All tagged Fair Trade

Sanari Candles

Sanari Candles produces toxin free candles. Many candles release lead and carcinogens. Sanari Candles are made from soy and organic coconut with a lead free wick make from unbleached cotton. Their boxes are tree-free and printed with soy based inks. Sanari uses natural fragrances made from fair trade and organic certified essential oils. The company also donates 5% of profits to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Simply Straws

Simply Straws produces beautiful glass straws, bamboo utensils, and other reusable products. Their straws are sustainable, durable, biodegradable, and handmade in Costa Mesa, California and they include a lifetime guarantee. Simply Straws uses non-toxic dyes, BPA free materials, and fair-trade organic hemp, flax, and cotton. 1% of sales are donated to non-profit partners.

Mata Traders - Fashion

Mata Traders is a fair trade fashion label striving to end global poverty and produce sustainable fashion by sourcing its garments from India and Nepal, where the company employs women from marginalized communities. The women work at artisan cooperatives that provide childcare, healthcare, paid maternity leave, and education on subjects such as opening a bank account, literacy classes, computer training, and dealing with domestic violence. These services are imperative because they help prevent child labor and gender inequality in countries where these issues are rampant. Mata ensures that child labor practices are not involved in the production of its products. The artisans who work for Mata are paid living wages, allowing them to provide for their children, thus combatting child labor at its source. The co-ops also use traditional printing and embroidery techniques, preserving an ancient art that is being phased out by globalization and fast-fashion.

Upasana - Integral Design

Upasana is a place where creativity, fashion, design, Indian culture, business, social responsibility and spiritual progress are woven together. Their mission is to create conscious sustainable fashion without passing environmental costs on to the future. Upasana's work ranges from design and manufacturing of garments using a rich palette of traditional Indian textiles (organic cotton, silk from Benares etc.) to design consultancy, education and social development. It is a place where people are the central focus and all the projects, products and resources help people to grow and develop into their full radiance.

Sleep & Beyond

Sleep & Beyond is a family owned manufacturer of organic and natural bedding with fair trade and sustainable factories located in Kyrgyzstan, India, and China. Their mission is to create an inspirational, sustainable, and educational system that will benefit people without harming the planet. Sleep & Beyond makes their products from organic Merino wool, natural Shropshire wool, and organic and natural cotton. They raise their own Merino sheep in the mountains of Kyrgyz Republic, which produce superfine organic wool. Sleep & Beyond is a fair trade employer who pays fair wages to their factory workers, provides great working conditions, and never employs children. Their products are tested to be free of arsenic, VOC’s, and other carcinogenic chemicals that are used in most conventional bedding products. Sleep & Beyond adheres to the most stringent certifications of USDA Organic, Oeko TEX, Woolmark, and GOTS to back up their “100% natural” and “100% organic” statements. You can purchase Sleep & Beyond pillows, comforters, sheets, blankets, mattress pads, and mattress toppers online with free shipping for U.S. orders and eco-friendly packaging.

Challenge and Fun - Toys and Games

Challenge and Fun offers a wide selection of high-quality toys and games including soft dolls, natural baby toys, puzzles, animal puppets, cuddle dolls, children's jewelry, and baby toys. Challenge and Fun selects products that are environmentally responsible and their products are made from materials like organic cotton, bio-certified wool, oko-tex certified non-toxic cotton, and wood finished with non-toxic water based stains. They work with some of the best wooden toy producers in Germany and offer fair trade products as well. Challenge and Fun strives to select products that are durable, beautiful, and will last as keepsakes. Their products are available online and ship from their location in California.

Purrfectplay - Pet Toys

Purrfectplay makes pet toys for dogs and cats from organic, chemical free, fair-trade materials. Their toys are made in their Indiana workshop with no synthetics, no dyes, and no plastics. Most pet toys are made in China from bright synthetic materials that may not even be safe for your pet. Purrfectplay provides products made from natural fibers that are made to be kicked, clawed, and chased. They feel and smell natural -- not like chemicals, plastics, or dyes. Purrfectplay offsets their carbon footprint with a local land preservation fund and they support sustainable farming through their relationship with the Hemp Industries Association. Purrfectplay donates 5% of all sales to animal rescue organizations. Your dog or cat will really enjoy these natural hemp toys, balls, collars, leashes, blankets, and treats. All Purrfectplay products are available to order online.

Reuseit - Reusable Storage

Reuseit offers products that help you reduce waste by eliminating disposables. Their products include reusable shopping bags, reusable zip lock bags, water bottles made from glass, metal, or BPA-free plastic, travel mugs, lunch boxes, food and snack containers, household storage, and kitchen preparation items. Reuseit strives to provide products that are practical, durable, made from sustainable materials, and made in accordance with fair labor & fair trade practices. Reuseit is a member of 1% For The Planet and donates at least 1% of all sales (not just profits) to environmental organizations. Their products are available for purchase online.

Loop Organic - Organic Bedding

Loop Organic manufactures quality organic linens and natural organic bedding. Part of Loop's mission is to educate the public on the ill-effects of conventional cotton growing and to help encourage choosing organic. All of Loop Organic's production processes are free from known carcinogens and heavy metals. Chemical-free alternatives are used during the finishing process, for example, hydrogen peroxide is used for whitening in lieu of chlorine bleach. Even the low-impact dyes which are used are certified organic. Loop products have even been proven safe enough for many with acute allergies and chemical sensitivities. All Loop products are made of fabrics that are certified to the most stringent set of standards for organic cloth and they are manufactured in accordance with fair-trade guidelines with fair pay and clean safe working environments. Loop strives to consider the social and environmental impacts of important business decisions and their products are packaged in simple cloth and brown paper packaging. Their products, including sheets, duvet covers, woven blankets, towels, and pillows, are available online.

Zia & Tia Pure Luxury Organics

Zia & Tia Pure Luxury Organics is a Canadian business that began after the owner's adoption of their daughter from China. They offer organic, sustainable, and eco-friendly products for babies,  children, and dogs. Their products include hand knit and fair trade toys, hand knit baby dresses, sweaters, hats, shoes and blankets, hand knit dog sweaters, organic baby gifts, and organic fairtrade Peruvian Alpaca yarn. Their handmade knits are crafted stitch by stitch on 2 needles using organic cotton and organic wool. Their handknit toys are stuffed with certified Oeko-Tex polyfill and their fair trade toys are non-toxic. They work with suppliers who are committed to creating a more fair & sustainable world and they support organizations that help women and children. Products may be ordered online with worldwide shipping rates clearly displayed.

VivaTerra - Furniture and Home Decor

VivaTerra offers globally-inspired goods created with sustainability and integrity in mind. They support non-profit and fair trade organizations to ensure artisans see fair wages, healthy working conditions, and sustainable development for their communities. Viva Terra uses FSC-certified or reclaimed wood, recycled glass, vintage fabrics, or salvaged metal to produce many of their products. They produce products without chemicals and their fabrics use natural dyes. In addition to fair trade imports, VivaTerra strives to support local artisans. Their product line covers a wide range of household items including home decor, pillows, rugs, mirrors, vases, beds, sofas, chairs, tables, dinnerware, cookware, bedding, apparel, jewelry, planters, potted plants, and gifts.

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.

Summit Soap

Summit Soap uses natural, responsibly-sourced ingredients like Colorado beeswax, fair-trade shea butter, certified organic oils, and local vegetable oils. They also are particular about what they leave out. Summit Soap products contain no synthetic fragrance, sulfates, phosphates, parabens, or petrochemicals. Most ingredients are sourced locally in Colorado, and everything they create is completely biodegradable. Summit Soap strives to be a community-driven company. They engage with individuals, businesses, nonprofits, and other groups to promote and educate about the benefits of responsible manufacturing and buying local. Summit Soap products are available online and include handmade bar soap, liquid soap, foaming soap, body butter, shampoo, lip balm, and shaving soap.

Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soap

Dr. Bronner’s is a family business committed to making socially and environmentally responsible products of the highest quality, and by dedicating their profits to help make a better world. Dr. Bronner's soaps are renowned for their quality, versatility, and eco-friendliness. Emanuel Bronner started Dr. Bronner’s in 1948 and the 4th and 5th generations of the Bronner family run the company today. Dr. Bronner's is now a leader in environmental responsibility. With complete transparency, they state their environmental impacts. Out of 27 million pounds of product produced last year, 81% of the raw material was fair trade and 83% was certified organic. Additionally, 64% of packaging was from post consumer waste and only 11% of total waste was not reused or recycled and went to a landfill. The Bronner mission is to make humble and mindful use of the earth’s gifts. Do not waste and do not harm the land or people or animals. What comes from the earth must go back! Dr. Bronner's soaps are available at major retail outlets and online from their website.

Solay Wellness - Salt Crystals

Solay Wellness produces salt crystal lamps, bath salts, table salt, and body care products using fair trade himalayan ingredients. Solay strives to make their manufacturing sustainable and they use recyclable and reusable packaging. The products they carry from other suppliers must meet specific standards for ecological and social conscience. Solay is dedicated to fair trade. They assist their supplier communities and local non-profit organizations and their salt crystals come from family-owned companies committed to fair trade and sustainable mining practices. Solay's flagship product is their salt lamp. Salt crystal lamps are natural air ionizers that can improve the quality of air in your room while enhancing wellness with an abundance of ions that help sleep, breathing, and immune functions. Their products are available for purchase online.

Organix South - Body Care

Organix South produces body care products from neem, tea tree, and other medicinal plants. They are committed to promoting organic, fairly-traded, and ethically wild-crafted herbal body care products that are paraben-free, phthalate-free and do not contain artificial coloring. Most of their products are vegan, gluten-free, and contain certified-organic ingredients. Raw materials are sourced based on quality and sustainability over cost. Their products include a line of neem-based oral care, hair care, body care, and pet care selections. Neem has been used for thousands of years in Ayurvedic treatments and home remedies. Neem Oil is rich in essential fatty acids and antioxidants, which helps protect, soothe and nourish skin. Additional products are based on pure Australian tea tree oil and botanical ingredients like tamanu oil, argan oil, and sea buckthorn oil. Based in Utah, Organix South offers online shopping.

Organic4Nature - Organic Body Care

Organic4Nature offers natural and organic body care & skin care products that are made without petroleum, parabens, phthalates, sodium laureth sulfate, or other toxic ingredients. Organic4Nature believes in honesty and promises to have no deceptive marketing. Their products are made from organic and natural ingredients  that come from fair and equitable trade. Based in Toronto, Canada, Organic4Nature ships worldwide and offers flat rate shipping to the U.S. Products sold online include natural bar soap, shampoo, body lotion, face cream, lip balm, deodorant, and shaving supplies.

MuLondon - Skincare

MuLondon hand, face, and body moisturizers are 100% vegan and free from parabens, petroleum products, artificial preservatives, and emulsifiers. They are hand-made in London from certified organic ingredients including pure essential oils, shea butter, and jojoba. Organic shea butter makes up the base for MuLondon products. Shea is a tree indigenous to Africa and the fruit contains an oil-rich seed from which vegetable butter is extracted. Shea butter is effective in treating and alleviating the symptoms of dry and sensitive skin, eczema, and psoriasis. It is naturally moisturizing and readily absorbed by the skin. All MuLondon suppliers are vetted for green and ethical ideals including no animal testing, proactive environmental, recycling, and fair-trade policies, and support for community projects. MuLondon products are available online with worldwide shipping. 

Badger Company - Body Care

Badger is a family business making certified organic natural skin care products. They blend organic plant extracts with beeswax and minerals to make healing balms, safe mineral sunscreens, lip balms, bug repellents, skin moisturizers, and other personal care products that work and feel great. Badger sunscreens combine zinc oxide with certified organic and natural ingredients and they are highly rated for safety and efficacy. Badger is a USDA certified organic company and most of their products contain 100% certified organic ingredients that are ecologically harvested, wild-crafted, and/or fairly traded. Badger uses 100% post-consumer, non-chlorine bleached paper for the office and catalogs and all cleaning supplies are biodegradable. They have a water conservation program for facilities and for manufacturing as well as a reuse and recycle policy for all activities. Badger even ships their products carbon neutral and uses recycled materials for packaging. Their products are available in retail locations and online and include Badger Balm, lip balm, body lotions, insect repellents, sunscreen, aromatherapy oils, massage oil, and hair care products.

Ayurda - Ayurvedic Skin Care Products

Ayurda offers 100% natural skin care products created from organic ingredients and formulated with Ayurvedic wisdom, including harvesting the force of vibrational energy and a coexistence with nature blessing. Ayurda products are developed with the simple Ayurvedic principle that nothing should be applied to the skin if it cannot be taken internally. Their products are ethically produced from responsibly wild crafted ingredients that are selected for specific healing properties. Ayurda follows traditional ancient methods of cultivation that consider the energy of the area in which the plant is grown and how the lifestyle of the people growing the herbs have impacted its growth.