Our names are Amanda Alarcon-Hunter and Jim Hunter, we are human rights activists, animal rights activists, fashion activists and economic activists. We seek to promote, impede, direct, or intervene in social, political, economic, or environmental reform with the desire to make changes in society toward a perceived greater good. We are raising money in order to bring awareness to ethical and sustainable buying choices and help prohibit practices such as forced labor, human trafficking, child labor, discrimination and unsafe working conditions. It is more than fitting that we see a paradigm shift in the way we look at sustainability as a human rights issue.
"Shop Sustainable" is a social movement that we started in our hometown of San Antonio, Texas. However, the most highly visible and impactful activism often comes in the form of collective action, in which numerous individuals coordinate an act of protest together in order to make a bigger impact. This movement is to create everyday awareness in regards to ethical shopping choices. As fast fashion, cheap manufactured goods and unethical practices are in existence , with the culture that supports it, continues to take a massive toll on our environment, we recognize and understand the need for strong up-cycling programs and sustainable and ethical businesses. We also understand the importance of the intention that we owe to our society and environment.
Our plan is to continue this collective action that is purposeful, organized, and sustained over a period of time across the city. In order to do this we need monetary support from the community and public to continue this mission. These donations will help pay all team members involved and contribute towards any and all expenses that accrue to make sure this event and summit is successful year after year. Our mission is to continue to promote, move with conviction and offer a team of support to sustainable and ethical businesses in San Antonio and the surrounding areas. We want to provide and offer events that are as good for the planet as well as for the soul. Although, we are not a non-profit organization we do partner with ethical and sustainable non-profits in San Antonio and the surrounding areas to help raise funds for their organization goals alongside ours.
"Shop Sustainable" is an actual event that will take place every year at the Brick inside the Blue Star Arts complex in accordance with Dream Week San Antonio in January. This Dream Week event is a 16-day summit of events to foster the exchange of ideas on universal issues in an environment curated for successful civil and civic engagements. The January, city-wide summit takes place in and around downtown San Antonio. The aim is to invite all to participate in an open forum where real-world issues are presented and nurtured, with the understanding that the truest voices will always prevail. An idea inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s teachings.
Dream Week is about exchanging ideas, inspiring discussion and igniting change. In a city defined by its cultural heritage, Dream Week is bridging the gap between people and ideas by bringing their voices to the forefront of an international summit on tolerance, equality, and diversity.
The impact of these unethical practices is detrimental to our society because of the pressure to reduce costs and speed up production time means that environmental corners are cut in the name of profit. Fast Fashion's negative impact includes the use of cheap, toxic textile dyes – with the fashion industry the second largest polluter of clean water globally after animal agriculture. According to the Institute of Sustainable Communication, the clothing industry is the second-highest polluter of clean water. Retailers of fast fashion dump toxic chemicals into clean water supplies because clothing production is a land- and water-intensive industry. Fast Fashion is also no friend to the environment. The excessive textile production needed to keep up with Fast Fashion results in overwhelming CO2 and greenhouse gas emissions. In addition to polluting the air, Fast Fashion is also polluting the earth's water. It takes 2,700 liters of water to make 1 cotton t-shirt. A study published by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences suggests that large amounts of pollution that travel from China—and the environmental and health issues they create—stem from our demand for cheap goods manufactured in China. Fast fashion and cheap manufactured goods is also a huge contributor to child labor and numerous unsafe workplaces. In a US Department of Labor report, child labor, forced labor and unsafe working conditions in the fashion industry were found in numerous countries across the globe. This is modern day slavery and it must stop.
Our first "Shop Sustainable" event took place on Thursday January 21st, 2021 located at the Brick inside the Blue Star Arts Complex in San Antonio, Texas. Our non profit of choice was the Ethical Network San Antonio (ENSA). The ENSA is a 501C3 local network for independent professionals and small businesses prioritizing ethics in their works and purchases. This event was a huge success in more ways than one. We truly owe this success to all those that believed in our mission and our vision. It is a choice to live sustainable and believe in the necessary call to action. Your generous contribution and donation will help keep the vision of "Shop Sustainable" alive.
Our next "Shop Sustainable" event will take place January 2022.
"If you don't stand for something, you stand for nothing"- James Hunter
"This life is about doing the right thing while we are on this earth and making it count one footprint at a time"-Amanda Alarcon-Hunter
- angela rodriguez
#1 fundraising platform
More people start fundraisers on GoFundMe than on any other platform. Learn more
In the rare case something isn’t right, we will work with you to determine if misuse occurred. Learn more
Expert advice, 24/7
Contact us with your questions and we’ll answer, day or night. Learn more