Update #2 ·

Ethical Shopping Guide, Part 2

Ten Thousand Villages. One of the world's largest fair trade organizations and a founding member of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO), the company strives to improve the livelihood of tens of thousands of disadvantaged artisans in 38 countries. Ten Thousand Villages accomplishes this by establishing a sustainable market for handmade products in North America, and building long term buying relationships in places where skilled artisan partners lack opportunities for stable income. Product sales help pay for food, education, healthcare and housing for artisans who would otherwise be unemployed or underemployed.http://www.tenthousandvillages.com/


Seva Foundation. Gifts of Service. Seva (Sanskrit for service) Foundation works to prevent blindness and restore sight worldwide. Their programs build the capacity of underserved communities to provide comprehensive and high-quality eye care that is accessible by all, in addition to other economic and educational programs. Purchase gifts of service or merchandise. http://www.seva.org/site/PageServer?pagename=gos2008_home


Ecolissa. Ecolissa carries fashionable eco friendly and vegan woman’s clothing and accessories made of sustainable materials such as organic cotton,bamboosoy, and hemphttp://www.ecolissa.com


Made by Survivors. Made by Survivors is an international nonprofit and social enterprise which employs and educates survivors of slavery and people at extreme risk, including many women and children living in extreme poverty. Our programs provide training in highly respected professions and wages high enough to pull people out of poverty and support themselves independently.  Beautiful jewelry and gifts made by our survivor-artisans are sold on this site and in retail stores across America, with 100% of profits going to support rescue and aftercare. Womens empowerment and Fair Trade with fashion and style. http://www.madebysurvivors.com/


The Humane League.  Rated as one of the top 2 most effective animal advocacy organizations. “Since our founding in 2005, our mission has been to save the lives of as many animals as possible and to reduce as much animal cruelty as we can…We invest our time, money and energy where they will do the most good for the greatest number of animals. As a result, our primary focus is on farmed animal issues. Farmed animals represent over 98% of the animals used and killed in the United States, and because they are excluded from state anti-cruelty laws they suffer intensely on today's factory farms.” http://thehumaneleague.com/

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