Slow Fashion is Picking Up the Pace

Slow fashion may need to change its name.  Slow Fashion achieves sustainable and ethical practices by encouraging manufactures and consumers to respect people, the environment, and the products themselves. Fast fashion refers to the mass production of ready-to-wear fashion items that mimic current trends. The production method was once lauded for democratizing high-end lifestyles. However, the expedited process to get new trends to market as quickly and as cheaply as possible, causes many destructive impacts globally, particularly on the environment. The new exhibition, “Fast Fashion — The Dark Side of…

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The Worlds Most Sustainable Companies Published in Organizations Doing Good

With 2016 being the second-warmest year on record, and with issues like high executive pay and diversity gaining more awareness, you may be curious to know what companies care most about sustainability. Since 2005, Toronto-based magazine and research firm Corporate Knights has put together the Global 100, an annual list of the world’s most sustainable companies. Using publicly available data, Corporate Knights rates large firms on 14 key measures, evaluating their management of resources, finances and employees. For the ranking, Corporate Knights considers about 4,000 companies with market values of…

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Erthie’s Community Dedication

Erthie is passionate about helping to build thriving and sustainable communities around the world. Erthie.com’s mission is to build an online marketplace dedicated to fair, ethical, and sustainable products. As a mission-driven Benefit Corporation, Erthie makes community impact by; Rewarding Ethical Organizations; offering a flat 2% commission fee model to Non-Profit and Fair Trade organizations (the lowest fee structure available online!). Donating a Portion of Profits; Erthie has committed to donating a portion of our profits to community and environmental causes. Providing Interactive Educational Materials Online (for Free!); quality educational information about natural…

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ERTHIE’S SUSTAINABLE BADGES

Sustainable Badges We created Sustainable Badges to make it easy for consumers to identify sustainable brands. Each badge focuses on a different aspect of renewable  and sustainable business impact. Choose the brands that align with your values! Sustainable Employer    The badge for Sustainable Employer is awarded to organizations that go beyond industry norms to respect, fairly compensate, and enhance the individuals and communities included within all stages of the product life cycle. To be awarded this badge, a merchant must meet a minimum 2 of the following criteria: Fair Trade…

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ERTHIE IS ON MISSION

To Make Selling And Shopping Sustainably Easy And Fun! From this simple idea, we have created an online marketplace that is truly one-of-its-kind. A marketplace with a sustainable and renewable barrier to entry. A place where merchants are transparent about their business practices. A place where customers can shop with confidence that they’re supporting sustainable businesses. In addition to that, we set out to design a website from the ground up (not a cookie cutter); leveraging the most agile technologies and user experience research. We put the experience of our…

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ERTHIE’S UNIQUE FEATURE OF PRODUCT UPLOAD!

Easy Single Or Bulk Product Upload! We’ve designed Erthie’s product upload features to save merchants time and energy. To fit the needs of small and large merchants alike, we created two unique upload forms; one for a Single Product (and all its variants) and one for Bulk Product Catalogs that can number into the 1000s! Single Product Upload: Our Single Product Upload Feature is designed for small and independent merchants. The form is designed to avoid repetitive inputs from the merchant; fill in one simple form once, and auto-fill an…

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Erthie’s Team

Alexa Bartlett Alexa brings together a passion for environmental and community issues with a talent for business research, development, and writing. From working with underprivileged women and girls in India, to providing business strategy and guidance to leaders of Fortune 500 companies; Alexa understands that individuals and communities thrive when they are healthy, balanced, and transparent opportunity exists for everyone. Erthie perfectly reflects this vision. By forming as a Benefit Corporation and promoting products and education for sustainable goods, Erthie is primed to grow rapidly, while constantly giving back to…

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Who Benefits When You Buy Fair Trade Products?

At a glance, buying a product marked “Fair Trade” seems like one of the easiest ways to turn the prosaic act of shopping into consumer activism. Fair Trade products have proliferated in stores, especially in the past decade, as has the number of producer organizations worldwide that have been certified as meeting Fair Trade standards. Despite that growth, or perhaps because of it, most consumers would be hard-pressed to explain the differences among the product labels or what Fair Trade means on the ground. In this FAQ, we look at…

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