Ambassador Organics:

Ambassador Organics goes to great lengths to bring consumers great-tasting coffee, tea, and spices. Their brand consists of premium foods from the finest certified organic and biodynamic products and ingredients in the world. Ambassador Organics directly participates in providing farmers with markets in which they can maintain the dignity of their work and the integrity of their farms.
Categories: Food & Beverage

Artisans of Ghana:

Charmed by the people on Ghana and the vibrancy of their culture while visiting the country on a mission trip, founder Terri Neil was inspired to find a way to expand the market for Ghanaian artisans so they could better support themselves and their families. Within a year, Artisans of Ghana was created with a mission to expand economic options for its artisans & to make Ghanaian products available to consumers in the United States.
Categories: Fashion Apparel & Accessories, Home Decor, General Gift

Aspire Coffee Works:

Aspire CoffeeWorks employs adults with disabilities who work side by side with employees on the Metropolis Coffee Company Team. Their productive and successful environment redefines what is possible for people with disabilities, and encourages and challenges kids, teens, and adults to live to their fullest ability. 100% of the proceeds of their hand-roasted, fair trade and organic certified coffees go towards programs and services for children and adults with disabilities at Aspire.
Categories: Food & Beverage
Non-profit member*

Assist Society :

ASSIST, Aiding in Sustainable Solutions International Support Team, partners with low-income families and communities to preserve, enhance, grow, revitalize, and sustain a quality way of life. They assist communities in need by providing access to quality medical care, renewable energy sources, clean water, food, education, and microfinance training. Thus, they become advocates for these indigenous families and communities through providing sustainable resources for their cultural growth, prosperity, and livelihood.
Categories: General Gift

Awake Cafe: As part of the West Town community, the mission of Awake Cafe is to create a safe space for people to experience amazing coffee, great food, and authentic community. Awake Cafe serves fair trade coffee roasted by CFT member Metropolis.

Categories: Food & Beverage

Blossom Inspirations

Blossom Inspirations is a fair trade company working with artisans & their communities to produce toys, ornaments, and women’s fashion accessories. Each product was designed and produced in a such a way that positively affects their artisans, wholesalers, retailers, consumers, and the environment.
Categories: Fashion Apparel & Accessories, Home Decor, Babies & Kids, General Gift

Bright Endeavors:

Bright Endeavors is a non-profit social enterprise of New Moms Inc, that instills confidence, professionalism, and responsibility into adolescent mothers. They provide intensive training and a pathway out of poverty for young mothers in Chicago as they transition into quality, permanent employment. Participants gain job skills as they produce premium soy candles and bath products.
Categories: Home Decor, General Gift, Bath & Beauty
Non-profit member*

Canaan Fair Trade:

Canaan Fair Trade, a Palestinian commercial enterprise, enables small farmers and women organized in village cooperatives to pool their resources and have direct access to long-term global market opportunities through the sale of olive oil, almonds, and other regional delicacies. This enterprise helps to create economic stability for rural Palestinian communities caught in the midst of conflict.
Categories: Food & Beverage

CauseGear

CauseGear is an accessories brand with a focus on human justice. The line is designed in Chicago and made in India, and their mission is to transform the lives of people trapped in poverty to become self-sustaining. Every item has the name & face of your crafter and every purchase supports a job, paying 5x the local norm.
Categories: Fashion Apparel & Accessories, General Gift 

CEW Design Studio:

CEW Design Studio is a Chicago-based art therapy social enterprise serving Bosnian refugees and South Asian immigrant women. CEW, which stands for “Creatively Empowered Women,” provides a welcoming space for sewing, knitting, crocheting, and art sessions that enhance life skills and cultivate a sense of community. They promote holistic well being through skill sharing and fellowship and empower women by offering practical, economic, and emotional support.
Categories: Fashion Apparel & Accessories, General Gift 

Dill Pickle Cooperative:
Storefront: 3039 W Fullerton Ave, Chicago, IL 60647 (Logan Square)

Dill Pickle Food Co-op offers healthy food choices and the benefits of cooperative practice to build a vibrant local community and more sustainable world. They meet community needs and strengthen area diversity through products, services, and education, and are proud to serve several fair trade products to the community.
Categories: Food & Beverage, General Gift

Fairgrass:

Fairgrass brings beautiful fair trade baskets, sourced from Africa, to you for your home and gift giving.  Every basket they offer is hand crafted by an artisan who is paid a living wage for their work.  Whether you buy a beautiful, useful woven market basket from Ghana, a finely woven tray from Uganda or a unique, very special telephone wire basket fashioned by a Zulu master weaver, you will know that your purchase supports the artisan who created it in a fair trade fashion.
Categories: Home Decor

Field of Dreams Uganda:

The mission of Field of Dreams Uganda, Inc is to provide hope for the orphaned and vulnerable children of Uganda through the vehicles of soccer and education. Through promoting recreational soccer, investing in educational programs, and offering creative & empowering programming for young girls, they work to help these children reach their full potential as compassionate human beings.
Categories: General Gift

Fibre Athletics:

Fibre Athletics produces apparel for the creatively active. Their pieces are made  from responsibly sourced organic materials, and are cut and sewn in the USA. Fibre Athletics is committed to producing quality products through transparent production practices, fair trade, and sustainability.
Categories: Fashion Apparel & Accessories

 

Friends of the Third World:

Friends of the Third World (FOTW) began in 1972, when a group of students and teachers in Fort Wayne, Indiana, formed a fundraising project to aid the hungry. FOTW currently operates job training programs at its Fort Wayne headquarters and markets handmade crafts from 80 partner groups in their fair trade shop. Since beginning to import Nicaraguan coffee in 1982, Friends roasts Fair Trade Coffee from 12 countries and distributes fair trade teas, chocolates, nuts, and more.
Categories: Home Decor, Fashion Apparel & Accessories
Non-profit member*

Global Handmade Hope:
Storefront: 6700 N Northwest Hwy, Chicago, IL 60631 (Edison Park)

Global Handmade Hope is a fair trade wholesale and retail store. They opened their doors in 2009 and offer sustainably produced merchandise from around the world. You’ll find a diverse array of fair trade home decor, accessories, apparel, kids’ items, and food in their shop – all produced fairly by artisans and farmers from developing countries.
Categories: Home Decor, Fashion Apparel & Accessories, Food & Beverage, Babies & Kids, General Gift

Gracia Inc

Gracia envisions a better world for girls and young women: a future in which each woman has economic opportunity and a recognized voice in her home, her workplace, and her community. Gracia’s jewelry and crafts are completely hand-made by young women in the Gracia program. All profits are directed back to the girls, helping to meet their daily needs, funding the training program, and providing emergency funds for special needs.
Categories: Fashion Apparel & Accessories

Gracias Fair Trade:

Gracias is a mobile fair trade retailer, regularly attending local craft fairs, farmers’ markets, and church or synagogue fair trade bazaars. They work to provide people living in poverty with good jobs that pay fair wages. The artisans whose crafts they sell work to make their families’ lives and their communities safer, healthier, and more economically stable.
Categories: General Gift

Greenheart Shop:
Storefront: 1714 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60614 (Oldtown)

Change the world with your purchase. Greenheart Shop is Chicago’s premier eco-friendly and fair trade not-for-profit retail store. Greenheart believes that consumers have the power to affect positive change in the world by supporting sustainable and fair trade business practices. Shop sustainable jewelry, kitchen and home decor, gifts, and more.
Categories: Home Decor, Fashion Apparel & Accessories, Food & Beverage, Babies & Kids, General Gift

Greenola Style:

GREENOLA STYLE is a Chicago-based, ethical handmade accessories brand, dedicated to empowering artisans globally through fair trade employment. Through design and innovation, GREENOLA STYLE provides advancement opportunities to artisans in marginalized regions of the world and uses fashion as a tool to create positive change.
Categories: Fashion Apparel & Accessories

Helping Hand Partners

Helping Hand Partners is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that helps businesses source socially responsible products for their clients and customers. From gourmet foods and bath products to handcrafted jewelry and tech accessories, they offer unique products produced by their carefully-selected partners, social enterprises and fair trade organizations in the United States and around the world that share a common goal—helping people improve their lives and become self-sufficient by providing job opportunities to those with barriers to employment.
Categories: Home Decor, Fashion Apparel & Accessories, General Gift

Heshima Kenya:

Heshima Kenya specializes in identifying and protecting unaccompanied and separated refugee children and youth, especially girls, young women, and their children, living in Nairobi, Kenya. Through their peer-driven social enterprise project, The Maisha Collective, Heshima Kenya fosters leadership and business management skills through the design and production of unique hand-dyed scarves and textiles. Participants in this program gain life-long business and marketing skills that develop their confidence and prepare them for future independence.
Categories: Fashion Apparel & Accessories

Huaywasi:

Huaywasi, a project of The Light & Leadership Initiative, works with indigenous women in Peru to provide education opportunities, job skills training, and a market for their artisan products. The Light & Leadership Initiative works with several artisans, all women, who are looking to further develop their handicraft skills while providing a steady source of economic support to their household.
Categories: General Gift

Ishi Vest:

Ishi Vest produces a line of vests and accessories for men and women, made from sustainable materials in zero-waste facilities in India. Ishi Vests are fair trade, organic, and chemical-free, and 10% of the company’s profit is donated to sustainability efforts in the United States and India.
Categories: Fashion Apparel & Accessories

Kathmandu Yogi

Kathmandu Yogi is about unlocking your inner potential and living beyond limits. From meditation cushions, to yoga mat bags, to malas, Kathmandu Yogi products complement your lifestyle and help facilitate your daily practices to nurture your body and mind. All Kathmandu Yogi products are fairly and sustainably made, and the brand’s trading partnerships are based on dialogue, transparency, and respect.
Categories: General Gift, Health & Wellness

La Pucara:

La Pucara Collections offers one of a kind jewelry handcrafted with seeds that were sustainably harvested from the Amazon Rainforest. Each piece captures the essence of the locations where the materials came from, protects the rare rainforest environment, provides sustainable income to talented artisans, and contributes to positive global change.
Categories: Fashion Apparel & Accessories

Lakeview Employment Group:

Lakeview Employment Group is a support business for individuals with social challenges in obtaining and retaining work. Interns work 15 weeks with accountability and feedback, funded through 3 small social businesses. Re-Do is a small boutique resale shop that provides customer service experience, and the space is also open to small business pop ups to share for short term, reasonably priced opportunities. The organization also manages a small parking lot at Wrigley Field for summer parking during Cubs games and the concert season. Lastly, they work with local merchant associations for light office cleaning and outdoor planter maintenance.
Categories: Fashion Apparel & Accessories, General Gift

Loom Chicago:

A project of Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement Program, Loom is a Chicago-based social enterprise for refugee women from Bhutan, Iraq, Congo, and Afghanistan, where women gather together weekly to produce beautiful handmade products designed in collaboration with local Chicago designers. Refugee women have the opportunity to create, market, and sell their products as a source of income for their families. As a result of this social enterprise, women who have fled war and violence from all over the world have the opportunity to work together in Chicago, learn new skills, produce beautiful handmade products, earn an income, and be a part of a community of creative and enterprising women.
Categories: Home Decor, Fashion Apparel & Accessories

Madison Chicago Industries:
Madison Chicago Industries is an enterprise located on Chicago’s South Side, with a mission to create a new niche in the food service industry that incorporates and blends the cuisines of Africa, the Caribbean, and urban American communities. Their premier product is Cafe Sol Coffee, fair trade yergacheffa coffee from Ethiopia.
Categories: Food & Beverage

Malia Designs:

Malia Designs is a socially responsible fair trade brand that designs and sells handbags and accessories. The company was formed to increase economic opportunity for women in Cambodia and to support organizations that fight human trafficking in Southeast Asia.
Categories: Fashion Apparel & Accessories

Marketplace: Handwork of India:

Marketplace: Handwork of India is a pioneering non-profit that empowers women in India to break the cycle of poverty as they become leaders in their work, their homes, and their neighborhoods, and affect lasting change in their communities. Marketplace works with over 400 artisans in 11 cooperatives that produce high-quality women’s apparel and home decor. They learn skills such as sewing and embroidery and participate in all aspects of running their cooperatives. In addition, programs offer educational and enrichment opportunities designed to help the artisans overcome personal, cultural, and financial obstacles.
Categories: Fashion Apparel & Accessories

Mata Traders:

Mata Traders is a Chicago-based fair trade apparel and accessories brand. Their products are handmade using artistic traditions such as block-printing and embroidery, combined with flattering design and a flair for color. That’s just half the story – Mata provides fashion with impact. For their producers, it’s an opportunity to make a better life for their families.
Categories: Fashion Apparel & Accessories

MayaWorks:

MayaWorks is dedicated to creating work for women so they can financially support their families and become fully contributing members of their communities. Working with skilled artisans in Guatemala, they help women transform their skills into a means of financial support for their families by creating a market for the traditional arts of Maya artisans.
Categories: Home Decor, Fashion Apparel & Accessories, Kids & Baby, General Gift
Non-profit member*

MAYTA Collection:

MAYTA Collection is a Chicago-based lifestyle brand of thoughtfully curated goods from around the globe. They are passionate and dedicated to expanding the reach of the artisans they work with, empowering the craftswomen, and ensuring sustainability.
Categories: Fashion Apparel & Accessories

Metropolis Coffee:

Metropolis Coffee is one of Chicago’s most well-known coffee brands, and several of their beans are certified fair trade and sold in local coffee shops and grocery stores. Metropolis is committed to building community & investing in Chicago-area employees, including a partnership with Aspire Coffeeworks, providing jobs roasting their coffee beans for Chicagoans with disabilities.
Categories: Food & Beverage

Moriya Ethiopian Accessories:

Moriya Ethiopian Accessories, a project of Loving Shepherd Ministries, works to rescue women and their children from a life of prostitution and provide them with medical care, education opportunities, and a sustainable alternative income source. They began a purse production business as a way to offer dignified work to the women they work with. At Moriya, 11 women are currently producing a variety of handmade bags that are sold throughout the United States.
Categories: Fashion Apparel & Accessories

Motif:

Motif is a friendly business that connects the amazing artisans of Bangladesh with fair trade buyers worldwide since 1998. Their on-trend lines of accessories and home decor are made from local materials using only traditional techniques, which ensures many livelihoods are benefitted in the making of each product. Now available to retailers in the US via Minga Fair Trade Imports.
Categories: Home Decor, Fashion Apparel & Accessories, General Gift

Mustard Seed:
Storefront: 202 E Westminster, Lake Forest, IL 60045

The Mustard Seed, a fair trade shop in Lake Forest, is committed to partnering with cooperatives and artisans in developing countries to provide a market for their creations. Their suppliers pay a fair wage and/or allow the artisans to set the price for their products so they can make a sustainable living and emerge from poverty. The Mustard Seed also donates a portion of its profits to organizations that help empower women and children.
Categories: Home Decor, Fashion Apparel & Accessories, Food & Beverage, Babies & Kids, General Gift

NYR Organics:

Omiyo:

Omiyo means “give” in the Acholi language spoken by Omiyo’s Ugandan artisan partners, and giving is a major part of their mission. Omiyo strives to give their artisans an opportunity to make a better future for themselves and their families, to give kids in their home community access to education, and to give their customers access to beautiful, handmade jewelry and accessories.
Categories: Fashion Apparel & Accessories

PINTL + KEYT:

PINTL + KEYT an ethical fashion brand, founded by a collective of textile designers. They are driven by a desire to change the socio-economic and environmental effects of fast fashion with their own original patterns and products. PINTL + KEYT takes pride in using organic materials and in paying those who produce their products a livable wage. 

Production Mode:
Storefront: 3013 W Armitage, Chicago, IL 60647

Production Mode, a Chicago-made line of apparel and accessories, draws on the strengths of the art, design, and activist communities in Chicago and beyond. Their collection is made to order at their Chicago studio, which allows them to minimize ecological and financial waste. Production Mode is committed to fair trade practices, including transparency through their supply chain, paying living wages to the weavers, tanners, cutters, and stitchers who produce their pieces, and reducing their environmental impact. Production Mode’s showroom and production space is open to the public.
Categories: Fashion Apparel & Accessories

Sandpiper Imports:

Sandpiper Imports offers a unique & classic collection of high-quality .925 sterling silver jewelry handcrafted by artisans in Bali, Indonesia.  In keeping with internationally recognized fair trade principles, Sandpiper Imports is focused on building equitable, long-term partnerships with their artisans and honoring their rich cultural creativity and traditional craftsmanship by selecting pieces that were designed by the artisans themselves.
Categories: Fashion Apparel & Accessories

Sobu Artist Project:

SOBU Artist Project is a non-profit organization that provides art-focused entrepreneurship opportunities, job training, capacity building, empowerment and civic-engagement skills, and transition support from high school to college and careers to high-poverty youth in Chicago. They work with the youth to make artistic furniture, mosaics, jewelry, and screen-printed bags and t-shirts. 50% of sales go to the youth artists and 50% fund their service-learning projects in Chicago.
Categories: Home Decor, Fashion Apparel & Accessories

Soko Rafiki:

Soko Rafiki is a fair trade, woman-owned company based in the Chicago area that specializes in personal, home, and garden items from Africa. They purchase directly from producers and provide small grants to expand businesses in producer communities. With their profits, they help to fund Global Alliance for Africa’s therapeutic arts program and community library.
Categories: Home Decor, General Gift

Solay Wellness:
Storefront/Spa: 4819 W Main St, Skokie, IL 60077

Solay Wellness works hard to create a line of wellness products that taps into the power of Himalayan salt. They believe in bringing the power of salt therapy to you – and doing it ethically. Every salt crystal lamp and salt product they sell is eco-friendly and fair trade.
Categories: Home Decor, Food & Beverage, Bath & Beauty, Health & Wellness

Sora Products:
New member! Info coming soon…

Sweet Beginnings:

Sweet Beginnings LLC makes the family of beelove products, an all-natural line of raw honey and honey-infused body care products. They extract their honey from their all-natural urban apiary in the heart of the North Lawndale Community in Chicago. Not only do they resepect the earth in the production of their products, but they also provide importation transitional job opportunities for area residents who struggle with barriers to employment.
Categories: Food & Beverage, Bath & Beauty

Ten Thousand Villages – Evanston:
Storefront: 719 Main St, Evanston, IL 60202

Explore Ten Thousand Villages’ world of fair trade treasures, including lovely gifts, home decor, personal accessories, jewelry, chocolate, coffee and so much more. By purchasing fair trade items at Ten Thousand Villages, you can make a difference in the lives of artisans around the globe. Their mission is to provide fair wage income for people in the developing world by marketing their handcrafted products and sharing their artisan stories.
Categories: Home Decor, Fashion Apparel & Accessories, Food & Beverage, Bath & Beauty, Kids & Baby, General Gift

Ten Thousand Villages – Oak Park:
Storefront: 121 N Marion St, Oak Park, IL 60301

Ten Thousand Villages in Oak Park, IL, is a fair trade retailer of artisan-crafted home decor, personal accessories and gift items from across the globe. Featuring products from more than 130 artisan groups in some 38 countries, they are part of a network of over 390 retail outlets throughout the United States selling Ten Thousand Villages products.
Categories: Home Decor, Fashion Apparel & Accessories, Food & Beverage, Bath & Beauty, Kids & Baby, General Gift

Terra Experience:

Terra Experience was started in 1999 as a very small, socially responsible business to help Mayan friends in Guatemala earn some additional income for school supplies and other needs of their families. They sell handmade doll clothes that are just the right size for American Girl dolls, which look similar to traditional Guatemalan huipiles, but take much less time to make.
Categories: Kids & Baby, General Gift

The Little Traveler:
Storefront: 404 S Third St, Geneva, IL 60134

The Little Traveler is a retail store in Geneva, IL, that sends travelers to scout throughout Europe and the Far East to bring back the most wonderful treasures. Visitors will find an ever-changing collection with new shipments arriving continuously. Be sure to check out their Fair Trade Gallery!
Categories: Home Decor, Fashion Apparel & Accessories, General Gift
Allied Member**

Tree of Life Imports:

Tree of Life Imports was founded in 1989 during El Salvador’s civil war as a means to bring the art of La Palma to the American market.  Since then, they have expanded their business to work with artisans in several communities in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Mexico, providing equal opportunity for all to work, including women and the rural poor. Tree of Life Imports is committed to fair trade and economic justice.
Categories: General Gift

Tulia’s Artisan Gallery:

Tulia’s Artisan Gallery seeks the finest accessories and home décor handcrafted in Colombia. As the country recovers from generations of violence and internal displacement, Tulia’s mission is to show that art is the other Colombian export, and works to source this art directly from artisans working to preserve ancestral lands, culture, and traditions.
Categories: Home Decor, Fashion Apparel & Accessories, Kids & Baby

Venture Imports:

Venture Imports supplies beautiful and unique gifts from Kenya. Venture Imports is a company dedicated to providing employment to people in developing countries by giving them access to North American markets.
Categories: Home Decor, Fashion Apparel & Accessories

The Winding Road:

The Winding Road features collections of beautiful handmade scarves, shawls, handbags, and children’s toys from around the world. They seek out small, fair trade compliant suppliers who use eco-friendly fabrics to provide ethical and sustainable accessories and gifts. The Winding Road also participates in several markets and trade shows in the Chicago area and provides wholesale product options to retail stores and museum shops.
Categories: Fashion Apparel & Accessories, Kids & Baby, General Gift

Work+Shelter:

Work + Shelter is an ethical production facility and provides a safe space for women in India to earn a living wage and receive job training. They offer brands reliable, straightforward services, including high-quality fair trade manufacturing, human intelligence tasks, and more.
Categories: Fashion Apparel & Accessories, Kids & Baby, General Gift

WorldFinds:

WorldFinds creates positive change in the world through ethical design. This B2B brand includes jewelry, accessories, and gift items that are handmade in the developing world by fair trade artisan partners in India, Nepal, and Indonesia. WorldFinds designs for the fashion forward, socially-conscious consumer, and simultaneously cultivates empowerment and financial security for their women artisans.  They believe fair trade is about much more than just a fair wage; an equal emphasis is spent on improving the artisans’ communities, preserving cultural traditions, eradicating child and sweatshop labor, and helping to alleviate poverty.
Categories: Fashion Apparel & Accessories

Y’abal Handicrafts:

Y’abal Handicrafts is a Guatemalan artisan organization that supports indigenous women’s weaving cooperatives, providing them with local and international markets. Y’abal seeks to increase the opportunities and quality of life for women in the Western Highlands of Guatemala while preserving the traditional art of back-strap weaving. Mixing the traditional with the contemporary, Y’abal creates modern and stylish products that maintain centuries-old cultural symbols and weaving techniques.
Categories: Fashion Apparel & Accessories, General Gift


*What is a non-proft member? Many CFT member businesses operate as a non-profit organization. They may have joined CFT as an institutional member, but since they operate as a business and sell fair trade products, we included them in this list.

**What is an allied member? CFT encourages all businesses to incorporate fair trade into their model. Our allied business members carry some fair trade products and fully support the principles of fair trade.


Categories: Home Decor, Fashion Apparel & Accessories, Food & Beverage, Bath & Beauty, Kids & Baby, General Gift, Health & Wellness 

 

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