Two US based shops, MadeFAIR and Beed & Reel, have opted out of the Black Friday madness and chosen to redirect their retail websites to ethicalblackfriday.com instead where they are selling one item only.
The item, The Linda Scarf, is a striped scarf handwoven in Takeo Province, Cambodia by a team of social-enterprising artisans. The Cambodian Weavers Village are a self-sustaining social enterprise, completely independent of grants and donations.
Crafted from 100% unbleached vanilla cotton and naturally dyed with charcoal harvested from tree bark, The Linda Scarf is an elegant and graceful classic piece that can be used for all seasons. It’s timeless, doesn’t date and it will compliment any outfit you choose to wear for the next 365 and more.
Half of the profits from the sale of each Linda Scarf will go to the Dressember Foundation, a collaborative movement leveraging fashion and creativity to restore dignity to all women.
MadeFAIR and Beed & Reel said: “Black Friday is ridiculous. While we love the holiday season and enjoy shopping for our friends and families, as ethical clothing advocates, we cannot, in good conscience, fully participate in Black Friday without participating in exploitative labor practices regularly used by the fast fashion industry, especially to meet holiday demand.”
Ethical Black Friday is a collaboration between Tavie Meier from MadeFAIR & Sica Schmitz from Bead & Reel.
Sica and Tavie said: “We have a mutual distaste for bizarre traditions centered around over-consumption. We agreed to turn the tradition on its head and, instead of racing the the bottom with big-box stores’ unsustainable bargains, we’d use this day to invest in a Cambodia-based artisan co-op, and donate 50% of our income to the Dressember Foundation.”
Sica and Tavie are part of the Ethical Fashion Retailers Network, a network of online and brick & mortar stores that exclusively stock ethical, sustainable, and fair trade clothing and accessories.
Rosalind Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She is a journalist who writes about sustainable life & style, music, entertainments and wellbeing. Rosalind also works as a spiritual life coach and intuitive advisor helping people to become who they truly are and manifest their heart & soul’s desires into their lives: www.rosalindmedea.com