Wednesday, December 5, 2012
The enterprises that exist for this purpose are too many to count. Here is just a sampling:
31 Bits fashion-forward jewelry
Apparent Project upcycled jewelry
Beaded Hope jewelry and decor
Connected in Hope scarves
Eve Echo hand soaps and sanitizers
Five ACCESSORIES handbags and jewelry
Krochet Kids knit hats
Light Gives Heat beaded jewelry
Mend Project bags and totes
Movement 21 bags and belts
Nakate Project beaded jewelry
Okoa jewelry from five countries
Project Repeat upcycled T shirt blankets and accessories
Prosperity Candle home gifts and candles
Proud Mary Textiles
Same Sky glass bead jewelry
Sole Hope handcrafted shoes
VirtuArte apparel and home decor
Women's Bean Project gourmet food gift baskets and jewelry
WORN knitted scarves
Zimbags totes, handbags and more
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
The fourth (better) day of Christmas is dedicated to providing the most basic of necessities to our fellow man. And you can do it with your regular holiday gift shopping!
Cellar Thief sells wine at competitive prices and donates money to clean water efforts with every bottle sold.
Hydros Bottle exists to sell reusable water bottle bottles to provide clean water for the one in seven people who lack it worldwide.
In addition to helping other causes, five percent of the profits from Just Love Coffee goes to fund clean water projects all over the world.
MiiR donates a portion of its proceeds from every water bottle sold to build wells where they're most needed around the globe.
One-hundred percent of the profits from One Hundred Apparel support clean water projects.
Three Avocados works with Ugandan farmers to produce great-tasting coffee and also finances the building of wells in the African country.
Monday, December 3, 2012
It's a pervasive, complex problem in our modern world — a battle whose front line we all should be on. For those who have been waiting to take arms in defense of their fellow man, the holiday season is a perfect starting point. Available at your finger tips are hundreds of gift ideas made either by survivors of modern-day slavery or the warriors who fight for their rescue.
Delicate Fortress Creations purchases wholesale goods at Fair Trade prices from organizations that fight forced labor of all kinds and sell them by category on their site (this bracelet was made by men and boys rescued from forced prostitution in Thailand).
International Sanctuary reintegrates former victims of human trafficking into society through the sale of beautiful, handmade products.
All Lusso Bags are either Fair Trade or Made in the USA and their sale empowers women to avoid or safely exit the sex trade by providing alternative employment.
The name of the organization Made by Survivors speaks for itself. Among other things, former victims of trafficking and other human rights abuse work in highly respected professions and develop business leadership skills.
In conjunction with the International Princess Project, Punjammies are the stylish product of women in holistic aftercare following their escape from forced prostitution.
Radiant Cosmetics were created for the sole purpose of raising funds as well as awareness for the fight against human trafficking. A wide variety of make-up and make-up tools are sold.
The S.E.T. Boutique offers alternative shopping options — from clothing to accessories to housewares — made by socially responsible suppliers to end modern-day slavery and exploitation.
Stop Traffick Fashion sell bags, jewelry T shirts and body products, all made by women who have survived inside, and now thrive outside, human trafficking
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Me Two You works to provide the most basic of comforts to young boys and girls who find themselves in an unfamiliar place: blankets. Using a buy-one, give-one business model, customers pay for one baby blanket to keep and, in return, a baby blanket is donated to an orphaned child in China.
In addition to providing for the basic necessities of orphans around the globe through the sale of an apparel line, 147 helps adoptive parents complete their forever families by offering handmade goods to raise funds. There is a wide variety of products to choose from.
Common Threadz carries a large, diverse inventory of shirts (as well as some jewelry) with original designs to support its grassroots efforts in orphan care. Every item purchased means either a school uniform for a young, orphaned African or a month's worth of meals. How great is that?
Remember our theme for this series: You don't have to choose between buying great gifts for your loved ones and giving greatly to charity. This holiday season, think outside the gift box!