Happy Earth Day from all of us here at Yobel Market! We are so thankful for this beautiful world we live in and have the responsibility to steward.
As a business, we try to be as aware as possible of the impact and footprint we have in our space. If you’ve ever ordered from us online, you likely received your package in a secondhand box that we kept just for this purpose! Our computers and equipment are refurbished and upcycled, and all of our packaging in store is made of 95% post-consumer recycled paper. And of course, we partner with businesses that are doing the same, doubling the effect of intentional decisions to be environmentally friendly.
We continually look for more ways to give back and to increase the health of our environment and community. When you buy fair trade, you make an ethical shopping choice that gives back not only to the artisans and their communities, but also the environment! Here’s how: every step in the process between production, source of materials, packaging, and shipping, can negatively affect the environment if a company is careless. By partnering with ethical businesses, you not only choose to pay artisans a fair wage for their work, but you are often choosing to spend your money towards a partnership that gives back to their environment.
Whether that be by providing clean water systems, switching to recyclable packaging materials, sourcing local materials to make their products, or choosing conscientious shipping options, each of our partners gives back in whatever ways they can. This puts ethical shopping on the top of our 2018 “tips” to be more kind to our earth.
Here is a look at just a few of our partners who exude passion for recycling and sustainability in their products.
Love Calcutta Arts
You have probably seen the beautiful, one of a kind quilts hanging on display in our space at Ivywild. The blankets themselves are made from up-cycled Sari material, the traditional garb of the Indian women who make them. These women who have been freed from exploitative labor in the red light district of Kolkata are taught a new skill and given the opportunity to earn a fair and dignified wage. The resulting beauty and new life is represented not only in their lovely, sustainable goods, but in the lives of the artisans who make them.
Made With a Mission Candles
This local Colorado Springs company gives back to both the community and the environment by partnering with non-profits and providing support for those experiencing homelessness in our community. The candles themselves are poured into the bottoms of reclaimed wine bottles! We love the dual sustainability of these incredible-smelling products and all they stand for.
You’ve probably heard us rave about this ethical partner and the many things they do as a company to minimize their environmental footprint and to impact their surrounding community.
These efforts range from choosing environmental shipping options, to ethically and locally sourcing all their materials. They also utilize highly compostable materials for packaging and shipping! We appreciate the way the lead in setting an example, and their transparency as a company in the ways they are still aiming to improve.
One of our newest local partners, Prim Pedal Soapworks, produces lovely bathworks using all natural ingredients that are not harmful to your body or to the environment as they wash down the drain with use. Instead of using any plastic, her packaging is all compostable paper that will easily be recycled again.
“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, DO better.” - Maya Angelou
We are so thankful that our customer friends continue to choose to buy local and fair trade because this decision changes lives and positively impacts the earth! Where you vote with your dollar is a hugely underrated way to make a difference in the environment and the community. So this year on Earth Day we hope you are reminded not only to continue recycling and turning off the water, but also to be conscious of the environmental practices of the companies you support because your vote matters!
We recently had the privilege of hosting a screening of the True Cost film in the Ivywild School gym. The film delves into the truth behind the fast fashion industry. It reveals many dangerous and unjust labor practices involved in clothing production and the heartbreaking ramifications this has on the lives of people we never otherwise see.
My love for fashion spiraled out of control as I entered adulthood. I became obsessed with shopping and purchased more and more to the point that every time I opened the door to my closet I would feel confused, overwhelmed and dissatisfied. This only fed to the vicious cycle of mindless spending that never seemed to end. It wasn't until I worked for Yobel Market that I was able to pull myself out of the rabbit hole.It’s easy to spend mindlessly on cheap items that you rarely wear -- until you take into consideration the hands that make them.
As we remember to give thanks this July 4th, may we also be aware of our influence and responsibility to help others walk towards the freedom we so enjoy all around the world. Much of that freedom directly depends upon political and economic transformation, and we have a role to play in that transformation - whether we realize it or not.