Mariah is the Program Manager of End Slavery Now. Currently living in Cincinnati, Ohio, she graduated from the University of Cincinnati's DAAP program with a degree in Digital Design.
Slavery is often fueled by our consumerism and greed. By changing our purchasing habits we can tell the market that we will not stand for slave-made goods.
This year, pick two items that you will buy slave free. These can be things like coffee, rice, t-shirts, shoes, tomatoes, chocolate or jewelry. Check out our list of companies for more ideas.
Try shopping at thrift or second hand stores. Look for used appliances or home items if you need them. ThredUp is an online consignment shop where you can buy second hand clothes! Get $20 off your first order.
There are some really talented people where you live! Consider paying a little extra to enjoy their homemade honey instead of buying from a large store.
In order to decrease and stop instances of slavery, we need everyone to get involved.
It is going to take a lot of money to fund this goal. This year, pledge to give $40 a month to an organization that you believe in. Or, pledge to do a fundraiser this year: run a marathon, donate your birthday or have a bake sale. Anything and everything helps! We have a list of great organizations you can partner with here.
Go to this page, put in your zip code (if U.S. based), find the organization nearest you, give them a call/email, tell them your skills and your availability and HELP. Everyone is needed in this fight. Are you an accountant? Offer those services. Do you have design skills? Offer those. Can you cook and clean? Find a shelter to offer those services to. ALL of us can help, and we need to mobilize.
Can you commit to talking about slavery this year? Just bring it up in conversation or make lifestyle changes that cause people to ask the question “why?” The more people that know, the closer we are to ending it.
Together we can end slavery. Be sure to share with us which thing you'll be doing for 2016!
Autumn in the Northern Hemisphere is just around the corner. Update your wardrobe with fair trade pieces!
Ready to propose? Purchase a fair trade ring and promote a slave-free lifestyle!