I’ve made it my mission to start to become a more conscientious consumer. Whether it’s wearing chemical-free deodorant or buying ethical, pasture-raised eggs, I’m slowly but surely learning more each day about the little things we can do as consumers to make a difference. While I’ve always been aware and skeptical of the social and economic (damage) impact of purchasing “disposable” clothing and home goods, I’m just as guilty as the next gal at H&M. Countless articles and documentaries have exposed the dangerous outcomes of low consumer prices and the strain and dangers it imposes on those overseas making these items. Most notably, would be the awful treatment and work conditions of those who work in the textile industry.
Sometimes with awareness, comes frustration. I know I’m often torn with possessing this knowledge as a consumer, and not knowing where to go with it. Then I met Amanda Zehner, founder and owner of Living Threads, a company dedicated to bridging artisans and sustainable markets around the world. Essentially, Living Threads helps to empower artisans they work with by providing a reliable income while in turn, producing amazing quality woven goods to their consumers. Living Threads directly supports the artisans: allowing them to provide for their families while also supporting ancient traditions.
What I found most incredible were the colors and the vibrancy of the fabrics. Many of the threads are dyed with plants, vegetables, and fruits. The table runners and napkins are one of a kind and are handwoven on traditional Mayan back-strap looms in Guatemala.
Here are some of my favorite items from Living Threads
Lyn Placemats from Nicaragua
Kus Napkins from Guatemala
Zuru Throw Blanket
Root Brush from Mexico
La Basico Striped Pillowcase from Guatemala
Make sure to stop by Living Threads in Reston or shop the store online and check out their Instagram, Twitter, & Facebook