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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 | 5 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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Block Printing with Kara!

Posted by in Fair Trade News & Views, Global Exchange Store Updates on 11th April, 2013 | 18 Comments

Step 5Sitting at my kitchen table, looking down at the beautiful tablecloth hand block printed in Bajur, India, I can’t help but wonder… Could I have made this? How difficult can block printing be? I just so happen to have some beautiful blocks, fabric paint, paintbrushes and canvas ….so here I go!
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Fair Trade Coffee Topped with Delicious Peace in D.C.

Posted by in Fair Trade News & Views, Featured, Global Exchange Fair Trade Campaign, Global Exchange Store Updates on 27th March, 2013 | 1 Comment

Delicious PeaceFair Trade coffee is about to get an extra shot of deliciousness in Washington DC with the screening of the award winning documentary film Delicious Peace at the Global Exchange Fair Trade Store (inside Busboys and Poets @ 5th & K).
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Fair Trade Vs. Local: A Big Decision for Your Neighborhood Fair Trade Store

Posted by in Fair Trade News & Views, Global Exchange Store Updates on 21st March, 2013 | 4 Comments

Global Exchange Fair Trade Store: San FranciscoThe decision between buying Fair Trade vs. local, as far as I’m concerned, is a decision between buying better vs. better. Both buying practices are rooted in knowing where your money is being spent and the impact on community. That’s why it was such a difficult decision to….
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Hand-Stitching Hope in the Slums of Calcutta

Posted by in Fair Trade News & Views, Global Exchange Fair Trade Campaign, Global Exchange Store Updates on 14th March, 2013 | 3 Comments

Fair Trade Asha ScarvesWorking at the Fair Trade Store in Berkeley, I get to see beautiful crafts arriving a few times a week. My favorite part of my job is learning about the wonderful projects and producer groups we work with. Asha Imports is no exception…..
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Share The Love This Valentine’s Day

Posted by in Global Exchange Store Updates on 6th February, 2013 | 6 Comments

heartsThis Valentine’s Day we’re excited to celebrate our love of Fair Trade with a special event at our Global Exchange Fair Trade stores…
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Fair Trade Roundup: Holiday Highlights to Know About

Posted by in Fair Trade News & Views, Fair Trade Roundups, Global Exchange Fair Trade Campaign, Global Exchange Store Updates on 19th November, 2012 | 1 Comment

lesouk mug_holiday_0Happy Thanksgiving week everybody! Check out our new Fair Trade Roundup format aimed to provide you with more Fair Trade news and info.
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Fair Trade Successes in Rural India: From Cycles of Drought to Cycles of Reuse

Posted by in Fair Trade News & Views, Global Exchange Store Updates on 1st October, 2012 | 4 Comments

PRODUCER 1The traditional block-print fabric bags the artisans in Barmer began to produce for Handmade Expressions quickly became one of their best-selling items. However, hand block-printing requires an immense volume of water to dye and print the fabric. This issue of resource management in the face of environmental and economic adversity is one that many underprivileged communities face—use water to support an income generating project at the expense of other survival needs, or suffer economic hardship?
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