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People-to-People Ties Through Fair Trade

Posted by in Global Exchange Store Updates on 31st March, 2014 | 3 Comments

Bags Across BordersKara, our Fair Trade Store manager is in India meeting with those artisans hearing their stories, learning about their hand-block printing techniques, and sharing the photos and messages that were collected, thus bringing to life the connection between artisan and conscious consumer.
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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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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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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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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 | 2 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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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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Fair Trade Artisan Organizer Visits San Francisco Store

Posted by in Fair Trade News & Views, Global Exchange Store Updates on 22nd May, 2012 | 2 Comments

The Global Exchange Fair Trade store in San Francisco loved hosting Lata ji from SURE, Alison from Handmade Expression, and Courtney from Fair Trade Towns!When Lata Kachhawan first went to visit the communities in rural Rajasthan, she had to walk or go by camel. There were no roads, no electricity, just miles of sand dunes to walk over. And when she finally got to the village, the few women she saw walking to the well ran away from her, scared about what an outsider might be doing there. Over twenty years later, things have changed a lot–find out how Fair Trade has been an important part of that transformation.
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Mom Always Said Play Fair! Surprise Her With Free Fair Trade Gift

Posted by in Global Exchange Store Updates on 9th May, 2012 | 2 Comments

banglesMom usually knows best–and she deserves the same! Celebrate Mother’s Day with a special Fair Trade gift from our Global Exchange Fair Trade stores and receive a free set of beautiful bangle bracelets. You’ll be supporting artisans with over 1,000 years experience!
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This Earth Day, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – and Shop Fair Trade!

Posted by in Global Exchange Store Updates on 14th April, 2011 | 4 Comments

smiling-planet-earth-cartoon-2-thumIn honor of Earth Day on April 22nd, San Francisco’s Global Exchange Store is highlighting exceptional examples of recycled and sustainably harvested goods. Fair Trade Certification does not only signify living wage standards for artisans worldwide, it also means that strict environmental regulations are in place. Fair trade discourages deforestation and the use of harmful chemicals, and encourages organic farming techniques, recycling post-consumer waste, the use of sustainably harvested natural materials, and the protection of natural resources.
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