October is Fair Trade month! We wanted to share some of our items that are fair trade, in appreciation for everything that these workers do.
You’ve probably heard of fair trade in regards to chocolate and other foods, but any product can be fair trade! This simply means that social and environmental standards are improved to create better trading conditions that are ethical and is generally in regards to developing countries. This also means that producers are paid fairly. To confirm that a product is fair trade, you can check the label! The Fair Trade Foundation was created in 1992 and is still carried out today. Fair Trade products went from 0 to thousands within 25 years.
One success story of the Fair Trade Act is the company Shupaca. After an adventure through Ecuador, the founders of Shupaca decided to use their new-found fabric of Ecuadorian Alpaca to create their business centralized around the soft aterial.
An example of their lovely Alpaca products is the Apricot throw. This throw is 80% Alpaca and 20% Acrylic and is natural and hypoallergenic! The packaging is also recycled or biodegradable.
Another Fair Trade triumph is the Spencer Devine collections of travel bags. A part of the profit from their Assam collection goes directly to funding support programs and getting sewing machines for the artisan women below the poverty-line in India.
The materials are made of recycled plastic and leather and all products made by hand. This Assam Totepack can be worn as a backpack or a tote!
Starting from a small room in Bangladesh, founder of Pebble Child invited 5 local women to her home to teach them how to knit. After 3 weeks of practice, they began working on their first order of handmade children’s toys and stuffed animals.
Expanding on her business, Samantha Morshed began mass producing her products with the help of local women and launched her brand in Australia and the UK in 2010. This 100% cotton and 100% polyester-filled Giraffe is one of her many popular products.
Lastly, the Dharma Door is an organization created by a couple who traveled through Southeast Asia to pursue their dream of bringing needed resources to remote villages to mix traditional skills with modern design and ensure ethical production. The company provides the workers with education, healthcare and fair wages. This Jute Bowl is an example of the extraordinary handmade baskets that the women make.
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