So, since we’ve become a member of the Fair Trade Federation (FTF) I’ve taken an interest into learning about the other business that are already involved with this great organization.
One of these business is Global Exchange. Global Exchange is an international human rights organization which operates 5 brick and mortar stores here in the U.S. They started back in 1988, and their mission is to help raise awareness about exploitative work practices in developing countries.
Their online store is really cool because they sell a ton of different products made from fair trade producers from all over the world. You can find wall decorations made from old oil drums in Costa Rica, felt play blocks made in Nepal, gorgeous serving platters made in Tunisia, and recycled magazine bowls made in Vietnam.
Their selection is diverse, and like as not you’re going to find something you can’t live without.
Here are a few of my favorite selections from the Global Exchange store.
1. Kalamkari Fabric Earrings from India
The coolest thing? Part of the profits from the sale of these earrings goes to support Speed Trust, an amazing non-profit in India that we work closely with here at Earth Divas. Speed Trust helps support socially marginalized women; these women are often widows, HIV positive or physically disabled. Speed Trust helps provide vocational training and education so the women can start working and earning money to support themselves, and their children.
2. Wakami Creation Story Bracelet from Guatemala
I’ve wanted a Wakami Bracelet forever. I first heard about them last year on another Fair Trade site, and immediately fell in love.
The Wakami Bracelet is basically the story of how the earth was created. Each strand represents a part of the story, starting with the Earth and ending with Love. Amazing, right?
A portion of each bracelet goes to help support impoverished women in Guatemala.
3. Recycled Bike Chain Hooks from India
Remember when I said Global Exchange was diverse?
I wasn’t kidding.
These recycled bike chain hooks are super cool, and every purchase helps benefit Noah’s Ark, a non-profit organization in India that helps provide education for children. Most of the artisans who work with Noah’s Ark are women, and working with the organization helps them earn money working from home while they care for their children.
Filed under: Fair Trade Basics on December 22nd, 2010