About ashley + about sister house

sister house exists to educate and EMPOWEr.

 
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From 2015-2018, Sister House Collective existed as a conscious lifestyle boutique. After traveling around the world and learning about the realities of human exploitation and trafficking, I wanted to DO something. The boutique was born from the belief that those of us in the developed world have an opportunity and an obligation to make a profound, positive impact on the lives of people who make the things we buy. I didn’t know it at the time, but I was diving head first into the conscious consumer market, researching and curating products made by social impact brands and organizations around the globe.

What started as selling handcrafted items made with a purpose, has evolved into into education surrounding conscious consumer goods and global empowerment programs. Over the past four years, I’ve become heavily invested in learning about the global marketplace and how incredibly exploitative the clothing and textile industry is, and the true cost of the cheap, mass production of goods produced all over the world and sold in popular, big box Western stores.

So what is Sister House now?

For now, I’m focused on sharing knowledge around ethical and/or sustainable brands, business practices and and movements. On the blog, you will find interviews with founders of brands that have a social or environmental initiative: some who are creating opportunity for individuals to rise above disadvantages that they may be facing, like sexual slavery or generational, cyclic poverty. Some believe in creating a low-impact, eco-friendly product that doesn't harm the planet, or the people making and using it. All were born from crazy innovative dreamers who, like me, want to see business as a force for good. On the blog, you will also find travel guides that support local, more conscious-minded buisnesses and lifestyle posts.

My hope is to share my journey of living a more conscious lifestyle with you, along with inspiration and guidance as to how YOU can make positive, empowering choices.