My favorite thing for today is actually two things- shopping local and fair trade.
My friend Sherry started a wonderful little business in her home: "Accessories for Hope". She purchases great accessories from organizations that not only pay their employees a fair wage, but help people (women and children) break the bondage of slavery. (Did you know there are 27 million people enslaved today?)
A few of the items she sells: Animal backpacks, like this little elephant!
Super cute, right? He is made by a survivor of human trafficking. You can find more great things at their web site: madebysurvivors.com
Chocolate chips. Fair trade and organic. All the fat and calories *nearly* vaporize when you ingest these! You can get more information here: Sunspire
Jewelry. 31 bits is a great company that pays women fairly for the paper bead jewelry they make. They also provide english lessons, finance training, and vocational training amongst other things. Check them out here: 31bits.
This beautiful scarf is sold by "global girlfriend". Made by women, eco friendly, fair trade.
Bags. After yesterday's post, ya'll know I like bags. These bags are beautiful. Women in India take old sari's and create these great canvas bags.
Two of the great reasons I like this bag, it has a smooth 'plastic-ey' finish on the inside and pockets on each end.
If you would like to "throw your hat" in to the mix for the entire lot of fairly traded items, tell me about the favorite gift you've given.
One winner will be randomly drawn a week from today, December 29th.