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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Making the Food Trade Work for All

Monday is Cesar Chavez Day, a time to think about who our food comes from, the challenges they face and how an approach…
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

It’s hard to discuss the problems within the apparel industry without somebody asking, very reasonably, for a solution. We think the solution lies…
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Fair Trace Tool Makes Supply Chain Transparency Fashionable

Fashionistas now, for the first time, can see beyond clothing labels with the Fair Trace Tool developed by fair trade fashion company INDIGENOUS.…
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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

Despite market challenges in 2013, some businesses were able to celebrate profits, and consumers were still able to drink their daily cup of…
Small-scale farmer, Guatemala

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

A look at two major crises that are threatening the livelihoods of farmers and workers across the globe, and how Fair Trade can…
Kelly Clarkson on the ground in Peru, learning about Fair Trade coffee

American Idol Kelly Clarkson Rallies Support for Fair Trade Coffee

For most Americans, our morning cup of coffee is the requisite first step before anything else that may occupy our to-do list for…
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Can Fair Trade Chocolate Curb the Looming Cocoa Shortage?

First it's wine, now it's chocolate. What's this world coming to? Experts are sounding the alarms: it may be all over for the…
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Kiva and Fair Trade USA Launch Innovative Loan Program for Small Coffee Farmers

This is part of a series on “The Future of Fair Trade,” written in collaboration with Fair Trade USA. A 501 (c) (3)…
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Stories & Beer: Numi Tea and Fair Trade USA

Tonight's "Stories & Beer Fireside Chat" next included Brian Durkee, Numi Tea's VP of Operations alongside Nora Pittenger, of Fair Trade USA.
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Fast Fashion Has to Slow Down

Unfortunately, until the tragic collapse of a factory killed over 1000 women workers in Bangladesh this past April, few people were tuned in…
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New Consortium Takes on the Chai Challenge

By Heather Connon A nice cup of tea is the usual prescription for everything from severe shock to a tiring day. But the…
Fair Trade factory in India

A Look at Fair Trade in the Wake of Bangladesh

Fair Trade USA explores how the Rana Plaza tragedy might be a tipping point for the apparel industry, as more consumers seek ethical…
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The World’s Most Sustainable Retailer? Marks & Spencer’s 2013 Plan A Report

The annual “Plan A” update from Marks & Spencer outlines what the company has done to mitigate its impact on society and on…
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SBIO 2013 Semi-finalist Interview: Ecopia

Using the starch from tapioca, social enterprise Ecopia produces a fully degradable, recyclable, and non-GMO bio-plastic, referred to as ECOPLAS®, while also seeking…