Green Gift Giveaway: Fair Trade Handbag from Dsenyo

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It’s been a long while since I’ve done a giveaway, so you know it would have to be a special company that brings me out of my lull. And Dsenyo is nothing if not special.

This company, founded by Marissa Perry Saints, was started with a singular purpose: To provide economic and social opportunity for women in Malawi, Africa. After living and working there, artist Marissa Perry Saints founded Dsenyo to give struggling women and artisans a chance to earn a living. They handcraft gorgeous handbags, aprons and other accessories that feature beautiful African textiles, and every item is Fair Trade — meaning that the artisans are not just paid, but paid fairly.

The company also donates a portion of their sales to community development projects in Malawi and partners with nonprofit organizations to help them raise money. In addition, Dsenyo products are made with low-impact dyes and sustainable fibers like jute, hemp and organic cotton whenever possible, and they reuse textile remnants and compost organic scrap material. Even better, their “Old for New” recycling program allows customers to send back their used Dsenyo bags so that the materials can be reused, recycled and composted. Plus, the customer gets 10% off their next purchase.

If the back story wasn’t enough, you can see from the photos above that these products are beautiful! Dsenyo has been featured in the Green Gift Guide for several years, with good reason. I’ve always been a fan of African print fabrics, and these are the perfect way to inject a little bit of it into any wardrobe. What’s not to love?

Why It’s Green:

  • Items are handmade AND Fair Trade
  • Items are made with sustainable materials like hemp and organic cotton whenever possible

Price: Gifts from $8-135

Bonus Coupon!

Grab Dsenyo’s beautiful, handmade gifts for the special people on your list and get 10% off with coupon code “GREENDEC10“!

Want to Win?

Are you sold on Dsenyo? I definitely am, and I can think of a few ladies on my Christmas list who would love to receive a gift handcrafted with care. You, however, have a chance to win a beautiful denim button bag in your choice of print!

Just use the Rafflecopter widget below to enter. Javascript must be enabled to to see the Rafflecopter. If you still cannot see it, wait for the page to load completely, or refresh the page. U.S. and Canada mailing addresses only! Entry period ends at 12:00 a.m. 12/15/11.

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13 comments… add one
  • Avatar Sheena Tatum December 5, 2012, 11:38 am

    Lovin’ the Flower Alligator Clips & African Basket Ornaments!

  • Avatar BessieAkuba December 5, 2012, 11:51 am

    They have so many lovely things on their site! But the coil earings though—- are my favorite http://shop.dsenyo.com/collections/frontpage/products/woven-coil-earrings

  • Avatar Michelle December 5, 2012, 12:45 pm

    I love both the denim bags(hip and button). I also would love a pair of
    the pajama pants!

  • Avatar Jen K December 5, 2012, 7:02 pm

    I like the denim tote. Perfect for carrying stitching projects.

  • Avatar Anita Gambrell December 5, 2012, 7:12 pm

    I love the swing bags best!

  • Avatar Carla December 5, 2012, 7:16 pm

    The coil earrings are super cute, but I like the Denim Button Bag the most…

  • Avatar mell December 6, 2012, 12:47 am

    I like the change purse.

  • Avatar ginger g. December 6, 2012, 8:31 pm

    the handmade toys are adorbale : )

  • Avatar Vicki Wurgler December 7, 2012, 4:57 pm

    toiletry bag

  • Avatar Glogirl December 8, 2012, 3:14 pm

    I like the African Basket Ornaments.

  • Avatar lu December 12, 2012, 2:01 pm

    I really like the woven tray. I can see it on my wall.

  • Avatar Renee December 13, 2012, 9:16 am

    I really like the lightweight hobo.

  • Avatar Shay February 1, 2013, 10:46 am

    That denim tote would go so well with everything! I want it!

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