You can tell me all about how sweatshops create some amount of economic opportunity. Please, tell me more about what would happen if you moved your factory out of a particular area. Over and over, I have been made aware of the horrific occupations women and children would be forced into, if not for the pennies you give them after far more than a full workday.
And that may be well and true. I’ve listened.
Now, hear me. Your sweatshops seem pretty dang well funded.
The time has come for us to make an effort. We hold the dollars. We have the purchasing power.
Though I have much to learn, I am trying. Sometimes ethical purchasing means I pass by that adorable and artificially inexpensive shirt. Once, it even meant I spent $16 on one pair of underwear, instead of purchasing three for $18. But I survived (and did more laundry). Please do not point out the many times I fail in this.
Often, I know I am the one supporting sweatshops. Try as I may, I might not purchase slave-free. These facts break my heart, because it could be me. I could have lost my child to slave labor. How would I survive? Just the thought of my little not living sparkly-perfect lives can be terrifying. Sixteen-hour days for almost no wage could have been my norm. Yet, I can choose what hours I am willing to work and know I will be paid. I am not alone.
We are so resourced. Why? What are we going to do about it?
Join me in this effort. Walk with me while we change the world, one purchase at a time. Think about what dignified and fair employment means for others around the world.
If we have been drinking two cups of coffee likely procured using slave labor, maybe we cut back to one delicious mug of fair trade. You are less jittery, spend the same amount, and you are supporting a company giving fair living wages. Win-win-win.
Let that sink in.
Our tiny little changes add up to entire lives being changed. Parents can send children to school instead of orphanages. Children have full tummies, instead of begging on the street of working in a factory. With some effort, we are rocking our world.
Ethical purchasing can be a practical and everyday occurrence. Like all shopping, however, it can be fun and less practical as well. Countless companies offer amazing fair-trade and/or ethically made items. I encourage you to check out places such as TOMs Marketplace.
Here at Danielle Geri Photography, I am going to begin fair-trade giveaways from different organizations and companies. Lucky you, they are starting right now!
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"Noonday Collection's mission is to create economic opportunity for the vulnerable. We partner with artisans in the developing world, empowering them to grow sustainable businesses. By creating a marketplace for their goods, we create dignified jobs at living wages. This allows our artisans to earn more in order to support their families. We also offer no interest loans and make advance payments on orders. This way we are able to shoulder the costs of materials and build a lasting relationship based on trust. We offer scholarship programs and emergency assistance. Noonday Collection also donates a portion of sales from adoption trunk shows to place orphans in forever families.
Noonday Collection is not a charity and we do not believe that providing a hand out is a sustainable long-term solution to poverty. We aim to be a sustainable business that gives women across the United States a way to make a lasting difference in the fight against poverty and injustice. This is what makes this movement so special." - www.DanielleLong.NoondayCollection.com
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