A look into Fair Trade origins

Fair Trade: A Closeup Look at Where Fair Trade Started. No one really knows the exact date the fair trade movement began, but most agree the groundwork was laid by a woman named Edna Ruth Byler. In 1946, Edna began importing needlecrafts from low income women in South America. She called her organization the Mennonite Central Committee. Three years later, SERRV International was…
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Elizabeth Potter
October 29, 2020

Why should you buy Fair Trade?

Over 3 billion people live on less than $2.50 a day! That is almost half the world population! One might think to give charity might help solve our global issue, but all that really does is prolong the problem! That doesn’t mean charity isn’t appreciated, or even needed sometimes because it can help, but there is another way: financial independence and sustainability. Creating jobs…
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Elizabeth Potter
October 29, 2020

Upcycling oil drums in Haiti

Haitian Handcrafted Metal Art   Croix-des-Bouquets is the origin of Haitian metalwork.  The cacophony of sounds coming from the homes of various artists, as they pound on their steel drums, permeates the streets.  Metal drums that were once used for transporting oil, or other products are purchased near the port in the capitol city of Port au Prince. The barrels…
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Elizabeth Potter
October 21, 2020

How you can avoid fast fashion and modern slavery

There once was a time when seasonal trends were part of the everyday fabric of our modern society. Everyone knew not to wear white after Labor Day. Pastels were worn during the spring season, while various shades of amber and red filled the autumn months. Then the industrial revolution arrived. Suddenly, factories were made, and mass amounts of electrical sewing…
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Elizabeth Potter
October 7, 2020