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HumanKind Fair Trade's Mission

HumanKind Fair Trade's Mission

Our mission is to provide vital fair income to artisans in the developing world by selling their Fair Trade products and telling their stories here in San Luis Obispo.

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A Unique Business Model

A Unique Business Model

We are a non-profit retail store so we depend on dedicated, knowledgeable volunteers. Click here to learn more about our structure and staff.

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A Variety of Goods

A Variety of Goods

Our vendors bring us products from all around the world ranging from coffee to clothing.

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Latest News

If you're interested in fair trade, you've come to the right spot.

HumanKind Fair Trade will blog on fair trade happenings, store events and specials, and give you personal insight into the world of fair trade.

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Singing Bowls: An Ancient Buddhist Tradition

20th June 2017 by Jenny

Do you have any bowls that are not made for eating but instead create beautiful and soothing songs? Tibetan Singing Bowls are unique bowls that are actually a type of standing bell traditionally used in the Buddhist practice as a support for meditation and prayer. Instead of hanging upside down or being attached to a handle, as one typically thinks of a bell, singing bowls are meant to sit with the bottom surface resting on a special cushion or on the floor, though it can also be played while held perched on your fingertips.

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Resourceful Kantha Crafts from Recycled Saris

7th June 2017 by Jenny

Kantha, or “patched cloth,” is an embroidery tradition coming from countries such as India and Bangladesh in the Bengal region of South Asia. Kantha refers to both the tradition and the actual stitch involved in producing unique quilted blankets out of worn cotton saris, sewn together with a distinctive running stitch that covers the entire quilt. Kantha blankets can have anywhere from around 3 to 7 layers of saris, resulting in varying levels of thickness and warmth.

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Transforming Women’s Lives with Recycled Saris

30th May 2017 by Jenny

Sari: a garment consisting of a lengths of cotton or silk elaborately draped around the body, traditionally worn by women from South Asia. Saris have been present in Indian culture and imagery for thousands of years. Hindu goddesses of beauty, knowledge, and power are depicted draped in the colorful garments, and women throughout India wear saris for many occasions. Upcycling saris reincarnates these beautiful fabrics into eco-chic jewelry, blankets, and home decor while empowering women artisans to build sustainable livelihoods and communities.

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