Celebrity Spotlight: Emma Watson

"If, when buying an item, whatever it may be, people have the choice to buy Fair Trade or non Fair Trade, they should buy the Fair Trade item. It really does make all the difference." "It empowers people and doesn't take away their dignity." - Emma Watson

Attention all fans of Harry Potter‘s Hermione Granger: There’s now even more reason to love Emma Watson!

Emma Watson is making her own magic as a fair trade supporter.  She has collaborated with British Fair Trade company People Tree on a new line of comfy, classic, youthful clothing called Love from Emma.  (Note, while People Tree is based in London, they do deliver to the USA, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand).

Check out this super fun, behind-the-scenes video of Emma’s catalog shoot for People Tree:

For more information about how the Fair Trade movement has impacted Emma, check out the following videos of her trip to Bangladesh – one of the world’s poorest countries, which produces much of the clothing we wear in the Western world:

Thanks for inspiring us, Emma! And for collaborating on such cute clothes!

You’re right, Emma, Clothes are fabulous and can transform the way someone feels about themselves, and [with Fair Trade,] you can transform someone’s life at the same time, which is a pretty amazing thing to do.”

Peace and Love,

Your Fair Trade Trendsters

Purple Haze: Our Favorite Fall Fad

Purple Haze. Because we love Jimi as much as we love Bob.

Though we’re all about our earthy browns and olive greens for fall, we are absolutely thrilled that jewel tones are making a comeback.  To celebrate, here’s our collection of pretty purple Fair Trade finds:

  • Marigold’s Organic Leggings (Also Available in Fuchsia Rose, Black, & Iron):

  • Fair Indigo’s Elaine’s Ring:

  • Fair Indigo’s Boiled Wool Clogs (Also Available in Dark Red, Acorn, Charcoal Heather, and Vintage Green):

This fall, you’ll absolutely glow in these rich jewel tones.  And when you buy Fair Trade, you can look good while you do good.

Peace and Love,

Your Fair Trade Trendsters

Super Chic Fair Trade Note Cards

We are absolutely loving these super chic Fair Trade note cards from Arte Comasgua (Available at Chicago’s Greenheart Shop / Check out their Online Store):

Très élégant! Wouldn’t these cards make a fabulous framed collection?

Not only do these cards look great, but the women who create these awesome flower art pieces have a truly inspirational story:

“This fair trade eco friendly card[s] [are] handmade by women whose homes in El Salvador’s highland cloud forest were destroyed by a devast[at]ing earthquake and mudslides in 2001. It left many families homeless and jobless. With their fields destroyed, many people began traveling long hours to low-paying factory jobs in the capital. A group of enterprising women, however, formed Arte Comasgua, an artisans’ organization that handcrafts stylish designs from native flowers and plants. These women now work locally, caring for the families and saving for their future. These striking greeting cards represent a woman’s hope for the future.”

Wow!  Even more reason to love these charming cards!

Peace and Love,

Your Fair Trade Trendsters

Ohio Fair Trade Expo: October 9

PRESS RELEASE:

John Carroll Hosts

Ohio Fair Trade Expo & Market

October 9, 2010

Saturday

9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Dolan Center for Science and Technology/Muldoon Atrium
The Fair Trade Marketplace event is free and open to the public. (*Workshops require paid registration.)

More information available after the jump.

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Tangled Up in Blue

Trade that isn’t fair makes us blue.  But these fair trade finds in cool blue hues have us feeling super upbeat:

  • Indigenous Designs’s Uptown Dress (Available at Greanheart):

  • Fair Indigo’s Alpaca Scarf (Also Available in Dark Charcoal Heather, Pink, Violet, Camel, Deep Pink, Bay Blue, Citron Green, Burnt Orange, & Charcoal Grey):

Zen Zen’s Hand Silk-Screened Napkins in Indigo Bali (Available at Greenheart and Seven Hopes United):

We got the blues, and it sure feels good.

Peace and Love,

Your Fair Trade Friendsters

Our New Fair Trade Crush: Capiz and Coco Wind Chime/Chandelier

Wow!  This wind chime/chandelier available from the Global Exchange Store is so gorgeous it hurts.

A melange of turquoise, green, and gold capiz shell accented by carved coconut shell twinkle, shimmer, and sing in the wind and sun. Hang a cordset inside to create a stunning hanging lamp, or just listen to them tinkle on the porch!

We use this beautiful lamp as a bedroom chandelier, and it simply radiates elegance.  Seriously, one of our favorite Fair Trade purchases ever!

What makes it even better is that this awesome wind chime/chandelier is eco-friendly:

Capiz shells, or Jingle Oysters grow like weeds in shallow sea beds. Before fishermen got creative, they were only collected for the meat and the shells were discarded. Now nothing is wasted, as seen in this beautiful exotic piece.  . . .

This product is brought to you through Zen Zen, a business that works with communities in Bali, Indonesia educating local villagers in conservation, sustainable development and organic farming.

You absolutely won’t regret investing in this devastatingly pretty fair trade piece.  Seriously, we are in lamp lurve.*

Peace and Love,

Your Fair Trade Trendsters

* “Love is too weak a word for what I feel. I lurve you” (Woody Allen / Annie Hall).

Follow Fair Trade Trends on Facebook and Twitter!

Now you can follow Fair Trade Trends on Facebook and Twitter!

Thanks for the support!

Peace and Love,

Your Fair Trade Trendsters

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Hello, Sportsfans!

Whether you like to shoot hoops, kick around the ole’ soccer ball, dominate on the ultimate field, or toss around the (vegan) pigskin, thanks to Respect Fair Trade Sports, you can play your favorite sport knowing that the “adult workers who made your ball have been given “fair wages and healthy working conditions.”

Mom and Dad, looking for a gift for your budding athlete?  Pick up a ball and some performance gear from a store featured in both Parents Magazine and O Magazine.  Maybe someday your little superstar will make it to the pros like Fair Trade Trends’s sports hero – Nets point guard Jordan Farmar.

We love these pics from Farmar’s photo shoot for Coco Eco Magazine in which he’s dribbling Respect’s Eco Basketball:

Check out this awesome fair trade sports equipment and gear from Respect. (And check out Respect’s online store for even more stellar designs):

This Fair Trade gear’s even sweeter since Respect Fair Trade Sports has “committed to donat[ing] all profits after taxes to children’s charities, both domestic and international . . . [once they’ve] reach[ed] profitability.”

We’re root, root, rooting for this awesome company!  Go Team!  And Go Fair Trade!

Peace and Love,

Your Fair Trade Trendsters

How-To: Transforming Your Summer Wardrobe for Fall

 

Fair Indigo's Gathered Yoke Pima Organic Sundress Layered with the Embroidered 3/4-Sleeve Bamboo Cotton Cardigan. Just imagine it with a pair of leggings and knee-high boots. Look out fall; here we come!

 

As promised, we are pleased to show you how you can easily and stylishly transition your fabulous fair trade summer dresses for autumn.  We have fallen head over heals for these trendy cardigans, tailored jackets, and cute tights/leggings.

Who says you have to pack away your favorite LFTD (Little Fair Trade Dress) after Labor Day?  We say, meet the change of the season with style as you transform your look into an instant fall classic.

The cardigans and jackets that have us smitten:

  • Indigenous Designs’s Hooded Serape (Also Available in Rose and Cream):

  • And Last But Certainly Not Least, Fair Indigo’s Cashmere V-neck Cardigan (Also Available in Orchid and Snow.  An Awesome Deal at 72% Off):

Leggings and Tights to Keep You Cozy When the Weather Drops:

(Click the images for more information about these tights and leggings, which are available from Maggie’s Functional Organics, Marigold Fair Trade Clothing, and Revive Fair Trade).

Thanks to these awesome Fair Trade finds, fall has never looked more beautiful.

Tell us what you think.  How do you transition your favorite summer dress to a fabulous fall staple?

Peace and Love,

Your Fair Trade Trendsters

If You Like It Then You Better Put a Fair Trade Ring On It

Sorry for the punny post title.  We simply couldn’t help ourselves.  We’re just so super psyched to share a gallery of our favorite Fair Trade rings.

  • Maquita Cushunchic Comercializando Como Hermanos’s Silver Wrap Ring (Available at SERRV):



So “don’t be mad when you see that we want it.  Go ahead and put your own fair trade ring on it!” (Sorry…we’re done playing with Beyonce’s lyrics.  We promise).

Peace and Love,

Your Fair Trade Trendsters