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fair trade | The Green Beagle - Part 2

Gifts With Humanity

Gifts With Humanity

 

 

 

I am not sure if you have ever heard of Gifts With Humanity but I personally shop here whenever I can especially if it is for a gift for someone. I feel like spreading the word about this Gifts With Humanity is important. Many people won’t know and possibly won’t care but it is important that your money goes to the proper places. Gifts With Humanity is an excellent way to spend your dollars and support good causes globally! Gifts With Humanity supports artisans from the Americas, Asia and Africa. The holidays are here and if you have to purchase a gift won’t you feel better about the seasons of giving and being thankful if your money goes to people who are giving us great crafts and even more thankful for the support.

This year give gifts that give a more. Our gifts are 100% fair trade, recycled and you get 10% of your entire order with coupon code XMAS. Valis until Dec 24th 2009.

About: Gifts With Humanity is the retail division of Global Fair Trade Crafts Inc DBA Global Crafts.
Global Crafts was founded in 2002 by Kevin Ward and Renice Jones, who met as volunteer computing teachers in Kenya realized the capacity of the web to help individual artisans. After three years in Kenya they came to the USA and setup Global Crafts, initially as a small Fair Trade retail store. It soon became apparent that to sell in volume and change the lives of the artisans, the wholesale business would have to grow.
Starting in a garage at home Global Crafts has become a $1 million a year outlet for Fair Trade artisan handicrafts. We look forward to continued growth in the next few years and hope we are making a small difference.

Gifts With Humanity

The Lavender Necklace

Lavender Necklace

Lavender Necklace

 

 

 

 

Just so you don’t think I am too partial to Ecoist bags I decided to give you another eco-fashion that I am currently crushing on Hello Purtty!!! The Lavender Necklace by Lotus Jayne has style and originality written all over it. The colors are quite fall/winter and can go with a dressy out fit or you can dress it down.

About:Looking for a special gift, or perhaps just for you? Well, we think we’ve found it in this very unique necklace, so delicate it looks as though a forest spirit wove it. Crafted from cut glass crystal, glass pearls, and seed beads by Guatemalan women in a beading tradition passed down from mother to daughter for hundreds of years. Handmade in a fair trade workshop in Central America.

Equal Exchange

Equal Exchange Coffee, Tea and Chocolate Pairing Wheel If you love chocolate, tea or coffee then maybe you should consider Equal Exchange products. Equal Exchange products are Fair Trade and/or organic but what I like the most about Equal Exchange is how informational their website is. Many “green” companies give you what you want to hear so you will buy what they sell but Equal Exchange really details for their consumers how important our environment and sustainability really is as a part of their practices. Read Equal Exchange’s Resources page to learn about food practices, processes as well as what your choices really mean. My favorite part of Equal Exchange is their Get Involved page.  I personally love any company who is willing to want to educate their customers.  Dare them to do more than just buy something to actually participate in the movement.  How easy could
Equal Exchange
make it for you really?

About Equal Exchange:

Equal Exchange has created Big Change for over 20 years. It all started with an idea: what if food could be traded in a way that is honest and fair, a way that empowers both farmers and consumers? What if trade supported family farms that use organic methods, rather than industrialized agribusinesses that rely on harmful chemicals?

Our founders Rink Dickinson, Jonathan Rosenthal and Michael Rozyne asked these questions as they envisioned a trade model that values the farmers, consumers and the earth. So they took a big risk and plunged full-force into changing a broken food system. In 1986, they started with fairly traded coffee from Nicaragua and didn’t look back. Read more about our story.

Today, Equal Exchange continues to find new and powerful ways to build a better food system. Our products now include fairly traded and organic coffee, tea, chocolate and snacks from farmers all over the world, including here in the United States.

Our worker-owned co-op is based in West Bridgewater, Massachusetts. Because Equal Exchange was founded with democratic principles in mind, we strongly believe in a one-person, one-vote workplace without a corporate hierarchy. We partner with co-operatives of small-scale farmers who make their own decisions on business and community matters.

From the farmers co-ops to our co-op, we’re providing the best-tasting foods – while also making Big Changes to the way food ends up on your table. We’ll keep the ideas coming.

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Lotus Jayne

Lotus Jayne

Lotus Jayne

Lotus Jayne has some beautiful pieces on their store but more importantly I really just love the personal story that Lotus Jayne‘s creator has been kind enough to share about her family and her adopted daughter Jayne. Jill Kimball and her husband traveled to Cambodia to pick up their new addition and during this process wanted to give back to the country that gave them their precious gift. I think that is probably one of the most amazing love story I think I have heard ever. It is also a beautiful reason to have a store that wants to give back. Support Lotus Jayne and support fair trade!
About Lotus Jayne:Lotus Jayne began one sticky August afternoon in the year 2000 in Cambodia. A tiny little girl, my new daughter, sat on my lap staring numbly through the rain-splattered windshield as we pulled away from the AOA orphanage and all she knew. Ahead, over the muddy and rutted road, lay the Phnom Penh airport and her new life in the USA. It was one of those moments in life that one remembers forever. Here were my husband and I bringing a precious gift out of this devastated country. I realized then that we had an obligation to give back to Cambodia; her people had suffered so much, and so recently. At that time I had no idea what form giving back would take, but I did know that Jayne, like millions of children all over the world in war-torn countries, was orphaned through no fault of her own.One year later, Jayne’s Cambodian Classical dance teacher Somaly Hay and her husband Khan, refugees from the Pol Pot regime living in Connecticut, exposed me to the wonders of hand-loomed Cambodian silk scarves. As Khan turned an iridescent scarf this way and that, smiling as the fibers reflected light like liquid silver, I was a goner. Why had I never seen these textiles before in the U.S.? Realizing that affordable 100% hand-loomed Cambodian silk scarves were virtually unknown here, my friend and then-partner Katie Mahoney and I decided that the principles of fair trade would guide us in bringing these items to a receptive audience in our home community.

Today, as sole proprietor of Lotus Jayne, LLC, I source textiles and other fine handicrafts from Cambodia and also many other countries across the world. I work solely with suppliers whose efforts bring disadvantaged communities into the global marketplace, thus shortening the supply chain and eliminating the bites of profit taken out along the way. It is such a gift to see whole communities get a fair price for their handcrafted items and then go on to build schools for their children and so much more. Mothers no longer are under pressure to sell their daughters to sex traffickers, rural people don’t need to leave their villages to beg in cities for survival. Yes, there is still much to be done, but, truly, the work of fair trade is rescuing whole communities and their revered handicraft traditions from extinction.
I am so honored to continue offering you fair trade handicrafts from Cambodia and the world. Come back often and please send friends our link. We all have much to do to help isolated peoples compete in the global marketplace, your support makes this world a better place.
My cherished team consists of my intrepid assistant Melanie Kennedy, who brings a steady devotion and an open heart to all the work of this fair trade business. Mr. Thon Soem remains Lotus Jayne‘s Cambodian Representative, her tireless man-on-the-ground if you will, sorting through the many tangled skeins of cultural differences to source a particular scarf or piece of jewelry.
Really and truly, it is the artisans and their champions, like Kieng Sabay of Rajana and the talented women artisans of all sorts, who are the true heart of this fair trade enterprise. They deserve all the thanks we have and then some.

Lotus Jayne Fair Trade Gifts

Oil Drum Art

I really just love peacocks which is why I am featuring this item today! It has plenty of amazing green qualities but just look at the pretty peacock! Gifts with Humanity find some of the most beautiful pieces I have seen yet. You can give the oil drum art as a gift or keep it for yourself but either way you are helping a country much in need and supporting art as well as green practices!

Oil Drum Peacock

Unique Handmade Gifts and Jewelry. 100% Fair Trade! GiftsWithHumanity .com

About the Artisans:
Carlo Brutus and Eugene Jacques are two of the many artisans in Croix des Bouquets, an area of Port-Au-Prince, Haiti known for artisans who make oil drum art. Eugene’s shed is tucked behind several others and yields unique three-dimensional masks with cogs and bicycle chains for earrings. Each piece is a work of art and signed with “Eugene”. Carlo has what seemed like hundreds of different design of the ubiquitous round steel drum artworks hanging from every inch of wall space in his tiny warehouse.
The Diaspora of Haitians has spread the designs and skills of Oil Drum art throughout the Caribbean but the art is truly Haitian. Old oil drums are no longer readily available and are imported into Haiti by container and sold to the artisans. Even though cheaper, more readily available steel sheets could be used, artisans rely on the used drums for the patina in their art.

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Earth Divas

Earth Divas

I always love featuring green businesses to bring their name out there and in hopes that people choose to do business with a company that has our global ideals in mind. Many times these companies are small and home bases but if we as a global green community choose to only do business with small sustainable companies we can hopefully push out the big “green fakers” out. Earth Divas is one of these smaller companies that keeps sustainability and recycled materials in their sights. Earth Divasoffers a variety of items that are handmade by women and fairly traded for women. I am loving the concept that more and more businesses are helping women around the world gain their independence. Support Earth Divasby purchasing one of their adorable bags or hats! Don’t forget to peruse their jewelry too!!

A little about Earth Divas:

What the Future Holds
Our product name is changing from Hemp Sisters to Earth Divas. This transition should be complete sometime next year. Some product will still have Hemp Sister name on it until the transition is complete. We’re changing our name so only items with the Earth Divas name will be handmade, natural fiber, fair trade items. We currently have some items with the Hemp Sisters name that are made in the US and elsewhere and are not fair trade.

Earth Divas products are handmade, natural fiber, fair trade accessories made by women for women from around the world. We currently have items from Nepal and are adding jewelry from Columbia and hemp bags from Thailand. We hope that by next year we can offer products from several other countries.

Our natural fiber, handmade accessories from Kathmandu, Nepal are made by working women’s co-ops and small woman-owned cottage industry producers. We work directly with the people that make these items. We help them source supplies like zippers, rings and buckles, and provide feedback on designs and offer suggestions to improve quality. We work directly with and pay the people that make the items, we don’t work through a middleman, which is fairly common. My wife is from India, and each year for the last four years she and I have spent about a month in India, and I have spent a couple of weeks in Nepal working on new designs and trying to figure out better ways to make the core items that we will always have, like wallets, backpacks, hats and coin purses.

In Nepal, the hemp fabric that we use is from the remote Western Region of Nepal. It grows wild in the lower Himalayan Mountain regions. It is not cultivated or farmed as in all other countries. The villagers in this remote area cut the hemp down by hand and soften the hemp in water. Other larger processing countries use chemicals and softeners to get a consistent, smooth, refined finish. Nepali hemp is a bit rougher and uneven and has some color variations. The stalk of the hemp plant is then brushed into a wool like material and then spun by hand into a strand of twine. The twine is then woven by hand on a pit loom into a piece of fabric that is 1 meter by 3 meters long. The fabric is carted down the mountains on foot and to the nearest road where it is brought into Kathmandu. In Kathmandu, the craftswomen buy the fabric and make the unique and beautiful creations that we offer.

Our recycled silk items are of the highest possible quality because they are 100% silk. The silk is from the waste cuttings in India where silk sari’s are made. Most other recycled silk items contain other man-made fibers like nylon, which is soft, but not natural. Like the recycled silk items, the felted wool items are made by a working women’s co-op. The ladies we work with create the designs and make the items for us. The wool is imported from New Zealand

Earth Divas Fair Trade Natural Fiber

Glossy Treasures Recycled Magazine Clock

Glossy Treasures Recycled Magazine Clock

Glossy Treasures Recycled Magazine Clock

Help Save Starving Children by visiting The Hunger Site!

Here is just one more super green item you can purchase for your home that once your purchase is made can buy 25 cups of food for hungry orphans in South Vietnam. The Hunger Site!offers this recycled magazine wall clock which helps reduce waste and feeds children at the same time is pretty cool if you ask me! Visit the The Hunger Site! and see what other things you can get to help feed orphans in Vietnam.

About Glossy Treasures:
It’s time to change the world! Countless colorful magazine pages otherwise destined for landfills are rolled up and placed side by side to create a vibrant timepiece. A fabulous conversation starter and a great way to generate an extra donation for an orphanage in South Vietnam.

•50% recycled magazines, 50% MDF
•Requires 2 AA batteries (included)
•9.75″ dia. (25 cm)
•Handmade in and fairly traded from Vietnam

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SoleRebels “Whole Rebel” Sandals

SoleRebels "Whole Rebel" Sandals

SoleRebels "Whole Rebel" Sandals

Free Standard Shipping in the US on Orders of $50 or more. Promo Code: SHIP. Offer Valid 4.25.4.28.

The nice weather is upon us which means FLIP FLOP TIME!!!! Sole Rebels“Whole Rebel” Sandals are way cute, go with any outfit and made Fair Trade in Ethiopia! When you purchase a pair of Sole Rebels you will also be saving 1,145 sq ft of Rainforest!

Product Description:

Do good while looking good! These fashionable “Whole Rebels” sandals are organic, eco-friendly, and also help support injured former soldiers in Ethiopia. Founded by Kiru Alemu, Sole Rebels bring a source of hope by creating job opportunities for wounded veterans while creating something that can be enjoyed worldwide.

The soles of the sandals are made from recycled tires, and the tops of the sandals are made from recycled and organic materials in your choice of Blue, Red or Green.

Choose U.S. women’s sizes 6, 6 1/2, 7 1/2, 8 1/2, 9, or 9 1/2 (European women’s sizes 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, or 41). Handmade in and fairly traded from Ethiopia.

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Every Litter Bit Counts Journal

Every Litter Bit Counts

Every Litter Bit Counts

Free Standard Shipping in the US on Orders of $50 or more. Promo Code: SHIP. Offer Valid 4.25.4.28.

Every Litter Bit Counts Journal is a super cute journal that uses “natural litter” to comprise this book. Every Litter Bit Counts Journal is perfect as a gift, for work or for the aspiring writer in you. The designs all vary due to the materials used but that is what makes them so amazing. No two are alike just like us!
When you make a purchase from The Rainforest site preserves square footage of land! If you purchase this journal you will be saving 1,145 sq ft of land! Do your part and save the rainforest today!

Product Description:
This beautiful journal is handmade by a family of artisans in Tegallolang, Bali who have mastered the craft of turning nature’s litter into art. They collect leaves, twigs, and dried fruit from their garden to create the covers and make recycled paper using a kitchen blender. The family also employs women who are able to work from home.

•Brown, Chevron Stripes, or Horizontal Stripes
•Kapukapu & waru leaves, twigs, & recycled paper
•8.25″ H x 7″ W (21 x 17.8 cm)
•Handmade in and fairly traded Indonesia

Created to help women worldwide gain economic security for themselves and their families by earning fair wages for their handiwork, Global Girlfriend sources women-made, fair-trade imported, eco-friendly products. By supporting long-term partnerships with the artisans, it fosters equal employment opportunities, healthy and safe working conditions, technical assistance, and development strategies to help reduce poverty, one community at a time. Become a “Global Girlfriend” and help build a brighter future for girlfriends around the globe!

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Recycled Candy Wrapper Spice Rack

Recycled Candy Wrapper Spice Rack

Recycled Candy Wrapper Spice Rack

I absolutely love recycled candy wrapper everything! This is the super cutest candy wrapper concoction I have seen yet! The design is beautiful, the colors are fun and your green purchase preserves 1,145 sq. ft of land! 

Product Description:
Spice up your culinary arsenal with exuberant colors and sweet, candy-wrapper pizazz. A treat for the eyes, deliciously eco-friendly.

•Iron & recycled plastic wrappers
•16.5″ H x 10.75″ W x 2.75″ D (42 x 27 x 7 cm)
•Handmade in and fairly traded from India

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