126 Responses

  1. Erin
    Erin November 29, 2008 at 6:13 pm |

    This saddens me greatly. I think we’re all a bit naive and ignorant to conditions and just how some of the littlest things get made in other countries. Ideally we’d have most things made right here at home in the US, and it’d be better for our economy in the long run. Where we’d have more quality control as well.

    I’m glad that you’ve brought this subject to everyone’s attention.

    Icy the Penguin is super cute, as is Buzzy Bug. I love how there’s a penguin sweater to match too. That’s adorable.

  2. Jamaise
    Jamaise November 29, 2008 at 6:33 pm |

    I learned about fair trade during this election. We should all be conscience of what we buy and how it might affect others. We should also put pressure on big business like the super centers we all shop, to participate in fair trade.
    On a lighter note- we like Jiffy the Giraffe ! Love the matching sweater :)

  3. Jamaise
    Jamaise November 29, 2008 at 6:37 pm |

    I stumbled also: coffecup
    My back up would be Bella the Bunny. Almost forgot!

  4. Jennifer Donnelly
    Jennifer Donnelly November 29, 2008 at 8:09 pm |

    Thank you for making me aware of this site. I havbe book marked it with the hopes of doing some of my holiday shopping through it. I am really trying to be more aware of where things I purchase come from, how they were made etc.

    I would love Mel the Monkey or Jiffy the Giraffe.

  5. jenna
    jenna November 29, 2008 at 9:31 pm |

    My favorite is Jiffy the Giraffe. I am a firm believer in fair trade and think we need to do more to encourage big businesses to participate.. Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. amber
    amber November 29, 2008 at 10:07 pm |

    the Buzzy Bug Joobles is too cute! thanks so much for featuring an item that is fair trade. i’ve really been getting into items that are FT lately. even chocolates and other items we might overlook and not realize need to be ethical. thanks so much!

  7. jennifer  bowen
    jennifer bowen November 30, 2008 at 12:09 am |

    wow i too think thay all are realy sweet and i love o winany one of them as to one of them i like is the monkey thanks

  8. Allison
    Allison November 30, 2008 at 4:30 am |

    Fair trade is a wonderful thing and should be an example to the rest of society.

    I love Bella the Bunny!

  9. Ashley
    Ashley November 30, 2008 at 8:39 am |

    Businesses need to become stakeholders in their own organizations and actively play a wider role.
    Equal wages seem to be in todays society- sadly it is not & it should be.

    I love Icy the Penguin

  10. mannequin
    mannequin November 30, 2008 at 12:30 pm |

    Again, thank you Candace for reminding us that when we purchase from those companies, we’re feeding the fuel.
    I don’t think that was a tangent at all , it’s a wake up call.
    What a wonderful review and I hope you get all your little Joobles because I’m sure they would serve as messengers.
    I learned the definition of “fair” and those “employed” by sweat shops (more like prisoners) are certainly not being treated fairly.
    How atrocious that for our “gain” anothers rights are taken. I’ll certainly be more conscious of what I purchase now.
    After reading about the commodities, I see why it’s much easier to purposely pay farmers more than the going price and how difficult it would be to monitor the manufactured goods fair trade. Hats off to Fair Indigo!
    My favorite would be Mel the Monkey although each one of them spoke to me, just as you have.

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  11. Carol
    Carol November 30, 2008 at 1:10 pm |

    Calley the Cat is my fave. I learned that Fair Trade is a wonderful way for people in developing countries to lift themselves out of poverty by making crafts.

  12. claudette flanigan
    claudette flanigan November 30, 2008 at 1:50 pm |

    Wow! All so cute, but my very favorite would be “Fair Bear”. That sweater and hat set are just adorable! Yeah, it would be FAIR BEAR!!!!!

  13. Jennifer
    Jennifer November 30, 2008 at 2:01 pm |

    Fait Trade, I do so love Fair Trade stores. :) Fair Trade gives workers a living wage rather than a minimium one. Fair Trade stops the abuse of workers; exploitation of young works to long hours in unfavourable conditions for a sadly low, low pay. Fair Trade is allowing indiginous peoples to start selling and raising money to live. Fair Trade has set up programs to help widows learn trades and start up businesses so they can rise above the meager (and I do not mean meager by US living standards). I honestly could go on and on.
    This site is wonderful and added to my list of Fair Trade stores to buy from.

    My favourite Jooble is: Icy the Penguin with my back-up being Calley the Cat.

    Jennifers last blog post..Fair Trade Ornament Giveaway!

  14. Jennifer
    Jennifer November 30, 2008 at 2:06 pm |

    I stumbled it. :) (jkindred3)

    knittingmomof3 (AT) gmail (DOT) com

    Jennifers last blog post..Fair Trade Ornament Giveaway!

  15. Jennifer
    Jennifer November 30, 2008 at 2:07 pm |

    Consider it Dugg. :) (knittingmomof3)

    Jennifers last blog post..Fair Trade Ornament Giveaway!

  16. judy brittle
    judy brittle November 30, 2008 at 2:16 pm |

    Fair Trade is just what it says that you get paid by the work you do so you can rise above poverty. Its very important and I hope all businesses promote. I would love Buzzy Bug. He’s so adorable! Thank you for the chance!

  17. Vickie Couturier
    Vickie Couturier November 30, 2008 at 2:17 pm |

    Thanks for having this,an I learned so much that I didnt know ,Fair Trade gives workers a living wage rather than a minimium one. Fair Trade stops the abuse of workers; exploitation of young works to long hours in unfavourable conditions for a sadly low, low pay.We should care because some of the items end up in our house,we supported it due to ignorance,which I for one am stopping,thanks
    The Joobie we would choose is Jiffy the Giraffe

  18. Nancy
    Nancy November 30, 2008 at 2:28 pm |

    I like Mooey Cow. We should only support Fair Trade.

  19. Vanessa
    Vanessa November 30, 2008 at 3:34 pm |

    This past year I have been aware of Fair Trade and enjoying the products and food I have been buying because of that. These little critters are ADORABLE!

  20. CHARLOTTE
    CHARLOTTE November 30, 2008 at 3:50 pm |

    I THINK PERHAPS THE QUESTION MOST OF YOU SHOULD ASK IS, WHAT DO THE PEOPLE THAT HAVE THESE JOBS, IN THESE CONDITIONS THINK ABOUT “NOT” HAVING THE JOB AT ALL!!! WHAT WOULD THEIR LIFE BE LIKE WITH NOTHING? YES FAIR TRADE IS HELPFUL>>BUT ONLY HELPFUL. WITH THESE SUB JOBS ATLEAST THEY HAVE SOMETHING, A STARTING POINT> PEOPLE WORKING ARE NOT STARVING AND TOTALLY HOMELESS, THEY CAN STAND UP FOR THEMSELVES, THEY CAN FIND SOMEONE TO HELP THEM. FOR NOW, MAYBE, JUST MAYBE WE SHOULD LET THEM FIND INCOME AND FOOD THE BEST THEY CAN AND THEN PERHAPS FINE THE ABUSERS FOR THE CONDITIONS AND GIVE THAT BACK TO THE WORKERS IN THE FORM OF EDUCATION.
    I QUESTION A DECISION TO NOT HELP PEOPLE BECAUSE OF WHO THEY WORK FOR, THEY NEED US MOST! I QUESTION NOT HELPING WHEN WE HAVE NOT SEEN FOR OURSELVES. I QUESTION HOW HAPPY THEY YOUNG WOMAN WAS TO BE MAKING $25.00 A MONTH>> COULD SHE DO BETTER? WHAT WOULD THAT BUY? WAS THAT A LOT OF MONEY IN HER COUNTRY?
    OUR COUNTRY STARTED WITH A LOT OF THESE CONDITIONS TOO AND WORSE>> AND TIME AND EFFORT, AND EDUCATION CHANGED EVERYTHING FOR ALL OF US.
    I HAVE ALWAYS BELIEVED IN HELPING OTHERS AND NOT AS ASKING WHAT THEY WOULD DO WITH THE MONEY. I HAVE NEVER INVESTIGATED FAIR TRADE, I DO NOT KNOW THEIR WORKS. I DO KNOW THE PERSON THAT HELPS ME, GIVES ME WORK! YOU CANNOT EAT RULES AND LIMITS. I WOULD RATHER WORK AND HAVE SOMETHING…
    I KNOW I CANNOT WIN, I JUST WANTED TO GIVE ANOTHER WAY OF LOOKING AT THINGS.

    GOD BLESS THE WORKERS IN THESE CONDITIONS AND MAY THEIR LIVES IMPROVE.

  21. ky2here
    ky2here November 30, 2008 at 3:59 pm |

    Here’s mine: I hope it’s following the rules, Baby Organic Fair Bear Sweater

  22. rachael
    rachael November 30, 2008 at 4:13 pm |

    this is going to sound obvious, but fair trade is important to ensure that everyone gets compensated fairly, not equally, for the work that they do…right now, that isn’t always the case, which is quite sad with the advances we have made in the last 20 years or so.

    i think that jiffy the giraffe is my fav

  23. rebecca snodgrass
    rebecca snodgrass November 30, 2008 at 5:56 pm |

    I love the Joobles Mooey Cow

  24. susan varney
    susan varney November 30, 2008 at 6:04 pm |

    cally the cat

  25. Laura
    Laura November 30, 2008 at 6:04 pm |

    Fair trade is paying fair wages, in the apparel industry here, for work. We should care because currently it’s a very small percentage of the textile/apparel industry! It’s on it’s way up, but needs more public interest and momentum to gain the support of larger apparel companies.

    Would love to win Calley the Cat for my friend who’s due in February. Thanks!

  26. Christina G.
    Christina G. November 30, 2008 at 6:35 pm |

    My favorite is Calley the Cat!

    I like the Fair Trades concept–minimum wage has not kept up with inflation and has become a joke!

  27. Kathleen
    Kathleen November 30, 2008 at 7:06 pm |

    You’re so right about the term sweat shop being a bit of a joke here in the US. It’s sad that we take for granted the cheapness of items, yet don’t really think about how they were made, either the human or environmental impact. I’m so impressed that the Joobles are so adorable AND made under the agreements of Fair Trade.

    I think Fair Bear and Mel the Monkey are adorable, and I’d be glad to offer one of them a home with us! It would be nice to tell my son that they were made by fairly treated and fairly paid workers.

  28. Kathleen
    Kathleen November 30, 2008 at 7:09 pm |

    And in response to Charlotte, first off, DO NOT WRITE IN ALL CAPS!! IT SEEMS LIKE YOU’RE SHOUTING!!!

    Secondly, we should do all we can to support fair trade. Yes, sweat shops may be the only income for these people, but it’s also Westerners insistence on the lowest price for everything that fuels sweat shops. Consider buying less and paying more for it (not necessarily you, Charlotte, but people in general).

  29. Jenn S.
    Jenn S. November 30, 2008 at 9:04 pm |

    We try and buy Fair Trade items whenever possible. The Mooey Cow is adorable!

  30. Gaye McGill
    Gaye McGill November 30, 2008 at 9:06 pm |

    I like that Fair Indigo advocates for the fair trade movement. They provide a list of companies they know to be also involved in fair trade and also have a list that others have provided. There is no excuse for us to purchase cheap goods at the expense of others. Regarding the Joobles, I like Buzzy Bug, Mooey Cow, Icy the Penguin . . . well, gosh, I like them all

  31. Gina Stratos
    Gina Stratos November 30, 2008 at 9:12 pm |

    Buzzy Bug would be my pick.
    gkstratos@yahoo.com

  32. Lisa L.
    Lisa L. November 30, 2008 at 9:38 pm |

    pay fair wages to the good people —great!
    pip the dog w/ matching sweater are terrific :o)

  33. Karen B
    Karen B November 30, 2008 at 9:54 pm |

    All are adorable, especially Jiffy the giraffe

  34. Marla Bland
    Marla Bland November 30, 2008 at 10:25 pm |

    I would like to win Icy the Penguin! Great giveaway! Thanks!

  35. Marcia S
    Marcia S November 30, 2008 at 10:29 pm |

    The Joobles are all adorable, but the colors and patterns of Buzzy Bug are my favorite. Fair trade is essential if we are to have a peaceful world.

  36. Nora Scott-Platt
    Nora Scott-Platt November 30, 2008 at 10:55 pm |

    Pip the dog. i believe in fair wages

  37. Stephanie V
    Stephanie V November 30, 2008 at 11:03 pm |

    means fair pay for all workers (and regulations so underage, etc) don’t get abused. would choose pip the dog — adorable!

  38. Sheila
    Sheila December 1, 2008 at 1:14 am |

    I would love to win the Buzzy Bug for my granddaughter!

  39. MRS.MOMMYY
    MRS.MOMMYY December 1, 2008 at 1:47 am |

    I love fair trade gives them a living wage not just pay but something that is fair and reasonable…I love fairbare

  40. Nancy J.
    Nancy J. December 1, 2008 at 1:48 am |

    I think it is our duty to support manufactureres who uphold a fair trade policy and NOT support those who don’t

    I like
    Icy the Penguin

  41. Hil'Lesha
    Hil'Lesha December 1, 2008 at 2:40 am |

    I love the Jiffy the Giraffe. :)

  42. Sarah
    Sarah December 1, 2008 at 2:47 am |

    I love this site and their mission for fair trade!

    We’d love Mel the Monkey if we won!

  43. Lauralee Hensley
    Lauralee Hensley December 1, 2008 at 3:05 am |

    I like Buzzy Bee. Laicey would love this, she’s so into bugs.

  44. Veronica L.
    Veronica L. December 1, 2008 at 3:28 am |

    It is definitely a duty as a consumer to support companies that believe in fair trade policy! On a side note, I love the Jiffy the Giraffe :)

  45. Reiza
    Reiza December 1, 2008 at 4:20 am |

    I love that they’re bringing awareness to fair trade. I’m all about paying the true value of someone’s work. I like Mel the Monkey because my husband loves monkeys as do our kids.

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  46. Shannon Baas
    Shannon Baas December 1, 2008 at 4:24 am |

    I like Icy the Penguin.

  47. Dawn M.
    Dawn M. December 1, 2008 at 6:32 am |

    Calley the Cat would by my first choice. But I also like Icy the Penguin and Buzzy Bug. So sweet! :0)

    Thanks!

  48. Serena
    Serena December 1, 2008 at 7:49 am |

    Very cool site–I’m definitely bookmarking Fair Indigo. Fair trade all the way! As for the Joobles…I’m going to say Pip the Dog. They’re all so cute, it’s hard to decide!

  49. sito
    sito December 1, 2008 at 4:56 pm |

    I love Jiffy the Giraffe — such bright colors would be attractive to a very little one!

  50. Kimberly L
    Kimberly L December 1, 2008 at 6:30 pm |

    My favorite is Icy the Penguin. So glad of this awareness, I am a firm believer that people need to be paid what they deserve and are entitled to respect and dignity.

    brn2lisn(at)gmail(dot)com

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