Ten Thousand Villages started 65 years ago with the Mennonite Central Committee to "provide sustainable economic opportunities for artisans in developing countries by creating a viable marketplace for their products in North America." They sell beautiful pillows, blankets and bed covers as well as lamps and lampshades and mirrors and hampers and laundry baskets.
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Most bedding is made from cotton. Cotton production has come under scrutiny in recent years because of problems with forced and child labor in the cotton fields in Uzbekistan, as well as in other cotton producing countries. Figuring out where the cotton in your bedding originated is not easy. But the bedding and other bedroom items you can purchase below are rescuing people from exploitation
Nomi Network, with their " Buy Her Bag Not Her Body" slogan, work in India and Cambodia "to create economic opportunities for survivors and women at risk of trafficking by providing training, product development, and marketing support." They sell beautiful pillow covers with a zippered back to add a pillow insert.
LivAfrika's mission "is to help support the women and children in South Africa who are affected by extreme poverty, HIV/AIDS and gender inequality." They offer handcrafted pillowcases with a funky street scene design.
WorldCraftsSM "develops sustainable, fair-trade businesses among impoverished people around the world." Their "vision is to offer an income with dignity and the hope of everlasting life to every person on earth." They offer some very unique throws handmade by Indian women from recycled saris.
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Serrv is "a nonprofit, fair trade organization dedicated to lifting disadvantaged artisans, farmers, and their families out of poverty." They sell ethically and beautifully made bedding, throws, pillows and rugs, as well as bedroom stools and tables. (To look for their products in a retail store near you, click here.)