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Experience The Magic of Macy's This Holiday and Win Over $100 Worth of Peace, Love and Eco-Friendly Gifts in the Environmental B

Posted Dec 01 2011 12:00am
From the excitement of watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, to experiencing the joy of holiday giving, Macy's has been a part of creating magical holiday traditions for families for over 150 years.  This year you can experience the Magic of Macy's by entering to win over $100 worth of peace, love and eco-friendly gifts in the Environmental Booty Holiday Fan Giveaway!  You see Macy's is not just about creating amazing traditions and fabulous gifts, they are also about helping to create a sustainable future for all.

Through a "trade, not aid" partnership with Fair Winds Trading, Macy's offers the most amazing gifts and unique, hand crafted pieces of art for your home through their Heart of Haiti and Rwandan Path to Peace collections.  Fairwinds Trading, founded by lifelong artist and activist, Willa Shalit, guides artisans in need by helping with market-design, logistics and importing the products to the US. Macy's Departments stores helps out by marketing and selling the pieces at retail.  Artisans receive half of the wholesale price for each item sold helping to create a sustainable income and future.


In 1994, after the Rwandan genocide, the number of females in Rwanda was decimated to only 70%.  In 2002 Noeleen Heyzer, Executive Director of the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) travelled to Rwanda determinded to help the women who had suffered terrible atrocities.  Willa Shalit responded to Noeleen’s wish and devoted herself to building a business that would bring economic security to these courageous women.  She spent three years developing the business that would help the women create handcrafted items to sell and in 2005 Willa teamed up with Ronnie Taffet of Macy’s, and Rwanda Path to Peace was born.  When the need came once more for rebuilding lives and creating a sustainable future, Macy's was there again to offer a little of their magic to help out.  


Although Haiti has always been full of colorful and beautiful art created by Her people, the 7.0 Magnitude, January 12th,  2010 Earthquake in Haiti killed 220,000 people and around 1.5 million to 1.8 million were left homeless. The government of Haiti also estimated that 250,000 residences and 30,000 commercial buildings collapsed or were severely damaged.  Can you imagine the struggles the Haitian people have had, and still face, as they work to rebuild not only their homes and lives but their economy too?  With the help of Fair Winds Trading and Macy's, more than 400 of the artisans that make handcrafted indigenous pieces that are perfect for gift giving or keeping to enjoy yourself, are employed full time, with income reaching over 4,000 Haitian citizens.  Since July of 2010, the Heart of Haiti project has been helping the Haitian citizens create a sustainable future.

Please join Environmental Booty in our Holiday Fan Giveaway to celebrate the Magic of Macy's through the Heart of Haiti and the Rwandan Path to Peace collections!  This holiday, enter to win a little Peace, Love and Eco from Macy's...
Win PEACE from Macy's
Peace Basket - From the Rwanda Path to Peace Collection comes this beautiful Ijoro basket.  Emanating peace and calm, the Ijoro basket is hand-dyed and woven in midnight blues and bright white to evoke quiet Rwandan nights, a time to put everything to rest. A meticulously crafted one-of-a-kind piece for use or simply show.

    * Naturally dyed sisal coil-sewn over bundled sweetgrass
    * Hand-woven in Rwanda
    * 12"
    * Because each bowl is a unique work of art, variations in size and color will occur
    * Includes a numbered Certificate of Authenticity
Retail Value - $46
 Win LOVE from Macy's!
Find the Magic of Macy's and Follow Your Heart with this Handcrafted Heart Necklace - Handcrafted in steel cut from recycled barrels, this special pendant embodies the unparalleled creativity of Haiti's master artisans. Cool textured detail creates a look of rustic beauty that's complemented by a faux suede cord. A great gift for yourself or a loved one.

    * Recycled steel with polyester/polyurethane cord
    * Handcrafted in Haiti
    * 1.5" pendant; 29" cord
    * Signed by the artisan
    * Because each item is a unique work of art, variations in size and color will occur
    * Includes a Certificate of Authenticity and "Follow Your Heart" decorated gift card
Retail Value - $10

Win Eco from Macy's!
With a minimalist shape to emphasize the luxe wood grain, this darkwood bowl lends crafted elegance to casual interiors. From artisans in Mozambique comes the Fair Winds Trading Bowl made from hand carved Laburnum darkwood harvested from an environmentally sound and managed forest.  A beautiful addition to any dining table or home decor.  A lovely reminder of sustainability -  a collaboration between eco-friendly living and making a living possible for the artisan who created it.Handmade in Mozambique, each one-of-a-kind design is a stylish vessel for fake fruit, potpourri and more.

    * Darkwood
    * Handcrafted in Mozambique
    * 8.7"
    * Not food safe
    * Because each item is a unique work of art, variations in size and color will occur
    * Includes a numbered Certificate of Authenticity
 Retail Value - $60



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