Monthly Archives: June 2008

Reporting on the Fair Trade Jewelry Conference

- Luxist

The Fair Trade Jewelry Conference at the JCK Jewelry Show in Las Vegas last Monday was so profound for me that it honestly has taken me over a week to process it. I was familiar with some of the issues discussed but learned a great many things about the various movements in ethical, fair trade, fair made and green jewelry and why they should matter to everyone who gives, receives and enjoys fine jewelry. (more…)

Lincoln Square store promotes fair trade

- Chi-Town Daily News

A new store in Chicago’s Lincoln Square neighborhood is hoping its blend of international products and economic justice will catch on with shoppers and promote economic development in third-world countries. 

Maya Essence, which opened on May 10 at 4361 N. Lincoln Ave., is an initiative by the non-profit group Casa Guatemala. (more…)

Wales made fair trade ‘pioneer’


Wales has been declared the world’s first fair trade nation by campaigners, for the progress it has made increasing the availability of such goods.

A number of targets were set in 2006 by the Wales Fair Trade Forum (WFTF) in consultation with independent experts to reach the fair trade nation goal.

These included having fair trade groups in 55% of towns and every county working towards fair trade status.

First Minister Rhodri Morgan said the declaration was a “great honour”. (more…)

First coffee and chocolate, now entire towns obtain Fair Trade status

- Plenty Magazine

Ama Kade harvests cocoa pods in Ghana. Kanya Osori grows rice in northeastern Thailand. Palemon Cuno Surco creates traditional Peruvian pottery in a small village near Cusco. They live thousands of miles away from each other, speak different languages and their cultures couldn’t be more different. But they do have something in common: people in Taos, New Mexico, and Media, Pennsylvania, want to buy their goods and pay them a fair price. So do the people in Amherst, Massachusetts, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. These communities are part of a small but growing group committed to supporting fair trade, so much so that they’ve gone through the steps to become recognized as Fair Trade Towns. (more…)

Shopping with a conscience: Downtown shop offers fair trade


Socially conscious shopping is what Fa La Lo is all about.


The name Fa La Lo stands for “fair labor and/or local,” and the owners mean it.

“A year ago we had no idea we’d have this store, but it came about really fast,” said Liz Wright, “and not only is it a labor of love, we really aren’t in it for the money. We want to help.” (more…)

Unnatural roots of the food crisis

- BBC News

As representatives of the world’s governments gather to address shortages in major foodstuffs and rising prices, Gonzalo Oviedo counsels them to focus on ecosystems. The modern business-dominated agricultural industry, he argues, promotes the degradation of nature – and that, in turn, means less and worse food. (more…)

Michael Conroy on Activist Campaigns and the Certification Revolution

- Social Funds

SocialFunds writer Bill Baue speaks with Michael Conroy about his new book, Branded! How the “Certification Revolution” is Transforming Global Companies — Certification—-it sounds boring and wonky. But in his new book Branded! How the “Certification Revolution” is Transforming Global Companies, Michael Conroy tells an exciting story of activists campaigning against companies–and companies responding! The two sides moved from antagonism to tense collaboration in the creation of certification schemes that solved activist concerns while preserving–and often boosting–companies’ profitability. (more…)