Category Archives: fair trade

September
1 - 2011
August
11 - 2011

Soccer season is coming! Fair trade soccer ball GIVEAWAY

Giveaway time!! Fall is approaching, and before cool weather arrives, kids will flood local parks and soccer pitches to take on the world’s game. But have you ever thought about what your children are kicking around out there? How would you like to see them booting a ball that is sustainably made and produced using fair trade tactics? That means it’s stitched up by adults only (no child labor), who earn fair wages — and the company is dedicated to donating all profits to nonprofit organizations. They are doing some cool stuff around the world, too — visit their blog to learn more.

January
16 - 2009
January
12 - 2009
October
23 - 2008
August
8 - 2008
July
1 - 2008

Re-using household items

In the process of trying to reduce our garbage, I’ve come across several items that I needed and wanted to not buy — and conversely, several items I hated to throw away but couldn’t easily recycle. By reusing these items, necessity meets utility. Quite some time ago, when I started cleaning everything with baking soda instead of scouring powder, I wanted a convenient container – like the one scouring powder comes in. I found an old plastic peanut butter jar in my laundry room, used a nail to punch a bunch of holes in the lid, and voila – my baking soda shaker makes cleaning the bathroom a tiny bit easier.

March
31 - 2008
March
17 - 2008
February
21 - 2008
February
7 - 2008

Finding meat of one’s own

Yesterday, I posted about our upcoming order of a quarter beef. This purchase is part of our ongoing work to consume only meat that has been “treated kindly,” as Little Cheap puts it. At age 6 (and 5/6ths), she is a dedicated carnivore, but even her meaty preferences have wavered in the face of word of factory farming. This month, I’ve had some casual discussion with a farmer who is looking to sell her farm. I can’t buy the farm (I’m too young! I have too much to live for! Ha ha, love that joke), but we’ve had “what if we swapped homes? who knows what will happen?” conversations. This has brought up a whole host of hopes and dreams about her business, which partly involves raising animals for meat.

February
6 - 2008
November
5 - 2007
October
12 - 2007