An important part of our motivation for our family business is to aid in the development of economic alternatives, cultural exchange and education about our world. Fair trade helps more than aid. We purchase as much as possible from small producers and ethical traders that share our ideals. Purchasing handmade products helps ensure that traditional arts and crafts have a future and that they contribute to a families income and therefore improve peoples lives. In addition to selling handmade products we support various non profit, fair trade, local artisan and development groups that we recommend. Some of the groups and products are listed below, this list is in progress and some items may be out of date. We also work with many other projects.
Alchemy Fashions http://www.alchemyfashions.com My clothes have a special appeal to the yoga community, they are ethically and sustainably produced, they are made with much dedication and love, and they radiate with the energy of mystical mother India. We make our clothes in India because we love India, her spirit, her people and her fabrics! We believe that by engaging in conscious and ethical importing we can create healthy global exchanges that are both sustainable and beneficial.
Alchemy is sweatshop free. Our vision is not short term or merely profit-based. We have been working with the same families and individual craftspeople in India for more than a decade. Our businesses have grown together because they are based on mutual respect, trust and friendship. We work together on all levels, developing new product lines and constantly improving on quality. Our tailors take pride in their amazing work, and it is that energy that radiates from an Alchemy original. That is why you will see on our labels & tags made in India with love.€¯
Craftlink www.craftlink.com.vn Craftlink is one of our favorite new suppliers. Craft Link is a Vietnamese not for profit Fair trade organization which helps traditional craft producers to revive their culture and improve their livehoods through handicraft production and marketing. Craft Links vision One day all the artisans in Vietnam will earn a fair wage and have happy life
Siva Canada Society www.seva.ca Sevas mission is the elimination of preventable blindness. Currently they work in India,Tibet, Nepal and Tanzania. We sell Seva calendars and photo cards.
Calgary Dollars www.calgarydollars.ca is a grassroots currency system that brings together local talents and resources to strengthen our local economy and build community. We accept Calgary Dollars.
Village Artisan www.villageartisan.com works developing new innovative designs, raising the standard of quality, linking local artisans with the global marketplace, and advocating for sustainable development. We carry their hand made books, cards and other products. They use recycled cotton from textile industry waste benefiting the environment. New products include hand made soaps and Mango wood boxes. They are a Fair Trade Federation member.
REAP www.reapcalgary.com stands for Respect for the Earth and All People. It is a local Calgary not-for-profit association for locally owned businesses that care about the community and the environment. It acts as a network for Southern Alberta businesses that share your values so you can do the most good with your money. REAP businesses are committed to making ethical business decisions like buying green power, paying their employees a living wage, supporting local suppliers and giving back to their community. When you support them you support a more vibrant city Use our directory to find Southern Alberta businesses that share your values .so you can do the most good with your money. REAP businesses are committed to making ethical business decisions like buying green power, paying their employees a living wage, supporting local suppliers and giving back to their community. When you support them you support a more vibrant city.
Calgary Dollars calgarydollars.ca We have accepted Calgary Dollars for many years. Calgary Dollars is Calgary's complementary currency system, started by the Arusha Centre in 1995 that brings together local talents and resources to strengthen our local economy and build community. Calgary Dollars is one of the most active complementary currencies in the entire world?
Casa Relief www.casarelief.com works in Nicaragua with talented, but underpaid, artists providing a market for their unique and exquisite artifacts. They pay artists a fair price and up to 50% in advance so they can buy materials and live while they work. A percentage of net profit is returned to the country through a registered Canadian charity called ASSIST. current projects involve building homes. We carry beautiful ceramic vases, wine coolers and hand carved wooden folkart from them in our store.
Cocoa Camino www.lasiembra.com/home.htm La Siembra Co-op is a leading North American fair trade organization offering consumers high-quality, certified fair trade organic products that improve the livelihoods of family farmers and the well being of communities at home and abroad. We sell Camino chocolate products in our store.
CJSW Radio www.cjsw.com Community and campus radio alternatives to commercial radio music that challenges, entertains and doesn't cater to the lowest common denominator We are a member of the CJSW Friends Program.
Putumayo World Music www. putumayo.com Putumayo presents a wide variety of music from around the world. Putumayo endeavors to raise awareness and support for organizations that help improve the quality of life in regions where the music comes from. With that in mind, we tie in financial and other support to specific albums and organizations that relate to those albums.€¯ We carry Putumayo Cd's in our shop and on line for Canadian customers.
Maha Devi Design http://mahadevidesign.com/ Clothing is such a huge part of our lives; it expresses to the world a part of ourselves and when we wear clothing that makes us feel beautiful and comfortable, it shows.¯ Maha Devi is an evolutionary vision, co-created to bring you beautiful comfortable and sustainable clothing made ethically.
Snow Leopard Trust http://www.snowleopard.org The Snow Leopard Trust and its local partner organizations provide herders living in remote parts of the Kyrgyz Republic, Mongolia, and Pakistan with training and equipment to produce handicrafts from the wool of their sheep and camels. As part of this program, participating communities agree not to kill snow leopards or their prey species, and to follow sustainable herding practices. We soon will carry a wide range of the Trust products.
Denzels Gourmet Foods http://www.denzelshotsauce.com Our philosophies are simple. First, we use the finest quality ingredients I can find. We are so fortunate to be situated in the agriculturally diverse Okanagan. I have been able to form relationships with the people that grow our produce. It's easy to make the best when you start with the best. Our philosophy of quality continues by always making small batches. Each batch is hand crafted, and I work meticulously to make sure that the flavour and quality are consistent and up to par. And finally, I insist on freshness. I don't keep much more product on hand than required. This way everybody gets as fresh a product as possible. Our favorite is our house label Mańana Lava a Habanero hot sauce made with Basil and Roasted Garlic.
Sambar Importers www.sambarimporters.com/about-us have been friends and suppliers for over twenty years, they have been “-- searching out and purchasing unique, hand-made items from artisans who have been fairly compensated for their work. Many of these suppliers began their businesses at the same time as I did (24 years ago) and many still work with me to this day. My family has been involved in all aspects of my business, as have my supplier's families. The business relationship has been mutually beneficial to all involved a true fair trade arrangement! “
Kiva www.kiva.org We are a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Leveraging the internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world. Go to Kiva and you can receive your first $25 to lend through an anonymous donation.
Project Somos http://projectsomos.org/ is a wonderful project we support. he Project Somos Village is an eco-sustainable alternative community for at-risk mothers and children. The Village has family homes and an organic farm within the small Kaqchikel community of Chivarabal in the Central Highlands of Guatemala.Project Somos believes that a childs best chance for success comes from being raised by their own family in a stable supportive environment. As an orphan prevention program, the Village supports widowed and single mothers who are at-risk of losing their children due to poverty and difficult living situations.
Our family supports Plan Canada (formerly Foster Parent Plan) and we have a child we assist in Nepal through this program. We recommend this program as a way to effectively help children, their families and their communities
We also recommend and have given support to Mayan Families www.mayanfamilies.org or www.mayanfamiliescanada.org Mayan Families is a small non-profit organization operating in the Highlands of Guatemala. Based in Panajachel, we operate a variety of programs to support and empower the Maya people of Lake Atitlan and the surrounding areas. The work of Mayan Families is supported completely through donations, Based in Panajachel, we operate a variety of programs to support and empower the Maya people of Lake Atitlan and the surrounding areas. The work of Mayan Families is supported completely through donations,
Bullfrog Power www.bullfrogpower.com powers our shop. Bullfrog Power, Canada's leading green energy provider, makes it easy for homes and businesses to switch to 100% renewable energy. By choosing Bullfrog Power's green energy, you can reduce your environmental impact, support new renewable energy project development in your region and across Canada, and help create a cleaner, healthier world. When you choose Bullfrog Power, Bullfrog's generators inject 100% green electricity or 100% green natural gas onto the respective energy system to match the amount of electricity or natural gas your home or business uses. We ensure the energy going onto the systems on your behalf is from clean, renewable sources, displacing energy from polluting sources.
Our website is Green (Carbon Neutral). We are Hosted by Dreamhost which is certified as being carbon neutral by completely offsetting energy use. Putting a price on carbon output is just one way to help make the world a better place. It's a first step towards true energy sustainability. Organizations large and small are constantly working on reducing their environmental emissions. When they do so a neutral third party then steps in to verify the reduction and issues what are known as "Renewable Energy Credits".