Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Shopping for a Change ~ Review & Giveaway {CLOSED}

Shopping for a Change® is an online shop that connects with artisans from around the world. Every time you make buy something, you make a difference. Now, more than ever, it is important to make conscious decisions that have a positive influence. When you buy commercial clothing and products, you are supporting sweat shops, unbelievably low wages, and undesirable working & living conditions. When you buy from Shopping for a Change®, you are contributing to a sustainable working environment and raising the standard of living to those in impoverished communities. I love knowing that my purchase makes such a positive influence in the artisans life. 
Shopping for a Change® explains how it works below:
Shopping for a Change® assists indigenous artisans from impoverished communities in raising their standards of living; subsidizes community improvement projects abroad and U.S. based charitable organizations; and further encourages a sense of social consciousness amongst consumers. How do we do this? 
Working abroad with underdeveloped nations, the Shopping for a Change® business model empowers talented artisans and their impoverished communities, with means to transform their standards of living in economically sustainable ways.

Shopping for a Change® was established to create an extended global marketplace for fair trade products by artisans, artisan co-ops, and companies that employ these artisans, predominantly women, from economically disadvantaged areas throughout the world. Our organization assists in educating artisans on competing in a world marketplace, while helping preserve local handicraft traditions. Artisans are paid for their work according to terms they set.
Fifty percent of the net proceeds are used to fund Community Improvement Projects and grants abroad.* The other fifty percent of the net sales proceeds are granted to one of our nonprofit partners or to the charitable organization chosen by the consumer at checkout. *It is the sole discretion of Shopping for a Change® as to which projects we will fund and with whom we will partner in executing these projects, working in collaboration with highly reputable nonprofit organizations and NGOs (nongovernmental organizations).

I love the mission behind Shopping for a Change®. I love that they have an area on their website where you can connect with the artisans and learn more about them! They really want you to know how your purchase makes a difference!
Shopping for a Change® has many different products for sale. They offer everything from jewelry, accessories, clothing, and personal care items to baby items, home decor, and kitchen ware! 
For this review I chose to try out the Bamboo Bowls! They come in a set of two and retail for $62. I love that they are made with sustainable, fast-growing bamboo. 
They are perfect for salads, dips, popcorn & so much more! I even used them while harvesting some herbs in my organic garden! 
{lemon balm & chocolate mint harvest in my Bamboo Bowl}
These bowls are excellent quality and have a unique, handmade feel. The dimensions vary because these bowls are handmade. I just love that!

Some of my other favorite products from Shopping for a Change® include…
This lovely 3-in-1 Linen Pearl Necklace which retails for $40

The colorful Barefoot Trade Bracelet made with hand painted, recycled glass beads that retails for $16 
And this Bamboo Fruit Bowl that retails for $40

Connect with Shopping for a Change® on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest & Instagram!

And now for the part you have been waiting for! The giveaway! Shopping for a Change® is gracious enough to gift one of my readers with a $50 gift card to their shop!!! 
The mandatory entry is to visit Shopping for a Change® and look around. Choose one of your favorite products (I know, it's hard... there are so many beautiful pieces to choose from!) and share it on any social media outlet. They have a "share" widget next to the photographs of the product that make it super easy to share. Be sure to leave the URL in the Rafflecopter widget so I can verify your entry!
Be sure to come back daily & share a different product for more entries!
All other entries are optional ~ the more you complete the better your chances of winning.

Enter to win using the Rafflecopter widget below!
Winner's entries will be verified
This giveaway will start June 3rd and close June 20th 2014 at 12am EST
Open only to the USA ~ I'm sorry International friends! Must be 18+ 
Winner will have 48 hours to respond to the email or another winner will be selected
I am not responsible for prize fulfillment
I received product for review purposes, all opinions are my own!
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