Wednesday, December 17, 2014

unboxing: Fair Treasure December 2014

Oh my, I have been getting a little behind on posting my boxes this month! I believe I have five unboxings to post, if I can get to them all today. I'll start with Fair Treasure, my monthly fix of fair trade crafts!

Fair Treasure
December 2014
Cost: $35 / month + free U.S. S&H

My box shipped this month on the 4th via DHL Global Mail and was delivered by USPS two days ago on December 15th.

It's never much of a first look, but everything is always packaged safely and carefully!

Usually I receive two items, so I feel spoiled receiving three this month! The theme is "For your adornment, my dear"!

"Know, first, who you are, and then adorn yourself accordingly."


Jewelry for Mata Traders has been sourced by a large NGO that for decades has been a leading advocate and organizer of marginalized and exploited artisans. Under their guidance, artisan communities in North India set up their own cooperatives and produce jewelry and handicrafts for a large domestic and international market. The organization ensures their workers receive living wages and experience safe working conditions; further, they guarantee that no child laborers are used to produce their products."

This necklace is certainly very interesting and very beautiful. I will definitely be wearing it often!

dZi Inc. Fair Trade Holiday Snowflake Elephant Ornament, value $6

Through artisan workshops, production of Fair Trade Holiday items provides economic stability, safe working conditions and living wages for over 300 felt and knit artisans living in the Kathmandu valley. Each felted ornament is created from scratch in the felt workshop using traditional felting techniques, and their creation results in employment opportunities for many women who would otherwise not have flexible options for working and taking care of their children.

Love, love, love!! How did they know elephants are my favorite?! I actually just bought some fair trade handmade elephant ornaments from Earthbound Trading Co. for my tree, so this adorable guy will fit right in.

Sanctuary Springs is a line of beautiful, fair trade greeting cards handcrafted by women who have escaped prostitution in the Phillipines. Some were physically forced, some were tricked, some were forced into prostitution by poverty. All of them want a new beginning, and your purchase of Sanctuary Springs cards sustains programs that assist them in their restoration process while also enabling them to provide food and education for their families. Each card is signed (via pseudonym) by the woman who made it. Their personal stories are available online at

I became tearful reading through the stories of the women who made this most beautiful of cards. It's so beautiful that I don't think I can bear to part with it, so I am planning to place an order to support this meaningful organization!

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This subscription always manages to touch my heart with the amazing opportunities purchasing  it provides for the artisans, which is more valuable than any price tag. The retail value is great at $42.99, but even if it would be lower than my price I pay to subscribe, it would be worth it to me :).

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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