Tag Archive | Fair Trade Designs

Are Free Trade and Fair Trade The Same?

Many people seem to think free trade and fair trade are interchangeable phrases.  But they’re two very different concepts that can be hard to explain. The Fair Trade Federation has created this brief overview of these two  complex topics.

Promoting Fair Trade-Principle #4

Promoting Fair Trade-Principle #4

  Do you ever wonder what it means if something is fair trade?  That’s the question the fourth fair trade principle was created to answer. Any business that sells fair trade products, whether food, fashion, or home accessories, is tasked with the job of not only answering that question but also spreading the word about fair […]

Building Relationships=Building Capacity: Fair Trade Principle #3

Building Relationships=Building Capacity: Fair Trade Principle #3

 When you hear the term build capacity, you probably think about companies building new factories to increase production.  In the fair trade world, building capacity encompasses a completely different approach. Its aim is to develop the independence of the producers who grow and create fair trade products. The fair trade community, both business owners and […]

How a yen for travel launched a fair trade business.

How a yen for travel launched a fair trade business.

Another story in a series about the inspiring fair trade businesswomen who supply our beautiful products.  Giovanna Mantilla likes to travel.  She and her mother took off about 7 years ago on an excursion through India and Southeast Asia that lasted six months. Along the way, she kept stumbling on small artisan groups and families hand crafting beautiful […]

My Guatemalan Trip–I Learn To Make A “Princesa” Beaded Necklace

The best-selling product in my store also happens to be my personal favorite, the “Princesa” line of hand-beaded necklaces, earrings, and bracelets.  So I was thrilled to visit the wonderful group of women who make this and a number of other stunning pieces of jewelry during my trip to Guatemala last month.

Muses Magazine Feature

Muses Magazine July 2012 Stephanie King, founder of Fair Trade Designs, is one of the “Guest Muses” in the July 2012 issue of Muses Magazine.  She answered the following interview questions posed to her by the editor, Rebecca Lacy. The questions are inspired by the nine muses the magazine celebrates each month. Click the link […]