Start the Holiday's Right : Join Me and Pledge to Shop for Good on Sunday, November 25th
Did you know that each year in the United States we spend one TRILLION dollars on holiday gifts?! And this year we’re projected to spend more than that.
Whether it’s a simple scented candle, or something extravagant, it’s more than likely that you’ll be buying at least one gift this year for a friend, loved one, or even yourself.
Instead of spending your money just anywhere, why not consider making the conscious decision to purchase a gift from brands that have positive impacts on people and our planet?
While it’s true that the most critical element of making real change is by uprooting existing industries following the current model of cheap, exploitative, and unethical labor to manufacture goods (think: fast fashion), there is something to be said about making individual changes, particularly in the way we spend our money.
Imagine how impactful it could be if we diverted even a fraction of that one trillion dollars towards ethical brands? Not only would you have a beautiful gift to give your loved one, you would be supporting brands that have missions beyond the products they create; from brands that donate a percentage of their profits to charitable and environmental organizations, to companies who give back to the communities in which they work, or brands that are conscious of their environmental impact and utilize only recycled or eco-friendly materials in their products, there are many ways you can shop for good this holiday season.
Will you join me?
There are many ways you can support ethical brands this holiday season. Unfortunately, one thing I often hear people tell me is a barrier to shopping ethical brands is that they’re not sure where to find them or that it’s inconvenient.
Ethical Shopping Made Easy
A good place to start is in your small, locally owned businesses - you can ask them if they carry any Fair Trade or sustainable brands, or any mission driven brands.
You could also search online and follow sites like The Good Trade , Ecocult, or Sustainably Chic ; all of these sites features only ethical and sustainable brands, and provide helpful lists and guides.
Or, you can shop the myriad online platforms that provide a curated selection of items from brands that have already been vetted.
Looking for vegan only products? Easy. Simply click on the “vegan” values icon located at the top of their Shop page and it will filter to show only vegan products. They also have a nifty browser plugin that allows you to discover ethical, sustainable alternatives while you shop online.
And, to make it even more straightforward, they’ve curated a number of holiday gift guides to help you find a thoughtfully conscious gift for your loved ones.
So sign the pledge, and put your dollars to good use this Sunday, November, 25th.