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Homebody is retail as activism, shopping that supports fair wages and decent labor practices, environmentally-sustainable production, and raising awareness.

We specialize in:

Reuse, recycle
We are always looking for artisans who refashion thrown-away material into new and beautiful objects — jewelry made from discarded soda cans, bowls and mobiles that Kenyan artisans fashion from wire and scrap tin.

Some recent additions: the collection of tumblers that Green Glass makes from old wine bottles, and original clothing designs by Super Lucky Cat, made from surplus t-shirts.

 


We're sweatshop-free
Sweatshops are workplaces which do not meet minimal labor standards with regard to pay, benefits, and work conditions. They are particularly rampant in the garment industry, in developing countries, and in the US, where the workforce is predominantly immigrant women.

Homebody has a wide selection of casual knitwear from American Apparel, which has set an industry standard for quality and labor standards. And we pick our t-shirts not only for the message on the front, but for the union label inside.

 


Resources for change
Our mission is not simply to provide an ethical marketplace, but to educate and raise awareness. We therefore offer a range of activist materials:

  • A selection of hard-to-find and innovative small-press books
  • T-shirts with progressive messages instead of corporate logos
  • Beautifully designed posters with a point.


Fair-trade gifts and jewelry
Fair Trade is a partnership, based on dialogue, transparency and respect, that seeks greater equity in international trade. It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of, marginalized producers, especially in developing nations.
We research and seek out a range of fair-trade suppliers, from Latin America, Africa, South and Southeast Asia, for quality, style, and their record for upholding fair trade standards.

 

 

 


See a sample issue.

 



 

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