Fa La Lo, which stands for Fair Labor and/or Local, is owned and run by two Portsmouth, New Hampshire residents, Scott Segee and Liz Wright.
Our fair trade handmade store began in 2007 when Liz had a guest on her co-hosted Portsmouth Community Radio program (which focused on local non-profits) who talked about Handcrafting Justice, a fair trade organization. A professor at Rivier College in Nashua, NH Liz knew about the importance of fair trade, and she told Scott and her sons about the organization. They volunteered a few times with Handcrafting Justice, bought some items, and fell in love with the whole idea of how fair trade creates mutually beneficial situations for the creators and purchasers of the goods.
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7 Commercial Alley Portsmouth, NH 03801
About Fair Trade Handmade
When Handcrafting Justice decided to sell its products wholesale, Scott recognized a chance to achieve his dream of owning a socially responsible fair trade retail store. Expanded to include locally produced goods and other fairly traded products, Fa La Lo was born one evening over a bottle of wine.
Liz and Scott have expanded their inventory with thousands of products from many fair trade companies and organizations that focus on selling products locally made in America. At customers' requests, they added more US made products, as long as the products are made using ethical and sustainable practices. With this slight change, they are able to offer fantastic products made from all sorts of post-consumer materials.
Attempting to also practice sustainability, Scott and Liz try to use local, fairly traded, or recycled furniture, appliances, office supplies, etc. Sometimes they succeed, sometimes they don't. But they keep on trying.