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When you see our Fair Trade Logo on a product page, you know that the featured product is Fair Trade at Topanien Global Gifts.
We support Fair Trade by making a concerted effort to purchase folkart, home decor, gift items… from fair trade importers. Our Fair Trade Importers pay the artisans a living wage and they ensure that the artisans are working under humane conditions. Fair Trade importers who are certified by the Fair Trade Federation take it a step farther by also giving strict consideration to the environmental impact of the products too. We carry products from both Certified and Non-Certified Fair Trade Importers.
When Topanien Gifts does its own importing, we generally work with the artisans who make the items and we work with people of the country and culture from which the items originate. We are often in the artisans homes and work areas. We are able to actually see them work and interact with their families. Nadine, owner of Topanien Global Gifts travels to Mexico twice a year to work directly with our different Mexican artisans.
Visit our Blog for Artisan Updates with more information and pictures about the artisans we directly, and through our importers, employ and meet.
Women of India work under Fair Trade Conditions to design and create our wonderful Cat Pillows. The Women receive a living wage for their efforts and work under safe and humane conditions.
Our South African, hand-painted candles are certified Fair Trade by the Fair Trade Federation in Washington D.C. This means that not only are the artisans paid a living wage but the environmental impact of their craft and the welfare of everyone along the chain between designer, artisan, wholesaler, retailer and you, is taken into consideration.
Please visit the Fair Trade Federation website for more info.