As we set to go on our shopping sprees for the holidays we may want to consider products that go beyond a simple purchase. There are many wonderful conscious e-commerce stores that are working to do more with the products they sell, than just sell a brand or a product. They have integrated the making or manufacturing of goods as means to promote work, create long-term sustainability, and combat income disparity.
Shopping is changing. People want to shop for items that have more meaning; linked to a greater chain of good. With so many different representations of social good brands, we urge you to think about the sustainability that you are injecting along with your purchase. Sometimes it just takes a little forethought and planning.
Generally we all want to do good and if we can make our money do more than just buy a product, we would consciously choose those products over others. So how will you know what brands are doing good in a sustainable and long-term manner, without exhausting your time in research? We have two easy tips:
With these guidelines we can better trust that the brand or social business we are purchasing from is promoting independence for the makers/artisans of the products and also investing in a long term economic resurgence for the communities involved.
Maybe the thought of searching for greater knowledge and impact seems daunting. After-all we are a busy bunch and we need to get our shopping and giving done quickly. That's perfectly reasonable. So we hope this helps to narrow down your search time.
So this season, instead of giving your $1000 to charity or buying from regular retailers, buy goods from conscious retailers committed to improving income disparity and working to keep handmade, skilled traditions as viable sources of income. Your purchase will be valued, will promote work from the makers to the marketers and you'll know that you used your own, hard earned income in a wise manner.
There are several fair-trade, conscious commerce, social good businesses doing it right. Online and brick and mortar retailers that are bringing back to our markets, much nicer quality, unique products, made with passion and love. You sometimes can almost feel the hands of the makers.
By the way, to purchase from these conscious outlets you will want to plan ahead. Because most of us work with small makers, there are capacity limits and there are longer delivery times. TheMakerWorld.com makes this process a little more tolerable by providing you with a complimentary "IOU" card for you to send your loved one while they wait for their product. We have both an all-occasion card and a holiday card. We also provide a chance for your gift recipient to set up a time to view their product being made by their product's maker. A wonderful way to feel, value and love the product even more.
May your giving always be Conscious, Blissful, and Sustainable! Thank you for spreading the word about conscious, paced e-commerce and sustainable impact brands. Happy Shopping!
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The Maker World aims to promote sustainable livelihoods and preserving maker trades, slow fashion style. To that end, a minimum of 10% of our sales revenue goes to incentivizing new talent, providing tools, education, training, support, and apprenticing for individual makers or maker communities. This year you've contributed to the fulfillment of a dream and entrepreneurial incubation of clothing designer, natural talent, and single mother Leidy Johanna Meneses from Barichara, Colombia. We've mentored, advised, and provided entrepreneurial and financial support for her to fulfill her first clothing collection launch.
She's now selling this collection in her hometown and is available to design custom styles by contacting her on Facebook page, @WonderfulladyDesigns. She's now equipped with ability and know-how on how to build her own custom-design business. Your support has made this possible and together we thank you for contributing to sustainable livelihoods, and skills development and preservation.
The UN reports that "470 million jobs are needed globally for new entrants to the labour market between 2016 and 2030."
When one considers the daunting numbers needed to sustain a future generation working, we can feel dejected, but we can't give up; we need to unite.
It really takes a village to meet these global needs for our future generations; a real challenge that needs to be faced through Human Solidarity and action from retailers, customers, and makers. The Maker World, has chosen to step up to the plate as a conscious business that pays fair market value, contributes back to makers and their communities, and gives customers excellent quality goods and an opportunity to contribute to this effort, through better purchases.
In commemoration of International Mountain Day we honor Ana Felicia, Cooking Ceramics Maker...
When I met Ana Felicia in 2016, her beautiful #Maker demeanor shone through like a breath of fresh air. She was ready to show us her stock of pots, pans, skillets, and plates. The 85 year old Alfarera works squatting on a stool, on top of a wooden surface and solely by hand without a pottery wheel. Just manipulation of clay, water, patience, love, and skills. She's the last of a generation of #ceramicsmakers that kept her region's mountain families cooking in one of the most natural and ancient ways: #handmadepottery