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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.

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.

Jax is where it’s at!

A few months ago I decided impulsively to participate in Jacksonville’s Annual Crowd Funding Festival- One Spark, along side several hundreds of other amazingly creative people. I signed up on the last day of registration, I knew nearly no one in the city and I stalked out The Landing’s venue director – to host my last minute project.. like a cheetah about to attack a gazelle… Real Talk People- It was serious! Everything about the trip was challenging, last minute and hard, hard work… but at the end of week of networking, pitching and acquiring a million more freckles (standing in the direct sunlight 5 days straight)… I was so encouraged for the future of Black Sheep Bride’s success. 2014-07-17_0002 Never in a Million years would I think, one of those countless One Spark Connections… would lead BSB back to Jacksonville to accept an awesome opportunity to work hand and hand with KYN (Business Accelerator Program.) For the next 6 months Black Sheep Bride will be working side by side the awesome KYN team (business/branding minded rad folks) to bring BSB up to speed, and get our mission out to the world! Make sure to like our BSB Facebook page to follow along with all the new progress! 10478596_785888028099930_7730218306428533512_n

10 Ways to SAVE… the world! Weddings that Give Back!

Let us pretend for a moment… that we ALL fall into the average wedding budget category. According to Wedding Stats the average wedding in 2014 cost roughly $28,671… and if you took 10% of that budget and dedicated it to completely selfless awesomeness… that would be $2,867 !! 2014-07-17_0003 Here are some ways to take your 10% and Change the World! 1. 102 orphans could be fed for 30 days. (Dando Amor) 2. 28,000 trees planted (Trees for the future) 3. 10 girls would be able to attend school (Heifer) 4. 1892 meals will be provided to the homeless. 5. 143 people will receive clean water (Let it flow) 6. 5 oncology  family support groups/Dinners (for up to 100 people)  can be organized for children diagnosed with cancer.  (Children’s Cancer Center) 7. 76 children sponsored for one month. (Compassion International) 8. 50 Microloans rewarded to impoverish women to start a business. (Global Giving) 9. 2,867 of Malaria Treated lives saved (malarianomore.org) 10. 11,468 children everywhere will get one meal to eat. (Feeding Children Everywhere) Isn’t it crazy how such a small number… 10%… can make such a big impact on others! How will you use your 10% of wedding change to make world change?