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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!

Giveaway Rules on the First Day of Summer!

21 Jun

Friendship, one of four Peel Pal styles.

Today is a beautiful and special day: the Summer Solstice. Along with our artisans in Colombia, El Salvador and India, the team here at Hope For Women celebrates the longest day of the year, when (as the Latin roots illustrate) our sun (sol) stands still (sistere). Today we experience the vast power and the physical hugeness of our Earth and sun. But it is also important to recognize the strength of our global community, because humans make decisions that really impact environmental systems.

Hope For Women’s latest product, Peel Pals™, helps to lessen the detrimental impacts (like toxic packaging and unfair labor practices), and aims to contribute to some good impacts (like Fair Trade, healthy work environments, and recycled, Eco-friendly materials). To celebrate today, and the conscious decisions that we can all make in regards to our Earth, Hope For Women is doing a


Here are the rules:

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

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

3. You’re entered! We’ll announce the winner on Thursday, June 23rd and the FREE Peel Pal™ will be mailed shortly after!

Anyone in the U.S. or Canada can enter, so go to our Facebook, check out our most recent Peel Pals™ photo album, pick out your favorite, and tell your friends to do the same! Happy summer and we hope all of you in the north can enjoy the sun today!

Retailer of the Week: The Green Life

16 Jun

Shannon and Michael Hassenberg

This week Hope For Women is featuring a gorgeous store right down the street from our headquarters in Burlington, Vermont. The Green Life is an Eco-friendly store committed to doing their part to help make our planet healthier.

I first wandered into The Green Life about a year and a half ago, after returning home for spring break from Wesleyan University. I was head-over-heels for the aesthetic of the place and so pleased to know that the products I was happily drooling over were sustainable, recycled, upcycled and made of eco-friendly materials. On top of all the beauty, I found myself smiling as I chatted with Michael Hassenberg, one half of the husband and wife team who founded and run The Green Life.

Beautiful organic bedding by Plover

It wasn’t long before I returned to the shop, needing a birthday gift for my impossibly cool, progressive, conscientious Aunt in California. It’s generally tough to shop for her but within about ten minutes, I was having to choose between bamboo bedding, a stunning wooden bowl, a purse made of seat belts, and about ten other fantastic Eco-products.

I love The Green Life and it has truly become my go-to spot for gifts. I can feel great about buying their products, knowing that as a consumer, my purchases have an impact and can define my lifestyle, green or not. I am so happy to feature this wonderful family business and thrilled to know that Hope For Women’s Peel Pals™ are smiling next to other fair trade and environmentally conscientious products.

Peel Pal™ Giveaway!

Best of all, I have some exciting news for you readers from Vermont (or currently visiting Vermont). The first person to go to The Green Life (see link for the address and directions) and mention the Hope For Women giveaway will receive a FREE Peel Pal™! We’re giving away Love, because after all, living green is really about loving the world, caring for our environment, and respecting the breadth of human impact.

Written by Haley Perkins, Intern at Hope For Women

Peel Pals™ Are Here!

14 Jun

Let me tell you a story. It is short, but powerful, and it concerns you. I’ll start at the very end.

Hope For Women just released a new Fair Trade and Eco-friendly product that supports women artisans as well as sustainable social and environmental practices. Meet the Peel Pals™, a lively and magical bunch of Elves and Pixies who wish you Happiness, Friendship, Love, and Carefree times. They inspire smiles and delight the young and the young at heart.

But, back to their beginning. This story really starts with a man on a bicycle riding towards the street vendors in Bogota, Colombia. On his bike, there is an empty plastic crate, soon to be filled with the recycled orange peels discarded by juice venders each morning. The peels are yellow and orange and sometimes slightly green; they are unique, varied, and authentic.

Claudia, one of our gifted artisans in Colombia

The peels are transported from the crate to an artisan workshop not far away, where women cut, dry, and shape each piece into skirts, hats, hands and feet. These pieces, as well as jute and wood, are used to transform biodegradable material into fun and friendly pieces of art. Peel Pals™ are born. After each smile is painted and each Peel Pal™ is packaged (in 45% recycled cardboard!) they make their way to the United States, where Hope For Women helps them find homes all over the world.

There are four styles of the Peel Pals™ and each style is paired by type of wish to include an 11” Elf and a 5” Pixie (take a peek below).

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There are so many great ways to use Peel Pals™: as ornaments, cute decorations, hang one from a knob or around a wine bottle to jazz up a gift, prop them on a shelf or bookcase, or collect the whole family for imaginary adventures. With the end of the school year fast-approaching, Peel Pals™ will also be fantastic gifts for a favorite teacher or a successful student.

At Hope For Women, we offer quality, beautiful, and unique products to customers who care about the integrity of our world. Purchasing a Peel Pals™ is a powerful thing. In doing so, you are standing up for Colombian artisans and their environment, while actively supporting the Fair Trade movement. You can purchase and learn more the Peel Pals™ at our website, here.

Now you know how the Peel Pals™ came to us, but it’s up to you to determine what happens next in the story of Carefree or Love or Friendship or Happiness. And let us know, too! Tell us how you use your Peel Pal™ and stay tuned for an exciting summer giveaway in the next two weeks.

Just in time for a Fair Trade Holiday!

11 Nov

We are very excited to introduce yet another fantastic fair trade and eco-friendly product line- just in time for the holidays! Each collection has five different angels to choose from. CLICK HERE  to see the full collection.

The Orange Peel Angels are created using 100% recycled orange peel captured from Colombia’s thriving street juice vendors; these unique angels represent the best of combining Fair Trade with eco-friendly. The range of green and orange color of the sterilized recycled peel highlights the natural quality of each handmade angel… plus they smell great too!

Orange Peel Angel

Corn husk dolls have been popular in Colombian culture for centuries, and our beautiful Fair Trade Angels will bring that tradition into your home this year. Each handmade angel is made from natural corn husk and wood, and adorned with a recycled orange peel accent – a nice touch!

Corn Husk Angel

These angels are hand-shaped from a traditional Colombian mixture of corn flour, water and paste. No die or mold is used, so each angel is unique to the women artisan’s hands who shaped it. A modern design using a classic process.

Corn Flour Angel

Each angel is approximately 3” tall with a 2 ½” loop. A great ornament or collectible!