With Black Friday and Christmas coming up I bet most of us have a good deal of shopping to do, so I thought I would share places to buy where you can feel good about spending your money.
I am trying to avoid buying from places that don’t give their workers a fair life. I can’t enjoy something knowing little children or their mothers were forced to make this for little to no money, so I can buy it cheap. I know it’s expensive to buy from many more ethically conscious companies, but I try, and I have found more and more that are reasonably priced.
Another tip is buying second hand, that’s what we do for a lot of clothes.
Cuddle + kind
These amazing dolls are handmade in Peru and 100% fair trade, on top of that each doll gives 10 meals to children in need.
They are some of my children favorites and they just look amazing.
We have a lot of toys from here. I bought the first piece more than a year ago, and it’s now been chewed on, thrown and manhandled by two little ones and hasn’t shown any sign of wear and tear. This is a family owned company and they make all their toys toxic free in the US.
Smiling Tree Toys.
Cute and durable wooden toys for kids of all ages. This company is own by a couple in Minnesota and they make all their products locally and support other local businesses when they purchase their materials. They also donate to the peace Corp for each purchase made.
Another amazing little company making adorable heirloom quality wooden toys.
I can’t wait to get one-off their pieces. For each toy purchased they plant a tree.
This organization is very close to my heart. They rescue and help children who where trafficked into slavery and sexual exploitation. They give the children counseling, support and a safe place to be. They teach thm skills like sewing and then sell their creations to help them. You can help my donating or purchasing some of their many great items. Also take a minute to read a bit more about their work and their stories, some of them are heartbreaking, but the work is so important. They also care for the girls who come there pregnant and then later their children. So they need all the help they can get.
Neena and Co
Boho-hippie-chic bags that are so colorful that just looking at them makes you happy. I love their style. They are more pricy than most of the other companies I a, suggesting, but all their products are ethically made in Peru. Last year they had some of their seamstresses design a bag themselves and then it was Auctioned of, and the creator got all the money. You also got to see how working for this company had blessed these peoples lives.
A while back I needed a new purse. I wanted one that wasn’t made of toxic chemicals, that wasn’t to expensive and that was made ethically. My search led me to this amazing company. All of their bags fees children in Africa and all over the world. Their purses and bags are fashionable and cool. I can’t wait to get another. They just launched a new designer collection that feeds 100 children pr purse.
Most of their clothing, Acceories and housing products are fair trade. The selection varies from store to store, but all the Whole Foods I have visited have had a gorgeous selection.
Made by Mary
The most gorgeous handmade jewelry made in Utah. Most of the pieces are costum made and you can get it it personalized for every occasion.
Fawn and Lace
One of my favorite bonnet makers. A Stay at home mom from Canada, making these cute limited edition bonnets. They are made out of eco friendly fabrics and often from scraps. 5$ of each purchase go to women who were trafficked or are at risk.
Soft star shoes (handmade shoes, made in the US,)
Bryr Clogs (gorgeous handmade clogs)
Welcome (ethically made one of a kind designs)
Poppy lane and co. (Handmade bracelets)
Wild bird (baby carrier made by moms in Utah)
Kinnd (amazing project focusing on kindness)
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