Saturday, December 6, 2014

unboxing: Fair Trade Friday December 2014

Yay! I finally got off the wait list for the super popular monthly Fair Trade Friday subscription box! On the first Friday of the month, subscribers receive a package of thoughtful fair trade gifts. Today is Saturday, but I'm not complaining about my package being one little day late, especially considering how great the items are that I received.

Fair Trade Friday
December 2014
Cost: $31.99 / month + free U.S. S&H. There is also a one-time trial box option available for $35 + S&H.

I don't believe I received a shipment e-mail, unless I accidentally deleted it without noticing. I looked up my tracking number, and my package was shipped via USPS Priority 2-Day Mail on December 3rd and delivered to me today.

Everything was packed into this cute cloth bag.

It was jam-packed full of awesome goodies!

This looks like a really great assortment of items.

Bead Amigas Paper Bead Cross Ornament, value $8

Nicaraguan women created this cross ornament using paper beads they hand rolled out of hand painted paper. The paper beads have been sealed in many coats of non-toxic varnish. The ornament is accented by copper wire and jute twine for hanging.

This ornament is gorgeous, and adds some festivity to the box!

Hand Crocheted Fingerless Gloves value $22
Prayer Bracelet value $8

All items in this store are handmade by refugee women of Burma, Bhutan and Nepal who have been relocated to Houston, Texas by the United Nations for religious and ethnic persecution. By purchasing an item, you are empowering women by helping them meet some of their basic needs. This store is part of One Community Houston, an initiative to reach displaced refugees.

These hand warmers are thick, warm and beautifully colored, easily my favorite item here, and the prayer bracelet is nice, too. Simply designed, meaningful and just lovely.

JOYN takes artisans living in poverty and joins them with the thriving fashion world.
Each step of our process is done by hand—creating more jobs, bringing more joy, and connecting more artisans with YOU.

Perfect to use as an I.D. wallet or luggage tag. 100% Handwoven cotton.  Hand block printed.  Plastic window and gold clasp.

I love the creativity and care that went into making this one adorable little item. It came with a card letting me know who did what in it's creation. Thank you, Hemlata, for hand weaving this sturdy piece. Thank you, Guddu, for block printing the stunning design. And thank you, Jangehut, for your careful and precise stitching.

Global Crafts Youth Beaded Bangle Bracelet value $10

FTF includes picture info cards of included items, and I have found their prices accurate in my experience so far. I couldn't find this pretty bangle online, but FTF quotes the value at $10, so it must be $10. It was made in Kenya.

Friends of Mercy Reusable Gift Bag value $10

Turns out that outer bag everything came in is a fairly traded item, too, though I couldn't find it online. It's gorgeous, and goes great with the two gift tags FTF always includes in case I want to gift anything I received.

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With a total retail value of $64 (double the price I paid!), this subscription is valuable both to me and the talented artisans who contributed their work. I am so glad to finally be off the wait list, and am predicting here and now that I will be a subscriber for a long time to come!

Disclosure: I am not sponsored by or affiliated with any brand mentioned. This box was paid for by eco Birdy. All opinions are my own!

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