Perfect timing, right? Our top ten favorite socially responsible or fair trade organizations. Each of these organizations is operating in hopes of accomplishing a social mission. Shop with this list for socially conscious friends and family — or pass it on to your man, mom & dad, or grandma so you can snag a few Christmas gifts for yourself!
Amani ya Juu – amaniafrica.org
(oh, c’mon, it’s ok if we top our own list, right?)
A sewing, business, and reconciliation project for marginalized African women. Amani has high quality accessories, bags, jewelry, baby items, and home goods.
Raven + Lily – ravenandlily.com
Beautiful jewelry, dazzling journals, and cute scarves made by women in Ethiopia and Cambodia. Many of their pieces are literally made out of melted bullet casings.
Osborn Designs – shoposborn.com
Cool, unique, high quality shoes designed and made by artisans in Guatamala. Great gifts for stylish guys!
31 Bits – 31bits.com
A lot of organizations do paper bead jewelry, but these ones do it well!
One Mango Tree – onemangotree.com
One Mango Tree makes an abundance of bright, bold clothing and accessories out of African fabrics (as well as a few well-made basics). Plus, they are our partner at our DC store, AmaniDC.
Sseko Designs – ssekodesigns.com
Sseko makes cool sandals with interchangeable straps that can be styled 100+ ways. The young Ugandan ladies employed by Sseko graduate from the program and go to college.
Radiant Cosmetics – radiantcosmetics.org
Radiant uses 20% of its profit from it’s make up to educate, prevent, and fight for the millions of women trapped in modern-day slavery.
Baskets from Africa – basketsfromafrica.com
Baskets from Africa offers unique baskets from throughout the African continent. These one-of-a-kind pieces of functional artwork are woven by local African craftspeople who share our commitment to quality.
Threads for Thought – threadsforthought.com
T4T makes fashion-forward (and more basic) organic cotton clothing. They only work with manufacturers who treat their employees and the planet right.
International Princess Project advocates for women enslaved in prostitution, helping them restore their lives and empowering them to live free by teaching them to make comfy pajamas, called Punjammies.