Fair Treasure Review – Monthly Fair Trade Subscription Box – July 2013
Fair Treasure is a subscription box service that sends you wonderful fair-trade presents from around the world. It’s a great “feel-good” box in my opinion – the items are great, and knowing you are supporting an ethical supply chain is great too! Fair Treasure kindly sent me this box to review.
The Box: FAIR Treasure
The Cost: $30 a month plus shipping (Free shipping with 3 month plan)
The Products: Each box will contain at least $30 in retail value of ethically sourced treasures. Typically, your treasure box will contain 2-3 items.
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Each box comes with cards giving you the background on the people who handcrafted each item in the box. I love this part!
Mata Traders Garden Party Necklace – Value $26
I love this necklace! Normally I’m just not into turquoise but this piece definitely works for me! More on Mata Traders from Fair Treasure:
Jewelry from Mata Traders has been sourced by a large NGO that for decades has been a leading advocate and organizer of marginalized and exploited artisans. Under their guidance, artisan communities in North India set up their own cooperatives and produce jewelry and handicrafts for a large domestic and international market. The organization ensures their workers receive living wages and experience safe working conditions; further, they guarantee that no child laborers are used to produce their products.
(A close up of the necklace).
Perching Birds Card – Value $4.50
This card is made on papyrus paper and hand-crafted in Egypt. The design is great, and it’s a very high-quality card. I will be saving this for someone special!
Jirmit Papyrus Group is a registered fair trade organization that aims to generate work for unemployed young people in the Egyptian town of Mallawi. In this regional capital in Upper Egypt, about 300 kilometers south of Cairo, employment opportunities are hard to find. Artisans with this family-owned workshop make hand-painted cards, bookmarks, and other art on authentic Egyptian papyrus.
Blossom Bud Vase – Value $6
This recycled glass bud vase is really sweet – I love the simple design, and the bubbling in the glass gives it some character.
Crisil Srl. is a family-owned business based in Cochabamba. Most of the neighborhood’s residents struggle to find employment, and this Crisil Srl. provides a valuable source of livelihood. The business uses recycled glass collected from the local garbage dumps by small businesses that collect and sort the bottles. The supply chain thus provides work for many of the poorest people in the region. Glass is cleaned at Crisil and then melted in furnaces. Products are produced, checked, packed and largely sold in Bolivia from this facility.
Verdict: This may be my favorite Fair Treasure box yet – I’m always so impressed with the quality and design of these “treasures!” I think my favorite item is definitely the necklace, but I really like the card and bud vase too! What do you think of Fair Treasure?