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  • Villages Bottle Opener Featured for Father's Day

    Posted on May 25, 2016

    Ten Thousand Villages is featured on Texas Lifestyle Magazine online. In an article titled “Give Dad Something Great This Year,” the Bike Chain Bottle Opener is included in a roundup of products. The article mentiones that the item is handmade from recycled bike chain by Noah’s Ark, an artisan group in Moradabad. 

    Texas Lifestyle Magazine (online) serves as a lifestyle guide for those in Texas. Covers travel, home/ design, golf, local personalities, entertainment, restaurants, fashion and beauty topics. 

    You can find the full story here


    This post was posted in In the News and was tagged with fair trade, home decor, gift, kitchen, ethical style, father's day, bottle opener, item, beverage

  • Villages Planter Featured in "The Wall Street Journal"

    Posted on May 6, 2016

    Ten Thousand Villages is featured in The Wall Street Journal online. In an article titled “The A-to-Z Guide to Outdoor Furniture” the Geo-Earth Planter is included in a roundup of products. The planter is featured in two group shots as well as an individual photo in a slideshow. The editor shares that the planters are molded from river-bed clay in Bangladesh, dried in the sun, fired in a traditional kiln, then whitewashed for a soft-focus finish. The story will also be running in the print version of the paper on Saturday.

    The Wall Street Journal online provides all the news from the print version of the U.S., European, and Asian versions of the Wall Street Journal plus daily breaking news. Content on the site is produced by a staff of editors, reporters, and columnists, including many industry experts from the print edition. 


    This post was posted in In the News and was tagged with fair trade, planter, home decor, style, gift, ethical style, outdoor, garden, the wall street journal, chic, plants, sunroom

  • Villages Featured on "Linen, Lace, and Love"

    Posted on April 22, 2016

    Ten Thousand Villages was featured on the Linen, Lace, and Love lifestyle blog. The blog covers lifestyle tips and socially-conscious features. The Springtime Floral Napkin, the Oval Date Palm Basket, and the Essential Companion Tote were all spotlighted. Background information on the fair trade items and artisan groups was explained too.

    The bloggers describe themselves as "two sisters sharing their adventures in crafts, parties, and all things beautiful." 


    This post was posted in In the News and was tagged with fair trade, fashion, style, gift, blog, basket, lifestyle, ethical style, shop local, global, style blog

  • Ten Thousand Villages Launches National Campaign to Help Global Artisans Plant Roots and Grow Through International Fair Trade Retail Network

    Posted on April 21, 2016

    Non-profit retailer announces first-ever, national initiative to connect artisans from underemployed regions worldwide with eco-conscious consumers; holding in-store, interactive events to promote fair-trade and sustainable business practices

    Leading fair-trade retailer and founder of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO), Ten Thousand Villages, announces the organization’s first-ever national corporate social responsibility campaign to further educate consumers about the company’s mission to strengthen artisans worldwide through fair-trade. The inaugural initiative, called Landscapes, promotes reforestation and marks the beginning of a larger, year-long campaign dedicated to highlighting like-minded charities across the country that embody Ten Thousand Villages’ commitment to fair trade, sustainability and social responsibility.

    Various Landscapes events will kick off in select store locations nationwide on April 22 and 23, commemorating Earth Day. Ten Thousand Villages is partnering with the Arbor Day Foundation and has set a goal of planting 10,000 trees between April 21 and May 1 by collecting donations from customers. For every dollar donated, the Arbor Day Foundation will plant a tree in a national forest. Participating stores will offer shoppers various promotions, including refreshments, special product discounts, gardening demonstrations, interactive craft experiences and more.

    The Landscapes launch will highlight the organization’s artisan groups committed to reforestation and the carefully-curated product line of the same name will include new, thoughtfully-made items that embody the colors and textures of the season, as well as the organization’s core values. For nearly 70 years, Ten Thousand Villages has built meaningful, long-lasting relationships with artisans around the world, teaching them valuable skills for employment in regions where underemployment is high. Additionally, all sales made on items sold online and in Ten Thousand Villages stores provides artisans with valuable resources such as healthcare, education and transportation, giving artisans and their families access to a higher quality-of-life.

    “The Landscapes initiative will be an exciting, first-of-its kind program for Ten Thousand Villages,” says Pamela Raffensberger, CEO of Ten Thousand Villages. “We see this as being an immersive and experiential way for our customers to gain a deeper understanding for our organization, the artisans we work with around the globe, as well as the core values for which we stand.”

    Ten Thousand Villages plans to launch numerous initiatives in 2016, with charity partners to be announced throughout the year. To learn more about the organization and to find a location near you, click here.

    About Ten Thousand Villages

    For nearly 70 years, Ten Thousand Villages has been establishing long-term buying relationships in places where skilled artisans lack opportunities for stable income. The commitment to support artisans around the globe is strengthened through fair trade compensation practices including cash advances and prompt payments. As the company continues to grow, Ten Thousand Villages has deliberately married the concept of fair trade with healthy and environmentally sustainable business practices. From store operations to product sourcing to marketing practices, Ten Thousand Villages strives to meet the “triple bottom line” of economic, environmental and social sustainability.

    Founded in 1946, Ten Thousand Villages has grown from the trunk of founder Edna Ruth Byler's car to a network of more than 300 retail outlets throughout the United States. Ten Thousand Villages is an exceptional source for unique handmade gifts, jewelry, home decor, art & sculpture and personal accessories made by artisans in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. One of the world's largest fair trade organizations and a founding member of the World Fair Trade Organization, Ten Thousand Villages strives to improve the livelihood of tens of thousands of disadvantaged artisans in 35 countries. Product sales help pay for food, education, healthcare and housing for artisans who would otherwise be unemployed or underemployed. For more information, visit tenthousandvillages.com.


    This post was posted in Press Releases, Company Releases, Product Photos and was tagged with fair trade, earth day, arbor day foundation, 10000 trees

  • Villages Necklace Spotlight on MetroParent

    Posted on April 5, 2016

    Ten Thousand Villages was featured on MetroParent.com in an article titled “Sweet 16 Gift Ideas.” the Sculpted Rose Necklace is included in a roundup of jewelry items perfect to gift for the milestone birthday. The placement shares background information on Ten Thousand Villages.

    MetroParent.com is an online parenting community offering expert advice, stories on parenting trends and issues, and numerous ways for parents to enrich their experience raising the next generation. 


    This post was posted in In the News and was tagged with jewelry, fair trade, necklace, spring, gift, gifting, ethical style, flower, metroparent, ethical fashion

  • Mother's Day Gift Featured on YourTango

    Posted on April 5, 2016

    Ten Thousand Villages appears on YourTango.com in a Mother’s Day gift article titled “How Do We Love The Mothers In Our Lives.” Ten Thousand Villages is listed in the “For the mom who loves fashion accessories” section. The placement shares some background on the company’s mission and directly links to the Satin and Plum Tagua Necklace.

    YourTango.com was created for women who are dating, in serious relationships, engaged or married. It is dedicated to the art of being in a relationship. It offers gripping stories, provocative views and expert advice on all that matters in a relationship: communication, money, leisure, career, home, family and more. 


    This post was posted in In the News and was tagged with jewelry, fair trade, handmade, fashion, necklace, style, gift, ethical style, eco, yourtango, fair trade home

  • Ten Thousand Villages Unveils Spring Lookbook

    Posted on March 30, 2016

    2016 Spring LookBook Cover

    Ten Thousand Villages posted Welcome Spring, a lookbook designed for the season. Take a walk through the book and find the fresh ideas you will find in-store this season, including creative new products crafted with traditional skills, designed with you in mind.

    And because every product is handmade and fair trade, every product is a story -- a story of makers around the world crafting beautiful futures for their families.

    You can become part of that story; shop this fresh set of gifts you'll be proud to give (and happy to keep).

    Come have a look here.


    This post was posted in Product Photos, Product Releases and was tagged with jewelry, gifts, fair trade, handmade, accessories, home decor, spring, spring lookbook

  • Villages Terrarium in 'Sustainably Chic'

    Posted on March 24, 2016

    Ten Thousand Villages recently appeared on "Sustainably Chic" lifestyle blog. The blog entry featured the Secret Garden Terrarium and explained the history of Ten Thousand Villages, artisan group information, and product promotion. 

    "Sustainably Chic" decribes their focus as a place where you will find "amazing eco-friendly and ethical companies from all over the world."

    Check out the full story here.


    This post was posted in In the News and was tagged with fair trade, sustainable, planter, home decor, terrarium, blog, natural, lifestyle, ethical style, indoor garden, sustainably chic, eco

  • Phoenician Vase On Good Day Sacramento

    Posted on March 21, 2016

    Ten Thousand Villages appeared on CW Sacramento’s “Good Day Sacramento.” The Ancient Secret Phoenician Vase was included in a Kitchen and Décor makeover segment. The lifestyle expert mentioned how the vase is fair trade and is made through a proprietary process by artisans in the West Bank.

    "Good Day Sacramento" is a daily five-hour morning program airing on KMAX-TV. Although the show airs local hard news, it is primarily "feature oriented, light hearted, and fun." A variety of segments on topics such as auto repair, child care, food, entertainment, health, local events, and computer technology round out the program. 

    Check out the video here.


    This post was posted in In the News and was tagged with fair trade, home decor, vase, gift, glass, ethical style, flower, Sacramento, floral, global gift, flower vase, decoration

  • Villages Chimes in Fox News Online

    Posted on March 21, 2016

    Ten Thousand Villages appears on the online version of Fox News in the article “Back yard culture: Decorating ideas from around the world." Ten Thousand Villages and the capiz Gentle Rain Windchime are included in the piece. The editor mentions that capiz windchimes come from artisans in the Philippines. The article links directly to the Gentle Rain Windchime on the Villages website.

    Fox News (online) was designed as the website for the worldwide newsgathering operations of FOX News Channel. It provides visitors with the latest international on national reports, business news, weather, and sports information. Also features content unique to the site such as in-depth reports on lifestyle, health, science and technology.

    Check out the full story here.


    This post was posted in In the News and was tagged with fair trade, home decor, spring, style, gift, ethical style, fox news, chimes, outdoor, porch, backyard, decorating, garden

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