Jill Lorraine~artist~writer~designer
September 16, 2013 @ 6:35 AM

Wood bangle bracelet, 'Black Sunflower' (India) Wood bangle bracelet, 'Black Sunflower' (India)

 

There is an important growing niche in business today. That niche is the power and influence of fair trade. Fair trade started as a dream of only a few business people, but has grown from truly grassroots to a virtual forest in only a few decades. What started as a dream is, today, an empowering reality.

 

Why Fair Trade?

The reasons why this new way of business is attracting so many consumers are numerous. One main reason is because the global marketplace is in full force, and people from all over the world have realized greater purchasing power. Global economics has become a focus for people who have lived in, or closer to, extreme poverty. In the U.S., that ......

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August 18, 2013 @ 7:59 AM

fair trade rocks, which means Novica really rocks

NOVICA logo with black background

 

Being excited about fair trade home decor is an understatement. I'm jumping up and down exuberant about it. I know it costs more. A lot of us are in that boat- we want to pay less. Really, that's about everyone, at some point in the day. But I'm going to suggest something unusual: buy less. Don't stop buying, but buy what you really need. We all need to see the world becoming a happier place. My own commitment is to buy at least 10% of what I purchase to be fair trade.

 

One of my motivations for writing about this is to inform people, the other is to inspire. I have looked at fair trade websites for years, and only in the last two have I started to find ...

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July 23, 2013 @ 9:12 AM

 

Ottoman, 'Indian Sunrise' (medium) (India)                          

Ottoman, 'Indian Sunrise' (medium) (India)  

 

Wood table, 'Crocodile' (Ghana)           

Wood table, 'Crocodile' (Ghana)

 

NOVICA logo with black background

 

Fair trade is an elective approach to an ever evolving market exchange. It's dependent upon an organizational process between makers and purchasers, and the consumer's will to purchase with wisdom. Fair trade offers laborers, artisans, farmers, and ranchers enhanced terms of exchange, which permits them to enrich their lives on their own terms. Empowerment. For customers, fair trade is a compelling approach to diminish suffering,...

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July 1, 2013 @ 10:12 AM

Modern Lighting from inhabit. BuiltBy Lamps. Design it yourself or choose house designs. Free Shipping over $50

 

If you love modern decor, and you love made in the USA, you'll really fall in love with Inhabit. They have unique, simple, clean-line style and functionality for many of your decorating needs. About two thirds of their home decorating goods are produced in the US, and many are from post-consumer, recycled materials. They also take outstanding measures to prevent waste. How does that old saying go, "waste not, want not"? Well, they practice it with innovative, thoughtful measure. As the company grows, they continue to pioneer, while keeping modern comforts affordable.

 

They now offer bedding ...

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March 15, 2013 @ 6:17 AM

NOVICA logo with black background

First thing I'd like to say is: fair trade is a family value. Why do I say that? Well, when I think of family values, I think of kindness, goodness, being loving, caring, and joyful. Every time I read the testimonials on Novica's website, under "Our Mission", I see the results of their endeavors over the last several years. There is a rippling effect here that is bound to increase. Their mission's impact on the global economy is a small but rapidly growing start in the free trade niche of fair trade. Fair trade is bringing relief, prosperity, and peace to thousands of new recipients every year.

I have been excited about fair trade for over ten years, and there are three main reasons why. One, as I choose to be ...

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February 25, 2013 @ 8:21 AM

 

Cotton quilt, 'Rajasthan Lilac' (queen) (India)

Cotton quilt, 'Rajasthan Lilac' (queen) (India)

Superbly crafted by Artisans of Tilonia, this cotton quilt showcases the ancient Indian art of block printing. Stylized blossoms in green and lilac on ivory evoke a garden in paradise. Designed for a queen size bed, the beautiful coverlet is quilted by hand with the traditional running stitch.


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Cotton quilt, 'Shadow Blossoms' (twin) (India)

Cotton quilt, 'Shadow Blossoms' (twin) (India)

Superbly crafted by Artisans of Tilonia, this cotton quilt showcases the ancient Indian art of block printing. Stylized blossoms in black on ivory evoke subtle floral shadows. Designed for a twin bed, the beautiful coverlet is ......

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February 10, 2013 @ 8:53 AM

They say a picture is worth a 1000 words... Sometimes 10,000 words. 100,000 words? Every week or two I will post my favorite fair trade or made in the USA  home decorating goods from my favorite companies. Just click on the links to purchase or browse for more. Here are the first:

 

      

Fair Trade 'Tree of Life' Wall Hanging (India)

 

 

Fair Trade Red Rose Table Covers and Matching Napkin Set (India)                 

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February 4, 2013 @ 6:53 AM

Here are a few of the best websites I've found for fair trade, made in the usa, and going green home decor. Have fun shopping and save the world! Just click on the pictures or links below:

Home Decor at NOVICA

Shop worldstock bedding at Overstock.com

Shop inhabitLiving.com!

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January 28, 2013 @ 10:00 AM

Decorating is flat out super fun. Women love it. Some men get it. Then some think it's for women. But guys, if you want something different, some really unique decor, think about rustic and primitive together. Your earthy ladies are going to love you for it.

I personally love rustic decor. Repurposed, recycled, re-used decor and furniture can really mix up nicely with primitive decor. I even like to throw in a little modern, Zen feel with where I live and work as an artist. Here is a fantastic example, from worldstock, at Overstock.com:

Ceramic 'A Pitcher of Light' Lamp (Mexico)

That's right, my new favorite portal to the world of fair trade:

Shop worldstock home décor at Overstock.com

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January 23, 2013 @ 7:53 AM

Well, here is my very first article for this site, and a fresh start is feeling fantastic. I hope to entice you all to step out of one box, take a look around to see all the other boxes, jars, clay pots, baskets, nests, cabanas…. See where I’m going with this?  If you are happy with what you have, build on it. If not, imagine what you can do to re-create, co-create, feel the best you can and live the best you can in simple ways. In our new economy, fair trade art, fair trade products, companies going green, and green home decor are all on my mind 24/7.

Inhabit.com is one of my new favorite sites for decorating and home goods.

Shop inhabitLiving.com!

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Why Not in Cornflower and Chocolate Pillow

Why Not in Cornflower and Chocolate Pillow

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