I'm sure by now you're exhausted of hearing how we need to replace things in our home. Well, here's another one, but maybe you have to get a new one too, so here's more food for thought: we need a new rug. And did you know that many rugs are made using the labor of children who should be in school instead of working? It's hard to imagine that something under foot that should be so beautiful is made in such an ugly manner.
I've known about the Rugmark organization for many years, and it took me a while to re-discover them under the name of Goodweave, which is an organization created to stop child labor in the rugmaking industry. Goodweave is also a certification label that signifies that the rug you are buying is ethically sound, meaning no children have been used to create it, and the conditions of the workers is as close to fair trade as possible (fair trade is in and of itself it's own label). When shopping, this is another label to look for to guarantee ethical behavior on the companies part that you can trust.
Going through the Goodweave website, you can find a store in your neighborhood which carries rugs that have the Goodweave label, or you can also shop online (you know that's my favorite!). Looking through the list, I am in absolute LOVE with the notNeutral brand of rugs and even though we need an area rug for our living room, I just love the kid-like designs! My daughter I'm sure would be very pleased, but not quite sure about everyone else. Whichever one we choose, I'm so pleased to have (re)found the Goodweave label so that I know how to be an educated and ethical choice when buying something cushy for under our feet.