2 years ago, I posted about shopping with a conscience and linked to some great organizations that help the world with their business. You can see that here: Presents Under The Tree. Those companies still exist and are companies that I still highly recommend. I’ve even gone beyond Christmas and bought wedding and birthday presents from these companies.
My husband and I have become more aware of the world we want to see after 2016 has been one of division and brokenness. One of the ways that we want to show that we care about others is how we spend our money. That means buying from companies aware of their impact and also being more generous with the money we have. We are so blessed, we want to give back.
I would encourage you to check out the companies below (and Presents Under The Tree) to do some or all of your holiday shopping. Make a difference. When I shopped ethically/socially conscience a few years ago, it felt like a sacrifice. The product was not high quality and felt from another world; it didn’t fit into my “style” With how our culture is changing, ethical is no longer cheap quality and is up to speed on fashion.
It’s worth it. Enjoy it. Give it. Celebrate it.
I had, HAD, to add these guys. I own a pair of their Ecuador Huarache in Bone and my husband owns a pair of Emilio Chukka Boot in Oak. We love them. My one suggestion: order the sandals a half to one size SMALLER than your feet. They are uncomfortably tight at first but the leather stretches and becomes so soft and molds to your foot. It’s worth it, promise.
“We believe in holistic development, which is why we offer skills training, health, nutrition, English, physical education, and even yoga classes to our employees and their families. We also offer regular financial literacy training, which has led to more than 95% of our producers being introduced to the formal banking sector for the first time in their lives.
We are deeply passionate about the long-term effects of our partnerships on the next generation. Whereas only 16% of our shoemakers were able to finish high school because they had to work to help provide for their families, 100% of our shoemakers’ children are in school, and 6 of them will soon be the first university graduates in their families. “
RESTORING HOPE TO WOMEN ESCAPING HUMAN TRAFFICKING & EXPLOITATION
“Starfish Project is an organization that cares for women escaping human trafficking and exploitation in Asia. We provide life-changing opportunities through our Holistic Care Programs and our innovative social enterprise where women create beautiful jewelry, but also become managers, accountants, graphic designers, and photographers.
Through our holistic care programs we provide each woman with vocational training, health care, shelter, counseling, as well as child education grants for women and children. Starfish Project has employed over 100 women and has served thousands through our Community Outreach Services.”
“Mercado Global empowers indigenous women to overcome poverty and become agents of change in their communities.
Traditional development efforts address the effects, not the causes, of cyclical poverty. Mercado Global is unique in its focus on change from the ground up: we provide education, tools, and access to international markets so that women can build their own businesses and invest in their own communities.
Our partner artisans have suffered discrimination, violence, and extreme poverty. Through an innovative dual approach that combines business partnerships with educational programs, Mercado Global helps these women connect to international sales opportunities on an unprecedented scale.
From one of the most marginalized populations in the world, our partner artisans are rising to become leaders in their communities and a source of change in global sourcing practices.”
“Rooted in simple beauty and a commitment to sustainable long term partnerships, Fait La Force partners with artisan makers + cooperatives, using natural materials and traditional techniques. We work in developing parts of the world and hope to put traditional craft in a new context while stimulating economic growth.
Our project in Haiti is based in a cooperative in Port-au-Prince and with artisan partners in the community. We are working to create jobs, skills + access to markets, while making beautiful things.”
Like Birchbox, you can sign up for a monthly subscription of artisans products. Or buy ale cart. I’ve purchased a stuffed elephant from here for a niece and it was beautiful!
“We empower remarkable artisans in remote areas with the tools to build sustainable businesses. Providing connection and guidance, we help our partners feel stronger, more confident and in control of their lives through the expansion of their craft. As servant leaders, we improve the lives of our artisans so they can take great care of themselves, their families and their communities.”