Contributed by Kaley Anderson
In the past few weeks, the re-emergence of school busses and children in backpacks has been telling me that, unfortunately, summer is winding down. Thankfully I have one more summer adventure to look forward to—Labor Day! The US Department of Labor says that Labor Day is “dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers” and the contributions they have made to the “strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.” Sounds like a great chance to honor some of my favorite workers and ethical companies and enjoy a good ol’ fashioned cookout! Here’s how you can, too.
- Wear something from our makers in the US.
The Beth Mingle ‘Swirl’ Necklace and Abigail ‘Y’ Mingle necklace are ethically produced in St. Louis. They make a perfect pair that’s elegant enough for your celebration but simple enough not to overpower your red, white, and blue getup.
- Use a re-useable tote to carry your potluck contribution.
I love the Jane ‘Basic Baggu’ Bag from Baggu! It comes in the cutest patterns and it folds up and to fit in my purse for those last-minute grocery runs.
- BBQ and brownies are a cookout staple—try making yours with Uncle Bob’s BBQ Rub and Cindy’s Sinfully Chocolate Brownies from Women’s Bean Project.
Let’s be honest—I don’t want to spend all day in the kitchen on a holiday when I can be outside enjoying the last bit of summer with friends. These mixes make contributing to a potluck super easy. Based in Denver, Women’s Bean Project’s mission is to, “change women’s lives by providing stepping stones to self-sufficiency through social enterprise.” Sounds like the core of what Labor Day is all about, huh?
- Did you know that you can enjoy a cocktail and support fair trade at the same time?! Let’s raise a toast to that!
Check out FAIR spirits for their line of fair trade alcohol. Cheers!