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There are lots of ways you can do good in the world — and shopping is no exception. All kinds of home brands like The Citizenry and Parachute prove it by quietly helping you make a positive impact with your purchase through business models that have ethics built right in.
The result of their fair-trade, give-back philosophy? You get access to products created by some of the most skilled craftspeople around the globe and the artisans who create them get the advantage of being paid fairly for their talent, and of having a platform that keeps traditional crafts alive for future generations. It doesn’t get more win-win than that.
Best of all, their creations add cozy luxury to every area of your life while making things better for the people who handcrafted them. Case in point: the set of hand-loomed color-block pillows from Peru ahead that supports ages-old weaving practices. And the shopping tote below crafted from palm leaves, which will make a trip to Whole Foods feel a little less routine while also providing fair wages and access to education for women in southwest Bangladesh.
Ahead, nine brands that give your purchase a whole lot more power — and prove that sometimes money can buy happiness.
What it sells: Handmade home goods crafted in every corner of the globe, from India to Peru—where these pretty pillows were crafted.
How it does good: The brand prides itself on fair trade practices and offering global artisans a platform to present their handiwork.
Ten Thousand Villages
What it sells: Home decor accents from mirrors to side table as well as totes like this one, which you can watch being woven start to finish.
How it does good: A fair trade maker-to-market philosophy helps local craftspeople connect with consumers in the rest of the world and supports community initiatives.
Sackcloth and Ashes
What it sells: Luxury blankets in every print and pattern imaginable, rendered in yarns like toasty alpaca or in the lightweight cotton in the "Darling" throw spotlighted above.
How it does good: For every blanket purchased, Sackcloth & Ashes will donate a blanket to your local homeless shelter, with a goal of 1 million donations by 2024.
Rose & Fitzgerald
What it sells: Luxe home accents like this modernist serving set and carved wooden lamps, each handcrafted in East Africa.
How it does good: The brand’s fair trade practices help local artisans support their families while preserving traditional weaving, carving, and basket-making techniques.
Raven & Lily
What it sells: A carefully curated selection of fluffy pillows, brass accents, and other embellishments, such as these aromatic soy candles detailed with silver leaf and crafted by formerly homeless women in Los Angeles.
How it does good: By partnering with at-risk artisan women from the U.S. to Malaysia and eight other locales in between and funding microloans that help get female-owned businesses up and running.
The Little Market
What it sells: Home items that are as useful as they are pretty, like Bangladeshi quilts and this hand-painted Moroccan vase.
How it does good: Fair trade partnerships with women artisans empower local communities across the globe.
What it sells: Traditional craftsmanship with a modern spin, as demoed in this geometric serving board rendered in marble and sustainable acacia wood from India.
How it does good: A focus offering products that do no harm to the environment and help local communities by supporting craft.
What it sells: Gorgeously homey tumblers, mugs, vases and planters — each created by Mud Love's team of potters.
How it does good: Each and every item you purchase from Mud Love will provide a week of clean water to someone in The Central African Republic.
What it sells: The brand is best known for eco-friendly bedding woven in Portugal — but look a little deeper and you’ll find the site is filled with everything from mattresses to side tables.
How it does good: Through a commitment to fair-trade and eco-friendly practices as well as a partnership with Nothing But Nets in the fight against malaria.
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