///Hello! If you’re new, Anti-Trafficking Tuesday is a weekly post discussing modern slavery, associated social justice issues, and how these interact with modern handmade culture.///
Seaching “All Items” on Etsy there are:
9 results under human trafficking
0 results under modern slavery
0 results under anti-trafficking
26 results under social justice
143 results under slavery (most of it vintage paper ephemera or Abraham Lincoln items)
212 results under sweatshop (meaning sweatshop-free)
117, 724 results under organic
121, 477 results under eco
211, 010 results under recycled
1. I understand that most people who sell organic, recycled, reclaimed and vintage things do so not only to help the earth, but to opt out of a perpetuating a sweatshop-growing culture.
2. Pillaging the earth and people go together. It’s not an either/or thing. Factories that don’t care much about their employees typically don’t care much about the earth either. And vice versa.
3. Those things said, I think we’ve produced a culture where consumers are taught to be more worried about the land than the people on it. When fast-fashion retailers like H&M produce “organic” clothing (which might not even be organic) this dichotomy becomes clear.
Food for thought.
There’s a lot to think through here. And I’m sorry I missed last week’s Fight Human Trafficking post. If I don’t plan these ahead of time, they are the hardest ones to write. There is a lot of information to break down, and to be honest, it’s such an emotional topic for me, that it can be crazy hard to write about. Even a bare facts post like this. But I am passionate to be a part of the change and am working through a plan right now to get you more cohesive posts, on time & weekly.
Thanks for listening. Grace and peace, my friends.