We teamed up with PayPal to create the ultimate guide for people who want to give better, but might not know where to start — read on to get inspired to start shopping smarter.
Lauren Conrad and Hannah Skvarla had a dream: provide consumers with handmade goods that were stylish, super-giftable, and most important, gave hard-working artisans an opportunity to benefit economically from their products. Together, traveled to Tanzania and Uganda in 2013, and that’s when they founded The Little Market as an ethical lifestyle brand that sells everything from spa sets to jewelry to home decor.
Working hand-in-hand with their artisan partners all over the globe, The Little Market helps give them a platform to sell their goods to a wider audience, generating income for craftspeople through fair trade and fair wage practices. Artisans gain access to resources like professional training, education, and healthcare while The Little Market works to bring attention to their social justice and human rights challenges.
Q: What do you get when you combine downtown LA, Joshua Tree, and Jaipur, India? A: An aesthetic unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. Enter Block Shop, founded in 2013 by sisters Hopie and Lily Stockman in an effort to keep the Indian hand block printing tradition alive.
While they’re known for producing their signature striking textile designs, Block Shop also works overtime to ensure that they have the lowest possible impact on the environment — and the highest impact on social good. The company’s founders regularly visit India, where they garner inspiration for their designs, stock up on materials, and partner with local initiatives that invest in improving the country’s healthcare system.