Whether you need to store away books, pillows, kids toys, or your dirty clothes, the right fair trade baskets can help you keep your place neat and tidy as you KonMari your space.
The ethically-made, eco-friendly baskets in this guide are made with natural and eco-minded materials — often sourced locally — such as raffia, palm leaves, sisal grass, and banana fibers.
Each handmade basket is also produced fairly in artisan co-operatives, fair trade workshops, or perhaps even out of the comfort of the weavers home! The handmade basket brands featured here pay living wages, ensure safe conditions, and even offer additional services such as training initiatives, health benefits, and more.
Note that this guide includes affiliates and partners. As always, all brands meet high standards for ethics and sustainability!
Intricately crafted from natural fibers and recycled materials using generations-old techniques, Mbare’s baskets are rich not only in color, but also in heritage and artistry. Each basket is made by Mbare’s artisan partners, most of which are fair trade certified, where all artisans earn living wages for their crafts.
Categories: storage baskets, hampers, wall baskets
The original fair traders, Ten Thousand Villages is an incredible resource for finding ethical artisan handmade baskets. By following fair wage practices, paying 50% upfront to their artisans so they can buy raw materials, and providing full payment before the goods are shipped, Ten Thousand Villages embodies an equitable trade model that allows artisan communities to truly thrive.
Categories: storage baskets, hampers, wall baskets, bicycle baskets
3. Baba Tree
The museum-caliber baskets from Baba Tree are part storage, part statement piece. Baba Tree’s baskets are all handmade in Bolgatanga, Ghana by artisans who are fairly compensated. The artisans’ vibrant, striking baskets are more than just aesthetically pleasing too — they symbolize Ghana’s creativity, inspiration, and hope.
Categories: storage baskets, bicycle baskets, decorative baskets
Swahili African Modern is a Fair Trade Federation member partnering with women artisans in Senegal, Ghana, and Kenya using natural materials like cattails, sisal, elephant grass, and banana fiber and recycled materials like strips from used prayer mats to craft their functional fair trade baskets and hampers.
Categories: storage baskets, hampers, basket bins
5. Will & Atlas
Using natural dyes and earth-minded fibers like jute and palm leaves, Will & Atlas’ eco-friendly baskets are the perfect storage choice for ensuring a non-toxic home. The woman-owned company also ensures artisans are paid living wages and work in safe environments.
Categories: storage baskets, planter baskets
With colorful hues and one-of-a-kind patterns, it’s easy to get swept away when browsing through Kazi’s baskets. Their beautiful baskets are much more than meets the eye, though. Each handmade basket is crafted using natural, locally-sourced materials by artisans across rural Africa who earn fair wages and have access to training initiatives among other benefits.
Categories: storage baskets, hampers, wall baskets, hanging baskets, planter baskets, food/serving baskets
Makaua creates timeless fair trade baskets that have a story behind them you’ll feel proud to share. The family-owned and women-led company partners with 50 families— over 100 people — in Mexico who hand-weave contemporary palm leaf baskets. This basket weaving work is egalitarian too as the artisans are able to weave from the comfort of their homes while taking care of their families.
Categories: storage baskets, hampers, food baskets
Stash away all of your clutter effortlessly and elegantly with The Citizenry’s fair trade baskets made from natural materials such as abaca bark and paja tetera fibers. All of the handmade baskets on The Citizenry are responsibly crafted by artisans working in fair trade conditions and earning wages that are 2x higher than the fair trade requirement.
Categories: storage baskets, hampers