Hippity Hoppity, Your Fair Trade Easter’s On Its Way!

Delight your wee ones with these fabulous Fair Trade finds, including Global Exchange's Bundle of Bunnies Zippered Toy (shown above).

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, & Halloween).  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.

We, at Fair Trade Trends, love Easter, a time of remembrance and renewal.  Whether you celebrate Easter as a religious holiday or simply enjoy the time to gather with friends and family, we’ve got some fabulous Fair Trade finds for you!

We hope you enjoy our Complete Guide to Fair Trading your Easter!

FAIR TRADE CHOCOLATE TREATS:

  • Divine Chocolate’s Milk Chocolate Speckled Eggs (Available at SERRV and Greenheart):

  • Sweat Earth Chocolates’s Decorated Chocolate Egg (Available ganache fillings: Hazelnut, Aztec, Vanilla Creme, & Classic Dark Chocolate; available vegan fillings: Peanut Butter, Coconut, & Vegan Caramel):

  • Sjaak’s Organic Chocolates’s Assorted Chocolate Filled Egg Box (“Five tantalizing filled chocolate eggs. Flavors include; Raspberry, Vanilla, Creamy caramel, Almond Butter and Peanut Butter”):

  • Coco-Zen’s Bunny Truffles – 2-Piece Tin (“Choose from: White Chocolate  with Dark Chocoloate Coconut Ganache, Milk Chocolate with Milk Chocolate Latte Ganache, & Dark Chocolate with Dark Chocolate Orange Ganache; 1-Piece Box and 6-Piece Tin with 2 Truffles of each flavor also available):

  • Sweet Earth Chocolates’s Easter Egg Gift Box (Both Classic and Vegan available: “Classic will have a milk chocolate bunny, a mixture of dark and milk chocolate eggs, a chocolate ganache egg, a vanilla creme egg and a caramel filled egg. The vegan version will have all dark chocolate bunny & eggs with a peanut butter filled egg, a caramel egg & a toasted coconut fondant egg”):

  • Theo Chocolate’s Spring Confection Collection (“This 8 piece box includes 1 each: Lime Coriander, Pearl Jasmine, Burnt Sugar, Lemon, Mint, Hazelnut Gianduja, Lavender Caramel & Ginger Rose Caramel”):

FAIR TRADE EASTER BASKETS:

“Small teal-colored Basket includes: Divine milk chocolate Easter bunnies, Divine milk chocolate speckled eggs, Women’s Bean Project jelly beans, Women’s Bean project espresso beans”:


“Medium red easter basket includes: Divine milk chocolate Easter bunnies, Divine milk chocolate speckled eggs, Women’s Bean Project jelly beans, Women’s Bean project espresso beans, chocolate chip oatmeal cookie mix”:

“Large yellow easter basket includes: Divine milk chocolate Easter bunnies, Divine milk chocolate speckled eggs, 2 Women’s Bean Project jelly beans, Women’s Bean project espresso beans, snickerdoodle cookie mix, one small Divine milk chocolate bar, one small Divine dark chocolate bar, and one super soft Alpaca stuffed bunny”:

  • Children of the World Basket (“The colorful Children of the World Garland (Sasha, India), Children of the World Ornament (Manos Amigas, Peru) and Divine Milk Chocolate Eggs packaged in a handmade basket”; available at SERRV):

  • Bird Lover’s Basket (“Homemade basket contains papier mâché Perching Dove Box (Asha Handicrafts, India), Divine Dark Chocolate Eggs and the realistic Bird’s Nest with Eggs, made with dyed tagua nuts (Camari, Ecuador)”; available at SERRV):

  • Global Exchange’s Easter Bunny Gift Box (Includes a handmade carrot zippered toy with three mini bunnies nestled inside and two bags of delicious milk chocolate coins):

FAIR TRADE STUFFED BUNNY RABBITS & Spring Finger PUppets:

FAIR TRADE EASTER GIFTS & CARDs:

  • The Community Crafts Association of the Philippines’s Coco Rabbit Planter (Available at SERRV):

  • The Community Crafts Association of the Philippines’s Wooly Rabbit Planter (Available at Ten Thousand Villages):

  • CORR – The Jute Works’s Bunny Lantern (Available at SERRV):

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

FAIR TRADE RELIGIOUS GIFTS & CARDS:

Hoping you have a joyful Easter!

[Update: Check out these darling Fair Trade Easter dresses for your little girl!]

Peace and Love,

Your Fair Trade Trendsters

Anchors Aweigh: Fair Trade Goes Nautical

Ethos Paris's Vista Organic Sweater Dress in Navy (Available at Revive Fair Trade).

Ahoy, Mateys!

Last week on Facebook, we came across a divine photo collection of chic, new Nautical pieces available from the Fair Trade store Revive.  (Want to share in even more of the Fair Trade fun?  We’d lurve for you to like us on Facebook and/or follow us on Twitter!)

As our loyal readers know, we are head-over-heels for Ethos Paris and their Organic Sharav Dress.  Needless to say, when we saw the latest version in Navy Stripes, we pounced.  (Available at Revive; also available in Ebony and Plum; Ethos Paris’s Boa Fine Jersey Scarf in Navy also pictured):

This dress is so unbelievably flattering and well-constructed and looks absolutely perfected paired with Ethos Paris’s Clipper Organic Flatknit Cardigan in Navy (Available at Revive; Nautica Organic Sleeveless Dress in Navy Stripes also pictured):

Inspired by Ethos Paris’s timeless salute to all things nautical, we offer you a collection of dock rockin’ trends for the whole family:

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

  • Ethos Paris’s Organic Flatknit Tank in Grey (Available at Revive):

  • Tropical Items Madagascar, LCC’s Raffia Plaited Crochet Hat in Dark Red (Also available in Dusty Pink, Natural, Black, Natural/Black, and Teal; TIM offers a number of charming Raffia hats in wide variety of colors):

  • Tompkins Point Apparel’s Classic Polo in Navy (Also available in White, Tangerine, Light Blue, Pink, and Yellow):

  • Little Green Radicals’s Nautical Dress (Available at Autonomie Project):

Looking classically stylish is smooth sailing with Fair Trade!

Peace and Love,

Your Fair Trade Trendsters

Happy Spring!

While March has refused to go out like a lamb (at least in Ohio), we are still thinking spring.  And what better way to celebrate the arrival of warmer weather than with these beautiful hand-painted kites from Mitra Bali?:

“A non-governmental, non-profit organization, the Mitra Bali Foundation acts as a market and export facilitator for small craft producers. These small producers represent the diverse Balinese culture that attracts tourism to the area, but because they live in more remote areas and work on a small scale, haven’t benefited by the economic influx of the tourism industry.”

Check out these gorgeous kites, which are available through one of our favorite U.S. non-profits — SERRV.

“An oversized monarch to migrate through the local park with you. Hand painted, and made of nylon, bamboo, and styrofoam.”

“Colorful kites are ready to take flight—or alight in your home. Nylon wings and body are handpainted in a dry brush technique, and cover a bamboo frame and retractable wings. String attached to frame for hanging, or attach your own string for flying.”

And if butterflies don’t strike your fancy, check out these impressive, decorative dragon kites, a striking statement for any young adventurer’s bedroom:

These awesome Fair Trade kites make us want to visit a park, kick off our shoes, and channel our inner seven-year-old.  Go fly a kite?  Yes, please!

Happy Spring!

Peace and Love,

Your Fair Trade Trendsters

PS Check back soon for our complete guide to Fair Trading your Easter celebrations!

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

FTLBD: The Fair Trade Little Black Dress

We absolutely lurve Maggie's Organics's Sleeveless Knit Dress, which is one of the most flattering, simple silhouettes we've found. And even more exciting, Maggie's Organics is one of the first clothing companies to be fully Fair Trade Certified from field to factory.

What did Coco Chanel give us in the 1920s that Audrey Hepburn made divine in the 1960s, which is still making women look and feel sexy to this day?  The Little Black Dress.  The LBD never goes out of style, and now with Fair Trade, this must-have fashion staple isn’t just elegant; it’s ethical, too.

  • Ethos Paris’s Sharav Dress in Ebony (Available at Revive):


  • Ethos Paris’s Sirene Dress in Ebony (Available at Revive; also available in Green):

And introducing the big sis of the Fair Trade LBD – Mata Traders’s A-Line Dress in Black (Also available in Mauve):

Dressed up with jewelry for a night out or worn with flip flops for a trip to the farmer’s market, Fair Trade has never looked this good.

Peace and Love,

Your Fair Trade Trendsters

Namaste!: Fair Trade Yoga Gear

"A soothing collection of songs for yoga, meditation and relaxation" from Putumayo.

Do you love the strength, balance, and center you find from yoga?  But are you having trouble mastering those advanced asanas, knowing that your yoga gear was made by some of the world’s poorest people in some of the world’s worst working conditions?  Now, with these fabulous finds, you can Fair Trade Your Om in style and with a clear conscience.

  • Marigold’s Anjali Top (available in Grass Green and Purple Lotus) and Yoga Pant (available in Green Paisley and Purple Paisley):

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

  • Maggie’s Organic’s Leggings in Black (Also available in Charcoal Grey & Wine):

  • Earth Creations’s Dharma Pant in Black (Also available in Azurite, Celadon, Moonstone, Slate, Topaz, and White):

  • Mata Traders’s Wide Head Band in Black ZigZags (Also available in Blue Bird, Purple Lines, and Red Circles):

  • ISAN Weaving Group’s Hemp Yoga Bag (Available in Natural/Lime, Natural/Black, Turquoise/Green, & Turquoise/Navy at HandCrafting Justice):

  • The International Foundation for Fairtrade and Development (IFFAD)’s Folding Yoga Mat (Available at Ten Thousand Villages):

  • Mahaguthi’s Flax Cat Eye Pillow is Purrfect after Yoga (Available at Ten Thousand Villages):

  • Handwoven, Cotton “Yoga” Banner with Wooden Hanger and Pouch.  Features the Maori proverb – “Turn your face to the sun and the shadows will fall behind you.”  (Available at Janet Rhodes in Bronze, Golden Olive, & Teal Blue):

Namaste!

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

“Ethical Preppy” Menswear: Tompkins Point Apparel

Since we’re always on the lookout for fashionable Fair Trade menswear, it is so much more than our pleasure to introduce you to a new Fair Trade Certified fashion house — Tompkins Point Apparel.

FTT’s Top Reasons to Lurve Tompkins Point Apparel:

1) Tompkins Point Apparel is one of the first clothing companies to be fully Fair Trade Certified from field to factory.  (Maggie’s Organics is another, which we also adore.  Check back soon for more info on their new line of Fair Trade Certified apparel.)

2) Tompkins Point is the epitome of classic, clean menswear at its finest.  Do you love the timeless sophistication of a smart-fitting polo and khakis?  While we lurve a guy with an eye for fashion, believe us; nothing melts our hearts more than a man who looks good while doing good.  And Tompkins Point Apparel is certainly a do good company.  Not only do they provide fair wages and working conditions for their farmers and factory workers, but they also “donate 25% of [their] profits to the communities where [their] clothing is made.

3) Their Logo Is Adora-bull:

Move over, Mr. Alligator.  Go for a trot, Mr. Pony.  There’s a new logo in town, and we think he’s pretty hip.  Plus, we dig the funky symbolism:

“The Tompkins Point logo is an image of a bull on top of an upside-down lotus flower.

The bull represents good old fashioned American capitalism.  It represents the innovation and efficiency that inherently comes when businesses focus on the customer’s desires. On the other hand, the lotus flower represents enlightenment.  As in many Asian cultures, our lotus is symbolic of the fact that our company has a higher calling.

With these two symbols are combined, the logo captures the essence of Tompkins Point.  At Tompkins Point, we believe in unleashing American capitalism in a new, socially responsible, ‘enlightened’ manner.”

4) Tompkins point offers a selection of polos in fun, bright colors to fit your mood and your style.  (We just can’t choose.  We love them all!):

5) Their polo model is super dreamy.  Okay, so maybe this isn’t quite as legitimate as the dozens of reasons we are in lurve with this company, but come on folks, it needed to be said.

You heard it hear first, lovely readers.  Tompkins Point is definitely a fashion house to watch.  We can’t wait to see this awesome company expand.

Peace and Love,

Your Fair Trade Trendsters

A February Perfect Pairing!

Fill this Heart Mug from Craft Link (available at SERRV and Fair Trade Winds) with Equal Exchange's Love Buzz coffee, and you're halfway to a February perfect pairing!

We hope all of our lovely readers had a very happy Fair Trade Valentine’s Day!  Though, now that we’re past the excitement of the big day, we sure could use a perfect pairing pick-me-up.  If, like us, you are starting to feel the winter blues, try this yummy combo, which will have you celebrating the Fair Trade love despite this chilly weather.

Here’s what Theo has to say about this decadently divine treat:

“The best collaborations are simple. Theo sources and roasts the best chocolate. Caffé Vita sources and roasts the best coffee. why not combine them? coffee + chocolate = happiness.”

We couldn’t agree more.  Which is why we’ve paired these delicious coffee chocolate caramels with one of our favorite Fair Trade coffees.  Because coffee + chocolate + coffee = happiness³.  (We’ve checked this equation with Dave-the-Coffee-Guy, and he’s in absolute agreement.)


Dave’s not the only who’s head-over-heels for Equal Exchange’s Organic Love Buzz coffee.  None of the Fair Trade Trendsters can resist this “sweet, sultry and smooth coffee with an unexpected bite and lasting finish.”  Even Katy, Fair Trade Trends founder and notorious hazelnut syrup fiend, drinks this delicious, chocolately brew black.  Simply scrumptious.

So even though Punxsutawney Phil’s offered us hope for an early spring, if you still see snow on the ground (or hey, love chocolate, coffee, or helping to promote economic justice for the world’s farmers), we say treat yourself!  Because, you’ve earned it!  And because doing good tastes so right!

Stay Warm!

Peace and Love,

Your Fair Trade Trendsters

Send Your Love a Fair Trade Valentine’s!

Cards from Africa's "Penguin Love Card."

Last post, we shared our complete guide to Fair Trading your Valentine’s Day.  With a week left before the big day, we wanted to tell you about an awesome, ethical card company – Cards from Africa (also available at Good Paper).  Check out this amazing description from Good Paper:

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.

Definitely a fabulous company to support when buying your sweetie’s  Valentine’s Day card.  Here are some of our favs:

Happy Fair Trade Valentine’s Day!

Peace and Love,

Your Fair Trade Trendsters