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STEP

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The fair trade label STEP is awarded to handmade carpet dealers who commit to fair trade standards, including ensuring fair conditions of production; paying fair prices to ensure fair wages; fighting abusive child labour; promoting ecologically viable production methods; and authorizing independent verification.The label is not applied to individual products but to import companies and retailers. All handmade carpets offered by STEP licensees are subject to fair trade regulations.

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NEW! Fun and easy to sew, colorful wool felt is perfect for making one-of-a-kind creepy-crawly friends. Ribbon and beads make great wings, eyes and antennae. Makes up to 7 fuzzy art bugs. This eco art kit provides hours of fun with friends & family, and it includes a bonus project--the box turns into a frame for your finished artwork! Includes natural wool felt shapes, glass beads, wooden beads, sequins, craft thread, needles and ideas sheet. You provide scissors and glue. Assembled at Goodwill Industries of South-Central Wisconsin. Ages 7 & up.

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Certified Naturally Grown is a non-profit alternative certification program tailored for small-scale, direct-market farmers using natural methods. Nearly 700 farmers from 48 states are enrolled to use the Certified Naturally Grown label. When USDA's Organic program was implemented in 2002, many farms earning more than $5,000 per year were forced to make a difficult choice: either pay high certification fees and complete mounds of paperwork to become Certified Organic, or else give up using the word "organic" to describe their produce and/or livestock. Believing that neither choice was very attractive, some farmers created Certified Naturally Grown to provide an alternative way to assure their customers that they observed strict growing practices. CNG strives to strengthen the organic movement by removing financial barriers to certification that tend to exclude smaller direct-market farms, while preserving high standards for natural production methods.
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