Holiday Gift Tip: For Folks Whose Winters are Wet Not White

Autonomie Projects’s All Natural Rubber Rain Boots make the perfect gift for friends and fam sloshing through a wet winter.

“The very first of its kind, our new hand crafted rain boot is made from 100% all natural and fair trade rubber! Incredibly durable, comfortable and cute, this trendy new style is perfect for the garden and splashing in the rain.”

With a current discount of 40%, you can’t go wrong with these über-fab boots.  Plus, these earth-friendly boots will score a big hit with your eco-minded friends:

“Appropriately branded ‘Green Tips™’, our rain boots contain no PVC’s, plastics or petroleum-based products and are exclusively made with a unique rubber that is certified by the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) for sustainable forestry. The boots are 100% vegan and the producers in Sri Lanka that make them receive a fair trade premium on their wages and other social benefits.”

Give the gift of dry socks this winter with these super-cute rain boots.

Peace and Love,

Your Fair Trade Trendsters

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

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

Fair Trade Your Pumpkin Pie!

Want to sweeten up your pumpkin pie this Thanksgiving? Why not spice up this holiday favorite by making it Fair Trade?

Available in bulk or bottle, these spices are sure to jazz up your socially just and scrumptious pie: Cinnamon, Cloves, Ginger, Mace, and Nutmeg.

Wholesome Sweeteners offers a variety of Fair Trade sugars as well as agave, honey, and molasses.  Fair Trade and Organic Sugars include: Sugar, Light Brown Sugar, Dark Brown Sugar, Powdered Sugar, Natural Cane Sugar, Raw Cane Sugar, Turbinado, Sucanat, and Organic Zero (Available online or at a store near you).

Happy Baking and Happy Fair Trade Fall!

Peace and Love,

Your Fair Trade Trendsters

Fair Trade Robes to Keep You Warm This November

Brr…these brisk November nights makes us want to cuddle up and stay in.  Grab a cup of Fair Trade tea or cocoa and curl with with a good book.

And nothing says warmth like Fair Indigo’s fabulous, Fair Trade Cotton Flannel Robes (Available in Scarlet, Glacier Blue, & Ivory):

“Soft, warm and wonderfully comfortable. Wrap up in plush 100% cotton flannel wrap-style robe with belt. Garment washed for extra softness and to control shrinkage. Mid-calf length. 100% cotton.”

Not only will this robe keep you warm, but you’ll get a warm feeling know that the workers who made this garment are treated fairly:

” The pay is outstanding, the facility is fully air-conditioned, meals are free, and there’s an on-site gym and doctor. The factory even pays for workers’ train tickets to enjoy the Chinese New Year with their extended families.”

Looking for a comfy robe but not a fan of flannel?  Why not try on one of Aravali’s “Soft Block Print Cotton Robes” for size? (Available at Ten Thousand Villages in Flowering Vines and Paisley Cotton):

Just perfect with this matching Toiletry Bag (Also available from Aravali at Ten Thousand Villages):

Cheers to a cozy and fashionable November!

Peace and Love,

Your Fair Trade Trendsters

Happy National Chocolate Day!

To celebrate National Chocolate Day (October 28), we’d like to introduce you to some of our absolute favorite bars from Theo Chocolate – “the only Organic, Fair Trade, Bean-to-Bar Chocolate Factory in the United States.”

Not only are Theo’s Fantasy Flavors bars unbelievably scrumptious, but their wrappers are outrageously cute:

“A generous combination of hazelnut brittle and milk chocolate with just the right touch of salt. Unanimously voted one of our yummiest creations ever by our Theonista tasting panel.”

“An innovative twist on a traditional pairing, featuring dark chocolate with buttery, toasted artisan breadcrumbs and the perfect amount of salt.”

“Crunchy slivered almonds, sweet chewy figs, and a touch of fennel in rich dark chocolate. Satisfyingly delicious, and a Vegan dream come true!”

“Milk chocolate with a warming blend of chai spices and black tea.”

“Dark chocolate with organic roasted cocoa nibs in sweet and crunchy brittle.”

“A harmonious blend of finely ground Madagascar vanilla bean and milk chocolate.”

“Milk chocolate with toasted coconut and savory curry spices.”

“Dark chocolate and a robust locally-roasted organic, Fair-Trade-Certified™ coffee from Caffé Vita combine to create a full-bodied flavor.”

Can’t decide which fabulous Fantasy Flavor to try?  Why not to treat yourself to the Theo Chocolate Fantasy Flavor 8 Bar Gift Set:

“Theo chocolate makers work their magic creating, these organic, Fair Trade Certified™ milk and dark chocolate bars that come in wonderfully innovative flavors. Theo takes its premium quality, delectable chocolate and combines it with some bold and some traditional ingredients to conjure the Theo fantasy flavor assortment.

This Theo Fantasy Flavor 8 pack contains one each:

MILK CHOCOLATE: Vanilla, Hazelnut Crunch, Coconut Curry, Chai

DARK CHOCOLATE: Coffee, Nib Brittle, Bread & Chocolate, Fig Fennel & Almond”

Happy National Chocolate Day!

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

Sara the Tea Lady Reviews: Rishi Masala Chai

For Sara the Tea Lady, tea is more than just a warm beverage (or a cold one).  Instead, tea is intertwined with memories of playing cards with grandma; watching Masterpiece Theatre; and sitting  in the company of a good friend, a good novel, and a very good puppy.  So it comes as no surprise that Sara ventured from Seattle to sample some delicious Fair Trade tea options with us.

We started today’s flavor excursion with Rishi Tea’s Organic, Fair Trade Chai Masala.  Check out this description from Rishi:

“A robust and full-flavored black tea blended with our traditional Indian Masala spices.  The bold flavor of our select shade-grown black tea presents full notes of cardamom, ginger, and clove that is zesty and stimulating.  Masala Chai should be brewed strong and served sweet with steamed milk and sugar.”

Drawn in by the tea’s double-lidded matte black tin, we decided to be good and follow the label’s easy instructions to a T(ea)!  After boiling this ‘loose leaf’ chai in water, milk, and sugar on the stove for five minutes, Sara could no longer resist the aromas coming from the kitchen, and the first warm, spicy sip more than satisfied.

While we were thrilled to pick up on our fav spice – clove, Sara couldn’t stop tasting the sweet snap of ginger.  This elixir of a tea encourages your tongue to find its favorite flavor cup after cup.  We bashfully admit, we may have gluttonously indulged our way to the bottom of our  ¼ lb. tin in the course of two days.

Sara the Tea Lady’s Recommendations:  Having a blue day?  Fighting off the chills?  This chai’s the perfect warming drink, especially when you take the time to prepare it on the stove.