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Monthly Archives: December 2007

TransFair USA Wins Fast Company Magazine and Monitor Group’s Social Capitalist Award for Fourth Consecutive Year


OAKLAND, Calif. — For the fourth year in a row, TransFair USA — the only third-party certifier of Fair Trade products in the United States — was named a Social Capitalist Award winner by Fast Company magazine and the Monitor Group. California-based TransFair USA was listed among the “Top-Performing Nonprofits” in this year’s awards. The awards recognized 45 nonprofits that use the tools of business to solve the world’s most pressing social problems — ranging from poor health care in developing nations to unequal education access, homelessness, unemployment and substance abuse in the United States — and that have demonstrated a consistent and unusually large impact on society. (more…)

Wales says make it a fair Christmas


Children at St Joseph’s RC High School, Newport, have set-up a Fair Trade shop, ensured supplies of Fair Trade products in the canteen, used Fair Trade flowers in services and even have Fair Trade footballs in PE Lessons. (more…)

Goods that do good

- The Enquirer - Cincinnati

The baskets came from Bangladesh. The chocolate bars were made in Ghana. A matching necklace and earrings were handcrafted in Peru.

McNicholas High School’s social justice group, Change!, hosted its first Fair Trade Sale on Monday at the Mount Washington school. Students sold crafts and other products made in 18 countries, mostly from Asia and Latin America, along with a few African countries. (more…)

‘Buy Good and Do Good’ at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM

- CNN Money

CARLE PLACE, N.Y., Dec. 11 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc. , the world’s largest florist and a leading multi-channel retailer, has launched “Planet Friendly” Boutique to meet growing consumer demand for simpler, purer and more sustainable products. The new boutique allows 1-800-FLOWERS.COM customers to take part in a larger global movement to support healthier living, concern for the environment and care for the community with organic, natural and all-natural products, and soon to be launched Fair Trade Certified (TM) flowers.

Making trade fair: Local merchants strive to offer an ethical option

- Daily Camera

When Mark and Mel Glenn took a trip to Chiapas, Mexico, in the late 1990s, they had no inkling that they would willingly give up half of their Breckenridge-based coffee business and become local leaders in a then-unheard-of social, economic and environmental movement called fair trade.

The Glenns own their own roasting company, Conscious Coffees — then known as Breckenridge Coffee Roasters — which moved to Boulder in November.

For about two years, they had been buying a portion of their coffee through a fair-trade buyer working with the Mut Vitz cooperative in Chiapas. Seeking a more personal relationship with their growers, the Glenns decided to visit the cooperative directly.

“We wanted more of a feel for, ‘Where does this come from?'” Australian-born Mel Glenn said.

“The Cake Sale” — Music and Recipes

- Bon Appetit

What is it with Irish rockers and charitable causes? Brian Crosby of the band Bell X1 decided to grab some musician friends (from outfits such as Snow Patrol, The Frames/ONCE, Crowded House, and The Cardigans) and record tracks for a CD to benefit Oxfam’s Fair Trade campaign.

“We wanted to make an album that benefited this great cause but also one whose songs related to each other in a relevant way,” Crosby explained.

Shopping for a cause

- Daily Press

NEWPORT NEWS - When Kay Jones sells someone an object that they’ll put under the tree this Christmas, she feels like she’s also helped improve the life of the person who made that item.

Jones is manager of Ten Thousand Villages, in City Center, which sells only fair trade merchandise. At least 50 percent of every dollar made in the stores goes back to the artisans, most of whom live in third-world and underprivileged countries.

The nonprofit company has more than 100 retail stores throughout the United States, with only one in Hampton Roads. The company grew from founder Edna Ruth Byler’s trip to Puerto Rico in 1946. She brought back crafts from the country and sold them from the trunk of her car in Pennsylvania to help the Puerto Rican women who had no local market for their goods. (more…)

Town of Taos asked to join Fair Trade initiative

- The Taos News

Fair Trade or free trade? What do those terms mean to the consumer?

The Taos News has been running a poll on our Web site and the majority of the more than 250 Taose-os responding to the poll, did not understand the difference between fair trade and free trade products. (more…)

Wales ahead in bid to be first Fairtrade country

- icWales

WALES is battling with the small principality of Liechtenstein in a bid to become the world’s first Fairtrade country.

And yesterday it emerged that Wales has forged ahead of the Alpine nation near Switzerland, now that the large county of Powys has been given status confirming its commitment to ethically produced goods.

The county follows in the footsteps of Denbighshire in North Wales and cities including Cardiff and Swansea in South Wales. It means Wales is now just three towns short of gaining the accolade.

Leslie Ann Dupre, co-ordinator for Fairtrade in Powys, said, “The county-wide criteria was met in Powys, making the declaration of Wales as a Fairtrade country an imminent prospect. (more…)

Pura Vida Coffee and Compass Group Announce Strategic Partnership


SEATTLE, Dec. 6 /PRNewswire/ — Pura Vida Coffee and leading food service management company Compass Group have entered into a strategic five-year partnership, the organizations announced at Pura Vida’s tenth anniversary celebration in Seattle.

Compass Group will present Pura Vida’s triple certified coffee, tea and hot chocolate as official Fair Trade options to its customers across all lines of business in North America. Pura Vida will also serve as preferred partner to Compass Group in new business sales activity.

“By aligning with Compass Group, Pura Vida will receive mass exposure to customers of one of the finest food management companies in the world,” said Jeff Angell, president of Pura Vida Coffee. “We are thrilled to be partnering with a company with such a broad reach and outstanding reputation.”

For years, growing awareness of the Fair Trade issue has been gaining momentum with Compass’ customers from coast to coast. (more…)