When it comes to wedding favors, lots of brides have no clue what to do. As a bride, I was the same way. So instead of giving our guests something tangible, we opted to donate to a charity in each of our guest’s name.
I completely understand wanting to give something to your guests though, something they can hold and remember your wedding by. So to help you out, our Green & Ethical Weddings Contributor Marcie Muehlke of Celia Grace Bridal has compiled some of her favorite fair trade favors perfect for people of all ages, that won’t break the bank.
Wait…what is Fair Trade again? Fair trade is a global social movement whose goal is to help producers and workers in developing countries. It allows for better working conditions and higher pay. Many conventional products are made in unhealthy and unsafe conditions for low wages, and unfortunately, sometimes by children. In contrast, fair trade products are made under healthy, safe, and fair conditions that provide hope and assistance to these workers, their families, and their communities.
Are Fair Trade Products “green”? Often times, fair trade products are not only better for communities, but also for the environment. This is because fair trade businesses seek to meet their needs without compromising the resources available to future generations. There are strong beliefs about reducing, reusing, reclaiming, and recycling materials whenever possible. Environmental sustainability is encouraged throughout the entire fair trade chain, allowing you to have a greener product.
Whatever you favor desires are, there is an eco, fair trade wedding gift/favor option that will meet your budget, style, and desire to make a difference.
Give your guests the gift of soft skin. This richly emollient, chemical-free soap will leave their skin silky smooth and soft. It’s also ideal for sensitive skin. Virgin Shea Butter Soap by Swahili Imports, $11.
Don’t forget the kids (or the kid in you!). Kick up the fun with some colorful finger puppets that will delight your guests, young and old. From Lucuma Designs
How about a butterfly window ornament to brighten your guests’ day? These ones from Tokoloshe start at $2.50 each
You can write a personalized note for each guest and roll it up in this darling ceramic bird. From Connected Fair Trade, About $6 each.
Turn up the volume and involve your guests with a mini fair trade instrument from Jamtown! There are instruments from as low as $11 each
This heartfelt glass bead ornament will be enjoyed in a window for many years to come. From Global Mamas, About $12 each.
Thanks for stopping by!
By Ashley Slater and Green & Ethical Wedding Contributor Marcie Muehlke