One of my favorite parts of running The Honest Consumer is working with small business owners. For me, building genuine relationships with small business owners has been life changing. I’ve been able to connect with like minded entrepreneurs who care about other people and the planet, learn from business owners who have more experience than me, and talk to other entrepreneurs who know the ups and downs of running a business. I interview a lot of small business owners for The Honest Consumer because knowing who I’m working with and supporting is very important to me. I love learning their stories and WHY these social entrepreneurs are doing what they’re doing. After chatting with other social entrepreneurs I always feel inspired and motivated because small business owners eat, sleep, and breathe their businesses. Their hard work and dedication encourages me to continue my work spreading the missions of small businesses making a difference.
Knowing WHO you’re buying from can be so meaningful and challenge you to shop more mindfully. Anytime I want to buy something I immediately think…okay who do I know that sells this? And I immediately think through all the brands I’ve worked with. I love supporting small businesses because I know the saying is true, “when you buy from a small business an actual person does a little happy dance.” I know this is true because anytime you all order from Give a Damn Goods, I do a happy dance. Since launching Give a Damn Goods the importance of supporting small businesses has become 100x more important to me. Now I know firsthand the hard work that goes into running a small retail based business. And it’s such a challenge! If you’re looking for small businesses to support consider checking out our Ethical Brand Directory or Give a Damn Goods most of the brands listed are small businesses always willing to connect with their customers.
Shopping small and local is a great way to take part in socially responsible shopping, ethical fashion, and mindful living. Don’t be afraid to reach out to brands and get to know who you’re buying from. One of my favorite ways to do this is by going to local vendor and craft fairs. You get to see the goods, support local creatives, and meet the small business owners in person. You can learn why they started their business, the importance of their products, and how you can support them. I do a few of these for Give a Damn Goods, if you ever want to come say hello here is our event link!