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Your Global Marketplace for Socially and Environmentally Responsible Gifts

One World Projects is an established industry player in the fair trade, socially & environmentally conscious market.

Founded by Phil Smith in 1992, One World Projects imports and distributes fair trade household goods, jewelry, fashion accessories, gifts, toys and more handmade by more than 80 artisan groups in over 20 countries throughout Latin America, Africa, and Asia.

Many products are made from renewable resources, thus providing artisans with incentives to conserve, protect, and in many cases restore their natural resources and biologically-diverse ecosystems. All One World Projects' products provide viable economic alternatives to artisans and their families in developing countries while promoting social and environmental responsibility.

Located in western New York, we import, warehouse, and distribute to both wholesale buyers and retail consumers, and also offer an affiliate program. For more information, please see our Contact page.




One World Projects fully supports the ethics and principles of Fair Trade. The commitment and responsibility we have to the 11,000+ artisans with whom we work goes well beyond paying fair wages for the products they create. We strive to be a positive force for social and environmental change, and are continually developing our ability to work with communities to improve the lives of artisans and their families. Providing artisans with viable and sustainable economic opportunities is the primary motivating force behind our business.

Fair Trade Federation logo. One World Projects is a member of the Fair Trade Federation. More information can be found at www.fairtradefederation.org.


Our Mission

To provide those in developing countries with the opportunity for economic sustainability and self-determination.



How we achieve our mission:

  • Purchase high-quality products that have positive social impacts and environmental benefits.

  • Pay artisans fair wages for their work allowing them to provide for their basic needs (food, shelter, clothing, education, and health-care for their families) and contributes to a better quality of life.

  • Provide support to artisans through opening markets, suggesting product designs, improving artistic and technical skills, educating group leaders about the demands of the market, and the like.

  • Develop long-term relationships with based on respect and fairness, and the promotion of self-determination.

  • Reinvest in artisan groups and communities through economic programs and/or donations.


We also seek to help the environment by reusing boxes whenever possible, and by reusing materials for padding within the box. We hope that you will continue this reuse and recycling cycle by using these packing materials yourself, offering them to someone else to reuse, or at least recycle paper materials with your local municipality.



Special Note about Working with Artisans & Sourcing Rwandan Products

While one may find Rwandan baskets imported and sold elsewhere, rarely will you find other importers whose commitment to artisans goes deeper and further than that of EDImports, our partner. Beyond building the group of weavers from a few women in a small village to now over 600 women in a sizable province and paying above local market price for each basket purchased, EDImports has been instrumental in the following:

  • Creating a program to help women borrow and save money for the first time in their lives.

  • Managing a very successful program to donate goats to artisan families - with the baby goats being passed on to another needy family.

  • Working with One World Projects to have 20 knitting machines donated to women in Rwanda through an Aid to Artisans grant in order to help women in United Nations Refugee camps generate income by knitting scarves and ponchos.

  • Assisting non-profits to help build a community craft center where women can come together to weave, to socialize, and to store their crafts before they are exported.

One World Projects has implemented programs with artisan groups in Central and South America as well as Asia to provide services and knowledge in the areas of medical-care, education, the conservation of valuable natural resources, donation of tools, supplies and equipment, micro-financing, securing grants, workshop improvements and much more. One World Projects has also organized international workshops in the remote Ecuadorian Amazon that bring together artisan groups from different developing countries with buyers and consultants from the U.S. for the purpose of sharing ideas, developing the artisans' products and skills, and generating sustainable income.

While paying artisans fair wages for their work is extremely important, responsibility for artisan welfare does not begin and end with the buying and selling of products. To truly gauge which suppliers are doing the most to help artisans, one should evaluate the many different ways that a supplier provides assistance.

For more information about One World Projects, please contact Phil Smith via email.


Your Global Marketplace for Socially and Environmentally Responsible Gifts

One World Projects, Inc.
Billing Address 43 Ellicott Ave Batavia, NY 14020
Store/Warehouse 56 Harvester Ave Batavia, NY 14020
Tel: 585.343.4490 Fax: 585.344.3551
E-mail: sales@oneworldprojects.com

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One World Projects is a member of the Fair Trade Federation, Coop America, Social Venture Network, and the Aid to Artisan Trade Network. We're committed to helping economically disadvantaged artisans and farmers worldwide in a environmentally beneficial manner.



  

Retail Shipping/Handling Charge
within the Continental US for most products

We've added expedited shipping (2-day or overnight) options at checkout. NOTE that these options are for continental US orders only - please contact us for personalized service for other delivery locations. Orders for expedited shipping must be received before 2pm EST on weekdays. Please include your phone number!
See expedited shipping rates.

1.We usually ship retail orders within 1-3 business days of order placement.
2. We'll ship our products outside the continental US by doing an individualized shipping calculation for you. Please contact us, saying what you'd like to purchase, and where you'd like it shipped.
3. Oversize / heavy items have a separate shipping fee and don't use this shipping table. See a full explanation.
4. A few items have an additional shipping fee listed in the description.
5. Some items do not have an add-to-cart button by them, but they can be purchased - simply contact us for a personally calculated order.

  

 Dollar Amount 

 Shipping Cost 

  

$0 - $25.00

$7.00


$25.01 - $74.99

$8.50


$75.01 - 99.99

$10.50


$100.00 and up

FREE Ground Shipping!
(additional shipping fee on a few
large items still applies)