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New Sari Baby Blankets Are Now Available!

Sari Baby Blankets

Now Available from our Fair Trade Partners in Bangladesh

We’ve got baby on the brain! My husband and I are expecting our first baby in August, and I couldn’t resist getting these adorable Sari Baby Blankets from our fair trade partners in Bangladesh. I just can’t help imagining how sweet our new baby will look wrapped up in this beautiful blanket made with hope and love by women from across the globe. Our colorful sari baby blankets are one-of-a-kind and reversible, so you can choose a print that will complement your unique style. I adore this print that we fittingly named “Baby Love.”


Each blanket is lightweight, and generously sized (40″ x 40″) to make swaddling easy. The traditional “kantha” hand-stitching and vintage sari fabric creates an incredibly soft feel that your baby will love, and will continue to get softer with every wash.

Handmade Sari Baby Blankets

Best of all, our new Sari Baby Blankets are versatile: meaning you can use them as a stroller or nursing cover, burp cloth, tummy time blanket, and more! What’s not to love about that?

Each of our sari baby blankets are handmade by a women’s cooperative in Bangladesh. Our fair trade partners work with women who have escaped a life of human trafficking – your purchase of these handmade blankets provide hope for a better future, dignity, and living wages. These women have been given a chance to rise above their circumstances and take back their humanity, and we thank you for wanting to be a part of that. Our goal is to bring hope to the poor, one fair trade purchase at a time.

Our new sari baby blankets are a wonderful and unique baby shower gift that they are sure to cherish! For more fair trade baby shower gift ideas visit our previous blog posts here and here.

xo, Ashleigh

Fair Trade Can Help Prevent Human Trafficking


“If you want to lift yourself up, lift someone else up.” – Booker T. Washington

Human trafficking, also known as modern day slavery, isn’t something that is just happening elsewhere.  It is happening everywhere and traces of it can be found in every country, even in the United States. San Diego, where I live and where Seven Hopes United is also based, is especially affected because of its close proximity to the border.

But what is human trafficking?

Human trafficking is the second largest criminal enterprise in the world, it is second only to the drug trade.  It is closely linked to the arms trade and it is growing quickly.  Human trafficking involves sexual exploitation as well as forced labor and it affects women, men and children.  It is estimated that nearly 27 million people are exploited throughout the world as modern slaves; even at its peak the slave trade of earlier centuries didn’t reach this number (Kevin Bales, freetheslaves.net). The majority of human trafficking victims are 18-24 and the United Nations estimated that in Asia alone, ‘nearly one million children are involved in the sex trade under conditions that are indistinguishable from slavery’ (Nicholas Kristof, New York Times).

How can consumers make a difference?

Human trafficking is the result of demand, and the demand for cheap goods contributes to the exploitation of women, men and children, which then contributes to forced labor. ChainStoreReaction.com defines a forced laborer as ‘anyone who is forced to work without pay (beyond minimal subsistence), under the threat of violence, being economically exploited and unable to walk away.’


“Every time you spend money, you’re casting a vote for the kind of world you want.” – Anna Lappe

As consumers we have a great deal of power to make change.  Buy spending our money at establishments that are open and transparent about their labor practices we can educate ourselves and choose stores that do not exploit their workers.  Perhaps it seems overwhelming to find a store that isn’t using cheap labor but we have the right to know what takes place on the supply chain and who is being affected by it and how.

Buying fair trade products is a great way to assure that items you are purchasing are free of slave labor. Fair trade products must live up to standards that guarantee a living wage and good working conditions for artisans and producers.  When you purchase an item that is fair trade you are not only purchasing a high quality item you are voting with your dollars: voting for a more just world.  And fair trade also lifts entire communities out of poverty, which can combat the sense of desperation that one must surely feel when one sells his or her child into slavery for the sake of securing funds.


Other ways you can help!

Chain Store Reaction connects consumers with companies through a letter writing campaign, via the internet that demands transparency of labor practices.

The Somaly Mam Foundation works to end modern slavery and to empower survivors of trafficking; items sold in the foundation’s store are made by and support survivors of human trafficking.

Our voice as consumers counts and we can make a difference in the lives of others!

Have a wonderful day – Dawn


Human Trafficking : Signs of Hope

“There are more than 30 million slaves in the world today, more than at any other point in human history.” January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Human trafficking is the second largest illegal trade industry in the world, second to drugs. 80% of the victims are women, and a large majority of the men and children who are trafficked are rarely able to share their stories. Last year, slave traders made an estimated $32 billion – that’s more than Nike, Google, and Starbucks combined. Perhaps these statistics have many of us feeling paralyzed when looking at the enormity of the situation. The good news is, there is hope for change.

Human Trafficking Video

The fair trade movement has made an affect on human trafficking by providing a means to a living wage in many disadvantaged communities, a way out of the slave trade. Many people living on less than $1 a day feel that trafficking is their only option to provide for their families. Fair trade provides a sustainable income and a promising alternative to slave labor.

Today’s post is dedicated to the trafficked, and the artisans that we work with who have escaped the slave trade dreaming of a better tomorrow. We hope to inspire you but also challenge you to dream big and do something for our brothers, sisters, and children who are trapped in this horrifying cycle of poverty.

What can you do?

  • Get involved with local anti-trafficking organizations
  • Learn to recognize the signs of human trafficking and how to report something suspicious. Victims exist here in our own neighborhoods, factories, and streets.
  • Urge your legislators to provide law enforcement officials the tools to more effectively prosecute this crime.
  • Look for fair trade products, like our recycled sari products, made by formerly trafficked people: each purchase directly benefits a victim & helps them move forward.

You can also visit the following sites for more ways to get involved in the anti-trafficking movement:
Polaris Project – Human Trafficking Resource Center 1-888-3737-888
Free the Slaves
Not for Sale Campaign
Slavery Footprint – Know Your Slavery Footprint
The FREE Project
For the Silent