Fun, Sun, Sweets and Treats
It's the middle of July, and we couldn't be more thrilled that our new ceramics collection from Le Souk Ceramique is here.
Le Souk pays homage to the cultural significance of painted bisque-making in Tunisia while also curbing widespread unemployment in the country. By training craftswomen from predominantly lower socioeconomic backgrounds, Le Souk provides artisans with fair wages and marketable skills. Their ceramic homeware products are painted entirely freehand using raw clay, glazes and paints, and 100% of all clay scraps are recycled daily!
In addition to Le Souk's commitment to sustainability and social justice, their tableware products are well-made, beautifully painted, and useful for everyday life.
Whether you're entertaining indoors or outdoors, Le Souk Ceramique pieces brighten up any table or picnic display.
Best Potted Plants
Both the small and large Le Souk vases are ideal for flowers and potted plants. Unsure what would grow best in our Le Souk planters? Have no fear.
According to Gardeners' World, the top ten plants to grow in pots and containers are as follows: tickseed, garden cosmos, Busy Lizzies, ivalace, emerald 'n' golds, Skimmia japonica, plantain lilies, fountain grass, and two kinds of evergreen: clematis and kohuhu.
If you're more of a flower person, we suggest small, brightly-colored bouquets to nicely blend with our product's color scheme. Light pinks, yellows, reds, and purples are delightful!
Shop Le Souk planters and vases here.
Super Simple Recipe for a Tasty Summer Salad
It's nice to go above and beyond when you want to impress guests (or even just yourself) with your cooking skills. But in the summer, it's also nice to take it easy. That's why we think that keeping it simple is the ideal approach to summer meal preparation, and what's more simple and summery than a classic Greek salad?
Below is my father's foolproof recipe. When we didn't have gas in our apartment one summer due to a leak in the building, our oven was inoperable for months on end, making cooking options quite limited. The Greek salad was the perfect solution to this inconvenience: simple ingredients, short prep time, delicious, healthy and filling.
- 1 chopped romaine lettuce heart (or trimmed romaine chopped)
- 1 thinly sliced red onion
- 1 cup of diced feta cheese
- Greek olives
- 2 thinly sliced red and green bell peppers (1 of each)
- 1 sliced hot house cucumber or a regular cucumber peeled and sliced
- 1 teaspoon of fresh oregano
- Zest and juice of 1 lemon
- 5-6 tablespoons of olive oil
- Sprinkling of coarse salt and black pepper
- Optional: 1 drained tin of best quality tuna or 6-8 chopped anchovy filets.
Once you have all your ingredients in the bowl, toss the salad! This recipe is just one example of a tasty summery meal that looks great served in Le Souk products.
Shop Le Souk bowls and trays here.
Fair Trade Beach Day
Nothing says "fun in the sun" more than a perfect day spent at the beach. Global Goods has got you covered for your next seaside outing, with tips for the most stylish and sustainable beach essentials.
First off, a proper beach trip won't work without a beach bag large enough to hold your sunscreen, glasses, book, water, snacks, clothes, flip flops....but not too hefty that it's a pain to lug around. It's best to be practical and relaxed.
Handwoven from durable raffia, this structured getaway bag is finished with sturdy leather straps. It's a weekend and vacation staple, complete with a drawstring closure to secure your belongings. Tote this light and elegant bag around, sporting the seaside's bright and beachy colors.
This Bolga basket tote perfectly combines modern African design with everyday functionality. Take this beautiful Ghanaian tote with you on a stroll to the market, the beach, or even on your daily commute to work as a fashion-forward accessory. It's a beautiful accessory that can be used for any occasion.
Lastly, our natural raffia market tote was designed for the conscious shopper with a sophisticated style. Made from muted beige raffia and contrasting light leather handles, this classic tote is perfect for picnics, boat trips or mornings at the market. Each bag also comes with a detachable storage pocket made of printed cotton.
Check out more Global Goods Partners bags & totes here.
We recommend saving your favorite summer memories in the most classic way possible: by writing them down. No, we don't mean dashing out an idea or a reminder in your iPhone's notes. We mean actually sitting down with a writing utensil and keeping alive special moments on a journal page.
Our timeless leather notebooks from Kolkata, India, are embossed with a beautiful patterned border and paisley sun design, perfect for bullet journaling. The thick leather wraps 80 sheets of unruled pages, handmade by our artisan partners. These pocket journals are a perfect gift — and the best way to document the important things in life.