Meet the Artisans of World Peaces

  • World Peaces

    World Peaces is a Fair Trade company committed to creating a more peaceful world through ethical trading partnerships of sustainable handcrafted accessories and home goods. We all deserve to be happy, healthy and to increase our contributions to betterness. We believe that peace is something we create together.

     


  • About World Peaces

    Sources: https://www.worldpeaces.com/pages/history

    World Peaces is a project dedicated to creativity and transformation. The name World Peaces comes from the idea that making change is a process of working together - collaboration across, between and among cultures. Each product comes from a collaborative design process - including artists, crafters, makers, international designers, retailers, and consumers around the world. Being open and inclusive makes our process personal, complicated and transformative.

    I, Connie De Jong, started World Peaces as a wholesale company while working for Global Gallery, a non-profit Fair Trade retailer and educational organization. I worked for Global Gallery for 20 years, opening various retail locations for the sale of Fair Trade handcrafts and coffee, and looking for the ways to open the market for these goods in Central Ohio. I also looked to deepen consumers' understanding of and commitment to Fair Trade. I worked with students, from young children to university and graduate students, to address their desires to connect with ethical consumption choices and to expose them to positive alternatives that required deep critical thinking and action.

    From the time I started working for Global Gallery, I felt that the handcrafts available were focused on specific countries in Latin America and Asia, and that products from Africa were less available. I studied the reasons for this imbalance. This study led me to focus on countries, both in Latin American and in Africa, that are difficult to work in, have barriers in terms of geography and logistics, or are otherwise overlooked. This process has shaped the company and the products, and continues to provide powerful lessons in development as we grow, together with the small businesses of producers in these places.

    My design perspective is truly one of inclusion of multiple perspectives. I strive to help products surface from recycled and natural materials that are high quality, contemporary, and speak to our interwoven identities. I benefit from the expertise of many professional designers, the depth of handcrafting skills of the artists, the history and traditions of the making context, and the wide exposure to many cultures I have experienced through travel and connection with many people around the globe. I feel that our journey begins anew each day and that, as a company, we have just begun to realize our potential. Stay connected with us through the products you find in our retail partners' stores, websites and catalogs, through our blogs and social media, and through our travel opportunities. You are truly welcome as a traveler on our journey.

     


  • Fair Trade Matters!

    Fair Trade Organizations
    At Yoga Geek we feel that the principles of Fair Trade mirror the finest principles of the various Yoga and Meditation traditions and practices that we respect. Fair Trade is a global movement that began in the 40’s and exists now as various parallel initiatives throughout the world. Driven by the efforts of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and socially motivated individuals, Fair Trade began by providing advice, assistance, and support to disadvantaged producers. Fair Trade has come to be a trading partnership, based on dialogue, transparency, and respect, that seeks greater equity in international trade. It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of, marginalized producers and workers.

    In keeping with the spirit of the Eight Limbs of Yoga, here are eight reasons we feel so strongly about, and are happy to be offering, Fair Trade products to our Yoga and Meditation communities:

    1. Fair Trade products are made in safe and healthy working conditions, where artisans receive a fair price and have a voice in how their workplace is run.
    2. Fair Trade embraces practices that minimize our environmental footprint.
    3. Artisans take pride in their work. Crafts are handmade, which translates into closer attention to detail and in the end higher-quality products
    4. By working through cooperative structures, Fair Trade artisans are able to invest Fair Trade earnings in their communities, improving housing, healthcare, and schools.
    5. Fair Trade products are unique to the places they come from and the people who make them. Farmers and artisans are involved in the entire process, and Fair Trade products reflect the people and cultures they come from.
    6. Fair Trade gives farmers and artisans control of their own future. They can build their own businesses, rather than working for a middleman, and the profits stay in their communities and go back into their businesses.
    7. By choosing Fair Trade products, you are not only accessing high quality products, you are making a difference in the lives of the people who grow the food you eat and/or the goods you use.
    8. Fair Trade prohibits child labor, ensures health and safety measures are established in order to avoid work-related injuries and follows International Labor Conventions (ILO). Workers are guaranteed access to healthcare and community development premiums can be used to provide greater access to /quality of healthcare and education.

     


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