The need-to-knows of fair trade

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It is only by the hands of our amazing women artisans that the magic of Craftspring and our products are born. Our commitment to them and their craft goes beyond the artistic collaborative relationship and preservation of an ancient tradition to one that ensures a livelihood of independence, sustainability and growth. It is anchored in Fair Trade.

What is Fair Trade?

Fair trade is a social movement that sets out to ensure and protect the livelihood, health and environment of the people who are employed in developing nations. These artisans and farmers are involved in the production of handicrafts or commodities for export such as coffee, wine or chocolate, where physical labor and handiwork is prevalent with varying degrees of intensity. Fair trade companies ensure that all farmers and artisans are guaranteed a livable and fair local wage in safe working conditions. It’s also largely about forming a holistic partnership, empowering small farmers and artisans to grow their businesses and provide long-term stability.

Craftspring’s Fair Trade Commitment

Here at Craftspring we are deeply committed to our collaboration with our artisans and are fair trade certified. The various collectives we work with set all the pricing for their work and are subsequently earning far above the local average income. Additionally, we pay 50% in advance for all orders to ensure sustained livelihoods that are not only seasonal, but consistent throughout the year. We also travel yearly to Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan’s capital) for hands on collaboration and to inspect the working conditions of all the felting studios, which are truly centers for creativity and joy. These studios are sustaining the old tradition of felting while cultivating Craftspring’s joy of bringing new traditions in to the home.

For more information about the Fair Trade Federation, please visit their site here.

As we are driven to making this world a better and more joyful place for everyone, here are some of our favorite companies that are similarly striving for a healthy earth and healthy life for all:

Raven and Lily

Marquet

Mata Traders

Fair Trade Winds 

Matr Boonie 

 




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