Artists have always been on the forefront of change and this little eco-company is no different. Lisa Burnham is taking action towards the betterment of the Global Artisan Community. She is taking it on one step at a time, planning and strategizing how to get the word out, how to make people THINK, about what is so easy to change. Looking for ways to help micro-businesses in non-developed countries find more exposure so their message is heard.
The Green Seahorse encourages Change !
Think About how every single thing you purchase, no matter how small, has an impact on this planet. And what we choose to do or not do also has an effect.
The Green Seahorse’s primary goal is to provide a platform, a marketplace,
Eco-friendly Artisan Goods to be sold at a fair price.
Its just that Simple.
In fact that is Our Tag line.
We are using Social media, blogging and online e-commerce to spread our message.
That not only can artisans get fairly paid for their crafts, but
their stories can and will be heard.
Lisa is in fact an artist and a teacher in this online space as she is in her offline space. A purveyor of ideas, creator of inspirations, guiding and sharing innovations.
Lisa is below sharing some information about the Green Seahorse.
Most people don’t realize that you can decorate your home beautifully using materials that are made with the environment in mind. And with that in mind The Green Seahorse can help bridge the gap and provide smart choices for gifts and crafts of all kinds. The array of materials ranges from Tagua Nuts in Ecuador to Batiked Fabric in Africa. Items from all over the globe inspired this Artist to share these treasures.
Did you know that a key principle of the World Fair Trade Organization states the protection and conservation of our natural resources? With that, there are guidelines as well as Environmental Standards that needed to be met by farmers who would like to participate in fair trade. The standards aim to protect the environment so that we can preserve and conserve it for more generations to come. There are guidelines are set from the treatment of the soil and water to non use of GMOs and agrochemicals. The farmers are given financial incentives and resources for adhering to standards – that is for organic conversion, reforestation, water conservation as well as environmental education.
My green business, The Green Seahorse, advocates for a greener environment and greener lifestyle – by shopping ethically and by opting for fair trade products. We want to put the word out there that there are options for us to be gentler to the environment – especially on the way we shop and consume. The public needs to know where or how to find these creative, beautiful, ethical products and more importantly, why we need to support these fair trade products.
Being an artsy mom, I immediately saw the beauty and creativity in these products and because I have always been an eco-activist I was immediately drawn to the fact that these are eco-friendly as well. Since then, I have always been passionate about promoting ethical shopping through The Green Seahorse. We believe that one can be stylish and hip and eco-friendly all at the same.
Save Environment by Supporting Fair Trade
It’s safe to say that buying fair trade goods also save environment. Farmers are starting to treat our natural resources more wisely, respectfully and economically because of the education and additional knowledge brought upon by fair trade cooperatives. They are now enlightened to the fact that these natural resources will provide for their livelihood, their children’s education and even their family’s health care. As a sign of gratitude it’s only proper that we care and save environment in return.
As consumers, we can demand for creative, beautiful, ethical products in the market world. One can be stylish and hip without hurting the environment. Keep in mind that everything is correlated, if we support fair trade products, we’re not only supporting the conservation and protection of the environment but the very people behind these products. These artsy and creative fair trade products are the life line for developing communities for a more sustainable future. So, let’s shop ethically. Be creative and see the beauty in everything that is made eco-friendly.
The Green Seahorse celebrates World Fair Trade Day by being an Agent for Change; in efforts to support Fair Trade artisan across the Globe. The Fair Trade label lets you now products are Fair Trade certified and that products have been produced by farmers and workers who follow rigorous standards known as The 10 Principles of Fair Trade of protection of worker’s rights and the environment. The artists themselves are benefiting from your purchases on our website Rest Assured that when you purchase Fair Trade products, these producers can earn a fair price and additional Fair Trade Premium to invest in projects to educate their children, improve healthcare, protect environment and improve their economic well-being.
Find out more about the impact your purchases are making on the Fair Trade Federation Blog.
The World Fair Trade Day Organization. explains :
“We is an initiative of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) that takes place on the second Saturday of May of each year. It is an inclusive worldwide festival of events celebrating Fair Trade as a tangible contribution to the fight against poverty and exploitation, climate change and the economic crisis that has the greatest impact on the world’s most vulnerable populations. The global crisis confirms the need for a fair and sustainable economy locally and globally.
Trade must benefit the most vulnerable and deliver sustainable livelihoods by developing opportunities for small and disadvantaged producers. Millions of producers and traders, businesses and policy makers, supporting organizations and volunteers have contributed to the substantial growth of Fair Trade globally.”
They go on to Explain The People behind the Product
“Fair Trade is a transparent trading system that supports economically marginalized people, fair prices, good working conditions, and long-term partnership through trade. Behind every Fair Trade product on the market there are real people. We tell their story through the WFTO Product Label, which was launched last year when the WFTO Membership approved the new WFTO Guarantee System.”
The People promoting Fair Trade
Consumers and Fair Trade promoters are central to building the Fair Trade movement. By buying Fair Trade products, consumers have helped strengthen Fair Trade groups and supply chains, built a network of over 1,000 Fair Trade towns, cities and universities globally; and put pressure on governments and big businesses to improve their business practices.
Supporting the change
Fair Trade has produced change, and we will continue to do so. Fair Trade has improved the lives of several million small producers worldwide and their communities. Show your support. Use our web app and show to the world that Fair Trade People are everywhere, by sharing it on social media channels with hashtags #FairTrade and #WFTDay.
“Fair Trade was established to enable producers, especially the smaller ones, to improve their livelihoods in a sustainable fashion. With the support of conscientious consumers, Fair Trade has grown to become a sustainable solution to fight poverty and economic crisis. Today, Fair Trade impacts not only producers but all of us. Fair Trade is a movement of the people, by the people and for the people.” Natália Leal, WFTO Chief Executive
Every Purchase Matters !
Eco Africa Papercraft is responsible for the amazingly beautiful handcrafted paper products now making a scene in the global market place. Founded by Janice Ashby, Eco Africa Papercraft aims to empower the people economically by providing job opportunities that hone their artistic and creative talents.
Empowering Fair Trade Artisans Through Arts and Crafts
Many Zimbabwean are good with crafting and artworks as evidenced by amazing metal sculptures and other handcrafted products originating from the country. They are simply creative and artistic. Janice Ashby immediately saw the opportunity to make use of this talent to create livelihood that will help ease poverty brought upon by political and economic unrest by focusing and working on arts and crafts.
Eco Africa Papercraft work closely with crafting communities in Africa, providing seed funding and assistance and other support to fair trade artisans. They create various products – from paper dolls to mini notebooks – carefully and beautifully crafted by women artisans who are mostly employed for the first time in their lives. Their creative beautiful paper products are perfect for gifting, for souvenirs or for company’s promo or marketing.
Opting for their goods will tremendously help in changing their lives and ultimately in improving the community. Every product brought means that these women and their family as well as their community will continuously receive support and empowerment from us consumers.
A Very Green Arts & Crafts from Papercraft
Yes, their paper products are 100 percent green – made from recyclable materials, acid free and tree free! What more can you ask for, add Eco Africa Papercraft to your ethical shopping list and start changing lives.
Eco-Friendly, Creative and Ethical!
Products in the global marketplace can be all these – eco friendly, creative and ethical. It’s up to us consumers to continuously demand for products that changes lives. We’re the ones responsible for paving the way for more fair trade products making it in the international scene. Supporting the likes of Eco Africa Papercraft means supporting and empowering the fair trade artisans behind these ethical products.
Kathy Ireland’s Life, Health & Style Show
Online Eco Marketplace, The Green Seahorse will be represented by founder Lisa Burnham on Kathy Ireland’s Life, Health & Style Show. It’s going to be a great opportunity for this eco-activist, art teacher-turned-entrepreneur-mom – quite a mouthful, but that is what this working, stay-at-home- mom is all about. “I’m passionate about protecting the environment, arts and of course creating a sustainable business. I feel privileged to be able to create an online brand that inspires others and supports artisans where they live, all over this planet.” Says Lisa about realizing her passions to promote Fair Trade Artisans.
From one mompreneur to another, it’s easy to see the connection to Miss Kathy Ireland. She is such an inspiration to women, especially to mothers who would like to take on their dreams and make it happen for themselves. Lisa and Kathy have even more in common; Kathy’s entrepreneurial instincts emerged early on while growing up in Santa Barbara, California. Ireland sold hand-painted rocks around her neighborhood before landing her first paper route at the age of 11. In 1993, Ireland started developing what would become her business empire. Over time, she grew this business to become Kathy Ireland Worldwide, which brings in more than $1 billion in sales annually.
Lisa did exactly the same thing, selling painted rocks from door-to-door in her own neighborhood, growing up outside Boston, MA. From that same early age of 11, she was already an entrepreneur. Lisa made a life for herself as an artist, art teacher, a mom of two children, and wife as well as receiving 2 major art degrees from top universities. You would think that was enough. But after over 20 years of scheduling art projects and then trying to fit my kids into a career, she decided to stay at home and be with the kids. But, as the years went by and she became progressively more un-fulfilled, just going through the motions of being a mom and not really following her true path as an artist/entrepreneur. One day all that changed when she decided to teach herself how to build an eco-friendly business online.
An Advocate of Ethical Shopping and All Things Fair Trade
The very premise of The Green Seahorse’ existence is to advocate for a greener environment and greener lifestyle by shopping ethically and by opting for fair trade products. So landing a spot on Kathy Irelands’ Life, Health & Style show is indeed a great and perfect opportunity to bring even more awareness to the public about our cause. Not to mention of course the fact that the mere invitation to the TV show earns quite a seal of approval for The Green Seahorse.
Spreading the word about ethical shopping and fair trade products on a bigger platform is definitely a dream come true for The Green Seahorse. We really want to put the word out there that there are options for all of us to be gentler to the environment – even on the way we shop. The public needs to know where or how to find these fair trade products and more importantly, why it’s important that we choose fair trade products.
All Set to Bring the Green Good News with My Daughter is by my side.
“We have to teach our children to understand the impact that everyone has on our planet.”
A sustainable development is possible, it’s doable – and we can start by ethical shopping. We can make use of the power that we have as consumers to dictate and demand for ethical products in the market world. Everything is connected, if we support fair trade products, we’re not only supporting the conservation and protection of the environment but the very people behind these products. We have to keep in mind that these fair trade products are the life-line for developing communities for a more sustainable future.
It sure seems that the Green Seahorse truly embodies what the show is all about – life, health and style.
Stay Tuned for the announcement and the replay if you missed it.
We can’t wait to share the experience with you guys, so keep in touch and we’ll keep all of you updated!
Looking Forward to a Greener 2015
2014 was indeed a meaningful year for The Green Seahorse. We believe that through our little green ways, we’re able to affect the lives of the people that we fortunately crossed path with. It’s now 2015, and we’re all about the green good vibes and positively thinking that more and more people are well on their way towards a greener mindset and that the process of being green is now starting.
A Greener Mindset
We really believe that green involves action, it invokes changes. We totally agree that green is a process and a verb. Each and everyone can do their part to affect positive changes in the environment, you can start small or perhaps start big. The more important thing is that we simply have to start at something and that we have to start now. Big changes does not always have to involve big moves, sometimes it simply need persistence and consistency. If one is willing, one will and can find a way.
Bringing back the green in the environment is not confined to planting trees or cleaning up polluted body of waters – sometimes changing what appears to be a mundane habit can very well start affecting changes as well. For instance, by simply changing our consuming habits we are basically helping in the conservation and preservation of the environment and the promotion of a truly sustainable development. Now, that is something to be excited about! This is why The Green Seahorse is constantly seeking for new ways to raise more awareness about being a conscious consumer.
A greener mindset can bring changes in the way we spend our money –conscious consumerism by ethical shopping. Being smart and considerate in the way we shop will ultimately boil down to sparing natural resources, pollution and even poverty. Keep in mind that as consumers, we have the power to dictate positive changes towards a greener and more peaceful community.
A New Year’s Resolution
Happy new year everyone! We’re hoping that you can add green shopping or ethical shopping in your New Year’s resolution this year. We can guarantee you that it’s going to be the best and most fun resolution you’ll ever make!
Cheers to a Green 2015!!!
How to Enjoy the Day without Stressing Out
You’ve probably spent the last month preparing, decorating and shopping for the big day. And in as much as it’s a festive season, we can’t simply help but feel that little sprinkle of stress upon us (for some, probably a spoonful!).
Well, here’s how you can enjoy the day without stressing out.
Expect the unexpected! Sure, you want everything to be perfect, especially when you’ve been planning about it all month. But hey, some of the best memorable moments happen when you least expect it. Accept that you don’t have control over what’s going to happen – it’s not a movie reel where you directed every single scene. And besides, even in movies, isn’t the bloopers always fun to watch?
It’s not going to be perfect. Expecting that it’s not going to be perfect (at least the kind you have all planned in your head) pretty much condition you into handling the not so perfect moments on the day itself. It somehow relieves you of the tension – you feel more relax, you look more relax.
Always remember that it’s the unexpected, unplanned moments that leave you with lasting memories in mind. Always see the good, lean on the bright side and embrace it with open arms.
Sending our Warm Wishes and Cheers!
From The Green Seahorse family, we’re extending our warm wishes and cheers to each and everyone, may you and your loved ones be filled with lasting happiness and peace. Enjoy a laughter-filled stress-free day!
Green Shopping for a Greener Holiday
We can make this Holiday a little greener by shopping ethically, we can choose our gifts wisely to make sure that our purchases doesn’t hurt the environment. Go for products that are made from recyclable materials or easily recyclable. Be a conscious consumer and know the cost behind every product. Go for ethical fashion, look and feel good inside and out.
Choose fair trade products for your Holiday shopping. These products are made under the guiding principles of World Fair Trade Organization – which basically protects the environment and the artisans and farmers behind every product. Many small and developing communities all over the world benefits from the fair trade – it’s more than just a livelihood for them, it’s their opportunity of a lifetime to provide a better future for their family. Now, that’s more than just being green!
50 Shades of Green
We believe that green is not just a color, it’s an attitude. But hey, green is really a cool color – it simply breaths life, it’s calming, it’s fresh, it’s clean, it’s vibrant! How can you not love green, right? So for your Holiday shopping, we bring you our 50 Shades of Green series. Enjoy!
What’s Your Shade of Green?
Found your shade of green yet? Join us in making a pledge to make this Holiday greener this year. Remember, that green is more than just a color. It’s not a status. It’s an attitude and it’s a process. Start a greener and more eco friendly lifestyle by shopping ethically.
Keep in mind that the power is in our hands as consumers, we’re the ones creating the demand. Let’s demand for nothing short of ethical – only things gentle to the environment and men. You’ll be surprised at how we can spark global changes by simply buying consciously.
Think green for your next purchase!
The Green Seahorse’s First Plunge
Just a few days ago, The Green Seahorse has officially launched and took its first plunge in the eco marketplace thru San Francisco’s Green Festival event! And, oh boy, it was nothing short of amazing – truly a green event. Surrounded by equally eco friendly businesses, The Green Seahorse fits perfectly right and settled comfortably in a very familiar green territory.
Spreading the Word, Green Seahorse Style!
The Green Festival allows us to connect with conscious consumers and share information about fair trade products, fair trade artisans and everything eco friendly. The Green Seahorse team delights in every opportunity to bring awareness about ethical shopping, green living and sustainable development. We strive to take every avenue available to reach out to as much people as possible to spread the word.
A Heartfelt ‘Thank You’ from The Green Seahorse
In behalf of The Green Seahorse’ team, we would like to thank those who have supported us along the way. A heartfelt ‘thank you’ for taking the time to see us in the event or for checking our company online – thank you guys for giving green a chance.