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

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

“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

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