Labor Day Weekend: A Chance to Shop Small & Responsibly
Cheers from Victoria B.C. where I'm celebrating the long weekend with family. No matter where you are or how you're celebrating, you're probably swamped with those labor day sale ads. With summer coming to an end, school starting, & the long weekend a lot of people are shopping. And TBH it's a great opportunity for businesses to have sales. Even Give a Damn Goods is offering 15% off with LABORDAY15, but I just wanted to take the time to remind consumers to shop small & celebrate the hard working small business owners working their asses off.
Instead of running to the mall to grab the labor day deals, consider this an opportunity to support a few small businesses. They're probably running some deals & will be grateful for your support. I'm telling you as a small business owner myself, YOUR purchases make a huge difference. You know that saying, "When you buy from a small business an actual person does a little happy." It's 100% true. Sure, I'm not able to mark our items at Give a Damn Goods down 50-70% like the big name stores at the mall, but our goods are high quality & impactful.
Your one purchase from a small business can go so far....empowering families, other small suppliers the businesses use, and more! For example let's break it down. When you purchase from Give a Damn Goods your one purchase supports so many. It supports my woman owned business Give a Damn Goods, it supports my ethical suppliers (most of who are woman owned businesses), empowers the communities my suppliers work with such as survivors of trafficking, developing communities, etc. AND each purchase you make is a vote with your dollar supporting the values of the business you're purchasing from. So in our case, your purchase supports our ethical & sustainable values! SO MUCH POWER in one purchase from a small business!
All that to say when you see those tempting big names slashing prices this weekend.... consider venturing to a craft fair or shopping your favorite small businesses online. As small business owners, we truly appreciate the value of your purchase and know you have so many choices when you buy. Shop small and support businesses that share your values.
Goods to Love
Give a Damn T-Shirt
Let the world know you care with our classic "Give a Damn" tee.
Social Impact: SO MUCH GOODNESS IN THIS TEE
- Our t-shirt supplier produces great quality shirts, while fighting generational poverty in Haiti. LIFE, the Haitian facility where the shirts are produced, is among a number of ventures developed to create dignified work that keeps families together. They pay workers 5x the going rate for similar jobs in the area. 100% of LIFE's profits are dedicated to programs that support orphans.
- Each shirt uses 6 recycled poly water bottles and all fabric is spun, knitted, processed and finished in the USA.
- Our tees are printed in an environmentally friendly focused, custom screen print shop in America. The inks used are vegan, eco-friendly inks that are free from chemicals and not harmful to consumers or the planet.
Product Description: Unisex sizes to flatter men, women, & everyone. Tri-blend Crews unique and proprietary blend is built from 50% Repreve® polyester from recycled plastic; 25% organic, US grown, combed, ring spun cotton; and 25% TENCEL™ Modal. These sustainable fibers combine to create a soft, flexible, and smooth fabric. Check out all our affordable sustainable t-shirts here.
Out of stock of your size? Don't worry! We have our tees made in small batches to avoid creating excess product & waste. We restock our short sleeve tees about once a month. Sign up for our e-mail list here to be notified when sizes are restocked.
Washing & Care: We recommend washing in cold water & hang drying your tee! As this will ensure it lasts the longest and is better for the environment!
Alejandro Leather Backpack
Social Impact: Lazarus Artisan Goods works in Honduras and Haiti to ignite generational change with employment and vocational training through their non-profit Mission Lazarus. Mission Lazarus' three year program trains and equips young men and women in a trade, increasing their eligibility for employment and heightening their potential development, an impact beyond the individual to that family, community and the country as a whole.
Product Details: Crafted with intention, 100% oil tanned leather, Leather roll top with belt closureInterior pocket design to fit 13” laptop, 2 exterior side pockets, 3.5"W x 5"H. Adjustable straps with shoulder pads. Measures 15”H x 13”W x 5"D. Available in Stone. All finishes are high quality. However, this is a handmade item and by nature, there could be natural flaws in the leather or slight variations in color, adding to the unique character of each individual product. These unique markings make for a cozy worn leather look.
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 number or symbol. The BRANDED Collective stands against this brutal practice. Each BRANDED item is stamped with an initial and a number. The initial belongs to the survivor who made your cuff. You can read her story on BRANDED's website. The number is your unique number in the Collective. You can register this number and send a Message of Hope to the survivors. View all BRANDED Collective jewelry here.
Product Description: These bold earrings make a statement, which is just one of the reasons we love them! Our lovely brass triangle earrings are hand-cut, hand-stamped, polished and assembled by survivors of trafficking in Nashville, Tennessee.
These earrings include your unique BRANDED number and the initials of the survivor who made them. Read about the survivor who made them and register your unique number along with a message of hope.
Earrings hang about 2.25 inches long
Ear wires are gold-filled and come with rubber safety backs.