It IS possible to shop with purpose and intention. It IS possible that our purchases can make a difference in the lives of real men and women around the world. Join me and shop small; make ethical purchases that matter.
The list of companies we can purchase through to make a real difference in the world is growing. Sometimes it’s overwhelming to sort through it all. This list is intended as a place to get you started.
Buying used is always an ethical choice. The amount of clothing we go through as a nation and world is quite staggering. Secondhand shops abound and a simple Google search will allow you to find one local to you.
For those who want to buy new, there is an eclectic variety of companies listed below where your purchase can truly make a difference for those who are creating these products. Every company listed with a description is a company I have personally researched and purchased from. Some of them have separate blog posts you can read about and if they don’t, one may be coming soon.
Companies included on this list (in alphabetical order) are considered to be ethical companies by my definition. Simply defined, shopping ethically means the goods are either made in the USA, or from companies with fair-trade or organic certification, or whose employees are paid fair wages for their work. Many of these companies employ women rescued from trafficking around the world or given fair-trade work to help escape poverty.
Please note: Some of these companies are affiliate companies. I do make a certain percentage when you use my link in the form of commission or credit back to the company. Those companies are marked with a *.
Crowned Free is a unique clothing company who works to make a difference in the lives of trafficking victims both here in the USA and around the world. Currently, about 60% of their line is sewn the US. Of those clothes, 15% is donated to organizations who fight trafficking. The remainder of the line is sewn by sex trafficking survivors. The ultimate message of Crowned Free is for women to know their beauty and value. This company also offers a direct sales opportunity.
Elegantees works with survivors of trafficking in Nepal to provide redemptive work through their sewing center. You can find my initial post about this company here. Clothing from this line are often tops with a unique flair; simple but elegant. Most are solid colors (which is my fave) and so it’s easy to find tops that work for jeans or your favorite leggings. Elegantees also offers a line of dresses! In addition, they have a line made with organic cotton. Elegantees also has an adorable line for little girls you can find here.
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The owners of this small ethical company work with sex trafficking survivors in Cambodia who have redemptive work creating goods such as tablecloths and napkins, bags, and clothing. They also partner with other organizations who are doing ethical work locally and around the world. You can check them out here where I shared a bit about this amazing company.
An amazing line for basics such as underwear, undershirts, tanks and socks, PACT also has an amazingly soft and comfortable line of sweatshirts and leggings. I’m not one for crazy prints and prefer to buy leggings from a fair-trade brand anyway so PACT is a perfect fit.
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Oh, right, I can’t go more than 10 seconds without mentioning this awesome ethical company! Sometimes a simple wardrobe can be perked up and given a new look just with a new lipstick color or different eyeshadow look. Poofy offers more than makeup, though and you can read here about why I choose this certified organic, made by hand brand for everything personal care.
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This lovely line of jewelry is created by women freed from sex trafficking in India and CA. Women are paid a fair wage and given dignified work. When you use my link, you get 30% off (I get some points too to use towards a store credit).
Want some amazingly cute shoes handmade by artisans in Guatemala? Look no further than the Root Collective. You can see my write-up about the company at this link. Use my personal affiliate link to get 10% off! Join their mailing list and get an awesome mini ebook with a list of ethical companies to choose from.
Locally owned here in my small town, Soulshine has a heart of its own and carries only ethically produced, made in the USA or fair trade products. The owners have an amazing heart and you can read more about them in this post. They are open for shopping the first weekend of the month, by appointment, or online anytime. Or find their traveling vintage van at pop-ups.
Starfish Project works with exploited women escaping trafficking in Asia and gives them a not only employment to make jewelry to provide an income for their families, but also shelter, counseling, and education. The starfish motto comes from the well-known story of the starfish being tossed back into the ocean. We can make a difference for one person and it truly matters. I was so impressed with the quality of the necklace I purchased that I wanted to join them as an advocate (link coming soon).
Ten Thousand Villages
Ten Thousand Villages partners with artisans and makers around the world to carry goods that range from jewelry and mugs to woven rugs and handcrafted good for your home. All workers are paid fair-wages for their goods up front so even if the products don’t sell in the store, the workers have still been paid. You can shop online or at a variety of storefronts. See their website for more information This is an awesome place to shop for gifts for all occasions!
Sometimes my husband feels left out of all the great ethical shopping I have options to so we were thrilled to find this company for him to buy tee-shirts. This Wrap Certified company provides a year of clean water with every purchase. You can check out their small line of shirts for men and women at their website.
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This is another company my husband has purchased from but they also carry clothing for women too. This WRAP certified company pays fair wagers in countries around the world and use a sustainable model with a lot of recycled fabrics, organic fabrics, and recycling their water use. You can find out more at their website.
Trades of Hope is a party planning/sales opportunity for women who not only want to share beautiful jewelry, bags, and accessories but want to support women around the world with fair trade wages and redemptive work. TOH partners with artisans and communities around the world where their artisans create pieces and are paid up front for their work. Reps for the company can share these pieces with friends and family at in-home and online events.
This lovely jewelry company partners with Gems Uncovered and donates 40% of every purchase to the fight against human trafficking. You can read more about them and get to know the owner in my blog feature at this link.
The following companies are ones that I’ve researched and wouldn’t hesitate to purchase through. Many are ones that I will likely purchase from in the future. I wanted to include them with links should their products interest you. This list will continue to grow as I learn more.