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 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 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.

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

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