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  • Eco-Friendly Gifts for Earth Day

    Posted on February 13, 2015

    As a fair trade retailer, Ten Thousand Villages commitment to environmental stewardship is evident, especially in the area of product offerings. In honor of Earth Day, here are a few of our eco-friendly customer favorites.

    Amber Glow Bowl. Fair Trade Egypt works towards preserving Egypt’s rich cultural richness and craft heritage by marketing products of small traditional workshops throughout the country. The Amber Glow Bowl is just one of many high-quality handcrafted items from Fair Trade Egypt. Proudly display a holiday centerpiece in this bubbly bowl of warmly toned recycled glass. Due to the handcrafted nature of this product, expect some variation. Suggested retail price, $39.

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    Hoops of Hope. Beautiful beaded hoops are a symbol of hope for world peace. Made from recycled bullet casings from the Eritrea/Ethiopia war. Artisans recycle and silver-plate these beads in rural Gojam province. Beads are hand-strung at a workshop providing jobs to people with HIV/AIDS. Bronze, copper and silver-plated beads. Suggested retail price, $24.

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    Recycled Paper Coasters. Unique coasters reuse earth’s resources. Handmade by the Women’s Multipurpose Cooperative in Baguio City, Philippines. An innovative process turns old newspapers into newproducts by wrapping the paper into coils and forming them into spiraled square building blocks. These blocks are joined with thread and/or glue and starched. Product has been tested and should stand up to heat and moisture that comes with average use. Suggested retail price, $18.

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    Washer Bowl. Open metalwork reuses resources to make a beautifully patterned fruit bowl. Artisans of Noah’s Ark clean and powder coat rusted washers that cannot be sold, using them to make this black metal bowl. Suggested retail price, $59.

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    Circuit Board Photo Frame. A circuit board to hold your memories! This creative photo frame is crafted from repurposed, pre-consumer computer parts. Made by artisans of Village Crafts, a group based in Sarai Tarin, India. Village Crafts trains artisans to make items of horn, bone, resin and wood. Suggested retail price, $24.

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    Sari Shop Slouchy Bag. Colorful patchwork patterns, innovatively pieced from recycled sari fabric. Each Sari Shop Slouchy Bag is unique. From Action Bag Handicrafts, employing women and providing classes on literacy, nutrition and legal rights. Suggested retail price, $59.

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    Dancing Frog Statuette. Little froggy finishes his pirouette with utmost grace, and stands in his pose for all to admire. Made from recycled nuts and bolts, this froggy friend has the environment in mind. Suggested retail price, $18.

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    Bottle Cap Singer. A playful figure portrays the playing of a happy tune. Made from recycled bottle caps and wire, this figure is a great gift for the musician in your life. Suggested retail price, $16.

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  • Ten Thousand Villages Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts from Recycled Materials

    Posted on July 2, 2014

    Interested in making a statement about your commitment to the environment with your gift-giving this holiday season? Choose from Ten Thousand Villages collection of gifts made from recycled materials. Browse a sampling here.

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    Time to Cruise Clock. Artisans transform bicycle chain into creative home décor. Artisans of Noah’s Ark, an artisan group in Moradabad, India, fashion items like this from recycled bicycle chain. The cost of metals has skyrocketed in recent years, which has had a devastating effect on the local economy and on the lives of metal workers in Moradabad. Noah’s Ark has worked hard to train artisans in using alternative metals and materials. Suggested retail price, $29.

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    Dancing Girl Earrings. Playful earrings capture the inventive spirit of KICK Trading, an artisan group in Kisumu, Kenya, on Lake Victoria. Handcrafted from recycled soda cans and wire—a fun fashion statement. Suggested retail price, $12.

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    Encore Baby Giraffe. Keeping Cape Town free of debris, artisans collect soda cans to create this long-limbed baby giraffe. Made of strips cut from recycled soda cans, is created by a group of artisans in Cape Town, South Africa, led by Victor Chiteura. Chiteura is a Zimbabwean asylum seeker who has created this craft enterprise as a means for himself and others to earn a living. They market their creations through African Home. Suggested retail price, $24.

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    Resurrection Tree Necklace. Rajana artisans symbolically resurrect life from the damage of war. This handcrafted tree is made from one of the many bomb casings still found across Cambodia. War in Cambodia littered the landscape with bomb casings and unexploded bombs. These casings are collected by a demining agency and transformed by artisans with Rajana. “When we make jewelry [like this] then we know our country has peace,” said one young silversmith. Suggested retail price, $39.

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    Recycled Reader.  For anyone “nuts about books” this figurine is a must-have. Crafted from recycled materials, this figurine also makes a great gift for a bookworm friend. Handcrafted in Cambodia. Suggested retail price, $18.

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    Dancing Frog Statuette. Little froggy finishes his pirouette with utmost grace, and stands in his pose for all to admire. Made from recycled nuts and bolts, this froggy friend has the environment in mind. Handcrafted in Cambodia. Suggested retail price, $18.

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    Gift of Reading Sari Bookmark. Lovingly stitched by the artisans of Sacred Mark, this bookmark helps improve the lives of women who have broken away from the sex trade and now make their living by transforming recycled sari cotton into colorful art. Because this bookmark is made from authentic sari material, you can be assured that each one is unique. Handcrafted in Bangladesh. Suggested retail price, $8.

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