Fair Trade Marketplace at ECS

The Fair Trade Marketplace will be happening in a new and different way this year. Instead of an in-person event in the ECS school building, we are asking supporters to purchase fair trade gifts online through our vendors’ websites. In return, ECS will receive a percentage of the sales we send to these vendors so we can continue to raise critical funds for the school and support fair trade artisans around the world at the same time.

What does FAIR TRADE mean?

When: October-December 2020
Supports: Environmental Charter School and fair trade artisans all over the world
Like us on Facebook: Fair Trade Marketplace
Contact: marketplace@ecspco.org

Please pay close attention to instructions with promo codes! Codes cannot be added after your order is submitted. Contact the store you are ordering from with any technical difficulties in using the codes/links. For questions about pick-up locations (for certain vendors below), please email marketplace@ecspco.org.

Note: all links/codes apply to retail (personal) orders only, not wholesale orders.

ECS Collection of Fair Trade Gifts

Over 150 unique items available!

We are offering items for sale from previous Fair Trade Marketplace events (many at discounted prices). Order online and pick up (no-contact) in Swissvale, PA on Fridays and Saturdays through December 19 (other arrangements can be made by contacting marketplace@ecspco.org). All sales are final. Shop now.

Acacia Creations

15% of your order will be donated to ECS when shopping through this link by 12/17/20 with promo code: ECS

Acacia Creations was founded in Kenya in 2007 and now works with thousands of artisans across the globe. They create beautiful hand-crafted home textiles, tableware and décor from natural and recycled materials. With a strong commitment to fair trade, Acacia Creations works to create long-term employment that cultivates dignity, empowerment and permanent change.

FTM Volunteer Pick: Recycled Paper Star Lanterns and Acacia Wood Bowls

Andes Gifts

Get 20% off your order AND an additional 10% of your order will be donated to ECS when shopping through this link by 12/19/20 with promo code: ECS-ANDESGIFTS

Andes Gifts was founded in 1999. The majority of our artisans are mothers and grandmothers who have many years of knitting experience. These women maintain a sustainable work-life balance by creating a schedule that allows plenty of time for participation in local customs and quality time with family. Being able to earn a dependable income contributes to the economic stability of their families. We believe in forming long-term relationships with our artisans and have collaborated with the same knitting cooperatives for many years.

FTM Volunteer Pick: Kids and Adult Animal Hats

Building New Hope

30% of your order will be donated to ECS when shopping through this link by 12/12/20. Be sure to select Environmental Charter School as the benefitting organization. Shipping options: 1) pay standard shipping cost to have your order mailed to you 2) FREE delivery to Shadyside, Bloomfield, Point Breeze, Squirrel Hill North, South Hills, Mount Lebanon, Highland Park, Friendship, Larimer, East Liberty and Edgewood or 3) FREE no-contact pick-up at Fundraising Pick-up Point on December 18-20 in Swissvale 15218. If you order after 12/12/20, only the first two shipping options are available.

For more than 25 years, Pittsburgh-based group Building New Hope has been on the ground in Central America helping agrarian communities achieve sustainable economic opportunities and providing access to education. Their coffee comes from El Porvenir, a worker-owned cooperative in Nicaragua. It is certified organic and bird friendly, fostering diversity and providing habitats for migrating birds. Fair trade and shade grown coffee helps keeps communities healthy.

FTM Volunteer Pick: Organic, shade-grown coffee

Costa RicArt

40% of your order will be donated to ECS when shopping through this link with promo code: FAIRTRADE

Costa RicArt started in 2011 with the idea to use mainly reclaimed materials to create art. The founder, Ricardo Solis, is a mixed media artist and graphic designer who moved from Costa Rica to the US five years ago and is currently living in Pittsburgh, PA. Much of the inspiration for his art came from the biodiversity of Costa Rica and the goal to reduce our environmental footprint. This will be our third year partnering with ECS, and we are really excited to be one of your options when looking for presents for your family and friends during the holiday season.

FTM Volunteer Pick: Pittsburgh Bottle Cap Keychains

Fair Anita

15% of your order will be donated to ECS when shopping through this link with promo code: ECS

Fair Anita partners with over 8,000 talented women around the world. They make jewelry, accessories, tees, bamboo utensils and straws and face masks. Artisans earn 2-4 times the minimum wage in their country, and receive health insurance and education stipends.

FTM Volunteer Pick: Reusable Bamboo Utensils and Straws

Lucuma Designs

10% of your order will be donated to ECS when shopping for personal/retail orders through this link by 12/31/20 with promo code: ECS2020. Orders over $75 will receive free shipping.

Lucuma Designs celebrates the beauty in everything handmade! With sustainability in mind, we seek to benefit people and put our Mother Earth ahead of profits. Inspired by love for nature and rooted in tradition, our fair trade gifts and fine crafts support cottage industries in Peru and Costa Rica. We’re proud members of the Fair Trade Federation and 1% for The Planet. From natural gourd art to organic cotton finger puppets, discover something special for everyone on your list!

FTM Volunteer Pick: Gourd Birdhouses and Gourd Ornaments

Mayamam Weavers

10% of your order will be donated to ECS when shopping through this link. Enter promo code ECSFREESHIP for free shipping.

Mayamam Weavers is excited to be part of the Fair Trade Marketplace at ECS! Located in the northwest highlands of Guatemala, Mayamam Weavers is a women’s weaving cooperative creating handwoven home goods and accessories for modern living, inspired by the rich colors and patterns and traditional weaving techniques of Mayan culture. The cooperative has grown to 25 weavers and seamstresses, all earning fair trade wages while learning the skills to run a business.

FTM Volunteer Pick: Wine Totes and Jewelry Rolls

Mayan Hands

10% of your order will be donated to ECS when shopping through this link by 12/16/20. Use the code FREESHIPECS for free shipping on orders over $75.

Mayan Hands is a fair trade non profit organization partnering with Mayan women artisans in the rural Guatemalan Highlands. Using both traditional and innovative techniques and designs, our artisan partners create heirloom quality handmade products including handwoven textiles, pine needle baskets and felted wool animals with folk art appeal.

FTM Volunteer Pick: Felted Wool Animals and Ornaments

Mr. Ellie Pooh

Get 10% off your order AND an additional 10% of your order will be donated to ECS when shopping through this link by 1/1/21

At Mr. Ellie Pooh, we provide sustainable paper making and artisan jobs in the Kegalle district of Sri Lanka. These jobs help build support for the local communities and are essential to the success of our conservation efforts. We educate villagers to live among and respect the elephant in an area where humans and elephants are often in conflict. In this way, elephants can be viewed as an economic asset, rather than a liability.

FTM Volunteer Pick: Small and Large Notebooks made of elephant dung and recycled paper!

Project Have Hope

Get 20% off your order AND 10% of your order will be donated to ECS when shopping through this link by 12/18/20.

Project Have Hope is a non-profit organization that seeks to empower women in the Acholi Quarter of Uganda by providing education to both the women and their children and assisting the women in establishing business opportunities to promote economic stability and sustainability. They believe education is integral to achieve sustained success. Their goal is to provide education, at all levels, to each woman, which empowers them and gives them much needed tools to create a brighter future.

FTM Volunteer Pick: Paper Bead Earrings and Hope Cures Collection Bracelets


20% of your order will be donated to ECS when shopping through this link.

A fair trade nonprofit since 1949, SERRV International is committed to small-scale global artisans and farmers through long-term trading partnerships. SERRV supports their efforts to build sustainable employment, resources, rights and a vision of hope in their communities. SERRV works with artisan and farmer groups in 25 countries to produce handcrafted gifts, home décor, fashion, and food items through fair trade. Artisans are paid fair wages in advance – both when SERRV places an order and when the order ships. Revenue is channeled back to those producers to fund employment, education, community building, and healthcare initiatives.

FTM Volunteer Pick: Terracotta Breadwarmers and Divine Chocolate (two items that always sell out at our in-person events!)

Silk Road Bazaar

A donation will be made to ECS when you shop through this link.

Silk Road Bazaar represents 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.

FTM Volunteer Pick: Felt Ornaments: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Greta Thunberg, Dr. Fauci, Michelle Obama, and more!

Ten Thousand Villages

12% of your order will be donated to ECS when shopping through this link by 12/12/20 with promo code: FUNDECS. Online orders will NOT be shipped — you can choose to pick up at the Squirrel Hill store or no-contact pick-up on December 18-20 in Swissvale 15218.

You may also shop in person at Ten Thousand Villages, 5820 Forbes Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15217 or via phone: 412-421-2160 (view catalog here to order by phone) by 12/12/20. Just be sure to mention you are shopping to support ECS.

Ten Thousand Villages Pittsburgh is a fair trade retailer of artisan-crafted home decor, personal accessories and gift items from across the globe. Featuring products from more than 130 artisan groups in some 38 countries, we are part of a network of over 390 retail outlets throughout the United States selling Ten Thousand Villages products. Ten Thousand Villages Pittsburgh has been a partner vendor with the Fair Trade Marketplace since our first event over 10 years ago!

FTM Volunteer Pick: Kitty/Puppy Panhandler (pot handle holder) and Candy Cane Soap

Wanderlust Jewelry

20% of your order will be donated to ECS when shopping through this link by 12/15/20 with promo code: ECSmarket. Orders over $35 ship free!

Wanderlust Jewelry is excited to be part of ECS online Fair Trade Marketplace this season. Since 1981, Wanderlust Jewelry has produced a unique assortment of handmade jewelry. Working side-by-side with talented Peruvian painters and artisans, Wanderlust offers a variety of fair trade jewelry. We carry earrings, bracelets, and necklaces, hand-crafted in small family run workshops. Wanderlust specializes in hand-painted earrings, featuring birds, flowers and animals.

FTM Volunteer Pick: Hand-painted Jewelry — Children’s Necklaces (on sale!) and Bird Earrings

Women of the Cloud Forest

30% of your order will be donated to ECS when shopping through this link by 12/16/20 with promo code: FTM2020

Women of the Cloud Forest has been working in fair trade since 2001. Also known as Flatboat Fair Traders, they have direct, long-term relationships with small family workshops and cooperatives in Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Peru. In addition to placing consistent orders with their artisan partners, they provide business training and product development/design and offer no-interest micro-loans and direct grants for workshop capacity building. This holistic approach to business enables their artisan partners to grow their businesses and access new markets without creating cycles of dependency.

FTM Volunteer Pick: Tree of Life Luminaries and Butterfly Wing Earrings

Worlds Finds

Get 20% off your order AND an additional 20% of your order will be donated to ECS when shopping through this link by 12/31/20 with promo code: ECSPGH

WorldFinds is a design-driven brand of jewelry and accessories that empowers women through fair trade. Our sustainable styles transcend all seasons, and collections range from minimalist to statement pieces. A large part of our collection includes designs handmade from repurposed textiles. Our colorful jewelry uses upcycled Kantha and Sari textiles, so they are one-of-a-kind and incredibly kind to the Earth. These handmade designs create dignified work for our artisan partners in India, and support education projects to provide impact in their communities.

FTM Volunteer Pick: Kantha Connection bracelets and Kantha earrings


10% of your order will be donated to ECS when shopping through this link with promo code: CHARTER

ZuMantra is a Pittsburgh-based, ethically-driven social enterprise geared towards women empowerment. ZuMantra’s goal is to support hard-working, talented women artisans to become financially stable, economically independent, and to enable them to make better choices for their families. Founded by two sisters, Zara and Marvi, while they were in middle school, the organization works with artisan cooperatives in South Asia. They aim to preserve traditional, indigenous art forms while encompassing modern, enduring designs.

FTM Volunteer Pick: Face Masks

About Fair Trade

fairtrade_square_facebookFair 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.

From SERRV: Fair trade is a commitment to better trading conditions on behalf of the people who actually make and grow products. Artisans and farmers are paid fairly for their work and benefit from safe working conditions. Fair trade promotes gender equality and protection for children. Fair trade is also a system that creates long-term relationships based on dialogue, transparency, honesty, and respect.

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.