Fair Tuesday

Shop with Care: Mata Traders


Ever find a shop where you can buy anything and never go wrong?  Mata Traders is that shop! Every dress, necklace, and piece of home decor (and every other piece!) is impeccably designed and made.  And when you think it can’t get better: Mata Traders use no factory production and every product fights global poverty.

We love products with big heart and a story and Mata Traders is full of the most beautiful stories.  You should definitely read the story of how Mata Traders got started with 3 women friends who wanted to make a difference (sound familiar? :) ). And you can read truly inspiring Fair Trade stories here.

Mata Traders is Fair Trade fashion done more than right.  And you know what’s even better?!  The lovely ladies at Mata Traders are offering Zimbags supporters a special coupon!  Get 10% off your next purchase with the coupon code SHOPWITHCARE (can be used once per customer on any item, sale or not)!  

So head on over to the Mata Traders shop and get yourself some seriously beautiful, fair trade fashion.  May we suggest this Pleated Petal Blouse with Umbrellas, this Grey Shanghai Shift Dress, this Archer Necklace, and these Vintage Leaf Earrings for starters?  Oh, and Lauren got me this incredible Teal Bastille Bracelet that I wear constantly. But really, you can’t go wrong.


PS- Stay tuned for a guest Better Together post from Mata Traders later this week!

PPS- Don’t forget that the Zimbags Summer Sale is going on until Aug. 31st.  Get 10% off with coupon code SUMMERY.

#FairTuesday 20% Off Sale!

Hiphiphooray!  It’s FairTuesday!  While we believe that everyday is a great day to make a positive impact with your purchases, today is an extra special celebration of what we can do when we shop consciously.  So today we are giving you 20% off your entire order with the Coupon Code: SHOPFAIR .  20% off!

Let’s make huge, beautiful waves in this world!  When you shop fair trade today, not only can you cross people off your holiday shopping list, you can know that you are making a positive difference in the world.

When you buy a Zimbag you are empowering intelligent, talented, hardworking, and creative women living in a country of desperate circumstances. As they grow through sustainable jobs and living wages, their community and country will follow. We believe in the power of beauty and story to inspire change. We believe fashion can be ethical and beautiful at the same time.  We connect the women and customers through handcrafted goods and inspiring stories. Each piece created by our women is a thing of beauty and a story to be shared.

We know that small choices (like which bag to buy!) can lead to big changes.  So today, choose to shop consciously and impact lives around the world!  Today, make it your bag to shop fairly.

Oh, and as an added bonus, the BOGO Deal is still on today too!  Plus, as always, shipping is free in the US! We are making it so easy for you!

(And if you are looking for other gifts that aren’t beautiful bags, check out our Four For #FairTuesday series to get some more ideas from other FairTuesday partners.)

Four For #FairTuesday || 5

It’s been grey and dark here in Seattle so we figured we might as well embrace it!  Here are some lovely do-good products that fit the ticket for your holiday shopping list.  Not only do these products add beauty to your life, they add beauty to the lives of artisans around the world.  Tomorrow is #FairTuesday – shop consciously, it’s easy & pretty!  Click the links below to buy these beauties & to find out more about these great companies.

1. Chevron Cowl – Dark & Light Gray || Rubina (Benefits women in New Delhi, India)

2. Plateau Basket – Multi-Black || Aneelo (Benefits women in Rwanda)

3. Pouchette – Black & White Tweed || Zimbags (Benefits women in Zimbabwe)

4. Floor Pillow – Arrow || Basik 855 (Benefits artisans in Cambodia)


(Don’t forget that this week there is a Buy One, Get One deal going on here at Zimbags to make shopping fair even easier!  Buy any Matebele Collection Bag and get a free ZimFolding Shopper for free!)

Buy One, Get One

In celebration of our thankfulness for your support & for #FairTuesday we are offering a Buy One, Get One deal!  It’s simple. Here’s how it work: you buy any Matebele Collection Bag (yep, even the sale ones!) & get a free ZimFolding Shopper with your order.  And as always, shipping in the US is free!


Four For #FairTuesday || 4

Here are some of our favorite places to get inspired to be more conscious about how we spent our time, money, and energy.  They are guaranteed to inspire!  And though we were fans of these places before #FairTuesday, we are even bigger fans now that they are a part of #FairTuesday.  Check out these websites by clicking the links below to find all sorts of reasons to buy fair trade and great products that do good for you & the world.

1. Lifestyle & Charity Magazine || Your Source for Conscious Culture

2. Let’s Be Fair Blog || Fair + Pretty

3. GOOD || of, by, and for pragmatic idealists working towards individual and collective progress.

4. eccouterre || the future of sustainable fashion design. 



Four For #FairTuesday || 3

#FairTuesday is your chance to make a positive impact with your purchases! From the USA to Zimbabwe, you can help people anywhere on the globe just by choosing to shop #FairTuesday on November 27th, 2012.

Each of these beautiful products would make a perfect gift for someone in your life AND the life of a hardworking artisan!  Click the description below to go buy this gift for someone you love and support #FairTuesday to make a difference in the world.

1. Lavendar Honeysuckly Shea Body Butter || Shea Yeleen (Benefits Women in Rural Sub-Saharan Africa)

2. Animal Bowling Set || Hand Crafting Justice (Benefits Artisans in Thailand)

3. Bangle – Purple Chevron || One Mango Tree (Benefits Women in Rwanda)

4. Traditional Peace Basket || Azizi Life (Benefits Artisans in Rwanda)


Four For #FairTuesday || 2

Each of these beautiful products would make a perfect gift for someone in your life AND the life of a hardworking artisan!  Click the description below to go buy this gift for someone you love and support #FairTuesday to make a difference in the world.

1. Divine Chocolate Sampler – 4 Pack || Trade As One (Benefits Farmers in Ghana)

2. Orange Lip Balm || The Visionary Soap Company (Benefits You with Fair Trade & Natural Ingredients)

3.Fashioned to Love Tee || KNO Clothing (Benefits the Homeless in the US)

4. Della iPad Case || African LookBook (Benefits Artisans in Ghana)

#FairTuesday is your chance to make a positive impact with your purchases!  Skip the craziness of Black Friday & do something good for yourself and for the world!   Shop #FairTuesday on November 27th, 2012.


We are so excited to announce that we are a #FairTuesday partner!  Here are the W’s of FairTuesday:

What:  FairTuesday is a movement of conscious consumerism that shows that our purchases matter in the lives of others.

Who:  YOU (& lots of others who want to have a positive impact on communities around the world by making conscious choices while shopping)!

Why:  Because the choices we make when we shop send out ripple effects on our communities & the world.  When we choose to buy eco-friendly & fair trade we are choosing to impact our world in a positive way.  Not only are you getting a great product, you are changing lives.

Where: Check out the list of partners here.  Shop for your friends & family from this list and join the movement!

When:  Tuesday November 27th, 2012!

There are 2 simple ways you can get involved:

1. Spread the word about the FairTuesday movement!  On Twitter use #FairTuesday and share the link to the movement on Facebook, your blog (www.fairtuesday.org).

2. Buy at least one fair trade product on November 27th, 2012!  (Check out the list Global Goods has put together to get you started on your shopping.)


Pssst… Our new Matebele Fall/Winter Collection are the perfect way to shop with care.

PssstPssst… Check out more ideas here & watch for more on the way!

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