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.Read More
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.Read More
Terra Klay sells teapots, tea cups, and tea to empower Indian artisans, preserve tradition, and encourage conversation about culture.Read More
Pinch Pot Love crafts handmade clay planters, adding the perfect touch to any space. Pinch Pot Love donates 5% of sales to the Crittenton Center in Illinois which provides a safe environment, resources, and care for children.Read More
Make your holiday season a bit brighter with LightShine Candles. A portion of proceeds from LightShine Candles go to Global Outreach Developments International to encourage community development in El Salvador.Read More
WOW! EPA Made founder, Ayaka, has a moving story. She is using her struggle to make an impact in the lives of single mothers. EPA Made provides employment for single mothers through the creation of ethically made apparel and home goods.Read More
I had the honor of having lunch with Dorris from Thistle Farms, last weeks featured social enterprise. Dorris’ story and optimism inspires me. She has come a long way.
Dorris grew up in small town Tennessee in a family with a strong religious background. After witnessing a family member kill her father, Dorris was forever changed. She became addicted to marijuana at age thirteen, which led to a 26-year addiction and 20 years on the streets. During this time Dorris was in and out of jail, raped, and on a downward spiral. While Dorris was in jail she reconnected with her friend Regina, who had also been homeless. Regina shared with Dorris that she was working at Magdalene, a program dedicated to helping women get and stay clean. Dorris asked Reginia to help her get into the Magdalene program. At the time there were around 150 women on the waiting list. The staff of Magdalene said that if Dorris was serious about getting help she would have to call every day.Read More