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Trees Water People

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Doing Good: They work in Central America planting trees, installing fuel efficient and safe cooking stoves and empowering communities. Now, we like them even more as they have started a project with Indigenous communities in the US, helping to instal eco-friendly housing and solar panels.

American Bird Conservancy

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The good they do: This organization provides needed advocacy and protection for bird species and habitats in the Americas.

Seed Saver’s Exchange

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Doing Good: We love their mission of seed sovereignty as a way to promote biodiversity to benefit us all.

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

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The good they do: Sea Shepherd works tirelessly to protect precious marine life and fight illegal and destructive actions that threaten the health of our oceans.

Fair Trade Together for Pollinators

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Let your love for pollinators shine with these inspired goods!


Soothing, natural, peaceful, or "just plain sweet" pollinator products can infuse your home or store with a sense of wellbeing and balance. Celebrate and respect the important work that these small, imperiled creatures do by first educating yourself about simple ways to protect their habitats and second, by socially connecting with and shopping from international companies and artisan workshops like us, who care for our shared earth and people.

Look and shop a variety of inspired-by-pollinators goodies brought to you by compassionate businesses from the FairTradeFederation.org (product directory under each photo).

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Pollinator Ornaments (above)


1 - Monarch Bookmark & Ornament by Tulia's Artisan Gallery (https://www.tulias.com

2 - Hummingbird Confetti Ceramic Ornament by Lucuma Designs (https://www.lucuma.com)

3 - Bee Hive Gourd Ornament by Lucuma Designs (https://www.lucuma.com)

4 - Beaded Bee Ornament by Global Mamas (https://www.globalmamas.org)

5 - Felted Bee Ornament by dZi (https://www.dzi.com)

6 - Abaca Butterfly ornament by Serrv (https://www.serrv.org)

7 - Bee Confetti Ceramic Ornament by Lucuma Designs (https://www.lucuma.com)

8 - Wild Woolies Hummingbird by dZi (https://www.dzi.com)

9 - Blue Morpho Butterfly Ornament by Women of the Cloud Forest (https://womenofthecloudforest.com )

10 - Tropical Butterfly Gourd Ornament by Lucuma Designs (https://www.lucuma.com)

11 - Hummingbird Ornament by Upavim Crafts (https://upavimcrafts.org

12 - Bumblebee Ornament by Silk Road Bazaar (http://www.thesilkroadbazaar.com)

Ornaments Galore! (above)

1 - Hummingbird Gourd Ornament by Lucuma Designs (https://www.lucuma.com)

2 - Wild Woolies Hummingbird by dZi (https://www.dzi.com)

3 - Tiger Swallowtail Bookmark & Ornament by Tulia's Artisan Gallery (https://www.tulias.com)

4 - Felted Bee Ornament by dZi (https://www.dzi.com)

5 - Bat Balsa Wood Ornament by Women of the Cloud Forest (https://womenofthecloudforest.com )

6 - Beaded Bee Ornament by Global Mamas (https://www.globalmamas.org)

7 - Hummingbird Confetti Ceramic Ornament by Lucuma Designs (https://www.lucuma.com)

8 - Blue Morpho Butterfly Ornament by Women of the Cloud Forest (https://womenofthecloudforest.com )

9 - Monarch Butterfly Ornament by Women of the Cloud Forest (https://womenofthecloudforest.com )

10 - Bee Confetti Ceramic Ornament by Lucuma Designs (https://www.lucuma.com)

11 - Bee Hive Gourd Ornament by Lucuma Designs (https://www.lucuma.com)

12 - Abaca Butterfly ornament by Serrv (https://www.serrv.org

13 - Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly Ornament by Women of the Cloud Forest (https://womenofthecloudforest.com )

14 - Butterfly Gourd Ornament by Lucuma Designs (https://www.lucuma.com)

15 - Ladybug Yarn Buddy by Minga Fair Trade Imports (mingaimports.com)

16 - Hummingbird Felt Ornament by Upavim Crafts (https://upavimcrafts.org

17 - Bumblebee Ornament by Silk Road Bazaar (http://www.thesilkroadbazaar.com

18 & 20 - Hummingbird Confetti Ceramic Ornament by Lucuma Designs (https://www.lucuma.com)

19 - Hummingbird Gourd Ornament by Lucuma Designs (https://www.lucuma.com)

21 - Butterfly Gourd Ornament by Lucuma Designs (https://www.lucuma.com)

22, 23 & 25 - Tropical Butterfly Gourd Ornaments by Lucuma Designs (https://www.lucuma.com)

24 - Monarch Butterfly Gourd Ornament by Lucuma Designs (https://www.lucuma.com)

26 - Abaca Butterfly ornament by Serrv (https://www.serrv.org

27 - Hummingbird Ornament by Women of the Cloud Forest (https://womenofthecloudforest.com )

Pollinator ornaments and birdhouses

Ornaments and Birdhouses (above)

1 - Abaca Butterfly ornament by Serrv (https://www.serrv.org)

2 - Felted Hummingbird Birdhouse by dZi (https://www.dzi.com)

3 - Felted Bee Ornament by dZi (https://www.dzi.com)

4 - Hummingbird Gourd Birdhouse by Lucuma Designs (https://www.lucuma.com)         

5 - Hummingbird Balsa Wood Ornament by Women of the Cloud Forest (https://womenofthecloudforest.com )

Wanna dig deeper? Find excellent wall posters and educational materials from the Pollinator Partnership:
https://www.pollinator.org/shop/posters

Buzz-Worldly Bee Gifts!

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As conscious consumers, honoring our connection with all life on Earth may start as simply as falling in love with a handcrafted, bee-inspired gift or two! Tasting honey could open our hearts to being grateful to the richness in our lives. And while these handmade gifts help raise awareness for all pollinators, they double their goodness by supporting decent livelihoods for the artists' communities who created them!

Loving Our Bees!

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Every time we bite into a crispy apple, a fragrant apricot, a juicy strawberry or tomato, we have some bees to thank! As champion pollinators, honeybees and about 20,000 native bee species fly from flower to flower collecting pollen for their colonies while spreading pollen from plant to plant, doing an invaluable service that supports all life.

Gratitude Gourd Box Video

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A place where we can all share the good things happening in our lives right now despite our difficulties. May you be inspired to start your own Gratitude Box with your family!

Play & Learn with Finger Puppets

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Get your earth-friendly organic cotton or alpaca wool hand-knitted finger puppets for hours of fun play -OR- make your own out of paper! Just download our free finger puppet printable patterns and let the fun begin.

DIY Printable Farm Finger Puppets

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Fairy tale finger puppets

Download a PDF for these fun farm paper finger puppets of a cow, horse, pig and more! Print on cardstock or heavy paper (8.5x11”) and cut along the dotted lines. Next, either fix the tabs with tape or glue or make notches and overlap. With a larger, open ring shape, the puppets can stand on a hard surface and be used like paper dolls. Otherwise, size the band to a finger and you’re good to play!

Bernardino, Ceramic Artist, Arequipa, Perú 4/27/20

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We’re Grateful for Fair Trade!

There’s a feeling of deep satisfaction when you bring something handmade into your life that you know brought good to the artist, the community and the earth. Fair trade is more important than ever, and while the challenges are great, we’re grateful to have you as part of our community. Three cheers for Fair Trade Day this Saturday, May 9th! This week we got a nice surprise from clay artist, Bernardino, which touched our hearts deeply. He sent us this beautiful gratitude video, which we hope you'll enjoy.

The Gratitude Box Project - April / Caja De Gratitud

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This Community Gratitude Box is a space where our teams, artists and clients can share what really matters right now. With this, we hope to bring our communities closer and everyone is invited to participate!

Updates from Our Artists and Team

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Arpillera Artist Silvia

As an international fair trade company, we’re concerned about all the lives that Covid-19 is impacting. Like we all know, the virus is changing every aspect of life and work, but fortunately, so far, our employees and artists in Peru and Costa Rica remain healthy and all our team members are working remotely. Alessandra and I are in Peru, we were here when the borders closed. For now we need to stay put and are able to oversee our aide efforts here. We are using this time to strategize and use our creativity to do what we can right now.

DIY Printable Fairy Tale Finger Puppets

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Written by The Lucuma Team
fairy tale finger puppets

Download a PDF for these fun fairy tale paper finger puppets of royalty, magic, dragons and more! Print on cardstock or heavy paper (8.5x11”) and cut along the dotted lines. Next, either fix the tabs with tape or glue or make notches and overlap. With a larger, open ring shape, the puppets can stand on a hard surface and be used like paper dolls. Otherwise, size the band to a finger and you’re good to play!

DIY Printable Classic Tale Finger Puppets

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fairy tale finger puppets

Download a PDF for these fun fairy tale paper finger puppets of royalty, magic, dragons and more! Print on cardstock or heavy paper (8.5x11”) and cut along the dotted lines. Next, either fix the tabs with tape or glue or make notches and overlap. With a larger, open ring shape, the puppets can stand on a hard surface and be used like paper dolls. Otherwise, size the band to a finger and you’re good to play!

DIY Printable Easter Finger Puppets

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DIY Easter Finger Puppets

 

Download a PDF for these fun Spring or Easter paper finger puppets of bunnies, a duckling, and a butterfly! Print on cardstock or heavy paper (8.5x11”) and cut along the dotted lines. Next, either fix the tabs with tape or glue or make notches and overlap. With a larger, open ring shape, the puppets can stand on a hard surface and be used like paper dolls. Otherwise, size the band to a finger and you’re good to play!

Lucuma Gratitude Box - March / Caja De Gratitud

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gratitude box

Creating a Gratitude Box to giving thanks is a practice anyone can do at home, individually or as a family! Giving thanks helps us shift gears from our worried mind and allows us to pause and appreciate what truly matters within our hearts.

Staying Healthy and Positive in a Time of Crisis

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Love and Healthy Wishes to Our One World Family

May I be happy, healthy and wealthy

The global health crisis and emotional turmoil we are collectively facing is rocking our world. Everything is changing and last week’s priorities seem today irrelevant. With our new realities shifting by the hour, we are grasping to understand what next.

While conscious of the hardship, sadness and pain this Covid-19 virus threat brings us, we must remain positive and calm so we can see beyond its ugliness.

This world pandemic is making it easier to see how interconnected we are. It is inspiring g

Trending in 2020

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Written by The Lucuma Team
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In these technologically driven times, life seems to keep accelerating and changes happen at an incredible speed, at a personal, collective and planetary level. By identifying what shoppers’ needs are today (and most likely tomorrow) we may be more prepared to serve them better.

Why Scary Masks?

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For Borucans, these masks symbolize protective nature spirits. Masks have a special place in their hearts because they saved the very existence of their ancestors and culture.

Melvin Gonzalez Rojas, Borucan artist

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As an accomplished and recognized Borucan artist, Melvin likes to challenge himself. Over the past few years he has transitioned to painting more often on canvas than on balsa wood.

Modern Masks

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For Borucans, these masks symbolize protective nature spirits. Masks have a special place in their hearts because they saved the very existence of their ancestors and culture.

Rudy Gomez, Borucan artist

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Rudy Boruca mask carver


Rudy is one of the youngest fine-carving artists. He eagerly learns new carving tricks. Most often, a mask artist will bring him a balsa wood log with a design drawn on it for him to carve. In return the artist will paint one of his masks.

Sugey Jimenez Acosta, Borucan artist

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Sugey Boruca mask painter

Sugey started playing with paint brushes at a young age inspired by her godmother. After marrying Marcos in 2005, she easily picked up new techniques from him while falling in love with mask painting. Orchids are her specialty as she enjoys replicating different varieties with intricate details.

Women and Boruca Masks

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emerging female artists


Traditionally, and for generations, mask making has been a male dominated activity. Only very recently, some women in Boruca have become interested in painting masks but it is still rare to see one carving.

Ismael González Rojas, Borucan artist

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Ismael Boruca mask carver

Ismael started carving at a young age and is one of the few artists in Boruca still working with cedar wood.

Loly, Maria De Los Santos, Borucan artist

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Loly dries and boils the jicara fruit for hours to cure and clean it. Then she envisions her animal, carving the legs, head and tail in balsa wood. Her grandson works alongside her, adding the color.

Meet new ceramic artist Bernardino

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Ceramic Artist Bernardino

Bernardino Arce comes from a family of ceramic artists. He runs his own workshop where he creates our new water birds. He enjoys creating colorful marble patterns on them using engobe and natural pigments, a technique inspired by Japanese water marbling.

Healing our World Through the Beauty of Fair Trade

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Fair Trade gifts have a magical power to open our hearts by creating meaningful connections between us conscious consumers and crafters far away. They help us get in touch with our own humanity by reminding us we are one big world family. All of us have the ability to open our hearts and wish for others, what we wish for ourselves.

Store Sign For Organic Cotton Finger Puppets

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Organic cotton is growing in popularity and here is why!

Puno Travel Log: Meeting Nifty Knitters

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Follow along with Don and Alessandra's trip to visit with our talented knitters in Puno, Peru! Read on for updates about our knitters and knitted collections.

Raquel Sanabria García: Growing with Gourd Art and Fair Trade

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Ester arpillera quilter

Raquel Sanabria García grew up admiring her parents’ ability to create beautiful gourd art. So, as she grew, so did her love and talent in creating gourd art.

Ester de la Cruz: An Arpillera Quilter Empowered by Fair Trade

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Ester arpillera quilter


In 2004, Ester joined a small collective of around 20 arpillera artists and started working with Lucuma Designs. As part of this tight group, she values the connections she has made thanks to her art.

Just Creations: Fair Trade, Quality Service, and Education

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Joan from Just Creations
Lucuma Designs had the chance to catch up with Joan Frisz, store buyer at Just Creations, located in Louisville, KY. I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to interview Joan to get the inside scoop about her mission, her take on the fair trade family, and her predictions for the future of fair trade.

Celebrating Earth Day: Ten Action Tips

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tree of life arpillera

Earth Day only comes once a year, but there are so many activities to do and steps we can complete to clean up our planet year-round. Want to help save the planet? Here's a list of ten tips to help get you started!

Joining the 1% for the Planet & Four Non-profits Picks in 2018

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Lucuma Designs became part of the 1% for the Planet Network in July 2018 to step up our green commitment. This means that we will donate at least 1% of all of our sales to non-profits working for the environment.

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