11.20.12 – 2nd Annual Greener Giving for the Holidays

Where: Schlafly Bottleworks
7260 Southwest Ave. (at Manchester)
Maplewood, MO 63143
(314) 241- BEER (2337)

When: Tuesday November 20th, 6:30 to 9pm

Details coming soon.

Co-Sponsored by BUILD St. Louis

11.22.11 – Greener Giving for the Holidays

Where: Schlafly Bottleworks
7260 Southwest Ave. (at Manchester)
Maplewood, MO 63143
(314) 241- BEER (2337)

When: Tuesday November 22nd, 6:30 to 9pm

Shop Handmade, Fair Trade & Local

In the book, Your Money or Your Life, Vicki Robin and Joe Dominguez write that “you are a person of integrity when your values, goals and actions are in alignment.”    Let the upcoming November edition of Green Drinks be your chance to opt out of the “Black Friday” consumption craze by supporting local, independent, sustainably-focused businesses. Take a break from Thanksgiving preparations and come to learn about local options for holiday shopping.

Joining us and selling items perfect for gift-giving will be:

The Foundrie, A collective of indy craft artisans selling handmade wares in their own store in Chesterfield Mall.

FORAI (Friends of Refugees And Immigrants), a micro-business enabling refugees and immigrants to supplement their incomes through the production of quality, marketable handicrafts.

Partners for Just Trade, a non-profit, faith-based organization located in the Tower Grove neighborhood that builds partnerships between producers living in extreme poverty and consumers in North America.

Verde Kids, A Webster Groves boutique featuring eco-friendly clothing and toys.

Home Eco, St. Louis’s green general store in the South Hampton neighborhood.

Kakao Chocolate, exceptional artisan all-natural chocolates and confections with locations on South Jefferson and in Maplewood.

Information on other ways to shop handmade, local, fair trade and green will be provided as well. Brief remarks will be made at 7pm by:

Theresa Wilson, founder of the Blessing Basket Project
The extraordinary local nonprofit lifting whole villages out of poverty by providing prosperity wages to weavers in developing countries.

Ed Mantels-Seeker, Board President of BUILD St. Louis
The BUILD St. Louis business alliance promotes independent businesses in St. Louis City and County. Their site provides a list of local independent businesses.

Krista Durlas, Co-founder of the Rock-n-Roll Craft Show
St. Louis’s original art craft and music event happening Nov. 25-27.

This is a cash only sale, and there is an ATM at Bottleworks.

Upcoming chances to buy from local independent artisans

Fusion is another store in Chesterfield Mall that also sells handmade wares from local independent artisans.

Wednesday, Nov.30 – Card Making Class with Perennial
Perennial founder and head re-fabricator, Jenny Murphy brings her creativity to Home Eco on November 30th for a Holiday card making class. Explore Perennial’s unique collection of found paper (magazines, yearbooks, maps, children’s books and much more) and be inspired to turn a popular holiday tradition into a sustainable one. All materials provided and you’ll leave with a set of 10 personalized cards to mail. $35 class fee includes all materials. Registration required.

Dec 3Artropy Arts and Crafts Show at Regional Arts Commission (RAC), 6128 Delmar Blvd, St Louis, MO 63112

Dec. 3 & 4 – Kristkindl Market at Stone Hill Winery in Hermann

Sunday, Dec. 4, 1 to 4 p.m.Home Eco’s Artists Showcase and Open House
Holiday Open House and Artists Showcase. This year’s event features the work of five local crafts people who specialize in turning recycling into hip jewelry, handmade bags, plush toys and decorative ceramics. Meet the artists, support local business, and find unique gifts while enjoying hot drinks and homemade cookies.

Dec 8Contemporary Art Museum Etsy Art Sale and Holiday Open House

Dec. 10 – Stone Spiral Coffee in Maplewood is having its 3rd Annual Holiday Market

5.17.05 – Fair Trade

May 17 , 2005 @ Hartford Coffee Company


Gil Williams, Macro Sun International
Local retailer with many personal ties to artisans in Asia selling their beautiful wares here for more than ten years.

Theresa Wilson, Blessing Basket Project
Local nonprofit started last year already providing prosperity wages to over 6000 impoverished artists in six countries around the world.

James Fox, Hartford Coffee Company
Tower Grove cafe serves exclusively fair trade coffee.

Online Fair Trade Stores

A Greater Gift

Equal Exchange – For profit offering organic, gourmet coffee, tea, sugar, cocoa, and chocolate bars produced by 28 democratically run farmer co-ops located in 14 countries in Latin America, Africa and Asia.

More Information – World Fair Trade Day