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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!

Celebrate World Fair Trade Day 09!

 
 As I am a Fair Trade Fashionista* I think it’s only appropriate that I make all you aware of the annual World Fair Trade Day 09 coming up this Saturday!

This holiday officially began as recently as 2001, when the World Fair Trade Organization adopted the event in Arusha, Tanzania. Safia Minney, founder of PeopleTree and pioneer of Fair Trade Fashion, has played an important role in shaping this global event.

World Fair Trade Day takes place the second Saturday of every May now. It is meant t raise awareness about the issue through public group activities, such as “Fair Trade Coffee Breaks” and Fair Trade festivals at High Schools.

To find an event happening in your area on World Fair  Trade Day, look here. With 310 event listed in North America, 250 in Europe, 30 in Africa, and 98 in Asia, it seems that no matter where you are, you can help us celebrate World Fair Trade Day this year!

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Even if you don’t have time to attend an event, stop by and make your own Fair Trade day with a bar of Fair Trade chocolate, some Fair Trade Coffee, or a Fair Trade clothing shopping spree! Whatever you’d like, just make it Fair Trade.

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Photosource: http://www.worldfairtradeday09.org/

Fair Trade is essential for millions of people who work and struggle for survival everyday. It’s all about justice and human rights… join me in supporting World Fair Trade Day” -Sir Paul McCartney.

Let’s raise awareness about this important cause together, because the only way Fair Trade products can continue to grow in popularity is through support from people like you. We must come together to support one another around the world, and Saturday is a perfect day to do so!

For more events and details on World Fair Trade Day, see the official website.

‘Egg a Politician’ for Fair Trade Awareness at the G20 summit!

 Just in time for Easter, Divine Chocolate, leading Fair Trade chocolate producer worldwide, has developed an online game called “Egg a Politician!”

 This game is meant to raise awareness about Fair Trade, with a goal of getting Fair Trade higher in the agenda at the G20 summit this year. You get to throw an egg at the politician of your choice and watch them gobble it up! And let me tell you…Obama has some chops on him!

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But seriously, after you get the egg into the politicians mouth you get to sign a petition that will be sent directly to them about the value of Fair Trade. I had my doubts, but it really is fun. I found myself laughing, and wanting more! It only takes two seconds, so I ended up ‘egging’ not only Obama, but also Mr. Nicolas Sakozy of France  and Gordon Brown of England.  Brown seems to be a favorite, as he has been hit with almost 16,000 eggs!

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So in the spirit of the Easter Bunny, throw an egg! And hit the goal of increasing awarness about Fair Trade at the G20 summit this year, and worldwide.

There isn’t much time left before the summit so get your egg in today!

Cadbury hops into Easter with Fair Trade Chocolate!

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It’s almost April, and everyone knows what that means..Easter! When I was a child, Easter meant eggs in the dryer, on the porch, and under my bed, filled with wonderful jellybeans and chocolate! I loved everything about Easter except that my mother would make my sisters and I wear these bright floral patterned dresses with mismatching hats (with elastic under the chin, Ouch!) to go to church. You all know the outfits I’m talking about, probably too intimately. Definitely a fashion no-no, but we pulled them off only as adorable little children could. We’ll I’ve come a long way since those days, but I still love Easter.

That’s why I’m so excited that Cadbury has taken a step to help me love Easter even more, so I wanted to take a moment to tell all you Fair Trade Fashionista’s about the latest and greatest news in the Fair Trade world.

Cadbury Dairy Milk – A leading chocolate bar in the UK – has announced that they will use Fair Trade cocoa starting this summer. This great news for cocoa farmers, as well as the Fair Trade movement, and will result in Fair Trade chocolate making up for 15% of all chocolate sold in the UK.

Let’s use this announcement as a cause for celebration, but also as continued inspiration to keep pushing Cadbury and all the other major cocoa consumers in the US to make the same decision – use Fair Trade cocoa in the chocolate available in the US market.

We want to thank Cadbury from the bottom of our hearts for taking this step, but encourage them to further this step into the US markets.

Especially in this time when Cadbury’s popular chocolate Easter eggs are selling like hot cakes across the US , we need to make Cadbury realize how much we, as consumers, value Fair Trade here in the US.  

Cadbury needs to hear from you and thousands of others who want to know that none of their chocolate purchases are supporting exploitative child labor in the cocoa industry.

And Green America has made it even easier for you to make your voice heard by writing a letter you can sign in seconds by clicking this link.

When you sign the letter to Cadbury, you’ll not only be thanking them for their new green step overseas, but also pushing for more Fair Trade options here in the States. 

This step taken by Cadbury proves that the excuse that all other major chocolate labels hide behind –  that it’s not possible to pay a fair wage and support workers across the supply chain without passing prohibitive costs along to the consumer – is false.

And please, pass this along to everyone you know and have them sign the letter as well, because together we can change the world!

Let’s put the “love” back into Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day is already on my mind, and I know it is on many of yours as well! We here at Fair Trade Fashionista* would love to take some time to show you our most important Fair Trade and sustainable secrets about Valentine’s Day with you and yours!

Since the fourteenth century, Valentine’s Day has been “a festival of love,” but somehow within the past century, corporations have replaced ‘love’ with ‘greed’. While we may show our affection to loved ones with M & Ms in the United States, we are simultaneously supporting a corporation who refuses to take a stand against child laborers being used in the production of their product; children who have never even tasted the chocolate they slave for.

As consumers, we have the power to make purchases that take the power out of the hands of corporations and allows us to shape our holiday the way we want. Let’s show our love not only for those in the United States, but also for those who produce the goods we buy from Africa, Asia, or elsewhere.

There are a couple easy steps that can make anyone’s Valentine’s Day stress and conscious free. We here at Fair Trade Fashionista* have made a series about our favorite Fair Trade Valentine’s Day products and where you can get them!

So what can you do to ensure your Valentine’s Day celebration is an ethical one? (Click on the links to see the details on each topic)

1.) Buy Fair Trade/Recycled Valentine’s Cards – See blog for more details!

2.) Buy Fair Trade Valentine’s Chocolates for your loved ones – See blog

3.) Purchase Fair Trade or sustainable Flowers!

4.) Wear a special Fair Trade Valentine’s Outfit!

5.) Tell everyone you know how important it is for consumers to show corporations their ethics with their wallets! You have more power than you may think to control their actions. When you support Fair Trade and and sustainable products, you support a healthy and sustainable world.
Thank you for spending the time to read about some of our favorite products. Please comment if we’re left something out!

Make Valentine’s Chocolates Sweet Again: Purchase Fair Trade!

Valentine’s Day is also the 4th largest holiday for giving candy in the U.S. (38% of households give or receive chocolate during this holiday). So this year, think of not only your loved ones, but the poor children who are forced to labor for low wages, with deadly pesticides and machetes; and consider Fair Trade chocolate.

The most powerful chocolate corporations in the world all use Child Laborers and refuse to get Fair Trade certified. If consumers refused to buy chocolate that was not Fair Trade, these companies would have to agree in order to make profits. Therefore, it is in the consumer’s best interest to purchase Fair Trade chocolate.  Not only that, but it is really easy to find! Here are some of my favorite fair trade Valentines’ chocolate, but you could definitely find your own!

1.) Divine Chocolate is the most powerful Fair Trade chocolate company today, but only shares 1% of the 13 billion dollar sales of chocolate a year in the United States. Let’s increase this percentage!

Divine Valentine's Chocolates, Now available at Whole Foods and independent retailer's nationwide

Divine Valentine's Chocolates, Now available at Whole Foods and independent retailer's nationwide, see website for purchasing details.

2.) Fair Trade AND Vegan Valentine Chocolates? I know, it sounds too good to be true, but it’s not! Vegan Valentine Chocolates has everything from Truffles, chocolate gift baskets, to organic perfumes and it’s all Fair Trade! So check out their website and taste this delicious dessert for yourself!

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3.) Some more of the most popular Fair Trade chocolate companies include Tazo Chocolate, Equal Exchange, Kate’s Caring Gifts: Organic and Vegan Chocolates!

So check it out and get your own Vegan/Organic/Fair Trade chocolates to support the workers without power, and show those corporations who holds the power.