Bamboo Straw Set - Small Things Fair Trade

Bamboo Straw Set

Made from sustainable bamboo.  Five reusable bamboo straws and a natural coconut cleaner in a handwoven, organic cotton bag. 

Fair Anita has gone rogue. 

For good reason, we promise. While up until this point we've sold exclusively jewelry, clothing, and accessories, we now have sustainable bamboo utensil and straw sets.  Why?

  1. Because it's time to ditch the plastic.
  2. Because we couldn't find a fair trade option ourselves.
  3. Because bamboo is a fast-growing, sustainable option.
  4. Because our artisan partners have the capacity to make them, and we're all about creating more fair trade jobs for women!

Yup, it's kind of random. But we don't really care. Like every one of our products, it's about creating a better planet for us all.

It's also about time that we announce our program to go carbon neutral (hopefully carbon negative!) as an organization. Earlier this summer, a report was released showing the best locations to plant trees to help erase 100 years of carbon emissions. Turns out, many of the best areas in the world to focus on reforestation are where our artisan partners are located, so we're working hand-in-hand with women around the world to implement tree-planting programs in the communities where we work. Your purchases make this possible!

We're doing our best to be a company that's both good for the planet and good for the people who inhabit it. Thank you for being part of our community <3

About the Artisan:

Meet Team Vietnam, an artisan cooperative based in Hanoi (run by 20 brilliant women!), working with over 70 artisan groups throughout the country.  Fair Anita partners with one of these artisan groups with 17 women, working in a beautiful workshop about 2.5 hours outside of the capital city of Hanoi. Our partners in Vietnam specialize in handwoven silk products, a traditional form of Vietnamese craftsmanship that has struggled to compete in modern textile markets. As you drive into the weaving town, you can hear the clicking of automated weaving machines coming from every angle; families that can afford an automated machine are typically making bath towels to compete with the Chinese market.  However, our fair trade artisan partners are committed to preserving this 200-year old tradition and local cultures, employing vulnerable groups and improving the quality of life for artisans around the country.  Silk is spun by hand, dyed with natural materials, and handwoven to create beautiful scarves.  The artisans' request for us? They're looking for customers to support them through their work so that they're able to maintain these traditions.

Team Vietnam is committed to employing mainly marginalized groups. They focus on partnering with ethnic minority groupsrural or isolated communitiespeople with disabilities and traditional villagers. By providing these groups with good jobs and access to national and international markets, Team Vietnam brings visibility and dignity to marginalized populations. Team Vietnam uses its profits to:

  • Train artisans on technical skills
  • Train artisans on business skills
  • Bring traditional goods to modern markets
  • Increase visibility of marginalized populations
  • Improve livelihoods for artisans all over the country