Hey there smart stuff! If you’re reading my blog, you are def a more enlightened, creative type of individual so you probably are already pretty on top of this stuff, so ignore the following scriven “beating” that’s about to occur. If you know a mall-rat or at least an”office tapir” that skulks ’round the coffee machine’ every AM waving around their Nordstrom card and talking about gettin’ some “deals” on their lunchbreak, then Implore these capricious consumers to resist non-fair trade products and instead set an eco-conscious example by buying online at “http://www.globalexchange.com” Purchasing with creativity and conscience is a win-win for all. Tell those demented denizens of Dillons, those natiform naves of Nordstrom that with merely a few drags of their index finger and a few clicks with the thumb (oh! that’s MAC, and it’s easier, sorry… I should not assume…) they can go to http://www.globalexchange.org and help folks! Some of these people have quit their ‘maquiladora-type’ jobs (the ones that actually had the freedom to do it anyway), and joined a coop where they share the profits from the products they make. These products are made from recycled materials procured in and around their communities. Coops help people to build a better lifestyle and they afford their members an alternative to working in “sweat production houses.” They gain a semblance of self esteem and some form of monetary sustenance. If we’re gonna “consume” then maybe it’s a good idea to think about how we do it. Oh…yah..for all you soccer moms that will buy anything based on looks and whim, (“well, I know it was expensive but I just walked by and saw it and I just HAD to have it…) you won’t be sorry. These items are beautiful, made with love, happiness and genuine craft. Who wouldn’t be proud to own something made with passion and independence? There aint nothin’ better than being a part of thriving as opposed to suffering.
The bowl pictured above is called “Spread The News” and was crafted from magazines by the Mai Vietnamese Handicrafts coop. This organization was created in 2006 by four college graduates. Who saw the need to fairly employ a growing group of marginalized women. They now have 20 artisans in rural Tuy Hoa province! The coop provides health insurance, scholarship funds and a living wage for it’s artisans! Now that’s newsworthy! ~Chrissylong