Staff Guide | September 2016
Our Favorite Shops For Fair Trade & Ethical Gifts
Giving fair trade or ethically made gifts are a natural way to pass on a passion for ethics through a product that has a story. Often readers tell us their first ever Fair Trade purchase was a gift for a friend. Buying ethically made gifts are not only a great opportunity to support businesses that are making a difference, but to share this value with our friends and loved ones. These 10 online shops 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 and gifts. Happy shopping and please tell us your favorites!
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.
2. TEN THOUSAND VILLAGES
For over 70 years, Ten Thousand Villages has been a pioneer of the Fair Trade movement laying the groundwork for sustainable change in over 30 developing countries by providing a space for people to take charge of their own lives and build something for themselves. We absolutely love what they stand for and the fact that each piece of jewelry, housewares and decor is created by independent small-scale artisan groups, co-ops and workshops and are crafted with love using local materials and time-honored skills.
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. We love their commitment to sourcing the best of ethical products and gifts.
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.
MadeFAIR is a thriving fashion boutique that partners with ethical fashion labels from around the world bringing transparency and responsibility to the global marketplace. They carry contemporary Fair Trade, sustainable, and eco-friendly apparel and accessories from some of our favorite ethical brands.
6. Ethical Market
After viewing the documentary The True Cost, founder of Ethical Market, Raquel Wallace, was inspired to transform her existing online marketplace for fashion, homewares and gifts to only sell ethically made products. The Ethical Market is now the UK’s largest ethical marketplace, listing over 4,000 ethically made products from over 200 sellers.
ZADY recognizes the systemic issues behind mistreated workers, toxic chemicals and disposable wears within the fashion industry and they have built a company that proves there is a better way. They are a lifestyle destination for conscious consumers and carry a curated collection of clothing, accessories and home items for women and men that respect both people and planet. We love their sophisticated selection of brands and products and feel we can't go wrong with buying any gift from their site!
Ethica’s goal is to connect consumers and companies that share a commitment to social and environmental responsibility. At Ethica, every product has a story and every choice has an impact.The online retailer carries a number of ethical fashion brands from emerging designers, and allows you to shop a high-style selection of ethical and sustainable labels. We love their clean aesthetic and are constantly looking to their site for new ethical product inspiration.
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.
Frustrated with 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 connects socially minded people with businesses that give back. In addition, they also donate 10% of all sales (not just profits) to the charity of your choice between 5 of their partnered nonprofit partners.