Change the World by How You Shop Logo: The U.S. Ethical Shopping Guide

Made Global Co. is "into you knowing the makers, because the story matters."  They offer beautiful overnight bags, handwoven in Guatemala.

Serrv is "a nonprofit, fair trade organization dedicated to lifting disadvantaged artisans, farmers, and their families out of poverty."  They sell quality crafted fair trade weekender bags, totes and backpacks.  

(To look for their products in a retail store near you, click here.)

The Village Country Store is "a fair trade gift shop offering high quality unique handcrafted and handmade artisan gifts and crafts from around the globe."  They offer a great selection of colorful retreat bags and also fair trade totes and messenger bags, uniquely created from recycled materials, such as jeans labels and seat belts!

WorldCraftsSM "develops sustainable, fair-trade businesses among impoverished people around the world."  They sell some amazing fair trade tote bags and lunch totes.

Mountain Maid partners with "local church members to produce products that provide a sustainable income."  They offer unique Haiti-themed tote bags.

The Tote Project's "fair trade products are sewn in India by women who have made the brave choice to journey out of the sex trade and into freedom."  Plus, they donate 10% of profits to Two Wings "to help survivors of human trafficking in the United States pursue their dreams."  So, their beautiful totes are providing hope to human trafficking survivors!

PROJECT LYDIA is "an expansion of Advancing the Kingdom Ministries which serves Uganda, East Africa."  They sell beautiful elephant themed bags made by Ugandan women.

Imagine Goods partners "with vulnerable and marginalized people around the world to make products that, in many cases, give the first fair wages they've ever received."  Their line of upcycled "Reimagine" totes helps support the mission of Love146 to end child trafficking.

Papillon Enterprise is "creating jobs for mothers & fathers who don’t want to have to abandon their children to an orphanage because they can’t feed them."  They offer cool totes, made in Haiti, including puppy-themed totes!

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Persona Grata Goods is "designed to help moms who care about the world make a difference in the lives of other moms!"  They offer amazing carpet bags, sewn by refugees in North Carolina.

Trades of Hope sells products made by women whose "story has changed from pain and struggle to a story of hope!"  They offer a beautiful selection of totes and weekender bags.

Freedom’s Promise is "a faith-based, nonprofit organization that partners with indigenous Cambodian groups to prevent human trafficking and child exploitation by transforming communities."  They sell library bags, beach bags, grocery bags, messenger bags and lunch bags "uniquely handcrafted from recycled rice bags." (I ordered their grocery bags -- they are amazing!)

Amma's Umma is "an ethical boutique that gives back to adoptions."  They offer ethically-made leather totes.

Three Cords Haiti vision is "to bring life transformation through an artisan business that focuses on employing Haitians with disabilities, as well as at-risk women." They sell beautiful totes through ViBella. (Note: just search for "tote") I love my Three Cords tote--it goes everywhere with me!

The Mission Lazarus social enterprise "program exists to empower local Hondurans and Haitians."  They offer incredible leather totes, duffels and briefcases.

Eternal Threads "mission is 'weaving hope and justice' to improve the lives of women and children who are at risk from extreme poverty and trafficking." They offer a variety of bags and totes.

Hope Outfitters offers ethically made totes, backpacks and duffels with 100% of the profits being donated to chosen charities.

Kurandza is "a non-profit social enterprise that invests in the future of women in Mozambique."  They sell beautiful totes made by artisans in Mozambique.

The Sparrow Studio's "primary goal is to create a fair trade marketplace for handmade home decor and jewelry."  They sell beautiful ethically-made totes and bags, including colorful weekender bags and backpacks.

Ten Thousand Villages, "the original fair trader," started in 1946.  They sell high quality fair trade business bags, totes and overnight bags.  

(To also find their products in a retail location near you, click here.)

​​Below find beautifully and ethically made bags and eco-friendly totes for all your carrying and travel needs.  Every purchase goes to a good cause!

2nd Story Goods works in a small town in Haiti to provide much needed jobs and hope to their community.  They sell cool leather and sheepskin totes.

Haiti Design Coop works in Haiti to develop "craftsmen and leaders that are able to use their skills to provide for their families and contribute to the development of their community."  They sell cool tote bags.

The Mercy House Shop is "a global marketplace and the beautiful products in this shop are made by women empowered by Mercy House Global."  They sell pretty Market Tote Bags. (I love mine - they are perfect to take along in my purse!)

Education and More, "a Christian nonprofit organization, strives to reduce poverty in Guatemala by providing educational opportunities for students of all ages and by helping those we serve earn a fair income."  They sell ethically fashioned totes, messenger bags and sports bags.

Shop with a mission is part of Heavenly Treasures whose "mission is to equip and assist people in developing countries to break the cycle of poverty through their handiwork and creativity."  They sell beautiful fair trade totes, duffel bags, backpacks, travel bags, messenger bags and shopping bags.

Beza Threads is working to rescue and provide a new life for boys and girls in slavery in Ethiopia.  Buy their gorgeous leather messenger bags and totes to help continue their rescue work!

The Mosaic Collective exists "to empower international small business owners and skills-based nonprofits by offering beautiful products at a price that is fair to the artisans who create them." They sell beautiful handcrafted totes.

Amani ya Juu is a "social economic enterprise committed to peace and reconciliation for African women." They sew beautiful and durable bags and totes in African prints.  (Their totes are even more beautiful in person!)

Re:new "provides employment and community for refugee women who have resettled in the USA."  Each purse and tote is "masterfully handcrafted using recycled textiles by a Re:new artisan."  They offer amazing totes.

Partners for Just Trade is a "non-profit, faith-based organization that builds partnerships between producers living in extreme poverty and consumers in North America."  They sell some very cool fair trade cross body bags, backpack purses, bucket bags, travel bags and totes.

​(To find their products in a retail store near you, click here.)

Rise offers a burlap cross body sling bag, handcrafted in Haiti.

Adored Boutique's "offers an encouraging environment where a woman can embrace her true identity and celebrate the impact her purchase will make on another woman's life."  They offer some very unique totes.

With Krochet Kids,  "Every purchase impacts a life and every product is hand-signed by the lady who made it."  They sell ethically-made duffels and totes for men and women. (To find their products in a retail location near you, click here.)