Education and awareness can be the first steps towards making more consumer conscious decision. Unethical practices socially, politically and foremost economically have ignited consumer buying power to be a transforming force in the market. Knowledge and advocacy can also be a driving force in improving unethical business practices.
Ethical consumerism motivations are to transform and shape the global market to align with ethical business practices. Buying Ethically doesn't mean outdated or out of fashion; these products are authentic and meaningful. They are beautifully inspired by cultures all around the world and made with high-quality materials.
Ethical consumerism is contributing to the impact of business operations on a global and local level. Ethical consumerism is creating empowerment by discerning and choosing to support ethical businesses operations with buying power and boycott business that are considered unethical.
Here are some resources and information on ethical consumer goods. There are articles, shopping guides as well as links to company websites, take a shop around, these goods are inspiring, authentic and most of all ethical.
Ten Thousand Villages
Ten Thousand Villages is an exceptional source for unique handmade gifts, jewellery, home decor, art and sculpture, textiles, and personal accessories supporting cooperatives from all over the worlds and representing the diverse cultures of artisans. Ten Thousand Village Shops are located throughout North America.
Beulah London Beulah London is a luxury fashion brand based on British design, heritage and the empowerment of women. Alongside the label’s commercial operation sits the Beulah Trust, a charitable foundation with a clear goal of supporting projects and initiatives that create sustainable livelihoods for victims of trafficking. http://www.beulahlondon.com/
MUJUS Jewellery and Accessories -Paola Delgado a designer from New York, mixes Peruvian traditional styles with urban life by mixing indigenous materials to create contemporary pieces of jewellery.
SoleRebels SoleRebels is an amazing footwear company founded in 2004 by company founder and managing director Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu in her community of Zenabwork, Ethiopia http://www.solerebels.com/
Oliberté is a sustainable brand supporting workers’ rights in sub-Saharan Africa. We believe in empowerment, transparency, and doing right by all. Oliberté makes high- quality leather items, such as shoes and bags
Viva Terra offers a wide range of fair trade and eco-friendly products. Many of Viva Terra's products are beautifully hand crafted from artisans around the world. Check Vida Terra's shopping site to see some of the amazing items and diverse selection. Viva Terra's products give back when you buy them. They make a great gift that keeps giving.
Bhava Studio believes that the victims of the current fashion system have no voice. BHAVA Studio uses leather alternatives for premium footwear and is an animal free company. Bhava studio goes beyond by using leather alternatives to include the environment, protection of animals, animal cruelty, working conditions, and the customers. Plus their designs are amazing and really fashionable!
Hope this article was ethically enlightening! Enjoy!
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