Monthly Archives: April 2011

T-Shirt Design Contest Launched for World Fair Trade Day

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Autonomie Project has announced a new T-shirt design contest:

Want to get your creative juices flowing and celebrate World Fair Trade Day? Autonomie Project, a fair trade and eco-friendly clothing and footwear company is having a World Fair Trade Day T-shirt Design Contest in partnership with the Fair Trade Resource Network!  We’re looking to our fans and customers to come up with a new, unique design for one of our adult tees to be sold on AutonomieProject.com!

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FTF to Have a New Leader

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The Fair Trade Federation announced that a new Executive Director, Ms. Renee Bowers, will begin within a few weeks. Carmen Iezzi, the ED for the past 4.5 years, hasn’t announced her next plans. Renee has been a Buyer for Ten Thousand Villages USA the past few years.

The Fair Trade Federation (FTF) is the trade association that strengthens and promotes North American organizations fully committed to Fair Trade. At present around 250 organizations are members of FTF.

Major Florist Launches Fair Trade Certified Bouquets

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Major florist, FTD, has offered a line of Fair Trade certified floral arrangements, just in time for Mother’s Day, Easter, and graduation season. The site now offers five different Fair Trade certified bouquets, which is one of the three flower sourcing improvements almost 10,000 Change.org members have asked the company for.

The arrangements are all certified by Fairtrade International (FLO), which oversees the dominant product certification system, “Fair Trade Certified”, around the world. FTD has helped ensure customers can easily find and identify their Fair Trade collection by marking each one with a Fair Trade logo, and including the following apt description:

Fair Trade Certification means farms that grow flowers are given a fair price for their produce, workers enjoy safe working conditions, fair living wages are paid to workers, and environmentally friendly growing practices are used. With about 80% of the cut flowers sold in the U.S. grown outside of the country, farming communities involved reap the benefits of global trade, while helping the companies involved to maintain higher standards in their business practices, making the world a better place one bloom at a time.

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National Student Conference for Fair Trade Brings Advocates Together

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Over 150 students, faculty and staff from more than 40 Colleges and High Schools across the nation gathered together for the United Students for Fair Trade (USFT) 7th Annual National Convergence. This year’s convergence was held at Western Kentucky University (WKU) in Bowling Green, KY.

The weekend long event began the night of Friday March 18th with an opening banquet featuring local food, Fair Trade ice cream from Ben & Jerry’s as well as vegan Coconut Bliss, Fair Trade roses from IN Bloom and Fair Trade balloons. The Beehive Design Collective also led an interactive presentation looking at globalization and free trade. (more…)

Fair Trade Artisan Tour Visting Pacific NW May 10-25

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Green America and Partners for Just Trade present “Crafting Change: a Fair Trade Tour” visiting over half a dozen communities in the Pacific Northwest from May 10th through May 25th. Sonia Anahue, from the jewelry cooperative, Munay Rumi, and Yody Moran, from the knitting group, El Mercurio, will share how dignified work has changed their lives in Peru. Many of the events will take place during World Fair Trade Day celebrations. Learn more at www.FairTradeTour.org

In 2009, Partners for Just Trade and Green America coordinated Resonating Change: Connecting Communities through Fair Trade, a tour that visited over 1,300 people in 11 cities throughout in the Midwest and Colorado.

First Fair Trade Campus Wear in Canada Sold at York University

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York University students and staff can now show off their school spirit and social conscience at the same time, with a new line of organic, fair-trade T-shirts, a first among Canadian universities.

The York-branded T-shirts are the brainchild of three York professors and a local fair trade cooperative; they wanted to connect social enterprises in India and Ontario, while offering fair trade clothing at a student-friendly price. The  new products launched on March 29 at the York University Bookstore, in Toronto.

Provided by Wearfair, the shirts are made of 100 per cent fair trade organic cotton certified by TransFair Canada, a member of the Fairtrade Labelling Organizations International. They retail for $17.95. Similar York T-shirts that are not fair trade certified cost just two dollars less.

Professors Ananya Mukherjee-Reed, J.J. McMurtry and Darryl Reed of York’s Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies worked together to make the concept a reality, in partnership with York’s Business & Society Program (BUSO) and Wearfair.

The Sumac Community Worker Co-operative, based in Guelph, operates the fair trade certified coffee company, Planet Bean. Sumac was looking for a new fair trade product to import and working with the trio from York, developed a new cotton goods division, Wearfair.

More at Exchange Magazine.

Fair Trade Passion Fruit Available for First Time in N. America

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Discovery Organics, certified in January 2011 by IMO as Fair for Life Social & Fairtrade, announced that it has just received a shipment of Certified Organic Fair Trade passion fruit, meaning this is the first time that fresh Organic Fair Trade passion fruit has been available in North America.

The passion fruit are coming from the APROMALPI grower cooperative in Piura, Peru. Discovery Organics has bought APROMALPI’s Fair Trade mangoes for several years. Until now, APROMALPI have only been selling their passion fruit into the domestic Peruvian market, where growers earn less than one eighth of what they will receive under the Fair Trade system.

In addition to paying APROMALPI a better price per kg, Discovery will also pay a social premium of 35 cents per kilo. APROMALPI uses their Fair Trade social premiums to fund a low interest loan program for members, the development of textile workshop providing employment for local women, and provision of an onsite medical clinic.

Contest Launched by Ben & Jerry’s for Promoting Fair Trade at Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival

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Ben & Jerry’s will be at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, TN June 9th – 12th giving out Bonnaroo Buzz ice cream. The coolest thing about this flavor (apart from being associated with Bonnaroo) is that it uses Fair Trade Certified™ ingredients. We’re looking for great ideas to help engage concert-goers and educate them about the benefits of Fair Trade. This is where we need your help!

THE MISSION:

Share your greatest, most awesome, innovative, and creative idea on how we can promote Fair Trade at Bonnaroo for a chance to win a trip to the festival.

We want to hear it! Submit your award-winning Fair Trade idea to us by April 30th. Good luck!

Grand prize:

  • All expenses paid trip for two to the 2011 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival
  • Bonnaroo VIP Package
  • Exclusive side of stage concert viewing to one Select Show
  • A year’s supply of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream

Details and enter at:

http://www.benjerry.com/activism/feature/fair-trade-contest/fair_trade.cfm

Easter & Passover Fair Trade Actions

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Global Exchange invites advocates to take these actions:

Easter and Passover are two of the BEST times to ask Hershey to eliminate child and forced labor from its supply chain, and start sourcing Fair Trade.

Why???

Easter:  Did you know that more chocolate is sold in the US at Easter than any other time of the year, except Halloween?  Or that Hershey manufactures Cadbury Crème Eggs and other products sold in the US?

Passover:  Passover is a time of reflection on slavery specifically, and an appropriate time to raise awareness about forced labor.

Please take these actions at your congregation and/or family gathering:

Easter and Passover:

Easter:

Passover:

  • Use Global Exchange’s Fair Trade Haggadah insert during your Passover seder.  The insert is written in the lyrical language of the Haggadah, and evokes the themes of Passover, to integrate modern social justice issues seamlessly into your Passover observance.

Love Travel?  Come with us to the Beautiful Dominican Republic and Help Bring in the Fair Trade Cocoa Harvest

Deadline to register:  Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

  • See how Fair Trade certification can dramatically improve the lives of cocoa farmers.
  • Live in homestay with a family that is part of the Conacado cooperative, which produces cocoa for Equal Exchange and other popular Fair Trade chocolate brands, and work along side the farmers to harvest the cocoa.
  • Learn how cocoa is grown and processed.

Visit here for more information about the trip.