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Peace Corps Volunteer Gives us the Inside Scoop on One of our Senegalese Artisan Groups

Posted by in Global Exchange Store Updates on 16th March, 2011 | 9 Comments

IMG_1926Ever wondered how a fair trade business begins? I got the inside scoop from a friend in the Peace Corps.Of course, it didn’t take long to realize that the recycled prayer mat baskets sold at Global Exchange Fair Trade Stores are the exact same baskets coming from my friend’s Peace Corps project in Senegal. Small world, eh?

Post-Consumer “Garbage” Gets Another Chance!

Posted by in Global Exchange Store Updates on 27th January, 2011 | 1 Comment

clutch“People are so smart!” is something I often overhear at Global Exchange’s Fair Trade Store in San Francisco. As customers wander the store, I watch their sheer amazement in the “garbage” turned into beautifully hand-crafted gifts. By making creative consumer products out of post-consumer material, artisans world-wide are not only reducing their environmental footprint, but are also reminding us that it is possible to take things out of the waste stream and make profitable – and beautiful – products.