One of my favorite authors of all time, Ralph Waldo Emerson, once said, “It is one of the beautiful compensations of life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.” I’ve seen the quote in a few different forms around the Internet, of course, as there’s nothing like the web for screwing up quotes that have been passed down for generations. But the gist is there. Doing good for the sake of doing good is food for your soul. It is one of the most beautifully synchronous cycles – the back and forth flow of good will, positive energy, and satisfaction that comes from reaching out to raise others up.
Object Mythology operates in this cycle of social responsibility and positive social impact by working with artisans in the Peruvian Andes and in Argentina who produce much of OM’s merchandise. Initially, this partnership began when a Peruvian non-profit organization provided training to single women, enabling them to work from home, care and provide for their families and communities, and preserve (and pass down) the remarkable hand-knitting tradition they learned from their own mothers and grandmothers in the process. Today, well over one hundred artisans work to create the hand-knitted treasures you see around the Object Mythology website, and their skilled craftsmanship enables them to provide a better life for themselves and their families.
This is one of the things I dig most about Object Mythology. OM does not only sell found objects, upcycled materials, and gorgeous baby alpaca scarves, throw blankets, and gloves (among many, many other things) that are gleaned from a truly sustainable, eco-friendly resource, it does so much more. Karen and her team go out and do some true good in the world. They reach out and raise up those who are otherwise impoverished, and in buying from OM, you do too. You support these incredible artisans with each purchase. And if Emerson was right, and I usually find that he was, that means you help yourself with each purchase as well.