5 Ways to Feel Good About Shopping, From an Indigenous Fashion Brand Founder

Now more than ever, there's a growing desire among us consumers to be more conscious about what types of businesses we support for clothing and everything else. Sure, the word "sustainability" has been a buzzword for some time now, but we can't let it lose its impact. A way to do that is to personalize the aspect of sustainability, so we reached out to someone who can speak to it better than almost anyone: Amy Yeung

Yeung is the Diné (Navajo) founder of Orenda Tribe, which sells pieces made of upcycled textiles, restored and repurposed vintage clothing, and items crafted by her fellow Diné Tribe members and artisans around the world. Sustainability is at the company's core, and Yeung is constantly coming up with ways to support her community, especially since the COVID-19 pandemic has taken such a toll. With all this in mind, it's easy to see why Yeung was the perfect person to tell us how to feel good about shopping, and once you see how beautiful Orenda Tribe's pieces are for yourself, you won't soon forget them.

Keep scrolling for Amy Yeung's best shopping advice and to shop some of Orenda Tribe's truly stunning pieces.

Amy Yeung's Sustainable Shopping Tips

"By supporting vintage brands, you invite things into your life that are already here, not requiring new production. Adopt an old soul, that has been restored, recrafted, and repurposed. At Orenda Tribe we "re-imagine" our vintage by re-colorizing to shades that bring us joy."—Amy Yeung

"Help us create a sustainable marketplace by supporting indigenous artisans. Many of our handcrafted products give back 100% to support artisans that are impacted by the lack of winter markets due to COVID-19. Shop our Sheep Is Life shop where 100% of sales go back to our weavers and sheepherders to support The Navajo Lifeway."

"At Orenda Tribe, we are all about community. Join our circle of rainbow makers to spread love and shine light on our Diné (Navajo) communities. Our Spread Love Shine Light auction are heart gifts, where 100% goes back to critical aid to help our Diné communities impacted by Dikos Ntsaaígíí-19 (COVID-19)."

"Take some time this holiday season, to be outside to greet the universe, between Mother Earth and Father Sky. Slow Down. Breathe. With an open heart and open mind, we can all walk this healing pathway together."

"One of my favorite things is to simply honor a friend by doing good! You can donate to one of these organizations, and make positive change happen in the world!"

Voices of Hwǫłdzil
The Navajo Lifeway
World Central Kitchen
Community Organized Relief Effort

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