The Together Project is a marketplace showcasing beautifully designed goods made sustainably by artisans and brands around the world, whose mission is to create positive change in the communities in which they create. We aim to bring together design lovers, conscious consumers, and thoughtful producers, harnessing the ability to create a meaningful impact on our purchasing practices.
Beautiful design created to last. Ethical production. Positive impact before profits. Every designer and brand needs to take extreme responsibility for the product they put into the world from the path to purchase to the path beyond the purchase. For us, no product should cause any harm to people or planet in its entire life cycle.
We believe that enterprises using their sales for good are exactly the types of businesses the world needs more of.
Sustainability is the buzzword of the day, but what does it really mean within the context of The Together Project? For us, we take a holistic approach to the definition, focusing on the impact the production of an item has across the following key areas: SOCIAL, ENVIRONMENTAL, CULTURAL.
SOCIAL: Brands should be able to show evidence of placing emphasis on the fair treatment of their workers and be able to trace their supply chain. Fair wages, worker safety, gender equity, and a formal statement on workers’ rights are key. Forced and child labour is flatly banned from The Together Project platform.
ENVIRONMENTAL: The use of sustainable materials), especially recycled or upcycled is of utmost importance, as is the brand showing efforts in reducing emissions, water consumption, and waste/wastewater production in their supply chains. When animal products are used, they are by-products of the food industry, non-mulesed wool, and non force-fed feather. Fur and exotic skins are not accepted on the TTP platform.
CULTURAL: Priority is given to Women, BIPOC, and LGBTQIA owned businesses. Brands highlighting the preservation of an Indigenous art form.
IMPACT: Brands must meet the standards of our definition of sustainability to be featured in our marketplace, but additionally they must be committed to positive impact work within the communities from where they produce. To us, this impact can be measured most effectively against the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) and are a driving force in how we model our business efforts.