Fair Trade day is May 9th and to acknowledge the special day this blog post will look into the world of fair trade products.
First of all, what is fair trade?? Fair trade is a business approach that takes into account the lives of those that produce items for sale as well as the environmental impact of the production of those items. The Fair Trade approach seeks to empower socially and economically marginalized artisans, farmers, and producers around the world to create greater equity in the economic system. The Fair Trade Federations says, “at the core of the fair trade model is a direct, cooperative, and in-depth relationship between buyers and sellers.”
When you purchase a Fair Trade item, it means that the people that produced it are receiving fair wages, they have safe working conditions, they have access to education and healthcare, and they are involved in sustainable farming or production practices. The Fair Trade label ensures that a Fair Trade organization has audited the supply chain and certified that the produces are adhering to Fair Trade standards
Check out these Top 10 Reasons to Buy Fair Trade: http://bit.ly/1du1fM6
We are happy to carry lots of Fair Trade products in our store including:
Dunitz & Co. Jewelry
Eangee cocoa leaf lamps
Baskets of Cambodia bags and purses
Aid Through Trade roll-on bracelets
Project Have Hope jewelry
Beyond Borders home décor
We love to bring in products that make a difference and this week we are doing a ‘Supplier Spotlight’ on Project Have Hope, a nonprofit organization that sells jewelry made by women artisans in the Acholi quarter of Uganda. We are proud to carry this jewelry in all three of our locations! The funds that are accrued from the sale of the jewelry are used to provide education and business opportunities for the women as well as financial stability for their families.
One of the great things about Project Have Hope is their broad efforts. While they are especially focused on empowering the women of Acholi, they also provide educational opportunities for the neediest children in the community. The organization recognizes that many of the women are caring for their own children as well as the children of relatives that have died of HIV. To ease the burden, the organization works to enroll the children in schools.
We get asked all the time if Lokai bracelets are legit, and this week we find the answer for you. Just a quick intro if you’re not familiar with the Lokai bracelet: It contains water from Mount Everest in the white bead and mud from the Dead Sea in the black bead. These elements from the highest and lowest points on earth work together to keep you balanced. Such a cool idea, right? We think so too, which is why we have brought Lokai bracelets to Butterfly Tree Boutique.
The story behind their creation is also really special. Steven Izen, the founder of Lokai came up with the idea at a pivotal moment in his life: learning of his Grandfather’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis. While he found himself saddened by this reality, he also felt gratitude for where he was in life. Lokai was created to represent this duality and to reflect the cycles that we all go through, from feeling on top of the world, to feeling down in the dumps.
So know that you know the store behind Lokai, we want to share with you the good news: YES! The Lokai bracelet is totally legit!
Share your story with us in the comments...why do you wear your Lokai?
Countdown to Easter: 10 days!
We just had a meeting with the Easter Bunny to update him on all the new trends and best gifts for the holiday and we want to keep you in the loop too. In this post we’ll help you figure out the best gifts for your friends, your family, and even yourself :)
Before our meeting with the Easter Bunny, we had to do some prep work. We were wondering what exactly the story was behind the Easter Bunny? Turns out there’s no sure answer, but it is said that rabbits were a part of Pagan spring-time rituals. The story says that it just so happened that the Pagan spring-time celebrations and Easter coincided in the calendar, thus bringing the two together. I guess we’ll never know for sure! But let’s move on to the fun part – Easter gifts!
With Easter just days away, we hope these gift ideas are helpful as you prepare for the holiday. Please let us know what you think in the comments section below. And if you have any questions about any of the merchandise we’ve talk about, feel free to contact us J
Happy Easter from Butterfly Tree Boutique!
Don’t worry; I won’t bore you every day with all the things that I am grateful for. No, that won’t happen. I’m still challenged with making regular postings to face book and replying to my emails in a timely manner.
Today I woke up grumpy from a late night of information overload and a battle with technology. Twitter, face book, LinkedIn, emails and website updates… I promised that the Butterfly Tree wouldn’t send out very many emails. However, I also promised that the Butterfly Tree would from time to time send via email updates and coupons, however it was beginning to look like that might not ever happen. With Valentine’s Day just a day away; I was feeling the pressure to send out something: a coupon, an update, current store hours…anything. It was time to embrace technology!
I was glued to my computer until the wee hours of the morning. Sending an email should be a simple thing but, not for me. As Murphy’s Law would have it, I accidentally deleted my work more than once. Then, I had trouble locating the images I wanted to use, which was another long unwanted adventure. To top it off, I was completely technically challenged when it came to uploading the images, (figuring out how to change the image size so that it was the correct number of pixels… took me hours). By the time I hit send, my eyes were glazed over, my brain was turned off and any attempts at proof reading were futile. Waiting until morning to proof read and hit send was just not an option. This email was going out before I went off to bed one way or another. I wasn’t going to let technology get the best of me. I was determined to win. (Well, I pulled it off, so please forgive any typos or other mistakes.)
The television was on in the background which provided me with distraction and late night companionship. My family had the good sense to go to bed at a reasonable hour, so they could get their recommended 8 hours. A bowl of ice cream gave me a sugar boost to keep me going ... I found myself occasionally distracted by the news headlines. The big story of the night was the untimely passing of Whitney Houston which gave me pause and reminded me to be “grateful for life”. Often times it takes a tragedy or big challenge to remind us to appreciate the little things. It took a diagnosis of breast cancer to start me on a journey of living in gratitude every day. The Butterfly Tree is my way of bringing awareness to environmental & social issues, supporting positive change through shopping and sharing joy and beauty with the world one gift at a time. With thanks to the technology that I so often struggle with, I can share the Butterfly Tree with you 365 days a year…another thing to be grateful for.
With Love, Light & Gratitude,
“How does one become a butterfly? You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar” ~Trina Paulus