Hi Friends, Welcome to Route!
Here at Route, we are committed to providing our customers the best in ethically produced jewelry, clothing, accessories, gifts and home goods. Ethical production means every maker is provided at least safe working conditions and fair wages.
We work with over 25 partner groups. Some not-for-profit and others for-profit; each company committed to ethically employing our makers. Many partner groups go beyond fair wages and employment to supporting the communities and providing education and healthcare for their employees and/or use recycled materials and consider environmental impact in production.
By purchasing from us, you start a route that begins with the maker. Each maker is safely and sustainably employed – your purchase ensures that.
The route continues to our partner group, who is also supported by your purchase. Every organization we purchase from is run by caring, thoughtful entrepreneurs who are changing the world by changing production practices.
Next stop, Route. We carefully choose products considering the first two stops, the maker and the partner group. We also work hard to find products that are fashionable. We want you to be able to choose an ethically produced piece over a piece from a major retailer that is not ethically made and love it even more! We are committed to revealing the path of each product and telling the stories of world change made possible by each purchase.
Lastly, your purchase makes this path possible and supports the movement of conscious purchasing. As you invest in ethically produced pieces there will be less slavery, more children in school and out of the workforce, and fewer deaths from unsafe working conditions.
A group of committed women started Route in 2008 as Mustard Seed Fair Trade in Downtown Columbia, Missouri. In the beginning of 2015, we began the process of changing our name to something that reflected more of a journey. Maker to Producer, Us to You.
Though the things we sell are important, the people involved are why we are here and the many women who make Route happen, are all brave, determined, and compassionate women, who are changing the path their lives are on.
Our job is to make those connections and to create Routes for relationships that change lives and change the world.
Route is a nonprofit, 501c3, organization that alleviates poverty by selling ethically produced goods and educates our community on the impact of employment and empowerment. See our non-profit 990 here.