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Handcrafted gifts bought at fair-trade prices from around the globe. Our items are made from organic, environmentally sustainable or recycled materials. In an effort to make a difference globally, we personally give from our heart, directing a portion of our revenues to support educational opportunities.

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Partners and Allies

A Greater Gift

www.agreatergift.org

A Greater Gift is a program of SERRV International, a nonprofit alternative trade and development organization. Their mission is to promote the social and economic progress of people in developing regions of the world by marketing their products in a just and direct manner.

Their goal is to alleviate poverty and empower low-income people through trade, training and other forms of empowerment as they work to improve their lives.

Baskets of Africa

www.basketsofafrica.com

Baskets of Africa is a company that represents unique baskets from throughout the African continent. These one-of-a-kind pieces of functional artwork are woven only by local African craftspeople who share their commitment to top quality.

They believe in promoting the weavers from various African nations to improve their economic growth, especially that of women. This company believes that by weaving baskets in a traditional manner, the weavers of Africa are preserving their cultural heritage and advancing themselves financially. They would like to support this endeavor throughout Africa.

Choice Organic Teas

www.choiceorganicteas.com

A firm belief in organics, with a dedication to ensure the ethical treatment of workers who cultivate tea, and a team of dedicated employees at Choice Organic Teas, has made the company a modern day tea pioneer and one whose products Good Gifts Naturally is proud to offer to our customers. In 2000, Choice Organic Teas became the first tea crafter in the United States to offer Fair Trade Certified™ tea. Today, we proudly offer more varieties of Fair Trade Certified tea than any other tea company in North America, expanding awareness of a just form of trade with the developing world.

Choice Organic Teas are manufactured in a certified organic facility where Green-e Certified renewable energy certificates (RECs) from wind power are purchased to offset 100 percent of the facility’s electricity. And finally, we can’t help but remind you that our organic teas taste pretty amazing too.

Dean's Beans

www.deansbeans.com

Dean’s Beans imports coffee from 13 different countries in Central and South America, Asia, and Africa, as well as cocoa and sugar products: all organic and Fair Trade.

Dr. Bronner

www.drbronner.com

Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps included in Good Gifts Naturally’s men’s shaving bag, are certified organic and fair trade. They are synonymous with Old-World quality and time-honored simplicity, which can be traced back to the family’s German-Jewish soapmaking tradition. Born in 1908 to a Jewish family that had been making soap back as far as 1858, Emanuel Bronner was the third generation certified as a master-soapmaker under the guild system of that time. In 1929, he brought his formulas for high-quality liquid and bar soaps to America, starting Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps in its current form in 1948. Their products are renowned for their quality, versatility and eco-friendliness.

Ecolution

www.ecolution.com

ECOLUTION®, true to the original ideals that inspired their conception in 1990, has dedicated themselves to working with hemp fiber to produce premium quality natural textile products in the most environmentally-sound way possible. ECOLUTION® has released a new line of organic cotton products made in India. They have decided to move forward with these partners in India because they have proven to be among the most environmentally and socially responsible manufacturers, not only in the region, but that we/they have found period.

FabiKins

www.fabikins.com

FabiKins is the Unique Eco-Friendly Bamboo blend napkin company that wants to bring beauty, elegance, and ecological consciousness back to the table. We offer two products from them. Our To Go Ware makes a great and thoughtful personalized eco-friendly gift for yourself or those you love.  Our Twine Box is the perfect way to be able to reduce waste, save money and save trees.

Highwave

www.highwave.com

Highwave, the maker of our stainless steel cups and tea pots, has been a leader in specialty coffee mugs, travel mugs and other kitchen products since 1982. Their designs are inspired by nature. Their take great pains to live up to their motto: Respecting natural resources in the creation of solutions with function, beauty, and longevity.

Jamtown

www.jamtown.com

Jamtown is a musical place that's not on any map. It's a place you visit when you play live rhythm with your friends; a subtle reminder of the common bond shared by all people. And it's as accessible today as it was thousands of years ago. Their goal is to sustain long-term trading relationships to create economic stability.

With your help, they provide critical support to these low-income families through fair wages in the local context and other valuable assistance.

Just Coffee

Just Coffee co-founders Matt Earley and Mike Moon are passionate about Fair Trade, about protecting the environment, and about becoming politically involved both locally and globally. A visit to a Mayan coffee cooperative in the state of Chiapas, Mexico convinced them that sales of coffee in the U.S. could be a way out of poverty for struggling coffee farmers in the developing world. In addition to coffee from Chiapas, Matt and Mike are now importing beans from Ethiopia, Indonesia, Peru, and Guatemala, and roasting them in Madison, Wisconsin.

Mercado Global

www.mercadoglobal.org

Mercado Global is a non-profit fair trade organization that links the world’s most rural and economically-disadvantaged cooperatives to the U.S. market through a model that provides both fair wages and investments in community’s long-term development.

100% of profits return to their partner cooperatives to promote both fair wage employment and investments in their children’s education. And for each product that you purchase, you’ll learn how many of your dollars are going towards a better future for the next generation.

Nepalese Paper

www.nepalesepaper.com

Nepalese Paper has been in business for 10 years and has been practicing Fair Trade since before it was called Fair Trade, when it was just called "the right thing to do." For the past 10 years they have supported the same group in Nepal. Their products give the village regions of Nepal a much needed export, and result in the employment of many women in the Kathmandu Valley. All of their products are entirely tree-free and are made from the environmentally sustainable trimming back of the Lokta Bush.

One World Projects

www.oneworldprojects.com

One World Projects is an established industry player in the fair trade, socially, and environmentally conscious market. Founded by Phil Smith in 1992, One World Projects imports and distributes fair trade items from more than 80 artisan groups in over 20 countries throughout Latin America, Africa, and Asia. Many of the products are made from renewable resources, thus providing artisans with incentives to conserve, protect, and in many cases restore their natural resources and biologically-diverse ecosystems. All One World Projects' products provide viable economic alternatives to artisans and their families in developing countries while promoting social and environmental responsibility.

Originals From Africa

www.originalsfromafrica.com

This company brings unique, original products from all over Africa. OFA is a proud member of the Fair Trade Association. They strive to provide the artisans they support in Southern Africa with a steady source of income while gaining them recognition in the US for their product creativity. OFA focuses on unusual and difficult-to-find products from Southern Africa (Botswana, Madagascar, Malawi, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe), and enjoy telling the story of who made these products, where they were made, and how long they took to make.

Potting Shed Creations, Ltd

www.pottingshedcreations.com

Potting Shed Creations, Ltd., founded in 1998, started out as the proverbial garage business. Today, it has grown into a company with worldwide customer base. The plant products Good Gifts Naturally offer contain as much natural material as possible, with all materials “sourced” from eco-friendly ingredients and, in our opinion, possess an innately attractive aesthetic that requires only minimal packaging –making their products offered on our site fundamentally sustainable.

The Chocolate Bark

www.chocolatebar.com

Good Gifts Naturally proudly offers several varieties of ESC chocolate bars in our gift baskets. Endangered Species Chocolate (ESC) was founded in 1993 in effort to spread awareness and to make an impact on the growing number of plant and animal species that are disappearing from Earth. Since then the mission has grown to embrace a new definition of “endangered” - that all species, habitat and humanity are endangered on our planet, not just animals on a list. ESC’s core value is Reverence for Life – a philosophy drawn from renowned humanitarian Albert Schweitzer – which encompasses the spirit and goals of ESC. Reverence for Life manifests itself in the triad: endangered species recovery, habitat conservation and compassion for fellow humans. 10 percent of net profits are donated to help support species, habitat and humanity. ESC confirms that all of their chocolate is created from ethically traded, shade-grown cacao grown on small family-owned properties that support the habitats and communities in which they exist. Fair prices are paid for all harvested products used in making Endangered Species Chocolate’s all-natural and organic chocolate products and a fair wage and humane working conditions are ensured for all workers.

The Enterprising Kitchen

www.theenterprisingkitchen.org

Good Gifts Naturally is proud to sell the wonderful organic spa products made by TEK on our ecommerce store. The Enterprising Kitchen is a social enterprise that enables women to maximize their individual potential. Under the Choices brand name the Enterprising Kitchen operates a light manufacturing company which produces specialty organic soap products and enables women from across Chicago to participate in an intensive, but individually oriented workforce development program which includes: paid employment in all aspects of the soap making business, work and life skills training, and a variety of other support services. The Enterprising Kitchen is a member of the Fair Trade Federation.

Women's Bean Project

www.womensbeanproject.com

Since 1989 The Women’s Bean Project has been helping women break the cycle of poverty and unemployment. They are a nonprofit organization that teaches job readiness and life skills for entry-level jobs through employment in their gourmet food production business. Women come with the goal of transforming their lives and moving toward self sufficiency.