Easter is just a few days away and whether you are planning a full on festive day, or keeping it simple with a Sunday brunch, why not make it a fair trade holiday? We’ve put together a fair trade Easter basket to give you some inspiration to make your holiday more ethical!
Easter seems to be a time when colorful hues, rabbits, chocolate, and spring flowers take center stage, lining the aisles of every store. And thanks to the fair trade movement there are more options than ever in choosing fairly made holiday items.
In crafting this basket together, we absolutely devoured the chocolate eggs by Equal Exchange – enjoying every single one of them and loving that they weren’t too bitter like some dark chocolate can be. Equal Exchange is just one of many fair trade chocolate companies that is making it’s mark in marketplaces, so check with your grocery store to see what brands of fair trade chocolate they carry.
We died of cuteness when we found theAlpaca Bunny from Global Goods Partners and love that it is fairly made in the Andes Mountains of Peru, providing opportunity for artisan women in a much needed area of the country.
We went through our collection of fair trade jewelry and accessories, once again admiring our new spring additions, and realized our Tiya Bracelet was the perfect pop of pink for the day and would fit nicely in a plastic egg – making for a fun surprise during an Easter egg hunt! With spring on the mind, our Mazong Necklace, with it’s natural agote stone, reminded us of a robin’s egg. The pendant is plated in18k gold and is made by women in Asia rescued from the sex trade, who are trained in jewelry and garment making to prevent re-exploitation.
Our Shola scarf would be a perfect addition over a spring dress (check out LizAlig’s lovely collection of ethical dresses), and is handmade by women in an artisan cooperative in New Delhi. The cooperative provides economic opportunity for the women, directly benefiting and uplifting their families, and also provides leadership training.
And of course, the basket. Weavers in Ghana use veta vera grass that is vibrantly dyed, to skillfully make this gorgeous basket. It is a perfect Easter basket and undoubtedly an essential for summer farmer’s markets and outdoor picnics. Baskets of Africa has a collection of hundreds of baskets to choose from. It was hard picking just one to feature!
Add a finishing touch with fair trade flowers from Whole Foods! Through their Whole Trade program, most of their flower purchases also include a social premium, which provides access to health care and education to the children of the flower farm workers.
Your purchasing power, even with an Easter basket, can change the lives of artisans and farmers around the world by choosing fair trade certified items. Fair trade means more. More for the artisans and workers, their families, and communities. We hope this inspires you to incorporate fair trade into your Easter holiday, and holidays to come!