|UncommonGoods: Beautiful, Unique, Sustainable Gift-giving|
|Written by Eco Fashion World - Sunday, 10 April 2016|
In 1999, Dave Bolotsky visited a Smithsonian Museum craft show in Washington D.C. and was fascinated by the variety of unique handmade goods and the talented people who created them. He saw a significant demand for beautiful design and quality products. He also realized the artists who created the pieces were often traveling great distances in order to sell their designs at the show. Inspired by his experience, Dave had a vision to create an online marketplace to connect makers and their creations with individuals looking for truly special goods, regardless of the physical distance between the maker and the shopper. Dave turned this idea into UncommonGoods, an online marketplace brimming with unique products, which meet the highest standards for design and social responsibility.
The focus of UncommonGoods is to build a sustainable business. Bolotsky’s team encourages the artists to use sustainable or recycled materials whenever possible. More than half of the products offered are made by hand. UncommonGoods runs all of their operations out of the historic Brooklyn Army Terminal, where the lowest-paid seasonal worker starts at 50% above the minimum wage. They also utilize environmentally-conscious packing materials and print their catalog on Forest Stewardship Council [FSC] certified and recycled paper. UncommonGoods is building relationships with non-profit organizations through Better to Give, a program they created, which allows each of their customers to choose a partner to donate $1 to with each order.
UncommonGoods products meet the following five standards:
Responsible business practices
Environmentally friendly materials
With an online registry, wish list feature, and products to cater to women, men, and children, including home accessories and table top items, unique jewelry, art, loungewear, kitchen and bar items, and an area dedicated to gift-giving, UncommonGoods offers something for everyone.
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