In today’s world, people often forget that there are people outside of our country who are living barely making it. Americans tend to be blinded by the luxuries that are offered them, but are often willing to help those in need. The reality is that many people don’t always know ways that their spending could actually benefit those in need, other than directly donating to a cause.
Due to this, a very honorable and yes HOT trend that the Chicago Fashion Trends Examiner is noticing in the retail sector is the offering of fair trade goods. With all the eco-friendly and sustainable fashion the public has been seeing, fair trade has gone a little unnoticed, but it is truly making some of the strongest impacts in the industry! What is fair trade, you ask? Well, it is more of an organized social movement and market-based approach of retailing whose main goal is to help producers in developing countries and promote sustainability.
One Chicago company is aiming to make a difference with fair trade. World-Shoppe.com has made leaps and bounds possible for many third world countries through their work as a fair trade company.
World Shoppe began as a social enterprise by Megy Karydes as a volunteer project. Megy always had an interest in women’s issues and giving back. So, in 2004 Megy launched World Shoppe support women who didn’t always have a voice in matters of their health, family or community.
Her bio explains that, “What started out with just a few products from a handful of developing countries became a full fledged business with products from hundreds of artisans all over the world and support from thousands of loyal customers who know that each purchase they make really makes a difference to the lives of our artisan partners”.
www.World-Shoppe.com offers a complete array of fair trade jewelry, gifts, home accents, kitchen accessories, and stationery from more than 33 countries. It’s the perfect place to find something unique, handmade and fairly traded! What better way to look good AND feel good, then by purchasing pieces from a company like World Shoppe?
World Shoppe will be showcased at their first trade show at the Chicago Merchandise Mart this weekend, so be sure to check it out! Discover some chic fair trade items and give back in the process!
Beckman’s Handcrafted Gift Show
Chicago Merchandise Mart (Booth 8-8114)
January 23-26, 2010
Be sure to follow World-Shoppe on Facebook: www.World-Shoppe.com Fair Trade Gifts
Visit and purchase online at: www.world-shoppe.com
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