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Slavery Footprint

Ever wonder how many slaves you “own”?  Slavery is more prominent today than ever before. 40.3 million people are in modern slavery, 24.9 million in forced labour and 15.4 million in forced marriages. Take the survey at Made In A Free World.  Learn more about slavery in the world and each country at The Global Slavery Index. Check out CBC’s documentaries about stories of modern slavery around the world. “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.” ― Leo Tolstoy

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Sustainability Part 2- To Eat or Not To Eat? That should not be the Question.

Climate change. Food. The way we farm is polluting the land and leaving millions of people hungry. 40 Million in 2017 to be exact. In an article by Fair World Project they state, “The solution to both climate change and food sovereignty is to dismantle the global industrial agri-food system (which we call the industrial food chain) and for governments to give more space to the already growing and resilient ‘peasant food web’- the interlinked network of small scale farmers, livestock keepers, pastoralist, hunters and gathers, fishers and urban producers who, our research shows, already feeds most of the world.” The industrial food chain uses over 75% of the world’s agricultural land and most of the fossil fuels and freshwater...

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Sustainability Part One- Life is Grey

Do you view the world in black and white or are you living in the grey? I’ve had several people not buy my products or criticize me for what I sell because they are made from animals. In fact while I was at the Guelph Eco Market in late March a women stops at my table, points at a wallet and asks if it was leather. After I said yes she scoffs and in a demeaning tone says, what were you thinking? If only this lady would have just stopped and actually talked to me I could have told her that it was recycled leather from factory cut offs, waste that didn’t have to go to the landfill. I sometimes...

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B is for Banana

                                                  Have you ever wondered why Bananas are so cheap? Why their 50% plus cheaper than apples? It's a price war.  The continuous competition between major brands Dole, Del Monte and Chiquita, grocery stores and consumer demand results in devastating effects environmentally and socially. These Latin American fruits are the most consumed fruit in North America and UK arriving mostly from Ecuador. Banana exports accounted for 40.3% of Ecuador’s total exports in 2016, and Ecuadorian bananas account for 30% of the world's banana supply.  Harriet Lamb, past CEO of Fair Trade International has been a fair trade...

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Consumerism

  Consumerism, especially in terms of fashion has been a conflicting topic on my mind for a long time. As a retailer how do I increase sales but not promote consumerism at the same time. The more I sell the more the artisans benefit and a higher chance for my business to thrive. So what do I do? We currently spend 400% more on clothing than we did in the 80's. That was the time when Fast Fashion was taking over the fashion industry. The average women owns 30 outfits while in the 30's it was only 9. We apparently spend more on shoes, jewellery and watches than on higher education. So what happens when we consume more than necessary?...

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