Fair Trade Your Christmas: Cards & Gift Wrap!

Cards from Africa's Joy Wreath (also available at Good Paper).

We hope you’ve enjoyed our recent winter holiday posts, which will help you to Fair Trade your Christmas & Chanukah.  This current post began as a snapshot of our favorite Fair Trade Christmas Cards.  But with so many fabulously creative and charming greetings to choose from, we quickly found our ourselves building a Christmas Card extravaganza.  However, when you read the missions of the two producers we feature most heavily in this collection (Cards from Africa and Sanctuary Spring), we think you’ll agree that more is definitely merrier.

Cards from Africa:

“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.”

Sanctuary Spring:

“Sanctuary Spring is a line of beautiful, fair trade greeting cards handcrafted by women who have escaped prostitution in the Philippines. These women were originally forced into prostitution by others or because they had no other means of providing for their families. Now, they are participating in restoration services provided by local charities in order to forge a new beginning for their lives. With limited job options in the Philippines, Sanctuary Spring is a critical lifeline that provides safe, dignifying, and empowering work.”

Our Favorite Christmas Card Packs:

  • New Internationalist’s The Sound of Silence Cards – Set of 10 (available at Greenheart; inside reads, “‘Season’s Greetings’ in nine languages [French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian, Chinese, Irish, Scots Gaelic, Welsh and English”]):

  • New Internationalist’s Christmas Robin Cards – Set of 10 (available at Greenheart; inside reads, “‘Season’s Greetings’ in nine languages [French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian, Chinese, Irish, Scots Gaelic, Welsh and English”]):

  • New Internationalist’s Dove of Peace Cards – Set of 10 (available at Greenheart; inside reads, “‘Season’s Greetings’ in nine languages [French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian, Chinese, Irish, Scots Gaelic, Welsh and English”]):

  • New Internationalist’s Bethlehem Cards – Set of 10 (available at Greenheart; inside reads, “‘Season’s Greetings’ in nine languages [French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian, Chinese, Irish, Scots Gaelic, Welsh and English”]):

  • New Internationalist’s Jolly Penguins Cards – Set of 10 (available at Greenheart; inside reads, “‘Season’s Greetings’ in nine languages [French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian, Chinese, Irish, Scots Gaelic, Welsh and English”]):

If you like Cards from Africa’s individual cards below, check out their multipacks for holiday savings (also available at Good Paper).

Our Favorite Individual Christmas Cards (Faith):

  • Sanctuary Spring’s Batik Angel (available at Good Paper):

Our Favorite Individual Christmas cards (Holiday):

  • Sanctuary Spring’s Fa La La (available at Good Paper):

Our Favorite Gift Wrap:

Now you can spread the message of Fair Trade along with your holiday cheer.

Peace and 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.

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

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

Lovely Little Fair Trade Bowls!

We are so smitten with these pretty Eva Hand Painted Bowls (Available at Greenheart & Seven Hopes United):

“These charming bowls look so pretty on display. Each one is hand painted by crafts people from Kashmir, providing employment for these skilled artisans in their own homes. Use them for snacks and nibbles or just for decoration.”

Ohh…we just lurve the hand-painted detail of the wee birdies.

Super cute and so chic.  Plus, you can purchase hand-painted cups, jugs, and trays to match (Available at Seven Hopes United; Cups and Jugs Also Available at Greenheart):

Peace and Love,

Your Fair Trade Trendsters

We’re Not Skirting the Issue; We Love Fair Trade!

Argh…that’s a pretty lame pun – even for us.  But know what’s not lame?  These fabulous Fair Trade skirts!

We love a skirt that makes a hip & fair fashion statement:

Simply pair with these awesome Fair Trade leggings or tights, and you have a fabulous, fun look for fall.

Peace and Love,

Your Fair Trade Trendsters

We Know What Boys Like; We Know What Guys Want

Hi Fellas,

Know what’s more attractive than a guy who cares about giving farmers and artisans fair payment for their work, so they can provide for their families, build their communities, and protect the environment?  Not much.  It’s like right up there with Italian accents and a penchant for cooking.

Check out these Fair Trade finds that do good and let you look good.  Real good.

Basics for Work:

Basics for Play:

Peace and Love,

Your Fair Trade Trendsters

Purple Haze: Our Favorite Fall Fad

Purple Haze. Because we love Jimi as much as we love Bob.

Though we’re all about our earthy browns and olive greens for fall, we are absolutely thrilled that jewel tones are making a comeback.  To celebrate, here’s our collection of pretty purple Fair Trade finds:

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

  • Fair Indigo’s Elaine’s Ring:

  • Fair Indigo’s Boiled Wool Clogs (Also Available in Dark Red, Acorn, Charcoal Heather, and Vintage Green):

This fall, you’ll absolutely glow in these rich jewel tones.  And when you buy Fair Trade, you can look good while you do good.

Peace and Love,

Your Fair Trade Trendsters

Super Chic Fair Trade Note Cards

We are absolutely loving these super chic Fair Trade note cards from Arte Comasgua (Available at Chicago’s Greenheart Shop / Check out their Online Store):

Très élégant! Wouldn’t these cards make a fabulous framed collection?

Not only do these cards look great, but the women who create these awesome flower art pieces have a truly inspirational story:

“This fair trade eco friendly card[s] [are] handmade by women whose homes in El Salvador’s highland cloud forest were destroyed by a devast[at]ing earthquake and mudslides in 2001. It left many families homeless and jobless. With their fields destroyed, many people began traveling long hours to low-paying factory jobs in the capital. A group of enterprising women, however, formed Arte Comasgua, an artisans’ organization that handcrafts stylish designs from native flowers and plants. These women now work locally, caring for the families and saving for their future. These striking greeting cards represent a woman’s hope for the future.”

Wow!  Even more reason to love these charming cards!

Peace and Love,

Your Fair Trade Trendsters

If You Like It Then You Better Put a Fair Trade Ring On It

Sorry for the punny post title.  We simply couldn’t help ourselves.  We’re just so super psyched to share a gallery of our favorite Fair Trade rings.

  • Maquita Cushunchic Comercializando Como Hermanos’s Silver Wrap Ring (Available at SERRV):



So “don’t be mad when you see that we want it.  Go ahead and put your own fair trade ring on it!” (Sorry…we’re done playing with Beyonce’s lyrics.  We promise).

Peace and Love,

Your Fair Trade Trendsters