I was on the frontline of fashion.
As a business owner, it feels amazing to know that my work is good for the world, but I have to remember that I’ve only just begun. There is always room to be more ethical, more sustainable, more purposeful. My goals for 2021 are to offset my carbon, reduce the amount of plastic used when importing products from manufacturers, locate lab-grown gemstones, and do more to give back to women’s charities.
As much room as there is for improvement, though, it can’t be perfect. As a businesswoman and a mother, I remind myself to strive for improvement, but not be dejected when I fall short of perfection. This planet only asks us for our best, and that is all we can give.
I think my son, Raffie, will be part of a generation that will be more eco-conscious and more socially aware than ever. I’ve started those conversations with him now so that he can carry them into adulthood with the realization that every one of his decisions has an impact on the world, either to its betterment or its detriment. I am confident he will make the right ones.
Editor’s note: Katie Sheehan is the founder of Loft & Daughter, a jewelry and housewares brand that is based in England, and sources its products from Fair Trade artisan communities in India. For more information, visit loftanddaughter.com.
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