Staff Guide | November 2015
Ethical Online Shops
We're always on the lookout for curated shops that might make our ethical gift buying a bit more streamlined. These 10 websites sell curated ethical goods from artisans all over the world and are our first go-to when looking for new fair trade and ethically sourced products.
#1. The Little Market
Lauren Conrad and Hannah Skvarla started The Little Market to empower women artisans to rise above poverty and support their families. The online marketplace sells beautiful products handmade by artisans around the world. The Little Market has artisan partners practice fair trade principles, and every purchase from The Little Market generates meaningful income for the artisans and their families.
Inspired by her father, a first-generation immigrant and entrepreneur, Anna Wang saw the great potential to use the power of business to make positive change in the world. Together with her co-founder Jessica Willison, they curate a beautiful collection of beautiful products, handcrafted by artisans in developing communities around the world. Each product from Enrou is accompanied by the story of the person who made it — forging a personal connection between the buyer and maker.
#3. Fair Trade Winds
Fair Trade Winds is an online and offline leader in the Fair Trade movement, seeking out the companies that are betting against fast fashion and mass produced products, and making way for ethical goods. The family owned business has 7 brick and mortar shops across the country and sells a wide selection of fair trade clothing, gifts and home goods through their online marketplace.
#4. The Lost Lanes
After viewing The True Cost, founder of The Lost Lanes, Raquel Wallace, was inspired to transform her online marketplace for fashion, homewares and gifts to only sell ethically made products. The Lost Lanes has worked with their partnering brands to find out from their suppliers, the answers to tough questions about how their products are made and where they source their materials are sourced. The Lost Lanes is now the UK’s largest ethical marketplace, listing over 4,000 ethically made products from over 200 sellers.
Andrew Van-Asselt, has an eye for design and exceptional quality. Eth•ics is his multi-platform retail store that supplies ethical & socially conscious products, created from different companies from around the world. Every brand the marketplace carries has a unique story and every purchase goes directly towards supporting a good cause.
Gokben Yamandag, founder of Lesouque was born and raised in Turkey where she worked as a textile engineer in factories manufacturing clothing for well-known European & American retailers. She witnessed firsthand the harsh working conditions and human rights violations of the fashion industry and realized that cheap fashion and home goods always come at the cost of quality, originality and fair working conditions. Lesouque is her socially-conscious lifestyle marketplace dedicated to bringing consumers carefully curated collection of fresh finds from independent designers committed to ethical production around the world.
#7. 107 Market Street
107 Market Street was started with a desire to connect consumers to artisan created goods from around the world. Both founders, Amy and Sarah, are adoptive and foster parents who want to help keep mothers from having to make the difficult decision of placing their child into an orphanage or foster care in order for them to be fed and educated. 107 Market street works to give mothers sustainable income by reaching broader markets, ensuring that families can meet their own basic needs.
#8. We Dash Love
At We Dash Love, the aim is simple: Deliver threads and finds that you don’t have to question. They support the organizations that share a bright dream of the future and work with like minded people to encourage others to ask the simple questions: where did it come from? What were they paid? What impact did its production have on our earth?
Frustrated with a lack of do-goodery and the challenge of finding products that give back, sisters Kelli and Lindsay Byers, brought together charities and goods to create Society B. The online marketplace that connects socially minded people with businesses that give back to make the world a better place. They also donate 10% of sales to a featured charity each month.
#10. Bought Beautifully
Bought Beautifully is a not for profit organization that connects people with products that impact the world for good. The Christian-based organization encourages people to revaluate and think consciously about their purchases, and how these purchases impact both people and the planet, providing a curated selection of ethically made goods.