Our Ethical Blogger Network in Chicago got together this past month for an evening of ethical fashion and connection with local brands. Our friends at Mata Traders generously invited us to hang out in their beautiful space, allowing our group to browse rows and rows of fair trade garments and jewelry pieces fresh from Mata's manufacturing partners in India!
Also with us for the evening were reps from Heshima Kenya and Causegear. Heshima Kenya, a social enterprise providing economic opportunity through to women and girls, showed off their beautiful hand-dyed scarves and staff member Emily spoke of the importance of job creation in pushing back against injustice toward women. Causegear founder, Brad, talked about setting fair wages (Causegear pays workers five times the normal wage for garment workers in India) and the power that consumers have to create positive change, stating- "When 25% of the US shifts $65 in fashion purchases in one year to 5X brands, one million lives will be transformed for justice."
The power of community is important when living an off-the-beaten-path lifestyle, and it was wonderful to see new friendships being forged and connections being made between bloggers and business owners!