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Recycled Bike Chain Ornament

Item # 37325

Funds 14 bowls of food.

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Popular holiday motifs made even more special by innovative design and unconventional materials. These clever ornaments bring a dramatic touch to your decor, either on a Christmas tree or in a window year-round. And since they utilize material otherwise destined for landfills, you'll be making the world a better place -- not just a prettier one!

Created by Noah's Ark, a company based in Moradabad, India that focuses on fair trade. The company works with more than 100 artisan groups, involving more than 600 people. The crafts are produced mainly in Moradabad, Saharanpur, Nagina, Jaipur, Sari Tarin, Delhi, Hapur, Firozabad, and Amritsar. Noah's Ark not only pays fair wages, they're also involved in projects for schooling the artisan's children and bringing pure drinking water to the workshops.

  • Heart: 2.75" L x 2.75" W (7 x 7 cm)
  • Double Star : 6" dia (15.2 cm)
  • Recycled bike chain, plastic, and cord for hanging
  • Handmade in and fairly traded from India

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July 25, 2014 - I really like the star - it's well made and attractive. I removed the plastic star center because it looked cheap. It looks far better without it. Perhaps I'll find some other item sometime, crystal or glass, to go inside instead.

January 9, 2014 - Nicely done and I will probably keep it out most of the year. The only thing would be to make the plastic star out of something recycled instead of plastic.

August 22, 2013 - Gave it to our daughter and son-in-law. They both liked it for its recycled bike chain and its good looks. They keep it hanging year 'round. A successful gift to them!

January 20, 2013 - Not my cup of tea. Thought it would make a great gift, but not excited about the way it looks. Decided just to donate it to charity instead.

Artisan: Noah's Ark

Artisan Noah's Ark

In the 1980s there were no fair trade opportunities for local artisans in Moradabad, India. Skilled craftspeople were routinely taken advantage of by export companies operating in the area, and living wages were nearly impossible to come by. Local businessman Samuel Masih saw an opportunity to build a business that would reward artisans with fair wages while exporting beautiful handicrafts. He started Noah's Ark in his home in 1986 with the goal of creating new economic opportunity in the community.

Two years later, Noah's Ark entered the world stage with its first large order from a florist in the U.S. Soon other large orders began flooding in, attracting the attention of the Tear Fund, Artisanat-SEL, Goed Werk, TEAM, and Oxfam Australia, which contributed to even more growth. Today, Noah's Ark works with more than 100 artisan groups involving more than 600 people in Moradabad, Saharanpur, Nagina, Jaipur, Sari Tarin, Delhi, Hapur, Firozabad and Amritsar, paying 10-15% more than other companies in those areas. In 2000, the Noah's Handicrafts and Welfare Society was founded to benefit artisan welfare, children's education, community development, and social work.

Artisan Anwar Saleem, age 27, is a second-generation lantern and lamp maker. His parents died when he was only 18, leaving him responsible for his three younger siblings. He went to work for his uncle, learning the craft of coloring and lacquering lanterns. Unfortunately, his uncle was unable to pay him a living wage and the family suffered. After a couple of years, Anwar was able find employment with Noah's Ark. The fair wages Anwar received turned his family's life around. As he explains, "While working directly with Noah's Ark I was able to save good enough money to do my family responsibilities, then they encouraged me to do some manufacturing work from my home. I got married and also I was able to do marriages of my sisters." Anwar now has his own workshop with seven regular employees and 15 contracted artisans.

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