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Pick Your Cliché

No matter how old we may be, I think we're all pretty much novices at this thing called life. So it’s great to learn from the experiences and wisdom of those who have gone before us. But sometimes you have to pick and choose what advice to take to heart.

Buy Fair Trade Certified

Certification is a means by which consumers can have confidence that the products and services they are purchasing adhere to certain minimum standards. 

Is "Good" a Thing?

The tag line for Shop Sapphire is “It Feels Good to Do Good.” But, what is “good”? Is it the same for everyone and in every circumstance?

Matr Boomie

Matr Boomie is a fair trade collection from India that marries modern design sensibility with inspiring traditional art forms, bringing people and cultures closer together.

Lucia’s Imports: Guatemalan Fair Trade Jewelry, Purses, Accessories, Home Décor, and Pottery

Continuing with our feature to inform you about the artisan groups that create our beautiful products, it is my honor to introduce Lucia's Imports.

Change the World and Save Money

One of the concerns people sometimes have about fair trade and other ethically/organically sourced products is the cost.

Global Groove

Global Groove is a certified fair trade organization working with women by supporting and developing artisan co-ops in Thailand and Nepal.

Meet Global Mamas

Founded in 2003, the Global Mamas community comprises thousands of people from around the world working together to create prosperity (financial well-being, happiness, and good health) for African women and their families.

Meet the Artisans

Over the next few weeks, I will be introducing you to the artisans that create the beautiful products we sell. This week, meet SMOLArt.

Lessons from a Dog

I had the privilege this past week to care for a friend’s dog following a fairly major surgical procedure.

A Thought

It is the eve of Passover. Soon families will sit around tables and commemorate their liberation from slavery. Next week, it will be Easter. Families will gather in celebration of the resurrection of Christ following his crucifixion. And I am wondering whether, in all this time, we have learned anything.

Ethical

Ethics is the branch of philosophy that deals with morality. Ethics is concerned with distinguishing between good and evil in the world, between right and wrong human actions, and between virtuous and nonvirtuous characteristics of people