Tag: fair-trade

Forget waxy chocolate. Gourmet gelt is here!

Gold coins are a must for Hanukkah, but you don’t have to settle for the waxy ones at the store that make your teeth itch. Check out these six amazing kinds of gourmet gelt and revel in quality ingredients, fair trade cocoa, and posh packaging. There’s even one just for grown-ups. Really. It says so on the packaging. But, we think you can share. A little. Tis the season after all. Related: Modern Hanukkah gifts for kids that make 8 days of giving easier | Cool Mom Picks holiday gift guide 2016   Gelt Pail ($32, Freds at Barneys New York)...

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Adorable knit bunny, deer and unicorn winter hats for babies from Oeuf NYC. Because, of course you need this.

When you find a gift as adorable as these handknit animal hoodies and winter hats for babies from Oeuf (pronounced uh-f, it’s French for “egg”), I think it’s completely appropriate to ditch any baby gift registry suggestions and go rogue instead. I mean, what friend could blame you for skipping the bottle cleaner when these are an option? These knit hats and hoodies are hilariously charming and sweet, with a whimsical sense of modern style to them. Seriously, buy the unicorn hat instead of the diaper pail liners. You won’t regret it. CMP is an rstyle affiliate Related: The Baby Registry Essentials...

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The handmade, organic Frida Kahlo doll: Art history degree not required.

The first-ever gift I gave my daughter was a beautiful handmade doll I found on Etsy, and ever since then I’ve had a thing for gifting my kids one-of-a-kind dolls. Of course, she has her fair share (and then some) of American Girl everything, but when I find a keepsake like the handmade, organic Frida Kahlo dolls made by Mexican artists Maroma + Arte, I feel compelled add to her growing collection. She certainly doesn’t need another doll, but I really want her to have this one. And a little lesson in art history and female empowerment to go along with it won’t...

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Your kids will fall in love with these mini dolls on a big mission

You may remember Cuddle and Kind’s beautiful hand-knit dolls, which we featured last fall. We gushed over how cute the line is, and even more impressive, their amazing mission to feed hungry kids with ten meals donated to major hunger-fighting charities with the purchase of every doll. And, wow, did our readers ever respond: This remarkable company has already donated over 200,000 meals to kids in need in just over half a year. Now, Cuddle and Kind’s Little Collection — a new line of the same sweet dolls, but mini versions of their originals — is matching the mission. For every Cuddle and Kind doll purchased, whether it’s their original 20″ or their new 13″ doll,...

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cuddle + kind: The new handknit dolls good at snuggling, playing, and feeding kids in need

We love companies that help us do a little extra good when we purchase their products, like TOMS shoes and Bears for Humanity and Mitscoots Socks which each have “buy one, give one” business models. And now we’ve discovered a line of adorable new handknit dolls called cuddle + kind that not only will make our kids squeal from the cuteness, but also help combat child hunger in the US and around the world by providing meals to children in need. Based on the incredible amount of support they’ve received just a week into their Indiegogo campaign, clearly we’re not the only ones who...

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Behind every product is a person: Excellent reminder from Krochet Kids.

We first featured Krochet Kids a few years back, and immediately loved this non-profit’s mission of creating gifts that give back, to help provide job training and a sustainable income source in impoverished communities around the globe. While they have big hearts, they have great taste too; their items are really stylish and wearable, something I also look for when we find fantastic fair trade companies to share here. Related: To the Market: Fashionable gifts and accessories that reinvent women’s lives. Now the organization has added one more cool item to their catalog: A t-shirt created in collaboration with Jeff Sheldon, who you might better know as Ugmonk. The...

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Zuzii shoes: Handmade baby shoes we’re swooning over, because they make them for us too.

I’ve been admiring the stylish oxfords, loafers, and sandals for kids from Zuzii shoes ever since I saw them on Joy Cho‘s Instagram feed, which is one of my favorites. Joy’s style is so bright and cheerful, and these shoes fit that vibe perfectly. So of course I couldn’t help but click over to take a closer look, and wow. Zuzii shoes are beautifully handmade to order by a mother-daughter team in LA, and they work really well for an easy but still stylish summer look. That is, for those fashion-conscious toddlers of the world. You’ll find oxfords, loafers, sandals, even those perforated...

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The Peace Exchange: Fair trade accessories from an organization that just gives you more faith in humanity.

I admit that like a lot of you, that it can get really hard, day after day, learning about yet another violent incident around the world; another area facing political unrest, turmoil, and terrible conditions, especially for women and children. But as I recently heard Nicholas Kristoff describe at a ONE Girls + Women’s summit, every time he visits these countries he returns feeling less discouraged, not more so. Because there’s always one person, one group he encounters, doing absolutely remarkable things to help the lives of other people. Maybe that’s why I’m always looking for these kinds or organizations to support; it’s a necessary reminder...

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Mia Berglund scarves for fall: Gorgeous designs from a beautiful heart

My favorite accessories are those one-of-a-kind pieces designed by artists that I know are supported directly by my purchase, wherever they may be. While I’m all for finding the best prices on clothes for me and my kids, I’m also happy to splurge on a few special accent pieces, especially when I know how important the purchase can be to the people who make them. Thus, my obsession with fashionABLE. And along those lines, my newest find is the stunning selection of eco-friendly, fair trade scarves from Sophia Costas by Mia Berglund. If you’re not familiar with Mia Berglund, she’s an Iranian-born, Swedish-raised designer who made her...

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Legit Organics candy bars: A totally organic experience

Not that I need any excuse to eat chocolate, but I’m not a big candy bar eater. I do like a Justin’s peanut butter cup when I can find one, but usually I stick with the fancy stuff. Halloween not withstanding.  But now when I discover an organic candy bar as remarkably exquisite as the new ones from Legit Organics, I must apologize to my thighs in advance. There are actually quite a few reasons to check out the small, family-owned Oregon company’s Word bar, which is comparable to Milky Way; and the ShotCaller which is like an organic version of Snickers, with chocolate-covered peanuts, caramel,...

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Australia’s cutest fair trade, organic baby clothes line now in the States. Yay!

Isn’t it so fun to find a designer who does great modern prints for the kids? As in, not snarky ironic sayings or the same puppies/kitties/fishies we tend to see everywhere? Australian organic baby clothes line Sapling Child has always designed some of my new favorites. But shipping from Down Under? Boo. However this summer they’ve launched their line in the US, so now we can tote our littlest kiddos around in their adorable onesies, pants, and blankets all at pretty terrific prices. Sapling Child’s designs come in a handful of cute styles. I love the kimono onesie for little girls as well as the super-comfy baby pants....

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A socially conscious marketplace curated by TOMS. In fact, it’s called TOMS Marketplace.

Mamas, get ready to handle all your holiday shopping in one place. Our pals at TOMS have done the hard work for you, curating a delectable marketplace of jewelry, accessories, bags, apparel, home decor, tech, and more. This is the good stuff too. And with their usual flair for warm fuzzies, they let you know with each purchase exactly how you’re making the world a better place. The TOMS Marketplace brings together more than 200 products from over 30 companies, each carefully chosen for their contributions to those in need–and their outstanding style. You can shop by gift category, by...

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You know who wins with fair trade soccer balls? Everybody.

We’re big fans of supporting fair trade at Cool Mom Picks, and it’s always fun to find new artisans whose creations we adore. Personally, I love buying fair trade items because responsible purchases make me feel even better about shopping, which is already one of my favorite feel-good experiences. But our latest fair trade find is one I never anticipated: fair trade soccer balls. We first discovered Senda Athletics when they were called Fair Trade Sports, and wow have they grown since then. It was started by a lifelong soccer player who, like me, hadn’t realized the conditions under which many...

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Take a ride on the Peace Van: hand knitted toys and rattles with purpose

If you’re into peaceful babies and peaceful communities, you’re going to love this sweet collection of hand-knitted rattles and toys that helps artisans in Bangladesh rebuild their lives. The toys and rattles from Kahiniwalla are all hand-knit of 100% cotton by artisans at Hathay Bunano in rural Bangladesh. They’re so fabulous we even included them in our 2013 Baby Shower Gift Guide. The program centers on providing livable working conditions and fair trade wages in rural areas so that women aren’t forced leave their families to work in larger and more dangerous garment facilities. Each piece is carefully designed...

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Hearts.com: Gorgeous accessories for a cause. Is there a better kind?

I hardly need an excuse to shop for new jewelry or handbags, but hey, when they support an amazing cause, I have to buy them, right? Here are a ton I’m coveting for more reasons than one. Hearts.com is a new-to-me site that works with more than 2000 artisans all over the world to make a positive impact on world issues and support people who need it most. And their original designs actually help the environment too, thanks to low-impact manufacturing processes and responsible materials. Here’s just a few of my favorite items. Be sure to click over and...

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Sweet dreams are made of these: handmade summer quilts

Oh, hello there, Summer! Long time no see. The weather is warmer, the kids are sweatier, and it’s time to pull out the summertime linens. Or, um, it might be that time if I were the kind of person who’s organized enough to have summer linens. And if I were? Well, CMP fave OM Home would be making an appearance on every bed in my house. Serious loveliness. And a special discount for CMP readers! {Don’t miss the exclusive 20% off CMP sale code after the jump!} OM Home has expanded its line of amazing crib-sized Handmade Kantha Quilts to include twin, queen...

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The fairest trade gifts of them all (for the fairest mom of them all)

Once upon a time there was an online store filled with beautiful gifts from all over the world: bags, scarves, jewelry, quilts, stamps, and decor. Every purchase helped transform lives and make the world a better place.  It’s not a fairy tale, and it’s not magic, but it is a great way to shop for the special mom in your life. The shop is called Connected, and it really is filled with hundreds of unique and lovely gifts hand-made by artisans in Africa, South America, and India. Most of the goods are made by members of the Fair Trade...

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Earrings that give a school lunch to a child in need

I’ve been a huge fan of Lisa Leonard jewelry since we first featured her on Cool Mom Picks many moons ago. But now she’s launched a simple, crazy affordable line of pieces that help support a wonderful cause. Lisa’s new hope{full} line is fair trade and sustainable, giving work to Ecuadorian women and helping build their community. Each pair of disc earrings is made from tagua seeds dyed in all sorts of gorgeous colors, like rich green, blue, or my personal favorite, yellow. And they’re only $6! But the best part is that a portion of the proceeds for...

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You got organic peanut butter in my chocolate!

Well, wasn’t I delighted to walk into my local bodega and see a brand new treat from Justin’s Organic Peanut Butter staring back at me from the counter. Okay, my thighs weren’t delighted, but I sure was. Move over Reese’s: I love you but I’m happy to spend a little more to trade up to Justin’s Organic Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups. I had to do a taste test between the milk chocolate and dark chocolate versions (I know, cry for me) and it’s a toss-up. The milk chocolate has that more familiar American candy bar flavor, but zomg the dark...

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Delicious chocolatey awesomeness that tastes way better than it might sound

Magic Chunks are delicious, all-natural, wheat-free, and sometimes dairy-free. And my kids and I love them. Pull up a chunk and let me tell you why. [Don’t miss an exclusive discount after the jump!]   Magic Chunks happened quite by accident, when Nutty Steph’s Vermont-made granola just wouldn’t get crunchy enough, thanks to an unusual batch of maple syrup. Now, each slightly more than bite-sized cube includes thick-rolled oats, Vermont maple syrup, rich dark Equadorian chocolate, nuts, and a mixture of seeds, spices, and oils–all locally sourced except for that chocolate. And hey, no one cares about the crunch...

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