Capacity: approx. 12oz
Countries of origin: Various (shown here Nepal, Guatemala, Thailand, Tunisia and Vietnam)
Your office mug can be so much more than a mass-produced product. Imagine the richness added by a beautifully crafted mug, made with care by a person whose story you have come to learn.
Craftlink: A Vietnamese not–for–profit fair trade organization that helps traditional craft producers to revive their culture and improve their livelihoods through handicraft production and marketing. All craft groups meet basic criteria such as fair wages, environmental and employee safety and preference is given to producers who are marginalized or disadvantaged, such as ethnic minority people in remote areas, street children, and people with disabilities.
Le Souk Ceramique: Le Souk is an American-Tunisian company, with the simple goal of maintaining the traditions of handmade and handpainted ceramics. They seek to fill the niche in the marketplace with reasonably priced fully handpainted ceramics, entirely produced in a studio in the Mediterranean region in Nabeul, Tunisia. They do not outsource any aspect of production, and closely collaborate with Bottega Solidale, a member of the World Fair Trade Organization.
Lucia Imports: Lucia’s trading partnerships ensure that artisans earn a living wage, work under safe and healthy working conditions, are provided equal opportunities, and engage in environmentally sustainable practices. Creating a market for ceramics creates additional job opportunities and employs various skill sets, enabling people to earn a reliable income amid seasonal fluctuations in the farming industry.
Mai Handicraft: Building on the belief that social development is intricately tied to economic self-reliance, they reach out to artisans in underserved areas providing marketing and training, and returning some of the profits from the sales of handcrafts to fund social work projects. The artisans, of which 80% are women, are earning two to three times more than the country’s average monthly income. Many are able to work from their homes or in small workshops, instead of seeking work in Vietnam’s factory industries.
Sana Hastakala: This Nepalese fair trade organization is dedicated to fostering the resurgence of traditional craft skills and the use of modern techniques, to achieve sustainable livelihoods for Nepal’s underprivileged, predominately female, handicraft producers. All products are either handmade in their own production unit, or come from small-scale producers across Nepal.
Vance Kitira: With the philosophy of benefitting humanity and nature, Vance Kitira’s choices of charitable contributions are based on their belief that we should help one another. Projects include donating to and involvement with orphanages, community forestation, and hurricane and tsunami relief efforts in Thailand and the USA.
Largesse curates beautifully presented environmentally-friendly, artisan-made and fairly traded corporate gifts.