COnscious Horoscopes

I write and illustrate a monthly horoscope column for Selva Beat. Instead of the usual recommendations, my advice includes ways to be a more conscious consumer and citizen. 

While we may take a tongue-in-cheek approach to our monthly astrological advice, climate change is very real (and so are our suggestions). As we continue to cover this topic, you might have a lot of questions like, “What is the best garbage bag to use?” or “Will my city be wiped out by sea-level rise sooner rather than later?” It’s tough to say! Climate change is a huge, complex issue, but there’s no better day than Earth Day to tackle your own personal impact.

LETTER for flippa k circle

Being a consumer today comes with a larger-than-ever responsibility. We need to ask ourselves: "How can I adjust my way of shopping—and thinking—to achieve a more sustainable fashion consumption?". Elizabeth Stilwell, creator of The Note Passer, has given this quite a bit of thought.

As I learned more about the unsustainable and unethical fashion industry, I mindfully extracted myself from thoughtless consumerism and interrogated my purchases.
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What Pepe the Frog Taught Us About Biodiversity

I wrote a culture piece connecting the demise of Pepe the Frog with the International Day for Biological Diversity. 

Pepe’s odious fate reminds us of the adversity many animals are facing thanks to our own destructive effects on the environment.

THE FUTURE IS FEMALE (GARMENT WORKERS)

I wrote and illustrated a piece in collaboration with the Asian University for Women on garment workers in Bangladesh.

On a global scale, by way of cheap goods, we benefit from the exploitation of workers (especially women in developing countries). We can wear as many feminist slogan tees as we like, but without concrete action and change, they merely empty sentiments. And without change to the garment industry, those same tees may be made under conditions which are exploitative to the women producing them.

CHRISTINA DE SMET'S TIMELESS MINIMALISM IS ON TREND, BUT NEVER TRENDY

I interviewed and photographed emerging designer, Christina De Smet.

In direct opposition to the fast fashion mentality of buy-and-toss, De Smet curates the pieces in her collection as ruthlessly as Taylor Swift selects her girl gang members.