Once we’ve slimmed down our wardrobes we've found ourselves asking, "Where do I take my used clothing?" Finding the right place for these unwanted items to be reused or properly recycled is an important step in pursuing ethical fashion!
The busy weeks of holiday parties, baking, card writing and just trying to stay warm, tell us we are most certainly in the thick of the holiday season! As the holly jolly time seems to fly by, do you ever wish someone could just assemble that last minute gift for you? A gift with beautiful and thoughtfully made items that will surprise and delight a loved one, a gift that doesn't involve mall parking lots or sifting through crowded store shelves... we think an ethically sourced gift box may be just what you're looking for!
Imagine if with every gift you bought this season you could catch the proud smile of the maker of your purchase, send an email of thanks to a talented artisan who has joyfully customized your gift, or directly support empowering working conditions abroad. All of this is completely possible! We are utterly dazzled by the deluge of ways we've found to support ethical production through gift giving this holiday season. Keep scrolling for our 2016 Holiday Gift Guide!
The idea of shopping ethically for clothing is a noble one, but for a lot of us, actually carrying out this idea can seem daunting. We can relate to having questions like.. Where can I find these "ethical clothes"? Aren't they expensive? How do I know if they're ethical? What does ethical even mean?!
After committing ourselves to a year of shopping ethically for clothes, we've learned a few ways to make surviving ethical shopping a little easier...
From unacceptable working conditions to the release of hazardous and copious amounts of waste - we are all aware to some degree that most of the clothes available to us are harbouring some dirty secrets. Stories of the garment industry are always disturbing, however they usually lack any practical ways to find out how specific brands we have come to love are contributing to making the industry better or worse. When the only production information you can find about a piece of clothing is a tiny tag that says "Made in China" it can feel impossible to ever really know the story behind your clothes.
Once we embraced a commitment to ethically shop for ourselves, our intentions quickly spilled over into our purchases for other people. We have found giving ethical gifts a fantastic way to get creative and discover inspiring brands to show our friends how awesome ethically made products can be. Today we are sharing our go-to shops for gifts that give back!
Fond Boutique initially caught our eye at Market Collective with their curated collection of noticeably unique mid to high end brands, all collected second hand. This Instagram-based consignment shop offers those who do not have the time or will to sift through racks upon racks at second hand stores an opportunity to shop beautifully maintained second hand clothing. Fond Boutique allows the shopper to save time, pay significantly less for high end brands, reduce their consumer waste by buying second hand and receive personal styling help from Tanya, the brains and beauty behind Fond Boutique. You can often find Fond Boutique at Market Collective and Commonwealth Collector's Club OR book a private appointment to shop the collection.
Krochet Kids is a brand we treasure, admire and consistently purchase from. The high quality of their apparel and accessories, company-wide transparency and holistic involvement in their participant's lives make it a warm, fuzzy, feel-good shopping experience.
In collaboration with Deanna Rachel Photography, we put together some photos of us wearing our prized Krochet Kids pieces to share with you the beauty, comfort and warmth they have provided us. Check them out below as we tell you the story of this phenomenal company.
We've decided to use a “Buyerarchy” of Needs as a visual “how to” in pursuing ethical fashion. We hope it will give you inspiration and motivation in regards to the many ways you can pursue conscious shopping. We encourage you to see where on the Buyerarchy your shopping habits can fit into!