My Sustainable Closet – Chris Bouwer

As President of Facilitators International, a nonprofit that provides support for organizations that work in the area of anti-human trafficking in Nepal, Chris Bouwer is an avid supporter of Higher Ground Crafts . Over the years Chris has sold Higher Ground Craft accessories by hosting jewelry parties and to local retailers in Michigan. In addition to […]

Artesan Profile: Yabal

A conversation with Yabal founder, Allison Havens. Origin Yabal is a k’iche’ word which means “hope”. We began in 2005 to support two indigenous communities that were destroyed and subsequently displaced in the aftermath of Hurricane Stan that affected many areas of Guatemala during that time. Yabal began as an organization to help these communities […]

Kantala launches crowdfunding campaign

The Business With its mission to be global fashion house known for ethics and artisan fashion accessories, Kantala targets the fashionably conscious and responsible consumers who not only value ethical and sustainable business processes but also appreciate colourful and functional designs and high quality finishing. Having conducted extensive market research on the overall fashion industry […]

Sharing stories: What’s in Our Closet!

A link to our slideshow, Sharing Stories: What’s in Our Closet!   In mid-May we partnered with the Shop for Good and ran a week-long campaign inviting people to share what was in their closets. The guidelines were easy – simply share 1-5 items that were either handmade, artisan made, vintage and/or upcycled and provide some background […]

Shopping with purpose in a shoppers paradise – Singapore

We were curious about the market for handmade and fair trade products in what is known as the “shoppers paradise” – Singapore. Is there an appetite for ‘purchasing with a purpose’ in a city state that relies heavily on imported products? Blogger Agy at Green Issues by Agy provides us with some great insights here.   […]

Artesan Profile: Juta Shoes

Juta Shoes is a community development enterprise born out of St. Hilda’s East Community Center (St. Hilda’s) in East London. The handmade espadrilles are made by women who are socially isolated and face several barriers to work. We were intrigued to learn more about this enterprising grassroots community organization in the heart of London and […]

Artesan profile: Nokshi Crafts

We are thrilled to share a recent conversation with founder of Nokshi Crafts, Maisha Samiha, about vision for the organization and the sector. 
Background – how it all began The Rana Plaza incident was a horrible tragedy that really put into context the complexities of fast fashion and social responsibility, and personally, it motivated me to find […]

Providing a platform for local networks

On 15th October, we had the privilege of hosting the inaugural Fair Play Forum in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Convening social businesses, NGOs, artisan producers and fashion students involved in the craft and artisan sector, the Forum provided a platform for each of the stakeholders to engage with each other in meaningful conversation. Leaders from Arayana, DEW, […]

Granny’s DIY Shopper Bags

As of March 2016, the city of Bangalore, India is now plastic free. This means that when shopping at a grocery stores and even some retail stores, one has to have an alternative. What better way to get creative and come up with some great alternatives! In fact, that is precisely what my grandmother did, […]