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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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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.

Wake up to Fair Trade

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I don’t know many people who can make it through their busy work days or classes without a little jump start from a good ol’ cup of Joe. American’s love coffee so much that more than 77 percent of all adults of 18 — or 161 million people in the United States alone — drink coffee either daily of occasionally. With that many people drinking that much coffee, the industry must be making billions in profits. So is it compensation all people in the suply chain fairly for their hard work? The answer is precarious and of course varying. But there is not question as to whether it should, and you can make this choice for yourself now!

There is a lot of Fair Trade coffee available at local stores and even not-so-local Starbucks, one of the biggest coffee purchasers and sellers in the world. While Starbucks still carries unfairly traded, or “Free Trade” coffee, Fair Trade coffee is also now available at every Starbucks, so you just have to make sure to ask for it! By buying Fair Trade coffee you can feel positive about your purchase…every day! Also , if you are ever shopping at a grocery store and can’t seem to find even one Fair Trade coffee option – just ask for it! Most reatilers says it only takes one customer requesting a productfor them to stock their shelves with Fair Trade coffee! Even the restaurant I work at carries Fair Trade coffee now from Equal Exchange.

Fair Trade coffee ensures that coffee bean farmers are paid a fair wage and do not have to sell their product for extremely low prices to a middleman or use child labour in the process. Many coffee farmers have escaped this exploitation by starting cooperatives and working together to stand up against the big corporations. I recently discoverd one such cooperative which I was inspired by, as I’m sure you may be too. This cooperative formed during the dark years in Uganda, when conflict tore their country part. The Jews, Christians, and Muslims came together to overcome their differences and focus on their similarities.

They all belived God was their protector and savour, and then all needed to make the coffee business profitable before they starved. Their idea was a success. See this short inspirational video about the origination of “Mirembe Kawomera,” directly translated as Peace Coffee.

See how you can get Mirembe Kawomera coffee for yourself at this website.

As more and more consumers are putting their dollar where their heart is, and supporting the entire supply line, Fair Trade coffee is becoming more reasonably priced! So start your day off right, the Fair Trade way!

Tell me about your favorite Fair Trade coffee brands!

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!

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.