How are the paper beads made?

How do you get your products?

Products are ordered directly from the artisans, or from the organizations that work with them. Products are carried back to the U.S. through people who visit them during the year, or they are shipped to us.

Where do they get the paper to make the recycled paper jewelry?

The paper is locally sourced in Uganda. The bead makers use some of their proceeds from sales to purchase end runs from a printer in Uganda. They also receive magazine donations from missionaries.

Is Compelling Creations Jewelry ‘Fair Trade’?

Compelling Creations Jewelry is ethically sourced.

Their manufacturers and suppliers commit to comply with their local labor laws to ensure fair treatment of workers and the responsible stewardship for the environment.

Is Roots and Streams a member of the Fair Trade Federation?

All of our products are ethically sourced.

Several of our partner organizations for which we sell are members of the FTF.

What is ‘Fair Trade’?

Fair trade means to create greater equality and partnerships in the international trading system.  This means that our producers are encouraged to set prices within their framework of the true cost of labor, time, materials, sustainable growth and other related factors.  Our artisans are paid a livable labor wage in a safe working environment. They do their work in small workshops or at home in safe conditions, so they can care for their children rather than in sweatshops.  They have a voice in the working operations, contribute to the design of the product, and set their own prices.

What is a social enterprise?

A social enterprise is an organization that applies commercial strategies to maximize improvements in human and environmental well-being, rather than maximizing profits for external shareholders. Social enterprises can be structured as a for-profit or non-profit, and may take the form of a co -operative, mutual or a social business, or a charity organization.