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National Call to Action to demand Hersey’s receives Fair Trade certification!

To continue our spotlight on Cadbury for coming out with a Fair Trade Chocolate bar (that should be out sometime this summer! Yummy) for the U.K., Green America along with a couple powerful alibi’s announced June 23rd as a  “National Day for Action”  to demand Hersey’s jumps onboard the Fair Trade boat.

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 This call will request Hersey’s Foods Corporation – one of the largest chocolate produceres in the United States and most famour for their chocolate “kisses” – abides by third party Fair Trade certification of all cocoa farms they source from. This would ensure no abusive labor practices are used, such as child labor or bonded slavery.

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*Child laborers carry baskets of cocoa on their heads

In other words, this call will ensure Hersey’s “kisses” care as much for those who produce them as those who consume them.

With partners such as the International Labour Rights Forum (ILRF), the Organic Consumer’s Association, and Global Exchange, Green America provided numbers of Hersey’s officials and even a script, so that anyone can be a labor vigilante by just picking up the phone! It only takes two minutes.

So while June 23rd has come and gone, this National Call to Action is alive and well until Hersey’s makes a move. So make the call today! Let’s work together to make Hersey’s kisses something we can enjoy from a moral and ethical standpoint as well!

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Easy Earth Day Tips!

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Happy Earth Day from this Fair Trade Fashionista to all of you!

Now, there are a number of things that are easy to do on a daily basis to decrease your carbon footprint and help mother earth. I have compiled a list of them for you today:

1.) Use reusable bags at the grocery store – It’s very easy and cuts down on trash bags that only end up in landfills for decades to come.

2.) Ride your bike/Use public transporation/Car pool – To cut down on carbon emissions from gasoline. I’ve never even owned a car and I feel so free. Join me!

3.) Support local agriculture – Become a member of a local community farm. My sister and I did it last summer and it was such a nice treat every week being surprised and figuring out how to prepare new and interesting vegetables!

4.) Turn the lights off  – This one seems so obvious, but many forget. Also, laptops and desktop computer sap a lot of energy even while not being used. Taking the couple seconds to shut it down could mean saving on your electricity bill!

5.) Buy organic/sustainable clothing – Mainstream cotton production consumes 25% of the world’s pesticides, let’s cut down on this number! Just look for the certified organic cotton label, and other sustainable fabrics like bamboo, soy, etc. Fabrics such as these are becoming more and more accessible as they grow in popularity so make sure to do your part to demand sustainable fabrics!

6.) Buy organic/free range chicken and eggs – This helps support humanity on farms, deforestation for mass production of chicken and eggs, and saves you from digesting random hormones fed to chickens that may effect your body!

7.) Reuse/Recycle EVERYTHING – Make sure to recycle! But it’s not just your trash that I’m talking about. If you have clothing, books, or toys you’re interested in getting rid of, donate them to local organizations such as the Salvation Army, American Red Cross and Goodwill.

8.) Grow your own garden – It doesn’t need to be anything extravagant. Believe me, I know how difficult maintaining plants can be in an urban setting. But just a couple plants will make your summer fresher and brighter! We maintain sage, basil, tomato and lettuce plants. Our jalepenos and corn did not make it last year but we hope to try again!

 

Alright, so that’s more than just a couple Earth Day tips but I got a little carried away. I could go on…but I’ll stop now.

Don’t feel pressured to make dramatic life changes, no one can do it all. But if everyone does a little something everyday to make our world a healthier place, we will be back on the right track in no time. Just remember, we add up.

So get your hands dirty this Earth Day!

I’d love to hear what you’re doing this Earth Day and in general to save our planet!

Fair Trade Fashionista walks her first runway!

 Exciting news in the life of a little Fair Trade Fashionista like me — this weekend I was so lucky as to partake in my first all eco-friendly and Fair Trade Runway show put on by the Fashion Institute of Boston! It all happened at the Down:2:Earth Eco-Conference in Boston’s wonderful Hynes Convention Center.  

 There’s nothing like a bit of adrenaline to get you going. While it was a bit hectic behind the scenes, I wouldn’t have had it any other way. It was overall very exciting, and I can even say I had fun! The clothing was all to die for. I got to model designers such as Indigenous Design, pioneer in Fair Trade fashion and eco-friendly attire, Helen Riegle, designer of nature inspired, Fair Trade, eco-friendly and vegan handbags, and more!

 My favorite pieces to walk the runway in were Kelly Lane’s Ivy Dress, paired with the classy white Jasmine Jacket

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 And Tara Lynn’s own wedding dress! I felt honored to be wearing something with such sentimental value. Her wedding dress was carefully handcrafted with flowers, and sewn from all organic and sustainable fabrics such as hemp and organic cotton.  It made me feel like a woodland fairy and inspired elegance that stopped me from tripping in my slippery golden heels!

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Stay tuned for more detailed reports on all designers and amazing Fair Trade and Eco-friendly companies I became familiar with at Down:2:Earth Boston. I had a great time enjoying some great food, wine, people, and new environmental ideas, and can’t wait to share them all with you!