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Ten Thousand Villages Celebrates Earth Day(s)
The Earth from Space March 30, 2006 - Confused about the difference between Earth Day and International Earth Day? If you're reading this between March 20 and April 22, you have good reason. Since 1971, the United Nations celebrates International Earth Day each year on the northern hemisphere's vernal equinox (March 20 in 2006), also known as the first day of spring. But there's an Earth Day on April 22, with its roots in a 1970 event called the Environmental Teach-In. Co-founded by environmental activist senator Gaylord Nelson (D-WI), this event is widely seen as having launched the modern environmental movement in the United States.

For products handcrafted using recycled, natural and sustainable materials, see our Environmentally Friendly Collection.

For more about the two Earth Days, visit the following links:
The Origin of April 22 Earth Day
Wikipedia article about both Earth Days
U.S. Government's Earth Day page
The Nature Conservancy's Earth Day page
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Ten Thousand Villages Featured in New York Times
Illustration by Leif Parsons - used with permission March 20, 2006 - The purchasing behaviors of consumers— and their multiple motivations for buying gifts from fair-trade retailers such as Ten Thousand Villages— are examined in Rob Walker's "Consumed" column entitled "Values Chain" in the Sunday, March 19th edition of the New York Times Magazine. Dwayne Ball and Ronald Hampton, associate professors of marketing at the University of Nebraska, have focused on the differences between "doctrine centered" and "other centered" purchasing behaviors, and have found it useful to use Ten Thousand Villages as a "useful lens through which to view their work," writes Walker.

Ten Thousand Villages Celebrates International Women's Day
March 2, 2006 - International Women's Day will be celebrated around the world on Wednesday, March 8th, 2006. Although its roots in the U.S. go back more than 90 years, the modern incarnation of International Women's Day stems from its official sanction by the United Nations in 1975. Wednesday's celebration is about inspiring women to achieve their full potential in their homes, communities and workplaces, while honoring the courageous achievements of women past, present and future.

Many Ten Thousand Villages stores hold events in conjunction with International Women's Day. Use our store locator to find one near you. For stores without an upcoming events page, contact the store manager by phone or email. To learn more, or to search for other International Women's Day events in your area, visit http://www.internationalwomensday.com/.

FTRN Releases 4th Edition of Consumer-Focused Fair Trade Publication
March 1, 2006 - The Fair Trade Resource Network has released the fourth edition of its flagship publication, The Conscious Consumer: Promoting Economic Justice Through Fair Trade. This new and expanded edition is commonly viewed as the authoritative source for basic, comprehensive Fair Trade information. It is full of producer stories and photos, history, facts and figures, challenges and goals. Limited quantities will be available soon at Ten Thousand Villages Stores.

Since its first edition in 1999, The Conscious Consumer has proved a valuable resource for Fair Trade allies, individual consumers, the media, students and educators, advocacy and faith groups, and development workers.

The Fair Trade Resource Network, based in Washington, D.C., seeks to improve people's lives through Fair Trade alternatives by providing information, leadership, and inspiration. FTRN gathers, develops, and disseminates educational resources to people and organizations interested in the movement to build a more just and sustainable world through Fair Trade.

To order The Conscious Consumer, or for more information, visit http://www.fairtraderesource.org/.

More Stories from the Ten Thousand Villages Learning Tour to Bangladesh
February 22, 2006 - Read the latest updates from the Ten Thousand Villages staff and volunteers who went on a Learning Tour to Bangladesh.

  • Day Four: The women from Baghda Enterprises brought malas (garlands) for each of us and several beautiful pink water lily bouquets. In response to the malas, our tour leader Joanne spoke about her first trip to Baghda in 1982, when she saw the desperate situation of the women who worked there. Now as she returns, her heart is warmed to see how the lives of the women have improved. We didn't need to understand Bengali to be moved as we saw the women's faces as her words were being translated. Read more...

  • Day Five: This area is predominantly Hindu and it just so happened that today was a special Hindu holiday. At one house along the path, we were invited in to see a ceremony where a local priest was blessing the Sharashuti, the Goddess of Education. He burned leaves and sprinkled drops of ghee onto the fire while reading from the Gita. Drummers played during portions of the ceremony. The priest was one of many that will bless this statue. Read more...


  • Day Six: Eastern Screen Printers was started by Action Bag to print designs on their jute bags. They use a traditional technique, which allows them to add 5 or 6 colors. In the early years, the quality of their printing was poor. Then, David Klassen and Jim King from Mennonite Central Committee came and helped them develop their technique. They are now considered among the best screen printers in Bangladesh. Read more...

Check back for more updates from the Ten Thousand Villages Learning Tour to Bangladesh and India soon.

Ten Thousand Villages Learning Tour Reports from Bangladesh

February 7, 2006 - On January 31, 2006, fourteen staff members from Ten Thousand Villages arrived in Dhaka, Bangladesh to begin a three-week Learning Tour. Read excerpts from their travelogue below and learn how fair trade is making a difference in the lives of artisans in Bangladesh.

  • Day One: We have arrived! It is still dark, and all we can see are foggy outlines, but immediately we can feel that the air is different. We are in the tropics and the air feels moist and a little heavy. Suraiya, artist and designer from the Dhaka office for the artisan group Prokritee, is here to greet us, along with two Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) drivers and vehicles. Read more...


  • Day Two: This morning we head off to visit The Jute Works, an artisan group that is best known for the sika, or plant hanger, found in most rural homes. Braided from jute, the sika holds a stack of pots and pans, or blankets. It is like a hanging cupboard in homes that are too small to have a cupboard. The sika was easily adapted to make a plant hanger, for an export market. In the 1970s and 1980s, up to 6000 women were part of producer groups who made a wide variety of jute handicrafts. The demand for jute handicrafts has gone down over the past 20 years and The Jute Works now also has a lot of terra cotta products. In every village we visit the women ask us to "send more orders." Read more...


  • Day Three: We left the guesthouse around 8am this morning for a 250km trip to Agailjara. We have to travel several km north in order to cross the river by ferry and then we will continue the journey south. We drove for about an hour through the city and the outskirts of Dhaka, passing hundreds of rickshaws, fruit markets along the road and the population of the city as they start their day. Read more...

Check back for more updates from the Ten Thousand Villages Learning Tour to Bangladesh and India soon.
NPR's Marketplace Features Fair Trade Chocolate

February 6, 2006 - NPR's Marketplace recently produced a feature story on fair trade cocoa cooperatives in Ivory Coast, West Africa. Chocolate makers are using the success of the fair trade coffee movement to enforce fair trade labor standards in cocoa cooperatives. To learn more about how the fair trade movement is transforming the chocolate industry listen to this story.

Silver Dollar City hosts Ten Thousand Villages
February 1, 2006 - Silver Dollar City, an 1880s theme park located near Branson, Mo., will host Ten Thousand Villages during World-Fest, April 6 through May 7. In addition to the World-Fest's more than 300 scheduled shows, park visitors will discover a collection of Ten Thousand Villages handcrafted home decor and gift items in a limited-time store operated during the festival. For more information about World-Fest, visit bransonsilverdollarcity.com.

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Upcoming Fair Trade Events

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Ten Thousand Villages Press Releases

November 15, 2005
Fairfield Mennonite Church Celebrates 45 Years of International Gift Festivals

November 5, 2005
Ten Thousand Villages Receives the Co-op America People's Choice Award

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Email: juanita.fox@tenthousandvillages.com
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