April 11, 2012 - In recognition of the Earth Day celebration at this year’s New York City Green Festival, HandCrafting Justice will be displaying their one-of-a-kind recycled phonebook handbags crafted by Filipino women artisans from the Alay Kapwa community in Manila.
These bags transform old telephone directories into a practical, everyday accessory. Through innovative thinking, using resources that are normally tossed aside, these women artisans have embraced the idea of thinking outside of the recycled box.
The Alay Kapwa community is an organized co-operative that adheres to fair trade principles. For example, the women determine how much raw materials cost and how much money is needed to feed their family and send their children to school. Based on these expenses, the women determine a reasonable price for their bags that will provide their family with a sustainable income.
Be sure to visit the HCJ booth at #313, or go to our website, for a more comprehensive display of our wide variety of handcrafted products that honor the Earth through recycled and sustainable practices.
Founded in 1997, HandCrafting Justice provides access to Fair Trade markets for unique, handmade goods created by enterprising women in the developing world working to lift themselves and their families out of poverty. By fostering self-reliance, ensuring fair wages, and building support networks, the organization offers far more than Fair Trade: HandCrafting Justice promotes human dignity by empowering women to overcome social and economic injustice.