Fair Trade

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The term “Fair Trade” is getting more familiar to many consumers. The Fairtrade Labelling Organizations International (FLO) is part of a global network trying to change international trading conventions. The fair trade concept centres on sustainable development with self-sufficient producers. In fact, fair trade has been around for about 50 years, but has only gained a stronger foothold over the past two decades.

A Guide to Fair Trade

Green Home Blog

With this growing marketplace comes a responsibility to educate ourselves and to be aware of our impact worldwide, and Fair Trade policies aim to make it easier for us to do just that. What does it mean to be Fair Trade? The idea of Fair Trade encompasses a range of goals, but the most of important of these is the welfare of those producing the good we purchase. Fair Trade is not about charity, though. How does Fair Trade certification work?


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What is fair trade?

Green Living Tips

If you haven't finished your holiday shopping yet, consider purchasing fair. trade certified items - you'll be buying a more environmentally friendly. product and one that hasn't been created through sweatshop labour

Break Your Ramadan Fast With Fair Trade

Green Prophet

MADE is encouraging Muslims to embrace ethical living this Ramadan and to break their fast with Fair-trade. A UK-based organisation called MADE is asking Muslims to look again at the way that their food is traded and to consider going Fair-trade this Ramadan. As they explain, whilst many Muslims are concerned about whether their food is halal or not very few investigate whether it has been ethically traded.

Video Interview: Fair Trade USA

Eco-Vegan Girl

If you've ever asked yourself, "what is fair trade?" or "why fair trade?", At this point most people understand what organic certification means, but few grasp the concept of fair trade, so I went to the source to get some clarification. This spring at Expo West I interviewed the lovely Katie Barrow, public relations and social media manager for Fair Trade USA, the organization that certifies and puts the stamp on products that you see on shelves.


Green (Living) Review

2011 marked a flashpoint for many small farmers and fair trade producers. Fair trade producers from Mexico and Colombia to Ghana and Indonesia experienced a record number of climate change influenced disasters, including landslides, severe floods and crop failure. According to Fairtrade International (FLO), fair trade farmers are experiencing up to 28% reductions in yield due to erratic weather patterns and droughts.

The White House and Fair Trade

Green Earth Journey

This is part of a comment left on my post last week explaining Fair Trade over on Extraordinary Mothers. Within the fair trade movement, a coalition of fair trade vendors and organizations which is inviting the First Lady to join the fair trade movement and make the White House a "Fair Trade Home."

Shopper’s Dilemma: Buy Fair Trade or Locally Produced?


Eco-minded consumers have a lot of options to weigh, and the labels and certifications designed… The post Shopper’s Dilemma: Buy Fair Trade or Locally Produced? Continued here: Shopper’s Dilemma: Buy Fair Trade or Locally Produced?

The Little Fair Trade Shop Shows Masdar Its Big Heart

Green Prophet

Come sun or more sun, Sabeen Ahmed intends to keep growing the Middle East’s first fair trade store. Along with other vendors, Sabeen Ahmed set up her little eco-booth for the first time at Masdar City’s Street Fair and Organic Market last Friday. But the Little Fair Trade Shop’s founder is so passionate about what she does that she presses on despite a flock of obstacles. According to Fairtrade International , “Not all trade is fair.

Mightly kids clothing is GOTS- and Fair Trade-certified


In partnership with Fair Trade USA, the brand will be releasing its first Fair Trade-certified collection. Related: Origami-inspired clothing line that grows with kids wins Dyson award By the end of the year, all of Mightly’s clothing will achieve Fair Trade certification.

Fair Trade Bike Chain Menorah Good for Environment and for Artisans

Green Prophet

Made by artisans who receive fair wages while upcycling metal products, this bike chain menorah is sustainable for people and the environment. And so in addition to our sustainably designed Israeli Hannukah menorahs from last week, we now present a sustainable and fair trade upcycled bike chain menorah made in India and available to Jews worldwide. ” :: JTA. :: Fair Trade Judaica. SAHA’s Fairly Local Trade.

What Exactly Does Fair Trade Mean?

Green Earth Journey

So in the interest to sound hip and cool , they throw around words like "fair trade" and "organic". So here is a Wikipedia 101 on the phrases "fair trade", "locally grown", and "organic". Fair Trade Fair Trade is a trading partnership, based on dialogue, transparency and respect, that seeks greater equity in international trade. Everyone is becoming obsessed with global warning (which by the way, was caused by man).

Firefly Accessories adds new Fair Trade fashion accessories from Cambodia

Green (Living) Review

Firefly Accessories adds new line of Fair Trade products to their ecommerce shop. Glasgow, UK, March 1, 2012 : Firefly Accessories announces the addition of new Fair Trade fashion accessories from Cambodia to their online product catalogue. The new range of Fair Trade silk accessories includes handcrafted scarves, toiletry bags and handbags. The accessories are made by members of the World Fair Trade Organisation.

Green Gift Guide 2014: Fair-Trade World Teas from Tealet

Green Living Ideas

The post Green Gift Guide 2014: Fair-Trade World Teas from Tealet appeared first on Green Living Ideas. Green Lifestyle companies we love Fair Trade gift guide holiday organic startup Tea Tealet falls into the category of companies we love.

American Made, Fair Trade Gold Wedding Rings Now

Green (Living) Review

Reflective Images, a pioneer in the ethical sourcing and production of jewelry, is among the first in the United States to be sourcing their fair trade gold from two mining cooperatives certified under the Fair Labeling Organization: Sotrami in Peru and Cotapata in Bolivia. Reflective Images is proud to announce their new collection of fair trade gold wedding and engagement rings made by master artisan jewelers.

Similarly, I've entered into a private deal with a fair trade coffee farmer*

Environmental Economics

Export-led growth:  Kentucky coal producers have reached an agreement to export 9 million tons of coal annually to India for the next 25 years in a $7 billion deal that is a boost to the region’s sagging mining industry. The deal, which would equate to about 8 percent of Kentucky’s annual coal production, could help India avert power outages like the one last week that left more than 600 million people without electricity, India officials said. via www.courier-journal.com.

Passion Lilie’s Fair-Trade Print Fabulousness: How I Wear Eco Fashion

Eco Chic

The awesomely print, is “handwoven and dyed through the art of resist dying,” and these are Designed in New Orleans, and made in India by Fair Trade workers. Ukush Fair Trade Scarf: This jewel-toned scarf from Guatemala isn’t printed—like the pants, it’s actually woven with the pattern in mind. The post Passion Lilie’s Fair-Trade Print Fabulousness: How I Wear Eco Fashion appeared first on Eco-Chick.

PASCHA: Organic, Fair-Trade, Melt-in-Your-Mouth Chocolate

Eco-Vegan Girl

All the chocolate this company produces is vegan, a nd bonus it''s organic and fair trade. Product review by EvG team member Amanda Shea: I am somewhat of a chocolate aficionado. I love chocolate, so of course I was excited to review PASCHA. The entire line is free of the eight major food allergens: nuts , dairy, soy , eggs, fish, wheat, and gluten. The prices of the bars are reasonable: for a full size 3.5 chocolate bar it costs $5.00.

Food Tastes Better When It’s Fair Trade Certified

Eco Chic

Call me crazy, but for me, that’s why Fair Trade Certified foods taste even better than food made with the same exact ingredients but produced in a way that screws over the environment, workers and community that created it. For Fair Trade Month , I got to try a few certified food products including a bar of Green & Black’s dark chocolate , some La Yapa quinoa and a tin of Rishi Wild Berry loose tea.

The world's largest Fairtrade city marks 1,000 Fair Trade Towns internationally

Green (Living) Review

By Michael Smith (Veshengro) London, June 4, 2011 : London, the world's largest Fairtrade City, has been part of the international event to celebrate 1,000 Fair Trade Towns worldwide. At 1400 hours local time on Saturday, June 4, 2011, towns and cities across the world formally declared their Fair Trade status from East to Wets as the movement celebrates an incredible 1,000 Fair Trade Towns across the globe.

Beautiful Fair-Trade and Ethical Wedding Dresses: Lena Medoyeff Studio Does it Right

Eco Chic

Now the owner at her own studio, she creates affordable, modern wedding dresses from Fair Trade materials that are made at a mill in India where she knows the workers are paid well and treated fairly, using materials that are dyed with natural colors. The post Beautiful Fair-Trade and Ethical Wedding Dresses: Lena Medoyeff Studio Does it Right appeared first on Eco-Chick. Fair Fashion bridal budget eco fashion ethical Fair Trade silk wedding dress

Fair Trade USA CEO Paul Rice on conscious capitalism, the plight of U.S. farmers


View original post here: Fair Trade USA CEO Paul Rice on conscious capitalism, the plight of U.S. Why the human side of sustainability deserves more attention. farmers. Business Green agriculture business-model deserves-more driving change farmers greenbiz 20 human taking-the-service yet-taking

Conscientious Coffee: Why Choose Fair Trade and Shade Grown Coffee?

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Fair Trade Java: What’s the “Buzz&# ? It’s overwhelming to imagine, but it inspires Robert and Elizabeth Thompson, owners of Fair Grinds Coffeehouse on New Orleans’ tree-lined Ponce De Leon Street. Mr. Thompson is passionate about the business of fair trade coffee because he believes in preserving the age-old practice of careful coffee growing. A popular Crescent City cafe, Fair Grinds is fair trade in every sense, he explained.

Coffee lovers, do you know the difference between direct trade and fair trade?

Green (Living) Review

This infographic, created by Chuck Patton of Bird Rock Coffee Roasters, hopes to clear up any mysteries between the two styles of coffee trading. These range from organic, natural, eco, and green, to bird-friendly, reef-safe, and cruelty-free, with additional certifications from the Rainforest Alliance, Fair Trade International, Fair Trade USA, FSC, MSC, etc.

How ‘chamas’ and mutual credit are changing Africa: Shaila Agha of the Sarafu Network

Low Impact

But if I say that the Sarafu Network is a mutual credit network that allows trading without conventional money, that includes 50,000 households across Kenya and did $3 million worth of trade last year – how’s that for a brief description? We just come in and say ‘here – trade!’.

Goat Organic Apparel supports human rights and sustainability


Goat Organic Apparel has a clear mission to partner with a production facility in Bangladesh that is part of the Fair Wear Foundation. This “People First” policy, as the company has dubbed it, ensures the safety and fair treatment of all the workers involved in the manufacturing process.

NOMA Collectives Joshua Tree Edit highlights global artisans


All products are fair trade through ethical work environments and crafted using locally sourced materials, many of which are natural or recycled. Business Eco Green Recycle a-napkin-next a-table-setting collection fair-trade india mountain saharan-africa west

Gorgeous Cotton Hippie Pants for the Hippie in All of Us

Green Living Ideas

We all need versatile, comfy, adorable clothes – why not source them from a company that offers a range of gorgeous patterns and styles while supporting communities and investing in fair-trade practices. Fashion & Beauty fair-trade practices Hippie Pants pants sustainable brands textile industry Thailand

Ultimate organic coffee smoothie that will nourish your body and taste buds (recipe)

Green Prophet

Consider using certified organic and fair trade coffee , to encourage responsible small-scale farming and environmental sustainability. Health blender coffee fair trade healthy recipes organic recipe vegan recipe Vitamix We loved the feedback from the latest gadget for coffee lovers : a hybrid alarm clock that tells you to rise and shine by brewing a fresh cup of joe on your bedside table.

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Choose #GreenEverywhere in your Life with prAna Clothing

Green Living Ideas

Fashion & Beauty Fair Trade green lifestyle minimalism minimalist wardrobe organic organic cotton prAna clothing shoppingOrganic isn't just for food: choosing organic cotton (when possible) for your clothing can make a big difference in the lives of farmers and for the environment. The post Choose #GreenEverywhere in your Life with prAna Clothing appeared first on Green Living Ideas.

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Organic Farming Boom in Palestine

Green Prophet

According to the aid group Oxfam, an estimated 17,000 tons of olive oil is produced annually in the West Bank by thousands of farmers, some of whom are producing fair trade olive products. According to Nasser Abu Farha of the Canaan Fair Trade Association (who we’ve covered here) , one of the companies selling organic Palestinian olive oil to distributors abroad, today at least $5 million worth of organic olive oil is exported from the territories every year.

Like Us on Facebook and Win an Organic Cotton Dress

Green Prophet

MuMu Organic is giving away one beautiful, handmade cotton dress made with the finest fair-trade materials (you get to choose) and a 50% discount on goods purchased from their e-shop to the first five Green Prophet readers who comment on this post. Fashion & Design competition facebook fair trade Green Prophet MuMu Organic organic cotton

Chocolate Lovers Guide to Green Chocolate

Green Prophet

Keep your chocolate pure, fair trade and organic: a guide to eating chocolate the green way. Think fair trade and organic too. Many have the advantage of being organic and some of them labeled fair trade. Child slavery and other abuses are ongoing problems in the chocolate trade and should be taken into consideration when making your purchase. Check out these other posts on fair trade: Fair Trade Sweets on Valentines Day.

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Chocolate Lovers Guide to Green Chocolate

Green Prophet

Keep your chocolate pure, fair trade and organic: a guide to eating chocolate the green way. Think fair trade and organic too. Many have the advantage of being organic and some of them labeled fair trade. Child slavery and other abuses are ongoing problems in the chocolate trade and should be taken into consideration when making your purchase. Check out these other posts on fair trade: Fair Trade Sweets on Valentines Day.

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Black and White Stripe Rug

Green Furniture Home Design

Produced using the very highest ethical standards, every area rug is made under the rules of Fair Trade practices, and is crafted from sustainable natural fibers including pure wool, jute, cotton and hemp. Rugs balck and white stripe rug fair trade rugs jute rugs sustainable rugsThese simply beautiful and elegant black and white striped floor rugs are made by hand, and are offered in this incredible collection of area rugs by Armadillo.

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Cariloha luxury textiles use organic, sustainable bamboo


Carihola's bath, bedding and clothing products are made with sustainably-sourced bamboo and fair trade practices that we can all feel good about

Where does that Earl Grey tea come from?

Green Living Ideas

Tea is one of those commodities that should be subject to Fair Trade standards and in my humble opinion should be organic and non-GMO as well — for the enjoyment and health of the tea drinker as well as those who work on the farms, which are often in faraway places where the potential for unsafe and unfair practices has been common. Listen to the Green Divas 5-minute Sleeping Naked is Green segment on Fair Trade Tea.

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GlobeIn offers unique, handmade items from around the globe


Fair trade Since GlobeIn focuses on the human condition, it makes sense that the business would be part of the Fair Trade Federation, which means it pays artisans a fair price and ensures they work in safe conditions. Business Eco Green Recycle a-may-have community country earth fair-trade gifts guatemala handmade package ralph-keeling scripps time-the-earth

Puerto Rico’s La Chiwinha: An Ethical, Global Gathering Place in San Juan

Eco Chic

In addition to serving organic teas, coffees, baked treats and small bites, La Chiwinha is Puerto Rico’s first Fair Trade global market, complimented by eco-friendly household products and locally sourced crafts, beauty products, textiles, books, coffee and more. More than a tea shop, La Chiwinha has established itself as a ‘gathering place’ for individuals seeking ethically sourced, Fair Trade goods from across the world or right in their own back yard.

Dirty Rubber Recycled into Unbelievably Beautiful Decor in Morocco

Green Prophet

The results of this endeavor financially supported by Smiley World Organization and distributed by the French Fair Trade Company Altermundi couldn’t be more surprising. Fashion & Design design eco design fair trade green design Marrakech recycled materials sustainable design

Announcing the Winner of an Organic Cotton Dress from MuMu Organic

Green Prophet

Readers will recall that we asked participants to say why it’s important to choose organic and fair trade clothing. Organic cotton and fair-trade – Fantastic. Fashion & Design competition fair trade MuMu Organic organic clothingThe time has finally come to announce the winner of the Facebook competition launched in cooperation with MuMu Organic – the first organic clothing line in Greece.

Don’t Miss the Chance to Win an Organic Cotton Dress from MuMu Organic

Green Prophet

First, tell us in the comment section at the end of this post why you think that buying organic clothing made in accordance with fair-trade principles is so important. . Fashion & Design competition design fair trade Fashion Green Prophet organic cottonThere’s just one week left to win a beautiful organic cotton dress from MuMu Organic and help Green Prophet get to 6,000 likes on Facebook. We have a ways to go, so we definitely need your help.

Feasting On Fairtrade This Ramadan

Green Prophet

As they explain, Islam believes that people deserve decent working conditions and a fair price for what they produce, so why not put these beliefs into practice this Ramadan? This year, I’ll be following Radical Middle Way’s efforts to encourage Muslims to embrace fair-trade. They explain that Islam has always valued fairness in trade which ensures that workers get a fair price for their work whilst producers get a fair price for their produce.

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