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Bullock's Buzz: Fair Trade Designs Ethical Shopping

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Fair Trade Designs Ethical Shopping

Win a Set of 4 Beautiful Bird Green Placemats
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*I received this product for free for the purpose of review. Regardless all opinions are my own.

   I love shopping as much as the next girl, and some of the most beautiful items that catch my eye are often made in other countries, many of which are third-world.  However, after learning how many of these countries have terrible, inhumane working conditions and how the workers and artisans never see a living wage, I will not purchase these items unless I know for sure they are a Fair Trade product. 
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  Over the past few months I have been searching for some colorful table linens to brighten up a glass dining table I recently inherited from my father, so when I was offered the chance to review some items from this awesome online site called Fair Trade Designs, I knew I had found exactly what I was looking for!
   All of the products carried by Fair Trade Designs are hand crafted, sustainably produced and fairly traded.  They have a wonderful selection of items from home accents to clothes, accessories to stationery and so much more!
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   The Bird Green Place Mats I chose to review were hand made in India by skilled artisans working in an environmentally concerned workshop that uses natural resources in production and operations.   The placemats are 100% cotton, and were made using indigenous screen print and dyeing techniques.  Each mat measures 13” in width by 19” in length, and are perfect for both casual or elegant dining.  They do require hand washing and line drying to preserve their original, brilliant colors.
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   The mats are a lovely, deep shade of green with a lighter shade of green forming a border along the edge.  Inside this border is a simple, yet elegant scrollwork-type design using the same shade green as the middle of the placemat.  Along the right hand side of the mat is a beautiful red, gold and green floral design with two colorful birds perched in the branches of a tree in full bloom.
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  I love these colorful place mats!   The attention to detail in the pattern is exquisite.  Not only are the mats very well made, but they are quite durable.  They add a much-needed splash of color to an otherwise dull table.   Even though they are hand crafted and dyed, the colors are all bright and even, and I see no noticeable problems.  I cannot wait to add some colorful candles or maybe a floral centerpiece to bring out more of the colors in the mats!
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   Be sure to keep up with the newest products, promotions and more by following Fair Trade Designs on both Twitter and Facebook.  And when you subscribe to their newsletter, you can get an extra 10% off your order, plus have access to great savings!

   Thanks to the generosity of Fair Trade Designs, one lucky Bullock’s Buzz fan will win their own set of 4 Bird Green Place Mats.  To enter simply use the PromoSimple tool below.  This giveaway will begin today and will end April 29th at 10am. 
GOOD LUCK!!
UPDATE!!!!!
Fair Trade Designs has generously added another prize!! The winner will also receive a beautiful set of handmade, eco-friendly note card sets!!
Check it out here! http://www.fairtradedesigns.com/cloud-note-cards/

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34 Comments:

At April 16, 2013 at 2:19 AM , Blogger Marie said...

Those are very nice and are very pretty on the table to! Great work and lots of time on these!

 
At April 16, 2013 at 5:17 AM , Blogger Frugal Follies said...

Those placemats are beautiful, and I'm glad to hear that they are hand-crafted and sustainably-produced as well! They would look great on my table!

Thanks so much!

-- Laura @ Frugal Follies

 
At April 16, 2013 at 5:29 AM , Blogger Kelly R said...

Those are really pretty.

 
At April 16, 2013 at 5:59 AM , Blogger Christy Maurer said...

Those are so pretty! Thanks for sharing about this fair trade site! Love it!

 
At April 16, 2013 at 6:54 AM , Blogger Coolmoms Cooltips said...

What a great place to shop at. You are right we need to support them

 
At April 16, 2013 at 7:29 AM , Blogger Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

Beautiful, and it's so much more meaningful knowing they're fair trade!

 
At April 16, 2013 at 9:17 AM , Blogger Jenna MOMenvy said...

Those are gorgeous!!!

 
At April 16, 2013 at 9:22 AM , Blogger Living in La La Land said...

I love those! I love the colorful design and the color of the place mat.
It's really good to see that Fair Trade is giving back to those who work so hard to produce a good living for their families!
Thanks for sharing this company(;

 
At April 16, 2013 at 11:00 AM , Blogger Darlene Jones-Nelson said...

I love the designs and colors. I would like to have the Fair trade hand dyed scarf Heshima Shawl.

 
At April 16, 2013 at 12:32 PM , Blogger Mendy Boyd said...

I would like to have some of their hand-painted candles.

 
At April 16, 2013 at 12:37 PM , Blogger Nicole Adkisson said...

I really need to get some mats for our table. I also like their hand painted candles. I'm a sucker for candles.

 
At April 16, 2013 at 1:36 PM , Blogger Sarah-Louise Bailey said...

They are so pretty! I do love Fair Trade items and they always seem so pretty and well made. x

 
At April 16, 2013 at 1:55 PM , Blogger Lisa Ehrman said...

The silver wired cuff is so pretty!

 
At April 16, 2013 at 1:59 PM , Blogger lanie craig said...

the jewelry is all nice

 
At April 16, 2013 at 2:40 PM , Blogger Kristi C said...

Awesome review thanks for the info!

 
At April 16, 2013 at 4:54 PM , Anonymous Stephanie King said...

Thanks to all of you for your kind comments about Fair Trade Designs' products. I'm adding new items for spring and summer regularly, so check back in.

In addition to the place mats, I'll be sending the lucky winner one of our handmade, eco-friendly note card sets: http://www.fairtradedesigns.com/cloud-note-cards/

 
At April 16, 2013 at 5:42 PM , Blogger Tiffany Weikel said...

i love the jewellery, especially the silver wired cuff

 
At April 16, 2013 at 5:50 PM , Blogger Coupons and Friends said...

These are beautiful

 
At April 16, 2013 at 5:54 PM , Blogger Coupons and Friends said...

The Quilled greeting cards are beautiful

 
At April 16, 2013 at 6:02 PM , Blogger Alaina Bullock said...

Wow! Thank you Stephanie!!

 
At April 16, 2013 at 6:12 PM , Blogger Cyndie said...

I am in love with the jewelry

 
At April 16, 2013 at 10:03 PM , Blogger Adrienne McElwain said...

Their hand painted candles are stunning I would love those!

 
At April 16, 2013 at 11:45 PM , Blogger Terri. said...

I love the Curved Tatami Bag

 
At April 17, 2013 at 7:51 AM , Blogger Mer said...

I also like the heshmina shawl.

 
At April 17, 2013 at 8:57 AM , Blogger Susan Broughton said...

I also like this purse that I found. It is really nice

 
At April 17, 2013 at 12:41 PM , Blogger mail4rosey said...

I love the placemats and the write up that you did for this post!

 
At April 17, 2013 at 9:53 PM , Blogger Liliane said...

Love the princessa beaded bracelet.Love the organization also.

 
At April 17, 2013 at 10:10 PM , Blogger wheezi said...

So many wonderful things, for good cause :)
I especially adore the Copper ring
(SKU:
R0115-112)
stunning!

 
At April 18, 2013 at 6:10 PM , Blogger annie page said...

Very nice site with many items I would like but I would choice between the shoulder bag spring garden large or the Zara stone necklace thanks

 
At April 20, 2013 at 8:00 PM , Blogger Nicole Becker said...

I love their hand painted candles!!

 
At April 23, 2013 at 10:04 PM , Blogger SashaC23 said...

Bright Red Place Mats--Set of 4

 
At April 23, 2013 at 10:43 PM , Anonymous Holly @ Woman Tribune said...

Those placemats are gorgeous and I definitely appreciate that they are sustainably produced. Very cool! I really like their Citrus Stripe Vetiver Place Mats.

 
At April 24, 2013 at 8:07 AM , Blogger Lori said...

I love the Blue breezes tote bag and the candles are beautiful

 
At April 24, 2013 at 9:09 AM , Blogger Kathryn Depew said...

I love the Spring Garden Large Messenger bag

 

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