New Years Resolution: Make 2015 the Year of Fair Trade!

31 Dec

Take the Fair Trade Challenge by pledging to support more fair trade certified companies and products in the new year. By adding this to your resolutions list, together we can make 2015 a year of positive change in our communities that will have a global effect through fair trade!

Restyle Fair Trade’s Top 3 Reasons To Love Fair Trade in 2015 

1. You Don’t Need To Sacrifice Style For Causestyle

All ReStyle products are on-trend meeting the latest style fashions. So you can look great while knowing that each purchase is changing lives.

2. You Can Make A Difference In A Woman’s Life

Over 95% of the products we offer are made by women artisans, and each purchase helps provide meaningful opportunity for women and their families.

Better health, more access to doctors, the ability to attend better schools – all are results of Fair Trade. You become part of the solution!

Hope For Women artisans who create our beautiful handmade products

Hope For Women artisans who create our beautiful handmade products

3. You Are Doing Your Part To Better The Planet

social-media-planetOur Fair Trade products are also eco-friendly. Whether turning recycled tire tubes or recycled orange peel into unique products, or using sustainably harvested rainforest seeds, each ReStyle product shoots for the highest green mark to help reduce our footprint on our planet.

Thanks to everyone for choosing to support Fair Trade. Each purchase makes a difference!

Restyle Fair Trade Holiday Gift Guide

15 Dec

‘Tis the season to shop Fair Trade! Our Restyle Fair Trade Holiday Gift Guide has a wide selection of unique presents made from eco-friendly materials by talented artisans from around the world.

 Do you have a tech-lover on your list?

 Our Restyle Recycled Tire Tube Tech items are the perfect gifts for gadget-gurus! The sleek design of our tablet covers are fashionable and functional, made from recycled tire tubes originally destined for a landfill. Our Restyle SmartPhone Wallet fits the iPhone and most smart phone styles.


  For the Fashionistas in Your Life


Our hand-etched tagua jewelry is sure to impress. With beautiful designs carved into sustainably harvested tagua nuts, it’s no wonder these necklaces, bracelets and earrings are popular gifts!

Our Restyle Cosmetic Bag is a great gift for everyday use and for travel. It holds make up essentials in a uniquely textured bag with a bright and stylish pop of color! Choose between fuchsia, electric green and orange:

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Leather Bracelets, crafted from recycled leather scraps make for a great stocking-stuffers and have styles that work for both men and women. With a wide selection, you can choose between  neutral colors or opt for more vibrant options. These bracelets also come in stylish Tire Tube versions pictured below. DSC_1654


Peel Pals are versatile gifts that can be used on gift wrapping as decor, hung from a bottle of wine to add a festive spirit, and make charming ornaments for your tree and window sills. Hand crafted by Colombian women artisans, each Peel Pal is made from recycled orange peels, jute and wood. These adorable elves and angels grant special wishes for the young and young at heart!

With every gift you send, kind words from the heart are the best way to send your love this holiday season. Our Hope For Women Notecards are beautiful, with real pressed flowers and ferns that have blank interiors so you can send a heartfelt note and seasons greetings!

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Thank you for choosing Restyle Fair Trade. Your purchase makes a huge difference to our artisan partners and their families this holiday season. We wish you Happy Holidays and a wonderful New Year!

Spread the Love with Fair Trade Valentine’s Day Gifts!

10 Feb

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and Restyle Fair Trade wants to help spread the love worldwide. This list of fair trade certified gifts is sure to include the perfect present for your special someone!

Roses are arguably the most romantic flower symbolizing beauty, love, and passion. One World Flowers sells fair trade roses by the bouquet and has a wide variety of flower options and arrangements. We suggest “All’s Fair in Love” a classic red bouquet that is a signature valentine’s day gift. One fair trade dozen costs $54.95.

This holiday celebrates being sweet to the ones you care about, and a fair trade box of chocolates is a popular gesture of love! This Classic Red Velvet Box for $45 is a beautiful assortment creme filled hearts and caramels that even has an special option for vegans, made completely of fair trade and organic ingredients—it doesn’t get much sweeter than that!

Red and pink are colors that represent the love and passion felt on this warm and fuzzy holiday. Here are some of our favorite products that fit the color scheme and would be a lovely gift for valentine’s day that are 20% OFF for a limited time:


Triple Wrap Chirilla And Leather Bracelet-Dawn

$29.98   $23.98


3 Faceted Tagua on Antiqued Silver Plated Ball Chain

$36.48   $29.18


Giving Tree Tagua Necklace–Poppy Red 

$19.98   $15.98
ImageFaceted Acai Earrings–Raspberry

$19.98  $15.98

ImageTagua Ring–Raspberry

$27.48   $21.98

For a full listing of Red/Pink sale items, click here!

If you’re looking for a fair trade gift for the man in your life, our website has a section of “Gift for Him” with recycled tire tube tech cases, wallets and eco-leather items too!

Sometimes the best gift is a note from the heart. Our tree-free cotton note cards have blank interiors so you can fill that pages with a handwritten love letter. They are beautifully decorated with pressed flowers and grasses indigenous to El Salvador and Colombia, sealed in compostable packaging and printed with non-toxic vegetable based inks. They are eco-friendly, fair trade and inexpensive ranging from $3.99-$5.50.

ImageIndia card collection & El Salvador collection

Remember that through fair trade purchases on this loving holiday, you can feel great knowing that your declaration of adoration is helping to support artisans, farmers and laborers through fair wages and safe working conditions. So spread the love, buy fair trade!

New Year, New Products!

27 Dec

As we usher in another new year, we’re excited to unveil some new products! Take a peek and let us know what you think. Happy holidays!

Recycled Leather Double Wrap Inspiration Bracelet

Recycled Leather Double Wrap Inspiration Bracelet

Recycled Leather Double Wrap Inspiration Bracelet

ReStyle Zip Close Tablet Case

ReStyle Zip Close Tablet Case

ReStyle Zip Close Tablet Case

ReStyle Euro Bag 

ReStyle Euro Bag

ReStyle Euro Bag

ReStyle recycled leather bracelet (in brown)

ReStyle recycled leather bracelet (in brown)

ReStyle recycled leather bracelet (in brown)

Etched Tagua Ring

Etched Tagua Ring

Etched Tagua Ring


Look for ReStyle recycled tire tube and leather bracelets at Whole Foods Market stores

6 Dec

If you are in Whole Foods Market stores in California, Florida, Nevada and Arizona be on the lookout for our ReStyle recycled tire tube and recycled leather bracelets!


These great gifts are being featured in almost every store in these states, usually in the Holiday gift area.

Post a photo of yourself  our Facebook page with a ReStyle bracelet while in a Whole Foods Market store and we will send you a coupon code worth 25% off your next purchase!

Hope For Women now in Whole Foods Market stores

Each Fair Trade purchase makes a difference – thanks for being part of a better world!

Bracelets for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

25 Oct

Supporting causes close to our heart is a big part of what we do at ReStyle–and Breast Cancer Awareness month is no exception. 

We’re excited we have two beautiful bracelets that help support Breast Cancer Awareness. 10% of each purchase goes directly to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, one of the top rated Breast Cancer organizations in the country (A+ rating from Charity Watch). Each bracelet features the BCA month ribbon on the acai charm. 

Breast Cancer Awareness Acai woven bracelet

Breast Cancer Awareness Acai woven bracelet

Breast Cancer Awareness Acai woven bracelet

Breast Cancer Awareness Acai round bracelet

Breast Cancer Awareness Acai round bracelet

Breast Cancer Awareness Acai round bracelet

Tracey’s Must-Have ReStyle Products (Guest Post)

11 Oct

ReStyle is excited to welcome former Glam Media editor and fashion writer, Tracey Harrington McCoy, to our blog. Here, she reveals the five products she’s loving right now on

I was thrilled when ReStyle by Hope for Women asked me to highlight a couple of my favorite products here on their blog. I’m such a big advocate of fair trade and ever since I was introduced to ReStyle’s fabulous products, I can’t stop shopping on their site! Here are the five products I’m currently obsessed with:

1) ReStyle Messenger Bag

ReStyle Recylced Tire Tube Messenger Bag

ReStyle Recylced Tire Tube Messenger Bag

Since discovering ReStyle, I’ve become a huge fan of their recycled tire tube collection. Each item is so unique and can’t be found anywhere else. I already own the cosmetic bag but next on my list is this messenger. I’ll probably use as a baby bag — it’s a great size and super durable.

2) Eco Leather Wide Bracelet

Eco Leather Wide Bracelet

Eco Leather Wide Bracelet

This is one of the coolest, most versatile cuffs I’ve seen in a while–plus it has such a high fashion feel. Perfect for any season and a great final touch to any outfit. It’s also available in a smaller width too for those that prefer a narrower look.

3) ReStyle Recycled Tire Tube Bracelet

Recycled Tire Tube Bracelet

Recycled Tire Tube Bracelet

I told you I love the tire tube products! This bracelet is basic yet funky. And the price point of $10.98 can’t be beaten. Great for men or women.

4) Tagua Ring

Tagua Ring

Tagua Ring

How fabulous is this ring? It’s made from a sustainably harvested tagua seed from Colombia’s rainforest–doesn’t get any cooler than that. A great find for all those women who love chunky jewelry. It’s available in a bunch of colors too.

5) Portraits of El Salvador Cards

Portraits of El Salvador Greeting Cards

Portraits of El Salvador Greeting Cards

These stunning cards were handmade by women whose homes in El Salvador were destroyed by a devastating earthquake and mudslides and represent their hope for the future. Each card features real pressed flowers. Absolutely gorgeous.

Hope For Women introduces…..ReStyle™!

26 Sep

 We’re very excited to unveil our new website, ReStyle™!

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Why the new name and site?
Hope For Women has evolved as an organization and we thought it was time for a little change. We think our new branding better fits our commitment of offering exceptional artisan-crafted fashion products that change lives through Fair Trade.

Our hope is to reach more people with our new brand and benefit the artisans that create our unique products even more. To help celebrate our new launch, we’re offering 15% off our entire site with coupon code LAUNCH15

But are your products still Fair Trade and eco-friendly?woman with child
Our commitment to our social mission has not changed at all.  ReStyle products are still Fair Trade, eco-friendly and are helping to change lives for the better. We’ll continue to strive to be as eco-friendly as possible, from sourcing recycled materials to how we package our items.

Are you still working with women artisans?
Yes! Women artisans are still creating our Fair Trade, eco-friendly products. Due to the growing demand for our products more artisans are working, and this includes some men as well. But over 90% of the artisans we work with are women, and we continue to try to work with women in all aspects of our work.

purseWhat kind of products will the new site feature?

We’ll be offering a wide array of high-quality, stylish, and seasonally relevant products that are on trend. This includes stunning statement necklaces, pretty bangles, and eye-catching rings–among many other gorgeous pieces. And don’t worry, we’ll definitely still feature our best-selling line of recycled tire tube products!

***Stay tuned for regular specials and promotions throughout the year!***

Thank you for being loyal and supportive customers of Hope for Women. We hope you’ll browse the new site and check out our gorgeous product lines and inspiring artisans. Don’t forget: get 15% off the entire site with coupon code LAUNCH25 (enter coupon code in the shopping cart).

Fair Trade in the Green Mountain State

17 Aug

Being based in Burlington, Vermont, we are lucky to have beautiful mountains and lakes and a stunning working landscape of farms all around us, to go along with wonderful towns and cities full of engaging people and businesses to interact with.


church-stFair Trade is a part of Vermont. Along with ever increasing support for supporting our local economy, Vermonters also have a strong awareness of how Fair Trade connects us to the rest of the world and can make the world a better place through our purchasing choices. We show a willingness to be a part of Fair Trade through efforts like becoming a Fair Trade Town (Burlington and Brattleboro) or Fair Trade University (St. Michael’s College). Many outstanding companies that embrace Fair Trade make their home here as well, ranging from Dolma Fair Trade and Creative Women to Ben & Jerry’s and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters.

This week we were so proud to see that one of our Vermont companies, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, was just recognized as being the world’s largest purchaser of Fair Trade Certified coffee. For the third straight year!


A huge congratulations to Green Mountain Coffee Roasters making a difference in the lives of coffee farmers around the world.

HFW Outfit Ideas: Bright Boho and Braided

15 Aug
If you’re searching for the perfect trendy and summery laid-back style, look no further. Inspired by the Hope For Women multicolored woven bracelet, this colorful bohemian look incorporates woven and braided details not only in bracelet and featured hairstyle (click here for a tutorial on the up-do!)  but also in the neutral woven sandals.
Since the bracelet features three different and distinct colors (turquoise, purple and a rich dark brown), rather than matching these hues exactly this look embraced the idea of multicolored with a vibrant sundress that included every shade seen in a rainbow. This paired with a solid clementine shrug made the style a bright and casual one without the fear of a being too matchy-matchy. However, to add a sense of cohesiveness, the look added Hope For Women’s handmade acai seed necklaces in the same color as the bracelet along with a brown and turquoise slouchy backpack to compliment its tones. To add a spritz of summery scent to look, these fair trade fragrances from the body shop will make the outfit and  it also coincides with Hope For Women’s values of making socially responsible purchases.
All Hope For Women accessories featured are fair-trade, sustainably created and packaged with eco-friendly materials. To learn more about our company and products, please visit us at

Hope For Women Joined Polyvore!

31 Jul
Hope For Women Joined Polyvore!

Hope for Women recently joined Polyvore, a fashion organizing website! All of our products are listed on the site here so anyone can create their own outfit idea using hope for women’s fair trade and eco-friendly jewelry in their sets.

Although accessorizing is usually the last element added to perfect a look, we decided to change it up and plan on creating outfits inspired by our favorite jewelry pieces. We will be creating style sets for many different occasions, seasons and trends so be sure to follow our blog for new outfit ideas and styling advice!

Fireworks, festivities and fair trade!

2 Jul


This year when you are celebrating Independence Day by watching the sky light up in bright bursts of color remember that this day commemorates how the United States gained the freedom to support itself and become an independent nation. Supporting fair trade means supporting working independence of farmers, artisans, builders, crafters and laborers around the world by providing them safe working conditions and the wages to care for their families and build a life upon. Here are a few ways you can use fair trade products to celebrate the Fourth of July in style while helping others gain their independence as well!

ImageOff to a barbecue potluck with friends or a family reunion this holiday and not sure what to bring? How about some delicious pasta salad made with Equal Exchange Fair Trade Olive Oil?

If you’re in charge of dessert Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream is always a crowd favorite and every flavor is proudly stamped with that fair trade logo like a badge of honor.

Maybe you are more interested in providing refreshments for the day’s festivities? Mongozo’s Exotic Banana Beer has that sweet taste of summer and social responsibility in every fair trade bottle. If you’re looking for something with a little more punch to go with those booming fireworks perhaps Papagayo’s Organic Rum will spark your interest? Here’s a recipe for a patriotic array of red, white and blue daiquiris that are gaurenteed to get everyone into the holiday spirit(s)–pun intended.


If you want to wish your relatives and friends who couldn’t be there with you to celebrate this festive holiday a Happy Fourth of July, remember that Hope For Women’s beautiful handcrafted and eco-friendly cards are sure to brighten anyone’s day like a firework brighten’s the sky.

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We here at Hope For Women hope you found these fair trade suggestions helpful and wish you all a happy, fun-filled and safe Independence Day this year.

Father’s Day – Top 5 Fair Trade gifts

7 Jun

What is better than telling Dad “You are the best!” with a Fair Trade gift he will really love? Nothing!!

Here are our Top 5 Fair Trade Father’s Day Gifts:

1) Fair Trade Vodka

Award winning Fair Trade Vodka from FAIR. will make Dad’s favorite cocktails come to life. Made using Fair Trade quinoa from Bolivian farms. Buy it online, or find a distributor near you. $33 per bottle.

2). Organic and Fair Trade Certified Socks

You know he needs them, and he won’t shop for them himself. So hook him up with some sweet socks! Maggie’s provides a wide variety of Fair Trade certified socks, from dress to sport, that are perfect for any kind of Dad. Starting at $8 – easy to order on-line.

3) ReStyle recycled tire tube men’s travel kit

Made from recycled truck tire tubes, the ReStyle travel kit looks great and is super tough to take any punishment that travel (or your Dad) can dish out. Roomy enough to bring everything on the road, with interior pockets and straps to hold them in place. He will love it. $39.98 – available on-line or in stores.

4) The Supremo Basket

Fair Trade coffee, chocolate, tea and chocolate covered coffee beans? In one basket? This is almost too easy. $64.75 from the Fair Trade Coffee Company.

5) Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Fair Trade pioneers Equal Exchange have a delicious EVOO that will enhance any dish and tastes fabulous on it’s own. Whether he is manning the grill or you are cooking him a Father’s Day meal this is a great call. And at only $10.98 for a 500ml bottle it is a great deal too!

We hope you have a wonderful Father’s Day!

Fair Trade: Empowering Women Around the World

27 Mar
These women formed Arte Comasagua, an artisan group that Hope for Women is proud to work wtih

These women formed Arte Comasagua, an artisan group in El Salvador that we are proud to work with.

Poverty and gender inequality are main factors which cause women worldwide to lack employment opportunities and to struggle to support themselves without the aid of men. Engaging in trade can be especially difficult because in many societies it is considered inappropriate for women to take part in this type of work. Fair Trade promotes gender equality through imparting equal wages and providing women with economic opportunities. It also encourages women to take on leadership positions and to fully participate in discussion and decision making about business practices.

Fair Trade gives women the chance to provide for themselves and their families, which strengthens their position in society and gives them the resources and skills needed to take control of their lives and futures. Below are examples from around the world of women who have been empowered by Fair Trade and were able to create a better life for themselves.



Fair Trade USA featured a story on Hinga Kawa, a Women’s Association, which is part of the  Abakunda Kawa cooperative and is comprised of a group of women who joined together as a community to sell their coffee. Many of these women are widows or orphans due to the genocide in their country, so they hold many responsibilities at home as well as at work in the coffee fields. By forming Hinga Kawa, these women are able to take pride in selling coffee that they have grown and also have a supportive network of women who share their hardships. Although Fair Trade has not made these women rich, it has provided them with an income that will allow them to send their children to school and still be able to feed them.

Hinga Kawa Women's Association of coffee farmers in Rwanda

Hinga Kawa Women’s Association of coffee farmers in Rwanda


The story of one woman, Donha Conceção, also featured by Fair Trade USA exemplifies the major, life changing impact that Fair Trade can have on struggling women worldwide.  When Donha Conceção was widowed with five children to care for, she was left with only the knowledge of coffee farming as means of survival.  After a period of extremely difficult times, she decided to join the Fair Trade Certified coffee cooperative, Coocafé, where she learned to farm more sustainably.  Through their aid she was able to increase the quality and price of her coffee.  The resulting success of her coffee business enabled her to provide for her family and send all of her children to school.  She became the first woman to be elected to Coocafé’s board.

India and Nepal

The World Fair Trade Organization conducted research on the role of women in the market and what benefits they receive from group membership and Fair Trade.  They looked the Artisans Association, ACP (Association for Craft Producers) and WIEGO (Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing), which are Fair Trade working projects for impoverished women in India and Nepal. The women involved were able to earn their own income in a society where women face many restrictions such as the inability to receive higher education and a lack of resources or employment options. They reported that the rare opportunity they were given allowed them to become skilled, capable craftswomen in a safe environment.  Also, the contribution they made to their household income changed their husband’s attitudes towards them, causing them to be treated with with more respect and to be given more authority.


Photo: Carol Wills

In numerous other countries around the world women are benefiting from the increase in Fair Trade initiatives.  What could be better motivation to support Fair Trade than to know that your purchases are ethical and are contributing to the ability of women worldwide to take control of their lives.


Barrow, Katie. 2010. Women, Coffee & Hope: Fair Trade is Blossoming in the Hills of Rwanda. Fair Trade USA.

FairtradeUSA. 2010. Grandmother, Coffee Farmer, Leader: Meet Donha Conceção.

Jones, Elaine. 2012. Women’s Economic Empowerment Through Fair Trade: Case Studies from India and Nepal. World Fair Trade Organization.

Photo: “Women Coffee farmers in Rwanda” from Fair Trade USA.

Go Green for Spring Break 2013!

25 Feb

How to have an Eco-Friendly Spring Break & Support Fair Trade

Go-Green-For-Spring-BreakHere are a few ideas on how to ensure that your spring break fun is as environmentally friendly and ecologically responsible as possible.

1. Go on an Alternative Spring Break this year

Operation Groundswell is offering a Fair Trade Alternative Spring Break trip to Guatemala this year to cultivate coffee and learn about Fair Trade.  During this week long trip you will be immersing yourself in Guatemalan culture and living like the locals.


2. Choose an Eco-Friendly Destination

Healthy Voyager has a list of the top 10 best eco-vacation spots in the world.  This article highlights destinations cities in the Americas, Africa, Europe and South Asia where you can find ecologically friendly lodges, tours and activities as well as delicious, healthy food.

3. Stay at a Green Hotel & Choose Green Activities

The “Green Hotels Association” explains the importance of choosing to stay at a green hotel for your next vacation.  Their website displays an extensive list of all of their member hotels, which are located around the world.

Independent Traveler provides numerous lists of varying types of Eco-Friendly lodging, which range from hostels and bed & breakfasts, to hotels and resorts.  They have a range green lodging options for every type of traveler.  They also provide an exhaustive list of eco-friendly tour operators that will allow you to partake on any adventure, while still being environmentally conscious!

4. Have a Staycation

Having fun on Spring Break doesn’t mean that you have to jet off to a far away destination.  Staying close to home can also be a blast. Not only will you be saving on travel and lodging expenses, but you can also feel good about reducing your carbon footprint this vacation by not flying or going on a road trip.  The article How to Plan an Eco Friendly Staycation from World Savvy presents ideas on how to get started and get the most out of your staycation.

5. Look into Eco Friendly Fashion for your Spring Wardrobe

When shopping for spring break essentials and must haves for this spring, consider green, socially responsible clothing companies.  Alternative, for example, is an ecologically conscious  global company that prides itself on having very strict vendor guidelines and principles insuring that poor labor practices are not involved in the production of their clothing. They strive to keep their values in line with Fair Trade principles through working primarily with local manufacturers in their product’s country of origin and insuring that the original producers receive the rewards of their work directly.

For more Eco Friendly fashions for Spring check out this collection of green clothing and accessories from Metromix St. Louis.  These designs are made of organic fabrics or recycled materials and are sweat shop free.

To learn more about clothing brands that are ecologically responsible, read Teen Vogue’s article Nine Eco-Friendly Fashion Brands to Know.


6. Follow these 7 Smart Travel Tips

Read the article Seven tips to ensure a green Spring Break from The Independent Florida Alligator for simple travel tips to keep you conscious of the environment throughout your vacation.

How to have a Fair Trade friendly Valentines Day!

6 Feb

Looking for an original way to show appreciation for your valentine this year? Commit to Fair Trade!

Here are some ideas on creative and socially responsible alternatives to the average Valentines Day gift:

1. Fair Trade Chocolate– Chocolate is an essential part of every Valentines Day, but this year consider options such as the Valentines products from Divine Chocolate, the only Fair Trade chocolate company which is 45% owned by the farmers. Company ownership gives the farmers a share of Divine’s profits and a stronger voice in the cocoa industry.  Another option, which comes in wide array of unique flavors is Alter Eco chocolate. They offer 10 different types of chocolate bars such as dark coconut toffee, dark quinoa, dark mint, and dark with crystallized orange peel. A third Fair Trade, organic option is Equal Exchange chocolate, which comes in a variety of forms and flavors, each as delicious as the next!


2. Fair Trade Flowers Many people are not aware of the exploitation that occurs within the cut flower business in order to keep costs low.  Commit to buying Fair Trade flowers this Valentines Day in order to insure that you are not contributing to the mistreatment and abuse of workers.  One wonderful option is One World Flowers, an organization that sells all Fair Trade roses and has a large selection of Valentines Day bouquets.  One of the arrangements in particular, the Helping Haiti bouquet allows you to contribute to a cause while showing appreciation for your valentine because 10% of the purchase price is given as a donation to Samaritan’s Purse relief efforts in Haiti.  Another great option if there is a Whole Foods near you is to buy their Whole Trade Guaranteed or certified organic flower arrangements.  These floral products are grown according to strict criteria for ethical trade and earth-friendly farming.

Whole Foods Whole Trade Guaranteed Flower Selection

Whole Foods Whole Trade Guaranteed Flower Selection

One World Flowers Fair Trade Bouquet

One World Flowers Fair Trade Bouquet

3. Fair Trade Wine–  A bottle of wine is another essential component of most Valentines Day celebrations, so why not make it Fair Trade? There are now Fair trade wineries in Argentina, Chile and South Africa.  Here is a list of the the Top 10 Fair Trade Wines to help you make the best selection.

4. Fair Trade Jewelry & Accessories– At Hope For Women we are offering a Valentines Day special of 15% off select purple, red and pink products, which would make perfect gifts for your valentine! If you are looking to buy specifically gold jewelry for your special someone, check out Fair Trade and Fair Mined gold from the Fairtrade Foundation.

Tagua Twigs Cuff Bracelet - Fire -

Tagua Twigs Cuff Bracelet – Fire –

Fair Trade & Fair Mined Gold

Fair Trade & Fair Mined Gold

ReStyle Men's Wallet - Red -
ReStyle Men’s Wallet – Red –

56 Million Pounds of Tagua Exported in 1929 – Can Tagua Rise Again?

28 Jan

Tagua, also known as Vegetable Ivory, is the seed found within the pod of an Ivory Nut Palm. We use tagua in many of our Fair Trade products but few people know about the fascinating history of this important rainforest seed. 


A Brief History

Up until World War II, tagua was a widely used material and was exported from South America on a massive scale.  In the early part of the 19th century approximately $5,000,000.00 worth of tagua seeds were exported annually from South America.  The major producing countries were Ecuador and Colombia; Ecuador reached a peak in 1929 when it exported 56,861,236 pounds of tagua. Throughout the 1920s, 20% of all buttons produced in the US were made from this material.  However, with the introduction of plastic, and other cheaper synthetic alternatives, the popularity of this unique natural material drastically declined.

How Hope for Women Uses Tagua Today

Tagua has exceptional carvability, which is where it’s nickname, Vegetable Ivory stems from. This quality makes it the perfect material to create jewelry from.  The tagua seed is removed from it’s pod, stripped from its outer shell and polished.  Depending on the desired look, the hull is either completely removed or only partially in order to create a striped “zebra” look.


The Harvesting of Tagua

There is no harm done to the rainforest during the harvesting of tagua because these seeds are collected after they have fallen to the ground.  In fact, the collection of tagua helps to provide incentive to local forest inhabitants to keep the rainforest intact. At Hope for Women, we use two different types of tagua seeds from Colombia.  Chicon tagua grows in the upper montane rainforests in the Narino Department of Colombia and is collected by Awa Indians who are indigenous to the region.  Coastal tagua, which is bigger than chicon, grows in the Pacific coastal rainforests of southwestern Colombia and is collected by Afro-Colombians.  The collection of these seeds provides great opportunity and much needed income to both groups who harvest them, helping to improve their lives.

Afro-Colombian collectors

Afro-Colombian collectors

An Awa Indian collector

An Awa Indian collector

View this slideshow and video to see and learn more about the complete harvesting process:

The Finished Product

Finished whole tagua in multiple colors - both solid and zebra

Finished whole tagua in multiple colors – both solid and zebra

Tagua is an excellent material to work with for jewelry making not only because it can be cut, carved and polished with ease, but it also because it easily absorbs coloring agents.  This allows you to find tagua pieces in your favorite colors! Hope for Women artisans handcraft the tagua seeds into beautiful pieces of jewelry such as the ones below:


Go Fair Trade for 2013!

16 Jan

Its Not too Late to Start a New’s Years Resolution


A Hope For Women artisan from India who helps to create our beautiful handmade cards.

Hard to believe it is over two weeks into the new year!  Are you still struggling to decide on a New Year’s Resolution? We have a great suggestion for you that will positively impact many other lives as well as your own.  Why not make the commitment to buying Fair Trade products whenever possible? By making this resolution, you will be insuring that the products you purchase are created by people who are earning a fair, livable wage for their hard work.  With Fair Trade products, everyone wins; workers are empowered, lives are improved, and consumers are able to buy amazing products that are produced in a way that is line with their values and beliefs.  Here are a few ideas on how you can begin acting on this New Year’s resolution:

1. Give a Fair Trade Gift EarthLover is a Fair Trade,  Eco Friendly retailer that sells beautiful, handmade goods from around the world. They carry a wide variety of bags, shoes, wallets and other accessories for men, women and babies as well as home goods and body products.

Gifts with Humanity is another business that sells hand-crafted, Fair Trade products from various regions across the globe.  They have a diverse assortment of tableware and home decor, which could be given as the perfect hostess gift.


Hope for Women carries a large selection of unique jewelry and accessories to choose from, which are made from innovative recycled materials such as tire tube and Eco leather.

2. Send a Fair Trade Card Hope for Women carries beautiful, handmade, “tree-free” paper cards.  These artistic cards are perfect for any occasion.  Valentine’s Day, for example is just around the corner and our gracefully designed cards created with pressed wild flowers would make the perfect valentine!

3. Drink Fair Trade Coffee An alternative goal to reducing your coffee consumption could be to instead commit to buying it responsibly by finding Fair Trade certified options. This allows you to support coffee farmers and eco-friendly farming methods while continuing to satiate your caffeine addiction.  Grounds for Change for example is a certified organic coffee roaster, which specializes in 100% Fair Trade coffee and also sells Fair Trade organic tea, hot chocolate and chocolate bars.


4. Start Buying More Fair Trade Foods Equal Exchange is a co-op that sells not only Fair Trade coffee, but also numerous other Fair Trade products from farmers worldwide such as tea, almonds, chocolate, sugar, olive oil, and bananas. This co-op can help you to purchase many of the foods that you buy on a regular basis, in a way that empowers small farmers and encourages sustainable farming methods!



Happy World Environment Day! 5 Ways to Go Green

6 Jun

Happy World Environment Day!

Did you know that even today, there are still less women than men in disciplines expected to create green jobs like energy, engineering, and industry? In fact, UN Women estimates that female employees make up only about 20 percent of the energy industry, most in nontechnical fields, but states that where women have been involved in environmental decision-making, greater improvements to education, clean water, and management of the environmental community have been among some of the results.

At Hope for Women, we believe not only in protecting the livelihood of women around the world, but also about protecting the environment around them. By working to sell fair trade products that are eco-friendly and come in environmentally sustainable packaging, we connect an empowering future for women with a more sustainable future for the environment, which we believe is the best future possible. So, in celebration of this mission and yesterday’s world environment day, we list here five ways that you can take part in this international event!

1. Rather than buying new things every time you need something, consider recycling and reusing products instead. For instance, freecycle is a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It’s all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills. And this isn’t the only one out there! For example, recycle:

2. Pack a waste-free lunch. That is, instead of using throw-away bags, paper napkins, and plastic silverware, use reusable containers, a cloth napkin, silverware, and a thermos or reusable water bottle. Even better: encourage everyone in your family, at school, and at the workplace to do the same!

3. Need new decorations for your home? Need help thinking up an inexpensive, thoughtful gift for a friend, relative, or neighbor? Consider eco-crafting! Here are some great, environmentally sustainable project ideas:

  • Rather than wasting paper by wrapping gifts, make gift bags from recycled newspaper!
  • Make dull lamp shades stand out by adding pages of recycled phone books, see here.
  • Combine wildflower seeds and recycled paper to make these cute seedbombs, a gift that once passed out, can keep growing!
  • Create beautiful magazine bowls out of your old magazines!
  • Reuse your old jeans to make pot holders, purses, tote bags, quilts, iPod holders, and more.

4. As much as possible, make your home tree-free! Try to replace paper napkins with cloth, print on recycled or once-used paper, leave messages on a dry-erase or other reusable message board, switch to a digital organizer for your grocery list (and then you can’t forget it at home either!), replace paper towels with rags (made from your unwanted clothes!) or cloth towels, pay bills online, etc.

5. Finally, the simplest gift is often the most powerful. By planting one tree for someone else or with someone else, you can pass along an eco-friendly message, insuring that World Environment Day 2012 will create a legacy of environmental sustainability for future generations. Because, really, every day is world environment day.

Want to read more? Check out these 50 simple ways you can help save the planet! And most importantly, don’t forget to pass the message along to someone else so you can contribute to a more eco-friendly world!

5 Great Fair Trade Gifts for Graduation!

30 May  1. If there is one thing that every student seems to need, whether at school, at an internship or a new office job, it’s coffee. Peace Coffee makes delicious, high quality, organic, fair trade coffee that helps to sustain the lives and families of the people who grow, roast, and sell it and protect the environment that produces it. Even better: get your graduate a subscription so they don’t have to worry about running out of coffee in their first months at a new job or at graduate school!

2. For the on-the-go traveling, working, studying, or maybe even relaxing graduate, a good backpack is a must. The Pencil Promise is an amazing 2-Maasai-bags organization that pledges to donate one backpack to a child in need in Cambodia or India for every backpack you purchase online. Their new Maasai collection of backpacks made from 100% Maasai wool is not only trendy, but is also made by widows of the Maasai Tribe who, due to their marginalized status in society, often do not have access to education or employment. The two-strap backpack is also roomy and comfortable -guaranteed not to hurt the back of the busy and fast-moving post-grad!

 SimpliciTree earrings 3. For the fashionable, but also environmentally and socially-conscious graduate, products that you look good in and that you can feel good about buying are essential. Hope for Women’s beautiful SimpliciTree tagua bracelets, necklaces, and earrings provide opportunities for women artisans in Colombia while also providing incentive to protect valuable rainforest habitat where tagua is harvested. Committed to SimpliciTree Earrings - Turqouiseproviding sustainable employment for economically disadvantaged women worldwide, Hope for Women sells products made exclusively by women to help them gain independence in their lives and futures. All items come in turquoise, rust, stone, or amethyst color.

 The Traveller Journal Gift Pack 4. For the post-grad traveler out to see the world, a journal for writing down thoughts and notes is always a good idea, especially when that notebook is eco-friendly. Tall Trees Eco Store is a great place to find affordable and environmentally sustainable notepads and pens. Their Traveler Journal Gift Pack includes a travel journal handmade in Northern India by women artisans and a biodegradable pen made from corn starch.

5. Finally, for those who prefer to donate money rather than give material gifts, think about donating for your graduate Heifer International. On their website, you can choose your purchase from an array of gifts like a cow, sheep, llama that can produce sustenance and a livelihood for a family and their children. And because animals can produce offspring every year, each gift will be passed on, eventually helping an entire community along the path from poverty to self reliance. By giving this gift you will help your graduate step foot into the “real world” in the right way. Now that’s a gift worth giving!

p.s. Just plan on writing a card? Check out Hope for Women’s handmade tree-free, non-toxic, recycled India Card Collection, which contains cards that are beautiful, environmentally sustainable, and handmade by women artisans in India! You can’t go wrong! Even if we are a little bit biased…

Valley Collection Note Card

Hope for Women featured in Stonyfield’s Rewards Program!

25 May

Did you know that Vermont has the highest people to cow ratio than any other state (almost 2:1)? For me, this and my love for all dairy products are some of the many reasons why supporting businesses like Stonyfield that create dairy products from local farms like those in Vermont and New Hampshire is so important. Aside from the delicious taste, buying Stonyfield yogurt has always made me feel good as a consumer because of Stonyfield’s commitment to community outreach, environmental efforts, and quality products.

And even though yogurt and Hope for Women’s fairtrade handcrafted items may seem like completely different products, there are many ways in which they are similar. Like Stonyfield, at Hope for Women we are committed to creating quality products that our costumers can both enjoy and feel good about purchasing because they are made with environmentally sustainable materials through fair business practices, and support women and families who need the income to survive. In this way, both Hope for Women and Stonyfield products are geared towards the “conscious consumer” who care not only about what they purchase, but about the story behind their purchases. It seems natural, then, for Stonyfield and Hope for Women to forge a connection between their products.

Enter Stonyfield Rewards Program. Through this program, simply by eating yogurt and other Stonyfield products, you can get free Hope for Women handmade cards or tagua bracelets! Now, not only can eating Stonyfield Farm products support local farms (and their many Vermont cows) but it can also support women artisans in India who create beautiful tree-free (the paper is instead made from recycled cotton), non-toxic, and recycled pressed-flower cards and those in Colombia creating beautiful SimpliciTree tagua bracelets!

4-pack of India collection                    SimpliciTree tagua bracelet (amythest color)
handmade cards

To get involved, go to myStonyfield Rewards and create an account (it’s free and fast!). Once you have signed in, you can add points to your account by entering reward codes from the foil lids of Stonyfield Farm yogurt containers (or see the Stonyfield website for code locations on other products). Once you have enough points, you will be able to redeem them for items like Hope for Women’s 4-pack of handmade, Fair Trade Himalayan flower cards or SimpliciTree tagua tree bracelet! Thus, just by eating yogurt, you can help join the community of conscious consumers and support environmentally sustainable practices, fair trade, and women’s rights!

Seems like a pretty good deal to me! Free goods and community outreach all in one!

Colleges and Universities Going Fair Trade!

23 May

Colleges and Universities earning a Fair Trade “degree”? That is what we like to hear! St. Michaels has recently become the first college in Vermont to receive the Fair Trade University status. To get achieve this a resolution had to be passed by a faculty assembly and by the Student Association. The requirements for a Fair Trade college are that they must offer at least two Fair Trade food items at their dinning halls and host two Fair Trade events every semester. The school’s Fair Trade Committee has been promoters of this change and is now trying to educate students and faculty members on the benefit of buying Fair Trade. These students are also trying to get Fair Trade products in the books store which is a great idea! It isn’t just about buying Fair Trade coffee; it’s about finding ways to incorporate Fair Trade products into your everyday life.

St. Michaels isn’t the only the college that has decided to go Fair Trade. This February Manhattan college received their Fair Trade status as well. The school has worked for 5 years to expand their commitment to being socially responsible and it was a great reward to finally be certified. Sienna College is the third college in the U.S to be considered a Fair Trade University. They serve their students Fair Trade coffee, tea, chocolate, and sugar out of their dining establishments, college functions and in the department offices. The college also offers certified Fair Trade food and other handcrafts in the college store.

We applaud the colleges that have taken the steps to get become Fair Trade Universities and support the efforts of the colleges and universities that are trying to get there. Every step helps, and the more schools can educated students on the benefits of buying Fair Trade, the better! It is important to understand that this isn’t just a trend, providing fair wages, a safe working environment and rights to employees is something that should never go out of style.

Featured Retailers: J.Con Salon & Spa and MCV Salon & Spa

16 Apr

Our last Blog focused on the hundreds of Aveda salons, spas, and institutes that are using our Fair Trade and eco-friendly ReStyle Tire-Tube bracelets to raise money for Aveda’s global clean water initiates fundraising campaign for Earth Month.

There are so many salons that we have a great relationship with and that use our Hope For Women products year round to raise money for Earth Month and other campaigns that are close to their heart. Here are just two of the amazing salons that we truly enjoy working with.

J. Con Salon in Petersburg, Florida partners with Aveda each year to protect the Earth and its inhabitants on a global level to help those less fortunate to receive access to safe drinking water, but also regionally through the  Gulf Restoration Network. The funds have actually helped restore portions of the Gulf of Mexico shoreline!  J. Con Salon has chosen to partner with Hope For Women and sell our distinctive Portraits of El Salvador pressed flower “hair do” cards in their salon for Earth Month.

MCV Salon and Spa in Sun Prairie, WI is another Aveda Salon that has chosen a different approach to raising money for Earth Month by working with Hope For Women selling our Tagua bracelets and SimpliciTree Tagua jewelry. Just like our ReStyled bracelets, that many Aveda salons are selling, the Tagua accessories are made by artisan women using recycled material.

Here at Hope For Women we are  thankful to all of our loyal Aveda retailers who sell our products year round.  Their support is an important component to our ability to continue to provide vital employment opportunities to the women artisans we work with in Colombia, El Salvador and India.

Happy Earth Month!

Who made that cool ReStyle tire tube bracelet? Meet Milena from Colombia

2 Apr

Just two weeks ago we introduced you to Yolanda – one of the women that creates our ReStyle recycled tire tube products – and this week we would like you to meet Milena! Milena is a single mother of three children and has been creating handmade products in Colombia for over four years.

•What do you find most fun or rewarding about making the recycled tire tube products? What do you enjoy most about your work?

Milena-I like the design process, especially the small pieces like wallets or so. That’s what I enjoy the most because that’s what I studied and love to design.

•What is your favorite tire tube product to make, and why is it your favorite?

MilenaThere’s not a specific product, I just like to suggest solutions to make a product even better – that gives me great satisfaction.

•The tire tube bracelets are being sold in Aveda salons in the USA to raise money for Earth Month – making people aware about issues like access to clean water and stopping pollution –  what issues are important to you and your family that you want people to be aware of?

MelinaI’d like people to campaign to get money for poor people and those who have no access to health insurance or proper nutrition.

•How has your life changed since you started working with our partner group Sapia in Bogota  – what positive improvements have happened to you??

Milena– Thanks to this job I’m paying for my first computer, that way my kids can do their homework and can learn to use the internet. I have also learned to work with tire tube and that’s a good skill to have to help further my career since not many people work with this material.

I hope you have enjoyed meeting Milena and Yolanda! Both of these women work underDona Rosa who is also a single mother that started out just like Milena and Yolanda as an artisan many years ago. Dona Rosa has taken the initiative to learn many business management skills in order to oversee the management and production of the ReStyle recycled tire tube products. It is very important to us that the women we partner with have the chance to empower themselves and have the opportunity for upward mobility within the company.

Written by, Mary Mathias 

Aveda salons feature ReStyle tire tube bracelets to support Earth Month

28 Mar

This week Hope For Women would like to highlight some of the Aveda Salons and Spas that have chosen to use our Restyle™ recycled tire tube bracelets to help raise money for Earth Month and Aveda’s clean water project.

I thought it would be easy to pick an Aveda Salon to highlight, but in the last month, Hope For Women is proud to announce that more than a hundred new Aveda Salons have purchased our Restyle™ Bracelets to incorporate into their fundraising strategies for Earth Month (and many of our existing Aveda salon partners have too!).  Salons like Jackson Ruiz (Austin, TX), Art Beat Salon, (Berkeley, CA), Sundance Salon & Spa (Zionsville, IN), Armand Salon & Spa (Kingston, MA) and Truu Salon (Hollywood, FL) are just a few new Aveda Salons that are joined the Hope For Women family of retailers that sell our Fair Trade and eco-friendly products.

Our Restyle™ bracelets are a perfect match to celebrate the Earth. Each bracelet is handmade by women artisans in Colombia providing vital employment opportunities for women while keeping tire tubes from going into the landfill or being incinerated. Every time an Aveda salon sells our Lunar or Petal Restyle bracelet, they are donating money to help reach their fundraising goal – a win all around.

In honor of Earth Day, Aveda has set aside the whole month of April to love, celebrate and raise money to protect the Earth and its inhabitants. Since 1999, Aveda has raised over $22 million, and over the last 5 years $16 million of the funds supported clean water projects at home and around the world. We are so happy to be a part of this incredible effort. Learn more about Aveda’s Earth Month and how you can participate.

To find an Aveda Salon and Spa near you that will be carrying Hope For Women’s products, visit our website at:

Who made that cool ReStyle tire tube bracelet? Meet Yolanda from Colombia

19 Mar

The founder of Hope for Women, Evan Goldsmith, is always in contact with our partners in Colombia, whether he is jumping on a plane to visit in person, or Skyping on his computer  he makes sure we maintain a close connection with the people we work with. I wanted to give you the chance to make a connection with some of the women that make our Fair Trade products, so we asked two of the women in Colombia to answer a few questions.

I would like to introduce Yolanda – a single mother of 3 children who lives in Bogota, Colombia. Yolanda has been making beautiful hand stitched products for over 9 years and her work truly shows her incredible skills. She has been working on the different styles of ReStyle tire tube bracelets, accessories and bags we now offer. Here are some questions that we asked Yolanda with her responses.

•What do you find most fun or rewarding about making the tire tube products and what do you enjoy most about your work?

Yolanda-At first it was very challenging to work with the tire tube since I’ve never done that before – I learned to sew leather and fabric but tire tube is a very different material. Learning to work on tire tube is very rewarding, especially because there’re not too many people who have the opportunity to learn this new skill.

•What is your favorite tire tube product to make, and why is it your favorite?

Yolanda- My favorite product is the ReStyle Motor Bag, because it’s both original and useful.

•The tire tube bracelets are being sold in Aveda Salons in North America to raise money for Earth Month – making people aware about issues like access to clean water and stopping pollution –  what issues are important to you and your family that you want people to be aware of?

Yolanda-I think that people should know about the unprotected children, how in our country for example there’re hundreds of children without education or without a family.

•How has your life changed since you started working with our partner group Sapia in Bogota  – what positive improvements have happened to you?

Yolanda-I’ve been saving to buy my own house and thanks to my job stability I’ve been able to pay for a good school for my three children.                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Yolanda is also working on the ReStyle tire tube bracelets that are being featured at over 300 Aveda salons and Institutes around the country to help raise money for Earth month! Buying one of these bracelets at your local Aveda salon will not only help support someone like Yolanda, but it will be supporting Aveda’s goal in raising money for their global and local clean water project.

Next week we will be sharing Milena’s interview!

Written by Mary Mathias 

International Women’s Day!

8 Mar

Today is International Women’s Day, and this day isn’t just important to me because I am a woman, it is important because I know that even in the year 2012, there are women everywhere (including the United States) fighting for their rights and equal treatment. I have been lucky enough to be brought up by two amazing parents who have always taught me to be kind and generous but to also be strong, independent and fight for what I believe in. Hope for Women isn’t just a Fair Trade company, it is a place that supports women empowerment. We work with women in Colombia, El Salvador, and India not only to make Fair Trade products that you love, but to give these women a chance to change their lives and their families.

In 1908, 15,000 women gathered together to march through New York City to demanded more humane working hours, voting rights, and better pay and although we have seen immense changes in women’s rights, we still have some ground to cover. In many countries women are still seen as subservient to men, they don’t have voting rights, and they are treated as property. In Saudi Arabia women are not even allowed to drive or to have a meaningful voice in their own government. In the United States we are still seeing unequal treatment in the work place. The U.S. Census Bureau sent out a report in 2005 that showed that 59% of the workforce was comprised of women, but on average they earned only 77 cents for every $1 their male counterparts made.

Many organizations are doing their part to help empower women and today I am featuring CARE. They work with 87 countries to bring women out of poverty and to bring awareness to the everyday dangers women face. CARE is also inviting women to watch an online screening of the documentary “Pray the Devil Back to Hell.” This documentary is about Liberian women rising up and protesting for peace in their country. It is extremely moving and shows pure determination and strength of the women and children in Liberia. Another great organization is called Women for Women International. They help women “survivors of war, civil strife and other conflicts with the tools and resources to move from crisis and poverty to stability and self-sufficiency, thereby promoting viable civil societies.” This is a great organization that is celebrating the resilience and strength of women.

I talked to a woman the other day about the work Hope for Women does and where our products are made. She said that it was a shame we didn’t have our tire tube bracelets made in the U.S. because we should be taking care of our “own” first. Although I understood her concern I also thought that the women in Colombia are my “own.” It doesn’t matter if they live 1 mile away or 5,000 miles away, as a women I will always strive to protect, empower and stand up for women around the world because together we are an unstoppable force that “makes the world go round.”

Written by, Mary Mathias 

A Fair Trade Product for Every Occasion

5 Mar

Think it’s hard buying Fair Trade for those everyday products? It really isn’t! Here is a quick list of 4 products you may not have thought of as being typical Fair Trade items.

1) Summer is just around the corner and one of my favorite things to do is kick a soccer ball around on the beach. This year I will be purchasing a Fair Trade soccer ball. Senda is a cool company that sells Fair Trade soccer balls, and scrimmage vests for individual consumers and soccer teams. The balls are made in Pakistan and can come in 5 different sizes for both the tiny beginners and the big time pros. Playing soccer has always been a passion of mine but I had no idea that Fair Trade soccer balls existed. Playing the game will get that much better knowing I’m supporting fair wages and a safe working environment.

2) Here is a product I would use everyday because, like so many others, I am addicted to lip balm. This lip balm from Badger is USDA certified organic and made with Fair Trade Certified Cocoa Butter.They come in 7 different flavors with all natural steam distilled essential oils and no artificial fragrances or sweeteners.This company also has some great organic sunscreens, baby oils, bug repellent, and so much more!

3) Here is a Fair Trade product for that four legged friend of yours! From the company Global Goods Partners, here is a denim dog collar and detachable leash. They are all made in Peru and the dog prints are hand embroidered, making each collar one of a kind. Not only will your dog look good but you will feel good knowing you are buying Fair Trade.

4)Hope For Women has some really unique Fair Trade products and one of my new favorites is the ReStyle Salon Pro Shears Case. This shears case is made from recycled tire tubes by women artisans in Colombia. It extremely durable, water resistant and easy to clean, ensuring that your shears will be clean and protected. It has six pockets to house your various cutting tools and can be rolled up for easy travel. We know that shears, combs and razors are expensive so this is a great product to protect your investments.

Written by, Mary Mathias 

Make Your Vacation Eco-Friendly And Fair Trade!

20 Feb

Many schools are creeping up on their spring breaks so I wanted to help you plan your vacation. When traveling we want to make our carbon footprint as small as possible while still having a blast. It is also a great idea to make sure the products your bringing on your trip are eco-friendly and fair trade, so if you need to buy a bigger suitcase to fit all of those bathing suits and flip-flops, try buying a bag that is recycled/Fair Trade ! If you’re in need of a trusty travel kit, take a look at Hope for Women’s ReStyleTM Salon Pro Travlel/Dropp kit. It is water resistant, durable and easy to wash so you won’t have to worry about that exploding shampoo ruining your entire suitcase.

If you’re traveling to Latin America, Africa, Asia, Europe, or the Pacific Rim, you could even go see some of the Fair Trade artisans! By visiting you can find out where participating producers of the Fair Trade organization are located and then see if there are opportunities to visit them.

When booking your trip there are many eco-friendly hotel options. Travelocity actually has a whole page dedicated to booking eco-friendly vacation packages that are right for everyone’s budget.  Be sure to research just what is meant by “green” to make sure your values are being met.

Planes create a large carbon footprint so try to book a direct flight if possible: “Taking off and landing requires a tremendous amount of fuel, so flying direct is greener than making stop-overs,” said TreeHugger and editor, Meaghan O’Neill. Help the planet and your wallet by not renting a car on your travels, and try booking a hotel that is either walking distance from all the local attractions or has easy access to public transportation.

WAIT! Before you leave for the airport make sure you have turned off all of your lights, you have unplugged all of your appliances (many appliances continue to suck out power from your walls even after they are fully charged), and you have adjusted your heating or cooling system appropriately – there is no need to heat or cool an empty house!

Once you have arrived at your vacation destination don’t forget to treat the hotel like your own eco-friendly home. Turn off the lights when you go out for a swim, turn down the air conditioning, and hang up your towels to dry after you use them. Hotels have to use a huge amount of energy for laundry everyday so help them cut down on wasting water and energy. When you’re out looking at all the local goodies try to buy some of them! Many countries depend on tourism to survive so show some love for the local artisans, and try eating out at the local restaurants instead of eating out at a chain you can find in your own backyard.

Going on a vacation is about having fun and relaxing so don’t stress about trying to accomplish everything I have listed – but try a few! Most of the things are super simple and you will feel better about your vacation knowing that you are helping the environment and the community you are visiting. My last tip for a fun/eco-friendly vacation is…have an amazing time!

Written by, Mary Mathias 

Showing Love for Everyone on Valentine’s Day!

14 Feb

It’s the day of hugs, kisses, and love, so let me say “Happy Valentine’s Day.” On this day you should spend time with your special someone, your best friend or take a time out just for yourself. We all love to receive and give gifts on Valentine’s Day but we have to remember to not be a blind consumer. It is estimated that Colombia will export around 500 million flowers for Valentine’s Day this year, and although this creates a large amount of jobs for the locals, it can come at a high cost. So many of the flowers that are bought each Valentine’s Day were picked by women workers who are underpaid, exposed to harsh chemicals, and are made to work extremely long hours. It is great that the Flower industry creates jobs for many Colombians but we should make sure these workers are treated the way we would want our loved ones to be treated. Flowers are still a wonderful gift but please support Fair Trade companies like If more people showed support for Fair Trade flower companies, others will follow suit.

We can’t forget about everyone’s love for chocolate on Valentine’s Day but this year makes sure you purchase Fair Trade Chocolate as well. Would you want to buy a bar of chocolate for your loved one if you knew an abused child was forced to collect cocoa seeds? From I found out that 40% of the worlds cocoa supply comes from West Africa where children’s rights are being violated; “U.S Department of State estimates that 109,000 children are working in an abusive labor environment with as many as 10,000 suffering as victims of human trafficking or enslavement.”Although there have been steps by the government to enforce rules and regulations on this problem, it has persisted. The way you can help stop these horrendous crimes is by buying Fair Trade! You will not only be supporting a company that is looking out for their employees, you will also be sending a message that you will not stand for child abuse, low working wages, and an unhealthy working environment. There are so many different ways you can show someone you love them and show workers around the world you love and respect them as well.

If you would like to find out what companies sell Fair Trade chocolate go to You can also tell if you’re buying Fair Trade by looking for the Fair Trade logo, shown to the right. If you aren’t looking for a sweet treat to say “I love you,” it is always great to just send a special message to someone! Hope For Women‘s Portraits of El Salvador cards and Pressed Flower Note cards are Fair Trade products that are all handmade by women artisans, making each one unique.

When you buy Fair Trade you are showing love, which is exactly what Valentine’s Day is all about.

Written by Mary Mathias

Salon Spotlight! Jeffrey Richard Salon

11 Feb

Earth Day, in North America, is April 22nd and is now the largest, most celebrated event worldwide.  For Aveda, the whole month of April is a time to celebrate the Earth. The entire Aveda community and their partners join together to raise money and awareness for clean water initiatives.

Here at Hope For Women, we support Aveda’s cause and have joined forces with Salons and Spas across the country to assist them in reaching their individual Earth Month fundraising goals. For Jeffrey Richard Salon in Grand Rapids,Michigan, caring for the environment, the community and the earth is something they think about every day. To raise money for Aveda’s Earth Month clean water initiatives, Jeffrey Richards’ Salon will be selling our Fair Trade and eco-friendly Restyle™ bracelets, made from recycled tire tubes.

Hope For Women’s Restyle™ bracelets are a great way to raise awareness for Earth Month while also creating life-changing opportunities for the women who make them. The bracelets are super stylish and are great for both men and women! We are so thankful that hundreds of Aveda Salons and Spas see the value of supporting two wonderful causes at the same time.

For more information on how you can partner with Hope For Women visit:

To learn more about Earth Month and Aveda visit:

Jeffrey Richard Salon has supported Hope For Women’s Fair Trade and eco-friendly products

Jeffrey Richard Salon  .  742 Wealthy Street SE.  Grand Rapids, MI 49503.  616.235.9100.

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Great Products from Great Companies!

1 Feb

Many of the products you can find here at Hope for Women are made from recycled materials, whether it is our ReStyle tire tube bracelets, Salon Pro cosmetic bags, or our Peel Pals made from recycled orange peels; we are trying to do our part in making the world a little bit greener. I wanted to find some other companies that were also doing their part to recycle and help people around them or around the world. Here are my 5 great finds that are worker friendly and environmentally friendly.

1ReSource, which was formally called ReCycle North, is a company in Burlington, VT that was started in 1991 and they have been doing great things ever since. They will take many things from your home that you don’t want/need like lumber, hardwood flooring, cabinets, doors, etc. so they don’t end up in landfills. You can also find awesome products at ReSOURCE such as picture frames, birdhouses, tables, cutting boards, benches and so much more, that are all hand made from salvaged building materials. I bought a night table at ReSOURCE that I absolutely love and that is totally unique – hopefully you have a store like this near you!

2Autonomie Project, inc. has some fabulous Fair Trade and organic products for you and your family. I love the baby playsuits. It’s great to pass on the message of Fair Trade and being eco-friendly to your kids, so start them young! This Get Up Stand Up playsuit is my favorite and it is made using biodynamic agriculture. The playsuit is stitched in a fair trade facility in India. There are 120 women who make these adorable outfits who are economically disadvantaged or handicapped, so Autonomie Project is doing their part to empower women.

3– Thinking of my favorite ReStyle product here at Hope for Women is hard, but I have to say the new Salon Pro Cosmetic Bag is one my favorites. It is made from recycled tire tubes that would have otherwise ended up in a landfill or incinerated, which is extremely toxic. What makes the bags so great is not just the fact that they are recycled but that they are ReStyle, meaning they have been transformed from a simple tire into these amazing bags. I like a little color in my life, so the black cosmetic bag with the fuchsia accent is my personal pick. These bags are super durable and I don’t know about you, but I have gone through so many cosmetic bags either because they rip, the zipper breaks or they get so dirty from traveling. This bag is easy to clean and water resistant so that is a huge bonus for me!

4– Want to dress up your table setting? I found these beautiful recycled metal Star Struck Bowls. The company Earth Lover (a member of the Fair Trade Federation) offers tons of great eco friendly, and fair trade products but these bowls really stood out as a perfect way to add some fun to your table. They are all handmade in India. With each product on this website you can find a short story as to where it was made and who made it. This beautiful piece was made by a father of four that has been successful enough to employ 12 more men to make these great bowls.

5Vermont Honey Lights is a company in Bristol, Vermont that makes Beeswax candles, Bee Balm, Naked Bee Body Lotion and many more Beeswax/honey products. Recycling the beeswax into beautiful candles helps ensure that the beekeepers can continue doing their job of keeping our honey bees alive and pollinating. Looking at the Honey Lights website I found out that honeybees pollinate 85% of our fruit and vegetable crops here in the U.S, so it is extremely important to protect these bees and to keep them busy. The Candles and cosmetics are also non toxic, the candles are long-burning and they are dripless which is great!

~There are so many other great Fair Trade and eco-friendly companies out there,  so let us know what your favorite ones are!

Written by Mary Mathias

What a Weekend at Serious Business!

27 Jan

What a weekend in New Orleans! Lari and I had a blast meeting hundreds of salon professionals – many who we already work with and many that we are now working with! It is always great putting a face to a business and the best thing about the weekend for us was getting to connect with so many wonderful people.

Seeing the enthusiasm for our products (particularly the ReStyle accessories  and new tagua hair bands), and their appreciation for Fair Trade further reinforced why we enjoy working with Aveda salons so much. Over and over we kept hearing how the quality of our products and the social mission behind them resonates with their guests, thus making it such a good fit for their business. I am excited to grow our relationship with so many great salons in 2012 – thanks to all of you for taking the time to meet with me at Serious Business!

I am also happy to announce the lucky winner of our ReStyle Salon Pro Stylist Bag – we had close to 200 people enter and the winner is….Christine from World Class Salons in Denver,CO! Congratulations Christine!

Written by Evan Goldsmith, President of Hope For Women

Hope For Women is heading to New Orleans to join hundreds of salons at Serious Business this weekend

20 Jan

This weekend you can find our Hope For Women founder, Evan Goldsmith, at Serious Business in New Orleans – a premiere event for salons and hair professionals.  We are currently working with hundreds of Aveda salons, and we will be showcasing some of our new salon-specific products, including our new, amazing Fair Trade, eco-friendly ReStyle™ Salon Pro Stylist Bag made using recycled tire tubes!

            Scott Buchanan, a globally recognized hair professional from Scott J. Aveda salonspas loves his Stylist Bags and had this to say, “This is a perfect bag for salon professionals – it is durable, holds everything I need and looks fantastic

ReStyle™ Salon Pro Stylist Bag

too. And it feels great knowing that each ReStyle™  Salon Pro Stylist Bag is handcrafted using recycled tire tubes by women artisans in Bogota, Colombia.  I love it!”  This bag has been developed directly with salon professionals to safely and stylishly transport their tools – AND WE ARE GIVING ONE STYLIST BAG AWAY FOR FREE AT SERIOUS BUSINESS! If you are headed to Serious Business this weekend make sure you come to our table to say “hi” and drop off your business card so you can be entered to win a Salon Pro Stylist Bag.

ReStyle bracelet

We aren’t just doing one giveaway though! If you are at Serious Business and want to win one of our cool ReStyle bracelets all you need to do is tag us in your Facebook status or tweet at us @HopeForWomen. The 10th, 30th, and 50thperson to tag Hope For Women or tweet at us will win a ReStyle Bracelet. The winners will be contacted Sunday night so they can pick up their new Restyle Bracelet Monday the 23rd at the Hope For Women table. 

            At Serious Business we will also have our great Salon Pro Cosmetic Bags and our Salon Pro Travel/Dopp kit. These cosmetic bags are for men or women, and they are made from recycled tire tubes with several different color accents to match anyone’s style. Come by and tell Evan what you think of them! 

Tagua hair accessories

              Our brand new Tagua hair accessories are in and are sure to be a crowd pleaser in New Orleansthis weekend. Dress up your naked pony tail with four different styles of tagua hair accessories – each style comes in six different colors to ensure you have a hair accessory for every outfit. These are handmade by women artisans in Bogota using sustainably harvested tagua from Colombia’s rainforests. Each tagua nut is made individually so you know you’re getting a one of a kind piece. You can find out more information by visiting our table at the Serious Business event or by clicking the Salons tab on our webpage.

It’s here! My Top 10 Favorite Fair Trade Gift Ideas

29 Nov

I searched high and low looking for awesome Fair Trade holiday gifts for my notoriously picky fam and friends this year. What did I find?.. So much good stuff! In fact, I was completely overwhelmed with how many amazing and unique Fair Trade gifts are out there, ranging from cinnamon sticks to sea sponges, which in turn inspired me to compile a list of some of my personal favorites for you to enjoy.

1. Coconut Soap – $4.50 Totally affordable and the perfect stocking stuffer size. Plus, just imagine how awesome you will smell…

2. Recycled Foil Wrapper Clutch Bag – $39.99 Super colorful and super creative. Great for keeping your sacred cellular safe.

3. Hand-Carved Kenyan Salad Tongs – $14.99 Absolutely beautiful. The perfect addition to any table setting. 

4. Swinging Leg Cat Pencil – $5.00 Okay, so my love for cats might make me a little biased on this one, but I couldn’t resist. Cute, affordable, and the perfect stocking stuffer.

5. Organic Breakfast Crate – $39.95 Pancakes, maple syrup and Green Mountain Coffee, anyone? Deliciousness in a basket.

6. Medium Clunky Colorful Telephone Bracelet – $18.99 So cool. Brighten up any bland outfit with these essential funky accessories.

7. Farm Story Finger Puppets – $19.50 One of the cutest things I have ever laid eyes on. The perfect playful present for all you creative kids out there. 

8. Dark Chocolate Covered Mini Pretzels – $5.00 Who wouldn’t want to wake up Christmas morning to a handful of these delectable treats?

9. Recycled Sheet Metal Star Ornament – $3.00 These little guys come in all sorts of fun colors and adds that extra little sparkle to your tree.

10. Tagua Layered Slice Earrings – $23.95 These have always been one of my favorites from the Hope for Women tagua collection. A perfect gift for any and all occasions.

Compiled by Sarah VanNostrand – Hope For Women All-Star Intern

Peel Pals Angels Holiday Giveaway!

21 Nov

Just in time for the holidays, our new Peel Pals™ Angels are here! We’re so excited to be offering this amazing product; a perfect gift for the most wonderful time of year! 

Hope For Women’s Peel Pals™ Angels are created using 100% recycled orange peel gathered from Colombia’s thriving street juice vendors; and represents the best of combining Fair Trade and Eco-Friendly. Handcrafted by Colombian women artisans, each Angel is made from recycled orange peels, jute and wood. There are four Angels to grant special wishes for you or to share with someone close to you.

To celebrate the start of the holidays Hope For Women is doing a…

Peel Pal Angels™ GIVEAWAY!

Here are the rules:

1. ‘Like’ Hope For Women on our Facebook page (here) and look for our post about the Peel Pals Angels Holiday Giveaway. (If you’d like, you can also follow us on Twitter!)

2. In the comment section of that post (posted on November 21), just say hi or tell us which Peel Pals Angels™ you like the most.

3. You’re entered! We’ll announce the winner on Wednesday, November  23 and the FREE Peel Pals Angels™ will be mailed shortly after!

Anyone in the U.S. or Canada can enter, so go to our Facebook, check out our Peel Pals Angels™ page on our website, pick out your favorite, and tell your friends to do the same! Happy Holidays everyone!

Featured Retailer: Made on Earth

17 Nov

Made On Earth is a boutique legendary for its fair trade philosophy, commitment to social justice, gifts with purpose and clothing with flair. Located in the heart of historic downtown Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, “The Oldest Summer Resort in America,” Made on Earth provides an alternative experience to the conservative, status quo retail gift and clothing stores. 

Inspired by the owners’ personal interests in world travel, social action and spirituality, they travel the world purchasing products from small cottage industries while forming meaningful relationships with diverse people and cultures. We are proud that Made on Earth supports Hope For Women products by carrying our SimpliciTree Tagua jewelry, Peel Pals and Portraits of El Salvador pressed flower note cards.

By shopping at Made on Earth, you support their commitment to working with overseas communities to create a better future, and you are directly helping a small New England town help others around the world – very cool!

To learn more about this incredible business, take a peek at their webpage.

Fair Trade Your Feast

16 Nov

Fact: Thanksgiving is the real reason the world created elastic waste bands. From the painstakingly arranged veggie platters to the lumpy casserole dishes to the endless pies and glazed fruit pizzas, this is the one day of the year that we literally do not stop eating, and it is glorious. It always catches up to us, of course, usually right when we settle in for the third quarter of the football game and suddenly realize we’re in dire need of ginger ale and a bottle of TUMS. Unfortunately, I can’t help you with the inevitable post-turkey tummy ache, but I can help you smarten up the way you shop for your family’s feast.

This time of year, grocery stores are crawling with crazed cart drivers, weaving in and out of isles in a reckless race to find all of their last minute ingredients for their turkey day meal. My advice: take a breath! Lower your stress level and the likelihood of a potentially catastrophic cart-on-cart collision by taking a little extra time while you shop.

First off, instead of going straight for the giant bin of generic turkeys trucked in from across the country and packed with preservatives, help out your community and try buying a local turkey! And forget trying to make sense of complicated labeling, just look for the Fair Trade Certified label on some of your favorite products. These products include a wide variety of fruits, veggies, nuts, oils, coffee, wine, chocolate, ice cream, tea, yogurt, granola and tons more to help make your meal complete! Curious about specific items? Search for products on The Fair Trade Foundation’s products webpage. This Thanksgiving, join us here at Hope for Women and support a better Thanksgiving.

Like a Good Cup of Socially Responsible Coffee? So do we.

8 Nov

We’re proud here at Hope for Women to be headquartered in the same beautiful Green Mountains of Vermont as Green Mountain Coffee Roasters.

GMCR was founded back in 1981, but just last month they made major headlines for being dubbed the world’s largest purchaser of Fair Trade Certified coffee in 2010 by Fair Trade USA. To put that in numbers, that’s over 26 million pounds of coffee- amazing!

Needless to say, GMCR has been doing much more than simply creating a delicious tasting coffee for the past 30 years. They have also been dedicated to engaging in socially responsible business practices, and it’s making a big difference-

“Our business success enables us to invest in a more just and sustainable future — whether through sales of Fair Trade Certified™ coffee, energy and waste reduction programs, awareness building campaigns, new product development, employee benefits, projects in supply-chain communities, volunteerism, grants, or product donations,” (

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters is also committed to supporting Fair Trade farmers spanning all the way from Latin America to Africa through community development projects. Some of these projects include establishing new health clinics, building roads and creating scholarships.

GMCR has also chosen to work with Hope For Women by having us create a GMCR branded tagua key chain for them to use in their marketing and promotional materials. GMCR could have chosen any supplier for this, but made a conscious decision to choose a Fair Trade, eco-friendly product that comes from one of the major coffee producing countries they work in.

I urge everyone to take a moment and explore GMCR’s fun and interactive website and Facebook page, and while you’re at it, make sure to check out their many varieties of coffee that we have all come to love and yes, even depend on.

Pets Love Fair Trade, Too!

2 Nov

Here at Hope for Women, we’re big animal lovers. I think it’s safe to say that most of us pet owners out there would consider our furry friends to be a part of the family. For all that our fluffy felines and playful pooches do to keep us happy and healthy, the least we can do is return the favor and treat them with some socially responsible Fair Trade products. Your pet will feel great and so will you! A win all around.

Felt catnip-infused mouse toys, food and water bowls, doggy sweaters and bandanas, rope toys, beaded and bamboo dog collars, tasty treats and shampoo bars are just a few of the many Fair Trade products your pet can enjoy. The holidays are sneaking up on us as usual- have you checked your pet’s wish list lately?

Lucky for us, there are many great resources we can turn to to help guide us through the Fair Trade pet product purchasing process. Organizations like Global Goods Partners, Real Animals Fair Trade, Fair Trade Trends and Bark for Peace are some of the many places where we can read up on these products and maybe even do a little shopping for our beloved cats and dogs. Even just one Fair Trade dog biscuit can help make a big difference in people’s- and animal’s- lives the world over. It’s a small gesture that can make a big change. Check it out today!

Dillard’s Salons & Spas – Thank You!

27 Oct

We are thrilled to announce that 33 Dillard’s Salons & Spas have chosen to carry Hope For Women Fair Trade, eco-friendly products. Each location will be retailing a selection of our tagua bracelets and Portraits of El Salvador greeting cards

We have been very impressed with Dillard’s support for Hope For Women and by their commitment towards educating their staff on the story behind our products. Dillard’s went out of their way to work with us to incorporate tagua videos into their internal Dillard’s Salon & Spa staff education program so that all of their  staff would be able to share with salon guests the details about tagua and the women who create the products.

Hope For Women’s President, Evan Goldsmith, recently met two women who work for Dillard’s at AVEDA Congress and said, “I was blown away by the commitment that these women have for making a difference in people’s lives – whether by helping a woman start her own salon business in Iraq to providing free beauty services for women in impoverished communities in Ohio. Their passion for supporting women is shared by everyone I have been working with at Dillard’s Salons & Spas, and shows why they are such a great new partner for us.”

So consider getting your next beauty treatment or relaxing massage at a Dillard’s Salon & Spa – not only will you look and feel great but you also have the opportunity to support another company that chooses to feature Fair Trade, eco-friendly products. Find a Dillard’s Salon & Spa near you.

Featured Retailer: Willy Street Co-op

26 Oct

Hope for Women is excited to be featuring Willy Street Co-op in Madison, Wisconsin! Willy Street Co-op, like many great things, started out small and simple, first serving their community back in 1974.  Known as the “new wave” of consumer co-ops that began in the 1960s and early 1970s, born out of the ideas and philosophies of that period’s counterculture, these co-ops were pioneers in a growing health-conscious society and in what came to be known as the “natural foods” industry that we all know and love today! 

Today, Willy Street Co-Op is Madison’s largest consumer-owned natural foods store, offering the finest organic and locally-produced foods with a new location located in the Parkwood Plaza, at 6825 University Ave in Middleton.

If you have ever been to Madison you know it is a great place to live and shop. That is just one of the reasons that there is a community of people and groups that support sustainable development, fair trade, local artisans, their communities and the environment. In fact, like Hope For Women’s hometown of Burlington, Vermont, Madison is also a Fair Trade Town!

We are thankful to Willy Street co-op for being a loyal supporter of Fair Trade and Hope For Women products. Be sure to find them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter!

There’s an App for That! Fair Trade Finder App

20 Oct

Now there is an easy way to find Fair Trade products near you. With the new Fair Trade Finder App from Fair Trade USA (it’s free!) you can locate the stores carrying your favorite Fair Trade Certified products with the click of a button. 

One of the coolest things about this app is that it’s up to the users to make it grow. You can easily add new products or share with friends and family on Facebook and Twitter through tagging and uploading photos. Support Fair Trade products while promoting your own! It can be accessed on your iPhone, Android and on their Facebook page, so whether you’re on the go or in the office you can always find what you’re looking for.

The holidays are coming up, and Hope for Women knows how crazy this time of year can get. With this handy Fair Trade helper in your pocket, though, it makes shopping quick, easy and guilt-free.

By diving into the digital world, the Fair Trade Finder App is helping to reach a whole new audience and encouraging consumers to buy Fair Trade Certified products. With tools like this one, we can all help grow the Fair Trade movement. Fair Trade month may be almost over, but our support doesn’t stop there. Check out this new app today and shop Fair Trade all year round!

Fair Trade Your Halloween With Reverse Trick-or-Treating

18 Oct

Reverse Trick-or-Treating Kit

It’s hard to believe, but Halloween is only 12 days away!  This year, you might be a little surprised to see many kids giving candy back to the adults. It’s a concept called Reverse Trick-or-Treating, and it’s catching on fast.

In association with Global Exchange’s Fair Trade Cocoa Campaign, Reverse Trick-or-Treating seeks to end child labor in the cocoa industry while simultaneously promoting Fair Trade. There is a card attached to each piece of vegan, Fair Trade dark chocolate explaining the child labor issues associated with the conventional chocolate we normally see at Halloween. It’s a fun and easy way for kids to support both neighbors and the international cocoa growing community.

If you’re interested in participating in this amazing movement but missed the deadline for ordering the free kit, you can still make a difference! Many people express their support through handing out Fair Trade chocolate to Trick-or-Treaters. Click here to find where you can purchase Fair Trade chocolate. Hope for Women encourages you to check out their Facebook page to see how you can get involved and help make this Halloween the most meaningful one yet.

Happy World Food Day!

16 Oct

 Today is World Food Day! This worldwide event is designed to increase awareness, understanding and support for a hunger-free world. First started in 1981, WFD is observed in 150 nations, reaching out to communities around the globe. This event is so successful in part because there is no one way to celebrate it. Each person is responsible for how they want to take action to end world hunger.

As a member of the Fair Trade Federation, Hope for Women thinks that one effective way to bring awareness to WFD is to support Fair Trade foods! Buying Fair Trade not only helps farmers and workers improve their quality of life but helps them to combat poverty, too.

So we want your input-  what are some of your favorite Fair Trade foods that you buy and why do you love them so much? Never bought Fair Trade foods before? Today is a great time to start! Next time you’re at the grocery store check for the Fair Trade label, and help us create a world free of hunger.

If you want to learn more about World Food Day, take a look at their website!

Featured Retailer: Phoenix Books

13 Oct

Hope for Women is excited to be featuring Phoenix Books this week! This incredible independent and unique book store does much more than just sell books. Phoenix Books is a business about “Cultivating Your Community” through unequaled customer service and unparalleled special order fulfillment. They are strong believers in supporting their community with donations and/or partnerships with dozens of local organizations, including Hope for Women! They also believe in collaboration, hosting events in cooperation with the Burlington Book Festival and the Champlain Valley Fair, just to name a few.

We’re thrilled to announce that Phoenix Books is carrying our whole line of Hope for Women’s Lifestyle products, including our tagua bracelets, portraits of El Salvador  and India note cards and our unique Peel Pals. They have also joined us in supporting BCA month by carrying our limited edition PINK tagua bracelets, where 5% of the proceeds will go straight to help find a cure.

We’re also happy to see that they are as excited as we are about our Hope for Women products: “Our customers and our staff at Phoenix are excited each time we receive gorgeous new bracelets and cards! It’s a rare and wonderful occurrence to know the story of who makes the products one buys. We are proud to offer Hope for Women in our book store.”

For more information on Phoenix Books, take a look at their Facebook and Twitter pages, or better yet, stop by in person! You will be greeted warmly in their authentic espresso and wine bar where you can sit back enjoy a cup of coffee or a glass of wine with friends in a truly welcoming environment.

Support BCA Month with Handcrafted Tagua Bracelets!

7 Oct

You can support Breast Cancer Awareness month by wearing beautifully crafted Fair Trade jewelry – How great is that!?! We are thrilled to have numerous Aveda salons carry our line of PINK tagua bracelets this month. For every limited edition bracelet sold, Hope for Women will donate 5% to organizations working to find a cure for breast cancer. So you can look good and feel good, knowing that your stylish tagua bracelet is also doing good. Made from sustainably harvested tagua nuts from the Colombian rainforest, these fashionable bracelets support the women artisans that create them and gives incentives to help protect vital rainforest habitat.

From Oceanside, CA to Canfield, OH to Warwick, RI, Hope for Women’s PINK tagua bracelets for Breast Cancer Awareness month are being sold around the country! Check out the complete list of companies carrying our PINK tagua bracelets on our website. If you don’t have a store carrying the PINK bracelets near you, you can purchase one on the Hope for Women website.

Retailer of the Week: Foods For Living

29 Jul

This week Hope For Women is featuring Foods For Living in East Lansing, Michigan.  Natural, organic and locally owned.  Words we love to hear at Hope For Womens’ headquarters in the beautiful Green Mountain state of Vermont.

Foods For Living joined the Hope For Women team of authorized retailers back in April ordering our Portraits of El Salvador note cards and Tagua bracelets.  What made us write about them this week?  Well, a large reorder for starts.  All Hope For Women products support disadvantaged women artisans, providing 3-5 times higher than the government minimum wage standards.  Our social mission is the backbone to our company with sincerely gratifying end results sustained through retail partnerships like Foods For Living.

Be sure to check out their website and Facebook page for more information.  I found a wonderful healthy Cioppino reciepe for dinner tonight.

New Taguilla Tagua braclets.  In-store next week!

Foods for Living provides the finest quality fresh, natural, organic and whole foods, nutritional products, body care products and health information in a fun, comfortable, clean, safe environment. Make them your doorway to total health!