Change the World by How You Shop Logo: The U.S. Ethical Shopping Guide

Ten Thousand Villages, "the original fair trader", started in 1946.  They sell  Learn to Crochet Kits.  They also offer Twisty Snippers, perfect for craft scissors. (To also find their products in retail locations near you, click here.)

Education and More, "a Christian nonprofit organization, strives to reduce poverty in Guatemala by providing educational opportunities for students of all ages and by helping those we serve earn a fair income."  They sell weaving looms, including looms for children and beautiful, eco-friendly cotton yarn.

Papillon Enterprise is "creating jobs for mothers & fathers who don’t want to have to abandon their children to an orphanage because they can’t feed them."  They offer handmade bead kits for making your own bracelets or anklets.

The Village Country Store is "a fair trade gift shop offering high quality unique handcrafted and handmade artisan gifts and crafts from around the globe."  They offer a set of carved block prints to make your own designs!

 Crafts for a Cause

KidKnits motto is “You’re never too young to change a life on the other side of the world.”  KidKnits sells craft kits for kids and purchases the yarn from women in Rwanda and Chile who desperately need the income.  They also offer handspun yarn for crafters. Each skein of yarn comes with the story of the woman who spun it.

Do you enjoy crafts but struggle finding ethically-made craft supplies?  These craft materials you can trace right to the source and know that your purchase is also supporting a good cause!

Serrv is "a nonprofit, fair trade organization dedicated to lifting disadvantaged artisans, farmers, and their families out of poverty."  They sell hand-carved Indian wood block print sets for hand-stamping paper or textiles.

31 Bits sells jewelry handmade by women rising out of poverty in Uganda and Indonesia.  They offer jewelry kits for kids to make their own jewelry, featuring their beautiful handmade beads.

The Mercy House Shop is "a global marketplace and the beautiful products in this shop are made by women empowered by Mercy House Global."  They sell fair trade craft kits for kids, including batik painting kits and make-your-own bracelet kits.

If you are in search of ethically made fabrics for sewing projects, check out: 

Cloud 9 Fabrics,

Threadbare Fabrics,

Cedar House Fabrics

or Spoonflower.

The Sparrow Studio's goal "is to create a marketplace for handmade jewelry, accessories, and home decor from a cooperative of women in Africa."  They sell loose paper beads for use in craft projects.