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How to Ethically Accessorize!

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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!

Drdonley

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Ethical Accessories

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If you are anything like me, you have recently seen countless friends become engaged or even been in attendance for their weddings. While I remain single, yet married to my school work and jobs – I can still appreciate a delicious, fabulous, and stunning diamond ring. On the plus side I get to see all of my friends rings before one is graciously placed on my hand. I like to think of it as window shopping! 🙂

On that same note, while admiring the sparkle, you have to keep in mind where those beautiful diamonds have come from. I want to clarify what conflict diamonds are as well as how the concept of “Fair Trade” works.
Conflict Diamonds

-“In relation to diamond trading, conflict diamond (also called a converted diamond, blood diamond, hot diamond, or war diamond) refers to a diamond mined in a war zone and sold to finance an insurgency, invading army’s war efforts, or a warlord’s activity, usually in Africa where around two-thirds of the world’s diamonds are extracted.” (Blood Diamonds)

-According to Brilliant Earth, a source for “Ethical Origin Fine Jewelry”,  “Conflict diamonds,” according to the most widely-used definition, are diamonds that finance rebel movements against recognized national governments. These diamonds are also referred to as blood diamonds. Many retailers offer “conflict free diamonds,” providing only a limited promise that their diamonds do not finance these violent rebel groups.”

What can you do?

  • When purchasing, look to fair trade retailers.

“Fair Trade is a trading partnership based on dialogue, transparency and respect that seeks greater equity in international trade. It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to and securing the rights of, marginalized producers and workers…”

  • Contribute to organizations that help the victims of blood diamond harvesting and the civil unrest it has caused.

Hands for Africa is a non-profit organization working to restore lost hope to those devastated by the civil war in Sierra Leone. We support amputees by developing and implementing self-reliance programs and providing the necessary aid for the advancement of these self-reliance programs. Below is a video detailing the work that they do.

Do your homework on how certain conflict-free diamonds are harvested and sold. Below are links to various resources of where to buy or even just browse non-conflict diamonds.

Peace, love, and sparkling ethically sourced diamonds for all!

Drdonley!