What We Love: Jenna’s Fair Finds
Jenna Tanner is Noonday’s Content Curator and Copywriter. When our team returns home to Austin from traveling the world to find design inspiration and visit our Artisan partners, Jenna is the one who gathers their stories. Long before Jenna joined the Noonday team, she was passionate about Fair Trade. Her style is eclectic: picture a colorful skirt picked up in Tanzania paired with a simple tee, flats and plenty of Noonday. Jenna has played a key role in helping Noonday Collection join the Fair Trade Federation. Today on the Noonday Collection blog, discover Jenna’s favorite Fair Trade and ethical products.
Here at the Noonday home office, we’re just feet away from a treasure trove of jewelry, scarves, and bags that we can feel good about purchasing. We know that the people who created them were paid well for their work, enjoyed safe working conditions, and were treated with dignity and respect. Basically, we have all amassed our own personal warehouses of fabulous jewelry and accessories. As a result, the top of my dresser has not been visible to me in over a year.
But finding great ethically sourced alternatives for the other areas of my life can be a challenge. Thankfully, today there are more businesses committed to doing good for others than ever before. I’m so excited that this movement is spreading and wanted to share a few of my favorites. From brands that employ vulnerable people in their communities to those with a more global approach, you can feel good about every purchase you make from these world-changing companies.
Check out some of Jenna’s favorite fair finds:
1. What to say about Nisolo? Their shoes feature classic styles and high quality materials, and are handmade by artisans in Peru. I love their Mendez Flats, which come in seven versatile colors. It’s amazing to be wearing shoes that someone made with their hands. Talk about skill!
2. When I discovered SW Basics, a small batch skincare company out of Brooklyn, I was so excited. The emphasis is on simplicity, with just a few high-quality, ethically sourced ingredients in each product. Their beloved Cream is made with wild-harvested shea butter sourced from a women’s co-op in Ghana.
3. The London-based fashion brand People Tree holds the distinction of being the first clothing company to be stamped with a “Fair Trade guarantee” by the WFTO. They excel in creating pieces that merge classic silhouettes and fun patterns, like this elegant rose-print dress.
4. Teysha is another ethically-sourced shoe company that I can’t stop obsessing over. On their website, you can create your own custom leather boots featuring vivid traditional textiles from Guatemala. These beauties are enough to make any outfit a showstopper.
5. A lot of people are overwhelmed by the idea that to be ethical consumers, everything they buy has to be Fair Trade. I encourage people to start with just a few small changes that can make a big difference. I’m trying to learn how to bake and discovered Equal Exchange Organic Cocoa Powder. If your grocery store doesn’t stock any Fair Trade products, tell them it’s important to you! They want to make you happy.
6. Thistle Farms is a company that sells skincare products made by women who have emerged from prostitution, trafficking, and addiction. Through their work at Thistle Farms, these women learn valuable job skills in a safe environment. Their products are natural and smell so good. I think their Citrus Vanilla Lotion is the perfect scent for fall.
7. Mitscoots is an Austin-based sock company that is changing the definition of “social business”. They’re addressing the problem of homelessness with a dual approach. For every pair purchased, they donate one to someone living on the street. Did you know that socks are one of the items most requested by people living in these conditions? They also employ local people experiencing homelessness in their home office to provide sustainable, long-term solutions to poverty. And check out those prints!
8. Dr. Bronner’s is a long-time Fair Trade favorite, but I just recently gave their vegetable-based castile soap a go. I love their Peppermint scent, which a friend recently told me made my bathroom smell like a Peppermint Patty (and what could be more beautiful than that?). It’s multi-purpose and can be used as hand soap, detergent, household cleaner, and so much more. And it’s available at most grocery stores!
9. Until recently, I hadn’t given much thought to how girls in resource-poor areas dealt with having their periods. Thinx really brought it home for me: the average girl in the developing world misses 48-84 days of school a year because of her period. So for every pair of Thinx you purchase, you provide 7 reusable, locally made pads to help girls stay in school and break the cycle of poverty for good.
10. I’m sure we’ve all indulged in a pint of Ben and Jerry’s amazing ice cream from time to time. Well, you should feel good about that! Why? Because Ben and Jerry’s is Fair Trade, eco-conscious, and strives to treat their employees fairly. And let’s be honest: that Pumpkin Spice Latte isn’t as diet-friendly as we tell ourselves. So let’s just go big and celebrate fall’s arrival with a pint of B&J’s Pumpkin Cheesecake Ice Cream instead!
We would love to hear what fair finds you’re loving—leave us a note below to share!
Meet Jenna Tanner
Jenna is Noonday’s Content Curator and loves to write about fair trade, social justice and Artisans around the world. She also enjoys marathoning her favorite TV shows with her husband, playing intense games of Ticket to Ride, and searching for the best tacos in Austin (let her know if you find them!).