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Fair Trade is constantly growing and changing. Check this section for updates about new products and innovative projects to grow the market for Fair Trade.

eBay’s World of Good Provides New Marketplace for Fair Trade and Green Products

- The Daily Green

Cecilia Appianim from the village of Asentem in central Ghana has a message for U.S. consumers: “Buy more of our chocolates, and our lives will change more,” says the middle-aged woman with an infectious smile.

Appianim is a cocoa farmer and owner-employee of Divine Chocolate, which is a grower-organized co-op of some 52,000 participants. Divine has a democratic structure and is committed to fair trade principles and ethical, sustainable production. (more…)

Aura Cacia Introduces Fair Trade Certified Body Polish

- Press Release Newswire

Aura Cacia®, America’s leading aromatherapy company, has introduced “Aura Cacia Fair Trade Certified™ Nourishing Body Polish”. The line of three aromatic body scrubs strips away dull skin with organic, Fair Trade Certified sugar cane granules and restores the skin’s natural vitality. Available in lavender, patchouli/sweet orange and ginger/mint blends, all three body polishes are free of synthetic fragrances, colors and preservatives. (more…)

eBay makes eco-play with new green marketplace

- cnet.com

eBay on Wednesday plans to unveil a new e-commerce site for shoppers of environmentally friendly and fair-trade goods, as expected.

In a bid to win over eco- and socially conscious shoppers, the online auctioneer will add a new retail component to its fairly new community site WorldofGood.com, which targets people who care about healthy living and the ethical treatment of workers. The site, which eBay built in partnership with fair-trade company World of Good, will sell products ranging from fair-trade coffee from Costa Rica to toxin-free skin cream from London. (more…)

Palestine’s olive oil garners raves from believers in fair trade with farmers

- canadianpress.com

TORONTO - Olive oil from some of the oldest groves in the world is garnering interest in Canada.

For more than 2,000 years, Palestinian farmers have grown olives, producing an aromatic organic oil with a flavour evocative of fresh fruit. Five years ago, through the efforts of Toronto businessman Robert Massoud, the non-profit organization Zatoun was founded to import fair-trade olive oil from Palestine. (more…)

Fair Trade and Organic Cotton Opened the World to This Brazilian Company

- brazzilmag.com

Based in Petrópolis, a city in the Brazilian southeastern state of Rio de Janeiro, textile mill Razão Social (Social Reason) has found in fair and ethical trade the opportunity to grow and reach out to markets beyond the borders of Brazil. With only two years of existence, the manufacturer has already opened its own store and exports to France on a regular basis. Now, the aim is to reach new destinations. (more…)

Bling! A Planet Rock

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Rappers take a look at where diamonds come from in Africa

 

 

 

 

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Organic and Fair Trade Tea Pioneer Choice Organic Teas Launches New Whole Leaf Organics Line

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Seattle, WA (July 2008) — Choice Organic Teas, the leading purveyor of exclusively organic teas, and the first company to introduce certified organic and Fair Trade Certified™ teas in the U.S., announces the launch of Whole Leaf Organics, the largest collection of organic, Fair Trade Certified tea pyramids on the market today. Choice Organic Teas’ 20-year commitment to sourcing the highest quality teas, and providing delicious, innovative and consciously-produced products to its consumers, truly shines in this new line. Whole Leaf Organics joins the tea-crafter’s three established tea lines: Original, Gourmet and Loose Leaf teas.

While the tea pyramid is currently one of the newest trends in artisan tea manufacturing, Choice Organic Teas’ new Whole Leaf Organics stands out in a number of ways:

Choice Organic Teas offers the largest selection of exclusively organic and Fair Trade tea pyramids, keeping in line with its long-time commitment to manufacturing organic and Fair Trade teas. Whole Leaf Organics (WLO) tea pyramids are fully biodegradable. Choice Organic Teas does not use any PVdC in their packaging. The 100% recycled box is printed with soy ink and features a unique cover with a die-cut pyramid window, offering a peek at the tea garden-inspired painting commissioned by Seattle artist Maija Fiebig. With an elegant twist, the retail box also meets foodservice operators’ need for quick access to product. Each box easily folds open into an attractive, self-dispensing display, eliminating the need for a dispensing cut-out, and the available counter rack completes the presentation. Tea varieties include traditional flavors such as English Breakfast and Earl Gray, as well as some of the newer blends so popular with tea drinkers.

Loose leaf teas are often considered by tea connoisseurs to be the finest way to enjoy a cup, as the unfurling of the full tea leaves allows complex flavors to come to the forefront. With extra room inside each tea pyramid, Whole Leaf Organics achieves this same quality but with the added convenience of a tea bag. The line includes eight varieties of traditional blends and new favorites — English Breakfast, Earl Grey, Estate Blend Darjeeling, Jade Green, Jasmine Green, Chamomile Citrus, Sweet Liquorice Mint, and Lychee White. The suggested retail price is $8.49 for a 15-count box of individually wrapped tea pyramids.

“As pioneers in organic tea, Choice Organic Teas has developed close relationships with our tea gardens over the past 20 years,” said Eric Ring, Head of Purchasing and Production. “Whole Leaf Organics takes that connection to the next level and allows us to showcase some of the highest quality organic teas available in a way that truly enhances the quality of the tea.”

Whole Leaf Organics continues the traditions of social responsibility and environmental sustainability that have been pillars of Choice Organic Teas’ parent company, Granum, Inc., since the company’s founding in 1980. The Fair Trade logo is a stamp of commitment: Fair Trade Certified™ products directly support a better life for farmers and farm workers in the developing world through fair prices, community development, and environmental stewardship.

In addition to Whole Leaf Organics, Choice Organic Teas also produces their Original line, which includes classic teas and traditional blends available in tea bags; the Gourmet line featuring new favorites and classics with a twist in tea bags; and Loose Leaf teas available in bulk grocery and via the company’s web site. 

A brand of Granum, Inc. of Seattle, Choice Organic Teas made its debut in 1989. As North America’s #1 selling exclusively certified organic tea line, Choice Organic Teas has promoted the growth and development of organic agriculture in tea estates worldwide and offers more than seventy varieties of teas and herbal infusions available in teabags and loose leaf. In 2000, Choice Organic Teas became the first tea crafter in the United States to offer Fair Trade Certified™ tea. Visit www.choiceorganicteas.com for more information.

Weaver’s Coffee & Tea Launches 100% Certified Organic and Fair Trade Certified Coffee Line

- The Wall Street Journal Digital Network

Weaver’s Coffee & Tea, a specialty coffee roaster, announced today that their handcrafted, artisan coffee is now available in specialty grocery and gourmet food stores. The company also announced the introduction of a new line of 100% Certified Organic and Fair Trade Certified coffee and tea. (more…)

Wal-Mart ramps up local sourcing activities

- BusinessGreen.com

Wal-Mart stepped up its marketing campaign around locally-produced food this week, announcing a “locally grown” section of its web site, along with related signage inside stores designed to attract increasingly environmentally conscious consumers.

The retail giant said that it would source $400,000 in locally-produced food this year, including more local fruits and vegetables for its stores, but it was unclear how much of an increase in value this represented over last year. (more…)

Blackwell’s Organic Gelato Sources Fair Trade Ingredients

- GoDairyFree.org

Blackwell’s Organic is the First and Only Frozen Dessert Company to Have At Least One Fair Trade Certified Ingredient in Every Flavor.

Blackwell’s Organic Gelato and Sorbetto has partnered with TransFair USA to exhibit within their booth #5463 at the 2008 Fancy Food Show in NYC. TransFair USA is the nation’s only independent, third-party certifier of Fair Trade Certified products and Blackwell’s Organic is the only frozen dessert company that has at least one Fair Trade Certified ingredient in every flavor. (more…)

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