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:
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 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):
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.
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.
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:
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?:
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:
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):
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):