PORTLAND, Ore., Nov. 28, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumers want to feel good about the food they eat, the clothes they wear and the items they furnish their homes with. They want to shop in a way that aligns with their values, but actually finding well designed, ethically made products is no easy task.
"Most brands are not transparent about their sourcing and labor practices," said Cayley Pater. Cayley ran two fair trade brands and recognizes how difficult it can be for consumers to discover ethical products online. "People have to do so much research and shop on multiple sites, which can be frustrating and discouraging."
Cayley and her Co-Founder Andy Ives wanted to create a one-stop-shop for exceptionally designed, ethically made goods. The two first met in Fair Trade Club at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2005. They launched Made Trade to curate the best selection of ethically made goods, while helping small businesses and nonprofits grow. The online retailer provides a wide assortment of clothing, shoes, accessories, home goods, furniture and lighting. With a growing catalog of more than 1100 products, the platform provides an explanation of what makes each product ethical.
This includes products like Chilote House Shoes. Each pair of Chilote's wool slippers is knitted by hand by women artisans in Patagonia, Chile. Chilote has no factory. Instead, each pair of slippers is slow-made in the homes of Patagonian women living in rural areas. Artisans use salmon skin, a by-product of the fishing industry, to create the vegetable tanned salmon leather that is used as the sole of their slippers.
"On Made Trade, consumers can shop with a conscience, knowing that the materials used in the products were sustainably sourced and that makers were paid fair wages," said Andy Ives, Made Trade Co-Founder.
Made Trade allows consumers to filter products according to what's important to them:
- Sustainable — made with earth-friendly materials
- Fair Trade — handmade by artisans who are paid fair wages
- Heritage — crafted by hand using traditional, centuries-old techniques
- USA Made — handmade sustainably in the US
- Vegan — free of any animal products
Made Trade is where consumers can support artisans and the environment, just by changing the way they shop.
SOURCE Made Trade