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Buy Fair

Ten thousand villages is a home away from home for me. I visit my local shop to get away from the city and travel across the world where art, beauty, love and dramatic attention to detail is all under one roof. When I need something special in a pinch and it's too late to order from Etsy or other handmade market places, I turn to Ten Thousand Villages for all my last minute gift giving needs and help support the fair trade movement.

Fair trade is just another way we can help the environment. Many if not all artisans from other countries create wonderful works of art with what little they have in there village or community. Sustainability and recycling natural resources are just a few Eco practices used by these incredibly talented artisans.

TTV is a part of a world wide movement with over 300 IFAT members and over 70 countries.

The IFAT principals of fair trade include:

1. Creating opportunities for economically disadvantaged producers
2. Transparency and accountability
3. Capacity building
4. Payment of a fair price
5. Gender equity
6. Good working conditions
7. Care for the environment

IFAT stands for International Fair Trade Organization. Created in 1989 IFAT's mission is to improve the lively hoods and well beings of disadvantage producers. TTV is just one of the thousands of companies that meet the standards of the IFAT. The IFAT performs annual audits and requires a signed contract to make sure that retailers who promote fair trade are in fact purchasing fair trade products.

Buying Fair trade can actually improve the lives of the poorest people by offering a "fair" wage which then allows under developed tribes, towns, groups etc. to create schooling, health clinics and housing for there community.


This topic is very interesting and so important to our well being as a whole. It's important to promote and support such companies that buy fair trade. In talking with most people, they don't even know what fair trade is or what it even means to us and the world. And how fair trade can transform the way we look at mass produced goods and how badly we need to stop the importing of rancid, cheap, way overprices items from countries that don't pay their workers a penny for hours and hours of laborious work. These type of working conditions will not stop unless we stop supporting it. It's up to us and only us to change the world.

A few of my faves from Ten Thousand Villages...




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