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Fair Trade Quilts & Crafts is a "social business" which adheres to "Fair Trade" principles established in November 2000 to support craft and weaving in the developing world. Every product we sell was created by artisans in a "Sweatshop Free" environment. We strive to preserve traditional methods of hand weaving while providing a steady & fair income to the artisans. You can read more about our work and our mission and principles below. As Fair Traders, we pay artisans at least 50 percent more than they are paid within their local market. However, because we buy directly from the artisans, we are able to offer them to you at a great price.
Green Business Practices: As you can see throughout our website, our artisans incorporate recycled materials into many of our products and we only support groups that engage in environmentally sustainable practices in creating their products. We reuse or recycle nearly 100% of all packaging materials that come in to our US facility and have developed energy conservation and energy efficiency plans to reduce our carbon footprint. We have been members of Green America since 2003.
Contact Information & Physical Location: Our offices in the United States are located at 615 Highpoint Ave., Virginia Beach, VA 23451. You can contact us by phone at 757-428-7218 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org .
1. Our customer information will never be provided to a third party.
2. We will live up to and exceed the standards of the Fair Trade Federation in our business dealings with the artisans represented here.
3. Our customers will be treated ethically and we will strive to exceed their expectations in providing customer service.
4. We will provide a safe and secure shopping experience.
5. Orders will ship within One business day unless an item is out of stock and or noted otherwise on the website and in that case, we will notify you immediately to give you an expected ship date.
Memberships: We are Proud Members of the Fair Trade Federation, Green America, The Better Business Bureau [We Have an A+ Rating!], & The Fair Trade Alliance.
Our Products in the Media: Our Patchwork Quilts were featured in "Lucky Magazine". They said, "Their quilts are simply beautiful." Our Quilts & Pillow Covers were also featured in "Bust", "Yoga Journal", "Domino", "People's Style Watch!" and "Latina" magazines, and our Quilts & Ceramics were used to create Guatemalan themed sets on episodes of "Law & Order, Criminal Intent" and "Saving Grace". And our Guatemalan Pillow Covers were featured in "Time Out New York's Holiday Gift Guide [See to Left]
Fair Trade Quilts and Crafts Mission Statement 2014:
About Don Lam, the Founder of Fair Trade Quilts & Crafts [Reprinted with Permission from the Fair Trade Federation Newsletter]:
Don Lam, founder and president of Fair
Trade Quilts and Crafts, has seen the developing world from many angles. The
first time he experienced extreme poverty was while working with a
non-governmental organization in
After leaving World SHARE in 1998, Don partnered with Share de Guatemala to create Fair Trade Quilts and Crafts—a business dedicated to helping artisans find a North American market for their goods. With a mission to provide a consistent source of income while preserving their traditional handicrafts, Fair Trade Quilts and Crafts focused on helping artisans adapt indigenous designs to North American tastes and to improve the overall quality of products. With such assistance, artisans doubled their income and Fair Trade Quilts and Crafts garnered praise from satisfied customers all across the United States. Such success allowed the artisans' market to continue to expand and they brought additional artisans into their weaving cooperatives. Eventually, an entire village in the central highlands of Guatemala was employed by this cooperative.....
As Don reflects on the last fourteen years of his business, he calls it “the most rewarding work [he] has ever done;” but instead of focusing on his contributions, he recognizes the customers for making responsible buying decisions: “I credit our fabulous customers for making choices in their purchases that truly assist artisans to raise themselves and their families from poverty.”
Our high-quality patchwork quilts, embroidered bedspreads, and other crafts are handmade by artisans in the developing world. Every item you purchase assists them in building a better life for their families. Fair Trade is the most productive form of aid for such artisans.
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