Guest Post by Natalie Hoover

Thank you, Natalie, for helping me this weekend at the Brave Women's conference in Austin! We had a blast meeting some brave women and selling some beautiful, ethically-made children's clothing. Here are some of her thoughts after our time together.

Natalie is a new friend and self-appointed volunteer executive assistant. Kinda like Heather Hall (Jurnee Smollett) on Parenthood season 5 jumping in to serve as Christina's campaign manager. She was an answered prayer before I dared to pray for such a person! 

Natalie is a new friend and self-appointed volunteer executive assistant. Kinda like Heather Hall (Jurnee Smollett) on Parenthood season 5 jumping in to serve as Christina's campaign manager. She was an answered prayer before I dared to pray for such a person! 

It Starts with You

One word that every American can resonate with is freedom. One word every human can resonate with is slavery. Whether American history is evaluated or countries around the world, it’s a term each and every person can identify with. How can we change that? As human trafficking and smuggling continue to plague the world, will there ever be a chance that every human will experience what it means to be free. The sense that there is no ownership, no debt to be paid, an invigorating feeling of being able to go and say as pleased without influence.  

It did seem promising though as the world moved into globalization. Providing the less advantaged in the world with opportunity to make goods that would enhance the economic situations for all. Instead, what was learned is that free trade is not necessarily free. There comes a cost, and many times it’s at the lives and freedom of those less fortunate.

So again I ask, how can we as Americans change that? Certainly it is no easy task, but changing our shopping habits is a sure fire way to “eat an elephant”. It starts with you. Mahatma Gandhi once said, “be the change you want to see in the world”. Disrupt slavery by becoming a more conscious consumer.

Would you believe me if I said you had slaves working for you? Go ahead, look around your home. Better yet, go to slaveryfootprint.org and take their footprint survey.  This website brings awareness to the amount of slavery found in the supply chain of products.

So how can you be a more socially conscious consumer? Support brands like Evan Brooke that take pride in providing ethical employment practices that benefit everyone in the business cycle – from the farmer who tended the fields to the end buyer.