My name is Emily. I am on a mission to share the stories of social enterprises, spread the word about ethically made goods, and empower consumers.
I started The Honest Consumer because, while studying social enterprise at Belmont University, I was exposed to many businesses impacting various communities. As I told my friends about these social enterprises, they were interested too, but did not know where to find socially responsible goods. Through my studies I realized, as a fast paced society, we have the luxury of quickly purchasing all our goods in one quick stop. While the instantaneity may be convenient, this has created a disconnect. We do not always take the time to stop and ask the tough questions: Who made this? Why is this so cheap? How is this good impacting the lives of those who produced it?
I was inspired and wanted to create a trust worthy outlet for people to find products with an impact. I want consumers to be excited about what they are buying, where it is coming from, and the difference their purchase can make. I speak with most of the companies I feature, either by phone or in person, to accurately share their story with my followers.
Since launching in 2016 The Honest Consumer has experienced an incredible organic growth rate. I am amazed everyday to see the amount of people who care. Consumerism is moving in a positive direction. Through the growth of this community I've been able to collaborate with some amazing companies and inspiring business owners. I have had the honor of being featured on The Good Trade, Social Change Nation, Belmont ETP, & The Nashville Guide. Recently, I was able to expand to launch my own mini-marketplace, Give a Damn Goods, as well as, a wholesale program to help retailers discover new social impact brands, Give a Damn Goods Wholesale.
Eventually, I would love to gain enough following so that I am able to travel and show followers what businesses are impacting their community, but for now I'm just writing for fun! I am SO grateful for the support I have received so far. I am excited to see where this journey leads. Be sure to follow The Honest Consumer on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and sign up for the weekly newsletter.
As I am The Honest Consumer, I want to be straight forward with you, some of the posts are sponsored or contain affiliate links, which means if you purchase an item The Honest Consumer receives a commission, however, our commission is at no additional expense to you! :) If you choose to make a purchase we appreciate your support. The commission received helps keep the site as a free resource to those interested in conscious consumerism. However, I only collaborate with companies that I truly believe in their products and the cause they are supporting. I put a lot of time into researching, writing, photographing, interviewing, and testing goods. I pour my whole heart into this and hope that one day I am able to make this a full time job while keeping promotion affordable for socially responsible companies.
If there is a certain business you would like to see featured, please reach out. I am always open to suggestions. If you're interested in purchasing products from the companies featured, please check out the Directory. If you are interested in learning more about conscious consumerism and social enterprise, check out the Resources tab.
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