Fair Trade Children’s Products — It’s Far From Child’s Play

Here at Global Crafts, we’re avoidists.  We try to take the path of least resistance to keep our blood pressures low.  So as we learned about the laws and regulations of importing and distributing products for children, we did what we thought we should do — run.  Anything we had with small parts clearly were[…]

For Women By Women – Fair Trade for Mother’s Day

My 98-year-old mother, Bea, always told me to never leave the house without wearing earrings.  Most mothers would say makeup but the women in our family have always had an affection for earrings.  Bea loves Fair Trade earrings, the bigger and brighter, the better.  When someone compliments her on her earrings, she proudly says, “These were handmade by women in Chile”[…]

Not Just Who and What but How: Fair Trade Recycled/Upcycled/Repurposed Bags

I remember my first Earth Day celebration. A little late to the dance (the first Earth Day was celebrated in 1970), it was  April 22, 1975 and it pretty much centered around skipping our college classes and laying out on the HUB lawn.  I’m sure there were some glass bottles and cans not being recycled[…]

The Path Often Traveled – Why Returned Peace Corps Volunteers Find Fair Trade

A popular T-shirt of returned Peace Corps volunteers says “Some see the glass half full, others half empty.  A PCV sees a shower.” It’s safe to say this unusual outlook on the world helps explain why RPCVs are often drawn to Fair Trade.  You might not be able to pick them out at the Fair[…]