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[E4C6] five ACCESSORIES – How You Can Start A Fair Trade, Eco-Friendly Global Import Business


How You Can Start A Fair Trade, Eco-Friendly Global Import Business - five ACCESSORIES

five ACCESSORIES is one of the most triple bottom line businesses you will encounter. five ACCESSORIES is a wholesale business whose mission is to empower and deliver sustainable livelihoods for workers and their communities through the sale of eco-friendly and fair traded, locally made products. Products can be found in over 150 national retail stores.

Christine Hutchison and her husband Wells founded the company during their honeymoon five years ago. While there, they met a Balinese tour guide who told them how much difference five dollars a month can make to a Balinese family. While admiring the beautiful handbags and jewelry made by local artisans, the couple was inspired to start five ACCESSORIES, a company that embodies both their entrepreneurial and philosophic zeal.

Christine shares with us what it took to build this business up, with advice on:

  • What it takes to start a wholesale business as a importer of global handicrafts
  • Where to identify trustworthy suppliers of fair trade products, if you don’t have the freedom to travel around the world all year long
  • What it takes to be Fair Trade Certified
  • The one deadly mistake she made when starting her business, and her advice to entrepreneurs on how to avoid making the same error

Mentioned in this Podcast

  • Smateria
  • Fair Trade Federation
  • Green America
  • Chicago Fair Trade
  • Social Enterprise Alliance
  • TOMS Shoes

Where to Find five ACCESSORIES

  • Visit five Accessories Website
  • Connect with them on five Accessories Facebook Page
  • Follow five Accessories on Twitter
  • Subscribe to five Accessories YouTube Channel

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Lorna Li

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Lorna Li is a business coach, entrepreneur and Amazon rainforest crusader, with a passion for green business, social enterprise, and indigenous wisdom. She helps changemaking entrepreneurs harness the power of the Internet to reach more people and make a bigger impact, while designing the lifestyle of their dreams. She is an Internet marketing consultant to changemakers, and works with innovative tech startups, sustainable brands, social enterprises & B-Corporations on SEO, SEM & Social Media marketing.
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