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

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

The Andean Collection: Our New Obsession

Dear Andean Collection,

How have we not heard of you sooner?  We are literally in lurve with your ethical company and your breathtakingly beautiful jewelry.  Seriously, you’ve taken our breath, and we need it back.  Why?  So we can sing your praises!

Pardon us a moment while we swoon over these noteworthy pieces from Andean Collection’s awesome lookbook:

  • The Floresta Necklace in Teal (Also available in Lavender, Ivory, and Sunset Orange):

  • The Riverbed Bracelet (Shown in Soft Gray, Ivory, Coral, and Turquoise; also available in Chocolate, Incan Sun, Nude, Olive Green, Onyx, and Tomato):

Readers, these are just a few of the gorgeous necklaces, bracelet, earrings, and belts available from one of our new favorite companies.

We hope you enjoy Andean Collection as much as we do!

Peace and Love,

Your Fair Trade Trendsters

Fair Trade Your St. Patrick’s Day!

Here at Fair Trade Trends, we strive to bring the Fair Trade love to our holiday celebrations (check out our complete guides to Fair Trading your Valentine’s Day and Halloween).  Which is why we’re super psyched to present our newest collection of fabulous Fair Trade finds that will bring you a little Luck o’ the Irish this March 17.

  • FAIR’s Quinoa Vodka (Other Fair Trade premium spirits available for responsible drinking: Goji Berry Liqueur and Coffee Liqueur):

  • Indigenous Designs’s Bon Marche Tee in Citrine (Also available in Navy, Pink, Capri, & Mulberry):

  • Indigenous Designs’s Essential Crew in Eco-Green (Also Available in Black, Plum, & Burgundy):

  • Indigenous Designs’s Cable Cardigan in Rosemary (Also available in Burgundy & Ivory; available at Revive, as well):

Happy Fair Trade St. Patrick’s Day!

Peace and Love,

Your Fair Trade Trendsters

Fair Trade Your Valentine’s Day!

Fair Trade Flowers for Valentine’s Day from Organic Style.

THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO FAIR TRADING YOUR VALENTINE’S DAY!

In preparation for the mushiest, lovey dovey-est day of the year, we’ve gathered an awesome collection of our favorite Fair Trade Valentine’s Day gifts.  (BTW February 14 is also known as Singles Awareness Day.  If you find yourself flying solo on 2/14, we highly suggest you treat your beautiful, spectacular self to a fab Fair Trade present [or two, or three, or four…]).

Unfortunately, as much as we lurve the warm, fuzzy feelings of V-Day, the presents we give to announce our love often also carry unseen messages of injustice and cruelty as the farmers who grow our chocolate and flowers and the miners who unearth our diamonds are often exploited, if not enslaved, in the production of these gifts.  However, thanks to Fair Trade Certification, you can give your honey a truly sweet gift, one that protects the rights of workers, women, and children; builds up communities; and helps to sustain the environment.

OUR FAVORITE GIFT IDEAS:

FLOWERS:

While women love flowers (“over 90% of gift flowers in the US are given to women”), the flower industry, which notoriously pays its workers poverty wages, clearly doesn’t love women back.  Over half of the women working in Ecuador’s flower industry have faced sexual harassment at work. Further, The U.S./Labor Education in the Americas Project and The International Labor Rights Fund also reports that:

“66% of Colombian and Ecuadorian flower workers suffer from work-related health problems.  [Since] pesticide abuse is rampant – flower workers experience higher-than-average rates of premature births, congenital malformations, and miscarriages.”

And yet, these facts are hidden from us consumers, and we continue to give flowers as signs of our affection.  However, thanks to Fair Trade, we can give breathtaking bouquets (like those pictured at the top of this post), which empower women and protect workers and the environment.  For more information, visit Fair Trade USA’s Fair Trade Certified Flowers page.  (Fair Trade flowers can be purchased online at Organic Bouquet and Organic Style.)

Fair Trade flower worker “Elvia Almachi, 6 years working at Agrogana, Comite de Vigilancia of the Joint Body.”

DIAMONDS:

While they’re not in everyone’s price-range, if you are planning to give the gift of bling, we urge you to support companies like Brilliant Earth, which provide a Conflict-Free Guarantee.

CHOCOLATE:

While Marilyn told us that “diamonds are a girl’s best friend,” we know better.  Check out these yummy gifts that will definitely show your cutie you’re sweet on her/him.  (To learn more about the importance of buying Fair Trade chocolate, see our post on Fair Trade Films: Child Slavery in the Cocoa Industry):

  • Theo Chocolate’s Aphrodisiac Collection (“This 8 piece collection includes 1 each of the following: Dulce de Leche, Fig Fennel, Licorice, Ginger Rose Caramel, Hot Ceylon Cinnamon, Honey Saffron Caramel and Tequila Lime”):

  • Sjaak’s Organic Chocolates’s Valentine Heart Truffle Box (A handmade box “filled . . . with 20 delicious dark chocolate creamy truffles. Flavors include: Raspberry, Almond, Hazelnut, Cherry and Orange”):

  • Global Exchange’s Thinking of You Gift Box (“Chocolate covered Brazil nuts from Candela co-operative in Peru, 40 pieces of Equal Exchange mini dark chocolates, beautifully packaged in a box with a heart, Cinnamon scented heart candle, & 3 bars of Organic Chocolate from Divine, [assorted Flavors]”):

WINE:

PAMPER YOUR SWEETIE:

  • Global Exchange’s Bath and Beauty Spa Basket (“A natural hand-woven basket from Cambodia filled with: Choice Organic Chamomile Tea, 2 Organic Divine chocolate bars, Tea Infuser Mug, Citrus Blossom Bath Salts, Afghan Rock Soap (set of 5), Putumayo’s Women of Africa CD, & Pumice Baby Foot”):

JEWELRY:

GIFTS THAT SHOW YOU CARE:

  • Ruth and Nohemi’s Naomi Bear (Available at SERRV):

  • Putumayo’s World Music’s Tango Around the World (“Passion, style and elegance are interwoven to create this musical tapestry of international tango and tango-influenced songs”):

  • Putumayo’s World Music’s ¡Salsa! (“A hip-shaking music collection featuring many of the hottest salsa bands in North and South America”):

  • Asha Handicrafts’s Love Birds Box (Available at Ten Thousand Villages):

  • Seven Hopes United’s Hearts for Africa (“The sale of each heart helps fund the rebuilding of a primary school in war zones or conflict-ridden areas of Africa”):

CLOTHING & ACCESSORIES:

  • Fair Indigo’s Baby Alpaca Scarf in Pink (Also available in Dark Charcoal Heather, Camel, Deep Pink, Bay Blue, Burnt, Orange, and Charcoal Heather):

CARDS & GIFT WRAP:

  • Salay Handmade Paper’s Bunny Love Card (Available at Ten Thousand Villages):

We hope you’ll spread the love and fabulousness of Fair Trade this Valentine’s Day!

Peace and Love,

Your Fair Trade Trendsters

Birds of a Feather

Fair Trade Peacock Ornament Available at Greenheart.

1) We’ve missed you!  Tons!  But “while we were away, we didn’t write home every day,” and for that:

2) We’re so sorry!  Unfortunately, our temporary hiatus came during the busiest shopping season of the year, so we hope that:

3) You had an amazing (Fair Trade) holidays and are having a fabulous new year!  And our New Year’s resolution is to keep on sharing our fav Fair Trade fads with you, our lovely readers.

After finding this gorgeous Fair Trade bangle, we fell in lurve with a new trend that will have you flaunting your feathers – The Peacock Motif:

The perfect accessory to compliment the jewel tones so popular this season, peacock feathers add a splash of drama and romance.  Check out these super funky finds that are definitely not just for the birds:

  • Tara Projects’s Peacock Bangle (Available at Ten Thousand Villages):

  • Ethos Paris’s Sirene Organic Dress (Available at Revive; Peacock feathers not included but make an awesome accent):

Happy Fair Trade 2011!

Peace and Love,

Your Fair Trade Trendsters