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The Ethical Guide to Back to Class

The Ethical Guide for Back to School


Whether you are looking forward to your kindergartner moving on to first grade, or your ninth grader starting high school, or if you are saying good-bye to someone at home who is getting ready for college, one thing is clear: it's happening!

After you've checked off pencils, pens, calculators, textbooks and even laptops from your list, you'd be amazed at the number of back-to-class Fair Trade items you can get to make your shopping a bit more ethical. Similarly to our Holiday Gift Guide, here are some our favorites.


Handmade and Fair Trade Laptop and Messenger Bags

Our Messenger Bags are also perfect for books, notebooks, your laptop and all school essentials. We love the positive impact these Fair Trade bags have on the producers,  but equally lovely is knowing many are created with recycled or upcycled materials. SHOP OUR LAPTOP BAGS






Handmade and Fair Trade Backpacks for Back to School
Prefer to carry all your essentials in backpacks? Our selection is constantly changing and include printed cotton and faux leather (as pictured above) to suede and handwoven fabrics and even all leather. SHOP BACKPACKS


Unique handmade and fair trade keychains

We have learned keyrings are not just for keys anymore. Our artisans have taken this growing idea to a whole new level, making these unique handcrafted keychains and keyrings work great as zipper pulls. They can also add a bit of fun and color to any bag and we are positive they will brighten anyone's day!  SHOP OUR CUTE KEYCHAINS


Adorable cosmetic cases

Speaking of little things, consider our cosmetic pouches and you'll be supporting a more organized lifestyle for your student. SHOP COSMETIC CASES.  Looking for something more traditional and great for pens, pencils, erasers, etc? We think you'll love our best-selling fabric pencil case!


Fair Trade and Eco-friendly notebooks and journals

Choose from many designs of the awesome Mr. Ellie Pooh Collection, to the more sophisticated embossed leather line made with tree-free paper. SHOP JOURNALS.



St Louis bike chain hooks

This unique recycled bike chain wall hook will most definitely keep things tidy in a dorm. Perfect for jackets, keys and even umbrellas. SHOP ST LOUIS HOOKS.



Fair trade ceramic coffee and tea mugs

We have to admit we often need coffee to function properly. Not only do we have a wonderful selection of organic and fair trade coffee, tea, chocolate and other treats, we also carry a beautiful selection of mugs and cups.


Natural and Safe cleaning supplies by Better Life

With every spray, pour, and pump, Better Life proves that the most powerful cleaners can be safe for people, pets, and the planet. Don't forget to stock on our naturally amazing household cleaners, soaps, and lotions. SHOP BETTER LIFE.

Honestly, we can go on and on here, but we hope we've given you a few ideas for your next Back to Class shopping trip. Don't forget we also offer beautiful home decor, including baskets.

Let us know if you are looking for something in particular we have not included here. Your feedback is very valuable, please add it to the comments section below.

As always, thank you for shopping Fair Trade. Your purchases matter!


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