Fair Trade Shopping for Teachers

Teacher Gifts & Classroom Supplies

Browse below to find fair trade teaching resources, ethically-made classroom supplies and unique teacher gifts that give back.

(NOTES: This is a shopping guide so prices and availability can change without notice.  If you buy through some of these links, a small amount may come back to help support the mission of Change the World by How You Shop.)

World Crafts fair trade teacher gifts. https://www.worldcrafts.org/blog/gifts-for-grads-and-teachers/
WorldCrafts

WorldCrafts "develops sustainable, fair-trade businesses among impoverished people around the world." They sell a selection of great fair trade teacher gifts.  They also offer free downloadable 

teacher resources 

to teach students about fair trade.

Price: $15 - $50

Eternal Threads pressed flower bookmark. Handmade and fair trade. https://eternalthreads.org/?s=bookmark&post_type=product
Eternal Threads

“'Weaving hope and justice' to improve the lives of women and children who are at risk from extreme poverty and trafficking." They sell beautiful fair trade 

bookmarks. (I love giving their pressed flower bookmarks as student and teacher gifts -- especially paired with their matching cards and gift bags!)

Prices: $2 - $10

Kid Knits Global Change Is In Your Hands Workbook Curriculum for Teachers.  Teach your students about being world changers while knitting fun hats as a class! #bethechange #teachers #worldchanger https://shop.kidknits.org/products/global-change-is-in-your-hands-kidknits-workbook
Kid Knits

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

Prices: $3.50

Shop With a Mission Sticky Note Holders. Fair Trade. https://shopwithamission.com/search?q=notebook
Shop With a Mission

On a mission “to equip and assist people in developing countries to break the cycle of poverty through their handiwork & creativity" They sell fair trade school supplies, including sticky note holders, perfect for teachers.  Also, their mini carved African animals I like to give as student prizes.

Prices: $5 - $15

Village Country Store Carved Fair Trade Book Stand. https://www.thevillagecountrystore.com/collections/india?sort_by=price-descending
The Village Country Store

Fair trade and fairly made goods from around the globe. They sell beautiful fair trade teacher gifts, handmade in India, including totes, messenger bags, desk accessories, book stands and more.

(Use the code: ShopWithLeeAnne for 10% off your entire order!)

Prices: $20 - $90

Vi Bella paradise tote with leather tassel.
Vi Bella

Their mission "providing a path out of poverty” for their artisans in Haiti. They sell beautiful totes with lots of color and pattern options. (I love my Vi Bella tote--it goes everywhere with me!)

Prices: $25 - $55

Sari Bari upcycled sammana tote. https://saribari.com/collections/shoulder
Sari Bari

"Recycled saris are re-imagined and hand-stitched in the kantha style by a woman impacted by human trafficking and the commercial sex trade."  Their colorful totes and bucket bags would work perfect for teachers.

Prices: $26 - $54

Woven Joy Custom Name Bookmarks. Fair Trade. http://wovenjoy.com/name_bookmark.php
Woven Joy

Woven Joy is “a Fair Trade Federation member, and 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 custom name bookmarks. and bag clips, perfect for student gifts.

Prices: $12 - $18

Mercy House Global tassel paper clips. Fair trade. https://mercy-house.myshopify.com/collections/teacher-appreciation
Mercy House Shop

"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 beautiful world maps for classroom or home school. They also offer great options for student prizes.

Prices: $2 - $35

Amma's Umma Wanderlust journal. https://ammasumma.com/search?q=journal
Amma's Umma

"An ethical boutique that gives back to adoptions." They offer a beautiful collection of journals which make nice gifts.​

Prices: $15 - $22

Equal Exchange School Fundraisers. Fair Trade. https://shop.equalexchange.coop/pages/wholesale-schools
Equal Exchange

Their fair trade coffee, tea and chocolate is sourced "directly from small-scale farmers". They offer wholesale and fundraiser options for schools who want to support fair trade.

hope.market bonjou planner. Ethically-made in Haiti. https://hope.market/collections/journals-planners
hope.market

"Giving the gift of life transformation" through Mission of Hope in Haiti. They offer ethically-made leather planners, journals and bookmarks.

Prices: $12 - $70

Papillon Game Day Keychains and Bracelets: Choose your favorite sports team colors.
Papillon

"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 sell bracelets and key chains in popular sports team colors so teachers can show school spirit.  They also offer bulk discounts for school fundraisers.

Prices: $8 - $12

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School Supplies

If you are shopping for school supplies for students, go to:

World Changing School Supplies

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Desk Accessories

For more teaching supplies, check out:

Ethical Office Supplies and Decor​

Askinosie Chalkboard Chocolate Gift Box. Direct Trade Chocolate.  Pefect for a teacher gift! https://www.askinosie.com/chalk-late-box-four-dark-chocolate-bars.html
Askinosie Chocolate

They trade directly with cocoa farmers, building relationships and paying higher than fair trade prices for their quality beans.  Their chalkboard gift box comes with their award winning dark chocolate bars and you can add your own message for your favorite teacher.

Prices: $38

Amani Ya Juu tamaduni tote. Fair trade. https://amaniafrica.org/search?q=tote
Amani Ya Juu

"A social economic enterprise committed to peace and reconciliation for African women."  They sell beautiful totes and bookmarks & journals, which are perfect for teachers.

Price: $2 - $134

Sewing God's Seeds peacock journal. Fair trade. https://sewinggodsseeds.com/market?category=Home+Goods
Sewing God's Seeds

"Empowering and supporting artisans and missionaries." They offer beautiful fair trade eco-friendly journals, made from recycled cotton paper which support community development in India. (I love my elephant journal!) 

Prices: $30

Noonday La Gloria colored tassel tote. https://juliegodshall.noondaycollection.com/shop/bags/
Julie Godshall

She sells products from the Noonday Collection. They "design and sell an inspired collection of
jewelry and accessories made by Artisans across the globe."  Their unique handcrafted fair trade totes & bags are great for teachers.

Prices: $22 - $218

Ten Thousand Villages fair trade teacher gifts decorative apple for the teacher desk. https://www.tenthousandvillages.com/gifts-for-teachers
Ten Thousand Villages

"The original fair trader," started in 1946. They offer a great selection teacher gifts including decor for the teacher's desk. (To find their products in a retail store near you, click here.)

Prices: $5 - $40

Renew Project laptop sleeve. Made in USA by refugrees. https://www.renewproject.org/collections/bags
Re:new Project

"Provides employment and community for refugee women who have resettled in the USA." Their made in USA messenger bags, laptop sleeves and totes, are handmade by refugees, and are perfect for teachers.

Price: $28 - $84

Hope Outfitters lanyard. Ethically made Christian apparel that gives back 100% to charity. https://www.hopeoutfitters.com/collections/shop-him/Accessories
Hope Outfitters

Ethically-made Christian apparel. 100% of the profits give back to charity. They also offer water bottles and lanyards.

Prices: $10 - $25

freedom's promise library bag. Fair trade and eco-friendly book bag made from recycled rice bags in Cambodia. http://www.freedomspromise.org/product-category/rice-bags/
Freedom's Promise

"A faith-based, nonprofit organization that partners with indigenous Cambodian groups to prevent human trafficking and child exploitation by transforming communities." They sell durable, eco-friendly, fair trade library bags and lunch bags "uniquely handcrafted from recycled rice bags."

Prices: $12 - $15

Give a Damn Goods water bottle. Sustainably made. https://giveadamngoods.com/collections/shop-sustainable-activewear-accessories
Give a Damn Goods

“Focuses on affordable goods that make a difference.” Their  give back candles and their sustainable water bottles, both make great teacher gifts.

Prices: $15 - $35

Gifts With a Cause Notepaper Box. Fair Trade. https://www.giftswithacause.com/searchresults.asp?Search=paper
Gifts With a Cause

Their mission is "to provide sustainable income to artisans in developing countries."  They offer beautiful up-cycled fair trade note boxes and journals, which would make awesome teachers gifts.  Each item comes with the artisan's picture and story.

Prices: $16

Partners for Just Trade manta bookmark. Handmade and fair trade.
Partners for Just Trade

“Building global partnerships through a just marketplace.”  They sell water bottle carriers and also bookmarks and fair trade teaching resources.  (For perfect teacher appreciation gifts this year, I bought their beautiful little carved gourd planters and added flowers.)

Prices: $2 - $12

Market Haiti Teacher Kit - Life in Haiti.
Market Haiti

"A market place designed to empower & market Haitian artisans in their work.”  They offer teaching kits to teach students about life in Haiti.​

Prices: $36

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Journals & Books

For more teacher gifts, also visit our journal page for:

World Changing Journals, Books & Bookmarks

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Too Cool for Middle School Blog

For an awesome teacher blog with great ideas for both teaching and ethical shopping, check out:

Too Cool for Middle School

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Shopping Guide

For more places to shop for ethical teacher supplies, keep scrolling down to the bottom of the page.

Grain of Rice Project Bookmarks. Handmade in Kenya with African Proverbs on each one. https://grain-of-rice.myshopify.com/collections/other/products/african-proverb-bookmarks
Grain of Rice Project

“A non-profit ministry, which empowers Kenyan people with the love of Christ by training and selling their handcrafted products.” They sell teacher appreciation cards and also beautiful African Proverbs bookmarks (these make great gifts for students or teachers.)

Price: $5 - $6

Bought Beautifully Love Lifts You Planning Journal. https://boughtbeautifully.org/collections/paperie
Bought Beautifully

“Purchase a product--transform a life.”   Their beautiful encouragement cards, journals and planning journals, would be great for teachers and they even have downloadable planners.

Prices: $2 - $36

Mayan Hands notebook portfolios. Handwoven covers. Fair trade. https://www.mayanhands.org/collections/small-accessories
Mayan Hands

"A fair trade nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering Mayan women in their quest to bring their families out of extreme poverty." Their beautiful handwoven notebook​ portfolios, lanyards, water bottle holders, pencil pouches and key fobs are perfect for teachers.

Prices: $5 - $30

Three Avocados coffee tumblers. https://www.threeavocados.org/collections/coffee-gifts
Three Avocados

100% of proceeds of their "World Changing Coffee" are donated to provide clean drinking water to those in need around the world. They offer coffee gift boxes and unique coffee tumblers, perfect for teacher gifts. (I love my Three Avoados tumbler!)

Prices: $20 - $30

Lazarus Artisan Goods leather tote, ethically-made in Haiti. https://lazarusartisangoods.com/collections/leather-totes-and-bags
Lazarus Artisan Goods

“Exists to empower local Hondurans and Haitians." They offer incredible leather totes and bags, handmade in Haiti, which are great for teachers and teacher gifts.

Prices: $55 - $210

MudLOVE custom tumbler pencil holder for teachers.
MudLOVE

Handcrafts beautiful pottery in Indiana.  Each purchase provides one week of clean water to someone in need through Water for Good.  They offer custom mugs and custom tumblers, (great pencil holders!) to personalize for teachers and custom bracelets to personalize for students.

Price: $14 - $28

2nd Story Goods Foldover Tote. Ethically made in Haiti. https://www.2ndstorygoods.com/collections/bags-and-wallets
2nd Story Goods

Works in a small town in Haiti to provide much needed jobs and hope to their community. They sell an awesome selection of totes and journals & portfolios which would work great for teachers.

Prices: $10 - $225

Fair Trade Caravans logo. Fair trade fundraisers for schools.
Fair Trade Caravans

Fair Trade Caravans works with schools to set up fair trade fundraisers and provides educational resources to go along with the fundraiser to teach kids about fair trade.

Peace Cycle children's paint smock. Eco-friendly and ethically-made from upcycled plastic bags. http://www.peacecycle.com/store/p24/Children%27s_Apron%2FPaint_smock.html
PeaceCYCLE

Changing lives through empowerment, environmental education and employment." They offer eco-friendly painting smocks, perfect for the elementary classroom, created in Haiti out of up-cycled plastic bags. ​

Prices: $10

Tote Project Free to Imagine Peacock Tote. Gives back to fight human trafficking. https://www.thetoteproject.com/collections/tote-bags
The Tote Project

Their "fair trade products are sewn in India by women who have made the brave choice to journey out of the sex trade and into freedom." They sell beautiful totes which would make perfect teacher gifts.

Prices: $29.99

Goex fair trade custom t-shirts. https://goexapparel.com/
Goex

“Devotes all profits to care for orphaned and vulnerable children" through The Global Orphan Project.  They offer fair trade group custom printed t-shirts, perfect for school events and sports teams.

Prices: Varies

Hands of Haiti Blessed Teacher Metal Art Sign.
Hands of Haiti

"Orphan prevention through job creation.”  They offer beautiful Haitian metal art, perfect for teachers to hang on their classroom walls.

Prices: $20

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Totes

Every teacher has lots of stuff to carry.  Check out our guide:

World Changing Totes

for more great teacher gift ideas.

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Lunches

For yet more teacher shopping, check out our guide to:

Ethical Lunch Boxes, Tumblers and Water Bottles

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Shopping Guide

Return to our

 

Ethical Shopping Guide

 

for lots more shopping categories.

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​For an awesome teacher blog that also features ethical shopping, check out:

"Too Cool for Middle School"

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