Exactly one week ago, on Sunday, February 9, 2020, seven garment workers died in a fire at an Indian denim factory. I believe that we, as Americans, are to blame for their deaths.Read More
Y’all know I absolutely love Rothy’s, the stylish and super comfortable shoes made from recycled plastic water bottles. They are my go-to for every day as well as traveling! I love that they are sustainably made.
To say “I love you” to my amazing followers this Valentine’s Day, I am giving away a pair of Rothy’s! Winner gets to pick their choice from any style of Rothy’s available online (excluding the Merino collection). Head over to this Facebook post to enter to win!
Not the winner? Don’t worry, I’ve still got something great for you! Just use this discount link for $20 off your first order from Rothy’s.
I love y’all! Thanks for being such fantastic, socially conscious, sustainably-minded individuals. Best of luck to you in the giveaway!
P.S. – Check out my full review of Rothy’s here.
Y’all are in for a real treat today: A Q&A with the self-described “spiritual hypewoman” who has created an inclusive yoga studio in Raleigh, NC! I can confirm that she is indeed one of the most enthusiastic people I know, and she is doing incredible social justice work in our local community by building a unique and diverse group of yoga enthusiasts. I am so excited to introduce y’all to my inspirational friend and yoga teacher, Patrice Graham!Read More
Disclaimer: This post is NOT sponsored and is my unbiased, independent review. All opinions are my own. I received this pair of shoes in exchange for an Instagram post featuring the shoes. Read my full disclaimers/disclosures here.
Y’all know I’ve been a fan of shoes made from recycled water bottles for quite some time! So when I learned about DNA Footwear’s “THIS WAS A BOTTLE” collection, which features a lineup of three different styles of sneakers made from recycled plastic, I was pumped to try them! (And I scored a discount code for y’all, too! For 15% off DNA’s sustainable line, use code SOUTHERN2020 at checkout).
There are a lot of factors I consider when buying shoes. Sustainability, comfort, fit, affordability, and style are all important to me. Here is how my pair of DNA Footwear sneakers stacked up on all of these factors:Read More
Disclaimer: This post is NOT sponsored and is my unbiased, independent review. All opinions are my own. This post does contain affiliate links. Read my full disclaimers/disclosures here.
Sometimes Instagram advertisers miss the mark (I am SO not interested in the long sleeve, giant avocado print swimsuit that keeps popping up on my feed). Other times, they score a slam dunk. I first learned about Pela phone cases from an Instagram ad! I’m really glad for that advertising, because I absolutely love my Pela case. I’m excited to share more about it with y’all, including my own list of pros and cons.
I’ve been using a Pela case for almost a year now, so I’ve truly put it to the test!
As we enter the last week of 2019, it’s time to recap the most popular posts here on Fairly Southern during the past year!
It sure has been a wonderful year of blogging. I’m so grateful to have a space where I can share about all things eco-friendly, ethical, and Southern! And, I love spreading awareness about companies and people who are doing lots of good for others and for the planet.
Without further ado: Here are the most frequently visited blog posts on Fairly Southern in 2019. Starting with number 5:Read More
Since announcing the #NothingNewNovember challenge back at the end of October, I have posted periodic updates on my Instagram account about my progress through the challenge. But I realized that I haven’t posted any updates here on the blog. This post will summarize my experience with the challenge and my final reflections!
#NothingNewNovember is a campaign by nonprofit Redress Raleigh that encourages people to buy no new clothes in the month of November. Shopping less is a way to live more sustainably, as less consumption means less strain on the environment!
*Technically* I did end up breaking the rules of the challenge (more on that in a second). But overall, I did a really good job!Read More
‘Tis the season for gifting! If you’re like me, you not only want to give your family and friends Christmas presents that they’ll really love, you’d also like to gift items that are ethically or sustainably made or give back in some way.
I thought about making gift guides of sustainable gifts, ethical gifts, etc., but why reinvent the wheel? Some of my friends in the ethical/sustainable world have already compiled some great lists. So, I’m going to share my favorite gift guides with y’all! I hope they give you some great ideas for ways you can gift more thoughtfully and ethically this year.Read More
When I was in preschool and elementary school, I was taught that Thanksgiving was a happy, peaceful time when Native Americans* shared a feast with their beloved pilgrim friends. I remember the class being divided up into two sections, half of which dressed as pilgrims and half of which dressed as Native Americans (cringe).
As I grew older and learned more about U.S. history in high school, I learned that European colonizers weren’t always kind to Indigenous Peoples here in the Americas. I learned that we had taken some of their land, and I learned about the Trail of Tears, but not much beyond that. I don’t think the gravity of the abuses toward Indigenous Peoples really sank in.
It wasn’t until I was in graduate school for social work that I ACTUALLY learned the full truth about how Native people here in North America were treated by European colonizers. I was horrified as I learned about the extent of the racial hatred toward Indigenous Peoples, the many wars and massacres, the murder of peaceful adults and children who had hung white flags as a sign of surrender, the use of Christian faith as justification to murder, the fact that 56 million (MILLION!!) Indigenous Peoples had been slaughtered by my white ancestors.
Suddenly, the cheery narrative I had been fed about Thanksgiving fell more than a little flat. While it does appear to be true that there was some sort of harvest feast in 1621 at which colonizers and Indigenous Peoples ate together, I came to understand that my white ancestors hadn’t just smiled and shared food with Indigenous Peoples; they had brutally murdered them and stolen their land.
My family has always celebrated Thanksgiving as a holiday about personal gratefulness, and I think that’s a very appropriate way to celebrate it. But if you want to go a step further and actively counterbalance the false narrative of cheerful and friendly pilgrims and Native Americans, I think that’s also a great thing to do. Rather than gloss over the trauma, abuse, and genocide that white people inflicted upon Indigenous Peoples, we can flip the narrative at Thanksgiving by openly acknowledging it while finding ways to uplift Native people who continue to be abused and discriminated against even today. Here are a few ways:Read More
Reduce, reuse, recycle. So many of us are familiar with this slogan! If you’re like me, you most often think of this phrase when you’re talking about recycling. But let’s not forget the first word of the phrase: reduce! That’s the first and most impactful step in lessening impact on the environment.
An easy thing we can do to live more sustainably and responsibly is to reduce the amount of food that we waste. In developed countries, people tend to waste A LOT of food. In the United States, it is estimated that we waste 30-40% of our food supply. This is incredibly sad considering that there are 795 MILLION people in the world who don’t have enough food. Not to mention, this food is then piling up in landfills where it is taking up space, releasing toxic gases, and keeping perfectly good organic material and nutrients from returning to the soil and food chain.
I was really excited recently to learn about a free app called Food Companion that helps people reduce food waste by tracking the food you have in your household. It also allows you to build a grocery list and helps you figure out what to eat for dinner, which is a LIFE SAVER (typed by someone who, just today, spent 30 minutes agonizing with my husband about what we wanted to eat for dinner. #indecisive. This app is for us.).Read More