Room for Everyone: Setting an Ethical Holiday Table

We believe that global economic justice is possible when we work together to do business differently, when we make space for everyone at the table. This Fair Trade Month, join us in celebrating our commitment to fair wages and safe working conditions. We invest in long-term partnerships with artisans in developing countries, so we see the impact of our commitment to ethical practices; children go to school and stay healthy, families build homes and save for the future, and food is always on the table. Every handcrafted product we sell generates income and impact, so you can have a holiday tablescape that’s ethical at every setting.

Shop with intention and share in the joy with farmhouseinspired tableware from the artisans of Noah’s Ark and Asha Handcrafts in India.  

Room at the Table: Setting an Ethical Holiday Table

A conversation is the cornerstone of every purchase we make from an artisan group. Together we agree on a price that provides artisans with a fair, living wage. We deliver advance payments to grow resilient enterprises that thrive, like Noah’s Ark, makers of a delightful new collection of metal tableware for the holidays. Noah’s Ark started with two metalworkers in a single room and grew into a network of thirty-eight workshops representing over 300 artisans in Moradabad, India. 

Ethical Holiday Table | Twisted Brass Napkin Ring

In 2015, Noah’s Ark moved to a new 35,000 square foot facility, a safe working space for ninety employees who conduct quality control and finishing work. 

Ethical Holiday Table | Delicate Lines Bread Basket

We provide interest-free financing and fair wage pricing to Noah’s Ark (and all our artisan partners). Our upfront investment enables the group to purchase the raw materials needed, protecting them from exploitative loans. The result is beautiful, handcrafted works of art for your holiday table like the hand-forged silver and stainless steel Rustic Salad Servers. 

Ethical Holiday Table | Rustic Salad Servers

Much of the wire work featured in products by Noah’s Ark is done by women artisans. When you pay a fair price for handcrafted serveware like the Copper & Bamboo Basket, you’re providing sustenance to women artisans whose employment opportunities are often limited with a basket that can provide sustenance to your holiday guests.  

Ethical Holiday Table | Copper & Bamboo Basket

If the rustic aesthetic isn’t your thing and you’re looking for a little more sparkle for your holiday table, the Sparkling Napkin Ring Set from Noah’s Art features an assortment of dazzling designs.

Sparkling Napkin Ring Set

Not hosting this year? Consider taking the Branches Cheese Knife Set as a host gift to wherever you’ll be calling home for the holidays.  

Branches Cheese Knife Set

We provide 50 percent upfront payment to our artisan partners – before the products are even made. The remaining 50 percent is paid at the time of export. When you choose to pay a fair price for ethically made tableware you become a part of the story, lowering economic risks for artisan workshops all over the world. This investment allows highly skilled artisans to carry on traditional crafts, like the Kalamkari technique used by Asha Handicrafts.  

Ethical Holiday Table | Autumn Breeze Napkin

Kalamkari is a centuries-old block printing technique. Carefully handcrafted table linens like the Autumn Breeze Tablecloth and Napkin will leave your guests mesmerized. If you’re going to spend all day in the kitchen preparing a delicious meal, it deserves a gorgeous table setting on which to present it. 

Autumn Breeze Tablecloth

There’s no such thing as too much to celebrate during the holidays. However you decide to decorate your table, when you shop with intention you share in the joy of connecting with makers in ten thousand villages. We’re doing business differently so that, in addition to sharing joy with your loved ones and enjoying scrumptious meals, you can celebrate the fair wages and safe working conditions that allow global artisans to create beautiful, one of a kind tableware. This holiday season, set an ethical holiday table your guests will remember for years to come.  



Maddie Murphy

Madeleine lives in Lancaster, PA. Most of the time she’s reading, but occasionally, you might see her outside riding a bike.

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