Where to Buy Ethical, Sustainable, & Fair Trade Furniture?

As most of you know this guide to purchasing ethical furniture is long over due! I kept waiting until our apartment was “put together” but honestly moving is an expensive process and our place probably won’t be fully put together for a while because we’re spacing out our purchases and choosing responsibly. BUT we do have most of our furniture in! And hunting for ethical, sustainable, & fair trade furniture was tricky! But here are a few places I found! And if you’re interested in watching my apartment tour video to see the specific furniture we purchased click here.

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Ethically Made & Fair Trade Furniture

I wanted to take the time to research ethically made & fair trade furniture, so that we could invest in quality pieces that would last us and feel confident in making these large purchases knowing our furniture way ethically made. Shopping for fair trade furniture can be a big investment we took our time, took advantage of seasonal sales, and learned that some furniture brands have payment plans which allowed us pay through monthly payments. Here's what I discovered and some of the ethical furniture brands we purchased from.

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Ethical Clothing Brand Alternatives to Your Mall Favorites

Jumping into ethical fashion can be intimidating….where do you start? Here is an ethical fashion guide to help consumers transition their shopping habits based on the clothing brands they already know and love. I’ve provided some ethical clothing brands as alternatives that have similar styles to these well known brands.

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35 Ethical Jewelry & Accessory Brands

Ethical jewelry and accessories are a great starting point for joining the conscious consumerism movement. Check out these inspirational jewelry brands using their accessories to empower others and create social change.

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6 Easy, Affordable Fair Trade Pantry Swaps

If you’re looking for an easy way to incorporate fair trade into your lifestyle starting with pantry swaps and food items is an easy starting point! Consider swapping these items you purchase regularly for fair trade brands. Your simple swap will make a huge difference in the lives of farmers and the environment.

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Reminders & Reflections from the 2018 Fair Trade Fashion Show

Back in November I had the honor of attending the Fair Trade Fashion Show in Los Angeles. It took me about a month, but I’m finally sitting down and reflecting. The Fair Trade Fashion Show was a magical event. It was wonderful to see so many fashion activists, change-makers, and creatives in one place. f

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Looking Beyond Fair Trade Certified

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about Fair Trade Certified products. I buy certified products all the time. I think it’s great that there are third parties that can verify the ethics of a brand. And I believe they should be compensated for their time. I think their stamp of approval on products is helpful to consumers because it makes it easy for shoppers to identify products that are positively impacting the world.

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Acacia Creations: Connecting Consumers & Makers Through Fair Trade Jewelry

Acacia Creations creates sustainable employment opportunities in developing communities through empowerment and the creation of fair trade jewelry.

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My New Favorite Tony's Chocolonely Chocolate Bar

My friends at Tony's Chocoloney were so kind to send me some of their newly released flavors and a few of their traditional chocolate bars! Tony's Chocoloney crafts sweet, slave-free chocolate bars! Their chocolate bars come in a variety of unique flavors and can be found online or in certain stores. 

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Ethical Style Living Out of a Carry On for 3 Weeks: Clothes to Pack

Jake & I decided to pack lite for our trip because we didn't want to be hauling around massive suitcases through the train stations and airports. So this meant packing three weeks worth of clothes into one tiny suitcase. So what do you bring?

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Liz Alig: Fair Trade & Fashion Forward

Liz Alig strives to create functional, fair-trade fashion for the modern woman. Liz Alig's purposeful fashion is crafted with a transparent supply chain, socially responsible materials, and positive impact for growing communities. 

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The Documentary You NEED To Watch

With another Fashion Revolution Week in the books, I just wanted to encourage everyone to educate themselves. A few weeks ago was the 5th anniversary of Rana Plaza. Basically, Rana Plaza was a garment factory that collapsed in 2013 killing over 1,000 workers in the Bangladesh factory.

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Slave Free & Sweet: Tony's Chocolonely

With Valentine's Day coming up chocolate sales are on the rise. Thankfully our friends at Tony's Chocolonely are giving the chocolate industry some much needed love. Child labor and human trafficking are major issues in the chocolate industry. It is estimated that in Ghana and the Ivory Coast 2.3 million children work on cocoa farms, 90% of which are under illegal conditions. 

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Fair Trade Fashion Show

Founded in 2015, The Fair Trade Fashion Show is a nonprofit striving to educate consumers, shine a light on ethical fashion, and raise awareness of certain social issues. Fair Trade Fashion Shows are hosted in the Los Angeles area featuring a variety of fair trade brands, while raising money for anti-trafficking organizations.

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Ethical Valentine's Day Gift Guide

Looking for a gift to show your special someone how much they mean to you? How about a gift with a story! Whether you're shopping for your special someone, a gal pal, or treating yourself I recommend checking out these fun gifts that empower others. 

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Eye Catching Ethical Valentine's Day Looks

Whether you're planning to celebrate Valentine's Day with your closest friends or with a special someone, you know you want to look your best. Check out these fabulous ethical looks that are perfect for the occasion. 

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Unique Style & Inspiring Opportunity: Swahili Coast

Swahili Coast is a worker owned co-op in Tanzania specializing in beaded leather accessories. Swahili Coast founders, Caroline & Tony were living in Tanzania doing economic research.

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Style from Around the World: Genesis Fair Trade

If you missed the Genesis Fair Trade feature last month, be sure to check it out here. Genesis Fair Trade is a unique online marketplace featuring fair trade goods crafted by artisan partners dating back to 100 years. I wanted to highlight a few of their products. 

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Style from Around the World: Genesis Fair Trade Story

Genesis Fair Trade is a unique online marketplace featuring fair trade goods crafted by artisan partners dating back to 100 years. By purchasing from Genesis Fair Trade consumers are able to help support fair, sustainable employment while empowering artisans in Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru.

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