This year, if you’re looking for gifts that will delight your loved ones, help those in need and keep trash out of landfills, check out Gifts With Humanity. This fair trade store, founded in 2002 by Kevin Ward and Renice Jones, has generated more than $3.35 million for artisans and cooperatives in Africa, Haiti and elsewhere seeking to lift themselves out of poverty. The company supplies unique, handcrafted items to more than 800 stores through its wholesale division, Global Crafts. Here are some examples of the fabulous gifts you can purchase: Conserve India achieves all this by turning plastic bags into high fashion. In addition to keeping plastic and other materials out of landfills, this project fights poverty in rural parts of India.
This necklace, made by the Teenage Mothers and Girls Association of Kenya, is made out of old calendars and brochures. The recycled paper is cut in long triangles and rolled to form the beads, then varnished to a high gloss. The main mission of TEMAK is to provide vocational skills to young women — many of whom are unwed mothers who have been ostracized by their family and community — empowering the young women to earn a living wage. Many of the young women make crafts to earn an income to support themselves and their families. For more information, visit the Gifts With Humanity website.