Fair Trade and the fun of working directly with producer groups

January 11, 2010 at 23:04 2 comments

One of the unexpected delights of working in the world of Fair Trade has been the opportunity to work on customized products with our producer groups. Unexpected, because as a retailer we source our products primarily through importer/wholesalers who have the direct relationship with the producers.

However, in several cases now we’ve been able to work through the importer to request custom products (we talked about this before when we launched the vegan market baskets from Ghana).

Our latest adventure in product design has been in the world of finger puppets, working with our friends at Inca Kids.

Since we are based in Springfield, natural habitat of the Red Cardinal (and home of the Springfield Cardinals!) it seemed obvious to have some Red Cardinals made…..this is how they turned out:

The next major event coming to downtown Springfield is the 30th Annual Saint Patricks Day Parade, so now we’re scratching our heads thinking about what finger puppets we should have made……ideas anyone?!

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  • 1. Winston "Dub" Riley  |  January 28, 2010 at 14:50

    Hello David: Wow, you and Cheri are also pro’s at social media! I am already a fan on your FB page and am now following you on Twitter (please reciprocate so we can tweet–ecofma) and your blog is excellent! btw I posted something on your wall about Dr. Ellie Pooh but it was erased, so if you want to see a little video i did at Green Festival, I have him on tape to tell the story. I can take out that clip and even produce another video for you to include it and other bits of your story. Will be happy to do it for trade. You’ve got so many beautiful things. Cheers!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nn75h3IafU4 (Dr. Ellie Pooh is part of the story–enjoy!)

    • 2. globalfayre  |  January 28, 2010 at 17:18

      Winston – thanks for the kind comments – and for the YouTube link.

      Karl has done great things with his project in a pretty short space of time; an inspiration to us all.


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