Chocolate is one of life’s greatest pleasures, but for the children working in slavery conditions in cacao fields across West Africa’s Ivory Coast, the reality behind it is anything but sweet. Check out this great article: The bitter truth behind the chocolate in your Easter basket.
Freeset is a fair trade business offering employment to women trapped in Kolkata, India’s sex trade. They make quality jute bags and organic cotton t-shirts, but their business is freedom!
Freeset would like to see the 10,000 sex workers in their neighborhood empowered with the choice of leaving a profession they never chose in the first place.
While searching online, I came across these wallets made from recycled rice & feed bags by STOPstart. I decided to purchase one and 2-3 days later it was in my mailbox. This wallet is very well made, professional and I would recommend it. They make items such as handbags, totes, messenger bags, travel bags, wallets, and billfolds.
“StopStart is a registered World Fair Trade organization. They are committed to building sustainable businesses through the education, training and development of local Cambodians. StopStart Enterprises has its roots in the mission of Stopping human trafficking and Starting new lives. Their desire is to build sustainable businesses that will change the lives of the Cambodian people and bring hope where there has been despair. They are training and developing local Cambodians to grow and develop the businesses. Currently approx. 30% of the StopStart Enterprise workforce have been rescued from slavery and are being trained and developed in language, design, machining and management.”
By purchase their products, you enable men, women, and children who have been trafficked, impoverished or abandoned to be reintegrated back into society.
Purchase items from STOPstart with free shipping in the US: http://www.kingdom-ventures.com
Reusable shopping bags are affordable and a small step in helping keep the planet clean. There are several types to choose from such as organic cotton, canvas, recycled plastic, non-woven-polypropylene, and more…
In the US, tests show that some non-woven-polypropylene bags made in China, contain high levels of lead. Most of these bags have been pulled off the shelves, but cloth bags are the safest bet. Not all bags made in China contain lead.
Fair wage, fair trade, organic or recycled bags cloth bags can easily be washed and be the safe alternative. Next time you purchase a reusable shopping bag, please be careful with the type of bag you choose. This will help you stay healthy and avoid contaminating your food.
Here are 10 safe, lead-free, reusable shopping bags available: