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Here at Team Broke-Ass, shopping is serious business, and so are sustainability, good value, and giving back whenever possible! That’s why we are luuurving on companies like Seven Hopes United, one of many rad Fair Trade green wedding and gift registries and shopping sites.
Fair trade is the Bibimbap Biggity Bomb, and it gives back to the craftsman and artisans who create the goods. Seven Hopes United, Global Exchange, and SERRV feature products that are fair trade certified which means that they are made in fair trade co-ops and aim to provide economic stability. Oh hello, I love that mission. The added bonus? The price will often beat large chain stores!
Fair Trade intends to provide access to other marginalized goods, and gives a higher and more fair wage back to the people who produce these products. These gift registries have crafts, jewelry, and housewares from all over the world including places such as Africa, Latin America, Asia, and the Middle East. Their products are beautifully handcrafted, and part of all proceeds are invested back into the artisan communities. It’s shopping for a cause!
Some of my favorite items:
Tons of sites and wedding vendors offer fair trade or some other charity incentive these days, so be sure to patronize vendors like this when possible. It’s a great way to pay it forward while getting your shop (and your wedding) on, and to get your marriage started off on a great karmic foot, yo!