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Gifts with a Cause has a passion "to provide sustainable income to artisans in developing countries."  They offer beautiful upcycled cotton-to-paper note boxes, coasters and journals, all of which would make awesome teachers gifts.  Each item comes with the artisan's picture and story.

Equal Exchange sources coffee, tea and chocolate "directly from small-scale farmers".  They offer wholesale and fundraiser options for schools to help support fair trade.

Three Cords Haiti vision is "to bring life transformation through an artisan business that focuses on employing Haitians with disabilities, as well as at-risk women." They sell beautiful backpacks for kids through ViBella Jewelry.

"Woven Joy, a Fair Trade Federation member, is a faith-based nonprofit organization working with artisans in the Philippines to create, produce and sell some of the world's finest quality handwoven friendship goods.”  They sell handwoven bookmarks and custom bookmarks which can be personalized with your child's name.

MudLOVE  sells pottery, 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.  They offer custom bracelets, which can be personalized with your child's name, school or message.

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 teacher gifts, and adorable pencil bags and beautiful world maps for classroom or homeschool.

Amani ya Juu is "social economic enterprise committed to peace and reconciliation for African women." They sew adorable backpacks and shark pencil cases for younger children (my four-year-old loved his "fish who eats crayons" :) and durable school totes for older children.

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 sell a cute fair trade elephant backpack.

Freedom’s Promise is "a faith-based, nonprofit organization that partners with indigenous Cambodian groups to prevent human trafficking and child exploitation by transforming communities."  They sell durable library book bags and lunch bags "uniquely handcrafted from recycled rice bags."

A Sister’s Heart is "a socially minded business that uses art and design to provide economic and educational development for young Honduran women who have chosen to change the course of their lives."  They offer beautiful note card sets on Etsy.  (I ordered these for teacher thank you gifts this year and they are gorgeous!)  They also offer fundraising opportunities for schools.

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 sell unique pencil bags and beautiful handcrafted bookmarks (Hint: These also make great teacher gifts!)

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Goex is "owned by The Global Orphan Project.  We devote all profits to care for orphaned and vulnerable children."  They offer group custom printed t-shirts, perfect for school events and sports teams.

MudLOVE  sells beautiful pottery mugs handcrafted 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.  They offer Custom Mugs, perfect to personalize for your child's teacher!

KidKnits motto is “You’re never too young to change a life on the other side of the world.”  They offer a curriculum for kids, the Global Change is in Your Hands Workbook, which is perfect for classroom teachers, Sunday-School teachers and home schoolers.  Lesson plans are available for download on the website.

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 gorgeous pencil cases (my little girl immediately fell in love with their elephant pencil cases!) and woven notebooks and amazing backpacks.

Ten Thousand Villages, "the original fair trader," started in 1946.  They have a great selection of gifts for teachers and college students. (To also find their products in retail locations in your area, click here.)

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."  Papillon offers jewelry and key chains in popular sports team colors.

Three Avocados sells "World Changing Coffee"and net proceeds are donated to provide clean drinking water to those in need around the world.  They offer cool coffee gift boxes and unique coffee tumblers, perfect for teacher gifts!

2nd Story Goods works in a small town in Haiti to provide much needed jobs and hope to their community by paying a livable wage to the artisans who make their goods.  They sell a fun "pieces" backpack.

Ten Thousand Villages, "the original fair trader", started in 1946.  They sell cool tin lunch boxes, lunch bags and sand which keepers.  (To also look for their products in a retail store near you, click here.)

Serrv is "a nonprofit, fair trade organization dedicated to lifting disadvantaged artisans, farmers, and their families out of poverty."  They sell cool secret pencil boxes with a hidden compartment!

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 adorable kids backpacks (my kindergartner loves his monkey backpack :) and manta pencil cases and water bottle carriers and a spiral messenger bag (perfect for older children to transport school supplies!)

HandUp Global Goods is a "non-profit enterprise dedicated to arming teens in Haiti with jobs, spiritual discipleship, and professional development."  They offer custom bracelets to sell for school fundraisers.

Woven Grace sells beautiful magnetic notepad covers (Note: Scroll down to the bottom of the products to find them!) made by artisans in Haiti, perfect for a teacher gift (and they also offer gorgeous greeting cards to go with the gift!)  Each handmade product comes with a touching story.

WorldCraftsSM "develops sustainable, fair-trade businesses among impoverished people around the world."  They sell an adorable butterfly backpack and a purple lunch tote, perfect for girls.

Mountain Maid partners with "local church members to produce products that provide a sustainable income."  They offer a variety of books about Haiti, including coloring books, Haitian cookbooks, books that teach Creole and Creole Bibles.  Great for cross-cultural or foreign country projects at school.

Trades of Hope sells products made by women whose "story has changed from pain and struggle to a story of hope!"  They offer an adorable turtle backpack for kids..

By purchasing these school supplies for your children, you create

opportunities for children in developing countries to attend school.  

25+ Ethical School Supplies that are Changing the World.

For ethical school clothes, check out Wildly Co. and Primary or go to Kids Clothing.

For college students, see our Graduation Gifts page. 

For teacher gifts and supplies, go to our Teacher page.

For more ethical school supply shopping, check out Yoobi and

Going Zero Waste's "Ultimate List of Zero Waste School Supplies."

Hope Outfitters offers ethically made water bottles and lanyards with 100% of the profits being donated to chosen charities.