Paper To Pearls: Fashionable, Recycled Paper Bead Jewelry

Have you ever heard of Paper to Pearls? I ran across the website early on in my blogging career and fell immediately in love with the story and impact that they are having for those in need, and also with the jewelry that they sell.

Paper to Pearls is a fair trade initiative of Voices for Global Change — a not-for-profit founded on the belief that when people who have had no voice, speak, they change their world.

A little more about Paper to Pearls…

On average, 85 percent of the sale price of each piece of jewelry directly benefits the beader through income and training.

-Since its founding in 2005, the program has grown to include nearly 100 women in six beading cooperatives, allowing them to make approximately four times the national average wage.

-Concerned with empowerment and self‐sufficiency, Paper to Pearls also provides women with the skills and confidence to take control of their own lives

The fashionable, recycled paper bead jewelry is handmade by women from the internal refugee camps of northern Uganda. The eco-chic African beads are incredibly beautiful…check it out for yourself here.


Isn’t it beautiful? I fell in love as soon as I saw it. I think you will too.


  1. you've got the best goods to giveaway. when am i going to win??
  2. JustMom420zaks says:
    Those beads are paper? Those are beautiful! I love that cause too!
  3. Wow...what a beautiful bracelet! I would love to win it! Made from paper? That's awesome!
  4. Happy Friday to my wonderful friend who helps people.
  5. i like - Turquoise Single Strand - Short
  6. Like" Paper to Pearls jen twark gersch
  7. Now why is it when I tried to make something similar, it looked like I'd rolled up paper and put it on a string whereas these are GORGEOUS?

    Obviously I'm doing something wrong.
  8. And I tweeted. :D
  9. Oh my...those beads are gorgeous!
  10. Those beads are made from paper?? So pretty! We have friends in Uganda, too. I would love to support the women of that country. Thanks for this post!
  11. Dolli-Mama says:
    Love it! I want to win! Those look so neat!
  12. John and Allie Fields says:
    I love the backstory. Who knew a bracelet could be a conversation starter?!
  13. Pretty!
  14. Stay At Home Babe says:
    So beautiful! What a great business model. I want! I want! :)
  15. That bracelet is beautiful!
  16. I liked paper to pearls on facebook.
  17. Jessica Anne says:
    Love it! So pretty and sounds like a good company too.
  18. Jessica Anne says:
    I follow them on Twitter. (@jessica_anne_CA
  19. Oh Wow , This is such an amazing thing that they do. I wish more programs could be started. The braclets are so pretty, I would love to win.
  20. Wow! What a lovely bracelet!
  21. LocalFunForKids says:
    They are really pretty
  22. LocalFunForKids says:
    I follow Paper to Pearls on twitter
  23. LocalFunForKids says:
    I like them on Facebook!
  24. I think 913 - Mother Earth Memory Wire Bracelet is very pretty!
  25. How beautiful!
  26. Grace Matthews says:

  27. Grace Matthews says:
    97 - Mother Earth - Long

  28. Grace Matthews says:
    Liked Paper to Pearls on Facebook

  29. Grace Matthews says:
    Following Paper to Pearls on Twitter


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  31. Alicia C. says:
    This is a great organization! Thanks for the info.
    ohmiss14 at yahoo dot com
  32. Alicia C. says:
    I really like the Green Mulit Single Strand - Short (334) Necklace.
    ohmiss14 at yahoo dot com
  33. Alicia C. says:
    I follow Paper to Pearls on Twitter - amccrenshaw
    ohmiss14 at yahoo dot com
  34. Alicia C. says:
    I like Paper to Pearls on Facebook
    ohmiss14 at yahoo dot com
  35. That is so pretty! So many colors to go with so many outfits!
  36. I'd love to have the grey blue single strand necklace medium!
  37. Babes Mami says:
    That is beautiful! It would be a great gift for my sister for her upcoming birthday!
    smartinez03 at live dot com
  38. This company is outstanding--providing income for displaced Ugandan women. The beads are handmade of recycled paper. Awesome.
  39. oh yeah--I found a beautiful mother of pearl wire bracelet and joined as a google friend


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