5 Everyday Ways You Can Support Women

This post started off as a message inspired by Sheryl Sandberg’s 2010 Ted Talk “Why we have too few women leaders”. I was in my car stuck in traffic, of course, listening to my favorite podcast when Sandberg brought up a brilliant point. She explained how even at a young age, children who have shown strong leadership tendencies are called independent if they are boys and bossy if the…

How to take care of your jewelry: make it last, make it sustainable

Sustainability Tips: Taking Care of JewelryYou care about sustainability of your products, and that shouldn't end with purchasing wonderfully fair trade pieces like Fair Anita’s jewelry. Taking care of jewelry is important to ensure that it will last a long time, because even the nicest pieces are prone to tangling and tarnishing. With a few steps you can ensure that your jewelry will last a long…

Why Fair Trade?

Fair Anita was just certified by the Fair Trade Federation, a huge honor and a great affirmation that we're running our business the ethical way!  But what does "fair trade" mean and why does it matter?We know you've worked hard for your money: it's a natural impulse to want to get the most value when making purchases. We tend to gear towards making purchases that we consider a good deal. &nb…

Earth Week Post: 5 Ideas to Reuse Your Fair Anita Jewelry Pouches

Happy Earth Day!As a fair trade company, Fair Anita is committed to respecting the environment. This is one of ten fair trade principles that we practice, both with our operations around the world and here in the U.S.One of our favorite environmentally-friendly products is our line of recycled bullet casing jewelry from our Ethiopia Collection. Bullet casings are collected from the trash and aro…

Fair Anita Second Annual Benefit Report

As a social enterprise and Public Benefit Corporation, we're for-profit AND for-good.  Our mission is legally-defined as "empowering under-resourced women through our supply chain and business operations." Each year, we report our organization's impact to the state of Minnesota. View the full report for 2016 here.Highlights include:Investing over $88,850 in our artisan partners arou…

Why We Run A For-Profit, Mission-Based Business

As a mission-based organization, one of the most common misconceptions is that we are a non-profit organization. Our incorporation as a for-profit, mission-based business was very intentional.  We are proud of this, so I wanted to share a bit more about the details and thought process behind this decision.Public Benefit Corporation: what it is and what it isn't.In January 2015, we incorporate…