All tagged Economic Justice

Findhorn - Ecological Community and Foundation

Findhorn is a spiritual community, ecovillage, and international center for holistic learning. As one of the largest and most successful intentional communities in the world, Findhorn has long been known for helping unfold a new human consciousness for creating a positive and sustainable future. The Findhorn Foundation offers a range of workshops and events at the Community. Some workshops specifically address sustainability. Findhorn's sustainable values are expressed through ecological houses, innovative use of building materials, their living sewage treatment facility, and electricity-generating wind turbines. Sustainable values are also expressed in the community’s social, economic, and educational initiatives. The Findhorn ecovillage is a model for the complex problem of how to transform human settlements into full-featured sustainable communities that are harmlessly integrated into the natural environment. The Findhorn community offers many ways for people to experience the community including seven-day introductions where visitors are introduced to the principles and activities on which the community is based.

Twin Oaks Community - Intentional Community and Hammock Maker

Twin Oaks Community is an intentional community in rural central Virginia made up of around 90 adult members and 15 children. Since the community's beginning in 1967, their way of life has reflected their values of cooperation, sharing, nonviolence, equality, and ecology. Twin Oaks Community does not have a group religion or central leader. They govern themselves by a form of democracy with shared responsibilities. They are self-supporting economically, and partly self-sufficient. Each member works 42 hours a week in the community's business and domestic areas. Each member receives housing, food, healthcare, and personal spending money from the community. Twin Oaks Hammocks generates most of their outside income along with several new ventures. Less than half of their work goes into income-producing activities with the balance spent on milking cows, gardening, cooking, and childcare. Twin Oaks hammocks are hand-crafted by community members from a variety of fabrics including hemp and recycled polyester. They are very durable and Twin Oaks will repair damaged hammocks as well. They offer free shipping to the contiguous 48 US states. Twin Oaks Seed Farm grows open-pollinated and heirloom vegetable seeds on six acres of certified organic land. They produce seeds for several small retail seed companies.

Tilonia Artisans of India

Based in Tilonia, India, Tilonia's online store is operated in partnership with the Friends of Tilonia by Barefoot College. They feature a variety of handcrafted accent pillows, bed spreads, quilts, throws, duvet covers, scarves, and table linens. All products are produced by artisans in rural communites using traditional methods. The fabric offerings are produce by more than 350 families of weavers, spinners and knitters near Tripuradevi, a village the Kumaon Himalayas.  They are handspun from Tibetan sheep wool and pure silk using solar powered spinning wheels in some of the unelectrified villages. The online store helps Barefoot College address basic needs of the rural poor by creating local advocates for rainwater harvesting, clean energy, girls' education, and economic opportunities for rural women. They develop direct sales and marketing channels for the artisans of Tilonia in the U.S and abroad. Training and materials provided by the College enable women from traditional communities to work from home, helping them to generate income from their needlework or sewing.

Seven Bridges Cooperative - Organic Home Brewing

Seven Bridges Cooperative was established in Santa Cruz in 1997 and they provide a wide selection of quality organic brewing ingredients for home brewers. Seven Bridges is a cooperative and worker-owned business where everyone collectively makes decisions, performs the work, and shares in the rewards. All of the members of Seven Bridges have invested considerable time and money to make their dream of organic home brewing a reality. Seven Bridges provides organic home brewing ingredients for beer and wine. They also have lots of information, instructions, recipes, and organic and Fair Trade green coffee beans for home coffee roasting.

Mellow Monk - Artisan Tea

Mellow Monk tea estates are certified under the Japanese government’s Eco Farmer Program to promote environmentally responsible farming practices. The growers are family owned and operated. They control every step of tea making, from planting and harvesting to packaging and shipping. All teas are small-batch harvested to ensure fresh flavor and natural goodness. Mellow Monk tea is prepared guricha style and is available for purchase online.

EarthSave International

EarthSave is a non-profit organization that educates, inspires, and empower people to shift toward a plant-based diet and to take compassionate action for all life on Earth. Their 30 day Meals for Health intervention program helps low-income participants reduce their health care costs and assists with wellness and recovery using a low-fat plant-based diet. EarthSave is guided by founder John Robbins’ philosophy: May all be fed, may all be healed, may all be loved. Earthsave seeks public support for their programs through membership and contributions.

Equal Exchange - Fair Trade Coffee and Food

Equal Exchange's mission is to build long-term trade partnerships that are economically just and environmentally sound, to foster mutually beneficial relationships between farmers and consumers and to demonstrate the contribution of worker co-operatives and Fair Trade to a more equitable, democratic, and sustainable world. Equal Exchange has worked small-scale farmers and their co-ops for over 25 years, leading the Fair Trade movement. Their products are sold online and include coffee, tea, chocolate, bananas, nuts, and other foods.

MarketPlace: Handwork of India

MarketPlace: Handwork of India is a pioneering nonprofit that empowers women in India to break the cycle of poverty. MarketPlace works with over 400 artisans who are organized into 11 independent co-operatives that produce high-quality women's apparel and home decor They learn skills such as sewing and embroidery, and participate in all aspects of running the cooperatives. Programs offer educational and enrichment opportunities designed to help the artisans overcome personal, cultural and financial obstacles. MarketPlace products available for purchase online include jackets, tops, skirts, pants, dresses, bags, jewelry, scarves, table linen, curtains, and cushion covers.

Mama Afrika

Mama Afrika sells fair trade art, crafts, and foods made in Africa by women’s cooperatives. Mama Afrika products are fairly and ethically traded and often organic. Workers are paid a fair price and Mama Afrika donates part of the proceeds each month to small, local African organizations working to improve the status of women and children. Mama Afrika products sold online include baskets, jewelry, carvings, clothing, coffee, tea, gift baskets, and pottery.

Kazuri America - African Jewelry

Kazuri was started in 1975 by Lady Susan Wood with the social mission of making work for a few impoverished women. Initially, less than 10 women were employed making beads in her garden shed. As word of the beauty and uniqueness of the Kazuri beads spread, sales increased, as did the facility. Today, 350 people are employed and many more wait in hope of having an opportunity to join. The peoples of the countries of sub-Saharan are faced with unemployment rates in excess of 65%. One jobholder often ends up providing for an extended family of 20 or more. It is particularly difficult for women to find jobs. Kazuri jewelry is unique and beautiful and products are available for purchase online.

Green Woman Store

Green Woman Store is an online catalog of woman-made green products, services, and podcasts including art, books, clothing, beauty products, health products, home and garden products, calendars, prints, posters, jewelry, natural perfumes, and green pet products. All products are Fair Trade and each women artist or producer receives 50% to 80% of all sales. When resources are directed toward women, everyone benefits. Gender equality is crucial for conservation, sustainable development, and equitable benefit sharing. Green Woman Store is dedicated to “Woman-Identified Sustainable Development,” putting women and their lifelong experiences back at the center of development strategies. Green Woman Store is woman owned, operated, and financed. 

Global Handmade Hope - Fair Trade

Global Handmade Hope is a fair trade wholesale and retail company that began in 2009 after a mission trip to Rwanda. They offer a variety of fair trade products from Colombia, Peru, Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, and Cambodia. They also speak at events about fair trade, how it impacts families, how individuals can become involved, and how consumers can drive change by voting for social justice with their dollars. Global Handmade Hope offers fair trade gifts, baskets, jewelry, clothing, home decor, holiday Items, bath products, and body care products.

Good Paper - Recycled Cards

Good Paper's mission is to restore the human spirit. To restore the humanity and beauty within each of us that gets so easily forgotten and tossed aside. They start with their cardmakers - women who have escaped sex trafficking in the Philippines and young adults orphaned by disease in Rwanda. The Rwandan cards are three-dimensional cutouts handcrafted in Rwanda from local Rwandan office waste, making it environmentally sustainable, too. The Philippine cards are handcrafted in the Philippines from a variety of handmade, recycled papers. All of the products from Good Paper are beautiful, wonderfully crafted, and very unique.

Creative Hand Nepal - Clothing and Gifts

Creative Hand Nepal is a movement of producers wholesalers, retailers and advocates working to promote social economic and environmental justice. Some of their principles of fair trade include fair wages, safe and healthy working conditions, financial and technical support, and respect for cultural identity. When you purchase from Creative Hand Nepal you join a network that enables village artisans to stay on their land and with their families to create unique lines of crafts and accessories. Creative Hand Nepal only sells products from suppliers who source products from local artists, communities, and craftsmen. They visit the producers regularly to inspect production conditions and to maintain personal relationships with the craftspeople. Nepal is famous for its wood carvings, cotton fabric, Nepalese paper, Tibetan handicrafts, Tibetan incense, Buddhist and Hindu statues, woolen items, and unique jewelry.

Elroy Apparel

Elroy Apparel offers blankets, pillows, kimonos, and bags created from unique organic fabric they source from developing communities in Indonesia including a grassroots sewing cooperative that uses sustainable, organic, or upcycled materials. Elroy strives to support the community and its people from the start to the finish of each garment by providing opportunities for those in economically challenged areas. 

Blossom Inspirations

Blossom Inspirations offers products designed and produced in a such a way as to positively affect artisans, wholesalers, retailers, consumers, and finally the environment. Their goal is to create healthy business relationships, produce high-quality products, ensure a living wage for those who made the products, and encourage the protection of the environment in the process. Blossom Inspirations produces women's fashion accessories through direct work with impoverished artisans and fashion designers. Their products are produced under Fair Trade guidelines and are certified CarbonFree. Their products include handmade embroidered belts, recycled jewelry, and handmade toys.

Just Apparel - Embroidered Clothing

Just Apparel partners with indigenous artisan women in Guatemala to produce customized, hand-embroidered sweatshirts, polos, t-shirts, and tote bags. Just Apparel lives up to their values by providing the workers with a living wage, a safe working environment, and allowing work from home. The Just Apparel Community Investment Program uses profits to fund community-wide health, education, and technology projects.

California Institute of Earth Art and Architecture

The California Institute of Earth Art and Architecture is at the cutting edge of Earth Art and Ceramic Architecture technologies. Founded and directed by the internationally renowned architect and author Nader Khalili in 1986, it's scope spans technical innovations published by NASA for lunar base construction, to design and development of housing for the world's homeless for the United Nations.

Recilclarte - Crafts for the Environment

Recyclart is a community-based environmental project initiated in Costa Rica, arising from the determination of several groups of village women to protect their family´s health and the ecology of their homes and farms and to educate their communities in environmental protection. Recycling is their means to these ends, as well as theirs means of subsistence. The group produces bags, belts, bracelets, earrings, and necklaces all from reclaimed materials.