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2017: My Year of Better Buying

In 2017, I have committed to better, more conscientious buying.  What does this look like for me? 1) Patagonia or Uniqlo When I was in the Patagonia store looking to buy a light down jacket, I Googled "Uniqlo and ethical production" and "Uniqlo and fast fashion".  See for yourself why the Patagonia buy became a no-brainer. Price tag justifications: I listened to this podcast on Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard.  You should too. I stopped buying products - when I have a clear choice in front of me - that were made potentially at the expense of a human's well-being. Simple. On...

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Cotton Revolution - No Nasties and My New Favorite Tee

Cotton Revolution - No Nasties and My New Favorite Tee

Looking back at my blog posts, I'm surprised to see I haven't written about No Nasties yet!  About three years ago when I was teaching in Mumbai, I received my first No Nasties t-shirt as a gift.  So when I started Linen Feast, I researched this company with its quirky name and ingredient labeling inside the shirt.  What I found was a company that embodies my most fundamental core value in choosing companies and manufacturers.  Like Freeset, No Nasties was founded with human well-being at its center.  Not all companies start like this, not even all "good" companies.  Some are founded around environmental...

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Treehugger on Ethical Consumerism

Treehugger on Ethical Consumerism

For me, the move toward ethical consumerism - while expensive and time-intensive - seemed straight-ish forward to me.  Buy better, get others to buy better, change the world.  A few months ago I began to use Treehugger as a reference to learn more about sustainability and ethical consumerism. Treehugger is an incredibly rich resource; it's honest and thorough.  The less good news?  Sometimes the dark underbelly of corporate giants, the reality of my lil footprint, the vastness of the task of "sustainability" on an individual level make me want to quit before I've even had the chance to not buy a Patagonia jacket. Here...

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Downtown LA in Half a Day

DTLA local tourism travel

Downtown LA in Half a Day


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Saris for Spoons

Saris for Spoons

So much of the vibrant color that defines Linen Feast comes from upcycled sari products such as kantha blankets, rugs, bags, and scarves.  I have often wondered about the way in which a used sari travels from the closet of a generous Indian woman into the hands of an artisan.  And so on my recent trip to West Bengal, where repurposing used saris has been practiced for hundreds of years, I determined uncover the path of a used sari.   While I am not claiming to be the first to grace the web with information about used saris, I will say I was...

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