Things That Matter- A One-Stop-Shop for Ethically Made Filipino Products

A few days ago, I had the pleasure of attending a launch event for Things That Matter, and I'm so excited about it that I wanted to share with all of you... 

Living in the Philippines, I've become aware of how much I took the ease of ethical online shopping for granted while in the USA, AND how much easier it is to make a better, more ethical shopping decision if it's easy to purchase a alternative that does good (I'll admit that I've purchased a few unethically sourced items since moving here, just because it's difficult to get my hands on better options!). 

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That's why I'm so excited about Things That Matter, a new ecommerce site spearheaded by social enterprise legend Rags2Riches and full of proudly Filipino-made garments, accessories, and other goods. Things That Matter is a joyful marketplace that creates positive impact and inspires an intentional lifestyle. It is envisioned to be a one-stop shop for beautiful and purposeful items made by social enterprises and brands with a cause. But more than that, it’s a community of advocates who want to create a better world by making more intentional and compassionate decisions.

The launch event brought together a room filled with passionate entrepreneurs who are a part of the Things That Matter community. We heard from Kylie Misa of WVN, Reese Fernandez-Ruiz of Rags2Riches, Paula Pioquinto-Dimaano of Piesa, and Looie Lobregat of Linea Etnika- all female entrepreneurs who have a mission to provide good jobs for Filipino citizens and preserve the unique handicrafts that have been passed down from generation to generation in Filipino culture. 

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following the inspiring talks from the featured entrepreneurs, we got to take a look at the items that will be for sale through Things That Matter. My favorite picks are the Hannah tote from Rags2Riches (about $40 USD), The woven slim men's necktie from Anthill Fabric Gallery (under $20 USD), and the lovely handmade soaps from So True Naturals ($6 USD each). 

USA/UK/AUS friends, you'll be happy to learn that you can order goods from Things That Matter, too! Just select the international shipping option via FedEx. 

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