We love when celebrities use their influence for good. It’s so easy to get caught up in the Hollywood glitz and glamour, and seeing celebrities take responsibility and promote all that is ethical and sustainable and virtuous is truly heartwarming! Here are some of our favorites.
Working for the weekend? Aren’t we all! If you’re looking forward to your mini-break, we’ve got some fun ways to take advantage of your weekend: helping others, helping the world and having fun along the way. We’ve made your weekend plans ethicalized! ;)
Summer is just around the corner, and that means you’re probably already anxiously awaiting your upcoming vacation! Sandy toes, sun kissed skin, sunsets by the shore, beers with friends … ahh, so close you can almost taste it, right? Nothing kills a vacation buzz though like forgetting what you need and having to buy an expensive or poor quality replacement, though. And nothing is more annoying than totally over packing and having to lug around an overstuffed suitcase. Packing can be a serious pain! Here we’ve compiled our list of super versatile ethical must haves that will make sure you’re prepared for most summer holidays and not dragging a bag stuffed to the brim! It’s much easier to relax and enjoy the sunshine when you know you’re prepared and prepared ethically! ;)
“If you want to be fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” -African Proverb
Change isn’t going to come easily to the fashion industry. Why would it? When their goal is to make money, they’re been pretty darn successful. They’re figured out the best way to bring home the bacon: cut corners regarding ethical conditions, the environment and worker salaries. Fool people into thinking you need more more more and it’s a recipe for success.
Changing your spending habits doesn’t have to mean a boring, unchanging wardrobe. It’s entirely possible to look chic, happy and fashionable without consistently dropping a chunk of your paycheck at Fast Fashion Giant every other week. You do not need to be ruled by the ever changing fashions and allure of cheap clothes - you can take charge, save serious money along the way and look nice the entire time.
We’ve all got excuses coming out our ears. I can’t go to the gym, I’m too tired. I can’t call my grandma, I’m too busy. I can’t eat healthy, it’s too complicated. Blah blah blah. If you’re on this site you’re probably fresh out of excuses for the reasons you need to shop ethical and have taken the proverbial ethical plunge. You’re already convinced. But maybe your friends aren’t ready to shop ethical. They’ve got a thousand excuses for why it’s not important to shop ethical. Why it doesn’t make sense to shop ethical. Why they don’t have time to shop ethical. Why they don’t have enough money to shop ethical. We’re going to give you an arsenal of excuse busters now! Be ready to break them out the next time your friend says “What’s one shirt from Fast Fashion Giant? It won’t make a difference.” It’s time to break the excuses, buddy.
The original social entrepreneur himself, Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus, will be sitting down with VIRTŪ during his upcoming trip to the Dominican Republic. Obviously, we are incredibly honored, excited and perhaps a little star struck! When you are down in the weeds trying to start a new business, dealing with the day to day frustrations, this is an extreme confidence boost. Like a little reminder that our efforts are part of a greater movement that is changing the world. :) As our co-founder Jason Grullon says, as “young social entrepreneurs, we are nurtured by the visions of people like Professor Yunus.”
Next up in our #empowerman series is Dickon, a British-born artist, writer and factotum currently studying an MA in Social, Economic and Environmental Sustainability at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.
What does it take to be a sustainable man these days? What are the qualities of the ideal sustainable man? Is a sustainable man someone who makes the effort to recycle their tin cans? Someone who doesn’t litter? Maybe a sustainable man has solar panels on their roof. Or maybe they bike to work? Or could a sustainable man be someone who believes in living wages for all people? Perhaps a sustainable man grows his own veggies and composts his waste. What indeed is a sustainable man to you?
Josefina is 16 years old. She lives with her grandmother and two younger siblings, Maria Isabel and Rafael, about two hours by bus from the Dominican Republic’s capital Santo Domingo. Their father left several years ago to find luck in New York. He’d promised to send money home, but that slowly trickled to a stop and they haven’t heard from him in several months.