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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 info@fairtradequilts.com

We Pledge:  
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.
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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.

fair trade giftsOur 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]

Newsletter:

Lots of news and a new way to follow us...on Facebook! See us here. We will try to keep you updated on sales, new products and news about the artisans with posts each month.

A new Ethical Fashion Website: Accompany sells handmade, one-of-a-kind fashion items from low-income areas like Nepal, Cambodia and Kenya. See them here.
 

2014 Fair Trade Quilts & Crafts Discount code for our Newsletter Members. You will receive a 10% discount on your next purchase of ANY of our crafts until Dec. 31, 2014.  All you have to do is enter the discount code “2014” in the coupon code section of the CCNOW check out form once you have made your purchases.
 

Fair Trade Movement News: Why Fair Traders do what they [we] do....and Love It. A Springfield, MO volunteer with Global Crafts inspires us with his dedication to Fair Trade and our mission. See the story here.

Fair Rum & Vodka: Still a bit hard to find in the US, but look for it coming to your town soon. See there web site here.

Favorite Fair Trade Websites: We are always looking for new Fair Trade & Ethical shopping sites. The one we found recently is Hipcycle. Really innovative recycled and upcycled products. See them here

Why Buy Fair Trade Coffee: An inspirational story about how Fair Trade improves the lives of coffee growers in Chiapas. See it here.

Fair Trade & Green Directory: A place to find Ethical, Green, & Fair Trade products from thousands of Ethical Companies all year long. Green America's Green Page Directory. See it here.

A New Ethical Fashion Site: Another trendy sustainable & Fair Trade fashion site with beautiful products. Check out Indigenous. See there website here.

Wedding Registry:
Please email us at info@fairtradequilts.com if you would like us to create a Wedding Registry Page for you, a friend or a relative. The fair trade products that you want on your own private page!"
Have a Wonderful Month and Thanks for your support over the last 14 years. We couldn’t have done this without you! Best Regards! Don

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 Latin America to provide food assistance to those suffering from malnutrition and disease. From there, Don went on to take the position of Vice President of World SHARE in the late nineties. During his time at World SHARE, Don worked to start their first Fair Trade program that dealt with coffee cooperatives on the Pacific coast of Mexico. Additionally, World SHARE created micro-loan programs to assist entrepreneurs in starting small businesses. Through this process, Don realized that marketing and design assistance would be crucial to the success of these entrepreneurs in order to meet the need for knowledge of the North American market and a means by which to sell their products... 

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.

7134web.jpg (534526 bytes) Special! A Brown Guatemalan Embroidered Shoulder Bag [9 x 9.5 inches. 40 inch shoulder strap. Cotton. Zipper close] Free with Every Order of $100 or More until November 30th.

Also, A Free Handmade Card when you send your purchase as a gift to friends or family. See the  "Ordering Info." Page for Details. 
We offer Sale Items, Overstocks, Irregulars, and One-of-a-Kind Crafts on our Overstocks & Sales Page
And Remember, Shipping is Free in the Continental US.

  Questions? Click here: info@fairtradequilts.com

We are very proud to be a secure shoppingmember of the Better Business Bureau Online Reliability Program! A+ Rating!

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