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Deck The Halls with… these 10 Eco-Holiday-Goodies… Fa-La-La-La-La-La-La

The holiday season is upon us, friends, and what better way to get your dwelling Santa-Ready, than with these amazing eco-friendly, fair trade and artisan made holiday decorations! Here are our 10 top fav’s for decking the halls this season! via GIPHY   1. Caroline Creates- Geo Tree Gift Wrap (set of 3 rolls), $12 img_9208_1024x1024 Take your packages up a notch with this unique eco-friendly Holiday gift wrap. This unique design features a modern geometric christmas tree. This gift wrap is perfect for wrapping presents, paper projects or scrapbooking.   2. Ten Thousand Villages – Bicycle Chain Menorah, $24 screen-shot-2016-12-07-at-2-03-19-pm Authentic Fair Trade Product, made by Noah’s Ark Int’l Exports. Ethically sourced and Handcrafted in India.   3. Ornaments for Orphans- Jacaranda Nativity Set, $75 


Jacaranda Nativity carved in Rwanda. Wood with a mahogany stain. Nativity set includes 10 pieces: 3 wise men, 2 shepherds, 1 cow, 1 sheep, Mary, Joseph and baby Jesus.   4. Ten Thousand Villages – New Leaf Garland, $18.99 screen-shot-2016-12-07-at-1-31-21-pm This adorable garland is green in more ways than one. Real recycled newspaper adds a fun texture to leaves that decorate any space for any occasion. Handcrafted by artisans from the Highland Women’s Multipurpose Co-op in the Philippines.   5. Trades of Hope – Noel Trio Ornaments, $28 screen-shot-2016-12-07-at-1-37-09-pm This set of 3 ornaments is handmade with Haitian clay have been hand-dipped in metallic gold and white paint. These will make a great Holiday decoration or gift!   6. Raven and Lily: Classic Afghan Table Runner, $108 bm6b4818__91727-1474921678-450-800 This amazing table runner has been screen printed and uniquely designed by the R&L partners in Pakistan. Use it all year round or for special occasions. This piece is empowering Afghan refugees to improve their livelihood.   7. Noonday Collection- Festive Paper Bead Garland, $36 screen-shot-2016-12-07-at-1-47-45-pm Trim your tree with this bright garland strung with vibrant paper beads, made by artisans in Uganda. Each garland represents the beauty of opportunity for the Artisans who make it.   8. Paper Culture- 6 Forest Bamboo Christmas Ornaments, $34.99 (40% off at checkout) screen-shot-2016-12-07-at-1-50-43-pm These ornaments are all about the forest, not just because of the animal theme, but because they are made from sustainable bamboo, one of the most renewable resources in the world. On top of that, the packaging is made from recycled paper, and they offset the entire carbon footprint, and will plant a tree with every order placed.   9. Paper Culture- Cardboard Wreath, $31.99 (40% off at checkout) screen-shot-2016-12-07-at-1-52-31-pm Each section of the wreath is made by assembling snowflakes in a spiral that creates a unique, modern look for any home. These stylish wreaths are made from recycled paper, can be built in minutes and can be reused and stored flat for the next holiday season. Paper Culture even plants a tree with every order placed. 10. Paper Culture- 14inch Desktop Cardboard Christmas Tree, $19.99 (40% off at checkout) screen-shot-2016-12-07-at-1-52-43-pm Laser-cut on recycled cardboard, each branch of the tree is contructed from stylish snowflake shapes. Together, they create a modern Christmas tree that stands about 14 inches tall and is the perfect fit for any desk. You can even hang light paper ornaments form the branches. In the spirit of Christmas, they will plant a real tree with every order placed.   Happy shopping to you all!   

Featured Social Enterprise:

With the onset of summer wedding season we thought this would be a good time to show some love to one of our new favorite social enterprise brands: They carry some of the best ethical brands around, and would be perfect gifts for your bridal party or every day summer swag!
The YOUWE company focuses on getting the community involved with thinking differently with their product purchases. The products that YOUWE sells have stories that already exist by either being hand made, empowering women that are at risk in 3rd world counties, products that help a certain charity or cause, or the product is ethically/sustainably made. Each product has its own. The YOUWE goal is to further that story by allowing the consumer to choose a cause where a portion (10%) of the profits is donated to. This allows the story to live on furthering the “good” and it connects the consumer with a charities that are doing amazing things.
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Here’s some of the products that YOUWE carries:
31Bits (necklaces) –  A jewelry company thats creates stunning pieces made out of recycled paper. All of 31Bits jewelry is made by women in Uganda teaching them skills, business practices and earning a fare wage. 31Bits is a really rad company that cares for their beneficiaries and really creates high quality stunning products.
Raven+Lily (rings+bracelets+wooden necklaces)– Empowers at-risk artisan women all of over the world, through jewelry, apparel and accessory design. They teach them skills and pay them fair wages as well. Everything is handmade and locally and sustainable sourced in their country.
Arvo (watch)– US based company that creates minimalistic style watches that support causes.
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For more information and ways to purchase these amazing socially conscious products visit !

Fair Trade Friday- Inspiration for Engagements that Give Back

After the proposal and before the official ‘I do’s’ comes a time in every engaged couples lives… Engagement Photo time! We all want to look stylish and hip for the camera, so why not do it up right! Here is a super awesome way to take your engagement photo day and make it fair trade! engagementclothing
Connected Fair Trade Goods (, Amazon Tribal Statement Necklace, $120. Handmade in Ecuador by Fair Trade artisans.
Invisible Children (, Kaleidescope Ring, $19. All donations and purchases fund Invisible Children’s mission of civilian protection and rehabilitation of children abducted by the LRA.
Raven + Lily (, Taupe Short Dress, $57.  Socially conscious, lifestyle brand dedicated to empowering women through design with sustainable employment opportunities.
TOMS (, Black Crochet Wegdes, $69. One pair of shoes is donated to a child in need, with the purchase of every pair.
Warby Parker (, Garrett Glasses, $99. For every pair of glasses sold, a pair is distributed to someone in need.
Pitico, (, Green T-shirt, $19. Supports fair trade
People Tree (, Ewan Trousers, $80. Pioneers in fair trade and environmentally sustainable fashion.
TOMS (, Black Paseo-Mids, $69. One pair of shoes is donated to a child in need, with the purchase of every pair.

Wedding Notecards that Care- Weddings that Give Back.

Snail Mail is where it’s at party people… When you need to say a quick Hello, Thank You, or maybe a heartfelt sonnet to your special someone …. Choose one of these notecards to jot down your well wishes…. While you are sending notes of love, they are sending hope to the hopeless. Swahili Wholesale– Upcycled Heart ‘Love’ Cards- Used discarded paper and cardboard waste to make these upcycled pieces of art. I Want Cookies– Hearts and Stripes, $17.50, Using their business to help bring awareness and support to Autism. Raven & Lily – Uzma Card Set, $14. Raven & Lily are Empowering marginalized Women in Northern India.  Village Artisans – Assorted Paper, $9.95. Village Artisans lovingly handcrafts all their goods in the homes of women artisans in North India.  Indego Africa– Mini Textile Cards, $20- Supporting women in Rwanda through economic empowerment and education. Charolette Layne- Lightning Bold, $21.50- CL gives 25% of their sales to Angel’s Among Us Pet rescue.   NOTECARDS