Way back in January I decided that 2012 was going to be my year of living more sustainably...making small changes to everything from my food choices to my driving habits. As part of this goal, I am attempting to make some modifications to my shopping habits as well. Like any normal, warm-blooded female, I enjoy shopping - to an extent. Keep me in a mall for too long and I develop hives. True fact. Not really...but I will get cranky.
But there's a problem, eco-friendly clothing can be pricey. The forward-thinking, sustainably-minded part of me say "Yes, I want this organic, bamboo, super soft, made in America t-shirt", while the
cheapskate frugal part of me says "WHAT? $55 for a flippin' t-shirt? Are you drunk!!??". So there's my problem (and I'm sure lots of you experience the same sort of "sticker shock", too).
But I think I have found a solution. Drum roll, please....Introducing Pure Citizen.
I managed to stumble across Pure Citizen's website last week and I am crazy excited about it. Pure Citizen is a flash sale site, offering deep discounts on all sorts of sustainable items including clothing, beauty products, and jewelry. All you have to do is to sign up to become a member (it's free so do it now!). Each day I get an email from the amazing team at Pure Citizen which outlines the fabulous bargains offered. Not only can you score amazing deals, Pure Citizen gives you an opportunity to donate some of your "savings" to various charitable organizations.
I have seen some really beautiful products on this website. The folks at Pure Citizen have come up with an easy visual coding system that allows you to see what makes the item eco-conscious or ethical (small color-coded icons indicate "handmade", "organic", "fairly produced", "recycled", "cruelty-free", etc). This makes the website incredibly user-friendly, too.
It might be a perfect place to purchase some bridesmaid gifts (think eco-friendly shirts, yoga pants, lotions, and other potions). Or maybe even find a totally rockin' bridesmaid dress...or stock up on some "green" soap....or find the perfect upcycled necklace for your big day, all while saving some serious dough. The possibilities are endless. Me likey.
Check it out and let me know what you think!
p.s. Happy 1st Birthday to the Hudson Valley Green blog!