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Choosing Fair Trade Over High Rent

Posted by in Fair Trade News & Views, Global Exchange Fair Trade Campaign, Global Exchange Store Updates on 8th April, 2014 | 6 Comments

SF_StoreFor over 25 years, the Global Exchange Fair Trade Stores have taken a clear commitment to the artisan seriously and have worked hard to create thriving stores as community spaces where we can come together to celebrate and support the work of artisans around the world. Our stores are alive with the stories of prosperous cultivation, craftsmanship, and community support.
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Join #BagsAcrossBorders to Connect With Fair Trade Artisans

Posted by in Fair Trade News & Views, Global Exchange Store Updates on 12th February, 2014 | No Comments

Eco-Shopper-Tote-bagCheck out some of the #BagsAcrossBorders submissions, plus find out how you can join in on the fun before it’s too late!
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Journey to India – In Pursuit of People-to-People Ties

Posted by in Global Exchange Fair Trade Campaign, Global Exchange Store Updates on 7th February, 2014 | 2 Comments

Bags-Across-BordersI am headed to India and would love your involvement in building direct ties with Fair Trade artisans! Here’s how to get involved.
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Fair Trade New Year Resolutions

Posted by in Global Exchange Store Updates on 8th January, 2014 | 3 Comments

Singing bowl for Meditation Handmade in Tibet and available in SfWhen I left the Global Exchange San Francisco shop on Christmas Eve (to drive to my parent’s house in Laguna Beach) it was filled with people and energy, a mixture of Christmas anticipation and December exhaustion. Our store Christmas tree, holding (8 hours installation time of) little white lights, had been standing strong since Thanksgiving. […]
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Fair Trade Knitting Communities of Bolivia and Peru

Posted by in Global Exchange Store Updates on 14th November, 2013 | No Comments

splash-image-bigNew Global Exchange Fair Trade Store Sales Associate Carly spreads the love for Fair Trade knitting communities of Bolivia and Peru.
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Fair Trade Store Becomes San Francisco Certified Green Business

Posted by in Global Exchange Store Updates on 13th November, 2013 | 3 Comments

green sign sfWe are proud to announce that the Global Exchange Fair Trade store in San Francisco has met the highest standards of the San Francisco Green Business Program. We are officially a Green place to shop! Here’s what that means……
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Sneak Peek at a Fair Trade Buyer’s Picks for Fall

Posted by in Global Exchange Store Updates on 12th September, 2013 | 4 Comments

Coming Soon!Wondering how we choose our Fair Trade product for fall? Fall is the special time of year when our partners in Fair Trade introduce their new collections and every year, as the buyer for the Global Exchange Fair Trade Stores, I attend the New York International Gift Show, where I can see, touch, and sometimes try on what’s new in Fair Trade! Here are a few of my very favorites from this year’s show….
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Bells of Mindfulness: Finding Fair Trade in Sacred Spaces

Posted by in Fair Trade News & Views, Global Exchange Fair Trade Campaign, Global Exchange Store Updates on 6th August, 2013 | 8 Comments

Indika bells at SF storeThe Bells of Mindfulness, proposes to deeply examine the idea of sacred spaces. Drawing on the Buddhist tradition of using temple bells as an aid for mindfulness, Tiffany suspended 1000 Indika bells and 1000 handmade paper cranes attached to brightly colored ribbons, color blocked, from a persimmon tree in Montalvo’s Italianate Garden, creating a tranquil space for rest and reflection. The Bells of Mindfulness is a participatory sculpture. See how you can get involved…
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Finding Potential in Paper: Upcycled Newsprint for Fathers Day!

Posted by in Fair Trade News & Views, Global Exchange Store Updates on 12th June, 2013 | 2 Comments

recyceld mag coasterWhen I walk into my dad’s house it’s literally piled with paper. He fumbles with his new smart phone by day, but when the evening rolls around he finds no greater pleasure then thumbing through print magazines. So when I told him about a group of artisans in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam who are making beautiful, functional housewares out of the magazine and newspaper he has stacked around his apartment, he wanted to know more….
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Mom Wants Her Raw Materials Sourced Right

Posted by in Fair Trade News & Views, Global Exchange Fair Trade Campaign, Global Exchange Store Updates on 30th April, 2013 | 5 Comments

Tagua Earrings in Stunning Spring Time TurquoiseIt’s almost Mothers Day, and mom who knows right from wrong better then anybody, doesn’t want a gift sourced from others’ suffering. As a daughter, adoring aunt, and buyer at the Global Exchange Fair Trade Stores, I know that Fair Trade jewelry is always the right gift for mom. Here’s where it gets complicated……
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