The End It Project

In the absence of a large independent investigative group, we're forced to take each company's word on their social responsibility. It's practically impossible, without doing a personal, physical inspection, to determine the truthfulness of a company's claims (whether that's an activist group speaking against a company, or a company that holds itself up as exemplary - one could have done poor research, the other may have a high marketing budget, and both are biased).

So, your best options are, in descending order:
- Do without (reexamine need).
- Make it yourself.
- Buy local.
- Shop small.
- Get it secondhand (use things until they cannot be used anymore - and then make something else out of them!)

Finally, 76% of the world's slaves are located in the following 10 countries, so research carefully before purchasing items marked as being made there:
- India
- China
- Pakistan
- Nigeria
- Ethiopia
- Russia
- Thailand
- Democratic Republic of Congo
- Myanmar [Burma]
- Bangladesh

[Smile]

Avoid: sodium lauryl sulfate, non-recycled aluminum

Companies that do not use the above ingredients, or get them from certifiably Good sources:
- Lush (Toothy Tabs toothpaste alternative)
- Tom's of Maine (toothpaste, mouthwash, dental floss)
- Eco-DenT (toothpaste, tooth powder toothpaste alternative, chewing gum, mouthwash, dental floss, toothbrushes)
- Smile Squared (toothbrushes)

[On Your Feet]
Avoid: mica (in nail polish)

- Nisolo (flats, loafers, sandals)
- Sseko (ribbon sandals - love these!)
- TOMS (they weren't, but they're working on it, beginning with the building of an ethical factory in Haiti - if you wear TOMS, write them and encourage their efforts toward change)
- Hari Mari (flip flops)
- Lush (pedi supplies)

[Tees]

There are very few reasons why you should ever need to wear a screenprint Tshirt that doesn't raise awareness about this issue. (And it is my opinion that there are also very few occasions that a screenprint tee can't be worn to.)

- Freeset USA
- American Apparel (no, I won't link them - I object to their sexualized advertising practices, but a lot of organizations and local businesses use their tees as a screenprinting base - and I must admit that their manufacturing processes are ethical.)

[Shiny]

And the same applies to jewelry and accessories. There are so many unique, versatile, and beautiful pieces that are locally made, that support women who have been or would otherwise be in less-than free situations, that use vintage and recycled materials, and that raise awareness.

- 31 Bits (jewelry, bags)
- Joyn (bags, clutches, accessories, home)
- Full Circle Exchange (scarves, jewelry, mugs, gifts sets, cards/gift packaging)

[Baby]

- I Play/Green Sprouts (feeding, toys, baby care, clothes)

1 comment:

Kristen said...

I've enjoyed poking around your blog. Love the idea of sustainable dwellings. I also love that the top book on your home page photo is Heidi! My all-time favorite story. Made me smile when I opened your page:-)

Kristen