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Saying "I Love You" responsibly

In light of many of the recent tragedies taking place overseas, I've been trying to give this upcoming "holiday" some deeper thought. Does anything I do make a difference? Who am I helping and whose lives am I touching? 

Taking this thought a bit further, I started thinking of the holidays we celebrate and the time we really take to value our loved ones and how we show them we care. Sure, an expensive dinner or a fancy piece of jewelry is lovely, but how far do these gifts go?

On a hunt to purchase responsibly, I came across Orange Harp. Orange Harp is an online shopping platform that "tells the stories behind socially-responsible brands." They feature American-made products and work with brands that give back in very a direct way. They've partnered with Not For Sale, a non-profit company fighting to end human trafficking, by donating 1% of each sale to NFS. From Orange Harp's website:

The fashion/garment industry has played a significant role in human rights violations, trafficking, and abuse of women and children. We started Orange Harp to support and bring you companies that are transparent about their labor, diligent about fair working conditions, and support communities around the world.

Inspired by Orange Harp, I decided to put together my list of favorite things from their app for Valentine's Day gift-giving. I'm hoping this helps you guys, and myself, to shop consciously and responsibly.

Take a look at my picks below. All items are available on the Orange Harp app.

Juniper Ridge Big Sur Trail Soap - $30

Juniper Ridge Big Sur Trail Soap - $30

Sword & Plough Leather Key Fob - $28

Sword & Plough Leather Key Fob - $28

Juniper Ridge Mojave Trail Resin Cologne - $35

Juniper Ridge Mojave Trail Resin Cologne - $35

Dandelion Chocolate Tasting Set of 3 bars - $20

Dandelion Chocolate Tasting Set of 3 bars - $20

Sword & Plough The Weekender Bag - $359

Sword & Plough The Weekender Bag - $359

Juniper Ridge Douglas Fir Spring Tip Tea - $13

Juniper Ridge Douglas Fir Spring Tip Tea - $13

I always appreciate when people read my blog posts, especially when it's a long list of things I like that I hope you like. I don't do endorsed posts on the blog so when I share something with you, it's because I really believe in it and I felt it was worth taking time to write about. Human trafficking and slavery effects more than 30 million people worldwide, so if we can stretch our dollar as far as we can to make a difference, I'm all about that.

Wishing you all the best today, tomorrow and always.