We’ve all heard the old adage “it’s better to give than to receive” — this year at UrbanSpace, we’re taking it one step further! Our 2014 Holiday Markets feature many lovely, locally made gifts with an extra philanthropic or environmental benefit. Not only are shoppers able to purchase perfect gifts for their loved ones, but they can rest assured knowing that their money is going to benefit charitable causes!
Here are a few of our favorites:
Find Article 22: Peace Bomb at the Union Square Holiday Market where they sell bags and accessories that are naturally dyed, hand woven and constructed by artisans in Laos. Proceeds from every single purchase go towards supporting the talents of culturally sustainable artisans, and help to promote entrepreneurship and community development.
Faire Collection at the Union Square Holiday Market offers fair trade jewelry and accessories that are designed in Brooklyn and crafted by artisans in Ecuador, Vietnam and Swaziland. The goal of Faire Collection is to reduce poverty in disadvantaged communities and benefit social education programs. As a social enterprise, Faire Collection is deeply committed to elevating the lives of their artisan partners by providing dignified wages and holistic social programs that provide a path out of poverty.
Look for Cliff Belts at the Union Square Holiday Market; the company creates belts, bags, wallets and accessories from cork and other eco-friendly materials. All Cliff Belts products are vegan and made in New York. So, why cork? It’s environmentally preferable to leather as it comes from a lower carbon impact source (tree bark) – it is a naturally beautiful and greener alternative to leather.
At both the Columbus Circle and Union Square Holidays Markets, Mr. Ellie Pooh is an eco-friendly and fair trade focused company that makes exotic handmade gifts and paper made of 50% fiber from elephant dung and 50% post consumer paper. But, why create gifts from recycled elephant dung? Elephants in Sri Lanka are being killed at an alarming rate—not for their tusks, meat, or hides—but simply because they interfere with agriculture. Mr. Ellie Pooh is part of a movement that helps elephants and humans to co-exist successfully in the same environment by developing ways in which the elephant is proven to be a sustainable economic resource. This includes utilizing their byproducts to create beautiful and unique paper products.
The Columbus Circle Holiday Market is open now until Wednesday, December 24th; market hours are 10:00am to 8:00pm Monday through Saturday, and 10:00am to 7:00pm Sunday. The market will close at 4:00pm on December 24th. The Union Square Holiday Market is open now until December 24th. Weekday hours are 11am-8pm, Saturday hours are 10am-8pm and Sunday hours are 11am-7pm.
Contributed by Amanda Williams via RVD Communications