How Shopping Local Helps Us Match Our Spending With Our Ethics

How Shopping Local Helps Us Match Our Spending With Our Ethics

There’s a debate about what makes a business “ethical good”. Nowadays, we see more often the remarkable impact of brands that give back, employ the underprivileged or pioneer transparency. These are the companies that give us reason to believe that little purchase decisions we make each day are actually shaping a new economy, and encourage us to keep going on our philosophy. 

The more we talk about this new wave of business though, the more we are coming to realize that some of the greatest impact is being made in the shops, cafes, farmers markets in our own neighborhood and even in technology.

It’s really no surprise that it is local entrepreneurs who are able to cut through the clutter of distraction, pressure and ambition to see the real people that their business can touch. It’s no surprise that the way they source their products, treat their vendors and hire employees comes with a natural transparency and accountability. These are the entrepreneurs, including almasanta, that are most likely to transform our cities and bring them into a new era of thoughtful innovation.

Shopping local nearly always means less environmental impact, more transparency and fairer labor practices. Beyond that though, local commerce gives us a connection to our home and neighbors. It gives us a way to support the people we share a home with and a practical way to shape our lives around products that match our values.

We believe that every dollar we spend is a vote for something. That’s the idea that continues to drive our search for social entrepreneurs and it’s the one that is fueling our search for thoughtful local commerce.

Almasanta sees local production as brands that source raw materials and produce in the same areas or countries in order to reduce their footprint and benefit the local economy. In our family, we have 29 brands that produce locally. These are some examples of almasanta’s locally production brands:


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 3x1 Denim 

 

Based in Manhattan’s Soho District, 3x1 began as part retail store and part factory space, with a glass enclosed jean factory as its nucleus. Designer Morrison’s purpose was to reinvent the way people see denim by infusing the production process within the retail environment. For the first time ever, customers could watch their jeans being cut, sewn, and finished behind three glass walls. 800 different denim fabrics sourced from the rarest
mills and selvedge looms from all the world. TheFactory: Top to bottom, our NYC store is an homage to denim. The space houses a complete jean manufacturing facility, a one-of-a-kind experience to see inside the world of 3x1 jean-making.

 Kalita

 

London-based Kalita Al Swaidi and Bali-based Raechel Temily were always on the hunt for the perfect travel pieces. From there, KALITA was hatched. Their resulting resort wear label provides easy, chic holiday staples, from textured cotton maxi dresses to simple silk slips - they are pieces that you want to wear wherever you are. The collection offers pared back, transeasonal staples and statement holiday pieces for the well travelled woman. “I’m inspired by old school elegance, unaffected glamour and effortless style,” shares Kalita. Kalita is produced in Bali and has an eco conscious production.

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 Sarazul Cashmere

 

Manfred Schild comes from a Mongolian nomad family, in which the breed of cashmere goats has a long tradition. Considering cashmere a precious gift from nature, every piece of Sarazul Cashmere takes place in Mongolia, from the extraction of cashmere fiber, the high quality production of yarn to its design. The Collection is 100% Organic Mongolian Cashmere, guaranteeing a extreme quality in its pieces. Sarazul tries wherever possible to make these issues of sustainability right decisions in its company.