Ethical Easter Dresses for Your Little Girl!

This Easter, your little girl could look adorable in one of these super cute, Fair Trade Easter dresses, such as Kate Quinn Organics's 'Moroccan' Boho Dress (shown above on left; the boy on the right is wearing the Half Sleeve Woven Shirt in Glacier).

We hoped you liked our complete guide to Fair Trading your Easter.  With Fair Trade, not only are you able to delight your wee ones with sweet treats, but you can also dress your little ladies in their ethical Easter best.

Check out these darling, Fair Trade dresses, perfect for Easter Sunday, a picnic, an Easter Egg hunt, or dinner at Grandma’s:

Sunhats & Tights:

Pair one of these adorable dresses with an oh-so-cute sunhat and tights to complete a darling Easter ensemble:

  • Kate Quinn Organics’s Sun Hat in Blackberry Violet in size Youth (Shown in an Infant size; also available in Peony Youth; Vanilla Sunhat also available in infant sizes from Tiagu):

  • Global Mamas’s Baby Sun Hat in Pink Sunflower (Available at Revive; also available in Jungle Green in both Kid and Baby size from Trade for Change):

  • Maggie’s Organics’s Baby and Youth Tights (Available in Natural Texture, Plum Texture, Flowered, & Striped):

We hope you have a very happy Fair Trade Easter!  (Or, should we say hoppy Easter!)

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

Hats Off to Fair Trade!

Indigenous Designs's Urban Beret is both warm and chic.

Want to stay toasty and trendy this winter?  Try one of these cute, Fair Trade knit hats on for size:

  • Indigenous Designs’s Flower Hat in Charcoal (Available at Greenheart and Revive; also available in Blue, Silver/Light Grey, & Dark Brown):

We just love this season’s bright colors and pretty flower appliques.  Super charming.

Stay warm!

Peace and Love,

Your Fair Trade Trendsters

A Tisket, A Tasket; We Love This Ikat Jacket!

Sigh.  This bold, little Ikat Jacket from Mata Traders is so incredibly charming. So perfect paired with a little white tee and dark wash jeans.

We so dig the beautiful detail of this handwoven Ikat fabric:

We also love this darling jacket in Black & White and Grey:

Simply adorable paired with a fun, colorful skirt.  A definite hit for fall.

Peace and Love,

Your Fair Trade Trendsters

“Fair Trade Trousers: Mata Style!”

We’ll admit it.  We have a major crush on Mata Traders.  But seriously, how could we not when everything they make is so freaking adorable?

Currently, we are so completely smitten with their High-Waisted Trousers (Available in Grey and Red):

So incredibly flattering.  And the adorable back pocket detail has us over the moon:

This little “hand-embroidered rooster” is so cute it hurts, right?

Sigh. We absolutely adore this design: the “wide-legged fit; front button closure; [and] bottom cuff.” Très magnifique!

Mata, Roses are red, violets are blue, Fair Trade is sweet, and we love you!

Peace and Love,

Your Fair Trade Trendsters

Dress of the Day: Ethos Paris’s Sharav Dress

At the Ohio FAIR TRADE Expo last weekend, we had the amazing pleasure of shopping at the Fair Trade Marketplace:

“In addition to great workshops and panels, the Ohio FAIR TRADE Expo includes a Fair Trade Marketplace featuring fair trade vendors from across Ohio and the region. [The Marketplace hosts] vendors with clothing, household items, artisan creations, food, drink, and more from around the world!”

Specifically, we absolutely adored Cleveland’s own Revive Fair Trade Boutique.  While at their stand, we fell head over heals for Tara Project’s Vibrant Glass Bead Necklace:

We all wanted to take home this stunning strand of pretty beads (in person, the brass is much more muted and funky), but unfortunately, the Revive stand only had one left.  Rather than re-enact a childhood tug-of-war, which honestly would have been uncouth, we settled for a serendipitous trip to their Legacy Village store after the Expo.  Hooray!

At Revive, we stumbled upon our new favorite Dress of the Day: Ethos Paris’s Sharav Dress (Revive Carries the Aubergine and Black):

“A sleeveless, cotton, A-line sheath that offers classic styling and shaping for your work wardrobe. Add a belt in a contrasting color, and chunky jewelry for a bolder daytime look!”

“Made from certified 100 percent organic cotton, which is produced, processed and manufactured according to Fair Trade practices. No genetically modified cotton is used to make this garment.”

Don’t you just love the darting detail, which creates a semi-empire waist?  And that serrated neckline is simply fan-tab-u-lous!  While the bottom perplexed us at first, the concealable drawstring is actually a major bonus, allowing you to wear the skirt as a classic A-line or a fun, retro bubble dress.

By layering this dress over a pair of leggings and a turtleneck or long sleeve shirt, you’ll have a super stylish look ready for chillier weather:

We absolutely love this dress styled with Tara Project’s Vibrant Glass Bead Necklace (see above) and a colorful, chunky bracelet like the Tagua Twist Bracelet (Available at Revive):

“Sustainably harvested tagua nuts” make fabulous, eco-friendly jewelry as they provide a rain forest friendly industry for local artisans.  Further, this carvable nut provides a beautiful alternative to ivory, so demand is reduced for the slaugh[t]er of elephants.”

 

Hope to see you at next year’s Fair Trade Expo!  If you can’t make it to Ohio, look for a similar event in your area:

 

Peace and Love,

Your Fair Trade Trendsters

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