Fair Trade Fashion
By LynAnne Wiest
Once you turn 30, it is time to be a grown-up woman and buy a real purse. At least, that is what I have been told. I crossed the 30-year milestone this summer, and the universe was telling me it was time to retire that freebie tote bag I had been using to haul my stuff for the past few years. My friends told me it was looking shabby, but I said it was simply “well loved.” In spite of my resistance, I knew they were right.
In Kenya, unemployment rates for the deaf are as high as 85%, as the deaf are generally considered to be unsuited for work. This discrimination is heightened against deaf women, who are often mistreated by their spouses or families.
When it comes to fair trade, it can be difficult to find the right balance between the Fair Trade Federation (FTF) principle of “Respecting Cultural Identity” and creating a product that appeals to a Western audience without appropriating cultural traditions. Read more…
HumanKind is working with a new company! Let us introduce to you Forai, or Friends Of Refugees and Immigrants. A bit different from most of our other vendors, who work with artisans in the developing world, Forai is based in St. Louis, Missouri, and works with refugees and immigrants who have moved to the U.S. Read more…
What do all of these pieces of jewelry have in common? They are all made from ammunition scrap leftover from war, transforming violent intentions into symbols of peace.