Category Archives: Jewelry

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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Falling Whistles

Under the most unlikely circumstances, the would-be founder of Falling Whistles, Sean Carasso, found himself in the middle of a complicated rescue of five child soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo.  Those boys were eventually freed, but their story and … Continue reading

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peaceBOMB

Laotians have a lot of garbage to deal with. Millions of bombs (most exploded, some not) litter Laos’s forests and countryside, the legacy of a decade of unthinkable bombardment during the Vietnam War.   Some citizens have found resourceful ways … Continue reading

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One Mango Tree

The ladies at One Mango Tree make handbags, clothing, and jewelry in vibrant colors and are about to come out with their fall line, in time for Fair Trade Month! Located in northern Uganda, One Mango Tree takes care of … Continue reading

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Bead for Life

The paper bead necklace has become ubiquitous among African fair trade producers.  The process is simple, the paper is easily obtained, and the results can be quite beautiful.  Bead for Life’s necklaces, bracelets, and earrings stand out among the rest. … Continue reading

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The Clarity Project

Attention lovebirds: Clear your conscience and know where your bling came from. The Clarity Project sources diamonds and precious metals from small-scale mining cooperatives in Africa and South America.  They go beyond ensuring that their products are conflict-free by monitoring … Continue reading

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