Thursday, November 24, 2011

responsible consumerism - GIVEAWAY

Happy Thanksgiving! Today I'm particularly thankful for a full day with my husband. My official Thanksgiving post will come later because today I really wanted to focus on responsible consumerism and throw out some ideas for presents you might want to consider this holiday season.

Lately I've been really into the idea of 'ethical consumerism' which is the principle that you only purchase items that were made ethically (read: not made by children in sweat shops or forced laborers who are unfairly--if at all--compensated). Don't get me wrong here - I am in no way an overall ethical consumer. I am a work in progress. But in terms of gifts, there are some really great options out there that are beautifully made and for a great cause. I have items from two of the following suppliers, and I added items from the remaining suppliers to my mental list of future purchases:

1. Haitian Creations Purses and Jewelry
-These products are made by Haitian women who are part of the Heartline Ministries program that works to empower Haitian moms and provide them with the tools they need to provide for their family. Your purchase will directly benefit its creator, which includes a label in the bag with the artist's name. I have a large purple bag from HC and I love it.

2. Sseko Designs Sandals with Exchangeable Straps

-These products are made by young women in Uganda to fund their education. Sseko (pronounced say-ko) hires young secondary school graduates for nine months to earn money that goes directly towards their university education--they will go on to be doctors, lawyers, politicians, writers and teachers that will bring change to a country divided and ravished by a long war. I was given my first pair of Ssekos with three different straps for my birthday and I ADORE them. There are all kinds of ridiculously cute combinations you can make with them.

-These products are made by women in India who are rescued from forced prostitution seeking to rebuild their lives. The proceeds from your pajama purchase will provide fair-trade wages, savings accounts, and holistic recovery care. Plus they are adorable and super comfy.


-These products are purchased from a group of Ugandan women to empower them to rise above poverty. The women who craft for 31Bits are given English, finance, and vocational training, as well as AIDS and health education and provided with community groups. Their jewelry is gorgeous and definitely on my 'to purchase' list.

Now onto the giveaway:
In the spirit of responsible consumerism, I will be giving away a  31bits $20 gift card on December 1. How can you enter this giveaway? Simply share this blog post on Facebook, Twitter, your own blog, or via email and post a comment here telling me where you shared it. You can earn one entry for each of the 4 aforementioned 'share' methods. Entry will close at 11:59 pm EST on Wednesday, November 30. I will select the winner using a numbered Google doc spreadsheet with your name corresponding to a number and the website random.org. Check back on my blog on December 1 to see who the winner is. Good luck and happy ethical consumerism!
--Update: The winner has been selected. Find out if you won here.

17 comments:

  1. Posted it on my Facebook. And am adding it to my own blog. Such great gift ideas! Thanks for sharing. :)

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  3. I think my mom would love the Punjammies!
    thanks for this little list. And, the giveaway! I adore 31 bits!!
    I shared on facebook!

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  4. No problem ladies - thanks for entering! Good luck!

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  5. I shared on Twitter! (@AmandaFagan__)
    I love all of these!

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  6. I posted on Twitter!

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  7. I blogged- http://tlk-vivaciousgold.blogspot.com/2011/11/young-not-powerless-responsible.html

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  8. facebooked it - https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=287062971332568&id=100002068230566

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  9. https://twitter.com/#!/vivaciousgold/status/141304647624306688- tweeted

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  10. Great! I added you to the list :)

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  11. done and done. Posted it to my blog which then automatically posts it to my Facebook. :)

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  12. also BLOGGED!

    http://www.how-pinteresting.com/2011/11/responsible-consumerism.html

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  13. I got here from someones post on facebook! I shared on fb too!

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