I used to be a speed shopper—grabbing what caught my eye without giving much thought to how, where or by whom it was made.
But as I resurrected my former green self from college days and became involved in fair trade, my shopping rate has slowed to a snail’s pace. I want to know as much as I can about what I’m buying so I diligently read labels and ask questions before I hand over my money.
Biking past hand-painted fabric drying in the sun.
Is it made in a place known for sweat shops? Were animals or the earth harmed to make it? How much of what I’m paying gets back to the original producer? Questions not easily answered by reading labels.
So when I was thinking about starting my fair trade business, I knew I wanted to include as much information about the product and its makers as I could find. Since there are still plenty of speed shoppers out there anxious to make a quick buy, I try to keep it short and sweet.
But for you folks who want more—and because I don’t want to short-change the craftsmanship and humanity behind the products—I’ll be regularly featuring in these posts one of the artisan groups who create the products I sell.
First up is Tribal Textiles, Continue Reading »