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Here at THR3EFOLD, our team is very passionate about creating opportunity for people in the developing world. We are convinced, through our personal travel experience, that providing stable, good jobs is the best way to change lives, communities, and nations for the future. We sat down with Rebecca Travis, Assistant Designer at Mela Artisans to learn why they too have put all their eggs in this basket and how they're doing it. Learn about their economic development through artisan jobs here.
By Cullen Schwartz, Cofounder of DoneGood
Americans spent $1 trillion during the holiday season last year. A trillion!
That’s enough to buy all the sports teams--twice. With even half of that trillion you can own every single one of the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, and MLS teams, and why the hell not, all of NASCAR too. Or with that trillion bucks you could pay for four years of college for every high school junior and senior in America. Or you could put a new Chevy Bolt under the tree of every resident of Texas.
So anyway, it’s a lot.
And in 2016, 60 percent of all online sales during Thanksgiving weekend went to just 10 giant retailers. None of them have a social mission.
By Madeline Bennett | College Correspondent
Holiday shopping as a college student can seem daunting. How are you supposed to buy people gifts when you have limited funds yourself? Much less find gifts with a positive social impact as well. Fortunately, you can find great gifts for your awesome tribe without breaking the bank AND while giving back. Share ethical holiday cheer and save your bank account by opting for these 25 gifts under $25.
It’s that time of year again. Party time! You may or may not be letting your inner hostess run wild, but either way you can definitely count on a slew of invitations to begin pouring in. As you carve out your holiday calendar don’t forget to find some killer hostess gifts to properly thank your party planners. Here’s 7 ethical, and most importantly, affordable hostess gifts to guarantee a home run holiday season.
Here in NYC having a washer dryer in your apartment is the definition of “making it”. Sad we know, but true. As New Yorkers, we give up a lot of modern amenities to live in the city we love. If you are one of them, this blog post will change your life. If you are a normal citizen living anywhere else in the western world, you probably have a washer/dryer in your home but may struggle to care for your handwash or delicate garments. This machine is for you too. Here’s the most sustainable washing machine that’s gentle on your clothes and the planet.
It’s officially the season for the hostess with the mostest. You find random excuses all year to entertain, but in this season you get to go hogwild. So as you get ready to baste the turkey and trim the tree, here’s 11 ethically made home goods you simply must-have to make your holiday entertaining dreams come true.
What if we all clean up our own mess? That’s our motto at MUD Jeans, the first and only
circular denim company. What does sustainable denim mean? Well, it’s quite broad, true, but the five points below should be convincing enough to explain how we do things in this thrilling Dutch growing company.
Riding in the back of trucks, volcanic views and textiles, that would be a very brief summary of my trip to Guatemala with art tourism company Thread Caravan, which hosts artisan workshops around the world. Known for its colorful and vibrant textiles, we ventured throughout the beautiful country, with various modes of transportation, working one-on-one with artisans from Guatemala’s indigenous communities while also exploring and experiencing the local culture, flavors and textiles.
As someone that has always had a deep appreciation and love for artisan craft, I found my eyes opened up in a completely different light than expected. Far beyond traditional travel, on this trip, travelers have the opportunity to connect with a country in a completely immersive, ethical and adventurous way.
By Kathleen Elie, Founder Editor in Chief, Conscious N Chic
So you’ve read the headline, clicked on the link and here you are. You are either looking for new ethical threads or wondering if ethical fashion is for you. You are wondering whether fair trade pieces can provide the same dose of style and function you are accustomed to without breaking the bank. I understand where you are coming from. There is a widespread misconception, which has led many to believe that fair trade fashion is synonymous with bohemian style. As you will discover below, I am far from being a hippie, although my inner flower child likes to come out and play every once in awhile.
In a world obsessed with doing everything bigger and faster decelerating our fashion choices from fast to slow can be challenging. I’ve managed to build a closet to match my busy city lifestyle - edgy, modern and yes, ethical. You can do it too!
In these next few paragraphs, I’ll attempt to show you that ethical fashion is not only for hippies. So sit back, relax and enjoy the ride. Here are 5 of my favorite flower-power-free ethical fashion brands.
It’s no secret that cold-weather clothes make my heart beat a little bit faster. I love the depth of warm colors, the versatility and interest of layers, and the creativity that goes into putting together a cold-weather outfit. Although Summer has it’s perks, after a few months of “shorts, t-shirt, flip-flops, repeat” I get a little bit bored. Fall and Winter, though, bring endless potential and seem to give my wardrobe a much needed boost in motivation once October rolls around.