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Save the Bees

Save the Bees

Did you know that bees are vital to our food supply chain? Their pollination role in the fruits and vegetables we eat is just as important as the role they play in providing food for the animal protein we consume. And of course, they have a crucial involvement in the production of other household items like honey and wax.   Honey bees are responsible for pollinating about 400 different agricultural types of plants, in addition to one sixth of flowering plant species around the globe. These hardworking insects help product about $19 billion worth of crops annually, about one third of what we eat.   You’ve likely heard stories about bees disappearing at an alarming rate, in part due to...

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The Social Challenges of Fair Trade

We focus on positivity, opportunity, and results. It’s amazing what happens when we work together towards a mission we all believe in. Our goal is to inspire our fans and customers to believe in our mission. Because of you, we’ve brought opportunities of food, water, education, shelter, and quality of life.   Did you know that 42% of Americans don’t trust in charity? It’s not that the desire to help isn’t there, it’s the fact that they don’t know where their money actually goes.   We’re not a charity, but we hold ourselves (and our artisans) accountable. We’ve had the same principles from the start: Fair and up-front payment to artisans for their materials, labor, and talent. Ensuring safe working...

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Reducing Negativity

Reducing Negativity

Believing in yourself, your outcomes, and your way of life can change your perspective and reduce negativity in your life. These tips can create more positivity in your own life that will radiate to those around you as well.     Set boundaries If someone in your life makes you feel bad about yourself or bad about what you do, that relationship might be toxic. Setting boundaries is important to reduce or eliminate toxic relationships. Sometimes it’s difficult to remove toxic people from your life, especially if they are family. If someone isn’t able to be removed from your life completely, try to minimize the time spent around people like this. Set boundaries with people who remain. Let them know...

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Finding Positivity

Finding Positivity

  “Look for something positive in each day, even if some days you have to look a little harder.”     A positive outlook on life starts with you. We’re all bombarded with negative messages on a daily basis, but developing a more thoughtful attitude is the key to create an optimistic view of the world.     Look for the helpers in an otherwise bleak situation. Look for the small glimmers of good news in the everyday. Experts say it's worthwhile, and possible, to learn how to think more positively.     This list outlines good things that have happened this year. We hope this is the right start to creating your positive outlook.       The tiger...

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How we #spreadhope: An in-depth look at our mission.

How we #spreadhope: An in-depth look at our mission.

As our second birthday approaches, we wanted to take some time to look back and reflect on the accomplishments we’ve made together. For many of us, two years can sneak by in the blink of an eye. For our artisan partners, the accomplishments we’ve made together have created an incredible lasting impact in their own lives, and in the communities. Our business launched in 2014, working with two small groups in Indonesia. Our initial offerings consisted of jewelry handcrafted with glass beads and carved wood decor. It was an instant hit, we knew we were on to something. These unique styles had just the right amount of flair, story, and positivity. Our customers fell into two distinct, but sometimes overlapping...

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