Monthly Archives: August 2009

Fair Trade Vodka Enters Market


Visit a bar in the near future and you may be able to try a drink entitled Fairspresso.  This cocktail combines Fair Trade coffee, sugar and one of Fair Trade’s newest products, Fair Vodka.  Inspired by Bolivian quinoa harvesters, Fair Vodka founder Jean- Francois Daniel used quinoa to distill the first Fair Trade certified vodka.  Fair Vodka is already winning awards, such as a gong for Best Unflavored Vodka 2009 New York, NY.  On September 1st, Fair Vodka will be available for sale from top-end retailers, some bars and their website.  Check out more details.

Panel in Montreal Discusses Various FT Certifications


These days, it is increasingly difficult for conscious consumers to know which products and certifications to trust, whereas socially responsible businesses are have a harder time determining which certifications to associate with their products.  The Montreal NGO, Equiterre, attempted to address this issue through a panel discussion called “Fair Trade: what are the guarantees?”  In this conference, six panelists, including representatives from the Fair Trade Mark and the Fair Trade Federation, explained the various certifications. To read more, check out details of the panel.

FT Banana Producers Call for Increase in Minimum Price


The price of Fair Trade bananas may increase in the near future, easing some of the heightened stress put on Farmers as the cost of production has been steadily on the rise, while the minimum sale price has not been reviewed since 2005.  Fair Trade producer organizations from throughout Latin America and the Caribbean held a two-day meeting in Santa Maria, Colombia.  This meeting concluded with the signed Declaration of Santa Maria, which called for an increase in the minimum price paid for Fair Trade bananas.  This declaration has been sent to a standard committee, which will make recommendations to the Fairtrade Labeling Organization’s Board at the end of August.  A September meeting between producers, importers, exporters, retailers, Fairtrade National Initiatives and the FLO will determine the new prices for Fair Trade bananas.  Find more details at Dominican News Online.

FREE Kits for Reverse Trick-or-Treating Now Available


Halloween 2009

Participate in the Third Annual Reverse Trick-or-Treating!

On Halloween night, schoolchildren, (& high school/college students, and adults) across the US and Canada will unite to help:

END poverty among cocoa farmers

END abusive child labor in the cocoa industry

PROMOTE Fair Trade

PROTECT the environment

by giving Fair Trade chocolate back to adults…while Trick-or-Treating door-to-door in their communities on Halloween.

The chocolate is attached to a card with information about social and environmental justice issues in the cocoa industry and how buying Fair Trade certified chocolate provides a solution.

Parents rave about how Reverse Trick-or-Treating transforms Halloween into a meaningful event when youth activists give back to their neighbors and to cocoa growing communities.

Reverse Trick-or-Treating kits are FREE

Thanks to the generous donations of Fair Trade chocolate companies

Equal Exchange, Alter Eco, Sweet Earth, and La Siembra (& others in Canada)

(Participants pay the cost of postage only.)

Participate as an individual or organize your classroom, school, congregation, youth group or social justice organization to participate by distributing multiple kits to participants!


Groups (schools, congregations, youth groups, etc):  October 1

Individuals:  October 13

Order yours TODAY!  We always run out long before the deadline!

Join us, and together, we will reach nearly

a quarter million households this year!

Visit for more information!

If you choose not to request a kit, you can still participate by distributing flyers on Halloween!  Visit the website for more information.

Looking for Fair Trade Halloween candy to distribute to kids at your door? Visit

Reverse Trick-or-Treating is an initiative launched by the human rights organization Global Exchange in cooperation with Fair Trade company Equal Exchange and is a collaborative effort of countless children, youth, and adults supported by institutions including nonprofit organizations, faith-based organizations, Fair Trade companies, and schools.

Please forward this email broadly!  Plus, please pass the information along to blogs, etc.

Culture Fest in Massachusetts Benefits Fair Trade


On September 12th, the Sixth Annual New England Culture Fest will bring together world music and culture, film, fashion and Fair Trade Advocacy to Lowell, Massachusetts Arts District.  This festival includes a world class lineup of music from around the globe, the 2009 Fashionable Fair Runway Show, a Salsa Dance Party, the NECF’s Ethical Art & Biz Expo, The Second World Fair Trade Stories Film Archive, NECF Art Fence, Dance Crews and so much more. While enjoying the sights and sounds of this annual event, your involvement will also help raise funds for global Fair Trade economic empowerment projects.  Find more information at Sixth Annual New England Culture Fest, Lowell MA Arts District, Middle St, September 12, 2009 2-10 pm.

New Online Store Exclusively Selling FT Products


August 21st – 23rd marks the Grand Opening Celebration of Seven Hopes United, one of the first online stores exclusively selling certified Fair Trade products.   Seven Hopes United, based out of San Diego, donates 10% of all the proceeds to aid community development efforts and during the opening weekend, customers can also save 10% on their purchases.  Products include coffee, handmade gifts, jewelry, home decor and personal accessories from producers around the world.

Student Group Wins National Award for Bringing FT Coffee to Campus


University of Houston’s Students for Fair Trade received the Best Action Campaign award from Campus Progress for switching almost all coffee sold on campus to 100 percent fair trade beginning Fall 2009.

“When they reached an impasse in their negotiations with the administration, they utilized creative — and occasionally confrontational — tactics to draw attention to their cause and pressure decision makers to do the right thing.”

Read the full article.