Fair Trade Tagua jewelry from Ecuador arrives at Global Fayre
When we went to the Fair Trade Federation Conference in Portland earlier this year, we made some great contacts and met face-to-face with many Fair Trade importers that had until then we had only ‘met’ through their websites and email conversations.
We’re now starting to see some new products arrive at Global Fayre as a result. It always takes more time than we expect to go from liking something we see to getting that first order in, but we have found that it pays to be cautious at first; once a product or a range gets established, there will be plenty of time to get more items in later on.
So we were excited today to get our first shipment from Minga Fair Trade Imports.Acting as a liaison between small businesses in the global north and artisans in the global south to promote mutual economic advantage and appreciation, Minga develops, imports, and distributes to retail stores clothing for all seasons and ages, accessories, baskets, art, jewelry, musical instruments, pottery, rugs, toys, and other items from Ecuador, Peru, Colombia and Brazil.
We really like their clothing, especially the kids clothing, but we’re CRAZY about their Tagua.
Tagua is an ivory-like nut harvested from palm trees indigenous to South America. Tagua is used to make beautiful products, at the same time helping to protect the earth’s animals and environment.
How does Tagua help?
It discourages poaching. Long known as ‘poor man’s ivory’ Tagua provides a beautiful alternative, reducing demand for ivory and reducing the slaughter of elephants.
It creates Jobs. Hand crafting Tagua gives farmers much needed work, as well as preserving a traditinoal art and culture.
It preserves the Forest. Tagua nuts are harvested without harming the trees they grow on, meaning that the landscape is preserved and the ecosystem protected.