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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.

Product Spotlight- Be Lovely- Makeup that Gives Back

So awesome to meet up with founder, Rachel, of Be Lovely to talk about the impact her makeup is having in the world of sex trafficking.  This super hip chick spent some time in LasVegas connecting with women in brothels and strip clubs, taking meals and eventually doing their makeup.  She has a huge heart for the women in the sex industry and wants each of them to know that they are lovely, loved, and have a purpose.OPEN EYES 2012 - 13   BSB:  What led you to start your own makeup company? Be Lovely: I didn’t know much about makeup, but found that it gave me a way to connect with the women in the brothels I visited.  After I moved to Minnesota from Las Vegas, I went to school for makeup artistry and decided I would use my business as a way to give back to my passion, human trafficking and the women involved.   BSB: How does the makeup business impact the women you work with? Be Lovely: I work with women in 2 different settings.  When I do home parties with several women, I do their makeup and they have the opportunity to purchase my products.  I educate them on the world of sex trafficking and how they can be involved with the solution.  On the opposite side, when I do makeup for the women in the sex industry, it gives me the chance to connect with them on a more intimate level.  I do not preach to them, but listen and make sure they feel loved and beautiful.   BSB: Explain how the 10% of your sales gives back to human or sex trafficking. Be Lovely: Since this is my own business, I choose which organizations the money is donated to.  Most often, I donate to Breaking Free, an organization based in the Twin Cities.  Each year they help an average of 400-500 women and girls escape systems of prostitution and sexual exploitation through advocacy, direct services, housing, and education.   BSB: How can Be Lovely benefit brides?IMG_6571 Be Lovely: Locally, I am available to makeup the bride and bridal party on the wedding day.  Nationally, brides can purchase wedding day or honeymoon makeup, knowing that their purchase is ultimately helping women escape the sex industry.

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
Ladies:
Connected Fair Trade Goods (www.connectedgoods.com), Amazon Tribal Statement Necklace, $120. Handmade in Ecuador by Fair Trade artisans.
Invisible Children (shop.invisiblechildren.com), 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 (www.ravenandlily.com), Taupe Short Dress, $57.  Socially conscious, lifestyle brand dedicated to empowering women through design with sustainable employment opportunities.
TOMS (www.toms.com), Black Crochet Wegdes, $69. One pair of shoes is donated to a child in need, with the purchase of every pair.
Guys:
Warby Parker (www.warbyparker.com), Garrett Glasses, $99. For every pair of glasses sold, a pair is distributed to someone in need.
Pitico, (www.pitico.com), Green T-shirt, $19. Supports fair trade
People Tree (www.peopletree.co.uk), Ewan Trousers, $80. Pioneers in fair trade and environmentally sustainable fashion.
TOMS (www.toms.com), Black Paseo-Mids, $69. One pair of shoes is donated to a child in need, with the purchase of every pair.

Cause Spotlight- Light Gives Heat

When they decided to adopt a baby girl from Africa they had no idea how their lives would be turned upside down…. Light Gives Heat is a non-profit seeking to empower and encourage the masses through film and commerce. 10455049_907439925949723_9074481779242482322_n
1. What was the Match that lit this ‘Light Gives Heat Movement’ ?
LightGivesHeat started because my wife and I were adopting our daughter from Uganda. After a year and a half we decided to move there, quit our jobs, and start this organization, but like most things, what started out as one thing became quite another. We quickly realized that our story began to inspire a lot of other people. The more vulnerable we were about our journey the more that invited other people into it. Over the next few years we worked on a full-length movie about our story. We were invited to speak on the Oprah show, and a whole bunch of other crazy things happened. We began to see the power that media and story telling had on the world.  
2. What brought LGH’s passion for film colliding with fashion/socially-conscious consumer goods?
Well first of all, when starting a nonprofit in America, we realized that Americans were better at buying things than they were at donating. ha! We also saw the power that film and TV had on us and other people in our culture. So basically we took what we knew, film, and begin pouring ourselves into both: creating products that created jobs in Africa, while coupling those products with good storytelling and amazing filmmakers.  
3. How can LGH be incorporated into wedding planning?
Because we carry mainly jewelry/accessory products that create jobs around the world- They naturally fit in with the other beautiful items that would join your wedding day details. Couples will also use LightGivesHeat as their designated charity choice for gift alternatives, because they believe in the message. Really you just have an audience of friends and family that happen to really care about you and the person you’re marrying… And so getting to share about things that you are meaningful to you goes a long way, and is this perfect collision.  
4. What projects are you guys working on right now?
Our film, Moving On is in distribution around the world and soon to get a theater release, a Netflix Release, and TV networks. So our next step is creating something we’re calling LGH.tv. It was started because LightGivesHeat was working on a TV show pilot and we kept hearing from networks that they were very interested if… “We would make it more sexy, more dramatic, or just crazier.” We didn’t think good entertainment needed that, and so we’re launching our own network.   ‘Moving On’ Official Trailer from Light Gives Heat on Vimeo.  
5. How has the decision to help others impacted your business in a positive way?
Our organization is only as strong as our story. Because people hear about our story, and the story of people we are working with around the world… they tell their friends and family about us. Without that connection to the good we were doing in the world, there is no way LightGivesHeat could’ve grown over the last seven years like it has.   Plus it’s been the thing that is making us into the people we want to be anyway.   Go Check Light Gives Heat and support their awesome efforts by snagging their awesome Global Finds.