$49.50

 

So Ponchos are the new thing right? 

 

Feel: This particular poncho is super thick and soft. It’s actually warm to wear and makes me want to tuck my arms into it and cuddle. The cowl neck is also comfy. No itch and no wimpy, thin fabric.

 

Design: The poncho is not excessively large or baggy, which I appreciate. It ends just below my hips. So I can wear something baggy and a bit oversized without feeling entirely swallowed by my clothes. It feels like an item that was truly designed for a woman's body and tested by women. 

 

The cowl neck adds a unique detail to the classic poncho design. And I love all the pattern/color options available online. 

 

Quality: Everything seems to be top notch in terms of quality. Like I said, the fabric is thick and soft, the knit and stiching is professional and durable. I've worn this piece several times and still have no complaints whatsoever. 

 

Is it worth it?

 

I'd say this is a worthy purchase. Unlike some ponchos, I don't feel like I could just wrap a blanket around myself and get the same affect. It's a quality, unique and exceedingly comfy piece that is just classy enough to be a lifelong member of your winter wardrobe. 

Cowl Neck Poncho

Thick Scarf/Poncho

$34.00

 

The other fad of this past winter was the chunky scarf. So what if you could get a chunky scarf and a poncho in one purchase?

 

Feel: This fabric is so soft and comfy. If you're not needing a scarf or a poncho, just wrap it around you and cuddle with it like a blanket - it's almost large enough. The fabric isn't particularly thick (not nearly as warm as the Cowl Neck Poncho), but if you had it bundled around your neck as a chunky scarf, the layers would certainly keep you toasty. 

 

Design: The versatile design makes this a useful addition to your fall/winter wardrobe. It can be worn as a scarf, poncho, cape... blanket? It is essentially a large piece of fabric with strategically placed leather and plastic toggle closure. The fabric is soft and the patterns are all trendy and cute. 

 

Quality: While the knit itself is soft, slightly fuzzy and well-done, the finish on the piece was slightly sub-par. One edge of the scarf seems to be unfinished and the threads are pulling out. This is the only problem I can see, but eventually, it will wear on the piece. 

 

Is it worth it?

 

While a fun addition to my closet, I wouldn't buy this product again. The simplicity of the design makes me feel like I could make this myself. Granted, you'd miss out on their quality knit and cute colors/patterns, but I'd still rather spend the $35 on something more substantial. 

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In this chaotic, busy world, it feels impossible to keep track of everything. We all want to do good in the world; we want our money and time and efforts to go toward helping the global community. But none of us have the time to spend hours researching organizations, looking for responsible businesses or visiting all the various apps and websites we know are helpful. With all the resources we have at our fingertips, it should be easy, simple and straightforward to do good - but it isn't. Phil was envisioned in response to this frustration. Everything from products to organizations to events is on one comprehensive, easily accessible website. Now doing good will be easy and the world will benefit. 

 

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Over decades, even over centuries, we've been developing social constructs about what "doing good".

 

III. BRIDGING THE GAP BETWEEN ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOCIAL CONSCIOUSNESS

 

Another way in which we may limit ourselves is by choosing to focus on only one cause. We may feel as if we have to take sides and pick to be more environmentally conscious, or to be socially conscious. We shouldn't have to do this. Phil Orgs strives to incorporate environmental and social consciousness into one mindset because both topics are critically important and aren't mutually exclusive. 

 

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Serving the global good doesn't just happen by crossing international borders; it starts in our local communities. 

 

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People say that in our society, "money speaks louder than words". Well then, we're going to let our money talk. The most powerful way to show a corporation that it should be doing good is to show them that they will NOT get our business until they are.  We won't stand for exploitation, dangerous pollution or unsafe working conditions. So we'll put our money towards those who aren't doing those things, and in fact, are making strides for the good. 

 

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We believe that right now, the best work we can do is to not start a new organization targeting one particular cause, but to enable those organizations and corporations that are already in existence, giving them a re-invigorated, stronger voice. 

 

 

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