Ethics + Sustainability
Give A Sh*t!
You may be feeling it — noticing it all around you. There’s a shift happening in the way businesses are being run. As a collective, we’re becoming more and more aware of the impact our choices have on the planet, our communities, and our own bodies.
Voyage + Heart strives work with artisans and conscious brands that make sustainability and ethical business practices a priority! Through this space, my hope (aside from helping business owners strengthen their brand), is to connect buyers with ethical makers; to shed a light on topics that inspire you to lead a slow, intentional life; and to offer transparency and education, so that consumers are empowered to be a part of the change and make better decisions.
What sort of impact does your business have?
Standards + Values
With movements like #zerowaste and key words like “ethical”, “all-natural”, or “single-use plastic” rising in popularity, it’s hard to know how conscious a business really is. While I love that these topics are gaining attention and encourage consumers to think twice about who they buy from, many businesses seem to toss these words around, without being intentional about the impact they’re making. Transparency holds brands accountable! If you run a business that puts ethics and sustainability first, be clear about your values and practices! By being open and honest, you’ll bring awareness to topics that matter to you, while encouraging others to take steps to be more conscious in their business or everyday lives!
Being intentional about the ingredients you use (or, more importantly, don’t use!), means you’re choosing better for your health, better for the people who produce your products, and better for the environment. Where do you source your ingredients/materials? Are they safe for the earth, plants, animals, and humans that use them? Do your choices reduce your footprint? Swap synthetics for natural fabrics free of toxic chemicals like organic cotton, linen, hemp, etc. Use soy wax in candles instead of petroleum. Opt for natural, plant-based ingredients in your skincare line. Make your jewelry with earth-friendly recycled gold.
Ethical Business Practices
If you’ve been around for awhile, you may already know that the “Heart” in Voyage + Heart comes from the people behind the brands, their hearts, stories, passions, and values. This goes so much further than even you or I! While there are many ways to keep businesses accountable, Fair Trade Certifications are just one them. Who made the clothes you’re wearing, or the products you’re using? Are they treated with kindness and respect? Paid fairly for their labor? What conditions do they work in? Did you carefully research responsible factories before going into production? These questions matter, and help ensure social justice and prevent exploitation by protecting the people who’s livelihood comes from making your products.
Are your products plastic-free? Have you replaced disposable plastics with paper, metal, or glass alternatives, which can be recycled or reused? Do you ship your customers their orders in environmentally-friendly materials? These are small steps that make a big difference, not only in the amount of waste we create, but in the impact on our landfills and oceans. Whenever possible, I ask that brands shipping products to Voyage + Heart refrain from using polystyrene packing peanuts (the chemical compound styrene makes them non-recyclable, and has negative impacts on the environment and our health), instead protecting products with biodegradable and/or recyclable materials like newspaper, sugarcane packaging, or compostable mailers.
Does your business operate with a social impact in mind? Community empowerment is a critical facet of a conscious business. From fighting against homelessness, starting a rescue foundation for unwanted pets, donating to various charities, and giving back in other ways, Voyage + Heart is PROUD to have worked with countless brands using their business to make a difference!
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Strengthen Your Brand With THoughtful + Bespoke Imagery
Are you a conscious business striving to make a difference in the world? A shop owner that practices mindfulness and sustainability when deciding which products you offer? Do you need a little help creating beautiful, intentional, and cohesive images of your products for your online platforms, so that you can spend your valuable time doing more of what you love? Yes? I’d be delighted to work with you, and offer a range of packages for brands that are looking to improve their imagery, attract their target market and make more sales! If you’re ready to take the leap, click the button below and let’s talk!