Impact
After years the artisans connected to Fair Trade Winds is able to save money and send their children to school and provide security as their kids grow up. This provides the opportunity for them to have a bright future. Women are paid fairly and are given the opportunity to develop skills that make them leaders in their community.  
Arlokea's Impact-Ecuador

How It's Made

Tagua is a seed that comes from the Tagua palm tree that only grows in the tropical rainforests of the South American Pacific coasts. When the nuts from the tree fall to the ground they are dried and become very hard. The tagua seed needs to be dried naturally to separate it from its shell. Once separated from the shell it has a dark skin that must be removed to reveal the ivory color. The tagua seed can then be cut into different shapes and forms. It is also possible to dye the seed in a variety of different natural colors. This process reveals the structure and veins of the pure cellulose material giving each piece an individual aspect and a natural look

Ecuador artisan
Our artisan partner, believes that people and the planet should not be exploited for the things we buy and that our everyday purchases can have a positive impact on the world. It is important to us that people’s rights are respected in the workplace. We partner with artisan co-ops and small workshops that are mindful of the materials that are used and re-used. This protects the planet from harmful waste and pollution."

 

A little about Ecuador 

Ecuador is a country located on the west coast of South America it is known for some amazing products like chocolate, coffee, bananas, flowers. Ecuador has many beautiful flora and fauna throughout the land. The Galapagos island, which is located just off the coast of Ecuador, is a volcanic archipelago in the Pacific Ocean that is home to some of the highest levels of species found nowhere else on the planet.

Ecuador Artisan

 

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