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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New T-Shirts from Fluffy Co.

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“FluffyCo is a medley of individuals who produce sustainable and design-driven products out of a blue painted loft in San Francisco’s Mission District.

With humble beginnings in 2005 we have since flourished but remained true to our philosophy. FluffyCo’s wish is to provide sustainable products that are all fabricated in the USA. FluffyCo can be found in over 300 US and worldwide retailers including small boutiques and retail giants like Modcloth. FluffyCo can also be found through our own online store, where we offer a full range of our products. Fresh designs can be found every Spring and Fall and are often nature inspired with an urban twist.

We pride ourselves on collaborating with small and family-owned businesses to complete the production line. We always consider the environmental aspects of design, using minimal packaging, local production, water based inks (as opposed to plastic based), and often use eco + organic materials. All that and we still offer our products at an affordable price.

What Makes FluffyCo Special We are a small business that is environmentally conscious and design oriented. Not always following trends, but taking the road less traveled. We are quirky and wild with a thirst for innovation and resourcefulness.”

Knit Mitts from Texture Clothing

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Fair Trade Items from SERRV

serrv scarf serrv soup bowls serrv bike basket“SERRV is a nonprofit organization with a mission to eradicate poverty wherever it resides by providing opportunity and support to artisans and farmers worldwide.

At SERRV, every product has a true story behind it. These stories are uplifting. They are about freedom from poverty and achieving basic human rights, such as access to food, shelter, education, and basic health care. And they are stories about equality and dignity for all people.

For 63 years, SERRV has practiced core values that create positive change through lasting partnerships and trust. We believe in building environmental, economic, and social sustainability. We esteem culture traditions that nurture the human spirit. We aim for the highest quality of products and service, we invest in sharing information with those we serve, and we value our national network of volunteers who bring our mission to life.

SERRV works to eradicate poverty through our direct connections with low-income artisans and farmers. We market their crafts and foods, find joint solutions to their challenges, and help them grow and embrace the future. One of the first alternative trade organizations in the world, SERRV is a founding member of the World Fair Trade Organization (formerly IFAT) and a founding member of the Fair Trade Federation (FTF).”

Organic Cotton Underwear & Socks from PACT

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Cotton is one of the most heavily sprayed/treated crops there is. Most commercial underwear is made from cotton treated with chemicals, then bleached. We believe it’s important to offer an alternative that is also doing something to give back to the community. That’s where San Francisco based company PACT comes in:

  • INGREDIENT SOURCES

    Our socks are made with organic yarns at an eco-concept factory in Turkey powered by wind energy. The cotton for our underwear and T-shirts comes from a single organic cotton project and every facility PACT goes through is GOTS certified by the Control Union. At PACT, we are serious about “good” clothes.

  • GREEN MANUFACTURING

    We searched the world for a network of factories committed to making organic clothing in sweat-shop-free facilities. And we visit every facility multiple times a year to ensure that you not only feel good in PACT but feel good about where PACT came from.

  • PACKAGING

    All PACT packaging is printed with vegetable based inks on paper made from FSC controlled wood in a factory powered by wind energy and the carbon impact is off-set by Climate Partner..

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Dsenyo Fairly Traded Textiles

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We are pleased to introduce Dsenyo, a new fair trade line from Malawi. From their website:

Dsenyo, a growing company in the ethical fashion industry, aspires to empower a generation of African women and artisans eager to address the challenges facing their communities.

Dsenyo makes every effort to use low-impact dyes and sustainable fibers like jute, hemp and organic cotton where possible. We reduce waste by composting organic scrap material, and we re-purpose textile remnants for use in other products.

Where is Malawi?

Malawi is a small, densely populated country in Central Africa.  It is located at the southern tip of the Great Rift Valley and is bordered by Mozambique, Zambia, and Tanzania.  Some facts about Malawi:

  • 14 million people
  • 14% of the population living with HIV/AIDS
  • Life expectancy only 43 yrs
  • 80% of the population live as subsistence farmers
  • Multi-party democracy since 1994
  • Former British protectorate (not colony)
  • National languages are Chichewa and English
  • 1 in 10 children are expected to die under the age of 5
  • Women have six children on average
  • Malaria is still the #1 cause of death
  • Only 50% of females are literate compared to 76% of males

Hope is written all over Malawi

  • Fair Trade offers a real opportunity for marginalized people to get access to resources and viable markets
  • Malawian women are creative, extremely hard working and eager to learn new skills
  • Gender equality is making progress (Malawi has a female Vice President along with several female Members of Parliament)
  • Awareness about how HIV/AIDS is transmitted and how to prevent infection is increasing
  • Knowledge about family planning is improving
  • Families increasingly value education for their daughters, wanting to send them to school and are only limited by lack of financial resource

Sweet Marcel Socks Coming Soon!

Sweet Marcel 1 Sweet Marcel 2 Sweet Marcel 3 Sweet Marcel 4Sweet Marcel 5We are very excited to be bringing in a new sock line, Sweet Marcel. These socks are all made from hand drawn designs, so each style is truly one of a kind. They are a cotton blend and the knee high socks are all made in the USA. Other styles are made in a family owned, ethically certified mill in Central Turkey. You can see the hand steaming technique in the photo below. Sweet Marcel even carries knee highs for children and each pair comes on a tiny vintage hanger. It was hard to narrow down the choices because each sock is so beautiful! Make sure to check them out, they should arrive by May 15th. at the Cordata store.