5 of the Best Sites to Buy Fair Trade Decor
Do some good next time you update your home.
There's something undeniably satisfying about buying a new piece for your home — especially if it's something you've had your eye on for a long time. Getting to see how it fits in with the rest of your decor, admiring it for weeks on end, pointing it out to your friends (aka fishing for compliments), it's all so exciting.
Even better than that, though, is knowing your purchase did some good for someone in need, which is why we're such big fans of fair-trade products. Basically, to be considered fair trade, a product must be purchased at a fair price from producers and artisans in developing countries. This means that every time you buy something fair trade, you're helping communities sustain themselves.
And because October is Fair Trade Month, we thought it would be the perfect time to highlight a few sites where you can find fair-trade products, and in turn, do a little good for someone less fortunate.
Ten Thousand Villages, which also has numerous physical stores around the country, stocks a plethora of handmade items — including cookware, wall art, pillows and blankets, yard accessories (like this water fountain) and even jewelry — from artisans around the world. Every purchase helps provide an income to the talented artisans who spend their lives creating these worldly goods.
This online marketplace was started by Lauren Conrad and Hannah Skvarla and stocks a number of stylish home products created by skilled artisans from around the globe. The site also works to improve the quality of life for the artisans by providing "literacy workshops, business training, and health programs." Head here to find beautiful baskets (like these black and white celebration baskets), rugs, candles, pillows and dining essentials.
This family-run site stocks fair trade and environmentally sustainable items, including frames (like these chevron ones), journals, beauty products and lamps. Every purchase at Fair Trade Winds benefits artisans, the environment and farmers.
Novica, which works in association with National Geographic, empowers artisans to be in control of their own enterprise by offering fair prices and no binding contracts. And on each product page the site also includes a portrait and biography of the artisan who created the item in question, so shoppers have a better idea of who exactly they are supporting. The site stocks handmade furniture (like this carved table), bookends, sculptures and carved masks.