Update #1 ·

Ethical Shopping Guide, Part 1

Check here please for updates to an ethical holiday shopping guide with a variety of ideas for really awesome gifts that also help heal the world. 

No reason to wait for the holidays to shop from ethical business Asacha, distributor of fine ethically sourced high-quality teas, especially with 10% of all proceeds through the 18th of November going to support animal sanctuaries. And a 10% discount with code ANOTHERTWO. http://asacha.com.

Eco-sandals. Started by a law school friend of mine, the sandals are all made by Kenyans from recycled materials from old tires and trash- The majority of the profits go directly to the workers, who are share-holders in the company: http://www.ecosandals.com/

Poplar Spring Farm Animal Sanctuary. Sponsoring an animal makes a great gift! Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary is a 400 acre non-profit refuge for farm animals and wildlife located in Poolesville, Maryland. Their mission is to: Offer care, rehabilitation, and permanent sanctuary for neglected, abused or abandoned farm animals. Provide protected habitat for wildlife. Furnish information to the public regarding farm animal and wildlife issues. Promote compassion and humane treatment for all animals. http://www.animalsanctuary.org/sponsor/index.html

Human Rights Campaign Foundation. The Human Rights Campaign is America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. They have a holiday ornament of equality as well as other items in their on-line store: http://shop.hrc.org/home-office/2013-limited-edition-ornament.html

Rainforest Alliance has this awesome database of hundreds of companies who are committed to environmental, social and economic sustainability. Search here: http://www.rainforest-alliance.org/green-living/shopthefrog

Humane Society of the United States: "The Humane Society of the United States is the nation’s largest animal protection organization. The HSUS seeks a humane and sustainable world for all animals—a world that will also benefit people. [They] are America's mainstream force against cruelty, exploitation and neglect... [They] work to reduce suffering and to create meaningful social change for animals by advocating for sensible public policies, investigating cruelty and working to enforce existing laws, educating the public about animal issues, joining with corporations on behalf of animal-friendly policies, and conducting hands-on programs that make ours a more humane world." To donate or shop: http://www.humanesociety.org/

Blooming Lotus Designs. Blooming Lotus Designs realizes that peace in the world begins with peace in ourselves. Blooming Lotus produces all of its clothing using sustainable materials and processes and has the highest labor standards. Their main mission is to help bring the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh to the world. Thich Nhat Hanh is a Zen Buddhist teacher whose teachings focus on mindfulness and the interconnection of all life. http://bloominglotusdesigns.org/womens

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