Over the course of my last few blog posts, I have taken you through ethical purchasing and production of clothing and where to buy such products as well as getting engaged the ethical way! Today I want to discuss ethical accessories – shoes, bags, jewelry, home goods, and even office accessories. My goal is to prove to you that shopping ethically produced and sourced goods is really not hard, is similar to the normal goods you purchased financially, and how you will be helping countless people with your purchases.
For example, this glass bead bracelet shown below (click the picture to view/purchase) is only $14 and is made from recycled glass from the Cape Coast. Global Mamas is the name brand and it is produced by a group of women from Ghana. The picture below on the right is called a Wakami Simplicity Strand made from female artisans from Guatemala, costing $12 and can be worn as a wrap bracelet or a necklace. Both of these items, if purchased, benefit start-up organizations in order for them to attain economic freedom.
These two items are just a glimpse into the world of ethical accessories. They both came from a great ethical accessory resource, Global Girlfriend, “Global Girlfriend was created by Stacey Edgar in 2003 to help women worldwide gain economic security while providing your store with unique products and a simple way to help women and communities in need. Today, we have more than 1,000 points of distribution, ranging from natural food stores, to boutiques, to college bookstores. Our store-within-a-store business model makes it easy for you to offer your customers high quality, ethically-sourced gifts from 34 countries around the world. We believe in the power of commerce to alleviate poverty, and your partnership is the cornerstone to achieving that mission.”
More resources for ethical goods can be found at:
- Delve. - Specializing in bed, bath, fashion, kitchen, and living accessories, the ethical way.
- Fairware – Selling unique items that meet standards of social and environmental responsibility.
- Soludos – Hand crafted espadrilles made with natural and eco-friendly materials.
- Shop to Stop Slavery – Resource for ethically sourced items from cosmetics to breast cancer awareness goods.
- Toms – Shoes and eyewear; every pair purchased buys another pair for a child without shoes. One for one.
- Blue Caravan – An ethical design market featuring contemporary handmade, fair trade & ethical products
by independent designers, artists and artisans.
- OCC Apparel – Sweatshop free and organic t-shirt and fabric specialists.
- Danaqa – ‘World chic’, a resource for ethical goods from around the world.
- Oxfoam – Proceeds from their goods support organizations worldwide in order to fight injustices.
My hope is, by showcasing these items and providing resources for you to shop ethically for anything from clothing to home goods, you can see just how easy it is! So what is stopping you from buying ethical goods?
Peace, love, and an ethical you!