The first socially responsible guide for the soon-to-be-married.
Emily Anderson started writing about social good and conscious style in 2007 with her first book, Eco Chic Weddings. Emily’s books inspire people and brands to think a little differently about how to create a stylish lifestyle with a philosophy of sustainability and conscious consumerism. Emily has a community of industry insiders, press, brand leaders, and consumers–all of whom are interested in making a positive impact on the world.
Excerpt from Eco Chic Weddings:
Books and magazines encourage us to create special, unique events for our families and friends. Indeed, for many people, planning a wedding can be one of the most creative, exciting projects in their lives. Choosing the colors, the dress, the flowers–this is a lot of fun, and it isn’t something most of us get to do on a regular basis.
While the wedding business has become such a prevalent part of today’s marketplace, there has also been another consumer-trend taking place–the eco-friendly, sustainable movement. With the popularity of the “green” movement, every day we see more and more options and ideas that are environmentally and socially conscious, ideas with style and integrity.
Planning your wedding is a great time to make the decision to be more sustainable–the decisions you make now can continue into your married life, when and if you become parents, and so on. I see this moment in your life as the ideal time to take a critical look at your purchasing choices, where your dollars are going, and your impact on the world. My goal is to help you lay a solid groundwork for your future by guiding you through the wedding planning process. I want to answer two very important questions: WHY should you be sustainable? HOW can you be a conscious consumer?
Good with Style founder Emily Anderson is an author, maker, yoga teacher and conscious consumer who shares how she connects mindfulness to her everyday life, especially when it comes to the brands, products, and lifestyle choices she makes.
Emily spent 10 years in New York City working in fashion and design for iconic brands. In 2007 Emily left her corporate career and began writing about social good and ethical brands. She is the author of several books, including Eco Chic Weddings and Eco Chic Home. Emily’s work has been featured in The New York Times, USA Today, New York Magazine, HGTV, Martha Stewart Radio, NPR, and more.
Emily is the founder of Brilliant Brand Kit, a boutique digital media agency specializing in content strategy and purpose-driven marketing. Emily works with innovative marketers and creative entrepreneurs to produce engaging content and authentic brand narratives.
Good with Style sits at the intersection of social good and stylish living.
Good with Style is a more than just a blog or book series–it’s the next wave in consumer empowerment.
I believe that you can have it all–the look and the style that you want while making better choices about where you spend your money. I believe that brands and people together can make the world a better place.
Emily Anderson, Founder of Good with Style
Why Good With Style?
Hello! I’m Emily Anderson and I am a sustainable style advocate, author, mom, maker, and yoga teacher.
A few years ago, I left my job at Martha Stewart to write my first book, Eco Chic Weddings and then Eco Chic Home. Both books are about more than just being eco-friendly–they are filled with easy ways we can all be a little more mindful of what we do everyday as consumers. Now, with technology becoming such a significant factor in all of our lives, we need to be intentional about decisions such as what we eat, where our clothes come from, and how each of us impacts the world, the environment, society, other people, and ourselves. We are all connected, and each one of us is powerful in our own ability to be a force for good.
Mindfulness is a practice that helps bridge this gap between knowing we are connected, and seeing that connection everyday. You can use mindfulness to live every moment understanding that you are a force in the world, and you make things happen, even with that one small choice, like deciding to put that bottle in recycling instead of in the trash.
Excerpt from my book Eco Chic Home, available here.
According to designer Joelle Nesen, “there are no rules” when it comes to interior design, but everyone can use a few tips and tricks. Nesen is the founder of Maison, a Portland-based design firm. Nesen believes happiness at home might begin with interior design. She has a few suggestions about how to create the optimum design for your own om at home.
No matter how great or how small, all living things are connected to one another. We are all connected. This a beautiful thing to realize. But in the day to day, we’re detached from this connection. I want Good with Style to be a bridge from here to there for people like me who care about the world, people, nature, but also love good design and stylish things. This is not a shopping guide, although I do share some of my finds and favorites. I’d like to think this will become a large community of people who have the best intentions in mind and just need a little encouragement to make good things happen.
I think a lot of us feel the childlike awe at the untouched natural world. In America, we have an incredible National Parks System that is as important as our most defining characteristics as a nation. The Ken Burns documentary traces the beginnings of the National Park System that remains a vital part of life for so many of us.
You might not think this is true, but your wedding is the perfect opportunity to reconnect with nature, even if you aren’t having an outdoor wedding. Actually, outdoor weddings can sometimes take a toll on the natural environment unless precautions are made, and the party is mindful of their impact. The Nature Conservancy has the Adopt An Acre program that gives you a tangible way to help ensure that nature’s most vulnerable lands and waters are given the care, the love and the protection that they need. There are multiple ways you can connect with The Nature Conservancy for your wedding, take a look at some of their programs here:
Coral reefs are hard workers, giving so much to our natural world — from vital habitat for marine life to sheer beauty and brilliance. They also provide coastal protection from ocean waves and reduce risk from storms. But coral reefs are in serious decline and in dire need of protection and restoration.
Help regrow coral in innovative underwater nurseries and protect other vital habitats.
2. APPALACHIAN SPLENDOR
The Central Appalachians are so spectacular, with dense forests, rocky overlooks, and an astonishing array of wildlife like the saw-whet owl and northern flying squirrel. But industry and development have been dramatically shrinking the iconic red spruce forests here, putting wildlife at risk. We can’t afford to lose more of this natural treasure.
3. SEA TURTLES
A mother sea turtle will often travel more than 1,000 miles to find a safe nesting beach to lay her eggs. Two months later, the baby turtles emerge at night and crawl by moonlight out to sea. But today sea turtle nesting beaches are in grave danger from development and sea level rise. With their beaches rapidly disappearing, the green, loggerhead, leatherback and hawksbill sea turtles are now all critically endangered.
Give a loved one a Sea Turtle Nest to help preserve safe places for weary sea turtle mothers and protect other vital habitats.
4. MOUNTAIN MEADOW IN THE HIGH SIERRAS
The Northern Sierra boasts dramatic mountains, clear waters, dewy meadows and an abundance of wildlife. Bald eagles soar high above the cool lakes and streams that provide vital fresh water for the wildlife and people who call this place home. Unfortunately, this region is in dire need of conservation action. Its meadows, mountains and forests largely lack any state or federal environmental protection, putting them at serious risk of development.
Give a loved one the gift of a Mountain Meadow to share the beauty of this dramatic landscape. Your symbolic donation helps restore threatened places like the Northern Sierra and protect other vital habitats.
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Coming upon a colorful garden tucked between concrete realities is a delightful happening for this city dweller, especially with the humid overcast atmosphere of the past few days. These proud bursts of pinks, reds, purples, yellows and shades–existing only in nature–make me so happy. The effort of planting, pruning, and protecting the garden yields priceless treasures that are easy to overlook, but not for me.
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Good With Style isn’t about buying your way to being a better person, and my Eco-Chic books aren’t just about being eco-friendly.
My message is about practicing conscious consumerism, mindful living, and making educated decisions when it comes to buying your clothes, choosing your food, going on vacation, purchasing home decor, and living your life. It’s about following the righteous path, the kinder path, and avoiding what Siddhartha calls “the false path.”
But most of all, it’s about feeling better about ourselves because we know that we’re making choices that aren’t just good for the world, but are good for ourselves.
There is an easier and gentler way to live in this consumer world–and being conscious of what you spend your money and time on can have positive results for your life and your emotional well-being.
In this crazy time, we need to be more mindful about our motives, are we buying things to fit in, to feel better, or because we’re just following the rules of the game? Believe me I am far from perfect when it comes to frugal living, but that really is the goal. Thanks for being open to new ways to live.
Here are 6 ways to make your impact more positive: