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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 ReStyleFairTrade.com

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.


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 –

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!

Vermont Teddy Bear Tagua Bracelet

7 Jul

Spa Day Bear with Gourmet Tea

Nestled in the warm embrace of our beautiful green mountains, Vermont Teddy Bear Company calls Shelburne, Vermont home. With the company’s huge popularity their teddy bears have found families across the world. The creative designs and quirky characters are bound to make you smile: from Red Hot Redneck Bear to Spa Day Bear with Gourmet Tea, and many other customizable choices.

We have taken the Teddy Bear Tour just down Route 7 from Hope For Women’s headquarters at the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory. This “factory,” however, more closely resembles Willy Wonka’s than Henry Ford’s. With the bright colors, spirited staff and a giant reverse-vacuum hose that stuffs bears, the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory feels like an odd (and exciting) paradise filled with flying fake fur and laughter.

Hope For Women Tagua Bracelet with Vermont Teddy Bear logo

At the gift shop (also online) you can purchase accessories for your bear as well as logo merchandise (“bear wear”) including a Hope For Women Tagua bracelet featuring the Vermont Teddy Bear signature Bear Head logo. The bracelet was made for Vermont Teddy Bear by our artisans in Colombia from Tagua, the seeds found within pods of the Ivory Nut Palm. Tagua is known as the “ivory of the rainforest” due to its exceptional carvability and since it serves as a viable alternative to elephant ivory, thus protecting those animals. The tagua seeds are harvested after they have fallen to the ground, so no harm is done to the rainforest during the production process.

So, keep an eye out for Hope For Women the next time you’re in the market for a new plush cuddle-buddy. You can know that our Bear Head logo bracelet is Eco-friendly, Fair Trade, and just darn cute! To take a look at the rest of Hope For Women’s Tagua jewelry click here, or head to our facebook page and check out how Tagua goes from seed to bead.