Shop small, local, and ethicalThis holiday season is predicting record transportation delays that even Amazon cannot beat. Instead of risking delays from large retailers, head to a local artisan market or your brick and mortar stores owned by local small business owners. Not only will this help you find unique pieces, but it also supports local jobs by keeping money in your local economy (rather than Jeff Bezo’s pocket).
Gift ethicallyGifting ethically produced pieces that create a positive impact in the world is an easy way to up your gift giving game. Not only is the gift thoughtfully picked out by you, but it is thoughtfully produced and helps support the fair and dignified treatment of the people who make it. It combines the emotional effect of giving someone a bomb gift and donating to a non-profit in their name, all wrapped up in one purchase. Some of our favorites for ethical jewelry and leather are linked here.
While many of us know the harms of fast fashion and mainstream production that leave global makers in a relentless cycle of poverty, it’s basically impossible to simply decide never to purchase from harmful supply chains. Instead of trying to resist brands you love, find a brand with a similar style with a mission you love too. In my experience, finding swaps for favorite clothing and product brands can honestly be a lot of fun. Not only can it give you the chance to support a brand making a positive impact, but many of these brands are way more fun to interact with than the basic ones we’ve supported thus far. For instance, my favorite ethical clothing brand has a podcast highlighting the resiliency of women in it’s supply line and my new clean deodorant brand sends emails that literally leave me in giggles.