A couple of weeks ago, I shared the definitions of some common “green” terms, and I mentioned that fair trade is the one that my family considers the most important to pursue, although we’re still learning what exactly that means and where to find those products.
As we head into the Christmas shopping season, I wanted to highlight some fair trade companies and their products. It’s really cool to me to think that we can help families around the world, not just through donations but also through supporting their businesses by buying fair trade. And I love that purchasing from around the world (even though it may not be the most environmentally-friendly thing to do because of shipping, etc.) also helps me to introduce my children to the rich culture of countries around the world!
Here are some of the fair trade companies I’ve discovered. Feel free to share your favorites in the comments as well!
1. Recycled Tire Tube Wallet (El Salvador) from Come Together Fair Trading Company, $30
2. Set of 3 Crimson Velvet Ornaments (India) from World Finds
3. Hand Puppet Animal Pals (Peru) from Global Exchange, $19.99
4. Cotton Reversible Pin Stripe and Green Bag (Nepal) from Earth Lover, $34
5. Zanzibar Orange Necklace (Uganda) from 31 Bits, $28
6. Wood and Pearl Bracelet (Bali) from Five Accessories, $10
7. Organic Fair Trade Unsweetened Cocoa from Greeley Road Cafe, $8.95
8. Velvet Travel Set (Vietnam) from Gaiam, $32
9. Handmade Girlfriends Pin (Kenya) from Ten Thousand Villages, $14
This Christmas season, will you be shopping for fair trade gifts?