Have you ever finished watching a movie and noticed PETA’s stamp of approval “No animals were harmed in the making of this film”?  Or turned over a nail polish to see a similar stamp “no animals were harmed in in the making of these cosmetic products”? Yes? what about stamps for the human race? If humans were harmed? No?

Recently, while working at One Heart Collective in McCloud, I mentioned to a customer that “No humans were harmed in the making of these products” we both laughed a little at my wit and went back to our separate things.  After she left, I sat there as the words hung in the air. 

I remember the uproar when the public found out cosmetic companies were testing their products on innocent animals.  The boycotts that followed made a substantial difference. 

Why don’t we demand that our products have a stamp that says “no humans were harmed in the making of this product.” Why don’t we rally and cry out, boycott and draw attention to the madness of human trafficking, child labor, etc.  It boggles my mind that people care more about rats than they do about fellow human beings. 

I’m saddened by this realization, has no one ever thought to demand fairness and justice in the products they buy? We all know this world is corrupt and driven by the madness of money, we know that slavery exists, that people are mistreated and taken advantage of… so when did we become mute about it all? 

I want to demand that companies like Hershey’s, Dunkin Donuts, JC Penny, Macy’s, and more, are required to source their products ethically and place a stamp of “no harm done to the human race” on every product that passes through their doors.  That's not going to happen though.

What IS going to happen is me putting those standards on my household and demanding that every product that comes INTO my house has the stamp of no harm done to the human race.  I can hold myself to those standards and ensure that my lifestyle isn’t harming the life of another.  I will pay a little more, so that we can all live a little better.  I will continue to demand quality, not only in the products I buy, but in the lives of the people who made it. 

The best, easiest, and most direct way that I see all of this being possible is by shopping ethically. Not just checking the tag for fair trade, but checking the company is treating its employees fairly and retaining dignity.  Saying no to Chocolate and Coffee that doesn't have a fair trade sticker. Saying no to fast fashion. Saying YES to shopping small, supporting local businesses, and contributing to the projects overseas that are sustaining life and rescuing souls.  One Heart Collective makes ethical shopping easily accessible, ensures these products are building up humans and not tearing them down, they truly are "no humans harmed" and I'm so blessed to be a part of it! 

-Carlee M