On my way home from having my hair pruned the other day, I popped into Ten Thousand Villages
on Danforth and noticed they were all kitted up for garden season. If you’re shopping for garden pots or decor this spring, browse around their fair trade goods and shop with a healthy conscience.
brown-on-brown Chulucanas vase
[Update: in 2016, it looks like they no longer carry it]
at left above, for example, was made by artisans in Peru. You can read about the principles of fair trade here
, but the general idea is fair treatment, fair pricing, and economic opportunities for disadvantaged people.
Ten Thousand Villages is a non-profit program of the Mennonite Central Committee
, and has been practising fair trade since 1946, long before fair trade became trendy. The storefront and online retailer is a member of the World Free [oops!] Fair Trade Organization
(formerly IFAT, the International Fair Trade Association). There is also a branch in the USA, which you can access here
I have no association with any of the organizations above, but am a strong supporter of the idea of fair trade.
A few more images from the shop: