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.
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.
This week, Hope For Women would like to feature Plowsharing Crafts, a fantastic non-profit retailer in Missouri. Plowsharing Crafts helps to provide vital, fair income to artisans by selling their handicrafts and telling their stories in North America.
Owning a retail store as a not-for-profit is more than an interesting concept. Their stores are staffed by volunteers who are committed to the Fair Trade movement. From unpacking shipments to wrapping your purchases, the volunteers are an essential part of the store’s success and work solely to support Plowsharing’s mission to sell products that make a difference in our world. Plowsharing Crafts operates non-profit shops in University City and Kirkwood, Missouri, each filled with fairly-traded products from over 40 different countries including items from Asia, Africa, as well as Central and South America.
Some of the Plowsharing team on their way to Monte Verde, Honduras to help with the coffee harvest and to meet with artisans
If you’re in the Midwest, definitely stop by Plowsharing Crafts and look for Hope For Women’s handcrafted pressed flower note cards from India and El Salvador as well as our latest product, Peel Pals, made from recycled orange peels in Colombia. You’ll also find a wide variety of products including jewelry, clothing, folk art, musical instruments, housewares, toys, games, and Christmas nativities and ornaments. We are thrilled to have our products in a store with such a commitment to fair business, from the artisan’s hands to yours! Take a moment and watch this short video about Plowsharing Crafts.
Recycled sari photo albums, Balinese tea sets, custom cummerbunds from Guatemala, and Hope For Women note cards are just a few of the items featured in the Fair Trade Federation’s 2011 Fair Trade Wedding Guide. From wedding favors to gifts for the bride and groom, this guide shows tons of ways to plan a wedding that is both beautiful and globally conscientious.
The Fair Trade Federation compiled an absolutely wonderful collection of products and services, and we had such a fun time looking through them! They are diverse, creative, and they all support artisans around the globe. It was so nice to see that the Fair Trade Federation really targeted everyone involved in a wedding. That way, you can use the guide to plan your own special day and you can also use it as a treasury of gift ideas for the next wedding you attend.
We were delighted to find the work of our artisans in El Salvador highlighted on page 4! We have received so much praise for these cards because of their stunning design, saturated colors, and tangible quality. Below is an image of our feature in the guide, and a link to the rest of the El Salvador collection at our site.
Check out page 4 of the guide to see the Hope for Women feature!
At Hope For Women, we have come to understand that supporting the Fair Trade movement can be a choice that defines a lifestyle. Buying fairly is a step towards living fairly. The recent trend towards fair trade weddings is a sign of new awareness. It is a sign that couples are tuning in to the impact that their choices (as consumers and as global citizens) have on the rest of the world. We are thrilled to be a part of this expanding consciousness.
Let us know how you celebrate with fair trade!