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Ultimate Black Sheep Bride Wedding- Lauren & Brian, Colorado

One.org recently featuring a wedding couple that used One, along side of other charities, in their wedding day details. Naturally, Black Sheep Bride needed to find out more and we were pleasantly surprised to see it didn’t just stop with supporting One… The amount of thought and love that went into to incorporating socially conscious products on their Big Day is so overwhelmingly amazing! See for yourself! Photo’s Courtesy of Lisa Anne Photography 2014-09-23_0002 Lauren and Brian are both teachers for at-risk students and had huge passions for supporting causes near and dear to their hearts! The invitations were the catalyst, they wanted something eco-friendly, and then saw that they could also help other people in the process, when they came across Cards for Causes. From there it was ON! They began brainstorming ways to incorporate causes into almost every facet of their wedding day! It made their BIG Day even more worth celebrating! 2014-09-23_0003 2014-09-23_0004 They had a board showcasing each cause represented and provided their guests with information about ways to help. The list of causes/products represented on their big day is awe-inspiring: Bead for Life, TOMS, Sseko, Endangered Species Chocolate, Peru Paper, To Write Love on Her Arms, One, Feed, Unicef, Live Strong, White Knot, Big Hearts Fund, Charity Water, The Alzheimer Foundation, Human Rights Campaign, Wildfire Relief Fund. 2014-09-23_0005 2014-09-23_0006 2014-09-23_0007 2014-09-23_0008 2014-09-23_0009 2014-09-23_0010 2014-09-23_0001 2014-09-23_0011 2014-09-23_0012 2014-09-23_0013 2014-09-23_0014 2014-09-23_0016 As if that wasn’t enough awesome do goody’ness… they took it up a notch further and spent a week of their honeymoon volunteering at an animal sanctuary… These are the kinds of friends you need in your life, right?? Such an amazing example of using love to love others! 2014-09-23_0015

Fair Trade Friday- Clutches for a Cause

Woot, woot, Fair Trade Friday is upon us once again!  This week we are sharing some of our favorite clutches with you that support artisans around the world.  Perfect for your bridesmaids or your honeymoon, you can’t go wrong with these picks! Fair Trade Clutches 1. Fashion Conscience– Gabrielle Fair Trade Ruffle Clutch, $75. A collaboration between artisans in NY and Madagascar. Handmade using sustainable materials. 2. Trades of Hope– Esther Clutch, $44. Supports artisans living in poverty in Haiti by providing a sustainable income and life skills. 3. Fair Trade Designs- Palm Tree Clutch, $50. Handcrafted in Colombia using sustainable materials. 4. Purse & Clutch– Woven Geometric Clutch, $95. Handmade in Guatemala using the brocade weaving technique. 5. JOYN– Gold Chevron Pleated Clutch, $12.  Bettering the lives of many in India through sustainable business.

Product Spotlight- Cookies for Kids’ Cancer

Nom, nom, nom…. need an excuse to eat a cookie, or seven? Cookies for Kid’s Cancer  makes eating cookies even more enjoyable because you know your purchase is supporting childhood cancer research.  Their delicious creations are all-natural and hand baked to order.  Since Cookies for Kids’ Cancer is a non-profit, your purchase is even tax deductible!! What a fun way to use your wedding change to make world change by incorporating this fun dessert into your special day!  100% of all profits go straight to childhood cancer research!  They are truly changing the world of childhood cancer, 1 cookie at a time!   BOH-2T

Fair Trade Friday- Wedding Gifts that Give, V2

Happy Fair Trade Friday!  Last week we shared some of our favorite Fair Trade or socially conscious home decor picks, perfect for wedding gifts.  Today we round out the 2 part series with a few more beautiful bits and bobs for your new home. Wedding Gifts that Give   1. All Modern– Heather Napkins, $32.  Hand woven on bamboo looms by indigenous women weavers in India.  These napkins provide now opportunity for business and growth in the community. 2.  SERRV– Acacia Wood Plates, $45.  Handicrafts improve the lives of women and youth in the Philippines. 3. – Macy’s– Rwanda Jewelry Box, $50. Hand woven in Rwanda and sold through a partnership with Full Circle Exchange. 4. – Modern Tribe– Whale Pitcher, $95.  Designed in America and produced by skilled artisans in Peru, found through the Aid to Artisans program which promotes fair trade in developing countries. 5. – Jonathan Adler– Metallic Gourd Vase, $98. Designed in America and produced by skilled artisans in Peru, found through the Aid to Artisans program which promotes fair trade in developing countries. 6. – SERRV– Carved Floral Trays Set, $68. Handicrafts improve the lives of women and youth in the Philippines.

Fair Trade Friday- Wedding Gifts that Give, V1

It’s Friday, it’s Friday!  I know we all love Friday, but it’s extra special here on the blog because it’s FAIR TRADE Friday!  We will be highlighting some awesome Fair Trade and socially or environmentally conscious home decor the next 2 weeks.  They make the perfect wedding gift…. hint, hint, Aunt Martha! 😉 Fair trade home   1. Cultural Elements– Mango Wood Tea Light Holders, $35. Made from Mango wood of trees that are no longer sustainable for commercial use.  These trees are replaced with newer, younger trees.  Fair Trade and handmade
When a mango tree reaches 20-30 years, its fruites are no longer suitable for commercial use. Older trees are harvested and replaced with young trees in a process that protects the mango forests. – See more at: http://www.culturalelements.com/set-of-2-mango-wood-bark-decorative-tea-light-candle-holders-honey.html#sthash.aqoktaBq.dpuf
This product is sourced from controlled, sustainable mango plantations. When a mango tree reaches 20-30 years, its fruites are no longer suitable for commercial use. Older trees are harvested and replaced with young trees in a process that protects the mango forests. – See more at: http://www.culturalelements.com/set-of-2-mango-wood-bark-decorative-tea-light-candle-holders-honey.html#sthash.aqoktaBq.dpuf
This product is sourced from controlled, sustainable mango plantations. When a mango tree reaches 20-30 years, its fruites are no longer suitable for commercial use. Older trees are harvested and replaced with young trees in a process that protects the mango forests. – See more at: http://www.culturalelements.com/set-of-2-mango-wood-bark-decorative-tea-light-candle-holders-honey.html#sthash.aqoktaBq.dpuf
This product is sourced from controlled, sustainable mango plantations. When a mango tree reaches 20-30 years, its fruites are no longer suitable for commercial use. Older trees are harvested and replaced with young trees in a process that protects the mango forests. – See more at: http://www.culturalelements.com/set-of-2-mango-wood-bark-decorative-tea-light-candle-holders-honey.html#sthash.aqoktaBq.dpuf
2. Canvas Home– Soapstone Placemat/Charger, $8.  Produced under Fair Trade principles in India. 3. One World Fair Trade – Alabaster Lamp, $150.  Handmade by Fair Trade artisan partners in Cairo, Egypt. 4. The Spotted Door– Teak Side Table, $225. Work with eco-conscious designers, artisans, craftsmen and innovators who capture landfill-fated materials and give them a new purpose, a new life, a new existence! 5. Indego Africa– Cow Horn Vase, $75.  Profits fund educational training programs for the women who hand craft the products. 6. All Modern– Organic Silk Table Runner, $74. Hand woven on bamboo looms by indigenous women weavers in India. 7. Indego Africa– Copabu Wooden Bowl, $55. Profits fund educational training program for the women who hand craft the products.