Trade Roots: sip a latte and shop for unique gifts


Go in Roots of commerce, the charming Fairtrade store and cafe in Arlington’s Westover neighborhood, is like embarking on a global journey.

From remote villages in South and Central America to small and large towns in Southeast Asia, Africa and beyond, the hand-selected products of Trade Roots are not only unique and handcrafted. , they always pay a living wage to the craftsman who inspired and created them.

Where else could you find a purse made from recycled tires or a bowl made from recycled telephone wire. Perhaps you’ve been looking for outdoor artwork made from recycled oil barrels or hand-blown wine glasses or vases. Whether it’s coffee that is directly traded from Peru or chocolate made from beans grown in Hondoras, Trade Roots pays close attention to how products arrive in the United States.

Because all of their merchandise is locally made (and there are thousands of products in this well-stocked store!) shopping at Trade Roots you know that farmers and artisans are paid fairly and that they take their role in environmental stewardship seriously.

From stunning sterling necklaces made in Nepal and the hills of Thailand to gold-plated earrings from Asia, all of Trade Roots’ unique gifts have a story; a story of hope, dreams and realized lives.


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