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Behind the Label: Burt’s Bees

A look at what happens when a small, personal care company gets acquired by the big guys. The story of Burt’s Bees is humble enough. In the 1990s, a woman named Roxanne Quimby met a beekeeper named Burt Shavitz, and together they launched a small line of honey and beeswax […]

Rapanui Declares War on Greenwashing

When Rapanui founders Rob & Mart Drake-Knight launched their clothing line in the U.K, they knew consumers were keen to eco-brand’s greenwashing and that they’d have their work cut out for them when it came to showing credibility. So they came into the arena ready for war. Not only have […]

From The Vault: The Whole(some) Truth

Don’t believe the hype. These days, big brands are falling over themselves to prove they are toeing the planet-friendly line and sticking to wholesome products – and that’s good for everyone (when it’s not a lie, of course). Over the last 4 years we’ve been keen to champion the companies […]

Walmart and Geo Girl: Growing Up Is for Keeps

Forget Generation Y. Marketers are on to an even more valuable group: Generation Z. Eight to twelve year old girls represent a $2 billion market that is totes untapped. In the great American spirit of seizing every opportunity because it’s there, a company named Pacific World Brand has partnered with […]

Behind the Label: Design Within Reach

Looking at the costs of making modern design accessible. In 1999, while on a trip to London, Rob Forbes bemoaned the fact that authentic modern design was only available to architects, decorators and people in a certain strata of society. Forbes made it his mission to make design accessible to […]

Old Spice Fresher Collection Not a Walk in the Park

Old Spice has come out with a new men’s body care line said to rival nature. Yes, actual nature. Old Spice is at it again. Getting our attention by using something most of us can relate to, even when associated with personal care products: Humor. Remember “The Man Your Man Could […]

The Beige Report: Greenwashing Makes Us Feel Dirty

ColumnGreen marketers want us to believe in their products while hiding their dirty laundry. To listen to the marketers, it’s a brave new green world of products out there. But greenwash is greenwash and Burmese teak is bad news no matter how you slice it. A gas hog SUV is […]

Behind the Label: Odwalla Juices as Healthy As They Claim?

With a parent company like Coca-Cola, are Odwalla juices as healthy and natural as they claim? The story of Odwalla is that of your classic lemonade-stand-turned-multi-million-dollar-juice-company. In 1980, partners Greg Steltenpohl, Gerry Percy, and Bonnie Bassett started selling fresh, unpasteurized orange juice squeezed by a secondhand juicer in a backyard […]

Behind The Label: The Lululemon Manifesto

Underneath the inspirational sayings, some pretty shady right-wing ideologies. Very few people can argue with the feel-good affirmations printed on the Lululemon Manifesto. There are practical directives (“Drink fresh water and as much water as you can”); important reminders (“What we do to the Earth we do to ourselves”); feel-good […]

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: Burt’s Bees

A look at what happens when a small, personal care company gets acquired by the big guys. The story of Burt’s Bees is humble enough. In the 1990s, a woman named Roxanne Quimby met a beekeeper named Burt Shavitz, and together they launched a small line of honey and beeswax […]

From The Vault: The Whole(some) Truth

Don’t believe the hype. These days, big brands are falling over themselves to prove they are toeing the planet-friendly line and sticking to wholesome products – and that’s good for everyone (when it’s not a lie, of course). Over the last 4 years we’ve been keen to champion the companies […]

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 Lululemon Manifesto

Underneath the inspirational sayings, some pretty shady right-wing ideologies. Very few people can argue with the feel-good affirmations printed on the Lululemon Manifesto. There are practical directives (“Drink fresh water and as much water as you can”); important reminders (“What we do to the Earth we do to ourselves”); feel-good […]

Self-Serving Ecoists, Mostly

Jeesh. Yesterday I was flooded with friends’ and colleagues’ emails begging me to write a rebuttal to what they thought were one or two writers slamming the eco-fashion industry. It had already gone pretty viral by the time the emails came in and only this morning did I really take […]

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Old Spice Fresher Collection Not a Walk in the Park

Old Spice has come out with a new men’s body care line said to rival nature. Yes, actual nature. Old Spice is at it again. Getting our attention by using something most of us can relate to, even when associated with personal care products: Humor. Remember “The Man Your Man Could […]

7 Clues To Tell if Your Garment is Really Sustainable: Eco Fashion Dissected

   Greenwashing is plenty common, from Tom’s Shoes to H&M’s Conscious Collection; companies take advantage of the fact that customers don’t take the time to research the supply chain of each brand, since ain’t nobody got time for that. There’s no equivalent to USDA organic certification for fashion, so how can you […]

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

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 […]

Foodie Underground: Is it Artisan?

ColumnWhat does the word “artisan” actually mean? Artisan: the poster child word for the food movement. Slap “artisan” on something and you’ll immediately draw a crowd. Goat cheese or artisan goat cheese? Strawberry preserves or artisan strawberry preserves? Charcuterie plate or artisan charcuterie plate? You tell me which one sounds […]

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Old Spice Fresher Collection Not a Walk in the Park

Old Spice has come out with a new men’s body care line said to rival nature. Yes, actual nature. Old Spice is at it again. Getting our attention by using something most of us can relate to, even when associated with personal care products: Humor. Remember “The Man Your Man Could […]