To view the recent violence targeting Asian Americans as isolated incidents is to turn a blind eye to the long history of xenophic attacks this community has faced. Asian communities have long been victims of scapegoating, false stereotyping, and a lack of understanding from its neighbors. The senseless killing of 6 Asian women in Atlanta left many of us asking how our society got to this point. In this blog, Sylvio Martins discusses the new role that AAPI allies must take on while combating systemic racism of all minorities, and draws parallels to his own experience as a first-generation American. Educating ourselves on the Asian American experience is the first step in preventing history from repeating itself.
Demystifying Carbon Neutrality
Is the term carbon neutral nothing more than a marketing scheme? Does going carbon-neutral help the environment? Let’s expose some of the common carbon-neutral misconceptions to see if this environmental buzzword is worth the effort or simply another scheme to soothe the masses.
Music’s Black Heartbeat
Black artists have planted the seeds of inspiration for nearly all the music we love today. In honor of Black History Month, singer-songwriter Tess Howat speaks to her own experience with getting to know black artists’ music, those who have inspired her over the years and how the modern recording...
Grace Jones: An Icon Forever
A living legend at age 72, Grace Jones boasts an illustrious career spanning over four decades and encompassing her varied talents. The supermodel, actress, and musician ascended to such eminence that tributes to her legacy often feel underwhelming, yet she is almost never discussed during Black History Month. Let's revisit her iconic...
The Hidden Truth Behind the Unethical Fashion Industry in America
Have you ever wondered if the “Made in the USA” label on clothing items actually makes the overall production of the piece more ethical? Read on to have a better understanding of the fashion industry in the US, as well as the unethical treatment of factory workers. You’ll be surprised...
Debunking Popular Sustainable Fashion Myths
Want to know the truth about sustainable fashion? Read on to learn the most common myths and the misinformation that puts the progress of the fashion industry and its environmental impact in jeopardy. We tackle everything from luxury brands, vegan leather, greenwashing, worker exploitation, and more.
Around the World with New Year's Customs
Have you ever considered how cultures outside of your own celebrate the new year? With a range of traditions hundreds of years in the making, to more modern customs, take a trip around the world to see what ringing in the new year looks like in other cultures. You may...
Zero-Waste Essentials for Beginners
As time went on, I realized that most of the waste I produced came from when I was out and about, away from my zero-waste home. Here are some sustainability essentials that helped me start my journey of reducing my waste.
Reflecting on 2020 Through Music
As we enter this holiday season after a year of chaos, we reflect on 2020- the good, the bad and the unthinkable- through song. Enjoy this recap of events by month and listen along to songwriter Tess Howat’s coordinated playlist that features a curated song for every month, along with...
Will Your Holiday Trip Be A Biopositive One?
Biopositive tips for traveling this holiday season. Responsible travel is a hot topic and it includes more than you think. Get caught up on the latest in biopositivity and find out what you can do to help!
The Green Lining: 5 Ways to Embrace our Changed Holiday Season
Our 2020 holiday season will be different than years past. Here are some ways to make the best of it—find the silver linings, embrace the changes and have a positive impact on your loved ones, community and planet.
The COVID Effect: Isolation & the Music Industry’s Conscience
As our desire for live music grows with each day in isolation, so does the music industry’s relationship to sustainability— From artists amplifying important conversations to planning green tours, the COVID-19 pandemic is nudging the music industry in a more conscious direction, with our favorite artists banding together to demand...
Fashion in A Digital Age
The coronavirus has reshaped the fashion industry at multiple stages: Manufacturers face shortages, fashion weeks have gone virtual, and consumers increasingly turn to online shopping. The effects have rippled through the supply chain as rates of digitalization accelerate. Some industry experts hail this as the dawn of a new era,...
The Power of Plant Fiber
Do you know that bamboo is stronger than Portland cement? Yes it's true. Plant fibers are incredibly strong and eco-friendly materials that our ancestors used for centuries!
How To Avoid Greenwashing
Greenwashing works by appealing to our conscience. Let's talk about what are some typical greenwashing tricks and how to avoid them. And what to look for in purchasing and how to determine when brands are guilty of practicing greenwashing.
From TP to Community: COVID-19 Changed Us
Covid-19 forces us to make changes in our lives. Some are temporary, some may be worthwhile kept when the pandemic is over. Let's review and reflect.