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Trade As One

To learn more about Fair Trade, click here.

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Fair Trade Advent Calendar

advent_calendar“There is something special about the Christmas season – a particular connectedness to people around the world, a feeling of gratitude for what we have, and a desire to care for others that have less. So in an effort to capture this Christmas spirit – giving and receiving, thankfulness and generosity – Trade as One is inviting you to participate in [their] Fair Trade Advent Calendar Event!”

Sign up to receive emails from Trade as One, to experience and view their advent special each day. From now until December 20th, they will have “special offers, deep discounts, freebies, and other fun surprises – but you’ll have to open them to find out!” Cards_From_Africa_Peace_Cards_LR

Click here to receive emails from Trade as One and to participate in their advent calendar event.

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Fair Tuesday

WHAT?

Fair Tuesday (hashtag #FairTuesday) is a fair trade initiative created in response to Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The goal of #FairTuesday is to inspire conscious consumerism and show how an everyday purchase can change lives in a whole community. We are featuring fair trade and eco-friendly brands and inviting other businesses to take a step towards sustainability.

WHEN?

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

WHY?

Launched by @GlobalGoods, a New York-based nonprofit, fair trade organization that supports over 40 women-led artisan groups in Asia, Africa and the Americas.

JOIN THE MOVEMENT

Whether you are an individual, organization, or a member of the press, you can join the #FairTuesday movement in two simple ways: by buying one fair trade item on Tuesday, November 27th, and by helping us spread the word about the movement on social media using hashtag #FairTuesday. If you represent a non-fair-trade business, tell us what you are doing to make your practices more green and fair.

BECOME A PARTNER

To become a partner, send an email to FairTuesday@globalgoodspartners.org telling us why you want to join the movement.

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Made by Survivors

Made By Survivors is an international nonprofit organization which employs and educates survivors of slavery and other human rights abuses, including many women and children living in extreme poverty.

Their programs provide training in highly respected professions and wages high enough to get people out of poverty and able to support themselves independently.  100% of profits go to support rescue and aftercare.

Since 2005 they have:

  • Trained and employed 350 survivor artisans
  • Sent 250 children to school with their Education Fund
  • Trained 70 survivors as artisan goldsmiths – breaking gender barriers
  • Invested $165,000 in building new shelters
  • Invested $65,000  supporting their partners rescue programs
  • Invested $22,000 in aftercare programs for rescued survivors

“We want the best for our children – to go to school rather than to work. We want for ourselves, only the chance to choose our work, and to be paid for it, to care for our families and to help others. So I hope you will support us.” – Rekha, Made By Survivors Artisan

To learn more about Made By Survivors, click here.

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Your Guide to Fair Trade Gum and Mints

Glee Gum: The Worlds 1st Fair Trade gum! All 6 flavors of Classic Glee Gum— Peppermint, Cinnamon, Bubblegum,Tangerine, Triple Berry, and Spearmint— contain Fairtrade certified cane sugar and brown rice syrup. Available in the US, Canada, Latvia, Norway, South Korea, and the UK.

VerMints: Although VerMints uses organic and natural ingredients, only the Cafe Express flavor contains Fair Trade Certified coffee. Available in the US, Canada, Japan, Switzerland, Singapore, Jordan, and the UK.

 Wish 4 Fair Trade: Made with cane sugar bought from the Kasinthula Cane Growers, near the Malawi capital of Blantyre, Wish 4 Mint Balls are a refreshing reminder of how pleasurable it is to share the good things in life. Available in the UK and Ireland.

Sen Cha Naturals: At Sen Cha they believe that success in business is not only determined by profitability, but social responsibility. Sen Cha provides five flavors: Original, Tropical Mango, Pink Dragonfruit, Bombay Chai, and Moroccan Mint. Available in the US.

Teavana-Moroccan Mint Tea Breath Mints: Although these mints are not Fair Trade Certified; with every purchase of Teavana, you are donating to Teavana’s EquaTrade® program which helps fund education, access to safe water and economic development worldwide.

Traidcraft Fair Trade Mint Imperials: Traidecraft fights poverty through trade. They offer Mint Imperials and Butter Mints. Available in the UK.

To learn about Fair Trade visit our previous post by clicking here. Click on the pictures above to learn more about each product.

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Scarlet Threads

Scarlet Threads empowers rural women through employment.

It all began in 2007 when Carrie and her husband moved from the USA to China to work with special needs orphans. As they began working and knowing the cases of the children, their new direction was clear. Poverty. “Children become orphans due to poverty.  As [they] learned more and talked to people, [they] began to understand that so many of the social problems [they] saw were fundamentally rooted in poverty.”  So they believe that with knowledge comes responsibility, and so they sought out ways to help.

In 2009, they met their first seamstress. “After doing a few small projects for [them], [they] grew more and more impressed with her skill and attention to detail.  [They] learned that she wanted to do more work to help support her family”, and that was when Scarlet Threads was born. They decided to practice Fair Trade ethics and help support the local Chinese community.  Continue reading

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Fair Trade Sports

By now, most of us know the importance of Fair Trade(if not, find out here). We are also more aware that products such as sugar, coffee, and chocolate can be easily purchased Fair Trade Certified.

However, did you know you can purchase Fair Trade Soccer Balls? While soccer, or futbol, as half of the world refers to it, is the most popular sport on the planet, we should insist on buying Fair Trade equipment.

In the small town of Berkley, California, a different kind of sports company started. This company called Senda sells a variety of soccer equipment all Fair Trade Certified.

They “sell top quality soccer balls and training gear. As part of [their] mission, [they have developed] long-term partnerships with non-profit organizations using sports to transform the lives of young people in the US and abroad. [They] supply durable soccer balls and other equipment to [their] partners, and plan to provide training and sports curricula to increase social impact.”

“Fairness is a Game Changer”

To purchase your Fair Trade Senda soccer equipment, click here.
To learn more about Senda and their partnerships, click here.

http://www.sendaathletics.com/fts/

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Fair Trade by Diane Powers

Last week in the San Diego Union Tribune, there was a small article on Fair Trade. Diane Powers, a San Diegan, who is the founder and owner of the Bazaar del Mundo Shops in Old Town, writes a few good notes about the importance of Fair Trade. 

“That gorgeous, hand-embroidered Peruvian floral pillow may be the perfect one to enhance your living room. Those Namibian hand-woven baskets of palm shoots and grass – or even better; the baskets from Senegal of recycled prayer mats – well, they’re irresistible.

While you’re mulling over the color and design of these imported items, chances are, the last thing that comes to mind is the situation of the indigenous artisans and craftspeople in small community co-ops who created these treasures. but they may be people whose fabulous work doesn’t earn them enough to feed their children.

So, while you’re deciding, take a few seconds to read the labels and discover whether these “finds” are also Fair Trade (FT) items.

If they are, you’re not merely decorating; you’re about to join the thousands of today’s consumers who are inspired to add “socially responsible” to their shopping experience.

…[What does is mean to buy Fair Trade?] Buying fair trade items means that the artist or craftsman earns a fair income, and that paying FT’s extra cents can be a more sustainable means of reducing global poverty than, for instance, donating to a charity – which we Americans generously do.

Consider: 76 percent of fair trade production is done by women; 69 percent of artisans and farmers involved in fair trade are ethnic minorities; Central America and South Asia remain the predominant source for FT.

Fair Trade originated in the days following World War II, when the practice was seen as a form of charity advocated by religious organizations.

Today, Fair Trade has soared globally. The increase has been particularly spectacular in the past decade. In 2007, for instance, FT sales amounted to approximately $3.62 billion worldwide, a 47 percent year-to-year increase. Fifty-eight developing countries have embraced it.

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