4 Tips for Traveling Sustainably

One of my goals for 2019 is to be more intentional about how I travel. As Operations Manager at Fair Anita, I fly to New York for several trade shows every year. This year, I’ve had the opportunity to go on not one but two artisan visits, with a third happening in a few weeks. Coming from Minnesota, which is one of the cleanest states in the US, it’s overwhelming to go to cities covered in trash.…

​#AnitaAdventure: Why We Traveled to Cambodia for a Fair Trade Artisan Tour

At Fair Anita, we work with artisan partners in 9 countries. We’re asked all the time by our customers if we will lead trips to visit these talented women. Well, we finally did it: we brought 20 people from the United State to Cambodia in March 2019. Sharing more here about the thought process around the trip.Over the last decade or so, there has arisen lively debates over the topic of eco-tour…

Sustainability: Where To Start?

As our world gets more connected, it becomes so much easier to learn about what is happening all over the planet. As an effect of this, we now know how much people influence the planet. As I have learned about how my habits affect the earth, I have found myself pondering how I can be more sustainable. There are simple steps to start, and there is no need to jump right in and buy a tiny house, powe…

Fashion Revolution: Who Made My Accessories?

It's that time of year again for Fashion Revolution Week! As we reflect on Fashion Revolution and its significance, we are reminded of the Rana Plaza Factory collapse in Bangladesh in 2013, killing 1,134 garment workers. While some were painfully aware of the horrific conditions many workers face, this tragedy was the first time it was brought to the public eye.  Why were basic safety conditi…

Fair Anita Fourth 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 2018 here.Highlights include:Investing over $314,954 in our artisan partners around the world (in…

5 Things I’ve Learned in My 4th Year Running a Social Enterprise

It's official: our 4th year of business is now in the books!  The last couple months have been somewhat surreal for me, reflecting back on where our business was at just a couple years ago, to the presence we are growing currently.  This holiday season, my heart fluttered every time a customer would run up to our booth with a friend, telling them about our mission and how much they love…