It’s the 1st of July and summer is officially in full swing. The sun is even out in foggy San Francisco! So, summer, sun…full swing. What better way to usher it all in than with our brand new hammocks from El Salvador. I don’t know about you, but the thought of laying in a hammock on a warm day (or any day!) brings an instant smile to my face.

Lay back and relax in this hammock and enjoy the great story behind them. They are 100% cotton and from T-shirt production waste in El Salvador.

Using cotton trim pieces from a T-shirt factory that would normally be thrown away, the cotton is ground and re-spun into these beautiful striped hammocks. Recycled candle wax, gathered from local churches, is also used to lubricate the cotton for weaving. Employees are paid above standard wages and receive benefits, and safety precautions are taken to insure the welfare of all employees. Even the machinery used to spin and weave these hammocks was purchased used!

Gimme gimme.

Speaking of summer, our Summer S’mores Action is back. Last year, Global Exchange started the first Summer S’mores Action getting hundreds of people across the country to gather around and make their s’mores using Fair Trade Certified chocolate. It was a great and fun success and now it’s back and asking to gather even more people to participate and take a stand for cocoa farmers everywhere.

Find out how you can get involved and to get you all motivated, check out our video from last year’s action. This might be the most delicious political action you’ll ever take!