fair trade

“Fair trade” is a system of trade in which workers receive living wages and employment opportunities for the goods they produce. This system serves as an alternative approach to conventional international trade for producers who are typically economically disadvantaged artisans and farmers from developing countries. The producers partner with international organizations that help them build their skills to market and sell goods such as crafts, and agricultural products such as coffee and chocolate.

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Stock Your Bar Cart with These Sustainable Spirits

We've already covered sustainable beer and wine in our 3p Weekend series, but what about sustainable spirits? From grain-to-bottle to fair trade certified,…
Elvia Almachi, 32, holds a bundle of recently harvested Fair Trade-certified roses. Elvia has been working at Agrogana for 12 years, and has been part of the Fair Trade committee. She has two daughters, 9 and 12. Elvia and her husband Luis Alberto Villegas, also an Agrogana employee, both participate in the weekend adult school program paid by the Fair Trade Premium.

Farmworker Awareness Week: Do You Know Who Picks Your Produce?

Farmworkers across the globe are out in the fields from dawn to dusk, working hard to feed the world. But at what cost?
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What If a Job Could Reduce Violence?

Economic development could reduce violence in communities with gang activity through supplying choices and opportunity.
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Skidmore College Earns Chain of Custody Certification for Seafood

Students, faculty and staff at Skidmore College in upstate New York are now being served a variety of fresh seafood certified to have…
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Policy Points: Net Neutrality, Sick Leave and Better Trade

A sustainable economy will depend on policies that will help advance change on a societal level. Here are three important policies that will…
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Designer Handbags Provide Jobs, Preserve Ancient Cultures

The term, “sustainable fashion,” has many meanings: It can refer to clothes and accessories made from organic, naturally dyed fabrics; apparel made by…
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Sustainable Flower Growers Are a Few Roses Among Many Thorns

You may want to consider more sustainable flower growers that are on the market next time you want something delivered for that special…
Hayunan Wangse flys a kite with a fishing lure that mimics a flying fish on the surface , 11th July 2014, Waepure, Buru Isand, Indonesia.  He hopes 'Fair Trade' will bring improvements to his village.

Your Seafood: Now Fair Trade Certified

Safeway's latest commitment brings the company up to par with your local farmers market when it comes to worker transparency.
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Good Cloth: Going Beyond Fair Trade in Fashion

Good Cloth is trying to challenge the fashion industry by working with small artisan producers worldwide while still focusing on quality and design.
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Why This Top College Apparel Company Pays Living Wages

In an industry that manufactures most of its apparel in developing countries at unlivable wages, Alta Gracia Apparel – a clothing factory in…
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TriplePundit’s Sustainable Holiday Gift Guide

To save you some time sifting through the ever-growing -- and often greenwashed -- list of "eco-products," this week we rounded up 15…
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Wear What You Stand For: Uniting Humanity Through Fashion

If we are what we eat, then we wear what we stand for, says Shamini Dhana, founder and CEO of sustainable fashion label…
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Marks and Spencer: Over 60% of All Products Sold are “Sustainable”

Marks and Spencer says 63 percent of its products sold have had a Plan A or “sustainable” attribute.
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A Black Friday 2014 Call to Action: Durability Over Discounts?

Black Friday 2014 does not have to be about buying cheap stuff at big box stores. Consider focusing on durability over discounts instead.
PrAna has increased its use of organic cotton from 27 to 63 percent in the past two years. Photo courtesy of prAna.

Balancing Commerce, Idealism and Yoga Pants: Q&A with prAna CEO

prAna was recently acquired by outdoor retailer Columbia. CEO Scott Kerslake how the company will and won't change from its core mission.