Who would have thought that beautiful jewelry, handbags, and other novelties could be created from trash such as discarded tires, leather scraps, metal parts, and old magazines? Carbonfund.org partner Revy Fair Trade Products is doing just that, with the help of local co-ops in El Salvador.
The Central American nation is still recovering from a long civil war. Exploitation of workers, child labor and environmental degradation have been common practices in such developing countries, but Revy Fair Trade Products is trying to change this. The company supports the fair trade mission by providing secure jobs and paying fair wages to individuals in each co-op. These co-ops have in turn made a commitment to sustainability; they are taking materials that would otherwise become waste and turning them into unique crafts. Recycling and reusing materials is a great way to reduce our carbon footprint. Click here to learn more ways you can lower your own footprint and check out Revy Fair Trade Products for one-of-a-kind gifts!