Gifts that Give Back: Seven Hopes United - Fair Trade Market of the World Announces Eco-Friendly Gift Registry

San Diego, CA - January 2, 2010 -- For most couples, a wedding registry is an exciting opportunity to acquire both necessary and coveted home accessories to help build a new life together. But for a growing number of brides and grooms, the desire to receive gifts is balanced by the need to act responsibly toward society and the environment—which means limiting unnecessary consumption and choosing items that are globally conscious. For them, green registries, an emerging niche in the gift-giving business, are an ideal compromise.

Everyone from brides to moms-to-be are embracing the idea of "green" and globally conscious registries. A new site to consider when building a top-notch gift registry or wish list is Seven Hopes United ( The internet-based fair trade retail store offers a number of earth-friendly, socially conscious ideas for gift giving. The site's much anticipated addition of a gift registry to their website provides consumers with the ability to create a gift registry or wish list for a number of occasions, including weddings, baby showers, housewarming parties, birthdays, and more. Green registries give "gifts that give back" a whole new meaning.

The principle behind Seven Hopes United gift giving is that your gift works in two ways:

  1. You are giving the gift of hope and a future to people who need it most, in honor of someone you love.
  2. By making giving fun, innovative and convenient, your friend will feel good about the help their gift is providing.

"When a couple plans a wedding, they get to infuse and incorporate their personality, their sense of style and their values into their big day," said Amira Harris, a wedding planner based in Calgary, Alberta. "Therefore, it's a great opportunity for couples to showcase their love and respect for [society] and the environment, and it really encourages guests to think about what they can do in their everyday lives to become more responsible and conscious global citizens." 

"We were so glad to find the registry! The gift we really wanted from our family and friends was their support for fair trade & making a difference in lives around the world-not another blender or toaster," said Sara M. and Jordan K., Chicago, Illinois.

Ten percent of the proceeds from gifts purchased from a Seven Hopes United registry are invested back into producer communities in a variety of ways, including training producers in organic and sustainable farming techniques (which helps offset worldly carbon emissions), building houses, schools, and clinics that are able to provide health care for entire communities. A mix of unique handcrafted art and earth-friendly home decor ideas, it's the kind of registry that is intended to suit not only the couple but their guests and the planet as well.

About Seven Hopes United

Based in San Diego, California, Seven Hopes United specializes in marketing fairly-traded handmade gifts, jewelry, home decor and personal accessories from producers around the globe. Seven Hopes United supports a trading partnership aimed at obtaining sustainable development for excluded and disadvantaged producers by operating according to Fair Trade criteria, and investing a portion of their proceeds back into artisan communities. Founded in 2009, the company's mission is to enrich lives through providing a globally conscious alternative. The Seven Hopes United store features products that have garnered attention amongst the editors of such publications as The Oprah Magazine, InStyle, Teen Vogue, Ok! Magazine, Us Weekly and The Washington Post. 

To learn more about Seven Hopes United and to support Fair Trade, visit

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