Your Destination for Living Sustainably
It all started with an idea: to improve our world by envisioning & building a compassionate economy.
For ziggie, the compassionate economy is where four values align: good for the earth, good for individuals, good for business, and good for our communities. Our mission is to enable “voting with your dollars”: giving our customers the chance to buy something that reflects their values and has a positive impact on the world and giving our sustainability-minded brand partners a platform for their own success.
ziggie is a digital destination that makes it easy for people to join the compassionate economy by shopping ethical makers and brands, engaging with inspirational and educational content, and directing money to causes and organizations they care about.
We are all about a sustainable lifestyle, and we’re excited to offer tips, picks, food for thought, and an incredible community of brands making sustainable products to you.
You are More Powerful than You Think
One trip to ziggie amplifies your power to make a difference and live sustainably. Our brands, artisans, and creative contributors make products that directly support sustainability, taking care to ensure ethical labor standards and standing up manufacturing processes that aim to reduce negative impacts on the environment.
They also make it possible for us to give back up to 10% of the purchase price of items sold on ziggie.com as Impact Dollars, added to your ziggie Impact Account. This gives you the choice to direct these funds to one of our world-class social impact partners, including World Vision and Water.org. Our retail prices are never inflated to fund your Impact Account, which means you won’t have to dip into your wallet twice to get “Something for You, and Something for the Planet.”
And when you shop with ziggie, many of our impact organization partners contribute matching funds from other donors and large sponsors to the campaigns and causes you support with Impact Dollars, stretching your investment in improving the world further, and truly amplifying your purchasing power.
The Importance of Ethical Labor to Sustainability
Our minimum standard for products sold on ziggie is that there is no child labor involved in manufacturing. The International Labour Organization (ILO), an agency of the United Nations, defines “child labor” as:
“Work that deprives children of their childhood, their potential, and their dignity, and that is harmful to physical and mental development. It refers to work that: is mentally, physically, socially or morally dangerous and harmful to children; and/or interferes with their schooling by depriving them of the opportunity to attend school; obliging them to leave school prematurely, or requiring them to attempt to combine school attendance with excessively long and heavy work.”
The global problem of child labor is widespread, with 1 in 4 children engaged in some form of child labor, as defined above and in international conventions that protect the rights of children, in the world’s least developed countries. The most salient root cause of this problem is not surprising: poverty. And the solution to the problem of child labor is complex, cutting across all the needs that face vulnerable children.
At ziggie, we believe that enabling the success of brands, artisans, and makers who adhere to ethical labor practices helps to create the market conditions for the elimination of child labor in manufacturing. We also give our customers the ability to donate a part of their purchase, to efforts led by our non-profit partners, to provide children and their families with the nutritious food and clean water they need to begin thriving, further eliminating the need for children to work in the face of poverty.
In fact, supporting children around the world is one of the pillars of how we think about global sustainability at ziggie, along with protecting nature and natural resources and addressing poverty, hunger, disease, and human rights.
Living sustainably is a personal journey and we are here to make it easier and more fun to explore what it means to you and how to live into it. And living sustainably encompasses a wide range of issues, opportunities, and causes that contribute to strengthening the well-being of individuals, their communities, and the planet. We also believe in making sustainability practical, accessible, affordable, fun, and easy.
We recognize that there is a spectrum of engagement in sustainability among conscious consumers, and choices often depend on the practical decisions we make every day. We are here for that, and we think exploring, mixing it up, and having lots of options is what makes the journey doable and enjoyable. If we each take on small changes, we can make a big contribution to sustainability.