DISCOVER: Uncommon Goods - A Force for Change

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Sometimes, all it takes is a small idea to make a big impact. Just ask Dave Bolotsky, founder of UncommonGoods, an online marketplace that bridges the distance gap between consumers and artisans.  After attending several craft shows, Dave set out to create a company that eliminated the cost and time associated with artisans having to travel to fairs.  Established in 1999, UncommonGoods provides a way for makers to share their unique stories and reach their ideal customers. It was a rocky start at first, but after 5 years they got their feet underneath them and began to see profit. Today, UG has become much more than just an online market place --- they're a force for change. UG is a founding B Corporation, which means they maintain a sustainability business model.  UG works daily to reach their social and environmental goals. Just check out some of these stats:
  • The lowest seasonal paid worker is paid 50% over minimum wage
  • 50% of their products are made by hand and mostly in the U.S.
  • 1/3rd of their products include recycled or upcycled materials
  • Use of environmentally friendly packing materials
They even have a program dedicated to supporting non-profits, called Better to Give. Through the initiative, $1 for every order made is given to a non-profit organization, and the customer gets the ability to pick the organization. To date, UncommonGoods has donated over $1 Million dollars to non-profit agencies. I have a special place in my heart for companies that give back and care about the environment and wanted to share a few picks from their website that I think you'd enjoy! Consider these for yourself, or gifts for other people!

Painter / Lifeguard / Mechanic / Chain / Heartbeat / Birthday Month / Sailor / Nest Egg Necklace
Check out more necklaces here.

Mixed Metal / Chef / Comicbook/ Wood / Yogi / Aquamarine

Check out more bracelet picks here.
For more information on UncommonGoods:

This is a sponsored post. Thoughts and opinions are my own.

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