The Fair Trade Marketplace at ECS provides a selection of fair trade, sustainable, affordable gifts for socially and environmentally responsible holiday gift giving. We invite children to the Chickadee’s Nest where they can shop independently for gifts under $10. Enjoy some soup and baked goods after you shop. Open to the public!
When: Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 10am – 4pm
Sunday, December 11, 2016 at 12 – 4pm
Where: Environmental Charter School (Upper School), 829 Milton Ave., Regent Square 15218
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About Fair Trade
Fair trade products come from non-profit organizations and ethical businesses which prioritize people and the planet before profit. They offer a wide variety of unique, handmade products at affordable prices. Through fair trade, artisans and farmers in developing countries are able to earn an honest living, to provide for their children, and to be gainfully employed in a job that brings dignity and joy. Fair trade organizations build partnerships with these individuals and contribute to the development of communities through educational, nutritional, environmental, and health programs.
With its attention to environmentalism and equality, fair trade shopping demonstrates not only true ECS school spirit, but also holiday spirit–no matter which winter holiday you’re celebrating!
Fair Trade? Free Trade? What’s the difference? The Fair Trade Federation explains: Fair Trade, Free Trade: Similar in Name Only.
Our Fair Trade Vendors
Acacia Creations NEW for 2016!
The mission of Acacia Creations has always been to improve lives in a long-lasting and sustainable way. They go beyond fair trade by creating jobs, providing training, and giving back to communities through their education and healthcare initiatives. They work directly with thousands of craftsmen and women at our Nairobi, Kenya studio and across Asia to improve their skills and product designs.
Amizade Global Service-Learning has been empowering individuals and communities through worldwide service and learning since 1994. Amizade partners with CEOLI, a center for disabled youth, which was founded in 1986 as an oasis of caring, education, and help, and serves nearly 150 children and young adults in the Cochabamba area of Bolivia. For several years, a small group of severely disabled young artists, led by talented art teachers, has been hand-painting greeting cards of typical Bolivian scenes. These beautiful cards make a thoughtful gift and show your commitment to creating a more equitable world.
Building New Hope
Building New Hope is a volunteer-driven nonprofit organization based in Pittsburgh, PA and Nicaragua. In Nicaragua, they partner with a worker-owned coffee cooperative, operate two schools for at-risk youth, and sponsor high school scholarships. In Pittsburgh, they engage with local schools, faith groups, farmers, and businesses to spread awareness about and appreciation for the culture, coffee, and communities in Central America.
Divine Chocolate is co-owned by the 85,000 farmer members of Kuapa Kokoo, the cooperative in Ghana that supplies the cocoa for each bar of Divine. As owners, they get a share in the profits, a say in the company, and a voice in the global marketplace.
For over 20 years, dZi has been designing and promoting handmade and Fair Trade products created by Tibetan and other Himalayan artisans. As a founding member of the Fair Trade Federation, they strive to uphold fair trade principles; promote sustainability, recycling, re-usable and renewable packaging; and provide economic opportunity and empowerment for artisans.
Education & More
Education and More is a non-profit, fair trade organization that assists disadvantaged artisans in marketing their handcrafts thereby creating economic opportunities for artisans who are otherwise unable to earn an income in rural Guatemala.
Equal Exchange’s mission is to build long-term trade partnerships that are economically just and environmentally sound, to foster mutually beneficial relationships between farmers and consumers and to demonstrate the contribution of worker co-operatives and fair trade to a more equitable, democratic and sustainable world.
Haiti H2O works with rural Haitian communities, cultivating hope and opportunities. They work to provide basic necessities like clean, running water and to develop sustainable business projects in these villages, like community farming projects.
INTO is a fair trade organization working directly with families in Ecuador. They aim to give their partner artisans the opportunity to establish sustainable living through their skilled work.
Through artistic collaboration, superb craftsmanship, sustainable design and amazing teamwork, Lucuma Design’s collections spread beauty and cheer to consumers and artists alike! By building win-win partnerships for the long run, we create opportunities that empower Peruvian artists to help themselves and their communities. Lucuma Designs has been a proud member of the Fair Trade Federation since 1999.
Marquet is dedicated to importing handmade accessories, gifts, and decor from Thailand and Vietnam. We travel around the world to meet craftsmen and find new and exciting products. Our goal is to empower artisans and entrepreneurs in developing countries by expanding their potential to reach a larger audience.
Mira Fair Trade
Mira Fair Trade empowers women artisans by helping them attain long-term sustainability and economic independence through the Fair Trade model, rather than via traditional charitable donations. They offer customers a wide variety of eclectic, unique home decor made ethically with many recycled materials.
Mr. Ellie Pooh
Mr. Ellie Pooh is an eco-friendly fair trade company that sells handmade paper products made up of 30% fiber from elephant dung and 70% post consumer paper. Mr. Ellie Pooh’s papers are handmade, acid free and as organic as it gets. Ellie Pooh paper has an important role in the saving the population of Asian elephants in Sri Lanka.
As members of the Fair Trade Federation, Pocket Disc is committed to supporting and improving the lives of the Maya that create these flying works of art. In 2011, we installed water filtration systems in 20 different villages. As a Green Certified Business, we further our mission of environmental ethics through a nearly paperless office environment and by sponsoring and organizing local events like river clean-up days.
Project Have Hope
Project Have Hope is a non-profit organization that seeks to empower women in Uganda by providing education to both the women and their children and assisting the women to establish business opportunities to promote economic stability and sustainability. Project Have Hope has tapped into the artistry and industriousness of these extraordinary women. We have developed markets for these individual works of art and use the revenue to fund educational and economic programs.
Redemption Song Foundation NEW for 2016!
Redemption Song Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit organization with a mission to spread hope by growing healthy communities and sustainable ecosystems in Africa, starting in Uganda. RSF aims to empower people and communities to rise above their circumstances through education of all types, spiritual development, and music — as Bob Marley sings in Redemption Song, “emancipate yourself from mental slavery, only yourselves can free your minds.”
Serrv is a nonprofit, fair trade organization dedicated to lifting disadvantaged artisans, farmers, and their families out of poverty. We partner with 55 small-scale artisan/farmer organizations and cooperatives to bring you unique, handcrafted product collections. We emphasize the word “partnership” in our work because that’s what these relationships are–we’ve created a system of creative collaboration built on mutual respect and trust, creating high-quality and well-designed items using sustainable materials and production techniques. Some of these partnerships have lasted for over 35 years!
Silk Road Bazaar
Silk Road Bazaar is a wholesale representative of marginalized artist groups located in Central Asia. We connect with artists who are far from the capitals, who have limited market access, who do not possess modern marketable skills but have carried on traditional craft culture.
Ten Thousand Villages
Ten Thousand Villages creates opportunities for artisans in developing countries to earn income by bringing their products and stories to our markets through long-term, fair trading relationships. One of the world’s largest fair trade organizations and a founding member of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO), the company strives to improve the livelihood of tens of thousands of disadvantaged artisans in 38 countries.
THREEafrica is a fair trade non-profit organization that helps provide access to education and employment for young Malawian women. Our goals are to engage local Malawian women with employment opportunities and fair wages; to provide access to education for young Malawian women by using our profits to establish secondary education funds, and to empower Malawian women through fair work, education, and opportunity.
Working side-by-side with talented Peruvian painters, Wanderlust Jewelry produces a unique assortment of handmade jewelry. They have maintained a standard policy of fair wages for the artisans in Peru for almost thirty years.
Women of the Cloud Forest
Women of the Cloud Forest is a fair trade organization based in Pittsburgh, PA that works with artisans in Costa Rica to produce jewelry using sustainably harvested seeds from tropical forests. Recently, they added a new line of jewelry from a group of talented artisans in the mountain community of San Juan de Oriente, Nicaragua.
WorldFinds’ mission is to create positive change, build hope, and design beautiful, sustainable products for a better world. It’s a business using fashion and design to combat poverty.