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31 Bits

Taking paper beads to a beautiful new level, the ladies of 31 Bits (99 of them!) create stunning pieces from their homes in Gulu, Uganda.  Designs are unexpectedly sophisticated and beautifully presented on the 31 Bits website, and most importanly, … Continue reading

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Ten Thousand Villages

Perhaps you’ve heard of them. Founder Edna Ruth Byler catalyzed the Fair Trade movement way back in the 1940s.  Today there are more than 70 Ten Thousand Villages shops in the US and 300 more stores that carry their products … Continue reading

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Sir Richard’s

At a little over $1 a pop, Sir Richard’s Condom Company delivers a double-whammy.  For  discerning ladies and gents, these vegan-friendly condoms come smartly packaged and ready for action in four varieties.   And for every condom sold?  You guessed … Continue reading

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Krochet Kids

Kohl, Travis and Stewart began crocheting their own winter hats when they were awkwardly awesome high-schoolers in Spokane, WA.  They even sold some of their creations and were  known locally as the Krochet Kids. Fast-forward a decade or so and … Continue reading

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Cause Bound

The new semester’s coming up and you’re dreading the long lines and hefty price tag at the college bookstore.  But wait! There’s Cause Bound! Cause Bound is a college textbook shopping site that meets a few needs: books for kids … Continue reading

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Roma Boots

Wellies. Galoshes. Topboots. Gummies. Billies. Rain Boots. They’re the practical alternative to toe exposure in rainy, muddy, and otherwise mucky conditions.  Keep your tootsies toasty and help Romanian kids do the same in a pair of Roma boots. Founder Samuel … Continue reading

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Named after an old man founder Willy Oppenheim met in India, this online network facilitates partnerships between volunteers and the organizations that need them.  Its focus is on education, both at home and abroad, and volunteers can search for opportunities … Continue reading

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