Gifts for a Better World

Fair Trade/ “Sweat-Free”

Green America National Green Pages

A directory listing nearly 3,000 businesses that have made firm commitments to sustainable, socially just principles, including the support of sweatshop-free labor, organic farms, fair trade, and cruelty-free products.

Global Exchange Fair Trade Store 

Feature products from around the world, with fair prices for consumers and fair prices paid to producers.

No Sweat 

Bienestar International manufactures union-made footwear and casual clothing under the brand name No Sweat™, the pioneer of fair trade fashion and footwear, setting an empowered, unionized workforce as the gold standard for fair trade clothing.

Ten Thousand Villages

More than 100 artisan groups in more than 30 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America sell their fair trade jewelry, home decor, gifts and more at Ten Thousand Villages.

Food and Meals

Equal Exchange 

Equal Exchange, the oldest and largest for-profit Fair Trade company in the U.S., offers organic gourmet coffee, tea, sugar, cocoa and chocolate bars produced by democratically run farmer co-ops in Latin America, Africa and Asia.

Women’s Bean Project 

A delicious assortment of soups, spreads and much more. A purchase of these products helps women in the United States break the cycle of poverty and unemployment.

 

Charitable Giving

Heifer International

In the name of a friend or loved one, you can give a gift of sheep, rabbits, geese and other livestock to families in the developing world to provide a sustainable source of food, clothing and income. Call 1-800-422-0474 to request a catalog.

First Giving

Select a recipient charity and then set up a giving page where friends and loved ones can donate to your cause, in lieu of purchasing gifts for you.

Seva Foundation 

Give a “gift of service” to your friends and family. Seva will use your donation to support the project of your choice and will send a beautiful card with a description of your gift inside along with a personal message from you. Call 1-800-223-7382 to request a catalog.

Kiva 

Make a micro-finance loan in honor of a family member or friend. Kiva lets individuals connect with and loan money to unique small businesses in the developing world.