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The Nut That’s Saving the Rainforest and Improving Lives

The Nut That’s Saving the Rainforest and Improving Lives

Quick—what comes to mind when you hear “fair trade”?  Coffee, chocolate, tea?  How about eco-friendly jewelry?  Probably not. But a small nut transformed into beautiful jewelry by fair trade artisans is pivotal to environmental goals in South America and to preserving the elephant population.

The Feminist Fair Trade Movement

Whenever I attend the various trade shows where many of my fair trade suppliers present their newest products, I am struck by the preponderance of women who have founded and run fair trade companies.  Their sole purpose is empowering marginalized artisans, 70% of whom are women. A frequent comment from these dedicated women who work […]