Ten Thousand Villages
A nonprofit fair trade organization that markets handcrafted products made by disadvantaged artisans.
Buy something special, do something special. Recognized as one of the world’s most ethical companies, Ten Thousand Villages, with a store at 503 Pennsylvania Ave. in Glen Ellyn (630 790-1166), offers hand-crafted items from more than 30 developing countries. Staffed primarily by volunteers, this not-for-profit outlet displays home décor, clothing, toys and jewelry. Skilled artisans receive a fair price for their work, so every purchase helps to sustain citizens globally.
South Asian saris are recycled into colorful pillows, quilts and lamps. In the village of Bat Trang, workers use the clay in the Red River to make cups and dishes that are hand painted in a distinctive blue design. Pakistani Bunyard rugs are hand knotted and dyed with colors harvested from local spices and plants. It takes several craftsmen over a year to complete one rug. Jewelry made in Cambodia from bullet casings is a conversation starter, as are items using bicycle chains and wood.Edit Module