This is a sponsored blog; while the views expressed here were genuinely mine, consideration was paid to me by IndieDoGood to review this product.
While some people look at the world around them and tend to see the imperfections, I’ve always been one to try to see my glass half full. I’m really trying hard to keep that mindset raising my 8 year old, stubborn yet oh-so-strong, daughter, Sophia. Sometimes it’s a challenge and sometimes she reminds me to look at the brighter side of life. I guess you could say we’re a good balance for each other.
She’s definitely a maker type too. She LOVES to create anything and everything and her most precious gifts to give are always handmade. While she’s still a little too young to be considered a consumer in today’s time, it turns out that she’s falling right along with most of us. We’re a generation of consumers that love to DIY [don’t believe me, check your Pinterest boards for tons of project ideas] and sometimes most importantly a generation of consumers that don’t DIY but want the look of it [don’t believe me again? Check all those pins that are sitting there waiting to be made!] so we head to the crafty women and men who are experts!
The consumer of this younger generation is looking for the unique, the innovative. They embrace the Maker Movement, an umbrella term that encompasses the inventors, designers, engineers, artists and true craftsman. It is the overall spirit that is leading what others may refer to as the Indie Movement, the DIY Movement, or the Shop Local Movement.
Not only are we, as consumers, making a difference with the products we’re buying, we’re also making a difference in where we’re buying those products.
Currently, 75% of consumers age 22-36 consider it very important to support brands that give back to society, and 37% of those same consumers are more likely to buy items associated with a particular cause, especially the causes that they and their friends support.
That’s another thing Sophia and I talk about a lot lately as she becomes more socially conscious – giving back and doing good. That’s why I am so excited to share with you a totally unique site called IndieDoGood.com. While I may have just learned about it recently, it quickly became a bookmark on my browser because their mission is just too cool and perfect for how I like to shop!
IndieDoGood.com is a community of entrepreneurs, independent makers, do gooders and those who support them. It’s a platform that connects innovative entrepreneurs with consumers and one of my favorite aspects of IndieDoGood.com is that every purchase on the site includes a 5% donation of the total purchase price to your favorite charity! I’m always trying to support businesses that give back and IndieDoGood makes it super easy to do just that!
While new shops, products, and artists are being added to IndieDoGood all the time, here’s a couple peeks at some of my current favorites:
Shore Boards: I can’t even tell you just how long I’ve wanted to go paddle boarding and these boards just make me want to go that much more – they are hollow-wood paddle boards that are truly also gorgeous pieces of art. Using sustainable materials, Shore Boards brings to life a high-performance art that is grown to ride.
Ugo: Want to take your smartphone everywhere you go? Yeah me too and this phone case is the answer. It’s the world’s first and only 100% certified waterproof and airtight case that also FLOATS! If you’re constantly on the water, or know someone who is, it would be the perfect gift for them because not only does it hold your phone, but also other valuables like cards, cash, or your keys. And you can still use your phone just like normal when it’s in the case!
Fair Anita: If you love unique jewelry AND buying to support great artists like I do, you’re going to love this one. Fair Anita is a social enterprise that exists to create opportunities for women and girls, selling trendy (and affordable) fair trade jewelry and accessories made by over 8,000 talented women in 16 countries. They provide dignified jobs in countries of extreme poverty and domestic violence, where talented artists create all their beautiful products by hand.
Whether you’re looking to do specific shopping or just interested in taking a peek at some of the amazing products that IndieDoGood artists have to offer, you can give back and do good with every purchase you make at IndieDoGood.com!