Oh Transparency. It’s trendy. It’s sounds like jargon. Millennials love it. And it’s increasingly important.
In a world full of retched factories filled with underpaid and over utilized workers, landfills overflowing, and “food” stuffed to the brim with crap we can’t even pronounce, it can’t hurt to spend a little time figuring out where all our ‘junk’ comes from and where it ends up when it’s no longer ours.
I’ve mentioned them before, but Everlane returns for discussion today with a mission larger than clothes. Currently, Everlane has engaged five chefs in their Know Your Food campaign. Purchase of this bag supports that campaign. When we step back and really think about it, do we know where our food comes from?
Although somewhat embarrassing, there are certain foods I eat that I don’t even know how they grow! A time or two recently, T and I have had conversations like this:
T: Mom, where does (insert random fruit) come from?
T: How do cashews grow?”
Me: I’m not really sure. A cashew tree?
(I just looked it up on all-knowing Google. It’s a tree, and the nut hails from a cashew fruit, whatever that means.)
Then he goes on to ask “why?” a million times, but that’s another story…
Consistent in spirit with my commitment to teach my boys a bit about where their food comes from, I really liked this bag from Everlane. I love the size, it’s nice and light, and it has a light interior so my crap doesn’t get lost in a black hole of darkness. #momproblems
Also, I fully support the campaign’s change mission and Edible Schoolyard NYC, an organization which helps bring better food to NYC school cafeterias and toward which profits are donated. While I don’t go around buying things just to support causes (I’d rather just give cash if that was the case), I do appreciate purchasing something I like anyway that serves a higher purpose. Don’t we all, really?
In the spirit of transparency and Everlane’s continued commitment to socially responsible consumption, I thought I’d share an update on my 90/10 Socially Conscious Style Challenge.
Socially Conscious Pieces = 15; Total Pieces = 17 –> 88.2% of my purchases met my definition of socially responsible.
Since then, I didn’t do much shopping at all… until this past week. I bought one dress in June from Of | Mercer and then got the shopping itch. Here’s the breakdown:
- Wrap Dress ~ Of | Mercer ($175)
- Know Your Edibles Bag ~ Everlane ($49.99)
- Henley Tank ~ Threads 4 Thought via Rodale’s ($26.94)
- Joggers ~ Threads 4 Thought ($24.99)
- Sundress ~ Threads 4 Thought ($27.50)
- Blazer ~ Gap via Twice ($9.97)
- Lace Dress ~ Adrianna Pappell via Twice ($32.17)
- Heels ~ Via Spiga via Twice ($41.17)
- Sweater ~ Banana Republic via Twice ($9.97)
- Shirt ~ Juicy Couture via Twice ($10.57)
- Sweater ~ LOFT via Twice ($11.97)
- Shirt ~ Jones New York ($10.77)
- Sweater ~ Gap via Twice ($7.77)
- Shirt ~ Lush via Nordstrom ($30.48)
- Dress ~ Adrianna Pappell via Nordstrom ($0.00) Birthday Gift
- Dress ~ Ellen Tracy via Nordstrom ($0.00) Birthday Gift
I mentioned in my initial rules that gifts were not included in my challenge. Dresses 15 and 16 came with love and care from my mom as my birthday present, both on sale in the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. Thus, excluding the birthday gifts, a summary-to-date is as follows:
- Prior to this update: Socially Conscious Pieces = 15; Total Pieces = 17 –> 88.2%
- Challenge to date: Socially Conscious Pieces = 28; Total Pieces = 31 –> 90.3%
Prior Total ($751.19) + Today’s Addition ($469.26) = $1,220.45
Thanks to 0.3%, I’m on target and exceeding my 90% goal. Woot woot!
During the last two months, I stayed within the confines of my challenge almost entirely. The gifts (15 and 16) are excluded. I purchased the Lush shirt from Nordstrom (14) on a whim and that falls into the ‘give myself a break’ 10% allowance.
I’ve been in search of a conservative wrap dress for as long as I can remember, so I pounced on this dress within days of Of | Mercer releasing it. If you’re unfamiliar with all my wrap dress rants, my most recent soap box dialogue includes links to a host of wrap dress goodness (and not-so-goodness).
Rodale’s, a site that curates all sorts of socially responsible beauty, food and fashion brands, had a sale on their clearance section and I’ve been searching for some new ‘casual but not gym clothes’ tanks. My new striped Henley tank hit the mark, and I’ll showcase it on the blog soon.
Lastly, Twice just closed last Friday (as many of you probably know), so I took advantage of everything having additional mark downs and refreshed my closet without breaking the bank. I spent an average of $17 per piece for some sufficiently high-quality brands, all secondhand.
All in all, I was ready to add some new pieces to my closet to give it a pop of new life. As I write this, nearly all of them are in transit and two are waiting for slight alterations. I’d love to hear if you have any favorite socially responsible brands. I obviously have a giant crush on Everlane. If you’re new, be sure to check it out. (Referral link)
And of course, keep on scrolling to share your sophisticated style. What are you wearing to work? Does your outfit include any socially responsible pieces?
Dress – J Crew (thrifted) | Shoes – Anne Klein | Bag – Everlane | Cardigan – 14th & Union | Necklace – LOFT