You know I love fashion, and lately that interest in fashion has taken a new turn as I’ve discovered some fabulous fair trade and ethical fashion companies with missions as fabulous as their products.
One of my newest favorites just launched this weekend…
The Root Collective features beautifully crafted items made by artisans in Guatemala, Kenya, and Peru. The mission of The Root Collective is to provide a broader market for these artisans, as well as turning 10% of each purchase back to a nonprofit that helps in the communities these artisans call home.
I love this statement from Bethany, owner of TRC…
As a consumer, you hold the reigns. You ultimately decide where your money goes and who it goes to. By shopping ethically, you choose to support the individual artisans who handcraft the products you purchase. The artisans whose hearts and livelihoods are financed by your decision to research and better understand the world you live in.
At The Root Collective, we shop ethically. We hold intentional relationships with the artisans who craft our products. We create ties with the communities in which they live. We connect shoppers with makers. We remind each other of the humanity that goes into the goods we buy. We shop smart.
I get goosebumps reading that. It may seem like just shopping, but it is SO much more.
Green. Handwoven material made by indigenous Mayan women guatemala. Made into shoes by Don Otto and former gang members in La Limonada, Guatemala. Did I mention they are green?!
I love the story, the mission, the love behind them. And my feet loved them right away, too! I usually wear a size 8.5, but ordered a size 8 and they fit perfectly. And they are GREEN!
Even though the temps dropped significantly yesterday, I had to wear these. My feet may have been a little cold, but it was worth it for the major cute factor AND knowing these shoes are helping to support several artisans.
As I mentioned before, The Root Collective has partnered with two non-profits and 10% of every purchase you make will be donated to the non-profit of your choice. Lemonade International provides education, food, and health services to the residents of La Limonada, a slum in Guatemala City. Come Unity works to provide education, clean water, and self-sufficiency to communities in Africa. Through TRC, your donation to will help their efforts in Kenya.
I want to congratulate Bethany and the whole TRC team on their launch this weekend! I LOVE what they are doing! I hope you find some time to browse their site and do some of your Christmas shopping with The Root Collective!
Go ahead! Click on over to The Root Collective! Fall in love with the products AND the stories, then come back and tell me what items you love! I’m thinking a pair of striped flats are next for me…
I’m linking up with What I Wore Wednesday at The Pleated Poppy!
I received this pair of shoes from The Root Collective to review. I was not compensated in any other way for this post and all opinions are 100% my own.