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  • Isabella with coffee farmer in Colombia

    Isabella Pacheco on Coffee Sourcing

    22 May 2019 by Fairtrade Network of Asia and Pacific Producers

    Fairtrade is a global network working to share the benefits of trade more equitably. Recently, Fairtrade America’s own Isabella Pachecho was interviewed by the Fairtrade Network of Asia and Pacific Producers for the newsletter they share with their producers. Read more about Isabella and her advice for coffee producers as they grow their businesses.

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  • FACC Forum on Sustainability & Innovation

    Reduce your business’s carbon footprint by asking these two questions

    20 May 2019 by Alli O'Connell, Marketing & Accounts Manager

    In an attempt protect our planet, commodities, and livelihoods, the Paris Climate Agreement intends to maintain the increase in global temperature well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels. Leaders in sustainability like Danone, Gotham Greens, L’Oréal, Terracycle and Fairtrade America came together at the FACC Forum on Sustainability & Innovation to discuss how they are taking an active role in global climate action.

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  • FAIR. Founder connecting with quinoa producers in Bolivia.

    Three Questions for Three Brands this World Fair Trade Day

    9 May 2019 by Alli O'Connell, Marketing & Accounts Manager

    World Fair Trade Day highlights the dynamic fair trade system that connects people around the world from farms to factories to retail stores all the way to our homes. Sourcing Fairtrade items is not always easy and requires brands to look hard at their supply chain and choose to make the ethical decision for the people and for the planet.

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  • The Pesticides & Alternatives App was launched in 2019!

    New app to reduce the use of highly toxic pesticides is now LIVE!

    7 May 2019 by Fairtrade International

    Fairtrade, along with a coalition of certification schemes promoting safer pest control, announces a new free app designed to support the reduction of highly toxic pesticide use.

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  • Flower Worker Zuhura in Tanzania ©Fairtrade Austria/ Georges Desrues

    Flower workers in Tanzania take first steps toward better wages

    1 May 2019 by Fairtrade International

    The foothills of the beautiful Arusha National Park in Tanzania are an unlikely setting for a quiet revolution in workers’ rights. In the shadow of the extinct Mount Meru volcano – the fourth highest peak in Africa - laborers on the Mount Meru flower farm grow more than 30 varieties of roses for export.

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  • Fairtrade Cotton Plant

    Cotton Farming Empowers Women in India

    23 April 2019 by Fairtrade International - Interview with Phulme Majhi, chairperson of the Pratima cooperative

    In the remote Bolangir district in the Odisha state of eastern India, the Pratima Organic Growers Group farm sustainable cotton. The cooperative is made up of 2088 individual members spread across 72 villages. Until now, they received little contact from the outside world and lived in relative poverty.

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  • Fairtrade cotton farmer with sign

    Dear fashion brands, what are you waiting for?

    22 April 2019 by Rossitza Krueger, Textiles Manager at Fairtrade International

    Fashion brands, we have some questions for you. It's been three years since Fairtrade launched its Textile Standard and Program so workers in the industry can enjoy better wages and conditions. But the big players in the fashion business are still reluctant to sign up. Why?

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  • Fairtrade certified cotton clothing with Soul Space Yoga brand

    How to Dress Head-To-Toe with Fairtrade Cotton & Why It Matters

    19 April 2019 by Naledi Sekgapane, Operations Assistant, Fairtrade America

    As the saying goes, “when you look good, you feel good”. But when you purchase ethical products, you not only look and feel great, but you’re also part of a major movement towards resolving issues in the fast fashion industry. By choosing Fairtrade certified cotton, farmers and workers are paid a fair price and as a result able to invest in their communities and protect their local environment.

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  • TCGA members at Annual General Meeting

    Fairtrade revises flagship standard

    18 April 2019 by Alli O'Connell, Marketing & Accounts Manager Fairtrade America

    Small-scale farmers play an important role in global food production, but they benefit least from global trade. We consulted with them to revise our core certification standard for small-scale producer organizations.

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  • Fairtrade America Team at Banana Farm

    Banana Producers Thrive in Colombia

    9 April 2019 by Michael Cakmes, Business Development Manager - Produce

    Some members of our team recently traveled to Colombia to visit banana farms in order to increase the supply of Fairtrade bananas in the US. Michael Cakmes recounts part of the journey and what Fairtrade means to him.

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