During a recent trip to Vancouver I visited Granville Island with its many arts and crafts studios. It also has a daily Farmer’s Market that offers local produce and culinary products. One of my highlights though was the Ten Thousand Villages store with fair-trade items from all over the world. Ten Thousand Villages is a nonprofit Fair Trade Organization (FTO) that aims to benefit artisans instead of maximizing profits. Their handmade designs come from low-income areas in developing countries and have been fairly purchased from sustainable resources.
Browsing the store is a fun way to experience different cultures and their crafts from over 35 countries. The staff is incredibly passionate about their cause to promote fair trade and shared many interesting stories behind their products with me. Always on the lookout for contemporary and sustainable designs for my eco-chic readers they recommended the following 4 designs: