Photo via Jaymi Heimbuch
These hand bags are made from old tires, and they were just one of the many handicrafts for sale at the Global Exchange booth at Green Festival. Global Exchange is a favorite of ours, working to bring fair trade goods to the consumer market place, and the selection of cool items was impressive - most made from recycled materials. From tires into totes, and old newspapers rolled into everything from boxes to bowls, the Global Exchange booth showed off how we can intelligently make new items from old stuff, and give workers fair prices for their products.
Global Exchange states: "We envision a people centered globalization that values the rights of workers and the health of the planet; that prioritizes international collaboration as central to ensuring peace; and that aims to create a local, green economy designed to embrace the diversity of our communities.
"In a world where the economics of quantity fuels corporate power and political greed, the elite are reaping profits while working people and the planet are left to pay the price. In response to the global degradation caused by this system of elite globalization, Global Exchange envisions an alternative economics of quality centered upon protecting international human rights to ensure that the cost of globalization does not come at the expense of us all."
We've been fans of Global Exchange for years, writing about it as far back as 2005 when we first got started. To see the organization doing so well and staking out a strong presence at popular green events like this is heartening.
I admit I had to pick up one of the recycled tire cosmetic bags to replace one that is falling to pieces. This thing will last me the rest of my life, I'm sure, and it was only $32. For paying a fair price to a real person who made a quality product out of recycled goods, I'd call that a steal.