Tag Archives: Eco-Valentine’s Day

Stellar Winery for a Stellar Cause!

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Fair Trade Fashionista* has you and your sweetie covered in the area of fine organic and Fair Trade “wining”….

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Amid beautiful rolling hills stands Stellar Winery, the largest South African producer of fine organic wines. They process 4,500 tons of organic grapes for the South African and export markets.

Stellar became the first organic winery to receive official Fair Trade Certification from the Fair Trade Federation, and was also the first in South Africa to produce commercially viable no-sulphur-added wines!

Subsequtenly, Stellar became the largest producer of this type of wine in the world and is the largest producer of no-sulphur-added wines in the UK. Stellar has been trying to break into the US markets since last year, when they donated a couple cases to a Fair Trade Event I was working at, and let me tell you, this is some tasty stuff!

Photosource: http://www.stellarorganics.com/about.php

Stellar Winery has refused to make compromises on the organic or Fair Trade quality of their products ever since the beginning. Stellar replaces pesticides with hand picking, de-stemming, crushing the grapes with care, and immediately cooling them to zero degrees Celcius. Keeping the grapes at this low temperature inactivates bacteria and yeast, allowing Stellar to avoid the use of Sulpur dioxide (SO2). For more extended information on their wine making process, see Stellar Winery’s website, which goes into great detail for both red and white wines seperately!

However, being Fair Trade certified and Sulphur free wasn’t enough for Stellar Winery. They continue to make sure that from start to finish, the process through which their wine is produced is completely organic: They utilize a system of farming which maintains and replenishes the soil, use only indigenous vegetation for mulching, and control weeds with environmentally sound processes. All this hard work has made Stellar certified by not only USDA, but also the Control Union Certifications (an organic company supervised by the Dutch Accreditation Council RvA, ensuring EU criteria for organic agriculture and production are strictly adhered to).

So purchasing Stellar Wine is not only good for the environment, and its producers, but is impressively refined enough for any wine connossieur to appreciate! Stellar Wine offers their own Shiraz, Merlot, Pinotage and Cabernet Savignon, Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Shiraz Rose, specialty drinks and more! Just view their website for the easily available options.

Photosource: http://www.stellarorganics.com/products.php

Above, you see a bottle of Stellar’s Merlot. Fair Trade. Organic. Ready to be consumed.

Order Stellar just in time for Valentine’s day for you and your sweetie!

Can Flowers Be Fair?

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A worker tends to roses at Nevado Ecuador, a farms that uses either exclusively organic or sustainable techniques in its greenhouses. Photo by Amy Stewart http://imgs.sfgate.com/c/pictures/2007/02/07/ho_flowers_valentine03.jpg

Do you even have to ask? But of course! You just have to know where to look, and that’s what we here at Fair Trade Fashionista is here for!

As there have been issues with Child Labor as well as unsafe working conditions and use of deadly pesticides in the flower industry in places such as Columbia; and 32% percent of all households in the United States celebrate Valentine’s Day with flowers, it is very important that we all make sure to keep our purchases of flowers sustainable and Fair Trade!

1.) “A Better World is Blooming”- This provides Fair wages to employees, most of whom are women, and allows them to “feed their families, send their children to school, invest in community development and sustainable farming methods.” When purchasing these flowers, you are investing in these women and their families future, as well as making your sweetheart smile. So why not hit two birds with one stone…or purchase?

2.) Buy Local! Here’s a website to local organic farms so that no matter where you are in the United States you can make sure to purchase local, organic and Fair Trade flowers!

3.) Buy an edible fruit arrangement! This is definitely a green alternative to disposable flowers! A bouquet of flowers that you can admire and is very tasty as well! See their options.

4.) Buy potted plants- These are just as beautiful as a bouquet of flowers do not die after a couple weeks, and give back to the environment in which they are kept. They keep inside or can be planted outside with the coming of April and spring showers!

These were just a couple ideas to get you thinking about sustainability and Fair Trade! Any more ideas or suggestiosn? Leave a comment!