We all have a different relationship to the idea of shopping. After all, shopping isn’t just about acquiring what we need on a day-to-day basis, but also what we need emotionally. It can be hard, sometimes, to admit we deserve something nice. But let’s be honest with ourselves: we all need things, and it’s imperative that we take care of our own wellbeing as it is that we care for others. Neglecting self-care can lead to burnout or worse. And how effective or helpful can we be to others when we have nothing left to give?
The answer? Conscious consumerism. Being thoughtful about your purchases and mindful of the effects it might have on the wider world -- such as labor practices or the environment -- is the key to bridge this gap. Does your purchase support a cause, a small business, or an independent maker? If so, you’re putting more good into the world.
Anchor of Hope
It’s no wonder that Anchor of Hope is so popular with Cratejoy subscribers.
Each month, the business selects 3 sustainable, ethically-sourced, and fair trade products crafted by artisans around the world, delivered straight to your door. But these aren’t just any handmade objects -- each item curated by Anchor of Hope has been created by a refugee or survivor of human trafficking, and the proceeds from each sale go directly to these artisans.
“Some of these artisans are survivors of sex trafficking in India and Asia,” says Adrienne, the founder of Anchor of Hope. “Some are women in Haiti that desperately need work in order to keep their daughters in school -- the best way to keep them from being kidnapped and trafficked. Some are organizations that teach refugee women -- relocated to the US -- the skill of sewing or jewelry making so they can provide for their families.”
And Green Kid doesn’t stop there in their efforts to teach children the importance of honoring the world around them. Every kit inspires creativity with an arts & crafts project about some aspect of the scientific universe -- from astronomy to wildlife, electricity, or (literal) rocket science -- and all kits are approved by a committee of child development experts. What makes them experts, you ask? Each panel member is a parent and has significant professional experience in education, engineering, science, or art.
In other words, Green Kid Crafts offers your child the chance to learn about the Earth and stars while actively saving the Earth. And in a time when seemingly every purchase we make has unintended environmental consequences, that’s a chance you don’t see every day.
Similar to Anchor of Hope, Wanderkarma features all fair trade, ethically-sourced goods handcrafted by women artisans. Uniquely, however, each month of Wanderkarma focuses on a specific country and culture, allowing you to learn more about the globe with every purchase. “As a final touch,” founder Jessica tells us, “we send you a travel guide to fuel your wanderlust to travel the world.” In addition to supporting these local artisans and their families, you get the chance to connect on a more global level by learning about the atmosphere and environment these artisans come from.
Currently, Wanderkarma is featuring the art, culture, and artisans of Haiti. Previous months have featured artisan makers from countries as varied as Rwanda, Morocco, the Philippines, Colombia, Japan, Cambodia, and Brazil. The 3-5 handcrafted products you’ll receive each month depends on the culture -- and makers -- being featured, from handbags, jewelry, and bath & body products to more practical items such as home goods. Moreover, your purchase often goes toward a specific cause within that country, from supporting indigenous tribes in Colombia to helping women impacted by landmines in Cambodia.