trip, a weekend getaway, or even just a date night. Check ‘em out below.

Brewery Vivant1. Brewery Vivant

Michigan has seen an incredible surge in the production of craft beer over the past few years. It’s also home to Beer City, USA— Grand Rapids. 

Grand Rapids boasts 80+ breweries, but our favorite is Brewery Vivant. 

Brewery Vivant operates according to the Triple Bottom Line of People, Planet, and Profit, and was also the 4th certified B Corporation in West Michigan. Additionally, they were also awarded the first-ever LEED certification (LEED Silver) for a production brewery in the United States in 2012. 

Brewery Vivant is transparent about their goals and practices and also just has fantastic beer. Their Pumpkin Tart is a smooth herbaceous-hoppy fall brew that’s best enjoyed underneath a crisp autumn sky.

Leslie Science and Nature Center

2. Leslie Science and Nature Center

The Leslie Science and Nature Center located in Ann Arbor, MI is a true community landmark with a heart-warming history. 

From 1923 through 1976, Dr. Eugene and Emily Leslie lived on the property that was surrounded by glorious fields, prairie, and woods. They loved when the local children would play on their land and later deeded their property to the City of Ann Arbor with a request that it be used for children. 

Today kids, families, and individuals continue to visit to play, learn and explore the wonderful landscape. Visitors can walk lush trails, visit the Critter House, and their Birds of Prey and Raptor Enclosures on top of endless other special events.

If you’re looking for a fun eco-friendly escape for the whole family, the Leslie Science and Nature Center is an amazing choice.  

City Flats Hotel - Grand Rapids, MI

3. City Flats Hotel

City Flats has three eco-friendly hotels in Michigan: Grand Rapids, Holland, and Port Huron. While all the locations follow their commitment to sustainability, we suggest booking their Grand Rapids location—all the better to visit Brewery Vivant! 

The Grand Rapids hotel is LEED gold-certified and many of its innovative room designs feature floor-to-ceiling windows, docking stations, cork flooring, and naturally hypoallergenic bamboo sheets. 

They also demonstrate a commitment to the environment and minimizing waste through the selection of luxe and eco-friendly bath products. 

Book a stay here and you’ll feel good in an abundance of ways.

Granor Farm

4. Granor Farm

No matter what the season, there are many reasons to visit Southwest Michigan’s Granor Farm: Their Annual Seeding Sale, yoga in the barn, delectable farm-to-table dinners in their renovated farmhouse, and truly so much more. 

Granor Farms was founded in 2006 and is a certified organic farm that grows vegetables, herbs, flowers and grains for their local community. It’s committed “to creating an environment respectful of the land we cultivate, the products we grow, and the local community we serve.”

If you can’t make it to this glorious haven, check out their recipes page, where you’ll find mouth-watering mixes for sourdough pizza crust, green bean and oat groat salad, and more. Granor Farms also offers a Farm Camp for children ages 5-12 where they work with farm staff to harvest, problem solve and think creatively about what to make with produce. 

Crystal Mountain Spa and Resort

5. Crystal Mountain Resort

Located in the tiny village of Thompsonville, MI (population just over 400!) on the northwest side of the state’s lower peninsula, Crystal Mountain Resort is a gem among resort gems. 

Of course, it’s stunning and offers amenities galore such as golf, skiing, spa services, etc. Yet we included them on our list because of their impressive commitment to sustainability. 

“Respect, serve and sustain our people and the environment” is among the resort’s core values, and it has been recognized with numerous awards for its commitment. 

Some of its most thoughtful practices? In-room recycling, electric golf carts, and efficiency sensors for irrigation and snowmaking. 

Additionally, the entire resort was designed to be a pedestrian and bike-friendly village in order to reduce use of carbon-emitting transportation. 

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Ania Czuprynski

Founder and Creative Director of Saulė
Co-founder of Club Sustainable

Bold yet serene.
Meticulous yet playful.
Refreshing yet classic.

This dance of complements perfectly encompasses the new fashion and jewelry line Saulė. And it’s not a stretch to say that it also carries over to the brand’s magnetic Founder and Creative Director, Ania Czuprynski.

If you’ve ever met Ania, you know exactly what I’m talking about. 

She’s bright and observant, savvy yet curious and is executing a new brand that marries traditional artistry, modern sensibilities, and supreme sustainability. 

“Our philosophy has three main pillars: Maximum style, Minimal harm and Meaningful impact. Everything we create, we are creating it the best way we know how.”

Saulė items aren’t what many would picture when tasked with “sustainable fashion.” No sleepy beiges or droopy linens here. Every piece is full of life and thoughtfully hand-designed for the wearer to treasure for years to come. 

Ania shared, “I’m not bashing… earth tones or minimal color collections… we all need a good classy white tank top. But I was missing the color and fun [from sustainable brands]! I couldn’t find it anywhere. So I decided to make it.”

Each and any piece is wholly original and a significant addition to every woman’s wardrobe, with craftsmanship a generation raised on fast-fashion has never seen the likes of. 

Read on to learn more about Ania and her unique path to creating Saulė and the very site you’re reading this on, Club Sustainable.

Tell me about your journey as a designer.

Quite long lol. 

I always was a designer/artist at heart but too afraid to pursue this passion as a way to make a living. I had a tremendous interest in living organisms as a little kid, (I had a little microscope and mini lab and all that jazz, and I was dissecting leaves and dead flies.) My educational path went from biology to environmental design to pre-med to psychology. I did love biology and studying living organisms, but when I found myself studying psychology, I felt something was missing. 

I started to paint a lot, probably as a way to escape, or pour my creativity into something. After one of my paintings sold at a local gallery, I was encouraged by a friend to go and talk to someone at College for Creative Studies, where they pointed me to art direction and advertising department. After obtaining a degree I started working in advertising and became a design director at a metro Detroit agency.

I consider myself a hybrid of a designer and artist. These are not the same in my opinion, because they answer to a different cause. But I strongly believe you can be both. No matter what type of design field you’re in, you have to stay current, you have to constantly improve, stay on top of trends and stay passionate about problem solving. 

You are a designer when you “create on demand”, you have deadlines, you’re under pressure and you work with clients. As an artist, you are your own client, you respond to your own deadlines, your creative brain responds to the problem that is currently on your mind, your feelings and your struggles and pours it out into the medium you work in. This is the difference.

Tell me about your journey with sustainability.

Looking back, I think I was always somewhat “off-and-on” eco-friendly type. You know how it goes, recycle when it’s convenient, ask for paper bags at the grocery store, etc. These were little “good deeds” that made me feel good and made me clap for myself for being so cool. Most of us are like that. 

As humans, we don’t want the planet to go bad. Of course not! But we’re also spoiled by today’s “I want it now” world, we don’t welcome changes, and we excuse our lack of effort for lack of time. Many people (and I was in that group, too) don’t think they add up to the global problem (“It’s only one plastic cup!” type of thinking). 

I remember I went to the mall one day, and after a few (wasted) hours I thought to myself: everything I looked at so far had horrible, cheap looking quality. The price of it was satisfying to me at that time, because we all have that “who wouldn’t want to pay less for more?” mentality. But I wondered, why has our clothing became so “plasticky” looking? I wanted answers. I went home and started searching. And I found “The True Cost” documentary. The day I watched it changed my life. I highly recommend it to everyone, it’s truly an eye opener.    

I began looking into ways to change my lifestyle and be more aware of how I live every day. I wanted to be a part of something better, to create a change. And I want to make it clear, going through your home or closet ditching all the plastic and unworn clothes will only add to the problem. Keep your clothes, re-wear them, gradually start making little changes. For example, next time you buy detergent, make sure it’s not in a plastic container. Just the change of a mindset is a step in the right direction. It’s a process.

What inspired you to make the leap to create Saulė?

Lack of choice! I couldn’t find any brands that would match my style and my personality. I was searching for style, color, fashion-forward statement pieces, and I noticed there aren’t many, yet. I was hesitant to sacrifice my personal style for Earth-friendly, vanilla-flavored minimalism. And I also realized, that I wasn’t the only woman with this dilemma. 

So being a problem solver at heart, I went on a journey to create a brand that is Earth-friendly and fashion-forward at the same time. 

How has your own personal style evolved?

I think we all go through phases in life, and style is always a part of it. I’d say my style became more “refined”, but from the perspective of time, I was never dragged into the “ugly” trend of fast fashion. 

You can wear all the best designers in the world, and it could still look like it doesn’t belong on your frame. Call me old fashioned, but I strongly believe that the way you present yourself makes a great difference in how people treat you. First impressions matter, big time. I learned it from my mom, who no matter what, always looked great, even if it was a trip to the grocery store.

Personally, I don’t think I have a set style. I’m a mix of classic silhouettes with relaxed, easygoing items. I like to experiment. I love feminine clothing; and I don’t mean power suits vs. poodle skirts. I’m talking about the type of clothing that makes a woman feel most comfortable in her skin, clothing that gives her that kick of confidence. When you know you look good in something, you feel good, and that brings a lot of positive vibrations. I love when clothing is comfortable and looks/feels good. I’m no stranger to loud pieces either, I like to be bold.

My everyday style depends on my mood; I can jump into the flowy delicate romantic dress and the next day wear all black clean lines because I mean business. I never wear anything I feel uncomfortable in, or something that fits me wrong.

We are all different body types. The trick is to learn what you feel good in and what you look good in. For example, I’m not a tall person, so I don’t look good in pants that are wide on the bottom. You’ll rarely see me with a decorative belt, because it makes me look shorter than I am. 

Details like that make all the difference. Stay true to yourself and don’t force “trendy” just because it’s this season’s must. Don’t be afraid to experiment, don’t follow what everyone else is wearing and have fun with it.

Where does the name Saulė come from?

Saulė is the name of the Baltic goddess of the sun from Eastern European mythologies (Lithuanian to be specific). She is responsible for well-being and regeneration of all life on earth and this is what we strive for as well. 

Our roots are Eastern European, and we wanted the name to have a strong connection to our philosophy. And since humanity has always looked up at the brightest object in the sky, which is the sun, it was a perfect name for us. 

3 words to describe the Saulė woman?

Strong. Empathetic. Down-to-earth.

What is your favorite piece from the line?

The Saulė earrings it’s the first design I originally created. When I wore them the first time, someone pointed out that they have a shape of a female symbol. They do, and this style became our logo mark, hence the sentiment. After that, it felt like everything was falling into place. 

What’s been your biggest challenge so far?

There are plenty, but nobody said it’ll be easy. We follow a simple philosophy: gorgeous fashion should both feel good and do good. Everything we create, we are creating the best way we know how. And there are lots of challenges in doing so. 

For example: Finding and sourcing materials. The whole research/logistics of where to do it, how to do it and with whom. You see, buying organic cotton from India doesn’t mean you can put a check mark on having a sustainable dress. If you want to make it all according to your ethical standards, you have got to make sure people who created that fabric for you are being paid a livable wage and are working in humane conditions. Oftentimes, it’s not the case. Will you be able to travel often to India to do these checks?

Another challenge: Many times, we have an idea for a cool earring piece, and we decide to kill it because we can’t find a way to produce it without using plastic. Or if it’s not plastic, it’s too heavy on the ear. We have to use our creativity around what we can work with. Most times it’s fun but there are moments it gets frustrating. 

What is one thing people can do to be more sustainable today?

Stop impulse buying clothing. You don’t need another pair of jeans. Re-wear your clothes, have fun mixing and matching. Buy from companies that are transparent and honest so your purchase could be a part of something good. 

What is your advice for other designers and creators looking to get into the sustainability space?

Never lose your passion. It’s a hard field to get into and it’s also easy to give up because of all the challenges it presents. Be honest about why you want to go into it, and don’t go into it because it’s trendy now. 

Club Sustainable, this site, was also your brainchild/baby. Why did you want to create this? What compelled you to create this site?

It came out of a brainstorming session with my business partner Igor. We wanted to have an educational angle of the brand, but we didn’t want to be preachy or push our views on anyone who simply just liked our earrings. And we wanted to create a hub of information on how to become more earth friendly. There’s major lack of awareness about the destruction fast fashion is causing the world. We know a lot about healthy food choices, but we don’t realize how unhealthy our clothes are. 

What’s next for Saulė and Club Sustainable?

We want to be a brand that’s known for earth-friendly solutions. 

We started with jewelry and dresses, but we won’t stop at that… we’ll introduce ideas for home as well. 

For Club Sustainable, we want to become an international hub, inviting our competitors to be a part of this project. There is enough space for all of us in this world. 

Fill in the rest— Sustainability in fashion is:

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2021 continues to be quite the whirlwind. One surprising positive aspect to come out of the ongoing pandemic has been a renewed interest in home updates.

It only makes sense though, right? As the majority of the population went through lockdown and working from home remains the norm, endless people are finally making a long-awaited decor plan happen or finding that they now must make a change to accommodate their post-COVID situation. 

Relatedly, an interest in sustainable furniture continues to rise. Over the past few years, sustainability has become a large focus within the fashion and beauty industries, with many companies adopting missions to produce less, modify supply chains, and include clean and organic ingredients and materials. 

With sustainable furniture companies growing in importance and popularity, it’s important to know which ones are the best of the best. 

Check out our list of the top 7 sustainable furniture companies that are based and made in the USA. If you or a friend are looking to refresh a room in the home, these are the most stylish and most responsible sources for pieces you will love forever.

Emeco Furniture

1. Emeco

Emeco describes their company succinctly: We make chairs. In America. Often by hand. Mostly from recycled materials. But always to last.

What they don’t say is how incredible their origins are. In 1944 they created their first chair, their 1066 Navy Chair, for warships and sailors. Life on a ship during World War II (or anytime) is obviously difficult. Items have to withstand salt water, salty air, and sometimes enemy fire. 

Emeco’s process to make aluminum uniquely strong became the backbone for every chair they now make.  Each piece is stylish, timeless and built to last for the longhaul.

Cisco Home Havana Sofa

2. Cisco Home

Cisco is another company with a great story. It’s founder, Cisco Pinedo, grew up in a small, 20-family village in Mexico. His love and appreciation for sustainability started here, where his family grew everything they ate, built the houses they lived in, and traded for anything else. 

For nearly three decades now, his company has provided elegant and handcrafted home designs. It also has pioneered sustainable ecosystems within their Los Angeles community. From repurposing discarded materials into durable pieces, donating their spaces to local nonprofits and teaching employable skills to those in underserved communities, Cisco Home is a leader in sustainability in every aspect. 

Our favorite product pick? Their Havana Sofa. Its clean lines, rounded back, and customizable finish are all :chef’s kiss::. 


3. Thuma

“A love for lounge & leisure, an appreciation for thoughtful craftsmanship, and a few, strongly-held beliefs.” That’s the Thuma ethos and we are more than here for it. 

They use environmentally friendly, upcycled and repurposed rubberwood, forgo styrofoam packaging, and work with the most qualified craftsman and eco-friendly factories.

Thuma started out with a simple yet daunting challenge: to craft a better bed. They found so many “quality” and high-end frames to be squeaky, difficult to assemble and move, and made of toxic materials. 

For two years, they designed and prototyped dozens of options, until they arrived at their perfect platform bed: The Bed. It’s a simple name for an exceedingly thought-out and handsome design that’s just as functional as it is stylish and sustainable.

MIO shroom lights

4. MIO Culture

If your sustainable and interior design taste skews more funky and fresh, then you have to check out MIO Culture. They offer scene-stealing ceiling and wall tiles, adorable Shroom Lights, and room dividers on top of furniture and lighting. 

While MIO is in the business of creating sustainable products, their “true” mission runs deeper, as they strive to change the way consumers think about their purchasing decisions. They want sustainability to be something that everyone thinks about and seeks every day, and strives for everyone to come together to achieve zero impact. 

That’s a tall order, yet something we all should be on board with. 

Ecobalanza Sofa

5. Ecobalanza

EcoBlanza crafts exquisite luxury organic furniture. Located in Seattle, WA, the company custom makes organic sofas, chairs, sectionals, headboards and more to your exact specifications. Each piece is handcrafted by their team of talented artisans, and white-glove delivered to your door.

EcoBlanza definitely takes sustainability to the next-luxury-level. They only make organic and toxic-free furniture in their workshop, and everything about their pieces denotes tastefulness and elegance and like its right out of Architectural Digest (which they have indeed been featured in numerous times). 

Furthermore, whether you have chemical sensitivities or just desire the the cleanest green furniture for your home and family, EcoBlanza delivers and then some.

Greenington chair

6. Greenington

Did you know that bamboo is one of the Earth’s fastest growing plants? And that it also releases approximately 35% more oxygen than an equivalent stand of trees? 

Greenington does. 

The impressive company crafts fine bamboo furniture out of sustainably harvested bamboo forests in China. Each bamboo culm used in the production of Greenington products is individually selected by a local farmer and harvested by hand. Additionally, 100% of the bamboo material is used right down to the sawdust, which is used to generate steam for their dry kiln room and press machines.

Any piece from Greenington is one that you will treasure for years to come. Their Danica Chair wonderfully marries mid-century lines with their modern sustainability. Even the bamboo wood is left unstained, with the appealing blond color achieved only using earth-friendly heat and pressure. Gorgeous!

Joybird chair

7. Joybird

Joybird may be the most familiar name on our list. They’ve carved out an important place for themselves in a populated home furnishings market with their vibrant fabrics and mid-century influenced lines.

From sofa to sectional, to dining chairs and more, each Joybird piece goes through a rigorous system of quality-control checks to ensure they exceed a high standard of perfection.

But what makes Joybird stand out to us, is their commitment to sustainability through their giveback program: With every order, they plan more trees than are used to create their products. Currently, they’ve planted over 350,000 trees and show no signs of stopping. So go on and grab that Bingham Swivel Chair and feel even more amazing about your purchase.

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Red lipstick is a must in every woman’s make-up bag. At once sexy and playful, a crimson pout can also be an instant mood-booster for the wearer. 

The best clean red lipsticks are a superior breed of makeup too. Did you know that the FDA has not updated its cosmetic safety regulations since 1938? And that in a 2010 study, the FDA found undisclosed traces of lead in 100 percent of lipsticks they tested? One more cringe-worthy lipstick fact: Most rely on petrochemicals – materials derived from petroleum and natural gas (hello, diesel fuel!) – for shine, feel and long-lasting wear. 


But let’s get back to the literal good stuff. 

Clean red lipsticks are mindfully created and non-toxic. And like other clean beauty products, they include ingredients that are ethically sourced and made with the health of our bodies and the environment in mind.  

Which is excellent news for your overall wellness as well as your gorgeous face. 

Let’s uncap the best clean red lipsticks available on the market right now. 

RMS Beauty Wild with Desire Lipstick in Rebound

RMS Beauty Wild with Desire Lipstick in Rebound- $28

1. RMS Beauty Wild with Desire Lipstick in Rebound
Renowned makeup artist Rose-Marie Swift created RMS Beauty to offer wellness and beauty in one. Everything in the line is non-toxic and made with all organic ingredients. 

Their Wild With Desire Lipstick in Rebound is a true red, offering maximum color pay-off with a touch of shine that really lasts.

OGEE Tinted Sculpted Lip Oil in Zinnia

OGEE Tinted Sculpted Lip Oil in Zinnia – $26

2. OGEE Tinted Sculpted Lip Oil in Zinnia

OGEE was founded by a collection of fashion and beauty industry leaders who strived to create a brand that connected the worlds of luxury and organic.

Their mission was certainly accomplished with the Tinted Sculpted Lip Oil. The packaging alone purrs luxe. The crayon is creamy and makes application a snap (perfect for lipstick newbies!), and the color while sheer is super moisturizing and lovely on the lips.

Rituel de Fille Forbidden Lipstick in Written in Blood

Rituel de Fille Forbidden Lipstick in Written in Blood – $24

3. Rituel de Fille Forbidden Lipstick in Written in Blood

Meet your new brand and lipstick obsession. Rituel de Fille was founded by three sisters “who were inspired by the magical side of natural ingredients and the ritualistic, ceremonial power of pigment.”

Their semi-matte Forbidden Lipstick in Written in Blood is made with a carmine pigment from the cochineal insect, an ingredient word by women for centuries for its universally flattering red shade unmatched by other dyes. 



Beautycounter Give ‘Em Color Intense Lipstick in Vibrant Red – $34

4. Beautycounter Give ‘Em Color Intense Lipstick in Vibrant Red

Beautycounter’s mission is to get safer products into the hands of everyone. And their Give ‘Em Color Intense Lipstick nails that ethos while giving optimal va-va-voom drama. 

This pick is the perfect poppy red for summer and delivers a lush satin finish. The natural formula also includes peppermint oil for a subtly refreshing flavor.


L’Occitane Fruity Lipstick in Red-y to Play?

L’Occitane Fruity Lipstick in Red-y to Play? – $20

5. L’Occitane Fruity Lipstick in Red-y to Play?

L’Occitane has been providing natural beauty items since 1976, when founder Olivier Baussan launched the brand to celebrate and preserve the traditions of his native Provence, France. 

Red-y to Play offers buildable intensity and moisture and is infused with cold-pressed pomegranate oil, organic carrot oil from Provence, and hand-picked Corsican pomelo oil.


RODIN olio lusso - Luxury Lip and Cheek Oil in Red Hedy

RODIN olio lusso – Luxury Lip and Cheek Oil in Red Hedy – $35

6. RODIN olio lusso – Luxury Lip and Cheek Oil in Red Hedy

The RODIN manifesto is “Use pure. Use less. And keep it simple.” The brand incorporates its “olio lussos,” or luxury oils, into each one of their luxurious products. And their Red Hedy is a positively lovely clean red lipstick that you can use on your lips and your cheeks—Double score here, ladies. 

The texture is luscious and it leaves a fresh dewy finish. This is an excellent pick for those with fair complexions as the color is more buildable and versatile than other truer reds.


BITE Beauty Power Move Creamy Matte Lip Crayon in Negroni – $24

7. BITE Beauty Power Move Creamy Matte Lip Crayon in Negroni

Wow-worthy. That’s definitely the best way to describe this next clean red lipstick. 

Bite Beauty consistently delivers clean products that also perform too. Their products are clean, vegan, cruelty-free, and gluten-free. They also incorporate superfoods into their ingredient mixes and put each one through rigorous toxicology testing before releasing any formula. 

And while that’s impressive on its own the Negroni Lip Crayon takes everything next-level. Its creamy, bold color is more of a poppy red than a true red, but it’s perfect for summer date nights or outdoor get-togethers by the beach. It also has a pointed tip so you can line and color in with ease, perfect for on-the-go touch-ups. 

Glossier Generation G in Zip

Glossier Generation G in Zip – $18

8. Glossier Generation G in Zip

Glossier is the current It Girl of the millennial cosmetics world. Everything they put out is an immediate hit. It’s easy to see why though when you take a closer look: Each product is thoughtful, wearable, and just a tad quirky. 

Their Generation Z lip colors demonstrate this perfectly: They provide diffused, not-too-much- color-color, are a snap to apply (no mirror needed!), and are cruelty-free, vegan, paraben-free, hypoallergenic, allergy tested, dermatologist tested. Whew!

Zip is your pick if this sounds right up your alley. It’ll make you look polished without all the effort that other red lippies require.

Kosas Weightless Lip Color in Electra

Kosas Weightless Lip Color in Electra – $28

9. Kosas Weightless Lip Color in Electra

Kosas sources product “ingredients for two reasons: extreme nourishment and supreme luxury. We choose only the ones that deliver both.” The brand believes that what you put on your body should be as good as what you put in your body. How could anyone disagree with that, especially when the lipstick is this good? 

And so: Feast your eyes on Electra, “A cool, neutral, Parisian red with a hint of moody blue.” This clean red lipstick is all chic French personality. It’s a semi-matte low-maintenance red that stays put all day and won’t bleed past your lip line (really!).

lilah b. Divine Duo Lip & Cheek in Fearless

lilah b. Divine Duo Lip & Cheek in Fearless – $46

10. lilah b. Divine Duo Lip & Cheek in Fearless

lilah b. blends healthy, high-performance ingredients to create a minimalist collection of color. The brand aims to deliver innovative and multipurpose formulas so that you can achieve a finished look with fewer products (another way to be sustainable!).

Their Divine Duo Lip & Cheek in Fearless provides a long-wearing, creamy, matte color. It’s supremely blendable and buildable so you can choose to go a little red or more full-on, which makes it a fantastic go-to for both day and night.


Ilia Color Block High Impact Lipstick in True Red – $28

11. Ilia Color Block High Impact Lipstick in True Red

Ilia’s mission is to provide clean, skin-centric beauty. They see skincare and makeup as one and design potent formulas with protective ingredients for every product. 

As its name suggests, their True Red is a “real red with a cool undertone.” Its rich pigment delivers long-lasting color with one swipe too. What’s also so incredible about this clean red lipstick is that it’s crafted by hand and milled with customized pigments in organic castor seed oil in order to include four times more pigment than any other Ilia has made. 

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Mollie Decker & Mike Sklenka

Founders and Designers of Object Apparel

Detroit, of course, is best known for its motors and Motown. But lately, there’s a growing sound coming from an irresistible machine of a different kind: a small business and entrepreneurial community lifting each other up and leaning in to doing things differently. 

At the forefront of this movement are Mollie Decker and Mike Sklenka, co-founders and designers of the sustainable fashion line Object Apparel.  

Mollie and Mile founded Object Apparel back in 2014, when the idea for the sustainable line grew out of their shared love for architecture and painting. 

“We wanted to make a sustainable clothing company that didn’t feel like hippy wear. We wanted a modern take on basics that were imprinted with artwork. We wanted people to first be interested in our designs, and then have the sustainability aspect seal the deal,” Mollie shared. 

Mollie went on to note something that even in 2020, with so much shifting happening in our collective consciousness, not many people realize: the fashion industry is one of the biggest polluters in the world. From its cotton production to using pesticides, to all of the “disposable” clothing that is tossed into landfills each year, humans’ insatiable desire for clothes is coming at an exponentially rising cost. 


We want to create clothing that is beautiful, soft, and that people want to wear, but that is also made to last and doesn’t hurt the environment or those who make it.”


Mollie and Mike’s Object Apparel checks those boxes and then some. The pieces are hip yet timeless, classic yet quirky, and oh-so-cozy, too. Plus, besides their supremely popular women and men’s lines, they also have a small kids collection. It’s an impressive feat for the duo, who designs, patterns, cuts, dyes, sews, and screen-prints everything themselves in their Detroit studio (whew!).

Read on for more from Mollie and Mike.

Tell me about your journey as designers.

We met at architecture school in Detroit. We also both painted and did a couple of shows selling paintings. As much as we both still love to paint we realized that we wanted to make our artwork more accessible. 

Mike suggested screen printing. I suggested putting the designs on clothing (I had sewed on and off as a hobby when I was a child). Object Apparel slowly grew from there as Mike taught himself how to screen print and I learned how to sew knits. 

A lot of our designs are inspired by our love of Detroit, architecture, and Detroit buildings. 

We both worked full time up until a little less than a year ago. Mike now does freelance architecture work and is working to build his career as a painter/artist as well as Object Apparel. 

I work full time at an architecture firm in Detroit. Basically, any moment I am not sleeping, eating, or working I am working on things for Object Apparel. I love making clothing and running my own business, so most of the time, it doesn’t feel like work.

What inspired you to finally make the leap to creating and launching Object Apparel?

It didn’t happen in some big way. We just slowly started by making one item at a time, teaching ourselves as we went. 

The inspiration came while we were bored sitting at an art show selling paintings. We came up with the name that day and a few months later had our first couple of items realized.

How has your own personal style evolved in general, and when it comes to buying and wearing sustainable clothing?

My personal style is pretty well represented within what we offer at Object Apparel. We don’t sell anything that either Mike or I wouldn’t personally want to wear, and whenever possible that both of us want to wear.

I want clothing that is well made and of the time, but that is not super trendy. I like clothing that looks good but is also comfortable because if it doesn’t feel good I’ll never wear it.

Why the name Object Apparel?

We liked the word object as both a noun meaning a thing – like a piece of clothing (which is how we pronounce it) and as a verb meaning to disagree.

We object to fast fashion, to gendered clothing, to pesticides on cotton, to not paying seamstresses fair living wages etc. So we liked the dual meaning of the word and it serves as a reminder that we must object to what is wrong in our world and do our part to fix it.

3 words to describe the Object Apparel customer?

Conscious, Confident, Original

What is your current favorite piece/s from the line?

The long underwear is definitely my favorite this year. They have become my home loungewear uniform. Also, I’m very excited about our new hemp blend underwear as the fabric is so nubby and soft.

What’s been your biggest challenge?

No giant challenges as we’re just growing very slowly and at our own pace.

We have plenty of little challenges such as learning accounting/taxes, learning how to pattern-make an idea in my head, learning how to give our customers what they want, and stay true to ourselves and our mission.

What is one thing people can do to be more sustainable today?

I think people often dismiss being sustainable because they think they need to buy a bunch of stuff or spend a lot of money. I think the best thing you can do is to use what you have first, buy less, buy used, buy local, and buy better things that last longer.

Start with small things, like saying no thanks to a straw and saying yes to a reusable water bottle. And also be kind to yourself because no one is perfect and it’s about positive steps forward, not perfection.

What is your advice for other designers and creators looking to get into the sustainability space?

I think everyone should be in this space. I would give the same advice as above to start with what you can do today and don’t think you have to have a lot of money, etc.

Where do you see Object Apparel going in the next year? Five years?

Our biggest goal for this year is to run our space on reusable energy by putting solar panels on our roof.

In the next five years, we would love to expand our team of two and keep making clothing we are proud of.

Fill in the rest— Sustainability in fashion is:




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