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Black Friday Deals Done Differently: 
Fair Trade Brands Team Up to Support International Justice Mission

December 01, 2019

Black Friday Deals Done Differently: 
Fair Trade Brands Team Up to Support International Justice Mission

SAINT PAUL, MINNESOTA (November 12, 2019) -- During the busiest and most cut-throat shopping weekend of the year, ten fair trade brands are coming together with a different message: community over competition. Starting on Giving Tuesday, December 3rd, they will be selling “fair trade grab bags,” raising money to donate to International Justice Mission (IJM).

 

As the demand for mission-driven products continues to grow, these brands are collaborating to create a “fair trade grab bag,” filled with sustainable stocking stuffers for the upcoming holiday season.

 

“Sharing is what this season is all about. Sharing your time and gifts with family and loved ones. We wanted that to be reflected in our gift-giving and shopping this year, encouraging customers to purchase with purpose. This grab bag supports the fairly-paid work of artisans from seven different countries, plus is paired with a donation to a great international nonprofit organization. They are stocking stuffers that give back, times two!”

 

The sale of the grab bags will benefit International Justice Mission, a human rights nonprofit organization fighting to end slavery internationally. This organization was chosen because it reaches many of the same communities where these fair trade products are being made.

 

The brands connected through their membership to the Fair Trade Federation, which is a community of organizations that is committed to the well-being of artisans and farmers around the world.  Members abide by the nine principles of fair trade, including fair wages, no child labor, eco-friendly practices, and good working conditions, amongst other things.

 

The grab bags, valued at $165 and retailing at $70, include:

  • A tassel necklace and labradorite earrings from Fair Anita, made from recycled materials by survivors of sexual/domestic violence in India,
  • Zebra ornament from Global Gifts, handmade from cotton by artisans in Kenya,
  • “Traveler” size fair trade coffee from farmers in Nicaragua through Twin Engine Coffee,
  • Tie-dye scarf from Sevya, made by artisans in India,
  • Three roll-on bracelets from Aid Through Trade, hand-beaded by artisans in Nepal,
  • Blockprinted handkerchief from Mehera Shaw, handmade by artisans in India,
  • Coasters from MayaMam, handwoven on a backstrap loom by women in Guatemala,
  • Acai seed keychain from WorldPeaces, made by artisans in Bolivia,
  • Leather tassel earrings from Noonday Collection, handmade by artisans in Haiti,
  • Worry doll from Lucias Imports, made by artisans in Guatemala.

 

It is anticipated that these grab bags will sell out quickly, but the brands hope they’re able to set a precedent for the future-- remembering to focus on the “giving” aspect of the holiday season. They hope to involve even more brands in 2020, increasing the value of the grab bags and the total donation amount to IJM.

 

Grab bags will be available for sale at 12:01am on December 3, 2019 on Fair Anita’s website: www.fairanita.com.

 

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Fair Anita is a social enterprise that’s on a mission to create sustainable livelihoods for women in marginalized communities. Providing fair trade jobs to over 8,000 women in 9 different countries and paying 2-4x minimum wage plus health insurance, they sell ethically-made jewelry and accessories made from recycled materials.  The Public Benefit Corporation is based in the Twin Cities in Minnesota.




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