Living in South Korea makes shopping ethically a difficult adventure. Thinking back now, I took for granted many ethical companies in the USA that only ship domestically. I love that our journey has brought us to Korea, but I find myself wishing I had the luxury of easily purchasing transparently made products. This side of the globe, nearly every single shop is fast fashion focused. Trying to find out how + where products are made remains difficult due to the language barrier (though I am slowly but surely learning how to speak Korean!)
With that said, I couldn’t be more appreciative of Equal Uprise. This decor + accessory company works with artisans in Ecuador, helping them improve their businesses and craft through financial support and business mentoring. Each time you purchase an incredible piece online, 10% of the sale will be invested directly into the business of the artisan who crafted that item. Equal Uprise is currently working with five main artisans and their families: Hector, Alexander, Rafael, Carlos, and Zoila (learn more about their business development program here).
I recently discovered Equal Uprise through Instagram and fell in love with their unique yet simplistic designs. Lately, my design taste has been heavily influenced by all things white, greenery, wood, and a hint of Southwestern flair (I know, I know. I live in South Korea!)
When I came across the Burst Neutral 2 and Ikat 2 pillow covers (similar here), I nervously e-mailed the company to inquire about international shipping. I quickly received a sweet response from one of the founders, Denise Paredes. Friends, let me tell you: I have never experienced such amazing customer service in my life! Denise graciously sent me several shipping quotes and product details. Eventually, she even went to a local post office herself to iron out the true cost of shipping to South Korea after receiving incorrect pricing. My package (wrapped beautifully) arrived quickly. Denise even added small gift to my order, just because.
My husband and I are loving our new ethically made pillow covers that work perfectly in our little space. Be sure to take a moment and get lost in the incredible, artistic pieces over at Equal Uprise!