Looking for socially responsible companies? We recommend supporting these socially responsible businesses. Their products are wonderfully made by true artisans and serve a greater purpose, benefitting the makers, the buyers, and the common good.
When you purchase and enjoy Kazi handcrafted goods, you are creating opportunities for men and women across Africa to thrive. It’s that simple. Inspired living, opportunities to thrive. Go ahead, take in your love for the world every day and share in the delight of connecting with African artisans.
Their business model reaches deep into rural villages in the developing world and provides training and fair wage jobs that restore dignity and promote self-sufficiency – they see it as the way forward for sustainable development in Africa.
Founders, Greg Stone and Alicia Wallace, created KAZI to connect world loving, fashion-forward consumers to beautifully handcrafted products that do good and tell a story.
Alleviating poverty across rural Africa isn’t a dream. It’s a passion they live and think hard about. And it’s not complicated to understand how you can be part of the solution.
Kazi employs more than 300 artisans and the average artisan has 5.7 dependents. When you purchase their artisan-made goods you are helping to support more than 21,000 people.
Working every day to create jobs that make a difference.
“Fair trade isn’t a movement. It’s a call to action for each and every one of us to live responsible lifestyles, ensuring we’re caring for those down the line whom many of our everyday choices affect.”
– ALICIA WALLACE, COO
KAZI is a member of the Fair Trade Federation. As a member of the federation, we believe in the principles that guide its overall mission and are required of each member. We take to heart the core purposes of fair trade. We care for all of the individuals we serve and work to ensure that they have an opportunity to improve their lives and the lives of their family.
Ethic Goods provides economic empowerment for women rescued from human trafficking and those at risk of exploitation. We work primarily in South East Asia, and partner with non-profits that provide holistic care (counseling, education, and healthcare), focus on strengthening the family unit and have demonstrated a community-centered approach. They also believe business has a role to play in empowering the women they work with, which is where we come in. By coming alongside these magnificent ladies to develop their business skills, they have the opportunity to provide for their families and set their children on a new, hope-filled path.
EACH PIECE IS HANDCRAFTED BY THE WOMAN IT HELPS EMPLOY. THROUGH WEARING ETHIC GOODS, YOU BECOME A MEANINGFUL PART OF HER STORY, AND GIVE FREEDOM TO WOMEN AROUND THE WORLD.
Ethic is based in Washington, DC. We work with our artisans to design each line, and while we are designers by trade, our real mission is to use what we love (FASHION!) to help women across the globe heal, step into their potential, and leave a great legacy for their kids. We believe in solving problems creatively, living with purpose, and loving big. Our artisans inspire us to live a beautiful life, regardless of what’s happened. We think their courageous, adventurous, and resilient spirit is contagious in each piece.
Malia Designs was formed to increase economic opportunity for women in Cambodia and to support organizations that fight human trafficking in Southeast Asia.
Their products are made by Fair Trade producer groups that employ disadvantaged people in Cambodia. By bringing their crafts to Western markets, we can expand their access to sustainable income.
Malia Designs also aims to help victims of Human Trafficking by donating to organizations working in this arena. Human Trafficking is a multi-billion dollar illegal trade affecting millions of people every year. We believe that one way to counteract this global issue is to increase access to economic opportunity in the most affected areas.
Through your purchase of Malia Designs, you too can “Carry a Cause.”
These sustainable businesses care for the world we live in, and that their handcrafted products are made with the same level of care. We love these companies that practice sustainability. They source ethically and use reclaimed or repurposed goods.
Cate and Levi
Cate & Levi artisans use reclaimed wool to craft this very attractive handcrafted Bunny hand puppet
- Handcrafted from Premium Reclaimed Wool, no two puppets are identical, as each puppet has a unique color combination
- Size: 12 inch height (30.5 cm). Hand Wash Or Machine Wash Warm, Dry Low.
- Great extension of any good storytelling. Children are mesmerized with the movement and interaction of a puppet. Sized to fit adults and children
- Hand Puppets are excellent for motor skills, hand-eye coordination, communication skills, and self-confidence
- Proudly Handmade in Toronto, Canada by a family-owned business.
Our hand puppets are safe for children to play with. No two Cate and Levi Premium Reclaimed Wool Puppets will ever be the same. Each one is made from reclaimed wool whose colors and textures are individually selected. Not only is this process environmentally responsible, but it ensures that each animal is truly a one of a kind creation never to be duplicated.
ESPE makes all vegan handbags and backpacks. ESPE is bold and beautiful. They’re not that handbag that everyone carries or that plain wallet with just the logo. They’re all about fresh designs, functional styles, and the “you have to tell me where you bought that” talk.
They chose vegan for a reason. Meet Eva & Arthur – the story of an upbeat designer and her Jack Russell Terrier. She started off with a few designs of her puppy (now a grown-up dog!) and branched off into collections of whimsical cats, butterflies, and ladybugs.
They aim high for social, ethical and environmental sustainability in everything they do – through raw materials to where and how they manufacture, office systems and support for other interests. Wishbone Design Studio is committed to measurably improving their sustainability performance year by year.
Wishbone has an anti-consumption stance. They want to reduce consumption overall. Wishbone designs toys for true longevity:
- Multi-functional, transformational toys
- Highest quality construction
- 100% repairable (every part can be purchased later)
Wishbone products encourage independence, active lifestyles and family bonding.
Wishbone’s Mini-Flip meets the criteria of a “Waldorf toy”:
- Nourishing to the senses: toys which are smooth and warm to touch are calming.
- Beautiful & made from natural materials: teaches caring, regard and respect for the environment.
- Simple, without detail: Toys with minimal facial & other details offer a richer imaginative experience.
- Inspire imitative play: Mini-Flip is a car, horse, baby buggy, wheelbarrow, family pet.
We believe in supporting Small Businesses owned and operated by women, artisans, coops, and independent makers. Here are some of our favorite ethical and socially responsible small businesses owned by talented and environmentally conscious individuals.
About the Artisan
In a world of fast fashion and disposable accessories, Elaine B makes jewelry that is perfect when the time comes to upgrade. They only used recycled silver, responsibly sourced stones, handmade processes, and only partner with individual makers they personally know and respect.
Elaine Butcher studied metalsmithing and glass blowing at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. Inspired by minimal but inventive designs, rough stones, and geometric shapes, and the versatility of jewelry meant for work or play, she created her small business.
Elaine transplanted to Detroit, Michigan in the spring of 2017. She quickly set up a studio & workshop in the downtown district of Cass Corridor, found a team of kick-ass ladies to help keep her in check, and carried on.
- Moulin Roty is a tiny communal village in western France that began in 1972 as a quest for a healthier and more rewarding lifestyle.
- Moulin Roty searches for the very best materials, selecting most of their fabrics from France and the rest from Europe because of their design and technical quality, as well as their non-toxicity. (Oeko-Tex certified).
- All solid wood used, mainly beech wood, comes from forests that are managed ecologically and that respect quotas for felling and re-planting.
- All our toys are tested according to the European Standard EN71 parts I, II, II & IV and the American Standards specified in the CPSIA.
- In 1980 Moulin Roty becomes a worker-owned cooperative. To ensure the development and the durability of the company, the founding members adopt the status of Co-op (SCOP in French) to be able to preserve the founding values of the brand: solidarity, sharing and respect.
Creative Energy Candles
2 in 1 Soy Lotion Candles are a great way to help set a mood, make your home look great and have it smell of all kinds of fresh plants, herbs and flavors that can brighten up your home and relax you!
Natural Anti-Aging Lotion for Your Skin – The Creative Energy Candle is a hand-poured soy candle. When burned, it melts to create a beautiful aroma, as well as a luxurious and healthy body lotion for your skin. We use only the finest quality all natural soybean wax and certified organic extra virgin coconut oil, which has natural anti-aging properties and moisturizing effect when applied to the skin.
Our candles also include a healthy combination of vitamins A, E and K, providing essential minerals and antioxidant properties to enhance wellness. These earthbound properties play a major role in protecting our skin’s elasticity while achieving an overall balance of healthy skin.
Pour a small amount of melted wax into the palm of your hand, and gently massage it into the hands, feet, or back. Or just sit back and enjoy the wonderful fragrance of your Creative Energy Candle.
Essential Oils – You have probably seen or even used plenty of candles that you can get from your local department store or grocery store that have different scents to them. These candles are usually made with fragrance oils, something that is very different from essential oils.
Fragrance oils are manufactured, synthetic products that use chemicals to help create a fragrance or smell. People can feel overpowered by the scents because the fragrance is so strong and does not even smell natural.
When you get candles that use essential oils, the fragrance is derived from the actual oils of the plants, herbs or fruits that are in the fragrance. When you smell orange blossom in a candle it is the oil from a real orange blossom, giving you a much more natural, pleasing scent.
If you want to enjoy a fragrance from your candle that is authentic and can really transport you, you want to make use of an essential oil candle. Traditional candles can contain all kinds of harmful additives that are not only not good for you but they are bad for the environment as well. Traditional paraffin wax candles are a petroleum-based product and comes from the oil industry and contribute to climate change – the millions of candles produced each year are only adding to the problem.
About the Artisans: We love the women who make these candles in their homes in South Carolina. They are go-getters who have more energy than almost anyone we know. Their passion for their product and their business is infectious. They also have big hearts and give 10% of their proceeds to various charities – including St Jude’s Children’s Hospital.