One of the things I’ve been thinking a lot about lately is child labor. It is easy to turn a blind eye to the conditions that children in the poorest countries must live with on a daily basis because we are so accustomed to living comfortably in the U.S. But the fact is that many children work for little or no money in horrible work environments that I can’t even imagine a dog working in, much less my own child. Even if you don’t have children of your own, it’s hard not to empathize with that.
That is why I love third-party certification programs like GoodWeave. From their website:
GoodWeave™ works through its certification program to end illegal child labor in the carpet industry and to offer educational opportunities to children in South Asia. GoodWeave was founded on a simple premise: If enough people demand certified child-labor-free rugs, manufacturers will employ only skilled, adult artisans, and children will no longer be exploited in the carpet industry.
GoodWeave is raffling a beautiful rug donated by Florence Broadhurst Handmade Rugs — Japanese Floral in Saffron (yellow, shown above), measuring 8’ x 10’ and retailing at $9,000 and certified child-labor-free. It is hand-woven in Nepal from Tibetan wool, silk, and natural fibers. The image below shows the rug in two other colorways so you can get an idea of how it would look in a room. Each raffle ticket you purchase supports GoodWeave’s campaign to end child labor in the handmade rug industry and school scholarships for these children.
Raffle tickets cost $25 apiece and are available through October 9. The more tickets you buy, the more you get for free. Ie. You can get 5 tickets for $100 (instead of 4), 12 for $200, and 30 for $500. The drawing will be held at the GoodWeave USA offices on October 13. You need not be present to win.
You can also use the GoodWeave website to find certified rugs available for purchase.