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  • Linda, 5, practices the alphabet at the Tierra Fria Adentro primary school.

    Back to School the Fairtrade Way

    6 August 2018 by Kyle Freund & Paris W., edited by Jason Sanches

    Respect, responsibility, sharing, the concept of fairness - these are all essential values that educators hope to impart on their pupils. Unfortunately, something that’s too often left out of the lesson is that many of the products we rely on every day getting ready for school & work – coffee, cocoa, bananas – are produced un-fairly. 

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    Imagine an End to Human Trafficking

    27 July 2018 by Margot Conover, External Relations Manager

    New research from the Walk Free Foundation estimates that more than 40 million people are trapped in modern slavery. Ending modern slavery, which affects all countries around the globe, requires a concerted effort of governments, advocacy organizations, businesses, and individuals. Learn about simple steps you can take to contribute to a solution.

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    Is Poverty the Main Ingredient in Your Chocolate?

    5 July 2018 by Kyle Freund, Media Manager

    World Chocolate Day isn’t just a day to indulge in your favorite treat – it’s also an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of cocoa farmers.

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  • Varsha Karma, aged 28, teaches her class in the Vasudha Vidya Vihar school in Khargone, Madhya Pradesh, India.

    From Child Labor to the Future of Food: The Voices of Young People Change Agriculture for the Better

    12 June 2018 by Anita Sheth, Senior Advisor for Social Compliance and Development, Fairtrade International

    Experts predict that demand for food is expected to increase anywhere between 60 percent to 100 percent by 2050. Who will produce this food, and how can we prevent children from being forced into working in agriculture to meet this demand?

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    Fairtrade Gifts for Dad

    22 May 2018 by Kyle Freund, Media Manager

    Father's Day is right around the corner -- make it one to remember with these Fairtrade Father's Day gifts

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    #Stand4Fairness: Go Beyond the Seal with Equal Exchange

    10 May 2018 by Jason from the World Fair Trade Challenge Team

    World Fairtrade Day is in just a few days, and over the past month we’ve been highlighting a selection of superb brands that have gone above and beyond Fairtrade certification to support a variety of socially and environmentally-conscious initiatives. One of our favorite partners is Equal Exchange, a top banana importer that’s revolutionizing an industry dominated by plantations and large-scale producers.

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    #Stand4Fairness with Endangered Species Chocolate

    3 May 2018 by Jason from the World Fairtrade Challenge Team

    To an activist, the word impact can mean a lot of things. Impact is the white whale of the consciously-minded person or businesses. It’s how we measure our change in the world – change that, no matter how large or small,  we hope will grow into something greater.


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    #Stand4Fairness with Ethical Bean

    30 April 2018 by Jason from the World Fair Trade Challenge Team

    What do you think of when you hear the words “good coffee”? Maybe you think of the geography where coffee is grown, under shade at high altitudes in countries like Guatemala, Ethiopia or Colombia. Or maybe it's the preparation you love – a mocha one day, a cup from a French press the next. Well, when I think about “good coffee,” I think of Ethical Bean, a 100% Fairtrade certified coffee roaster from Vancouver, BC that lives up to its name as an ethical business and will always #Stand4Fairness.  


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  • Fairtrade Cotton Farmers Senegal

    Kick Off Your Sustainable Fashion Journey with Fairtrade Cotton

    25 April 2018 by Kyle Freund, Media Manager

    Interest in sustainable fashion is booming as the Fashion Revolution sweeps the globe, but don’t forget about the small-scale cotton farmers at the beginning of most supply chains.

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    Why I’m Standing in Solidarity with Fashion Revolution to Ask Brands #WhoMadeMyClothes

    23 April 2018 by Subindu Garkhel, Fairtrade Foundation

    Fashion Revolution Week, April 23-29, is a call for change in the fashion industry. Subindu Garkhel, cotton manager at the Fairtrade Foundation, explains how we’re all connected to the often-invisible farmers and garment workers who make our clothes. Fairtrade America joins in asking brands #WhoMadeMyClothes?

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  • Member Producer Cecelia Appianim - Credit: Divine Chocolate

    #Stand4Fairness with Divine Chocolate

    17 April 2018 by Jason from the World Fair Trade Challenge Team

    International Fairtrade Day is now less than a month away on May 12, and we here at Fairtrade America are getting ready to celebrate and #Stand4Fairness by highlighting some of our favorite partners. This week, we’re being inspired by Divine Chocolate, a company that has been making superb chocolate and empowering women for over two decades.

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  • #Stand4Fairness this World Fair Trade Day

    4 Ways to #Stand4Fairness

    6 April 2018 by the World Fair Trade Challenge International Team

    It’s time again for the world’s biggest Fairtrade celebration!

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    Sustainable Products Inside and Out: Holistic Thinking for Better Futures

    29 March 2018 by Margot Conover, Fairtrade America, and Beth Porter, Green America

    If so many companies have integrated sustainability into their strategic planning, why doesn't it feel like we're closer to solving climate change and other societal ills?

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    Your Easter Chocolate Capable of More than Smiles

    26 March 2018 by Kyle Freund, Media Manager, Fairtrade America

    This Easter, choose Fairtrade treats to make life better for small-scale cocoa farmers around the world


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    Bananageddon Cometh

    16 March 2018 by Jackie Turner, ecologist and filmmaker

    Undoubtedly, bananas’ popularity comes from their distinctive appearance – and their rock-bottom price. But what might be less well-known is that bananas as we know them are on the verge of extinction.

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  • Pressing for Progress on Gender Equality

    Six Ways Fairtrade is Pressing for Progress on Gender Equality

    7 March 2018 by Eric Fichtl, Fairtrade International

    At Fairtrade, we continue to promote gender equality in sectors that have long been male-dominated.

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    Release: Majority of Americans Trust FAIRTRADE Label

    28 February 2018 by Kyle Freund, Media Manager, Fairtrade America

    Fairtrade America releases new insights into consumer decision-making on eve of Expo West

    Today’s shoppers are confronted with an overwhelming amount of options; the average supermarket carries over 47,000 different products.
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    Bittersweet Chocolate

    14 February 2018 by Margot Conover, External Relations Manager

    Valentine’s Day wouldn’t be complete without chocolate – the National Retail Federation confirms it, estimating that US consumers will spend $1.8 billion on candy this February 14th. But the story behind chocolate may leave a bad taste in your mouth.

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    Ethical Valentine's Day Gifts

    1 February 2018 by The helpless romantics at Fairtrade America

    As the season of love approaches, many people begin to feel a sense of dread. Here are our tips on how to treat that special someone in your life (and yourself).

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    7 Non-Profits We Think are Rad

    29 January 2018 by Kyle Freund, Media Manager, Fairtrade America

    You’re a conscious consumer and every Fairtrade purchase you make helps! But did you know you can extend your impact by supporting organizations that assist communities where Fairtrade happens?

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    Top 10 Blog Posts of 2017

    16 January 2018 by Jason Sanches, Marketing Assistant, Fairtrade America

    Happy New Year from the Fairtrade America team! It's a New Year so you know what that means...top 10 lists of things from the previous year!

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  • Release: 1% for the Planet Recognizes Fairtrade’s Strong Environmental Credentials

    4 January 2018 by Kyle Freund, Media Manager, Fairtrade America

    Fairtrade America is proud to be named a nonprofit partner of 1% for the Planet, a global alliance of more than 1,200 member companies in 40 countries that contribute 1% of their revenues to environmental causes. 

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    6 Christmas Movies to Explain Fairtrade to Friends & Family

    14 December 2017 by Fairtrade America Staff

    Get everyone on the couch! Curl up with some Fairtrade hot chocolatecookies , and this list of Christmas movies, and give your loved ones the ultimate gift – a social justice education. 

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    5 Minutes for Fair Trade Fashion

    7 December 2017 by Professor Shireen Musa, Fashion Institute of Technology

    Shireen Musa has seen an increase in students at the Fashion Institute of Technology having an interest in fair trade fashion. She’s currently conducting research on this topic and needs your help.

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    Make Your Holidays Fairtrade

    1 December 2017 by Jason Sanches, Fairtrade America

    The holidays are fast approaching and everyone is on the hunt for the perfect gift. Sharing gifts gives us a sense of joy, but have you ever considered giving a gift that also impacts the lives of farmers and workers that produce them? This holiday season, extend the impact of your gift-giving by sharing Fairtrade certified products with your friends and family.

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