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Federico Hewson is a community artist in New York City who uses flowers as the medium for his work. After using Fairtrade flowers in an art project ten years ago, he became passionate about flower farm workers in Colombia. Federico writes about his journey with flowers and shares his thoughts about how anyone can become an activist and support what they believe by using their unique talents.
Did you know June is National Candy Month? While candy and sweets can get a bad reputation for their sugar content, there’s no denying that we all like to indulge in a sweet treat every once in a while. If you’re going to moderate your sugar intake, might we suggest thinking about the impact your favorite candy has on the environment and other people as well as your own body? Here are ten facts about sugar for you to ponder before your afternoon snack break.
Our staff’s picks for the best reads on coffee, worker’s rights, ethical sourcing, and everything in between.
How often do you think about your socks? Are you the type of person who is lucky if she can find two matching ones as she rushes to get dressed in the morning? Or maybe you use your socks to express yourself, adding a pop of personality to your weekday uniform.
Terroir refers to the natural environment in which wine grapes grow. Soil, topography, climate all working in harmony to impart flavor and taste, but at Fairtrade we think the people growing the grapes and making the wine are just as important. For National Cabernet Sauvignon Day (August 31), we spoke with Giles Thomas of Baobab Wines about what makes a Fairtrade wine so special.
First off – GREAT! Bake sales are a fantastic way to raise money for a cause you care about. This tradition of fundraising for an important issue has really stood the test of time. It’s so effective that you’ll hardly see a school, church or community group that doesn't run one. And, when you use Fairtrade ingredients, you double your impact – making sure the farmers who grew them got a fair deal.
Small-scale avocado growers in Mexico face many challenges in bringing their fruit to market in the US. The explosive interest in the knobby green fruit has resulted in heavy pressure on the local environment and a crowded marketplace. Nicole Vitello, President of Oke USA, the produce team of Equal Exchange, pens this guest blog chronicling her recent visit with PRAGOR, a Fairtrade farmer organization.
Out of a wide range of great Fairtrade products, there are many that are also organic certified! We’re celebrating all things organic for National Organic Month this September with this great list.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the creation of Fairtrade International. Over these two decades, Fairtrade has gone from being a small initiative to a global movement. In 2015 alone, $8.1 billion Fairtrade products were consumed, a 16% increase from 2014. These purchases benefited 1.6 million producers and workers across 75 countries.