by: gretchen fox schempp
This season when you are looking for the perfect gift for someone special remember that the Co-op offers many sustainable, local and fair trade options. We have a wide variety of fair trade items from all over the globe. Beautiful market baskets from Africa have been a favorite mainstay for many years. Fill one with baking goods or wine and bread for a gift anyone would love. Get in the spirit of the season and decorate your door with one of the lovely takip-asin wood peace sign wreaths from the Phillipines. Look for soapstone items from India and wooden gifts from Indonesia. All of these items are sustainable and fair trade. Andes Gifts and fair trade woolen goods are here. You can warm yourself in this year’s new designs.
In trying to keep our modest clothing selection fresh and affordable, you will find new items from Synergy Clothing out of Santa Cruz, CA. This new line is all organic cotton, dyed with low impact dyes. Look for skirts, tops and dresses screen printed with water based inks or hand worked appliqué.
New items from our buds up in the twin cities at Soulflower and CircleTees will keep men and women clothed in organic and natural fabrics. Of course there will be plenty of the popular organic fair labor Maggie’s yoga pants, leggings, wrap tops and socks.
On the local scene we will have many options as well. Check out new deliveries from Angie Amsbaugh, our local earring maker. Angie’s earrings are made with precious and semi-precious healing stones and hypo-allergenic silver hardware. Emil Moorbeck’s hand blown glass pieces make lovely gifts for hanging in the sunlight or around your neck. Local author’s books can be found on our shelves year-round. Children’s creativity enhancing PlaySilks made by Elyse Hawthorn are a visual and tactile delight.
Reusable water bottles are always a great gift. Remember, you can bring your personal size water bottle into the Co-op and fill it from our Culligan water dispenser or Café crock any time free of charge. We have the best selection in town ranging from stainless steel, glass and BPA free plastics. In large, mid and child sizes there is a bottle for everyone. You will also find many choices of insulated coffee mugs, reusable alternatives to the paper coffee cup and BPA free reusable plastic cups with a straw and lid.
Candles, local hand-made soaps, bath salts, incense, Badger balms in adorable reusable tins; the list goes on and on. Stuff someone’s stocking with sustainable, local and fair trade gifts this year and you are giving towards a sustainable future for our world and economy. Make sure to stop in and check out our ever-changing gift selection.