Earth Day shopping finds

April 22, 2015

If you find yourself lured in by Earth Day shopping deals, consider this little list of ethical and sustainable designers and brands that I’d like you to check out. Some of them are offering Earth Day specials that you might not want to miss out on. But keep in mind that this isn’t a reason to shop. Please shop responsibly and Happy Earth Day!

Edge of Ember

edge of ember mainA contemporary line of edgy, yet feminine jewelry. Each piece is handcrafted in small workshops in Cambodia and Indonesia, and each artisan is paid fair wages to work in humane conditions. This creates a sustainable cycle of trade that works to lift individuals and communities out of poverty. In addition to ethical production standards, 10 percent of all proceeds are donated to local charity programs that focus on preventing sex trafficking.

Kowtow

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For a long time, many of our consumer habits have appeared to have no consequence. It is now quite apparent that there is an imbalance in standards of living throughout the world which is fuelled by the Wests continuing short changing and exploitation of labour markets in the so called third world. We don’t believe anyone who is truly aware of what is going on in the world would want to turn their heads and support a slave trade economy. Being into clothes we decided to do something about it. Certified fair trade organic clothing that is ethically and sustainably made from seed to garment.

forestiere

forestiere mainInspired by tradition, natural history, silviculture, and uncommon artifacts, at forestière we believe in a simple, honest approach to design—one that celebrates timelessness, good craftsmanship, quality materials, and thoughtfulness. We favour the uncommon over the commonplace; the carefully considered over the hurried; the handmade over the mass produced; products with stories behind them and that contain a palpable sense of their maker(s). We believe that the art and objects that a person chooses for their life should be a reflection of these kinds of values, and hope to encourage thoughtful buying by providing our customers with a personal connection to their purchases. We are also committed to low-impact, environmentally conscious and sustainable practices, making a conscious effort to use ethically sourced, reclaimed, vintage, salvaged, deadstock, and natural materials in the creation of our designs, as well as re-usable packaging materials made from recycled fibres.

behno

behno mainIn 2012, Shivam Punjya, behno’s founder, went to India to complete his research on women’s health. Punjya founded behno shortly after the tragic Rana Factory collapse on April 24, 2013. benho has partnered with a large nonprofit in India to create and build a new model of a garment factory in rural Gujarat. The factory will revolutionize the way garment workers are treated, viewed and employed. Along with adhering to international factory standards, the factory will strive to empower female garment workers by executing “The behno Standard”. The behno Standard focuses on ethical garmenting by implementing various programming, ranging from fair wages to garment worker health to eco-consciousness. behno is committed to raising awareness to the craft and character of “made in India” by focusing on high quality luxurious and tailored designs whilst providing our garment workers with empowering and safe working conditions.

VOZ

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VOZ is a collection of luxury artisanal ready-to-wear apparel inspired by the beauty of ancient cultures and ceremonial crafts that was founded by Creative Director Jasmine Aarons in 2012. VOZ honors and empowers artisans creatively, economically and culturally by providing education, sustainable fair-trade employment and a platform designed to preserve and support traditional art forms.

Osei-duro

osei duro mainOsei-duro is based in Los Angeles, CA and Accra, Ghana. We produce our textiles and garments in Ghana, applying traditional techniques such as hand dyeing and weaving. We aim to support the local apparel industry – on both a large and small scale – in becoming sustainable. We work towards a vibrant fashion industry, one that exceeds international production standards while respecting the rights and aesthetics of local makers.

Studio 189

studio 189 mainStudio 189 is a social enterprise created by Rosario Dawson and Abrima Erwiah that consists of creatives who seek to provide a platform to help promote and curate African and African-inspired content through an e-commerce shopping site, a supporting agency and an artisan-produced fashion collection called FASHION RISING COLLECTION, launched in support of V-Day’s One Billion Rising. We focus on creating opportunities for empowerment, education and employment of artisans and creatives.

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