Thursday, November 21, 2013

Kris: Part 3 - Shop Noonday Collection, Change the World

It is estimated that there are 30 million slaves worldwide today, more than any other point in history.  That shocking statistic includes sex trafficking, child labor, and forced labor in dangerous, violent, and deadly working conditions where families are being ripped apart, and live-able wages are not even close to being earned.  Christmas is upon us and according to Business Insider, Americans spent $52 billion on Black Friday in 2011.  That is a LOT of money we are spending on Christmas gifts...gifts that are very likely to have been made by the hands of a slave.

This is a topic that warrants {an endless amount} of blog posts, but I wanted to touch on the topic as a way to introduce you to Noonday Collection and show you just one example of how you can use your purchasing power to change lives around the world.  Would you like to join me and become a modern-day abolitionist?!
Isaiah 58:10

Noonday Collection sells jewelry, scarves, bags, and more which are made by artisans around the globe.  These artisans have gone from homeless and hopeless, to earning a live-able wage to support their families through dignified work with the help of organizations like Noonday Collection.  Kris says she fell in love with Noonday through a specific story of transformation and redemption while attending her first Noonday Trunk Show
"My favorite story thus far is the one that planted the "Noonday seed" in my heart - the story of a 26-year-old artisan living with HIV/AIDS in Ethiopia.  She makes beautiful jewelry out of beads made from old artillery shells from previous war conflicts.  Her partnership with Noonday has given her a source of fair income that has enabled her to afford medical care.  Because of that, she is able to take care of her son and have new dreams for his future."
That story of redemption is the one that led Kris to her first Noonday purchase - the Bethe Rope Necklace:
Bethe Rope Necklace worn with the teal Dewdrop Necklace
When Kris would get compliments on her necklace, she says "I would stop and share the story, and I would get goose bumps every, single, time.  Not only are the remnants of objects made for destruction transformed into something beautiful, but the lives that touched them have been transformed as well!"
Noonday Collection has had such a huge impact in lives around the world, and there are so many more stories.  Kris says "the more I shared the stories, the more I wanted to tell them again.  Before I knew it, I was advocating for the Noonday mission!"
Shalom Necklace - rolled paper beads made in Uganda
Inca Steps Necklace - made from Tagua seeds in Ecuador
Kris decided to become a  Noonday Collection Ambassador so she can help spread the mission of Noonday, and look stylish while advocating for the oppressed :)  There are SO many ways you can help those in need this holiday season as well as throughout the entire year:
Shop Noonday Collection
Visit Kris's website and get some holiday shopping completed.  Your purchases will not only provide pathways out of poverty and slavery for others, but your gift-recipients will be honored to share these stories while wearing their beautiful gift {handmade} and gifted with love. 
Host a Trunk Show
Contact Kris at  kjlovesnoonday@gmail.com to host a Trunk Show and learn more about Noonday - have the opportunity to try-on the beautiful products, and shop with your friends in the comfort of your own home.
Shop Fair Trade
As I've been learning more about modern-day slavery, I've been challenging myself to shop with intention and try to avoid "fast fashion".  Just like with the food I buy, I've learned to read labels on other products I buy and research where and how the product was made.  Yes, this can be time-consuming and difficult to shop this way in every aspect of my purchases.  Change starts with small steps, which slowly get easier over time. 
Resources
  • Follow my Purchase with a Purpose board on Pinterest for MANY other ways to shop fair trade.
  • GoodGuide is a free app for your phone to scan barcodes while shopping.  An easy way to learn more about the business practices of the company before purchasing their product. 
  • Take this Slavery Footprint quiz to estimate how many slaves are contributing to your lifestyle via forced labor, and what you can do to make a change.
  • Read Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide to learn more about the many ways women are being enslaved, and what you can do to help change the world.

LEARN.  SHARE.  GROW.
Because there are lives depending on it.

Stay tuned for your chance to win a Noonday Collection clutch!  There's a giveaway on the way...

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