Monthly Archives: September 2007

Honest Tea Anchors the Green Zone

- The Washington Post

The floors are bamboo. The island in the kitchen is IceStone, made of recycled glass and concrete. The brick encasing the structural columns was salvaged from a Baltimore construction site.Welcome to Honest Tea’s new headquarters, in downtown Bethesda, where company co-founder Seth Goldman is expanding his company’s fair-trade, organic, healthy beverage business by moving into a 4,800-square-foot office with as little impact on the environment as possible. (more…)

Coffee-growers victims of fair trade pricing

- National Post (f/k/a The Financial Post) (Canada)

Coffee drinkers who prefer a shot of social justice with their morning java might be surprised to learn that the minimum price paid to fair trade coffee-growers hasn’t changed in 10 years.

“It’s like not taking a raise in 10 years,” said Monika Firl, producer relations manager for Cooperative Coffees –a group of 22 small coffee roasters in Canada and the U.S. who import only organic fair trade coffees. (more…)

Amherst Eyes Fair Trade Effort

- The Republican

AMHERST – Some residents are hoping that Amherst will become a Fair Trade Town, and one of the requirements is to endorse a Fair Trade Resolution.Members of the Amherst Fair Trade Partnership will ask fall Town Meeting to endorse the resolution that asks that town officials, when possible, procure fair trade products for the town. It also asks the Select Board to encourage institutions and businesses and institutions to use and sell Fair Trade Certified products whenever possible “for the well-being of producers, consumers and the planet.” (more…)

To Burundi and Beyond for Coffee’s Holy Grail

- The New York Times

DUANE SORENSON had planned to fly to Yemen, rattle up dirt roads in dusty four-by-fours and dart through the Arabian sky in prop planes as he toured the country searching for open-minded coffee growers. Mr. Sorenson, who is the owner of Stumptown Coffee Roasters in Portland, Ore., intended to offer the farmers more money than anyone ever had before in return for a promise to improve their crops.But a mix-up with his passport left him stuck in Washington. Disappointed but undeterred, he boarded a plane for Guatemala City instead. When he arrived, he ate tortillas, beans and tilapia with the owner of Finca El Injerto in the western Huehuetenango department, one of the most celebrated coffee farms in Central America. (more…)

Greening the Gear: Bamboo Bikes and Sustainable Skateboards Put a New Spin on Sports

- The Washington Post

From natural cleaning products to hemp clothing, the Green Revolution has transformed the contents of our kitchen cabinets and closets. Now, sporting and fitness goods manufacturers are taking the trend outdoors, marketing upscale products that boast a new sensitivity to the environments in which they are used. (more…)

Are you hungry to change the world?

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Home chefs put creativity to the test and make the world sweeter for West African cocoa farmers

Washington, DC- Divine Chocolate, the first farmer-owned Fair Trade chocolate brand, will launch a national recipe contest on October 15, 2007 to challenge chocolate lovers to use their culinary skills to improve the lives of West African cocoa farmers. The recipe contest is a fun and powerful way for conscientious consumers to work together with West African cocoa farmers to promote enterprising solutions to ending poverty such as Fair Trade.

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Fair Indigo Introduces Fair Trade Organic Denim

- TreeHugger.com

For its fall collection, Fair Indigo is introducing a line of fair-trade, organic cotton denim togs in four different styles: a stretch blazer and a seamed skirt, along with Authentic Fit and Slim Fit jeans. (Prices start at $69.) (more…)

Setting Strategy: Social Conscience Mixes with Profit

- The Kansas City Star

Recent product-safety concerns have revealed the dark side of the global economy. Proponents of fair trade think there is a better way.“It makes perfect sense to buy directly from the artisan who made the objects,” said Peggy Brown, owner of Blue Heron Design in downtown Lee’s Summit. “I travel to Thailand and India to buy items for my store. I always ask, ‘Who made this?’ Then I buy from the people with the right answers.”

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