Fair trade means a lot of things to a lot of different people. But if we get down to the nitty gritty, it means “better”. Better standards, better treatment of employees, better pay, better conditions, just better. At GOEX, we seek to do better in everything we do to support better lives for children and families, and better care for our planet.
To celebrate Fair Trade Month, our team wanted to share how we style our Fair Trade Icons Tee in a sustainable, ethical way – by pairing it with our favorite thrifted items! Check out some of our team’s awesome finds below and why thrifting is important to them.
Item(s) thrifted: necklace, earrings, rings, purse and shoes
“Thrifting jewelry and accessories is important to me because they are often items that don’t have your typical wear and tear. They can easily become heirlooms that can be passed on from one generation to the next.”
| Carly Moore, GOEX Sales Manager
Fun fact: Some of Carly’s thrifted items come from all over the world including: Egypt, Germany and Jordan!
Item(s) thrifted: jacket and shoes
“Thrifting is a conscious way to support the community and be intentional about where your money is going. I also love it because it’s a way to find good uses for things that would otherwise be thrown away.”
| Julian Davis, GO Project Graphic Designer
Fun fact: Julian got his Sperry’s for $5 at a thrift store in Washington, Missouri, that was started by a couple that wanted to serve their community. What a deal!
Item(s) thrifted: jean skirt and earrings
“Thrifting is important to me for several reasons. A favorite date night activity for my husband and me is to go to our local thrift store and search for treasures. We usually come away with a few articles of clothing, home items, or a mug. I enjoy purchasing second hand because I know it supports a good cause, creates jobs and I am not letting an item go to waste. Thrifting is fun and good for the environment, it’s a win win!”
| Kenna Russell, GOEX Graphic Artist
Fun fact: Kenna cut her skirt into that length herself!
Item(s) thrifted: jean jacket and bracelet
“Consumers have a choice when it comes to shopping and I choose to support ethical brands, recycled goods and the local community. That can look like purchasing a second hand garment or investing in fair trade brands and choosing not to support big box companies or ‘fast fashion’. By donating that jacket that no longer fits you can support a local thrift shop, local commerce and feel good while doing it!”
| Shelby Williams, GOEX Client Services & Operation Manager
Fun fact: Shelby’s jean jacket is from a clothing exchange she did with her friends and her bracelet is a hand-me-down from her grandmother!
Item(s) thrifted: jean jacket
“Thrifting is important to me, as I find that throwing away clothes, shoes and other items can just be put to a better use than being in a landfill. Whether it’s to donate clothes to those in need, purchasing items to sponsor causes or just to use an item that still has life left in it – I find thrifting to be a way of limiting waste and actually living the ‘one person’s trash is another person’s treasure’ motto.”
| Brittny Choi, GOEX Administrative Assistant
Fun fact: Brittny’s jean jacket was thrifted from her church’s bazaar in New York City a couple of year’s ago! Proceeds from the bazaar go back to the church for long-term mission trips.
Item(s) thrifted: beanie, jacket and jeans
“Having been in the apparel industry for so long, I get really bummed out when I see old garments/materials being wasted/thrown away. I like to challenge myself to find a way to breathe second life into these kind of items, whether it’s rescuing something from the trash pile or making something new out of leftover materials.”
| Meghann Wheelock, GOEX Product Management Coordinator
Fun fact: Megahann’s jacket is made from recycled fabric and materials, so double recycling for the win!
Item(s) thrifted: blazer
“My grandpa loves to thrift shop, especially for jewelry and accessories for me. I have many special, unique pieces because of him. He has taught me a lot about finding beauty in unwanted items (and making people feel loved and thought of). I’m really happy to continue on the tradition of something that has such a powerful personal, environmental and social impact.”
| Rebecca Miller, GO Project Content Marketing Specialist
Fun fact: Rebecca wore this blazer to her panel interview for this job!
We know no matter how you choose to accessorize your GOEX tee, you’ll be wearing one of the best, comfiest tees on the market that is not only good for the wearer, but also for those who made it and the environment.
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