Rising Tide Fair Trade works with ethical businesses and directly with artisans who earn a fair wage, enabling them to support their families and achieve a sustainable business operation. The fair trade artisans we work with earn roughly 60 percent more than they would for comparable factory jobs. Since most of the artisans have the choice to work from home, they can tend to their children while contributing to the family income.
Rising Tide Fair Trade offers a business model with people and planet in mind. In creating our original designs:
When possible, materials for our bags are purchased from local markets by independent business women or created from upcycled textiles and finished in cruelty free leather (from naturally deceased animals).
Rather than using a system of mass production, our products are produced in a fair trade cooperative, which has a lower impact on the environment. Our first priority in shipping is ensuring your bag arrives on time and without any damage. When possible, we ship with gently used or recycled materials and request that our customers continue the cycle.
Our bags are made one at a time by artisans paid a fair wage and treated with dignity and respect. Our designs use traditional, local techniques of production adding a modern twist to encompass block printing and handloom woven patterns.
In March 2014, Rising Tide Fair Trade welcomed Samantha Eittreim as Director. Sam joins the team having been part of the fair trade community for the past 10 years. She started her career in marketing and production before eventually taking those skills to Ten Thousand Villages and the broader fair trade world. While at Ten Thousand Villages, Sam and her colleagues worked to make Red Bank, New Jersey America’s 15th Fair Trade Town, promoting conscious consumerism through local events. She also has co-chaired multiple fair trade conferences, and traveled broadly to better understand the economics of global fair trade.