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Last Update: April 2007

Shopping with a conscience can be troubling in today's ethically challenged retail system. Fortunately there are many companies that believe human rights, the environment, and truly fair trade do not have to be sacrificed to bring consumers goods they need and want.

My hope is that this guide will help you shop with ease knowing your purchases are making peace with the earth, and not another collective blow to her fabric. This guide focuses on online fair trade stores.

As a reminder, check your local listings for fair trade stores first. Shopping locally helps your community and conserves precious resources.

My Favorite Online Fair Trade Stores

A Greater Gift www.agreatergift.org

A project of SERRV International, A Greater Gift has jewelry, housewares, clothing and fair trade chocolate!

Product Highlight: Divine Fair Trade Milk Chocolate Bars ,5 bars for $5.00 or a case of 30 for $23.00! Now that should satisfy your chocolate craving... Gift sets and other chocolate varieties are available.

Ananse Village www.anansevillage.com

Beads, children's books, instruments, crafts and much more from the Mendocino coast of Africa!

Product Highlight: African Decorative Masks, $29.00
Affordable hand crafted wooden masks.

 

Bright Hope International www.brighthope.org

Shop by group you want to help: Farmers, handicapped, prisoners, urban poor and women. Great gifts!

Product Highlight: 4 Candle Tea Light Set, $6.50
4 Seshamwood tea light candle holders in a haldu wood tray (candles included).

 

Casa Bonampak www.casabonampak.com

Latin American Fair Trade store.

Product Highlight: Zapatista Honey, 23oz, $10.95
Collected from the flowers of coffee plants in the highland communities of Chiapas, Mexico.

 

Global Exchange Store store.gxonlinestore.org/

One of the largest online fair trade stores around! Features artists and products from around the globe.

Product Highlight: Fair Trade Gift packs, $10-60
These themed gift packs are perfect if you are short on time!

 

Green Pages (Co-op America) www.greenpages.org

One of the oldest and well-respected resources for environmental, fair trade and organic retailers. Sustainable building materials, organic clothing, financial investing with a conscience--it's all in the Green Pages!

Product Highlight: Co-op America membership, $20-(How ever much you can afford)
You'll get a free copy of the Green Pages and other valuable resources when you join Co-op America.

 

Kusikuy Clothing Company www.kusikuy.com

Gorgeous organic Alpaca wool clothing from Bolivia! Modern and traditional styles for the whole family.

Product Highlight: Yarn and Natural Buttons, .36 to $12.
Stock up for the knitting season!

 

Lucuma Designs www.lucuma.com

Contemporary fine crafts and fair trade gifts from Peruvian artists and designers. Their specialty is gourd carving.

Product Highlights: Petite Gourd Ornaments, $5.95-7.95
Not just Christmas ornaments, but beautiful little art pieces.

 

Maya Works www.mayaworks.org

Handcrafted by Mayan women throughout Latin America.

Product Highlight: Mayan Bags, $3.00-$40.00
Colorful hand-crafted bags of all sizes and designs from Guatamala.

 

No Sweat Apparel www.nosweatapparel.com

No Sweat Apparel.com

Large selection of everyday active clothing with a conscience. Perfect for the hipster in your life.

Product Highlight: Printed Tees and Tanks, $15-22.
Too many cool shirts to pick just one!

 

Union Jean Company www.unionjeancompany.com

Union made jeans. Specializing in mensware.

Product Highlight: Men's Denim Jeans, $29.95
Well-made jeans made by well-paid workers.


Fair Trade Coffee

Let's say it all together, "Starbucks sucks!" Please support Fair Trade coffee.

 

Dean's Beans (FTF) www.deansbeans.com

Certified organic, kosher, fair trade coffee.

Product Highlight: Design Your Blend, $6.00/Lb.
Pick your coffee and write your own label! Great customized gift.

 

Equal Exchange (IFTA, FTC) www.equalexchange.com

Equal Exchange is one of the oldest and well-known fair trade organizations. Their products are widely available at grocers and co-ops around the country, so shop local if you can. If you are living in the boonies, you can order online!

Product Highlight: Bulk Organic Coffee, $43.50 / 5 Lb. Bag.
Reduce waste and fossil fuel consumption by ordering bulk quantities. Also perfect for small offices. My favorite Equal Exchange coffee is Organic Mind, Body and Soul.

 

Higher Grounds (FTF) www.javaforjustice.org

Fair trade organic coffee from Chiapas, Mexico.

Product Highlight: Fair Trade Eco Tour
See Fair Trade at work first hand by visiting a coffee grower!

 

Peace Coffee (FTF) www.peacecoffee.com

Fair Trade, shade grown, organic coffee from around the globe.

Product Highlight: Peace Coffee Bike Socks, $8.99
Yes, this is a coffee company, but they are also avid bikers and have a very cool logo!


Fair Trade Organizations

 

Co-op America

www.coopamerica.org

 

Oxfam International

www.oxfam.org

 

Fair Trade Federation

www.fairtradefederation.org

 

Fair Trade Resource Network

fairtraderesource.org

 

TransFair USA: Fair Trade Certified

www.transfairusa.org

 

Global Exchange

www.globalexchange.org

Did I leave out an important organization or retailer? Let me know!

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