Today is Earth Day, the annual event in which many of us stop to consider how well we’ve been treating our planet and those who live on it. True, some of us try to “do good” by sipping wine in an ecologically sensitive winery, or integrating voluntourism into an erstwhile tropical vacation. Hey — every little bit helps! Another small but meaningful act we can do is purchase Fair Trade goods (such as from Green Global Travel Fair Trade Boutique) while gift shopping. Environmental protection takes on many forms, you see, and we don’t all have to sell all our material goods and live off the grid to make a difference. Because really: not that many of us are going to seriously consider that anyway, no matter how committed we are to living relatively “green” lives. The Green Global Travel Fair Trade Boutique promises to be a great online shopping niche site for fair trade artisan goods that make a difference in their creators’ lives.
Green Global Travel is a blog with a heavy emphasis on ecotravel. The blog’s owners, Bret and Mary, are celebrating Earth Day by opening up an online Fair Trade shop. Fair Trade, which promotes better trading conditions for artisans and sellers in developing countries, and promotes sustainability, is an integral part of Green Global Travel’s Fair Trade Boutique. The Fair Trade certified products all have been made with respect to the planet, as Fair Trade businesses always consider the environmental and social impact of the products for sale.
Helping to make the world a better place and also getting to shop online? Why, that’s right in my wheelhouse, baby! So, let’s take a look at some of the items Green Global Travel has for sale.
These “Bracelets that Give Back” combine Bret and Mary’s passions of helping wildlife conservation, and animals, and making crafts by hand. Bret and Mary actually make these bracelets themselves and 10% of profits go to their own non-profit foundation. In the past, Green Global Travel has helps raise funds with other bloggers for Thailand’s Elephant Nature Park (2014) and Rhinos Without Borders (2015).
Some other Fair Trade crafts for sale on Green Global Travel include Global Mamas clothing from Ghana, Ilala Weavers baskets from South Africa, Encantada Pottery from Mexico, and Noahs Ark wood carvings from India. Green Global Travel Fair Trade Boutique has over 20 Fair Trade artisans already (and it’s just started) and I’m looking forward to see this shop grow. Every purchase helps the people that carved/wove/sewed the item, providing support for families in third world countries. This online boutique is a guilt-free way to also treat ourselves to whatever catches our eyes.
So, if you like what you see, go ahead and treat yourself, or a friend or family member, to any of the Green Global Travel Fair Trade Boutique items. Bonus: You can receive 10% off all items you order from the Green Global Travel Fair Trade Boutique from now to Mother’s Day — May 8, 2016 — using the code VACATIONGALS10. You can also get free shipping in the domestic US if your order is $50+ after discount is applied. Happy Earth Day, indeed!