Friday, March 4, 2016

fair trade Friday + a giveaway!

While I'm Waiting...Fair Trade Friday
I've been following along with 40 Acts where they send daily encouragement and ideas to "do lent generously."  Forty days of giving back, doing good, and living generously.  I love that!

Tuesday's action call was to live generously every day by making small changes in our shopping habits which have huge impacts on others.  So, what exactly is fair trade?  Fair trade, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, is a movement whose goal is to help producers in developing countries to get a fair price for their products so as to reduce poverty, provide for the ethical treatment of workers and farmers, and promote environmentally sustainable practices.  Now this is a shopping movement I can get behind!  Today I want to share a few of my FAVORITE fair trade companies!

This post may contain affiliate links, which means that if you click on a link(s) and purchase an item, I may receive a small commission. 

FashionABLE

FashionABLE believes that social businesses whose aim is to alleviate poverty should use their business skills to create job opportunities for the poor, not give them more charity.  What FashionABLE seeks to “give” to those living in poverty is opportunity by purchasing goods from them, and helping those businesses grow and employ more.
FashionABLE's business model is not creating goods in a strong economic country, selling those goods in the West, and then giving charity to developing countries.  This still leaves the developing country out of the opportunity for economic growth, and keeps them in a cycle of dependency.  They believe in doing the manufacturing in the communities they wish to have impact, so as to create jobs.  Although it often creates a unique set of challenges, trade with developing countries is an empowerment model that FashionABLE is committed to. 
Not only do I love the commitment behind FashionABLE, I LOVE their products too!  My FAVORITE is the Mamuye Leather Tote (and their scarves, and their blankets, and their, well, you get the picture!).  I purchased the cognac Mamuye last year and the more I carry it, the more I love it!  The bag also comes in brown and black AND as of yesterday pewter, moss and merlot!

the Root Collective

The Root Collective partners with makers in Guatemala to produce handcrafted shoes from handwoven textiles. The makers are defying the odds in their communities, pushing forward with hope in a place where darkness often overwhelms.

The Root Collective believes that each person has inherent dignity. They believe that workers should be treated with fairness and paid a living wage. This is the driving force behind The Root Collective, and they strive to have their shoes produced in a way that is kind to people.

I recently ordered this pair of mustard ballet flats and have worn them a number of times already!  I love them so much that I recently ordered a pair of teal and lime green ballet flats!  Eek!  I can't wait for them to arrive!
To shop their line of shoes (and receive a 10% off discount), click here!

THE GIVING KEYS

This story begins with a New York hotel room key. Actress and singer/songwriter, Caitlin Crosby, started wearing the hotel key as a necklace while on tour and had the idea to start engraving old, used keys with inspirational words. Realizing that, in a way, we are all like these keys – unique, flawed, scarred, and sometimes discarded by others – she wanted these keys to have their purpose renewed over and over again.

Caitlin always knew she wanted a charitable dimension to The Giving Keys, and within a few months she found the missing link. On a rainy day walking on Hollywood Boulevard, Caitlin saw a couple named Rob and Cera sitting under an umbrella holding a sign that read Ugly, Broke, & Hungry. Caitlin invited them to dinner, where she serendipitously discovered that Cera made jewelry. This was a magical a-ha moment where Caitlin asked them to be her business partners. Rob and Cera joined the team and started making Giving Keys the very next day.
Step by step, Rob and Cera saved enough money for a hotel room, then an apartment, and then a home to call their own! Today, they are living in San Diego where Rob works for the San Diego Zoo and Cera is also employed.

This was the start of the Giving Keys' passion to help those who have been affected by homelessness.

This past Christmas, I was gifted with an Inspire Giving Key from my sweet friend, Ginny!  It's truly a necklace that I treasure wearing!

CAUSEBOX

CAUSEBOX, a quarterly subscription box filled with beautiful products from companies with hearts to save the world.  The products inside each CAUSEBOX help provide jobs, meals, education, clean water and more to countless women, men, and children around the world.

I have received every CAUSEBOX they have ever mailed and I have loved every.single.one!  I have learned about so many amazing companies through their mission (the Root Collective being one of them!).  Give them a try!  I promise you won't be disappointed!

Fair Trade Friday

Fair Trade Friday exists as an avenue for women to empower women.  They are tackling poverty through job opportunity and empowerment rather than enablement in Jesus' name.  100% of the proceeds support the artisans, thousands of women and their children around the world.  Fair Trade Friday is a ministry of Mercy House-Kenya, a non-profit organization.

Fair Trade Friday offers a Bracelet of the Month subscription that delivers a high quality, stylish bracelet to your mailbox every month.  When you become a Bracelet of the Month member, you are providing a job for a marginalized woman in another country.  Bonus?! You will look cute while doing it!  This is an affordable way to make a big difference in the lives of oppressed women worldwide.

AND, if you are looking for a place for one stop fair trade shopping, you must check out my FAVORITE boutique, Be the Change!  Ashley & Ashleigh have created a business that is my dream job!  A philanthropic boutique in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina whose mission is to bring together companies and organizations that give back locally and globally.  They carry both the Root Collective shoes and giving keys in their shop - and so much more! You can shop their adorable store here!

I truly believe Fri-YAYs are a reason to celebrate and what better way to kickoff the weekend than with a giveaway?!  I wanted to share my love of all things fair trade by giving away this bracelet bundle!  The giveaway is open through next Thursday evening. I'll announce the winner in next week's Friday Favorites post!  Good luck!

Thank you so much for stopping by!  I hope you have a wonderful day and a weekend filled with all your FAVORITES!

Gig 'em and God bless! 
Holly

I'm so excited and honored to be a co-host for the Faith Filled Parenting linkup party for the month of March!  Christia and I would love to have you link-up with us!  This weekly party is open through Sunday evening.

and don't forget about the Waiting on...Wednesday link-up - a place where you can link up what you are waiting on, going through, making, anything - as long as it's family-friendly!  :)  it's open through tomorrow!
While I'm Waiting...Waiting on...Wednesday link-up
you can visit my FAVORITE link-ups page to see where I'm linking up today!

30 comments:

  1. Excellent post, Holly. I love learning more about fair trade.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Thanks, Janie! I'm drawn to products that have a story!

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  2. I didn't notice before that I should share my favorite Fair Trade company. It's The Body Shop.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Awesome! Thanks so much for sharing! I'll have to check them out!

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  3. You know I love everything about this! Those flats have been on my radar for a while... May be a birthday money purchase!

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    1. It's so fun having someone that shares a love for fair trade like you do! I can't wait to see what shoes you order!!! Happy early birthday!

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  4. Who doesn't love a shop that gives back?!

    Stopping over from the linkup! Happy Friday! Would love if you stopped by my blog as well. =0)

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by! I love purchasing with a purpose! ;) Heading to say hi on your blog now!

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  5. What an awesome post!!! I love those bracelets(:

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    1. Thanks, Ashley! I'm not a huge jewelry fan but I love, love, love bracelets!

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  6. So many great companies! But I think the Root Collective is probably my favorite.

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  7. I love Green mountain coffee! Not only are they fair trade, but their coffee is amazing :)

    Blessings,
    Edye // Gracefulcoffee.wordpress.com

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    1. Coffee and chocolate were one of the first two fair trade products! Thanks for sharing about Green Mountain!

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  8. I was wondering where those super cute shoes came from! Did you order your true size? I think I'm going to have to have some.

    Shelly
    The Queen in Between

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    1. Ah! Thanks! Just wait till you see the teal and lime green ones! Eeek! I ordered a half size down. I emailed the company and they indicated that the material will give over time. I LOVE them!

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  9. Oh my gosh, I honestly love all of these companies and what they stand for. I really can't choose. I love that one empowers women to become more self sufficient and that another gives employable rights to women in a country that may not have the financial resources to do so. I really love Cause Box and they may be my ultimate choice because the bring attention to other fair trade companies. Thanks for sharing and for hosting. ~Lowanda

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    1. I've found so many new companies because of CauseBox! So many amazing people doing amazing things out in our world! I love it! Thanks so much for stopping by! Good luck!

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  10. Love this post!! So many cool things. The bag is awesome and Causebox is interesting.

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    1. Thanks, Julie! I love sharing new companies that I find that have a true mission behind their business model!

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  11. I love all of them. I love how the cause box represents so many different others and brings notice to them. I also love how The Root Collective allows the women there to find hope. Thanks for hosting. ~Lowanda

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    1. Absolutely! Happy to share my love of all things fair trade! Hope you're having a great week! Thanks for stopping by!

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  12. I love Oliberte and SoleRebels footwear. It's always great finding new fair trade and ethically made companies to support. I hadn't heard of the Be the Change Boutique, so I am excited to check it out. Thanks!

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    1. You will love Be the Change! The girls that run it are the sweetest girls! Thanks so much for stopping by! Good luck!

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  13. 10,000 villages is a favorite of mine! I used to live right by a physical shop, but now that I've moved I still shop their site a lot for gifts etc.

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    1. I had never heard of 10,000 villages but they have some beautiful items! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  14. I'm going to check out Causebox. Looks awesome.

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    1. I just received my Spring Causebox yesterday and it.was.amazing! Definitely check them out!

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