Jessica Marati

Jessica Marati currently resides in New York City and covers travel and sustainability for EcoSalon. Catch her weekly column, Behind the Label.
Behind The Label: Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs
Behind The Label: Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs

ColumnAs incandescent light bulbs are being phased out, compact fluorescent light bulbs are stepping in to take their place. But are CFLs really the most environmentally-friendly alternative? Thomas Edison may have been on to something when he invented and popularized the modern incandescent light bulb in 1878. But 135 years […]

Behind the Label: Investigating The Social Responsibility Claims Of Uniqlo
Behind the Label: Investigating The Social Responsibility Claims Of Uniqlo

ColumnHow has Uniqlo managed to avoid the dreaded “fast fashion” label? If you don’t shop at Uniqlo, you will soon. The Japanese retailer has already captivated urban centers like New York and San Francisco with ambitious plans to expand to 1,000 U.S. stores in the next decade. Uniqlo’s specialty is cheap but […]

Behind The Label: The Safe Sunscreen Debate
Behind The Label: The Safe Sunscreen Debate

Not all sunscreens are created equal. Every summer for the past decade, the media has issued staunch advisories reminding consumers to wear sunscreen. But this year, their tone has changed. Studies are showing that not only are many sunscreens filled with potentially harmful chemicals, but also that sunscreen wearers can actually […]

Behind The Label: The Sustainability Of The Amazon Kindle
Behind The Label: The Sustainability Of The Amazon Kindle

ColumnThe Amazon Kindle versus paper books: who wins when it comes to sustainability? In just a matter of years, e-readers like the Amazon Kindle have fundamentally changed the publishing industry, replacing traditional paper books with digital downloads that can be accessed in a matter of minutes. For many, the Kindle-versus-“real”-book […]

Behind The Label: Ben & Jerry’s
Behind The Label: Ben & Jerry’s

      ColumnBen & Jerry’s has long been a poster child for socially responsible business, with its hippie branding, activist leanings, and emphasis on incorporating “happiness” at every step of the ice cream supply chain. The company’s story begins in 1978 with an abandoned Burlington, Vermont, gas station and […]

Behind The Label: Revisiting H&M Conscious
Behind The Label: Revisiting H&M Conscious

ColumnIs H&M as conscious as it claims to be? The notion of H&M as a sustainable fashion brand might strike you as an oxymoron. How can the Swedish retailer, best known for pioneering wasteful, disposable, trend-driven fast fashion, possibly claim to be socially responsible? It might take time, but that […]

Behind The Label: Organix’s Misleading Labeling
Behind The Label: Organix’s Misleading Labeling

ColumnWith a name like Organix, you might assume that the brand in question is organic… right? You would be wrong. The popular drug and big box store line of hair, bath and body products may share six of seven letters with the word “organic,” but its products surprisingly don’t contain […]

Behind The Label: The Unsweet Dark Side of the Chocolate Industry
Behind The Label: The Unsweet Dark Side of the Chocolate Industry

Column Chocolate is a guilty pleasure in more ways than one. For most people, chocolate evokes positive associations: indulgence, childhood, Valentine’s Day. But in Western Africa, the connotations are far less positive. There, an estimated 1.8 million child laborers work tirelessly to produce the cocoa that goes into our Easter […]