Products that empower people to take individual responsibility in making the world a better place.
Products that inherently help people and the planet EX: biodegradable phone case, metal straw, bamboo toothbrush
Products that are exclusively made by marginalized groups EX: adults with autism, victims of sex trafficking, single moms
ACTS OF KINDNESS
Products whose sales result in a tangible, traceable, act of kindness EX: the removal of 1 lb. of trash from the ocean
Products whose proceeds are donated to a reputable non-profit organization.
TRAVEL WITH PURPOSE
Products that give back to an international community that customers can travel to themselves and directly give back through volunteer trips.
In order to change the world and become a conscious consumer, the first part of making an impact is taking individual responsibility. No matter how little that step is, you have to believe that you can and you will make a difference. And then start yourself, be the change you wish to see in your community. Just carrying a phone in a biodegradable phone case can make difference.
Paying attention to what materials make up our goods, is a significant way to make an impact. About 150 million plastic phone cases end up in our landfills each year, each one taking up to 1,000 years to decompose. When you choose items in your home, your everyday life stay away from plastic, or other materials harmful for the environment. Choose paper, recyclable, reusable whenever you can. And when it comes to clothing, think organic, pesticide free, natural fibers.
Each time we purchase something, we must also remember the people who were involved in the process. Every step of a supply chain, from the farmers to the factories where our goods come from, people are affected. Were they paid a living wage? Were they provided with fair opportunities? Jewelry line handmade by survivors of sex trafficking, providing girls a life of freedom, dignity, and hope. Choosing Fairtrade, slow fashion, and brands that are transparent about supply chains is important to the well being of humanity. To consume consciously also means to think about where your proceeds go.
Sometimes it can result in a direct tangible acts of kindness like the shirt in our store. Not only was it ethically made, but its profits were also used to plant 10 trees. This social enterprise even goes another level to include you in the process of giving, by providing you with a code upon purchase that allows you to actually track where your trees will be planted.
Sometimes the acts of kindness can be through charitable proceeds; a dress for example helps to fund the construction of a school in Uganda.
And last but not least, because this whole journey started through our travels to Nepal, we decided that being a conscious impactful person including traveling with purpose. The best way to make change, is to be the change – everywhere you go. Whether you are moving about locally in your community or globally across the world, give back when you can. Choose to be a part of the solution, and spread this lifestyle, this movement. Give back on your spring and winter breaks, donate your time to a meaningful mission. You can create a ripple effect of change.