7 REASONS TO SHOP ETHICALLY
Fair trade and ethically made products are much higher quality compared to fast fashion pieces. Ethically made products are often made of strong, real, durable materials, and often by hand, making them hold up longer against the test of time.
Ethically made products aren’t mass produced, so you are far less likely to find yourself in one of those miserable situations where you are wearing the same thing as your coworker at your work Christmas party. Shopping ethical often times means you will be purchasing unique, well-designed, small-batch products versus mass produced goods.
When you shop ethically, you are contributing to a better life for those living in poverty or exploited communities. Many ethical brands have begun to go above and beyond simply paying and treating their employees well. Many brands have started offering empowerment programs that provide access to education and growth opportunities for their employees, creating lasting impact for their employees, their families and surrounding communities.
“There is no beauty in the finest cloth if it makes hunger and unhappiness.” Mahatma Gandhi
4. UNETHICAL IS UNETHICAL
Would you buy something if the label said “unethically made”? Chances are, if you aren’t supporting ethical practices, you are supporting unethical practices and your purchase could be contributing to child slavery, human trafficking, unfair labor, unsafe working conditions, and/or the exploitation of women.
Ethical products are handmade in a safe environment where artisans and employees can learn and grow. These encouraging and empowering environments are often times a safe haven for the artisans in their communities. They create a safe space for not only professional growth, but also personal development.
6. MADE WITH LOVE
You can feel the love in each ethically made piece. Unlike goods that are mass produced, ethically made products are made by human hands in a loving, supportive environment. We believe when you are inviting an object into your home, you are inviting in the energy with which it was made.
7. YOUR VOTE COUNTS
As Anna Lappe said, “When you spend money, you are casting a vote for the kind of world you want”.
So, ask yourself, do you want an ethical world? Cast your vote with your purchases.
Originally article published on Collective Humanity.