EARTH FRIENDLY BIRDHOUSE…..A GIFT FROM THE HEART June 25, 2009
I am a nurse in an extended care/rehab facility and have the opportunity to meet and care for truly wonderful people. One such person is a lady who is very talented with arts and crafts. Her husband had purchased her several birdhouses which she painted and beautifully decorated.
I thought that if I gave her one of our earth friendly birdhouses, this would give both her and her husband a project they could work on together. Her husband was able to assemble the birdhouse in no time and she began the project.
I work midnights which is the shift she had worked and was awake frequently during the night working on the birdhouse. Each night I watched as progress took place…creating a window here, a door there until the birdhouse was complete and a true work of art.
We had become quite close and she knew about my children and knew I had a “special” daughter with many special needs.
One night I was visiting with her while performing care and she told me she had completed the birdhouse to give to my daughter. What an awesome surprise for my 11 year old! The joy on her face was priceless when I presented the beautiful work of art to her. I had to take pictures of the birdhouse and her hanging it up for that special bird family to find.
My simple act of sharing turned into one of the most caring moments in our lives. Who would have known that an Earth friendly birdhouse could bring so much joy? It truly was a gift from the heart.
It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I write this story. This beautiful art work was the last project my special friend and patient completed before she passed away. I know she is painting beautiful pictures peacefully.
The Who, What’s And Where’s Of Fair Trade June 1, 2009
Arrow Earth is committed to providing quality earth friendly products at affordable prices. Arrow Earth continually researches for the highest quality items that are cost effective to both the seller and the consumer. In so doing , Fair Trade products cannot be ignored and must be considered in the equation of quality and fair price.
We as consumers are constantly overwhelmed with advertisements telling us what to buy, when to buy, how to buy, where to buy and how much to pay. In this process we may hear that buying fair trade products is a good thing to do….but what exactly is Fair Trade and who does it help?
Fair trade is an alternative way of doing business that promotes equal wages to communities, engaging in sustainable practices and promoting healthy working conditions.
Fair trade is a market based approach to alleviating global poverty and promoting sustainability. It aims at educating and empowering disadvantaged producers and connects them to a market, so they too can participate in global trade. It encompasses such principles as:
Anti-slave, anti-child labor
- Environmentally friendly processes
- A respectful relationship with producers
- A fair wage
- A healthy working environment
- Gender equality
- The development of infrastructure
- The development/training of the artisans
Fair trade is a growing business in the United States. Conscious buyers are demanding more and more fairly traded products and green goods. More than one million Americans buy Fair Trade products annually. Fair Trade may be the most powerful tool for boosting standards of living in the developing world. David Salcedo, founder of PEOPLink states “(Fair Trade is) a very attractive concept, across the political spectrum. People like the idea of helping people, not with handouts but with an opportunity to work hard and decently.”
Arrow Earth is committed to offering products from Fair Trade companies such as Handmade Expressions, with the knowledge that fair trade practices are respected and followed. It is with trust that Arrow Earth.com offers these products to the consumer so that you can buy with confidence and peace of mind. .