“Climate change is the single greatest threat to a sustainable future but, at the same time, addressing the climate challenge presents a golden opportunity to promote prosperity, security and a brighter future for all.” — Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary General, United Nations
Climate change is perhaps the most important issue of our time, and yet, many of us still struggle to fully understand it. What does climate change look like right now, how does it touch us all in our daily lives, and what can we do to combat it?
Join your friends from the Ethical Writers Co. and NYC Fair Trade Coalition at the Patagonia SoHo store for a screening of National Geographic's documentary, Before The Flood. This recently released documentary follows Leonardo DiCaprio as he travels around the world to meet with key experts and world leaders as well as witness with his own eyes the effects of climate change. This community viewing, complete with sustainably harvested and ethically produced refreshments by REBBL and Long Island Winery, will help you understand the realities of our planet today. Before The Flood highlights not only the astonishingly frightful, but also the astounding beauty and capability that humanity has, if we are willing to take this opportunity for a brighter future.
We invite you to not only learn, but to engage with your fellow New Yorkers and community members of all ages, identities and professions. This local event will introduce you to new friends and collaborators as well as new strategies for combatting climate change in your daily life.
Enjoy wine tasting from Castello di Borghese Vineyard. The event is free to the public.
Join your friends from the EWC to shop some of their favorite sustainable and ethical brands in New York City. Hosted at the Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator, this gift shop covers everything from organic beauty and food to men’s & women’s accessories. With something for everyone, and everything with a meaningful story attached, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to stuff those stockings!
So instead of hitting the mall this holiday season, check your loved ones off the gift-list with items that they’ll love, and you can feel good about giving. Just imagine their faces when they unwrap a pair of Study NY’s cozy alpaca mittens, a pack of Indigo Jones’ homemade cookies, or one of Teknikio’s wearable technology toolkits! In addition to shopping the brands we love, you can wrap your purchases at FABSCRAP's sustainable gift-wrap station and enjoy lightly caffeinated refreshments from Dona Chai and Guayaki Yerba Mate while you mix and mingle in great company.
RSVP today to find the perfect holiday gifts for everyone on your list!
American Deadstock, Anchal Project, Animana Patagonia, Bobbins and Bombshells, Calypso Glow, Catrinka, Chan + Krys, Chelleline Cards, Crystalyn Kae, DE SMET, Deux Mains Designs, Eenvoud, FADEN, Glass House Shirtmakers, Haptic Corp., IMBY, Indigo Jones Eats, Karolyne Ashley, Kirrin Finch, La Fille Colette, Laura Delman, Liam of York, Looming Jane, LuRu Home, Maeree, Mayamam Weavers, Mirame Swim, MUJUS, Nettie Kent, Noorism, PIECE NYC, Seek Collective, Shea Brand, Spratters & Jayne, Study NY, T. Jacob Hooker, Tabii Just, Teknikio, The Willary, UNIFORME, Uye Surana, Vestment, Victoria Road, Vincetta.
Join us for our very first #ethicalhour Twitter chat featuring Sica Schmitz from Bead & Reel. Live chat with the Ethical Writers and Sica as we discuss her upcoming fashion show fundraiser and how ethical fashion contributes to self love—your comments and questions are encouraged! We'll be using the hashtag: #EWCETHICALHOUR.
The sun is shining and flowers are finally blooming in New York, and that means Spring cleaning is in full swing. But wait - don’t toss the contents of your closet just yet! Instead, grab a ticket to the EWC’s Spring Swap and get ready for some fashion & fun.
Ladies & Gents, we invite you to come and swap your pre-loved Spring items with those of your fellow, super-stylish New Yorkers. Secondhand treasures are just waiting to be found, and best of all, by swapping before shopping, you help reduce the impact of textile waste as well as the demand for new materials, all without sacrificing an ounce of style! Thanks to our partners at Fashion Hope, all unclaimed items at the end of the swap will be donated to a safe-house in Brooklyn for women in need of interview-appropriate clothing.
Ethical shopping destinations, A. Bernadette and IMBY will be selling goods at the event while we sip on cocktails made with Owl's Brew organic tea mixers. The first 30 guests to purchase tickets will take home a goody bag stuffed full of discounts from ethical brands like StyleLend, Orange Harp, and Zady.
On Saturday, May 14th, drop off your gently-used items at 1pm, grab an organic cocktail, socialize and shop with us before the swapping officially begins at 2pm!
This volunteer-run organization serves as a catalyst to build awareness and empower women through sustainable fashion and media projects. They aim to educate and inform about human trafficking and labour issues within the fashion industry.
Founded in 2013 after a wildly successful swap in Copenhagen, Global Fashion Exchange is perhaps the largest scale clothing swap in the world. This organization travels around the world to host swaps in the name of empowering consumers to take actions for a better environment while they renew their wardrobes. Their mission is to promote sustainable consumption patterns, such as reusing and recycling, around the globe.
Owls Brew was founded by Jennie Ripps and Maria Littlefield, two tea-drinking boozers (always in moderation) on a quest for a sipper that was lighter, fresher, and funner than the regular bar-fare. Owl’s Brew is fresh brewed in Vermont from all-natural whole tea leaves, fruits, spices and herbs with no added or artificial flavors.
Set to launch early next year, Givrr will be a groundbreaking peer-to-peer donation marketplace to revolutionize shopping. The app will match secondhand clothing donors - aka you at spring cleaning - with thrifters who share a common size and style. Givrr is the monthly style box that goes easy on your wallet while keeping secondhand clothing out of the landfill.
Founded by sister duo, Amberle and Andrea, A. Bernadette works with fair-trade groups in Uganda to create products from recycled materials and traditional techniques. The sisters travel to Uganda to work one-on-one with the women producing their goods, teaching them new designs and figuring out sourcing issues together. The line combines African techniques with American style and aims to promote ethical business as a way of creating more prosperity, connectivity, and happiness in the world.
Founded by necessary troublemaker, Sara Weinreb, IMBY sells clothing for the minimalist, conscious consumer. IMBY focuses on three main things - American-made clothing, a curated capsule wardrobe, and accessible prices. Every item at IMBY is under $200, made ethically and locally to the USA, versatile enough for a woman on the go, and meets a standard of high quality.
You are invited to join the Ethical Writers and Kaight Shop for a special Fashion Revolution event! Get your photo taken with your clothing turned inside out so you can join the movement by asking brands #whomademyclothes? Guests will also enjoy 20% off all new items at Kaight plus a sparkling cocktail. Help us support ethical fashion in style!
This is a free event. Come by anytime between 2-5pm. See you there!
Check out all the photos from the event here.
Ready to refresh your wardrobe for Fall? Pass on your pre-loved items and pick up some new ones at the Style Swap! Join Zady and the Ethical Writers Coalition for sparkling wine, music, and secondhand shopping, straight from the closets of your fellow, stylish New Yorkers. The first 50 guests will take their finds home with them in a Zady tote bag along with a special discount packet from our favorite sustainable brands!
Join us on October 3rd, drop off 5-10 gently used pieces (clothing, shoes or accessories) at 1pm, then head downstairs for drinks before the swap officially begins at 2pm.
Please bring FALL pieces that are in a condition you would give to a friend.
$10 Early Bird
$15 regular price
Limited entry for $20 at the door
We at the Ethical Writers Coalition are challenging you to buy second hand first this season. All September, we will be discussing the value of thrift, how-tos, where to donate your own goods, and more! Check out the journal for more information.
Our goals include:
After the success of our Fall Fashion Swap, the Ethical Writers Coalition is pleased to present our Spring Fashion Swap, Saturday, May 2nd, 1 to 4 pm at the vintage store La Luz, 135 Thames Street in Bushwick, Brooklyn.
A fashion swap is the most sustainable, ethical, and social way to refresh your spring wardrobe! Arrive at 1 pm to drop off your clothing, shoes, and accessories for the swap and enjoy organic cocktails by Owl’s Brew and music by DJ Tanja while you scope out clothing coming in. The swap officially opens at 2 pm, so don’t be late or you’ll miss the best items!
This time we'll be organizing by sizes to make your clothes hunting even easier. In addition to sizes small to large, Ty-Juana Flores from Style Your Curves will be curating a special plus-size section, so bring your best size 10+ apparel and share your pieces with ladies like you.
The first 50 ladies to buy a ticket get a swag bag filled with eco-friendly goodies and discounts to ethical retailers. Proceeds to benefit GrowNYC.
$10 Early Bird
$15 regular price
Limited entry for $20 at the door
Ready for spring? Celebrate the budding season with a full day of floral workshops.
Debra Prinzing of slowflowers.com and the Ethical Writers Coalition are teaming up with local florists and creatives to bring you Bloom: A Sustainable Workshop! Learn to make your own fresh flower crown, create a perfect bouquet, or DIY a reclaimed vase.
Join one (or all!) of these intimate classes for a hands-on and creative experience in sustainability, and of course, lovely local flowers.
Space is limited.
Where cruelty-free meets eco-friendly: The Ethical Writers Coalition presents a round-table discussion on vegan fashion and sustainability. This exciting event features moderator Joshua Katcher (adjunct professor at Parsons The New School, founder of Brave Gentleman, and editor at The Discerning Brute), with fellow vegan fashion designers discussing the challenges and latest innovations, from high-tech, low-impact synthetics to lab-grown leather. It's a must for aspiring designers, stylish vegans, and anyone interested in sustainable fashion. Join us for an inspiring conversation over refreshments from Little Choc Apothecary. Ask questions, meet the designers, and learn what's next for cruelty-free design.
BONUS! International recording artist and friend of the animals Joya Bravo will be performing with her electric violin at 7:30 before the panel gets underway. http://joyabravo.com
Anyone who wants to head to Kent Ale House across the street after the event is also welcome to join us for drinks!
The Ethical Writers Coalition is asking you to share your locally made, eco-friendly, vintage, fair trade, cruelty-free, organic, or ethically produced items in your own photos.
To be clear, your outfit does not need to contain all of these elements. Include as many as you like but if you only have one item that fits, show that piece off! This is a process and we want everyone to participate. Let's break it down a bit.
The photo gallery will be kicking off during NY Fashion week February 12-19. You could be featured on The Style Stories that week, so send us your best! If you have questions, please ask them in the comments below.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: FEBRUARY 12, 2015
Apparel industry professionals say that about 15 to 20 percent of the fabric used to produce clothing winds up in landfills because it’s cheaper to dump the scraps than to recycle them. But zero-waste design strives to create clothing patterns that leave not so much as a scrap of fabric on the cutting room floor.
NYC Designer Daniel Silverstein is one of the designers pioneering the art of zero-waste fashion, and doing it in high style. Join us for an intimate conversation over organic wine and cupcakes from Little Cupcake Bakeshop. Ask questions, learn techniques, and educate yourself as a consumer on how you can positively impact the industry.