When we rise in the morning... at the table we drink coffee which is provided to us by a South American, or tea by a Chinese, or cocoa by a West African; before we leave for our jobs we are already beholden to more than half the world.
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Angel Community Trade
Please consider making The Body Shop one of your retailers of choice for body, bath and skincare products. By doing so, you are actively helping to save the planet, while also supporting thousands of people worldwide through their Community Trade program. The Body Shop lists its core values as: Against Animal Testing, Support Community Trade, Activate Self-Esteem, Defend Human Rights, and Protect Our Planet.
"Our trade with these communities is not just about creating another product or market for The Body Shop. It is about exchange and value, trade and respect, friendship and trust."
The Body Shop Community Trade program all started with Anita in the late 1980's when she developed trading relationships with local groups she met during her world travels.
Now it's making a world of difference: from some 25 countries, from Australia to Zambia, The Body Shop trades with over 35 suppliers ranging from Nicaraguan sesame farmers to Indian handicraft producers....
In 2002/03, The Body Shop purchased around £5million worth of natural ingredients and accessory items through the Community Trade program, including nearly 700 tonnes of natural ingredients.
For more information on The Body Shop and The Community Trade program, please click here.
Bag for Life
Every time you use this bag and refuse a new plastic bag, you're helping protect the planet. It's made by Teddy Exports, a fantastic Community Trade supplier in southern India. By choosing a Community Trade product like this, Teddy has been able to build a hospital and a school for 300 children. Furthermore, $2.00 from every bag sold goes to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
April 2008's Glamour magazine shows four other chic, recycled and organic bags to use for shopping.
Target Gives $1 Million
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Read about Pam Cope, co-founder of the Touch A Life Foundation, in Dallas, TX.
The Denise Amber Lee Foundation
Coaltion to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers
FINCA International provides financial services to the world's lowest-income entrepreneurs.