Save the Elephants Collection with Chelsea Clinton

Several weeks ago I received emails about Brika’s Save the Elephant’s campaign. I think it is such a wonderful partnership, I wanted to share it on my site. Brika is one of my early favorite places to buy handmade things (see my bags page) – some of the first things I bought Made in USA. Here are a few of their favorites:   1. http://bit.ly/1u3zbuv  2. http://bit.ly/1rzcVb5  3. http://bit.ly/1uudOny  4. http://bit.ly/ZgRxN4 5. http://bit.ly/1rkEDcC Here are some more of my favorites:   Brika’s #SaveElephants Collection is a partnership with the Clinton Foundation. 10% of proceeds will be donated to the Wildlife Conservation Society, The Nature
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Fair Trade Month

10 Easy Ways to Celebrate Fair Trade Month Simple actions that will make a big difference for farmers and workers around the world This October is the 9th annual Fair Trade Month. Throughout the month, ethically-minded consumers, retailers and brands will unite to celebrate and promote Fair Trade. A variety of education events, in-store sampling programs and online initiatives have been planned to help increase awareness and sales of Fair Trade Certified products, ultimately leading to greater impact for farmers and workers in developing countries. The theme for Fair Trade Month
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Honest Pet Products

http://www.honestpetproducts.com/ Honest Pet Products makes pet toys products made with truly Natural & Eco-Friendly materials! We use sustainable HEMP fabrics ORGANIC wools, ORGANIC catnip, ORGANIC oils & extracts in our quality toys and shampoos. Durable with the most “super-chewer” testers from 3lbs to 110lbs!   I love that they economically support and emotionally encourage hardworking people with cognitive and developmental disabilities who make their toys in Green Bay, WI and Newfoundland Canada; and their wool cat toys are handmade in Mongolia by women of impoverished, nomadic herding families living without many basic needs. Through the Snow Leopard Trust’s Fair Trade cooperative, these families earn a living
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Subscription Box page updated

I have spent a lot of time updating my subscription box page today. I noticed some of my others have been cancelled and some have been added or changed. Some new finds include: Kiwi Crate expansion: for younger kids (Koala Crate, created with Highlights magazine) & another for older kids (Tinker Crate)   Food Boxes for Kids I am loving all the fun boxes that encourage kids to cook in the kitchen. I have purchased a couple from KidStir and Raddish. I have to get caught up with them, but I
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American Craft Week 2014

The fifth annual American Craft Week will be held October 3rd-12th in cities and towns across the nation. Supporting America’s craftspeople and products is important. When we buy these beautifully made items, we are investing in our country’s traditions and enriching our own lives. The economic advantages are staggering, from creating local jobs to building creative and lively communities. From glass to ceramics to paint to jewelry, there are so many local crafters who make incredible things. It makes such a difference in their lives for us to invest in
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Feed for West Elm

Loving the new collection of Feed for West Elm. I have loved Feed for a while. Their partnerships are so fun. We have shopped with Godiva, Target & Clarins. Not to mention their original bags. Love, Love, Love! Can you ever have too much Feed? I love even more that many of the products are made in the USA and are all reasonably priced! Since they are made in the USA, every purchase provides meals to families in the USA.       Tea Towels & Aprons - Made in Lawrence, MA. (6/14
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Fast Fashion is the new Fast Food + Misha Nonoo

I loved the articles that of a Kind (which I love) posted in their weekly Monday email this week on fashion. The first, from The Wall Street Journal posted this interesting chart and article about American’s purchase of clothing: The article asks the questions, “Do we need 60 new items of clothing a year?” and “For $907 could we make better purchases? Could we invest in clothing that is a higher quality, that will last longer?” Also note, the percentage of clothing Made in the USA (2.5%) from 1991 (almost 60%). Maybe I
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Ten & Co – North African shoes made from Moroccan rugs & leathers

     http://ten-and-co.com/ I loved reading about Ten & Co shoes in a recent magazine article. What a great idea! Many of their shoes are colorful, fun – and they are all unique! Every pair of TEN & Co. shoes is cut from unique vintage and antique hand-woven Moroccan rugs and supple leathers.  From rug auctions, souks, Marrakech flea markets and the Atlas mountains, they find strong, colorful rugs and blankets that tell a story in each shoe.  Handmade in small batches by a cobbler in Marrakech, their shoes combine classic shapes with the vibrant
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Still Southern Made – Southern Living Magazine

There was a nice 6-page article in Southern Living Magazine on homewares that are still made in the south! I love seeing articles that are focused on made in USA products and grateful SL finds that important! I have added some that I didn’t know of to the applicable pages, but here is a complete list.  I also, finally, separated linens from homewares so it has its own page. I almost ordered a Charleston Forge table years ago. I had forgotten about them and am so glad for the reminder.
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organic fair- organic syrups for carbonated beverages

http://www.organicfair.com/ Within the last year, we purchased the soda stream. My husband wanted to make healthier drinks and he is a huge coca-cola addict, so he thought it looked like a great solution. He was sad when he got them and compared the ingredients; he wasn’t impressed. Recently, he found Organic Fair and loved that their syrups are more what he thought he was getting before. They are genuinely organic and have a fourth of the sugar and calories. We have now tried all 6 flavors and have enjoyed them.
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