FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

Brazil, Fair-Trade Creations

Dec 1, 2008
2008 / December 2008

Encompassing more than 4,600 square miles, Brazil is the world’s fifth-largest country. Artist Eleonora Dobbin showcases some of the country’s rich global ties with her handmade papier-mâché masks. The African Nouba tribe influenced the design of this black-and-white “African Heritage” mask. $89.95. (http://www.novica.com)

A Brazilian meal isn’t complete without coffee. The rich, fragrant brew is so potent that the final course lasts only a few sips. Joy Brazil Certified Organic’s buttery, sweet blend makes the most of the experience both in taste and sustainability. A lot of thought goes into growing the Mogiana Paulista-region beans, including planting zucchini, pumpkin and bananas between the rows of coffee to protect the soil and prevent erosion. About $8 for 8 ounces. (http://www.mybraziliancoffee.com)

Almost 30 years ago, Brazilian artist Guena left a career in accounting to jump into the unstable world of art. He now combs the vast country for emeralds, crystals and agate. Guena believes gentle crystals, such as the rose quartz in this Love’s Flame sculpture, attract balance and harmony. Novica’s fair-trade practices mean buyers can feel virtuous about supporting the artist. $288.95. (http://www.novica.com)

Take steps toward a greener lifestyle — and support Brazilian workers’ rights to fair wages and benefits — while looking fabulous. Flexible Melissa shoes are plastic, but think again if this conjures up gradeschool “jellies” or shapeless clogs. Melissa collaborates with designers including Vivienne Westwood, Edson Matsuo and Alexandre Herchcovitch. And, not that you’d want to, the shoes can be recycled. In fact, the factory reuses 99.9 percent of its water and waste, and overstocks are turned into new styles. Vivienne Westwood Anglomania in plum, $145; Zig Zag in plum, $65. (http://melissaplasticdreams.com)


FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.


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