When you've got a blog, every now and then you'll get contacted by someone with a shop, a product or an idea so exciting, that it takes your breath away. Long term readers will know that I'm a huge advocate for independent companies and businesses, artisan workers and any fair trade schemes that allow people in developing countries to earn a sustainable, living wage. Global Goods Partners, based in the US, does all these things and more, and I'm so pleased to be able to introduce them to you and spread the word.
Founded by Catherine Lieber Shimony and Joan Shifrin in 2005, Global Goods Partners has been working with women in some of the poorest communities around the world to alleviate poverty, promote social justice and provide families with a decent quality of life. The infographic below puts it into simple terms much more effectively than I could!
The website is absolutely jam packed full of information; aside from the shop itself, there are pages dedicated to the history of the company, staff profiles, the impact they have on individuals and communities, and my favourite part - the artisan profiles. There's also a section on their fundraising, advocacy and grant programs, which is great if you're looking to find a way to get more involved.
The thing I liked best was that on each item listing, there's information on who made it, where it came from and how your purchase will have a postive impact on someones life. I had a really, really thorough look through the shop, and managed to whittle my favourites down to two groups; accessories and kids stuff. The good news is that they also deliver to the UK, from as little as $15US - happy shopping!
1.Medium Green Market Basket // 2. Natural Dyed Fabric Journal // 3. Colour Block Alpaca Cowl // 4. Classic Raffia Market Tote // 5. Black and White Alpaca Shawl // 6. White Alpaca Beanie //
1. Cotton Whale Nursery Mobile // 2. Cotton Whale Hanger // 3. Felt Unicorn Hand Puppet // 4. Alpaca Knit Baby Accessories // 5. Chubby Cotton Koala // 6. Cotton Stuffed Whale // 7. Handmade Stuffed Alpaca Bear //
This post is not sponsored, and I received no payment or goods in exchange for writing it. I always do my best to promote as many ethical, environmental and charitable companies and organisations as I can, and welcome contact from individuals or businesses in this area.