Monthly Archives: January 2008

Steaz® EnergyTM Named BEST ENERGY DRINK of 2007 by BevNET

- www.marketwire.com

NEWTOWN, PA - Citing that Steaz used “exciting, next-generation formulations to put it at the front of the energy drink innovation pact,” BevNET announced that it has named Steaz® Energy as Best Energy Drink of 2007. The Best of 2007 Awards recognize the beverage industry’s best. For Steaz, the award is confirmation of the quick acceptance of Steaz® Energy™, the world’s first and only USDA certified organic and Fair Trade Certified™ energy drink, demonstrated by a year of rapid growth and expansion. Introduced just one year ago, Steaz® Energy is the #1 selling organic energy drink in America. (more…)

In search of an ethical bean

- The News Leader, VA

STAUNTON — Whether it’s a hurried cup on the way to work or a mid-morning pick-me-up, coffee is a staple beverage around the world.

And to support the roughly 26 million, often poverty-stricken, workers whose livelihoods depend on coffee’s cultivation, local merchants are buying Fair Trade Certified and other socially conscious coffees.

A coffee that is Fair Trade Certified ensures the farmer who grew the beans is paid a fair wage for his or her work. Cranberry’s Grocery and Eatery owner Kathleen Stinehart buys FTC coffee whenever it’s available. (more…)

Equal Exchange Introduces Comprehensive Fair Trade Curricullum

- CSR Wire

(CSRwire) WEST BRIDGEWATER, MA -  In response to hundreds of requests from parents and teachers the Fair Trade pioneer Equal Exchange introduced today one of the first comprehensive Fair Trade curricula in the U.S. “Win Win Solutions: An Introduction to Fair Trade and Cooperative Economics” is designed for grades 4 through 9 and raises awareness of core issues concerning food production and global trade, and of the role of American consumers. (more…)

Equal Exchange Introduces Comprehensive Fair Trade Curricullum

- The Corporate Social Responsibility Newswire

WEST BRIDGEWATER, MA - January 16, 2008 - In response to hundreds of requests from parents and teachers the Fair Trade pioneer Equal Exchange introduced today one of the first comprehensive Fair Trade curricula in the U.S. “Win Win Solutions: An Introduction to Fair Trade and Cooperative Economics” is designed for grades 4 through 9 and raises awareness of core issues concerning food production and global trade, and of the role of American consumers.

The curriculum helps to demonstrate the link between personal actions and community efforts to create a more just and sustainable world. Win Win Solutions’ four units and 16 classes incorporate participatory methods and satisfy many basic U.S. curriculum standards including Social Studies, Geography, Math, and Economics. Copies may be ordered, and sample pages viewed, online at www.equalexchange.coop/educationaltools (more…)

Borough in bid to ban plastic carrier bags

- Daily Dorset Echo, UK

CHINA has just outlawed them and they have been taxed in Ireland for the past 15 years - now Christchurch is being urged to say no’ to plastic bags with the launch next month of a community crusade to banish the bags.

Instead of the plastic carriers issued by supermarkets, shops and stall holders, customers in Christchurch will be encouraged to carry their shopping home in eco-friendly Fair Trade reusable cotton bags.

The specially commissioned bags - sourced from India - and emblazoned with the slogan say no to plastic bags, please’ will go on sale from February 2 when the campaign is launched at the Regent Centre. (more…)

SLO Chai’s New Website: A One-Stop-Shop For Fair Trade And Organic Chai Tea

- www.prweb.com

San Luis Obipso, CA — SLO Chai released their new online store this month, creating a one-stop-shop for fair trade and organic chai tea. Through a colorful and image-rich presentation, the website features over 20 products including the authentic Vanilla Spice Latte, Honeybush Chai, and the one-and-only Chai Cream Ale.

The website is one more tool for us to help build awareness as a company, so that global trade can become more equitable, transparent, and just Masala chai, or spiced tea, has been enjoyed in India for centuries. SLO Chai’s new website makes this Himalayan tradition - as well as some interesting new twists on it - accessible to customers across the United States. The site is formatted so visitors can easily navigate to the chai varieties they seek. For those interested in a ready-to-drink option, the Vanilla Spice Latte is handcrafted from all natural, raw ingredients and a ten-spice blend that creates sweet aromas and robust flavors. For the do-it-yourself chai lover, a Brew-Your-Own-Chai Mix is available with instructions for making this spicy tea at home. For the chai adventurer, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, pepper and other spices are a creative and warming complement to organic yerba mate and honeybush teas as well as uniquely fragrant beer and organic fair trade chocolate. (more…)

Tiffany Foundation Grant to Fund Feasibility Study on Fair Trade Diamonds

- Rapaport News

RAPAPORT… The Tiffany & Co. Foundation awarded a $100,000 grant to TransFair USA, the nation’s only independent, third-party certifier of Fair Trade Certified products, to assess the feasibility of fair trade certification for diamonds.

TransFair will begin the study in early 2008 and investigate this possible new category, which would support the development efforts and reward best practices of diamond producers.

“Fair trade certified diamonds have the potential to deliver unprecedented benefits to populations currently experiencing severe disadvantages in the diamond trade,” said Paul Rice, CEO of TransFair USA.

These populations include both independent miners working in artisanal mining communities—more than a million of whom live on less than $1 per day—and wage laborers in larger, industrial-scale mining operations, who may have development needs and may potentially face exploitative labor practices, unfair wages, and severe health and workplace hazards in certain situations. (more…)