I truly love eco blogging. I’m always meeting like minded folks who are doing their best for our planet and mankind.
Recently I met via email, Brittany Gibler, Marketing Assistant at HandCrafting Justice. Founded in 1997 and based out of Astoria, New York, HCJ’s main goal is to bring economic justice to the lives of women in developing countries. They work directly with women in developing countries to create a fair trade market. The products these talented ladies make are second to none!
MY REVIEW: Brittany sent me a few bags to try and I honestly don’t know they do it! These talented women wove these bags by hand! The Recycled Phonebook Handbag is made by Filipino women who cut strips from old phone books and weave the paper into a practical bag. It is a great beach accessory and summer bag. The Chip Bag Clutch is made of recycled chip bags woven together into a fun purse. It is a fun and practical clutch to grab. ** I just LOVE THEM! They are both light and easy to carry. These bags would make great gifts for the woman who has everything as I bet she doesn’t have one of these! The website is easy to navigate and offers many different types of gift options from talented artisans from all over the world.
You must learn more about this fabulous company. Here’s my interview with them.
1. Can you tell me in a few sentences what the focus of your business is? HandCrafting Justice is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to bringing economic justice to the lives of women in developing countries. We work directly with the women to create a fair trade market so that dignified labor and fair wages will help them lift themselves and their families out of poverty. Some of the women come from rural areas already knowing an indigenous craft while others find refuge from sex trafficking and other global crises at our sites. HandCrafting Justice then sells the high-quality, handmade clothing, accessories, toys, and home décor.
“Since 1995, I have been one of the artisans of Alay Kapwa making baskets from recycled telephone directories. It has changed my life because through my work, my family can meet its daily needs. We make sure that whenever possible, all of our materials are recycled and environmentally friendly. Our customers are the ones who inspired us to continue making good quality baskets, and we are very thankful to them because through their own way of supporting our products they have already changed our lives. Being an artisan of Alay Kapwa really makes me proud, together with my family, because it proves that with hard work, patience, and respect, one can succeed in her own way.”
Here’s your chance to WIN a $25 GIFT CARD from HandCrafting Justice!
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