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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Chemonges Janet, a single mother of 7 children, says her Fair Trade co-op has helped her learn to compost for fertilizer, get new coffee  trees when old ones decline, and she also received an eco-friendly stove through the community development premium

Fair Trade Goes Full Circle on Supply Chains

October is Fair Trade month. Today we reflect on how far the movement has come and how it allows customers to give back…
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Dr. Bronner’s Takes the Lead in Sourcing Sustainable Palm Oil

One company making a difference with responsible palm oil sourcing is Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, the famous manufacturer of castile soap.
A Fair Trade fishing village in Indonesia.

From Coffee and Tea to Fish in the Sea: A New Frontier of Fair Trade

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Ethical Tea Partnership, Oxfam Lead Campaign for a Living Wage

Finding systemic issues that effectively trap tea workers into earning below living wages, ETP, Oxfam and GIZ intend to improve the situation. They…
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Climate Change Threatens Sri Lanka’s Tea Industry

The Sri Lankan tea industry, already challenged by global competition and rising costs, is increasingly threatened due to climate change.
By the end of 2013, Levi’s found a second use for 7.9 million bottles in its Waste

3p Weekend: 10 Budding Trends in Sustainable Fashion

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Green is the New Black: How Consumers Feel About Sustainable Apparel

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Garment workers

5 Things You May Not Know About Fair Trade Apparel

How does Fair Trade fit into the sustainable apparel dialogue, and what distinguishes it?
Farm worker sifts corn kernels at his home in Central America

Making the Food Trade Work for All

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Appalatch co-founders Grace Gounin (right) and Mariano deGuzman work on pieces for their line.

How Loving Your Clothes Can Make the World a Better Place

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Indigenous Trace Tool

Fair Trace Tool Makes Supply Chain Transparency Fashionable

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Raul Zambrano, from Ecuador, scoops cacao beans recently dried in a tumbler

Help Save the Cocoa Industry – Buy Fair Trade Chocolate This Valentine’s Day

It's Valentine's Day, and in supermarkets, drug stores and specialty shops across the country, shelves are lined with chocolates of every shape, size…
Coffee processing in Nicaragua.

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters: With Commitment to Fair Trade Comes Great Responsibility

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Small-scale farmer, Guatemala

Coffee in Crisis: The Silent Disaster You’ve Never Heard Of

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Kelly Clarkson on the ground in Peru, learning about Fair Trade coffee

American Idol Kelly Clarkson Rallies Support for Fair Trade Coffee

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