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Fair Trade, How do I love thee? Let me count the ways....

June 22, 2016

People ask me all of the time; what got me into this fair trade world and do I enjoy it? The answer, regardless of the day, is a resounding Yes! The fair trade world, for the lucky ones it touches, whether here in the US or abroad, is an atmosphere of fairness, togetherness, and the believe that we are all "agents of change."  I can honestly say, I have not met one person who works in the fair trade world who is not one of "my kind of people." Whether an artisan, or wholesaler, or fellow retailer like myself, we all take great pains to help each other. If business is down, we fret for each other, if it's up,...

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Nepal and India fair trade adventure

April 05, 2016

Just spent an amazing three weeks in Nepal and India, experiencing the people, culture and most importantly, their beautiful handicrafts. Fair trade is about so many things; allowing people a fair wage for their beautiful work, working in a safe environment, respecting child labor laws, but it's also about sustaining an art form and a culture which is quickly dieing in the techno world in which we live. Like all over the world, including the US, so many of the Nepalese and Indian young are flocking to the big city with the hopes of making it big, or even just making it, in the cities. Village life is slow, but also has very few resources to sustain a family. Fair...

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We are officially PROUD members of the Fair Trade Federation

March 23, 2016

In fair trade circles, the talk today is often about the willfully ignorant. In the article do-these-jeans-make-me-look-unethical, Nurith Azenman explores the human psyche behind decisions such as fair trade purchases. "The study, which will be published in the July edition of the Journal of Consumer Psychology but is already available online, builds on earlier research suggesting that most shoppers experience a kind of ethical dissonance: If we're actually told that a specific product was produced in an unethical way, we won't want to buy it. Yet given the choice, most of us would rather not know the backstory.  Shopping at fair trade stores, online on Fair Trade sites or even at big box stores that have a fair trade section, allows consumers to make a conscious decision...

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