January is national human trafficking awareness month, which is the inspiration and driving force behind everything we do at Justly Market. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
It was 8 years ago when our founder, @misstarateng, learned that her neighbour's daughter had been trafficked from their neighbourhood at 14 years old. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Human Trafficking is everywhere. And yet the good news is that we CAN help stop it. Every time we spend a dollar we are casting a vote for the world we want to live in. That's why all our products are fair trade because we believe in empowering others to live in freedom and safe working environments.
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Let's talk minimalism. At first glance it can look like a lifestyle focused on going without. But the more I slow down and eliminate the unnecessary, I'm finding that minimalism has given me a powerful gift: the ability to clearly see, enjoy and invest in the things that give my soul space to breathe and sing. It is freedom. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
What about you? Are you intrigued by the minimalism movement? How do you live simple in your own life?
Our culture is changing. People everywhere are rising up and demanding an end to violence against women, sexual misconduct and gender inequality. From Time's 'Person of the Year' cover, the #MeToo and #timesup campaigns and the bold display of sisterhood and intersectional solidarity at the recent Golden Globes... Important issues are taking centre stage and enough is enough. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
It's a fight that we've been engaged in from the beginning and here at @justlymarket, we believe everyone has a role to play in this movement. This is a practical reason why we choose to support fair trade. Because the majority of individuals working in the garment and textile industry are women and 1/3 of the world's countries do not have laws against sexual harassment in the workplace. So we are doing everything we can to make the world better by ensuring that the people who made our clothes are paid fairly for their labor in a safe environment. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
You can be part of this movement. We need your voice too. Because everyone deserves to live in a world where they are treated with dignity and respect.
Photo by Justly Ambassador @_ethigal
Now is the time for starting fresh because even small changes can make a big impact! So what are your goals for 2018...or even just for the next 30 days? Setting short term goals of 30-90 days can be a great way to ignite positive lifestyle changes. 🌿 Is it drinking more water? Bringing your reusable bags to the grocery store? Starting a capsule wardrobe? Eating more veggies?Going slave-free with fair trade? Or doing more random acts of kindness in your community? Comment with your New Years intentions below and share the inspo!
Happy New Year! Here's to a greener and more fair 2018! 🌿 what is one change you plan to implement this year to make the world a better place?
Photo featuring some of the children in the @longmilescoffee farming community. You can support their efforts through @goodcoffeeco, found at @justlymarket. #linkinbio
2017 - what a year it is has been! Thank you for giving us such overwhelming support in our first year of business! It's only been a few months but we are so encouraged by this growing community of individuals who are seeking to make the world better through consciously investing in people and planet.
I'm honoured to walk this journey with all of you and can't wait to show you what we have planned for 2018!
Cheers to a greener, more freedom filled future! - Tara Teng, CEO of @justlymarket
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What are your 'giving back' goals for 2018? For us, we've decided to seek out more ways to bring random acts of kindness into our community and we can't wait for all the new people we'll meet as a result!
You can give kindness to others too through @kindkarmaco, a collection of minimalist jewelry made by youth in Toronto who are transitioning out of homelessness. Each sparkling gemstone is a reminder of the unlimited potential of each youth and how we can be part of building confidence and character in each of them.
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'Twas the night before Christmas... ✨
Pssst, if you're still in need, we have gift cards for those last minute stocking stuffers! Find them via #linkinbio , then go eat a cookie and enjoy your holidays! Merry Christmas!
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