Fair Trade Woolens from Lost Horizons

lost horizons 1 lost horizons 2 lost horizons 3Lost Horizons is a Lummi Island based company that has been working with a womens’ cooperative in Nepal for over 20 years. Each year, these women create new patterns and styles of hats, scarves, gloves, mittens and handwarmers which they then knit by hand for Lost Horizons. We carry their woolen goods every year and every year they sell out. They are great impulse buys on a rainy day and also great gifts. Each item is also lined with fleece, making it extra warm and cozy and keeping anything from getting too itchy.

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Knit Mitts from Texture Clothing

knit mitts knit_mitts_bctexturclothingTexture Clothing is a Bellingham based company that uses organic cotton and hemp that would otherwise be headed for the landfill to create these beautifully  color blocked and functional knit mitts. We are happy to be supporting Texture and excited to offer these cooler weather must-have accessories.

Fun, fun, fun! new socks from Happy Socks

HS2 HS3 HS4“Happy Socks are manufactured in Turkey at a family-owned factory that have been in the business for more than 30 years. Happy Sock tights are manufactured in Italy, where production is renowned for its high quality. Some specific items and collaborations are also produced across the world in various locations. The factories maintain respectful working environments in accordance with International Labour Laws and Standards, and are visited frequently. Most socks are unisex, made from combed cotton.

In a traditional world of black, grey, and blue dress socks, fashion socks stand out from the crowd, displaying a more creative look. Checked, striped, dotted, or any other design you can think of, these socks can be worn in accompaniment with dress shoes, sneakers, or even a tuxedo in formal wear. Fashion socks are also perfectly at home in casual wear, adding a piece of colourful flare to blue jeans and a T-shirt.”

New from Cuppow: BNTO Canning Jar Lunchbox Adaptor

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  •  BNTO (ben-toh) is Cuppow’s newest canning jar adapter for bringing food with you on the go! They took inspiration from Japanese bento boxes and created a conveniently shaped insert that separates a canning jar into two compartments so you can mix or dip like a champ.
  • Made from BPA/BPS-free rigid plastic. Reusable and dishwasher safe.
  • Product and Packaging made in the USA, from 100% recycled materials.
  • 6-ounce BNTO lunchbox adaptor for use with a wide mouth canning jar (We sell single wide mouth jars-pint or quart-separately).

Vinyl Record Bead Necklaces from Mali

heishi 2 heishi beads 1These great trade beads are called “Vulcanic” because they were made from vulcanized rubber. At one time early disc music records were made from vulcanized rubber (this was in the 1800’s). This is why these are referred to as Vinyl Record Beads. These heishi (pronounced “hee-shee”) are hard, like a record album. They are vintage, and hail from Mali. Women wear them around their waist, to help them hold their shape. Each strand can contain thousands of these thin discs, usually strung on twine through a pinpoint hole in the center of the bead. There is really a lot of work that goes into these and the colors are vibrant and playful. They are really unique pieces and we are pleased to be able to offer them to our customers. We are getting them from Woman Shops World on etsy and she says that, “10% of all sales will be donated to V-Day, a global activist organization dedicated to ending violence against women and girls.”

 

Fair Trade African Jewelry from East Africa Company

B-Faso $2.00 ea (min 50) Recycled plastic bangles $0.30ea (200 min) Telephone wire rings.  $1.25 ea.   Min 100.

“Steve Parks travels throughout Africa, creating Fair Trade opportunities that help support education and feeding of children in Mali, Kenya and other countries. The designs are made from recycled materials, so you can feel good, knowing you are helping the Earth as well as the artisans who made the pieces.”

I originally found these beautiful pieces at the Seattle Art Museum’s gift shop (or SAM Shop). I bought a few and was rewarded with lots of compliments and interest so I got in touch with the SAM Shop buyer, who told me about Steve Parks and the work he does in Africa. It is important to note that not only are these pieces beautiful and one of a kind, but they are also, in may cases, the only source of income for the people making them. The colors, designs and ingenuity in taking discarded materials and turning them into something beautiful are, to me, quintessentially African and we are happy to support them.

Re-Purpose your Canning Jar with a Cuppow! Lid

family cuppow hand cuppowcuppow jars garden cuppowCuppow Lids have been one of the most fun and useful items I’ve found this year. They look like sippy lids for canning jars, and well, that’s kind of what they are. The idea behind the lids was to take glass pint jars and wide mouth pint jars for canning and turn them into drinking jars that you can safely travel with. I love drinking out of old jars but have more than a few stories about trying to drive with one full of hot tea. The lids fit right into the canning ring to create a tight fit and are perfect for your favorite on the go drink.

“This is CUPPOW – our solution for easier drinking from a canning jar. The canning jar already makes an awesome platform for a travel mug: it’s easy to clean, made of heat-resistant glass, cheap, durable, and when sealed it doesn’t leak. The only problem is that with their large openings, canning jars are not great for spill-free sipping while on the move. So we adapted it – made new lids that lets us drink like a boss from virtually any wide or regular mouth canning jar. It’s a simple eco-friendly alternative to poor-performing and messy disposable hot cups, and over-built and expensive travel mugs.

Cuppow was conceived of and designed by Joshua Resnikoff and Aaron Panone, and we’re proud to have developed a product that we look forward to using every day. That means it works great, it’s super durable, it’s made in the USA, it’s phthalate and BPA free, it’s recyclable, and it doesn’t break the bank.”