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  • Conscious Steps Socks that fight violence against women

    5 WAYS CONSCIOUS STEP IS INVESTING IN CAUSES YOU CARE ABOUT

    3 September 2019 by Naledi Sekgapane

    This International Day of Charity, we’re excited to put the spotlight on Conscious Step, a company that makes the world a better place not just on this honorable day, but every day.

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  • Single Yellow Banana

    The Future of Banana Production is at Stake

    28 August 2019 by CLAC

    Over the last few weeks, the possible disappearance of the Cavendish banana has been making headlines around the globe, both in producer and consumer countries; since the first outbreak of the Fusarium Tropical Race 4 has been made public in Colombia. 

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  • Fairtrade cotton farmer with sign

    Rock Your Values

    9 August 2019 by Jason Sanches, Events & Campaigns Manager

    It’s a new school year, maybe even a new school this time around - why not use this opportunity to re-make yourself? New clothes, new sheets, gym ware too since athleisure is all the rage.

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  • Fashion Stock Picture

    The Problem With Fast Fashion

    9 August 2019 by Elise Miller, Oklahoma Christian University Class of 2021

    More and more, young people are asking "Who made my clothes?" We are delighted to feature voices from passionate student advocates like Elise Miller in this guest blog.

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  • Skagit Valley Co-Op member with Fairtrade farmer

    A First-Hand Look at Fairtrade Bananas in Colombia

    8 August 2019 by Ben Goe, Produce Manager of Skagit Valley Food Co-Op

    Last October I participated in a survey for National Co+op Grocers about bananas—how many we sell, how much we charge, where we source them, and so on. I hadn’t given the survey another thought until our General Manager Todd nonchalantly asked me how hard it would be for me to break away from my obligations for a week.

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  • Green Fairtrade Bananas

    Can I manifest Fairtrade Organic bananas in my neighborhood in DC?

    25 July 2019 by Alli O'Connell, Marketing & Accounts Manager

    Fairtrade’s Marketing & Accounts Manager Alli O’Connell shares her audacious goal to get Fairtrade bananas in her neighborhood grocery store.

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  • TCGA members at Annual General Meeting

    Fairtrade is far from finished.

    24 July 2019 by Fairtrade International

    Fairtrade response to Guardian Long Read article 'Is fair trade finished?'

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  • Fairtrade Items on a Table

    Serve Up Fairtrade Goodness This Summer

    17 July 2019 by Jason Sanches, Events & Campaigns Manager


    The summer cookout is a seasonal institution, but among the assortment of burgers, grilled veggies and cold treats, you can’t help but notice the dissonance. Here in the United States, summer signals a time to take a break from school or work to relax in leisure. But for the farmers and workers growing our food, summer brings irregular weather patterns, natural disaster and the sting of unsustainable prices.

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  • Worker in one of the tea plantations in Sukambizi, Malawi photo by: Chris Terry

    Decent work and a decent income. It’s not much to ask, is it?

    5 July 2019 by By Gelkha Buitrago, Director of Standards & Pricing, Fairtrade International

    There’s a saying in English: “the whole is greater than the sum of the parts.” Put simply, it means that if people collaborate, they can often achieve more than if each person worked on their own.

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  • Women Cocoa

    Celebrate World Chocolate Day!

    3 July 2019 by Jason Sanches, Events & Campaigns Manager

    Sunday, July 7th is World Chocolate Day. While this sweet treat is loved by many, chocolate has a not-so-sweet side that people often forget. Take a crash course in cocoa this World Chocolate Day and join us in educating friends and family about the origin of chocolate and the people behind our favorite treat.

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