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Scarf Season

The time to swathe our heads and necks to protect from the biting cold is definatley upon us. And my current stock of scarves is lacking in warmth and quirkiness….so I began the ritual browsing. And low and behold, I found several scarfaliscious scarves over at Orginal Good.

I couldn’t make up my mind, so of course I got all three. Now I’ll be as snug as a… well, you know… a Fashionably Quirky Gurl!

All of these are fair-trade. All of these are hand-made. The back one is even alpaca! I feel better knowing I’ve got more scarves on the way to balance out my wardrobe. And who knows, if the temperature keeps dropping, I might need to wear them all at once! (If you want them for yourself, just click the pic to get to Original Good’s site)

Giving. Its the New Getting.

(eCo)nscious Market is a self-proclaimed “For-Benefit” online commerce site based in Boulder, Colorado. They tout that their products are the finest ecologically and socially responsible products available, and the company donates a minimum of 10% of every purchase to a non-profit organizations. The even go so far as to let the buyer “hand-pick” the program that receives the donation funded by their purchase.

A sampling of organizations that are listed on the eConscious Market include:

-Urban Sprouts: uses school gardens to help youth engage in school, eat better, and connect with the environment and each other.

-The Jane Goodall Institutes works to protect chimpanzees and their habitats, supports community-centered development projects in ecologically-significant areas, and engages youth in making a positive difference.

-The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people.

-Global Culture of Women Project, Celebrating the global voice of women ~ a beautiful revolution.

-Bead for Life, eradicates extreme poverty by creating bridges – Ugandan women make jewelry out of recycled paper and Americans open their homes and hearts to buy and sell the beads.

And that’s just a tidbit of the charities benefiting every time someone shops. And the best part of it all? You won’t feel bad for shopping, and the merchandise on this site is amazing.

I fell in love with sooo many things here, that if it weren’t for the money of mine making its way to charity right now, I just might be feeling the lightness in my wallet 🙂

Like:

This Large Stingray cuff, made of 100% recycled materials.

Or this Vy & Elle Portfolio crafted from Recycled billboards.

Or their cool line of 100% recycled notebooks. I AM a sucker for office supplies, I know.

So if you have a few minutes and are feeling charitable– buy yourself a gift that gives to others too!
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Joyfull Goods Multistrand Necklace

Joy-Full Goods Multistrand Necklace
$24.95 WG101650-005

Adorn yourself in good cheer with these multi-strand beaded treasures! Each piece is handmade by artisans of Tara Projects, a fair trade organization on the outskirts of Delhi, India. Tara Projects creates employment and educational opportunities for local artisans, and is a leader in the movement against child labor. Now that’s something to be joyful about!

* 18.75 (in.)
* 2.25″ Extender
* Glass Beads, Brass Chain, Wire
* and Clasp
* Fair trade and Unique
* Handcrafted in India

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Earn Your Stripes Tote

Earn Your Stripes Tote
$39.95 WG204375-020
  • 14.5 x 13.75 x 5 (in.)
  • Strap Length: 21″, Strap Height: 10″
  • 100% AZO-Free Cotton Outer
  • Nylon Lining
  • Fair trade and Unique
  • Handcrafted in Guatemala

Move up the ranks with this great cotton bag. Handmade in Guatemala by artisans working in cooperatives and small workshops, this bag is distributed by CreArte, a group that promotes and sells traditional crafts to help their makers have a better life.

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Hip to Be Square Messenger Bag

Hip to be Square Messenger Bag
Now $16.47 Was $24.95 WG207410-050
  • 11.75 x 12 x 4.5 (in.)
  • Strap adjustable to 56″
  • Jute
  • Dry Clean Only
  • Fair trade and Unique
  • Handcrafted in India
  • Brought to you in partnership with Freeset, these bags enable women in Calcutta’s red-light district to get off the streets and make a sustainable living. Freeset also offers its employees interest-free loans, medical care, childcare and retirement plans. Now it really is hip to be square!

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Sinless Sequins Coin Purse


Sinless Sequins Coin Purse
$14.95 WG201013-020
  • 5 x 3.5 (in.)
  • Sequins and Satin
  • Fair trade and Unique
  • Handcrafted in India

Building a better future bead by bead, these pouches are hand-embroidered by a group of Muslim women at Tara Projects, a fair trade organization outside Delhi that creates economic opportunities for local artisans and is a leading voice in the movement opposing the use of child labor.

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