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

The Sparrow Studio's "primary goal is to create a fair trade marketplace for handmade home decor and jewelry."  You will fall in love with their kitchen towels, table runners and dinner napkins!

Serrv is "a nonprofit, fair trade organization dedicated to lifting disadvantaged artisans, farmers, and their families out of poverty."  Their kitchen products are too numerous to list and include kitchen linens & tablecloths, beautiful serving bowlstrays & bread warmers, decorative mugs & teapots and kitchen tools & canisters.  (I love my Kantha dishcloths from Serrv!)

(To also find their products in a retail shop near you, click here.)

Partners for Just Trade is a "non-profit, faith-based organization that builds partnerships between producers living in extreme poverty and consumers in North America."  They sell hot pads and oven mitts.

Amani ya Juu is a "social economic enterprise committed to peace and reconciliation for African women." They sew gorgeous, quality kitchen items, including aprons, hot pads, placemats, napkins and coasters.  They also offer beautiful wooden spoons and bowls. (My kitchen is full of Amani products!)

PROJECT LYDIA sells products made by widows in Uganda.  They have hot pad trivets and beautiful oval star tray baskets.

​(To also find their products in a retail store near you, click here.)

Azizi Life "partners with rural Rwandans to bring fair trade beauty to your life and theirs." They have cool woven trays, napkin rings and trivets

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 large selection of global dinnerware and tableware as well as aprons & potholders.  (The ceramic Mexican bowl I ordered is gorgeous and dishwasher safe!)

Persona Grata Goods is "designed to help moms who care about the world make a difference in the lives of other moms!"  They offer incredible kitchen towels and napkins, made in the USA by refugee moms.

Amma's Umma is "an ethical boutique that gives back to adoptions."  They offer beautiful decorative tea towels which would add some flair to any kitchen.

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 beautiful decorative wood bowls and pottery mugs and plates, handmade in Haiti.

Elisha C. has a mission "to end poverty through job creation, education and empowerment" and to "put Haiti in the hands of the Haitians."   She sells various kitchen utensils, including cheese knives, salad servers and coffee scoops.

Go Fish Clothing & Jewelry Co. seeks to make a difference by "purchasing hand-crafted goods from the indigenous people of developing nations at their asking price."  They offer kitchen dish towels with cool sayings, glassware and pitchers.

LivAfrika's mission "is to help support the women and children in South Africa who are affected by extreme poverty."  They offer handcrafted table runners and olive wood tongs.

Shop with a mission has a "mission is to equip and assist people in developing countries to break the cycle of poverty through their handiwork and creativity." They sell a variety of beautiful kitchen products, including chopsticks, carved wooden salad spoons, spatulas, hotpads, tortilla warmers and silk placemats.

Imagine Goods partners "with vulnerable and marginalized people around the world to make products that, in many cases, give the first fair wages they've ever received."  They offer beautiful napkins, table runners and aprons.

2nd Story Goods works in a small town in Haiti to provide much needed jobs and hope to their community.  They offer napkins, batik aprons (also for kids!), coasters and serving baskets.

Made Global Co. is "into you knowing the makers, because the story matters."  They offer beautiful handmade kitchen products, including bread baskets, salad spoons, measuring spoons and coasters

WorldCraftsSM "develops sustainable, fair-trade businesses among impoverished people around the world."  They offer kitchen aprons, pot holders and more.

Eternal Threads "mission is 'weaving hope and justice' to improve the lives of women and children who are at risk from extreme poverty and trafficking." They offer table covers, table runners, placemats, napkins, baskets and dish towels.

Pal Craftaid is "a volunteer, non-profit ministry of compassion, hope, and healing for Palestinians."  They sell beautifully carved olive wood cutting boards, spatulas, salad spoons, coasters and honey dippers 

(I bought their honey dipper and I love it!)

The Mission Lazarus social enterprise "program exists to empower local Hondurans and Haitians."  They offer handmade mugs.

MudLOVE  sells beautiful pottery mugs handmade in Indiana.  Every product you purchase provides one week of clean water to someone in need in Central African Republic through their nonprofit partner, Water for Good.  Check out their cool Inspirational Mugs, Classic Mugs and Custom Mugs.

Cross Trade is "built on the belief that giving job opportunities is the best way to provide HOPE for people in need."  They sell beautiful wooden placemats  and gorgeous terra cotta pottery bakeware and serving dishes.

Ten Thousand Villages, "the original fair trader," started in 1946.  They have a large selection of kitchen items, (too many to list them all!), including trays & platters, napkins, rings & placemats, tableware, tablecloths and coasters, hot mats & trivets.  

(To also find their products in a retail store 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 colorful kitchen linens, including place mats, napkins, kitchen towels and table runners.

The Mosaic Collective exists "to empower international small business owners and skills-based nonprofits by offering beautiful products at a price that is fair to the artisans who create them." They sell beautiful cutting boards, sustainably handcrafted out of solid teak.

31 Bits sells products handmade by women rising out of poverty in Uganda and Indonesia.  They offer an amazing selection of serveware and tableware.

Below find links to kitchen products which are fairly traded, ethically sourced, eco-friendly, handcrafted, sweatshop-free, and, well, you get the idea!

 Kitchens that Make a Difference

Mountain Maid partners with "local church members to produce products that provide a sustainable income."  They offer beautiful kitchen products from Haiti, including carved salad spoons & bowls, mortar & pestle, cool napkin holders and a plantain press.

139Made offers "creative Christian apparel & lifestyle products."  10% of their sales go to fight human trafficking. They offer cool mugs with verses.

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 offer a variety of beautiful kitchen products.

Trades of Hope sells products made by women whose "story has changed from pain and struggle to a story of hope!"  They offer beautiful trivets, decorative bowls and platters

Designed for Joy creates "artisan jobs for North Carolina women living at high risk for sex and labor trafficking and vulnerable to food and housing insecurities."  They offer beautiful tea towels.