Fair Trade Jewellery and Handbags

The fact is that as an organization having a positive effect on otherwise disadvantaged peoples of the world works. Since its inception, the number and types of goods and products that are available certified as Fair Trade has grown steadily to the point where its no longer an obscure trade and business concept. To the contrary, Fair trade is now accepted mainstream.

Jewellery & Handbags – The List Is Huge!

One problem that many people have though is that so much of the media attention on has been on agricultural or food products. It just makes for more “tastier” stories in colorful green settings such as coffee and cocoa plantations as lush backdrops. The fact of the matter is however, that the list of gift items and fashion accessories that are now registered Fair Trade is huge!

Hand Made Gift Products From Peru and Kenya

For instance, now operates in Peru. A country all too well known for it silver production. So wouldn’t you know it, there is now a huge selection of fantastic silver Fair Trade Jewellery available, much of it in amazing indigenous design motifs. All hand made of course. Its the same in Kenya where Fair Trade Jewellery and handbags are produced incorporating authentic neolithic tribal methods and designs.

Silk and Woven Reed Products From Cambodia and Vietnamn

Cambodia and Vietnam are becoming all too well known for their intricately woven reed bags of exceptional quality and also for their exceedingly fine silk fabrics that are produced using natural organic dyes and methods that have been in use for centuries. The scarves with their traditional designs that are produced from these silk fabrics simply can’t be reproduced anywhere else on the planet.

Workers Escaping Sweat Shop Conditions In Thailand

In Thailand where clothing production has been an integral part of the economy for generations, production workers are finally escaping brutal sweat shop conditions and receiving fair livable wages producing high quality Fair Trade jewellery and handbags for export to countries like the United Kingdom, the United states and Canada.

Working To End Forced Child Labor On the Indian Sub-Continent

has also made extensive inroads into India where exploitation of children and impoverished people has always been an excepted way of doing business. Now Indian Jewellery makers and textile workers who produce Fair Trade Jewellery and handbags receive far pay working eight hour days, rather then the twelve hour days they used to work that often left them saddled with crippling repetitive movement disorders.

Developing Permenent Solutions with Trade Rather Than Aid

Fair Trade is working to bring positive change to third world countries by way of trade rather than aid, with a proven system that works. Remember that aid may feed the the stomach but it starves the spirit and turns proud people into beggars. When you buy Fair Trade Jewellery and handbags you not only send more of your money to third world workers and craftspeople, you also send a message to those who would exploit them that their way of doing business is coming to an end.

A Primer on Fairtrade Jewellery and Bags

Why is Multilateral trade important?

Equitable business partnerships seek to form relationships between consumers and producers based on transparency and work to instill dignity and better communities. Through lifting artisans out of poverty and providing income for their creations, the reciprocal trade model alleviates some of the 20 million people living in slavery around the globe. Additionally, the scheme cultivates opportunities for consumers to better the lives of a global base of designers and producers while learning about their culture and country of origin.

What is the difference between the terms fairtrade and fair trade?

Essentially, when “fairtrade” is written as one word, It refers to a product that has received certification from the Fairtrade Foundation and is able to display its trademark and logo. Currently, “fairtrade” certification is not widely available for many gift, jewellery, and craft items. Nonetheless, there are many artisans and designers that are supported by accredited multilateral trade sources. Ethical companies working to promote ethically crafted traded jewellery and bags with the goal of providing artisans with a living wage may participate in this equal process.

What work is being done to promote an equitable business?

There are a number of initiatives and organizations active in countries around the world, including Trade objective Justice, the World Fair Trade Association, and the FairTrade Federation. In England, the British Association for Fair Trade Shops (BAFTS) is a partnership of independent importers and retailers working under the central goal of creating justice, equity, and better overall outcomes for producers working around the world. In order to be an eligible BAFTS retailer, a minimum of 70 percent of products must be sourced from established fair trade sources.

Why buy equitable jewellery and bags?

In England, the United States, and other countries, select brick-and-mortar boutiques and online stores feature exceptional Fairtrade jewellery, bags, and accessories from gifted producers and designers working in countries, including Africa, Central America, and South America. Ethical fashion has definetely moved from the hemp potato sac towards a more colourful and bold fashion that translates the latest trends. Brands, including Kenyan beads from Kazuri and handcrafted Cambodian goods from Saffron Winds, are thriving. These small companies are passionate about bettering artisan working and living environments, and present distinctive pieces fitting a wide range of personal styles. More and more consumers are ready to choose ethically crafted items over conventionally manufactured products with the idea to give something back to their community.

5 Tips For Saving Money When Shopping For Clothes

Whether young or old, we all like to look our best and shopping for clothes, shoes and accessories is one of life’s little pleasures for many. However, with people cutting their cloth (sorry for the pun!) according to their means at the moment, buying new clothes can sometimes feel like a luxury we can ill afford. That doesn’t mean that buying clothes has to be something we no longer do as there are many ways to enjoy new trends and fashion without breaking the bank.

1. A great way to gain a new look for free is to hold a “swishing” party with your friends. Everyone brings an item or two (or more) they no longer want, maybe some shoes, a belt, a dress or a bag and then “swishes” or swaps them for another item. It’s a good idea to settle on how many items you will all bring as it is unfortunate if one friend brings a huge bag full and another brings one item! For the price of a few nibbles and drinks, you and your friends can get themselves a whole new look for free and also have an inexpensive fun evening trying on new outfits!

2. Shopping at charity/thrift shops and boot sales can uncover a whole new load of fashion treasures for mere pennies. The last thing people want to do when holding a boot sale is take all their items home with them, so there are many bargains to be had. I recently picked up a new suit from Mexx, complete with tags, for £1! The seller bought it on impulse and was just happy to get rid of it. Charity shops can also give you a great new look for less. My sister was looking for a winter coat recently but at £50 on the High Street, they were out of her reach. A trip to her local charity shop uncovered a great cream wool coat for less than £7! And her purchase also raised cash for a local good cause.

3. If you are lucky enough to have a local market, you will probably find traders who sell clothes and accessories for a fraction of the cost of those sold by the large retailers. These stalls are great for picking up items such as scarves, fashion jewellery and bags which can update your look. Our local market sells scarves and pashminas for a fiver for two, which can instantly transform an outfit.

4. If you are talented with a needle or own a sewing machine, why not consider making or customising your own clothes rather than buying new? With fashion gurus such as Gok Wan showing you how to transform an outfit for a few pounds, it is something which can be done at home with little outlay. A packet of dye and some string can transform a t shirt into a tie dye marvel. Or a few fabric flowers sewn on can update a dress or skirt instantly. If you are more serious, patterns and fabric can be found at most charity or craft/sewing shops.

5. A way of making fashion affordable is to consider a catalogue. A favourite of many women in 1970’s/1980’s, catalogues are now a very popular way to update your look and spread the cost. Many stars such as Fearne Cotton and Holly Willoughby have their own fashion lines in catalogues. Many catalogues also offer an incentive such as 10% off your first order if you purchase. Obviously only consider a catalogue if you are able to pay it off each month.

Hopefully these tips will show that fashion can remain affordable and give you a few new ideas when next considering a new outfit!