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!
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.
It's a bitter pill to swallow when a newly purchased top starts falling apart at the seams before we even get to debut it at work, when the buttons of our new cardigan instantly unravel at the touch of a rowdy toddler, or when jeans go from perfect fit to saggy bottom bummer. One may find themselves thinking "Did I buy these clothes for life or to hang, untouched, in a museum?!?"
My New Neighbour challenges you to get on the road to ethical shopping this New Year!