The holiday season brings about lots of sales and everyone is on the hunt for a good deal on their gifts. Perhaps this season we can shop for a deal that makes our world a better place. It is possible!
Here are a few of my favourites:
By shopping at this store you are helping provide girls in Uganda access to education. “We believe educating these girls is the first step in ending a seemingly never ending cycle of poverty in Africa.” Access to education should not be based on your gender but unfortunately millions of girls around the globe are denied schooling. Here’s a way to help some.
Shop their collection at: http://givebackshack.com/
For every item you purchase this organization will plant 10 trees. “All trees planted are local species, often times in some of the harshest regions. We use “pioneer” species to ensure survival and often plant more than ten trees per item to guarantee ten trees SURVIVE for every item sold.” We often hear doom and gloom news about the environment and how we’re destroying the planet. Here’s a way to shop, make a difference and adopt a lifestyle/philosophy that is ecofriendly.
Stylish pajama bottoms made from survivors of human trafficking in India. “Whenever you purchase PUNJAMMIES™, you invest in the freedom and dignity of these women and girls who are working to forge a new life for themselves and their children.” Every minute, 2 children are trafficked for the purpose of sexual exploitation. It’s a lucrative business to sell people and it’s a grave injustice that plagues our world. If you’d like to learn more, click here.
Most of us have read the magazines but did you know their catalogue has clothes, toys, jewelry and more? I have bought some incredible and unique items from their collection. There are lots of great options and it’s not just a shop. When you buy from Nat Geo you help fund their non-profit mission of research, education, conservation, and exploration.
New to the scene of ethical shopping this site brings together different artisans and organizations who are supporting a social cause through their products. Whether it’s upcycling or empowering women there a few options to choose from. The collection isn’t extensive but I look forward to seeing them grow!
Looking for more options? Here’s our list from last year: http://www.wetalkwomen.org/ethicalshopping/
If I’ve missed any great options, please let me know and I’ll include them next year.