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6 May 2014

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As a student in Chicago, I have yet to see the weather warm up yet (I don’t think this city understands the concept of “spring”)! I’m mostly keeping warm with one of my favorite pieces—a light sweater (also a perfect transitioning piece from winter to spring!). But spring sweaters only provide external warmth and happiness—however will I keep my insides warm!?
The obvious solution--buying from socially-responsible philanthropic brands! There are thousands of brands that not only create their products from completely fair-trade and eco-friendly materials, but also donate much of their profits to a noble cause--everything from animal welfare to combating human trafficking and child labor! (See? Aren't you warming up already?) c;

Using a spring sweater as the starting point, the three boards below are created from stores that are not on the Boycott List (see I told you you can be fashionable without shopping at J.Crew or Gap!) and then have one additional item from a philanthropic brand! 

You don't have to be dressed head-to-toe in philanthropic clothing, but even having just one or two little things from a company that is supporting a great cause can make a difference--both to your outfit/happiness and to people around the world! 

But you're probably thinking "oh gosh this is probs super expensive tho" because we think (okay fine it's kind of true, too) that most charitable and socially-responsible companies are also way out of our budget--we're so used to the cheap clothes brought to us by exploitation and child labor. But with just a bit of looking you can find all-around amazing organizations that have designed and created beautiful and affordable pieces! And here, I already did the looking for you--all you need to do is sit back and enjoy (and support them!)~ 
Lush, an all-around amazing brand, not only creates all of its hand-made products ethically with natural and healthy ingredients, but is also incredibly philanthropic! In fact all of the profits from the purchase of their Charity Pot lotion goes directly towards small, grassroots organizations globally. They've already donated 350+ charities around the world that are helping with everything from environmental conservation to animal welfare!

Check out their Charity Pot Lotion (from only $5.95-$22.95) and read more about its work here: 

Hand crafted by Cambodians who are from underprivileged backgrounds or suffering from disabilities, 10% of proceeds from the Brave Collection bracelets are donated toward fighting human trafficking. So not only are you helping create jobs in Cambodia for people who would otherwise be denied work, you're also helping in the fight against a horrible human right violation!

Check out the Brave Collection ($38.00) here:

This statement Sunburst Necklace is handmade by artisans in India who even helped during the design process--in fact Mata Traders employs a team of 600+ Indian artisans who are heavily involved in the entire production process! Moreover the organization takes a prominent role in fighting poor child labor laws in India!

Check out the Sunburst necklace (also available in yellow!) ($32.00) here:


See? Buying socially responsible pieces that give back are not only easy and make you feel (and look!) good, but they are also affordable for most budgets (the total range of these items are from $5.95-$38.00)! Just their presence on the sets above just lifted the whole mood of the mood board (yes, trust me, if you took them off the whole board got dark and gloomy), and warmed them up--inside and out, and I'm sure they will do the same for you! c;

Also, if you didn't like my picks be sure to check out their site anyway--they all have quite a variety of do-good items! 

Hope you have a lovely day, and thanks for reading! 


Hoda is an Iranian activist and fashion blogger from Oklahoma going to school in Chicago. Her blog, JooJoo Azad, meaning "Free Bird" in Farsi, is filled with photography of personal style and discussions on social-responsibility within the fashion industry. Warning: this site is more than just pretty pictures. 
You can find her on her blogFacebok pageTwitter, or Instagram


  1. Great post dear! Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog, care to follow each other?


  2. Beautiful post,I love posts like this

  3. These outfits all look great, love the first one x
    Feel free to check out our blog if you have time :)

  4. This is such a great post! Lovely outfits! Thank you so much for stopping by, would you like to follow each other on “GFC” (blog followers), and Bloglovin’? I promise I’ll follow you back <3


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  5. I love these sets!
    This was a great post, I’ll be back for more :)

    I hope you can check my blog out too sometime.


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  6. Lush is amazing!! Have you checked out Marula? It's an oil similar to argan, but actually more potent, that is harvested in East African villages. It gives a reliable income to hundreds of women and has really turned some communities around. Oh, and it smells amazing! Fresh and zingy and so much better for summer than heavy argan.

    -- Alex at Cashmere Kangaroo

    1. Hey Alex! Glad you liked the post! I actually haven't heard of Marula before--I will definitely check them out--thanks so much for the heads-up! c;

      <(') Hoda || JooJoo Azad ~ Free Bird

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  8. Hello Mode Lab! Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment on my blog. I just followed you. Would love if you returned the favor. Keep in touch!

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  9. love these outfit boards! thanks for visiting my blog :)

  10. Really awsome and conscious article!

  11. thanks visiting my blog
    keep on writing
    I like Lush too
    hope to see more great posts from you
    Have a great day ahead dear

  12. would really love to wear one of these outfits!

    it takes 2 to fashion

  13. i love your blog and your posts are great!!! :) these outfits are gorg.!!



  14. this is such a great post. We always forget what is behind cheap fast fashion. I am definitely sharing this post in my new post!! lovely read.

  15. Great post and looks!! Thanks for visit my blog, would you like to follow each other?

  16. adore the different outfit inspirations. =)

  17. Great post !!!


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