Three Stone Steps returned last week from a quickly arranged, whirlwind trip to Haiti. We stopped in Jacmel to meet with some of the papier-mâché artists we’ve been working with. Lots of neighborhood kids were hanging around, seeing what we were up to, and I took a horribly overexposed picture of them (which I like anyway) and is today’s Friday Photo.
Enjoy the weekend.
Friday Photo: Balance
Three Stone Steps is planning to go back to Haiti in the next two weeks or so. We’ll be meeting with artisans, picking up some new pieces of recycled metal art, and begin working on new designs for 2013.
We’ve always been impressed by the arts there, but we’re equally impressed with the poise and balance by which people go about their daily lives.
Below is a serene scene from the beachfront artisans town of Jacmel:
Here’s hoping you find balance, physical or otherwise, this weekend.
Keeping it green
Three Stone Steps is a people and planet friendly company. While we’ve blogged quite a bit about the artisans we work with and our fair trade producers, we don’t spend enough time on our eco-friendly side: our metal art from Haiti is made from recycled oil drums using only hand tools, so there’s no carbon footprint (besides it getting from Haiti to where it’s sold); our silk and cotton accessories from Cambodia are made with AZO-free dyes. And, as we head towards the gifting season, you should know that our ornaments and dreidels are made by hand of recycled paper in the Philippines, and we have a new line of papier-mâché ornaments from Haiti made from recycled cement bags.
If you’re not in the market for wall art, or ornaments and dreidels, or fashion accessories, and you want to do some eco-friendly shopping head straight to Pristine Planet. They’ve a great easy to navigate site and green products in scads of categories. (And in the interest of full disclosure: Three Stone Steps has listed with Pristine Planet for years. If you’re a merchant of green goods they’re amazingly personable people with make you swoon customer service.)
We definitely don’t want to pretend that shopping will save the planet, but if keeping things green is on your list, Pristine Planet is a good place to begin.
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