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Meet the 23 Year Old Founder Who Gives a Damn

by Emily Waddell

Give a Damn Goods will be turning one year old next month! CRAZY! Our community has grown so much since I first launched and I wanted to re-introduce myself. I'm Emily, the founder of Give a Damn Goods & The Honest Consumer. I'm 23 and currently live in Seattle, but previously called Nashville & Dallas home.

I studied social entrepreneurship in college which is where I discovered my love for businesses making a difference. This led me to launch my blog The Honest Consumer which focuses on ethical fashion, transparent living, & social impact. After three years of blogging, I was looking to do a little more to further my impact. This led me to launch Give a Damn Goods. I wanted to create an affordable, ethical tee that would start a conversation and spread a positive message. Basically, I do the t-shirt graphic design work and then work with an awesome social enterprise in Haiti who ethically craft the tees using eco-friendly materials, and last but not least I work with a local Seattle screen printer. 

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In addition to our tees, I source socially responsible gifts & accessories from ethical brands I've worked with through The Honest Consumer. Some of the brands I've actually been able to visit and see their impact firsthand. The others I've built trustworthy small business relationships with over the phone. I believe it's so important to find & support other change-makers. 

That's what I love about Give a Damn Goods....when you purchase from Give a Damn Goods you're empowering SO many small businesses + developing communities. Think about it.....If you buy a BRANDED Collective bracelet on our website, your purchase supports my small business, the Nashville woman owned BRANDED Collective small business, and allows BRANDED Collective to provide steady employment opportunities to survivors of trafficking. SO much impact from one purchase in our little shop.

Launching Give a Damn Goods has encouraged me to learn a lot. The vendor fairs I do give me the opportunity to talk to consumers who aren't aware of the slavery in the fashion industry or harmful environmental effects of our crazy consumer habits. This opportunity to speak to them about their purchase power & encourage them to make conscious decisions about where and what they buy is so fun for me. Anyway thanks for listening to me ramble...I hope you adore the products here & I thank you for giving a damn about what you buy. We'll have some new products coming as the holidays start to approach! I'm so excited & grateful for this conscious community!

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Social Impact: BRANDED Collective provides job training and employment to survivors of human trafficking in Nashville. Many victims of human trafficking are BRANDED; their captors physically mark them with a
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