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Hello, Summer!

Heat wave getting you down?  Look (and feel) cool this summer in these super trendy fair trade shorts:

  • Mata Traders’s Cheyenne Shorts in Yellow (shown above in Blue):

These funky shorts are perfect paired with the airy Aurora Crop Top (also by Mata Traders) in either White (shown above) or Grey:

  • Want to show off a bit more of your glorious gams?  We’re also so totally in lurve with One Mango Tree’s Geometry Short Shorts:

Sweatshop-free shorts are the only way to really beat the heat (and look good doing it).

Happy Summer!

Peace and Love,
Your Fair Trade Trendsters

Fair Trade Your Christmas: Cards & Gift Wrap!

Cards from Africa's Joy Wreath (also available at Good Paper).

We hope you’ve enjoyed our recent winter holiday posts, which will help you to Fair Trade your Christmas & Chanukah.  This current post began as a snapshot of our favorite Fair Trade Christmas Cards.  But with so many fabulously creative and charming greetings to choose from, we quickly found our ourselves building a Christmas Card extravaganza.  However, when you read the missions of the two producers we feature most heavily in this collection (Cards from Africa and Sanctuary Spring), we think you’ll agree that more is definitely merrier.

Cards from Africa:

“Our greeting cards are all handcrafted by young people in Rwanda who have been orphaned by genocide or AIDS. The cardmakers are all heads of households, responsible for providing for the remaining younger siblings in their family. Cards from Africa pays above-market wages so that the cardmakers can feed their families and send the younger siblings to school. All the colored papers are made by recycling Rwandan office materials by hand as an expression of environmental stewardship.”

Sanctuary Spring:

“Sanctuary Spring is a line of beautiful, fair trade greeting cards handcrafted by women who have escaped prostitution in the Philippines. These women were originally forced into prostitution by others or because they had no other means of providing for their families. Now, they are participating in restoration services provided by local charities in order to forge a new beginning for their lives. With limited job options in the Philippines, Sanctuary Spring is a critical lifeline that provides safe, dignifying, and empowering work.”

Our Favorite Christmas Card Packs:

  • New Internationalist’s The Sound of Silence Cards – Set of 10 (available at Greenheart; inside reads, “‘Season’s Greetings’ in nine languages [French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian, Chinese, Irish, Scots Gaelic, Welsh and English”]):

  • New Internationalist’s Christmas Robin Cards – Set of 10 (available at Greenheart; inside reads, “‘Season’s Greetings’ in nine languages [French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian, Chinese, Irish, Scots Gaelic, Welsh and English”]):

  • New Internationalist’s Dove of Peace Cards – Set of 10 (available at Greenheart; inside reads, “‘Season’s Greetings’ in nine languages [French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian, Chinese, Irish, Scots Gaelic, Welsh and English”]):

  • New Internationalist’s Bethlehem Cards – Set of 10 (available at Greenheart; inside reads, “‘Season’s Greetings’ in nine languages [French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian, Chinese, Irish, Scots Gaelic, Welsh and English”]):

  • New Internationalist’s Jolly Penguins Cards – Set of 10 (available at Greenheart; inside reads, “‘Season’s Greetings’ in nine languages [French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian, Chinese, Irish, Scots Gaelic, Welsh and English”]):

If you like Cards from Africa’s individual cards below, check out their multipacks for holiday savings (also available at Good Paper).

Our Favorite Individual Christmas Cards (Faith):

  • Sanctuary Spring’s Batik Angel (available at Good Paper):

Our Favorite Individual Christmas cards (Holiday):

  • Sanctuary Spring’s Fa La La (available at Good Paper):

Our Favorite Gift Wrap:

Now you can spread the message of Fair Trade along with your holiday cheer.

Peace and Love,

Your Fair Trade Trendsters

Fair Trade Your Chanukah!

As our loyal readers know, we love to provide you with the inspiration and resources to Fair Trade your holiday celebrations (check out our complete guides to Fair Trading your St. Patrick’s Day, Valentine’s Day, Easter, & Halloween and check back soon for more winter holiday tips, including Christmas essentials).  If you’re new to Fair Trade or aren’t yet able to make Fair Trade part of your day-to-day purchases, holidays are a great way to support the movement and  show your family and friends you don’t just care about them, but you also care about the farmers and artisans who worked so hard to produce their treats and gifts.

With the Festival of Lights right around the corner, we wanted to share our fabulous Fair Trade Chanukah finds:

  • Canaan Fair Trade’s Olive Oils (available in Nabali Tree, Rumi Tree, Estate varieties; also available at Greenheart):

Happy Chanukah!

Shalom & Love,

Your Fair Trade Trendsters

Holiday Gift Tip: For Folks Whose Winters are Wet Not White

Autonomie Projects’s All Natural Rubber Rain Boots make the perfect gift for friends and fam sloshing through a wet winter.

“The very first of its kind, our new hand crafted rain boot is made from 100% all natural and fair trade rubber! Incredibly durable, comfortable and cute, this trendy new style is perfect for the garden and splashing in the rain.”

With a current discount of 40%, you can’t go wrong with these über-fab boots.  Plus, these earth-friendly boots will score a big hit with your eco-minded friends:

“Appropriately branded ‘Green Tips™’, our rain boots contain no PVC’s, plastics or petroleum-based products and are exclusively made with a unique rubber that is certified by the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) for sustainable forestry. The boots are 100% vegan and the producers in Sri Lanka that make them receive a fair trade premium on their wages and other social benefits.”

Give the gift of dry socks this winter with these super-cute rain boots.

Peace and Love,

Your Fair Trade Trendsters

Holiday Gift Tip: For Your Techie Friends and Fam

Know someone whose fingers are practically glued to their iPhone, iPod, or iPad?  The unisex Etre Touchy Gloves (available at Fair Indigo; shown above in Ecru/Oxford Blue Stripe) make the perfect winter gift:

“These texting gloves are a stylish, fun and practical way to keep your hands warm while using your touchscreen phone, portable game system, media player, or any other gadget.

“The exposed thumb and index fingertips give you the freedom you need to operate devices, while the full coverage on the other fingers still keeps you warm.”

These super comfy 100% lambswool gloves are made fairly “at an Old World knitting mill in Scotland” and come in a variety of additional colors (Black w/ Grey Trim, Grey w/ Charcoal Trim, Rhapsody Blue w/ Red Trim, Oxford Blue w/ Yellow Trim, Black/Red Stripe, & Oxford Blue/Ecru Stripe).

For folks who want even more coverage, Etre has designed a special Fivepoint Texting Glove (also available at Fair Indigo):

“Thanks to their special contactwoven® fingertips, they do what other gloves don’t: They let you use touchscreens without having to take them off.

These super soft and cozy gloves are a techie’s best friend and come in both Rosemary (shown above) and a classic Black.

Happy Holidays!

Peace & Love,

Your Fair Trade Trendsters

Lovely, Fair Trade Holiday Table!

Tara Projects's Apothecary Jars lend any table the luxurious look of classic elegance. While beautiful alone, imagine how lovely these glass art pieces would look filled with vintage ornaments, fir branches, or ruby pomegranates. Available individually or as a group from SERRV.

While we’ll also be sharing the festive side of holiday entertaining, there’s something magical about an earthy, simple dinner table.  Pair neutral hues with natural elements like pine cones, winter greenery, and berries to create an inviting space that will welcome your guests with classic charm and grace.

  • The Recycled Glass Cooperative of Cantel’s (COPAVIC’s) Recycled Glass Decanter (available at Greenheart and Fair Trade Winds):

Adding glass, classic metals, and candlelight to a natural background of whites, creams, and chocolates provides a chic take on merry and bright.  Moreover, it’s the perfect, romantic foundation upon which to layer elements from nature – holly and fir branches, sprigs of myrtle, pine cones, bark, and moss.  What a lovely winter wonderland.

Happy Holidays!

Peace and Love,

Your Fair Trade Trendsters

PS We have so fallen in lurve with Nkuku (featured frequently above).  Not only are they ridiculously trendy and elegant, but:

“All Nkuku glass is 100% recycled.  Although glass is one of the most harmless materials produced by the world (this is because it is essentially made of raw materials) it does not break down in landfill. Recycling glass not only saves energy (50% less energy than that required to make new glass) but is an ongoing process, as glass can be recycled continually. This means we can create new beautiful glass products with less impact on our environment.”

We are so impressed with this fab Fair Trade company and are so glad Greenheart Shop and Fair Trade Winds carry their line in the U.S.

Berry-licious Looks We Love!

We simply lurve Andean Collection's Tagua Bib Necklace in Berry (also available in Lavender, Teal, Ivory, Soft Gray, & Midnight Teal). Well, to be honest, we lurve AC's entire line. Delicious. (Andean Collection's drool-worthy products can also be found online or in Chicago at Greenheart Shop.)

Who says you have to be dull for fall?  Why not add a juicy pop of color to your late autumn palette with one of these Fair Trade fabulous, Berry-licious accents?:

  • Andean Collection’s Infinity Scarf in Berry (available at Greenheart; additional colors available: Chocolate, Forest Green, Leaf Green, Quarry, & Sunset Orange):

  • Andean Collection’s Lola Hat in Fuchsia (also available in Camel, Chocolate, Electric Blue, Lavender, Leaf Green, Slate, Soft Gray, & Taupe; also available at Greenheart):

  • Andean Collection’s Trapezoid Necklace in Berry (also available in Ivory, Onyx, Pacific Blue, & Sunset Orange; also available at Greenheart):

  • Andean Collection’s Floresta Necklace in Berry (also available in Teal, Lavender, Ivory, Sunset Orange, Midnight Teal, & Soft Gray; also available at Greenheart):

  • Andean Collection’s Classic Tagua Bracelet in Berry (also available in Turquoise, Nude, Ivory, Multi, Fuchsia, Nutmeg, Tomato, Military Green, Sea Green, Incan Sun, Soft Gray, Lavender, Pacific Blue, Coral, Kiwi, Burnt Sugar, Quarry, & Pink Grapefruit; also available at Greenheart):

  • Andean Collection’s Accented Bracelet in Onyx (also available in Leaf Green, Midnight Teal, & Soft Gray; also available at Greenheart):


  • Andean Collection’s Polished Tagua Bracelet in Berry (also available in Soft Gray, Nude, Emerald Sky, Rose Pink, Ivory, Nutmeg, Onyx, Pacific Blue, Incan Sky, Leaf Green, Lavender, Chocolate, Olive Green, Pink Grapefruit, & Midnight Teal):

  • Andean Collection’s Frida Earrings in Berry (also available in Sunset Orange, Onyx, Pacific Blue, Pink Grapefruit, Ivory, & Quarry; also available at Greenheart):

  • Andean Collection’s Floresta Earrings in Berry (also available in Lavender, Teal, Sunset Orange, Ivory, Soft Gray, Midnight Teal):

  • Andean Collection’s Square Stud Earrings in Berry (also available in Leaf Green, Pacific Blue, Ivory, Midnight Teal, Soft Gray, Sunset Orange, Onyx, & Pink Grapefruit; also available at Greenheart):

  • Andean Collection’s Mesa Ring in Berry (also available in Ivory, Leaf Green, Midnight Teal, Soft Gray, & Sunset Orange; also available at Greenheart):

Not only will these delicious berries perk up your late fall looks, but they’ll continue to make a brilliant splash in the winter months.  Instead of traditional bling, why not pair one of Andean Collection’s show-stopping statement pieces with your little black party dress?

Happy Accessorizing!

Peace and Love,

Your Fair Trade Trendsters