DoneGood: Get Ethical Bargains & Boycott Trump With One Extension

DoneGood ethical fashion and shopping browser extension and app
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DoneGood is a browser extension and app developed with the express purpose of helping consumers avoid fast fashion and discover ethical brands without the burden of endless research.

I'd bet a day's wages that the number one reason people don't shop more ethically is because of the time it takes to sift through endless websites, articles, blogs, and marketing claims to find what they're looking for (a close second is price point). Though I'm an ethical shopping nerd, even I get exasperated over the difficulty of accessing and assessing ethical companies. Bloggers and advocates are working to change this in big and small ways every day, but without some creative thinking and intentional teamwork, we're not going to be able to make things much easier.

DoneGood has done a lot of creative thinking in addition to technical development to make something that can move the industry forward - at least as it pertains to consumer interest - much more rapidly than before.

I downloaded the browser extension right when it premiered in late November, so I've been using it for more than 8 months. Not only does it allow me to pinpoint ethical alternatives when I'm doing a Google search for a particular brand or item, it offers up discount codes for a number of fair trade and social good brands right from your search page. And since February, it even alerts me when a website I'm on sells Trump products, allowing me to boycott them - or at least feel that necessary pang of guilt that I'm just as much of a sucker for retail giants like Amazon as any other consumer.

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I prefer DoneGood over any other ethical application for one reason: it's incredibly user friendly (I don't even have the other apps). I don't have to consciously open it up to find ethical companies. I don't have to sift through needless copy. I don't even have to be thinking that much about being an ethical consumer for it to show up on my browser and reorient me to what matters.

As someone who has been working with ethical companies for nearly 5 years, I'm familiar with almost all of the brands DoneGood recommends (Groceries Apparel, YSTR, Amour Vert, ZADY, and Victoria Road to name a few), but for a new or less informed conscious consumer, I think this could be the first small step to getting on board with long term lifestyle change.

In addition to offering ethical alternatives, DoneGood partners with ethical brands to offer discount codes accessible immediately through the extension popup window. Most brands offer discounts of $20 or 20% off, which can make a big difference.

DoneGood ethical fashion and shopping browser extension and app

If you're searching for ethical items on your smart phone, DoneGood offeres an app that helps you narrow down your ethical criteria and find companies that sell what you need. It's a user friendly option when you don't have access to the browser extension.

DoneGood recently launched their first DoneGood Together offer, which provides an ethical item at a significant discount if a total sales threshold is reached. This allows companies to make some fast cash to support their artisans and helps consumers try out ethical products at a really accessible price point. The first offer is for 40% off a pair of Root Collective Flats. DoneGood has already met their minimum of 16 orders, so the item is guaranteed at the sale price until the offer disappears at noon EST today.

I feel like I'm rambling at this point, but honestly, DoneGood is good.

Download it here.

Love Trumps Hate, But Not Without Us

In the Wake of Trump

This morning I received a text from a friend checking in with me and recalling the anxiety and grief she felt as a result of the US Presidential Election. She ended it with "I'm sure you've been writing about it extensively." She was wrong.

As much as I like to holler about injustice, I was dumbstruck by last week's election results. While my fellow ethical bloggers living in different countries were quick to offer resources and solutions, I was sitting in my dark office at work hiding from my more conservative volunteers and trying not to have a meltdown. Daniel and I had thrown an Election Party that had all the frivolity of a funeral by the end of the night. I watched my friends' faces drop.

By 1:00 am, the hope had been sucked out of the room. It felt - physically in my chest - like drowning.

I'm a born and bred American and, until last week, I was proud to say that. I love to use the quintessential American phrase, "Because it's a free country," whenever I get the chance. Since last week, it's taken a turn toward dark humor, and I've been saying, "Because it's a free country...for now."

I really believed that Trump's overtly sexist, racist, homophobic, ableist, xenophobic - not to mention unprofessional and inflammatory - rhetoric and behavior would be intolerable to the vast majority of the American public. I really believed that the Evangelicals I grew up with had a strong enough grasp of Jesus' radical inclusion and outspoken love to reject the Republican nominee. I was wrong.

And I'm having to reconcile that with the fact that most of my family voted for him. I'm disappointed in them, I'm disappointed in nearly 50% of American voters, I'm disappointed in the people who opted out because they thought their vote wouldn't count.

I'm scared for the future. 

I was taking a week to sort out the emotions and figure out where I need to direct my action. I'd been under the impression that if I did my civic duty, the government would respond in kind. A rule follower by nature, I've never really rebelled against the system.

But now I realize that the democratic system in our country really is a rigged game, and there's no point playing against a cheater who doesn't have our best interests in mind. I'm going to have to push out, and push forward. It's time to rebel.

I'm treating the marginalized and people of color in my community with intentional sensitivity. I'm boycotting companies that support Trump. I'm signing petitions. I'm trying to wrap my head around the best ways and places to publicly protest. I'm refusing to be silent.

I'm refusing a false reconciliation that sweeps legitimate concerns and dangerous ideas under the rug. 

I'm trying to hear people out to at least understand what they're saying, but not every idea is legitimate, or gracious, or effective, or life-affirming.

I'm reclaiming my Christian faith, and emphasizing the counter-cultural love Jesus had, and has, for the other: for sex workers and refugees and the diseased and the corrupt and the racially marginalized and everyone who has ever been and continues to be othered by people in power, and people too scared to see past their own concerns.

Above all, I'm trying to take this seriously, as seriously as possible. Because the moment we all decide that we can just go about our daily business is the moment we leave room for hate to become commonplace.

I don't have much more to offer, but I'll leave you with a few posts and resources. Please feel free to start a conversation in the comments, or offer additional resources.