From Dung to Dollars: Helping Elephants Helps People Too!

From Dung to Dollars: Helping Elephants Helps People Too!

[Author: David Melvin, Community Engagement Intern] In celebration of Elephant Appreciation Day on September 22nd, we wanted to highlight the incredible efforts of Mr. Ellie Pooh, a member of the Fair Trade Federation. Born from a collaboration between an American biochemist, Dr. Karl Ward and a Sri Lankan paper maker,...

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Upcycled T's Find New Life While Providing Income to Fair Trade Artisans in Africa

Upcycled T's Find New Life While Providing Income to Fair Trade Artisans in Africa

Charitable stores like Goodwill resell gently used clothing at low prices for Americans looking for a bargain. However, when that same clothing is shipped to countries across Africa by the ton and sold in open air markets for highly competitive prices, communities suffer. Local designers, businesses and textile factories cannot compete with the imported fabrics and are shut down resulting in major...

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Fair Trade Glass Jewelry from Ghana: A Journey from Bottle to Bracelet

Fair Trade Glass Jewelry from Ghana: A Journey from Bottle to Bracelet

What happens to the glass bottle after you’ve enjoyed your favorite beverage? If you’re like many people, you rinse the empty bottle, place it in a recycling can, and forget about it. The Krobo people of Ghana have made an art of crafting old glass bottles into beads used for...

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Bike it Out!

Bike it Out!

Author: Alice Martin, Community Engagement Intern at Global Gifts Short North  Bike to Work Day helps spread awareness about healthy places and resources we have in our communities. Hundreds of riders will participate in this event. May is national bike month and we are embracing it fully with a variety...

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Alabi Recycling: An Environmental Business Model

Alabi Recycling: An Environmental Business Model

Author: Juliet Hall, Environmental Impact Intern at Global Gifts Short North Mario Alabi from Alabi Recycling is taking the Reuse in “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle” to a new level with his business model. A Fair Trade artisan from El Salvador, Mario drives around his country and collects inner-tubes from the streets. He...

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