Takeo Trust is a social enterprise selling products made by young women who’ve been rescued from sex trafficking, child sexual abuse and labor exploitation in the Takeo province of Cambodia. … Read More
Many artists are no longer starving—by combining their talent with savvy business plans, makers are working at companies that allow them to create art that’s making a profit and also doing good in the world. These companies, many Certified B Corporations, are employing artists who use their handmade art with recycled materials so they don’t contribute to wastefulness. Other companies employ artisans who would otherwise be exploited or stuck in a cycle of poverty; by teaching them skills and selling their wares, these businesses are able to provide the makers a brighter future.
For example, Etsy is a Certified B Corporation; the company’s housed in a sustainable building in Brooklyn that aims to be carbon neutral by using local, handmade furnishings, utilizing solar energy and recycling rain water. Etsy supports their sellers in their individual sustainability efforts as well — even giving Etsy artists discounts on solar panels that they can use at home or at their studios. Learn more about products and art that have an impact on our environment and society in our free report, and read about how Kickstarter’s crowdfunding platform is promoting the arts.
Other companies employ furniture makers, sculptors, tilemakers, painters and other artists who create products that have the least environmental impact as possible. The individual makers create no-waste work from using art from found objects, recycled materials and more to create eco-friendly crafts and handcrafted gifts.
Takeo Trust, too, is a social enterprise selling products made by young women who’ve been rescued from sex trafficking, child sexual abuse and labor exploitation in the Takeo province of Cambodia. The company also teaches girls culturally respected weaving skills, which provides them with an opportunity to escape the poverty cycle.
Consumer demand for responsible products has proven that art that gives back is a movement that’s here to stay.