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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!

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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.

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Tagua Twigs Cuff Bracelet – Fire –

Fair Trade & Fair Mined Gold

Fair Trade & Fair Mined Gold

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ReStyle Men’s Wallet – Red –
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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 

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.

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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!