15 Sustainable Fashion Brands to Support This Spring
Less is more when it comes to fashion. The fashion and retail industry produces 10 percent of all carbon emissions, as much as the entire European Union! While we are so ready for warm-weather clothes and brighter colors, we can't deny the impact that it has on our planet. We've rounded up sustainable and inclusive options for athletic, chic, casual and more spring styles made by women, for women.
We love that 96 percent of ABLE employees are women. As part of their mission to provide women with sustainable opportunities and to end poverty in the industry, they began publishing their lowest wages in 2018.
YES AND Founder Marci Zaroff is out to prove that being eco-friendly can be stylish. Each piece uses certified organic cotton, low impact and non-toxic dyes, and an ethical supply chain.
Everybody & Everyone features sustainable essentials for the busy woman - plus, they're organic, biodegradable, eco-innovative, and recycled. Their extensive size range means that everyone can find something they like.
Eco-friendly production is at the top of Girlfriend Collective's priorities. They ship in recycled/recyclable packaging and include reusable pouches. Oh, and did we mention their products are made from recycled water bottles?
Selva Negra is always looking for new ways to reduce their carbon footprint, and is committed to production transparency and zero-waste packaging. They reuse boxes and purchase some fabric from headstock wholesalers. They also save fabric scraps to make scrunchies and totes.
Founded by Nicki Patel, milo+nicki offers feminine, one-of-a-kind pieces made sustainably, meaning quality instead of quantity and doing more with less. Each piece (which is also ethical, cruelty-free, and vegan btw) is part of a limited handmade collection.
Graceful District is committed to using eco-friendly fabrics and only work with small-batch manufacturing. Since they focus on creating timeless designs, you'll be able to wear their pieces for years to come.
Braxley Bands makes sustainable upcycled apple watch bands. They've partnered with Trees For The Future, which means for every band you buy, they plant a tree. TFTF also provides farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa with the supplies and training they need to sustainably revitalize their land.
At Knickey, you'll find cotton underwear that's breathable and comfortable. The cotton they use is from certified organic environments and is free of toxins, carcinogens, and other harmful chemicals. They also provide basics in different skin colors, shapes, and sizes.
Reformation wants to celebrate the feminine figure, and they do so with sustainable and lovely fabrics. They're working toward 75 percent of their products being made with plant-based, renewable, or almost all natural fibers.
The Standard Stitch is serious about creating clothes that are good for you and for the environment. They think through every step of production and keep every kind of customer in mind.
The loungewear at Ettitude is 100 percent organic bamboo lyocell, a resource-efficient plant. Their sustainable process uses a non-toxic, closed-loop system that reuses water up to 200 times and recycles 98 percent of it.
You'll find classic and effortless essentials made with durable, consciously sourced fabrics at Tradlands. Their smaller, responsibly-made batches are produced in factories that hold high social welfare and production quality standards, and pay a living wage.
Marissa Heyl founded Symbology after researching the relationship between fair trade and craftswomen in India. Symbology partners with women across India and other developing countries and features their handcrafted, traditional products.
Rent the Runway knows that their shared clothing economy reduces waste and emissions. Just pick the plan that works best for you and get new clothes shipped straight to your door. Easy peasy. And check out our chat with Rent the Runway CEO Jenn Hyman on a recent Teach Me Something New podcast.
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Welcome to Selfmade Finance School, our new money series with Block Advisors to help small business owners with their tax, bookkeeping, and payroll needs year-round. This week, we explore the tax implications of bringing family members into your business.
The question for today is this: Does hiring your family members make sense for your business? Let me be clear. This is not a piece about whether hiring your family members makes sense for your relationships with those family members. As someone who is part of a family business, I could fill up a lot more than 600 words on my opinions about that. For today's purposes, we focus on whether it makes sense from an overall "good business and tax implication" perspective. As it turns out, there is a decent amount of tax nuance when it comes to employing your family. Let's break it down based on relationship to the employee:
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Spouses Who Are In Business Together
Personally, if I had to be in business with my husband, it would not go well. However, many couples build viable, strong businesses together and I say, good for them! Depending on how you have your business entity structured, it will make a big difference on the tax treatment of you and your spouse working as partners. Because a business jointly owned and operated by a married couple is generally treated as a partnership for Federal tax purposes, the spouses must comply with filing and record keeping requirements imposed on partnerships and their partners. The election to file two Schedule C (Form 1040) forms, (one for each spouse) permits certain married co-owners to avoid filing partnership returns, provided that each spouse separately reports a share of all the businesses' items of income, gain, loss, deduction, and credit. Under the election, both spouses will be subject to self-employment tax and on net earnings from self-employment and receive credit for Social Security earnings.
One Spouse Employs Another
If you have a dynamic where your spouse is an employee of your business, then your spouse's wages are subject to income tax withholding, Social Security and Medicare taxes. If you are self-employed (not a corporation or a partnership), your spouse's pay does not have to be included in your federal unemployment tax account (FUTA) contributions and payments. However, if your business is a corporation or a partnership you must include that spouse's pay in your unemployment tax contribution calculation.
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You Employ Your Child
First, let's be clear. I work in my family business, but I am an adult, so I am treated just like a normal employee. However, if you, for example, run a family restaurant and want to hire your children under 18 to work for you, there are some tax benefits. But first, you should check with your state for rules on how many hours minors can work (in non-agricultural jobs) and reference the Fair Labor Standards Act for information on limitations on the kinds of work children can perform.
"This is an often overlooked or under-utilized strategy. Paying your children for true services they provide in your business can be a powerful tax-saving tool," says Cathi Reed, Block Advisors Regional Director. "If you are a sole-proprietorship or single member LLC, and the child is less than 18 years of age, the business is not required to withhold FICA or payroll taxes. The child can use his or her standard deduction against income you pay."
You Hire Your Parent
Oh dear. If you are brave enough to do this, know that you will need to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes on your parent's wages and make the appropriate withholdings, but you don't have to pay unemployment taxes. Now all you have to do is convince your parent that you are the boss. Have fun with that!
Is Hiring Family Members Worth It For The Tax Benefits?
"There are some positive tax advantages to hiring family members. It's important to treat a family member like any other employee. Hiring your children can result in substantial savings for businesses. Make sure your child has real, age-appropriate work to do and a reasonable pay rate, comparable to other employees. Consult with a Block Advisors small business certified tax pro to ensure that you are complying with all requirements," advises Reed. "Block Advisors, a team within H&R Block, is dedicated to meeting the tax, bookkeeping and payroll needs of small business owners year-round. To start working with the tax experts at Block Advisors, visit blockadvisors.com."
In my opinion, you should not hire a family member solely because of the tax benefits. You should always hire based on whether that person is right for the job and keep in mind how this hire could materially impact your relationship with that person and others in your family. Finally, as I mentioned, make sure you have a tax professional on your team when making these determinations. As you can see, things can get a little tricky!
*All details were sourced from IRS.gov and blockadvisors.com