Loading... Please wait...

Blog

Vote With Your Wallet This Holiday Season

Posted by

This Holiday Season, Vote With Your Wallet

Invest in Businesses You Support

Every year, a huge percentage of the population participates in Black Friday shopping. It is estimated that there will be 156 million shoppers and a combined $5.5 billion dollars spent online during Thursday and Friday. So, why does this matter? It matters because every dollar you spend (and most people will be spending a lot of dollars for the holidays) supports a business and the other businesses, politicians, and ethics that that business supports.

Okay, that might be a little confusing. Let me break it down for you. When you purchase a product, you are giving money to a company. That company can use that money for any part of their business including their “philanthropic” efforts (for lack of a better term). These philanthropic efforts could align with any moral, political, ethical, or otherwise partial views that you may or may not support.

Your dollar also supports different kinds of businesses and supply chain models. Is it a local business you are supporting? A large corporation? The mission of this blog is not to tell you how to spend your dollar, but to simply think about what happens to your dollar after you have spent it and to vote with it once you know.

Not sure if the business you plan to spend your dollar at aligns with your values and goals? You can often learn a lot about a business through their mission and company management team information found right on their website. You could also search current news related to the business and use apps like Buycott and Buypartisan that help you figure out how a particular business votes with their dollars. Though I haven’t used either of these apps personally, thus cannot endorse them, they seem pretty easy to use and super helpful while shopping.

Though voting with your wallet requires more of a time investment than just running to the store, it is an important action that anyone can be conscious of when making purchases. When you purchase a product, you are saying ‘I support this company and they are doing right by me’. Be sure that is truly is what you want to be saying with your dollar. 

View Comments


​Fierce Mexican Feminists Call Out the Cat Callers

Catcalling is an experience shared almost universally amongst women. This behavior happens because some men feel that they have a right within the public sphere to comment upon a woman's body and appearance. Many men try to play off their catcalling behavior by proclaiming that they are merely complimenting women and letting them know they [...]

Read More »


​Women Stand Up to Femicide and Domestic Violence in Uruguay

Hundreds of women stormed the streets up Uruguay’s capital, Montevideo, to protest against gendered violence and domestic abuse. A string of femicides in the preceding month sparked outrage in the South American country. A recent movement to protest gendered violence has surged through part of the continent, as highly publicized femicides have taken over the [...]

Read More »


Introducing Team Chimbote - A Talented Group of Differently-Abled Women

The story behind our newest artisan partners, Team Chimbote.Chimbote, Peru is written about in tour books as being a stinky town that's an 8-hour bus ride north of Lima. A coastal town known for their previous wealth in the fishing industry, the town now has one of the highest rates of unemployment (around 80%) and [...]

Read More »


5 Everyday Ways You Can Support Women

This post started off as a message inspired by Sheryl Sandberg’s 2010 Ted Talk “Why we have too few women leaders”. I was in my car stuck in traffic, of course, listening to my favorite podcast when Sandberg brought up a brilliant point. She explained how even at a young age, children who have shown strong leadership tendencies are [...]

Read More »


How to take care of your jewelry: make it last, make it sustainable

Sustainability Tips: Taking Care of JewelryYou care about sustainability of your products, and that shouldn't end with purchasing wonderfully fair trade pieces like Fair Anita’s jewelry. Taking care of jewelry is important to ensure that it will last a long time, because even the nicest pieces are prone to tangling and tarnishing. With a few [...]

Read More »


Why Fair Trade?

Fair Anita was just certified by the Fair Trade Federation, a huge honor and a great affirmation that we're running our business the ethical way!  But what does "fair trade" mean and why does it matter?We know you've worked hard for your money: it's a natural impulse to want to get the most value when [...]

Read More »


Earth Week Post: 5 Ideas to Reuse Your Fair Anita Jewelry Pouches

Happy Earth Day!As a fair trade company, Fair Anita is committed to respecting the environment. This is one of ten fair trade principles that we practice, both with our operations around the world and here in the U.S.One of our favorite environmentally-friendly products is our line of recycled bullet casing jewelry from our Ethiopia [...]

Read More »


Fair Anita Second Annual Benefit Report

As a social enterprise and Public Benefit Corporation, we're for-profit AND for-good.  Our mission is legally-defined as "empowering under-resourced women through our supply chain and business operations." Each year, we report our organization's impact to the state of Minnesota. View the full report for 2016 here.Highlights include:Investing over $88,850 in our artisan partners around the world (in [...]

Read More »


Why We Run A For-Profit, Mission-Based Business

As a mission-based organization, one of the most common misconceptions is that we are a non-profit organization. Our incorporation as a for-profit, mission-based business was very intentional.  We are proud of this, so I wanted to share a bit more about the details and thought process behind this decision.Public Benefit Corporation: what it is and [...]

Read More »