I started Commerce with a Conscience with the goal of making socially responsible clothing palatable to a wider audience, and thus – hopefully – creating greater consumer demand for sustainably and ethically made goods. While that goal hasn’t changed, my criteria for what gets featured has. Lately, the emphasis has been much less on eco-friendly / fair trade, and much more on first-world-made (mainly USA) / built to last. This shift in focus has come about for two reasons. Firstly, and unfortunately, there is a finite amount of eco / ethical gear out there that actually looks good, and not nearly enough to sustain a whole website. Secondly, I wanted the site to be a more honest reflection of my own spending, since I just don’t feel right trying to sell people on things I don’t own or want.
Because the site’s content has changed in the way it has, it seemed fitting to me that its name change too. And so, starting today, April 25th, Commerce with a Conscience will now be known as Well Spent.
This doesn’t mean I’ll no longer be covering environmentally-responsible apparel, it just means that that’s only going to be a part – not all – of what I write about. My objective of showing that ethics and style need not be mutually exclusive remains the same.
Side note: some of you may have noticed that I’ve taken the Product Guide down. Eventually, I do hope to re-introduce it to the site. However, I need to reconsider its role before I do. In the meantime, I encourage you to take advantage of the site’s new navigation controls for browsing the archives.
I hope you enjoy the new site, and please feel free to get in touch with any feedback / issues / etc.
Thanks for your support,
Founder / Editor