Ten Thousand Villages: Fair Trade FashionWednesday, December 17, 2014
As one of the oldest and largest Fair Trade organizations in North America, Ten Thousand Villages is a non-profit program that sells artisan-crafted personal accessories, home decor and gift items from the world over. They have as their mission statement the goal of creating "opportunities for artisans in developing countries to earn income by bringing their products and stories to our markets through long-term, fair trading relationships." And what could be better than giving a gift made by a talented artisan that has been fairly purchased from sustainable sources?
Given that Ten Thousand Villages is an organization designed to benefit artisans, they market products from handicraft and agricultural organizations based in low-income countries, thereby supporting their livelihood. So not only will you find products that are truly unique, you can shop in good conscience knowing that the artisans who have made them have received respect, dignity and hope from earning fair value for their hard work.
For review, Ten Thousand Villages sent over a lovely package that contained a gorgeous Garden Paisley Infinity Scarf ($34) and a pair of teardrop Kenya earrings ($24). I think I'm going to get a lot of use out of my new scarf. It suits me well, no?
Donning new earrings & a gorgeous infinity scarf made by international #fairtrade artisans. Thanks @villagescanada! pic.twitter.com/bLgr6LfwRf
— Diana M. (@TeacherMomOfTwo) December 9, 2014
To view more of their products, visit tenthousandvillages.ca. Search for a store near you or order online by tomorrow to guarantee that your order is shipped by Christmas. And if you spend over $100, you can enjoy flat rate shipping for $5.
Disclosure: I received product to help facilitate this review. Any opinions expressed in this post are my own.