Monthly Archives: July 2007

41 Percent Increase in Global Fair Trade Certified Sales Benefits 1.4 Million Farmers Worldwide

- Business Wire

Consumers worldwide spent a record $2.21 billion dollars (U.S.) on Fair Trade Certified(TM) products in 2006, according to Fairtrade Labelling Organizations International (FLO). This is a 41 percent increase from 2005, and directly benefits more than 1.4 million producers and workers globally. (more…)

Local Fair Trade Organizer Moves on to National Job

- Brattleboro Reformer

BRATTLEBORO — The woman behind the fair trade resolution that was recently approved by the Brattleboro Selectboard is using her experience to help other communities around the country develop their own fair trade policies. Sara Stender, a School of International Training student and a Stratford native, accepted a job last week as National Fair Trade Town and Community Coordinator.The job is part time and funding for the position is coming from three non-governmental organizations, said David Funkhouser. Oxfam, Transfair USA and Lutheran World Relief have provided seed money for the position, which they hope will eventually become self-funding. (more…)

Coffee: Fair Trade Organic Brews

- San Francisco Chronicle

Most people enjoy a good cup of coffee in the morning, but don’t think much about where their coffee beans are harvested and imported from.Michael Ware and Tom Murphy recently opened the Sundance Coffee Co., a unique coffee company with two San Francisco locations, to create a niche for 100 percent organic and fair-trade certified coffee beans

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Fair Trade Hits Home

- Washington Post

Admit it. You feel pretty good when you drink your fair-trade coffee. Smug, even. As you inhale the rich aroma from that bag of beans, you know that your $12 helped to pay the farmers a fair price for their labor — and helped build a school in El Salvador, create a women’s leadership program in Guatemala or provide tsunami relief to Sumatrans.

Which is why Massachusetts-based Equal Exchange, a pioneer of the fair-trade concept, is betting you’ll feel good — maybe even better — (more…)

Equal Exchange Brings Fair Trade To Small-Scale Tea Growers;

- PR Newswire US

WEST BRIDGEWATER, Mass., July 11 /PRNewswire/ — Seeking to catalyze changes in the tea industry, Equal Exchange announces today seven new premium, organic, Fair Trade Certified(TM) teas sourced from co-operatives of small- scale growers. The launch is part of Equal Exchange’s mission to combine quality and environmental sustainability with the greatest possible economic impact at the grassroots level.
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Equal Exchange Brings Fair Trade To Small-Scale Tea Growers; Challenge Fair Trade Plantation Model

- PR Newswire US

WEST BRIDGEWATER, Mass., July 11 /PRNewswire/ — Seeking to catalyze changes in the tea industry, Equal Exchange announces today seven new premium, organic, Fair Trade Certified(TM) teas sourced from co-operatives of small- scale growers. The launch is part of Equal Exchange’s mission to combine quality and environmental sustainability with the greatest possible economic impact at the grassroots level. (more…)

Milwaukee Seeks To Be Fair Trade City

- NewsNet5.com

Milwaukee may become the first “fair trade city” in the United States.Hundreds of cities and towns in Europe have signed on to the effort to promote fair trade of everything from coffee and chocolate to baby food.

The goal is to encourage people to steer clear of products from sweatshops. (more…)

Fair Trade Towns Emerging in the US

- Green Options

The small town of Brattleboro, Vermont recently announced that it has met the criteria to declare itself a Fair Trade Town. Brattleboro is the second Fair Trade Town in the United States and the third in North America after Woflville, Nova Scotia became the second in April and Media, Pensylvania led the way in January. (more…)