At Ben & Jerry’s, we take Fair Trade seriously. In fact, all of our pints now use fully Fairtrade Certified ingredients from our coffee to our chocolate. With one of the biggest shopping days of the year fast approaching, we thought we’d bring you a list of places where your dollar does double duty—great gifts for a fair price.
Images courtesy of Global Exchange
Global Exchange Fair Trade Store
Looking for the perfect housewarming gift? Head to the Global Exchange Fair Trade Store in Berkeley for gifts and housewares from artisans around the world. The shop sources goods from thousands of people and families in 40 countries around the globe. Enter the shop and you’ll find that not only were the producers paid a fair price for their goods, but that the shop prices are fair for customers, too.
Ten Thousand Villages
Ten Thousand Villages started with humble roots back in the 1940s, and has since grown into a thriving non-profit with almost 390 retail shops nationwide. Step inside and you’ll find handmade jewelry, home goods, textiles and artwork made from disadvantaged artisans in 38 countries—each one telling a unique story.
If its impressive collection of international goods weren’t enough to coax you inside, Ten Thousand Villages is also one of the world’s oldest and largest Fair Trade organizations. Even better, Ten Thousand Villages is also one of the founding members of the International Fair Trade Association (now World Fair Trade Association).
After 12 years running this sustainable goods outfit, the owners still make routine trips to countries like India, Thailand, and Peru to collect and curate hand made goods to bring back to the States. Whether you’re buying them for yourself or a friend, their beautiful pieces are sure to make the world a better place, and your home a better space.
Located in the heart of South Park, Make Good sells handmade gifts crafted by local artisans from the San Diego and Tijuana areas. Home goods, artwork, clothing, jewelry and other handmade items are on display in this cozy store—many of which come from recycled products.
What began with handcrafts made from Sophia and eight other artists has since grown to a shop filled with eccentric and charming pieces from nearly 135 local artisans—all dedicated to using sustainable products. Sophia’s relationship with each of the artists affords her the luxury of knowing the story behind each piece, along with how and with what materials it was made.
Online and San Francisco
TCHO is one of the nation’s first certified fair trade and organic bean-to-bar chocolate shops. Serving up what they call “New American Chocolate,” TCHO works directly with their cacao bean growers to source the TCHO deliciousness. Not only do they pay them just compensation, they also teach the growers sustainable farming techniques, provide the resources necessary to harvest the tastiest beans, and offer chocolate sensory training so the growers know what to look for in a good crop. You can find their chocolate products online or at the Westfield Mall in San Francisco.
Fair Trade Winds
Online & Nationwide
With seven stores across the US, the family owned and operated Fair Trade Winds encourages customers to “shop with purpose.” All of their retail shops offer environmentally sustainable and fair trade items that support artisans from around the world. Many of their offerings are made from recycled materials, using techniques that have been passed down from generation to generation. Stop by or shop online for home goods, jewelry, and gifts.
Committed to using beans that have a high standard of environmental and social sustainability, Caffe Vita is building close and empowering relationships with growers around the globe. In fact, every single cup of coffee served at Caffe Vita can be tracked back to the farm from which the coffee beans originated. Caffe Vita also pays their growers and local cooperative a rate that exceeds the fair trade rate, to ensure they have enough to maintain their sustainable farming practices. They even make a trip to each of their farms at least once per harvest to make sure that the growers are, in fact, using social, environmental, and overall healthy practices. Grab a bag of these community-minded beans for the coffee lover in your life!
Got a friend’s birthday coming up? Sustainable NYC is your one-stop-shop for thoughtful, quality gift giving in the Big Apple. Step into their cafe for a cup of freshly brewed Fair Trade coffee to perk you up before browsing. Peek through their stacks of goodies, jewelry, and chocolates, or pick up a few decorative Fair Trade felt flowers for a gift that keeps on giving.