Waste Not

attempting to waste less and live more deliberately

A-Tisket, A-Tasket…

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…I no longer forget my bags ‘cause now I use a basket!

This is my basket; it is by far the most useful present I have ever received.


While the thought of having a pile of reusable bags sitting next to my door makes me cringe, this lovely basket sitting in our entry way brings nothing but joy. I believe this is why I rarely forget to bring it to the store; that and it is always complimented, go positive reinforcement!


While this basket is usually overflowing with food and wine and all good things, today it is helping me take home all the dishes I’ve left at work.

Not only is it beautiful and easy to remember, it carries a boat load!!! Seriously, this thing is strong! I would say it can hold about two big bags worth of groceries.


These kinds of baskets are called Bolga baskets and come from Bolgatanga, the craft center of Northern Ghana. The baskets come in a wide variety of sizes and designs, as you can see…


Imagemini bolga lunch basket


Lean about and shop Fair Trade Bolga baskets: http://basketsofafrica.com/ghana-bolgatanga/ghana-bolga-baskets.html

What is Fair Trade?

Fair trade is an approach to business and to development based on dialogue, transparency, and respect that seeks to create greater equity in the international trading system.

Fair trade supports farmers and craftspeople in developing countries who are socially and economically marginalized. These producers lack economic opportunity and often face steep hurdles in finding markets and customers for their goods.

Fair trade is much more than just trade. At the core of the fair trade model is a direct, cooperative, and in-depth relationship between buyers and sellers that keeps all of the principles of fair trade at the forefront.

What Does that Really Mean?

Fair Trade is about making a tremendous impact on artisan and farmer communities while offering great products to the public.

Fairly traded clothing, coffee, food, furniture, home decor, housewares, jewelry, tea, toys, personal accessories, and many other products are available from Fair Trade Organizations. Communities are improved; nutritional needs met; health care costs are covered; the poor, especially women, are empowered; the environmental impact of production, sourcing, and transport is mitigated to the fullest extent possible. Such an impact is created because Fair Trade approaches development as a holistic process.

Who is the Fair Trade Federation?

Fair Trade Federation members are fully committed to Fair Trade. They have dedicated their businesses to creating positive change for the poorest of the poor. This means that fair trade is at the core of every business decision they make.

By selling their products in North America, Fair Trade Federation members are improving the lives of artisans and farmers around the globe.


We are in no way affiliated with basket distributors; we’re actually affiliated with nobody but each other. We just think these baskets are useful, beautiful, and a big help in breaking our paper-or-plastic habit.



One thought on “A-Tisket, A-Tasket…

  1. Great idea — another one to put on the gift wish list. I [think I] remember in the 70s where baskets on the floor we design couture.

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