It's Time to Re-Evaluate Your Fall Wardrobe

As summer slowly comes to a close, it might be time to re-evaluate your fall wardrobe.

This summer has no doubt been unbearably hot, and many of us have become accustomed to wearing shorts and tanks every day. But while our hoodies and long sleeves remain cozily tucked away, they will no doubt have to re-emerge sooner than we think.

As we look for new fits for the upcoming cold months, why not make sure that whatever new wardrobe you buy was crafted healthily and sustainably? What if I told you that your new clothes could potentially support hundreds of elephants?

At Ivory Ella, they recognize that elephants are one of the most beautiful creatures on the planet. With sustainability in mind, the clothes they've crafted aim to protect these beautiful creatures from the detrimental ivory trade. In collaboration with Save the Elephants, Ivory Ella has dedicated these past five years to support the protection of these magnificent creatures. While their passion remains Elephants, Ivory Ella also supports many other charities as well. Not to mention, their clothes are fresh as fuck.

Take, for instance, their hoodies. The Monument Valley hoodie, with its bright yellow hue and gorgeous print, is not only stylish and fly but purchasing one supports the work of the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America's national parks.

Or you can rock the fabulous Lotus Swirl tie-dye hoodie, which donates 10% of its net profits to Maybe you're stocked up on hoodies and want a long sleeve instead? No problem! The bright sunshine Childhood Cancer Ribbons T-shirt donates 50% of its net profits to the Children's Cancer Therapy Development Institute, which helps fund Megan Bugg's Citizen Scientist Project for Rhabodomyosarcoma Cures.

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The Doodle Dog Long Sleeve is another gorgeous shirt crafted with a good cause in mind, as 10% of the shirt's net profits are donated to Hearts and Bones, a nonprofit organization based out of Dallas and New York that builds a nationwide network in an effort to help thousands of shelter dogs find their forever homes.

We know what you're thinking, though. We're getting ahead of ourselves. It's still balmy and T-shirts are still very much a priority. But Ivory Ella has plenty of those, as well. The Ocean Depth's T-shirt, with its beautiful purple vibe, donates 10% to the Reef Restoration Foundation.

Or maybe you're shopping for your kid and want to get them some fly new back to school gear. In fact, Ivory Ella has a wide selection of great backpacks and lanyards. They also have tank tops, sleep wear, and decorative gear for your home or dorm room!

As summer slowly ends, it's time to revamp your wardrobe with Ivory Ella. Why buy just any old clothes when you can stock up your styles with clothes you know were made with the best of intentions?

Ivory Ella has long stood by its mission to provide sustainable clothing that not only looks great but feels great to wear and purchase. Your purchases can help elephants, aquatic life, children with cancer, pets in need, and more. There is even a full list of all the charities they support if you ever want to look more in depth.

For those ballin' on a budget, Ivory Ella also has a ton of sales all of the time, so you can still support all these good causes for a fraction of the original price. This fall, get your fit on with Ivory Ella, and spend your money on clothes and causes you know are important.

A Guide to Protesting Safely

Social media is full of resources for protestors, and many are linked below. Stay safe out there.

The Black Lives Matter movement is bringing many people into the world of active protest for the first time. It's also putting people in the face of dangers they may not be prepared for.

The police are using pepper spray, tear gas, and—most of all—fear to intimidate and corral protestors, but the revolution will not be deterred. It's important to prepare as best you can before heading out, so here are a bunch of resources and guides to read before hitting the streets, many of which come from this helpful drive on protestor safety. Read them, memorize them, write the numbers on your arms—and then join the fight.

1. What to Bring

You should bring a bag/backpack, water, a face mask and hand sanitizer, snacks, signs, walking shoes, your ID, and proper clothing to protests. If you think you might be tear gassed, bring an extra pair of clothes in a sealed bag. Consider also bringing earplugs, a pen and paper, and a sharpie to write down important numbers. If you plan on getting arrested, bring a sealed bag with any medication you need. Bring cash and quarters. Make sure your phone is locked with a passcode and that locations and notifications are turned off.

2. What to Wear

Wear clothing that you can run in. Be aware that it may be cold or hot, and you may be stuck in a freezing jail cell or in the hot sun. Layer if possible. Wear comfortable shoes. For women, avoid tampons. Avoid wearing contacts, which tear gas can irritate. Be sure to write numbers of local emergency contacts and lawyers in sharpie on your arm.

3. Don't Go Alone

Choose a partner strategically. Groups should defer to the needs of the most vulnerable members. Be aware of your partners' health conditions beforehand, and have a plan. White people should be prepared to put their bodies on the line between Black and brown allies and the cops.

Respect other protestors' privacy and don't share photos of others' faces.

4. If You Are Pepper Sprayed

Don't panic, and don't rub your face. Leave the area, find some fresh air and pour some water over the affected area.

5. If You Are Tear Gassed

If you are teargassed, the CDC recommends that you remove any clothing with the gas on it. Use soap and water to wash it off your skin.

Some sources recommend bringing a bandana soaked in water, lemon juice or vinegar, which you can hold over your mouth if you are tear gassed.

How to Stay Safe During a Tear Gas Attack - From a US Marine

READ, DOWNLOAD, AND SHARE this zine on chemical weapons:

Chemical Weapons.pdf

Resources for protestors via Amnesty International

6. Know Your Rights

The ACLU offers detailed information on protestors' rights. Remember, you have the right to protest and assemble. You have the right to film police officers' actions. You have the right to medical assistance.

7. For White Allies at Protests

White allies at protests should be deferring to Black organizers. Avoid starting chants, instigating violence, or engaging with police. Continue doing research and supporting the cause outside of protests.

Read SURJ Sacramento's guide to protest etiquette for white people:

8. If You Are Arrested

If you are arrested, don't resist. Ask for a lawyer right away and demand your right to remain silent. Protect others.

9. For COVID-19 Protection

Carry hand sanitizer and always wear a mask. Try to stay distanced as best you can. Stay home if you have symptoms. Quarantine and get tested after marching if possible.

10. Take care of others

If you have medical training, your expertise is much needed. Here are some definitely-not-comprehensive guides.

10. For aftercare

Protests can be traumatic. Here are some resources on debriefing and healing after actions:

Here are some more comprehensive resources: