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    • How to Shop Ethically

      Making the switch to ethical shopping can be challenging, but if you can harness even a little bit of your passion for positive change, you will be able to take the first step. Once that’s done you can forge ahead finding your new favourite ethical brands and retailers and start leaving your old fast and dirty life behind you! No Change Comes Without Challenge and Reward A switch from your old shopping habits to new ones can be difficult. There are definitely pros and cons to making the switch, but in the long run, the benefits will far outweigh the shortfalls. The Pros: The most obvious pro is the feel-good benefits. You’ll love the experience of authentic giving, as well as knowing that your unique purchase will be appreciated for a long time. There are benefits to your conscience too. Many of us know the right choices to make, but we bargain with ourselves for the short-term gain. Sticking to your principles gives you a great boost to your own self-worth. One of the most underestimated pros is that ethical shopping (especially online) is generally a much more relaxing and inspiring experience. No mad queues, or buying what has been advertised aggressively. No wasted time finding car parking in busy shopping centres. Instead you can relax in your own home with a cup of tea or a glass of wine and browse away at your leisure. Buying products made by workers that are treated with respect in their workplace, being paid fair wages and in a safe environment, has a tenfold benefit. A report called Pulse of the Fashion Industry 2017 by Boston Consulting Group revealed that a simple 5% increase in retail price could double the wages of the workers who made the garment. Buying Fairtrade has its own unique set of pros. Not only does it promote gender equality by providing stable and regulated employment solutions for women, (70% of the garment industry workforce are women and 70% of the world’s poor are women). It also recognises the significant impacts that well employed women have on future generations – from education, to nutrition to health care, to breaking cycles of poverty and of course building stronger future workforces. Learn more here. The Cons (with solutions!): It’s true that finding ethical gifts can be challenging and time consuming. There’s the con. However, part of the reason for that is branding! We are so conditioned to buy brands based on logos and perceived value and we are so spoilt for choice, that we forget how to shop outside of our normal habits. It will take some time in the beginning to find your new favourite ethical brands but once you know who they are you’ll never look back. Remember – big brands pour their money into marketing and brand development. Ethical brands put it into their supply chain and their products. ‘The cost’ is often considered a con – however ‘the true cost’ is the greatest con. As suggested in our last post, watching the documentary The True Cost will be provide valuable insights into the issues. Ethical shopping means moving away from cheap gimmicks and gadgets so you may have to say goodbye to your usual ‘stocking stuffers’ at Christmas. There’ll be less volume but much more ‘bang for your buck’ in terms of quality, longevity and social and environmental impact. Check out the recent Australian series, War on Waste Finally, a pro disguised as a con – you have to be better organised and you can’t shop last minute. Seems like a con but just imagine NOT having to battle crowds at busy shopping centres, to get presents, in a rush, that you put no thought into! All this detective work may feel a little overwhelming at first, but harness that burst of new year motivation we all get and it won’t take long to get things in motion. Even a small shift can make a difference. Why not hop over to our friends at The Goodsmiths? They have curated an awesome bunch of brands that are ethically made. They are also super protective of the environment, so every gift idea has a sustainability thread through it. You can find anything from experiences, skincare, food, clothing, and much more. You are sure to find something for most people on your buying list. Check them out here. Consumption is really driven by us, the consumers. We have the power to choose and start making a change. It is the road less travelled, but just like Finders and Makers, you too can stand up for the welfare of people who make what we use or experience. We hope you too can take some action. Remember, how you look is only half the story. 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    • To Discount or Not to Discount

      When I started Finders and Makers I was certain of one thing. I didn't want to discount any of the products I sourced from the Artisans. It didn’t feel right. Why? Because I felt that discounting their beautiful creations meant we didn’t value their work. To put it simply, discounting would be an insult to the time and skill each Maker invested in the beautiful accessories they delivered. The products we source at Finders and Makers are individually handcrafted - they don’t pop out of a machine or factory line. And I’ve been there. I’ve seen them fire the brass and silver so it bends to shape with their hands. Cover beads one-by-one with recycled fabric whilst overseeing their children play. Weave beautiful silk on their family’s loom under their front verandah. Countless hours invested in the beautiful accessories we love to wear. Discounting just doesn't seem fair. So for that reason, we are NOT participating in Black Friday. In fact, we will not be discounting our products ever. Our products are already fairly priced. They also include healthy families, wonderful working conditions, education for children, opportunities for women. So as we appoach the consumption craze leading to the festive season, how about we give a little more thought to what we buy and how things are made? Let's rise above the hype of this silly period and exercise the biggest power of all: our buying choice. We welcome you into our online store to select from our beautiful collection of Artisan handmade, ethical and fair trade items. Because how you look is only half the story. Happy shopping. Carina x All pictures copyright of Finders and Makers #knowthemaker #whomademyclothes #veganlife #consciousfashion #sustainablefashionblogger #melbournefashion #ethicallymade #sustainablefashion #fairtradefashion #melbournestyle #socialimpact #ethicalstyle #australianstyle #australianblogger #melbournefashionblogger #fairtradejewelry #fairtradeproducts #whomadeyourclothes #whomadeyourjewelry #consciousconsumer #consciousstyle #consciousentrepreneur #consciousshopping

    • 5 Great Ethical Christmas Gift Ideas

      That time of year has arrived. If you’re anything like me, you leave your Christmas shopping to the last minute, until a sense of panic starts to set in and I finally put pen to paper and make the gifting list. As I get older wiser with age, I’ve found my attitude to gift buying is getting easier. Where before I would worry if the recipient would re-gift/like/love my gift, I now buy things with a different purpose. I have become a little more selfish and like to make sure any chosen item meets ‘my’ criteria list first. Although I always hope my gift will be welcomed, it gives me great joy to know that I am sharing a little bit of conscious consumerism through this process. So here are my criteria for gift buying: Is the gift made under ethical and fair-trading conditions? Is the gift well made with no harmful substances, fake scents or polluting ingredients? Does the business it comes from follow sustainable practices? Does the gift keep on giving? So, with those questions in mind, here are a few gift suggestions for Christmas 2017 that might help you get inspired to buy ethically this Christmas. Kris Kringles and acquaintances I love supporting KIVA. KIVA unites through lending to alleviate poverty. By lending as little as $25 on KIVA, anyone can help a borrower start or grow a business, go to school, access clean energy or realise their potential. Money is repaid in full and every dollar you lend goes to funding loans. You can choose from a wide selection of countries, industries and purposes. Women: Bling that feels good There is something special in giving hand-made items that are fully traceable. A connection between the maker and the jewellery piece is precious and significantly adds to the experience of wearing it - not to mention the styling and uniqueness of textures and colours. This is why we love what we do at Finders and Makers. All our products are ethically hand-made, by businesses that are run by women, or employ a significant number of women. Yes, we are biased, and I am sure you will agree when you experience our products. Men: Comfy basics that are sure to please I know how fussy guys can be about their underwear. I’ve heard complaints about the fabric, the elastic or the cut. This is why I’m loving the super comfy type you can get at Buy Undies Give Undies. They have annual subscriptions with deliveries of fresh undies for your guy 3 times a year. An awesome concept which also supports the supply of undies to children in developing nations. A great gift that gives twofold. Teens: Cool is the only way How do you avoid eye-rolling when gifting teens? Perhaps the mob at Etiko can help. They are an Australian family owned business that has the respect and promotion of human rights at its core. Producing a cool range of men’s and women’s casual clothing pieces, they only source from fair trade certified makers. This ensures workers use sustainably sourced materials and their economic and social development is supported. Plus, all the designs are created and printed in Melbourne. Children: Let their imaginations run wild With so much digital influence all around us, it’s great to know we can find beautifully hand-made toys that encourage imagination without screens. Every product you’ll find at A Little Good is created in a developing country, mostly by marginalised women and made by hand, on fair trade and ethical fabrication principles. The business strives to ensure safe work conditions and fair wages are paid to the workers they collaborate with. These earnings are instrumental in supporting the regional economy and raising awareness about social issues such as local poverty, and environmental damage. Even though it’s the silly season, we can turn shopping for a gift into a conscious purchase with social impact. Happy shopping everyone! Until next time, Carina. Photo credits in order of appearance: Cathryn Lavery, Edward Cisneros, Ben-o-Bro, Brooke Cagle, Daiga Ellaby

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    • Fair Trade Women's Accessoris | Australia | Findersandmakers.com

      fair trade handmade jewellery SHOP NEW ARRIVALS Finders and Makers sources stylish and contemporary handmade fair trade women’s accessories from artisans around the world. ​ We support and work with Makers, enterprises and businesses, engaged in the advancement of women. We believe in the power of business to provide sustainable financial independence to the people that need it most. ​ We are passionate to advocate for social justice and human rights; a freedom not always experienced by our Artisan communities. ​ We cherish the beautiful and unique in our Makers and work to find handcrafted pieces that will be treasured and valued for years to come. ​ Because how you look is only half the story. ​ shop earrings shop necklaces shop rings shop bags shop scarves Our finders Creative, inspired and enthusiastic, Finders love developing opportunities for positive social and financial impact for the Makers, their families and community. LEARN MORE Our makers We would love to introduce you to the wonderful people behind the treasures you find at Finders and Makers. LEARN MORE Our collections Learn about the Makers we work with, their fair trade practices and how they promote the advancement of women. LEARN MORE follow us on instagram

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