Fair Trade and Home Décor: Up Your Style!

Woven Blankets from Guatemala {Valorie Darling - The Little Market}Photo by Valorie Darling

This article was written by Jenna Karic, a marketing and communications intern at The Little Market. Jenna studies political economy and international development at Tulane University. 

Whether you’re moving into a new house or trying to spruce up your current living space, there’s always time for fair trade when decorating. So, what exactly is fair trade? Fair trade ensures ethical practices for people and the planet. This includes fair wages, empowering environments for workers, and safe working conditions. Here at The Little Market, those fair trade practices are put to good use. By shopping fair trade, you are helping artisans who are working so hard to make a living in countries around the world … even the United States! Many of these countries are also home to people struggling daily to make ends meet. With each purchase of a fair trade item, you are both enhancing the lives of such artisans while simultaneously transforming your house into a home.

Give Light Wall Art {Marisa Vitale - The Little Market}Photo by Marisa Vitale

For the Bedroom

Spice up your home with this fair trade wall art. It will both inspire you and the Haitian artisans who make this beautiful hand-embroidered home décor!

Yellow Floral Tablecloth {The Little Market}

For the Kitchen

Try switching out your linens from last season with this adorable floral tablecloth made by artisans in India. A purchase like this keeps on giving!

Blue Dot Round Basket {Marisa Vitale - The Little Market}Photo by Marisa Vitale

For the Family Room

The possibilities are endless! These beautiful hand-woven baskets will never go out of style.

Silver Open Weave Trash Bin {Marisa Vitale - The Little Market}Photo by Marisa Vitale

For the Home Office

Keep your office exciting with this open weave trash bin made out of repurposed snack wrappers! Each one is artisan-made in Nepal.

Sunset Pom Pom Garland {Marisa Vitale - The Little Market}Photo by Marisa Vitale

For the Nursery

Start your little ones out young by decorating their rooms with empowering, fair trade items like this pom pom garland made by artisans in Mexico.

Gray Striped Hand Towel {The Little Market}

For the Bathroom

This sweet and simple hand towel is a great addition to any bathroom. When you use it, it serves as a reminder about the importance of fair trade!

Fair trade is not only important for the artisans making the special goods you see here. It also helps future generations escape the cycle of poverty and create better, more sustainable lives for themselves. So, next time you’re thinking of redecorating, choose fair trade and think about the meaning behind your purchases!

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