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7 Fair Trade Kitchen Accessories To Celebrate Fair Trade Month |

7 Fair Trade Kitchen Accessories To Celebrate Fair Trade Month

The fair trade movement began as a way to support artisans and producers in developing countries by providing a marketplace for their handcrafted goods and consumables, whether it’s coffee or bananas. October marks Fair Trade Month and what better way to celebrate the artisans and farmers who bring us fair trade delights from around the world than by highlighting some of their unique products? Here are seven fair trade items that will work well in any kitchen.

Coffee Mugs


“Why would you use a plain boring mug, when you could drink your morning cup of joe from this cute little owl mug?” asks Teresa Hendricks, owner of Lucia’s World Emporium. We have to agree. Lucia’s ceramics are made by their artisan friends in San Antonio Palopo, Guatemala.

Wouldn’t it be more fun to enjoy your morning fair trade coffee or tea in this owl mug from Lucia’s World Emporium?Cassidy Dietz for Lucia’s World Emporium

Aprons

One can never have enough aprons and these reversible aprons are hand-batiked on organic cotton by the “Mamas” in Ghana, West Africa. “On each item tag, we share the name of the batiker, seamstress, and quality control checker that crafted that specific piece – something we’re able to do as an organization that is vertically integrated and fully transparent,” shares Jess Bowen, Global Mamas, Sales Manager on the U.S. team. For those who wish to learn more about the woman who made the item, they can visit their website and read their story. “The back side of each apron is lined with upcycled flour sacks that we source from local bakeries, reducing waste while giving the garment a nice weight to prevent splashes from reaching your clothes while you work in the kitchen or studio.”

These reversible aprons from Global Mamas are hand-batiked by artisans in Ghana, West Africa.Global Mamas

These floral aprons from Elevāt are hand stitched by a women’s co-op in the Philippines, according to co-founder Julie Johnson. They feature a divided pocket in the front with a tie back and available in four different floral styles. Since they’re made using 100% cotton and are machine-washable, you don’t have to worry about being messy in the kitchen.

These floral aprons from Elevāt are hand stitched by a women’s co-op in the Philippines.Elevating The Globe

Kitchen Accessories

At one point, I wondered how practical and useful potholders were until I needed to use them for dinner one day. I’ve been a convert ever since and I love to collect colorful and artsy ones, in particular, because they bring such fun texture to any table.

Felted Wool Potholders

These felted wool potholders are made by a group of women who are victims of domestic abuse in Kyrgyzstan. “Leaving their husband isn’t an option, so by giving the women some income, it relieves the financial burden at home, which decreases the likelihood that their husband will drink, decreasing the chance of abuse,” shares Wendy Farmerie who offers these potholders through The Silk Road Market. “They also provide therapy for the husbands at the same

time and are showing a really high success rate.”

While those reasons are enough to fall enough with these potholders, Farmerie admits there is another reason she loves them. “These ladies are so creative, no matter what funky pattern I dream up, they pull off,” she says. “They’re also the perfect thickness…super thin so you can easily grab a casserole, but thick enough you don’t feel any heat.”

These felted wool potholders are made by a group of women in Kyrgyzstan and available through The Silk Road.The Silk Road

From a small business in Nepal committed to providing fair wages and benefits to its employees come these felt ball trivets, available through Tango Zulu.

These felt ball trivets, handmade in Nepal, are available through Tango Zulu.Tango Zulu

Pizza Cutters and Tortilla Baskets

Sure, there are pizza cutters and tortilla baskets that are standard and utilitarian but what fun in that? I’m of the opinion that we can elevate our kitchen accessories by seeking out beautifully-designed pieces that are both functional and pretty to use.

I thought these two pieces fit the bill.

This tortilla basket, available through Women’s Peace Collection, is made out of pine needles and native, wild Guatemalan grasses! Since Guatemalans eat corn tortillas with just about every meal, they regularly use baskets to keep them warm. This particular basket smells just like fresh pine and according to Sue Fish, founder of Women’s Peace Collection, her whole place smells like pine when she receives her shipments.

“The talented artisans are all women who live in remote areas of Guatemala,” adds Fish. “They largely work at home so are able to take care of their children while they weave. The women travel on foot, sometimes up to two hours, to find the longest pine needles they can for the baskets.”

This tortilla basket, available through Women’s Peace Collection, is made out of pine needles and native, wild Guatemalan grasses.Women’s Peace Collection

Another cool find comes from Ten Thousand Villages and made by artisans in India: a bicycle pizza cutter. Made in Moradabad, the artisans were facing a dying industry as many metal workshops in this city once busy with welders were closing their doors as the price of raw materials kept rising as the value of metalwork kept falling. Working with Ten Thousand Villages, these artisans now use their traditional metalwork skills and create fun and innovate new designs, like this bicycle pizza cutter.

These cool bicycle pizza cutters, available through Ten Thousand Villages, is are made by talented metalwork artisans from India.Ten Thousand Villages

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