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Why Certifications Like Rainforest Alliance Matter

One certification program that keeps growing, avoids controversy, and now scores more multinationals under its umbrella is Rainforest Alliance
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A Caffeinated Adventure Through Two Sustainable Guatemalan Coffee Farms

The following article is part of a series on the Rainforest Alliance’s effort to bring fair and sustainable trade to coffee growers in…
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Cup of José: Rainforest Alliance’s Approach to Coffee Production and Hotel Mgmt

In Guatemala, we visited two Rainforest Alliance certified coffee farms and two Rainforest Alliance verified hotels, all of which reflected local character and…
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How Fair Trade Helped Ecuadorian Flower Workers Get Their Sundays Back

Ecuadorian farmers spent their fair trade funds on washing machines. This allowed them to spend their Sundays with their families instead of at…
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GM Sees No Grounds to Throw Coffee Away

GM employees, led by its manager of waste reduction John Bradburn, are doing their part to divert waste from landfill. Watch for coffee…
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Caribou Coffee Goes 100% Rainforest Alliance Certified in the U.S.

Caribou Coffee has announced in January that all of its American stores will sell only coffee sourced from Rainforest Alliance Certified farms.
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McDonald’s Considers Replacing Foam Cups With Paper

Yesterday McDonald’s announced that the fast food giant would test the use of paper coffee cups instead of foam in 2000 of its…
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Fair Trade USA: Why We Parted Ways with Fair Trade International

In recent months, Fair Trade USA has caused a ripple in the Fair Trade movement by boldly questioning the status quo and moving…
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How Starbucks’ Jobs Campaign Missed the Point

Starbucks is being hailed for helping American small businesses with its new “Create Jobs for USA” campaign. But is Starbucks a real hero, promoting…
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A Brief Look at Rwandan Coffee’s Empowerment Potential

This post is part of a series on exploring Rwanda as part of the International Reporting Project’s Gatekeeper Editor trip. Follow along on our page…
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Tim Hortons Launches Closed Loop System

Tim Hortons is ramping up its environmental initiatives. A pilot program in the Maritimes will be a step towards a closed loop system…
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Milwaukee a Model for Green and Local Businesses

Look past the macroeconomic statistics and Milwaukee has become a hub of entrepreneurship. 3p profiles a few trailblazing green and local businesses.
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Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Named Largest Purchaser of Fair Trade Coffee

It’s a good time to be Green Mountain Coffee Roasters (GMCR). Fair Trade USA, leading third-party certifier of fair trade products, named GMCR…
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Smucker’s Choice: Make Money or be Eaten for Lunch

“Climate change is like the Internet – It arrives one year, it gets bigger every year, it never goes away and you have…
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Coffee’s Grande Water Footprint

In a world of depleting resources, the onus to think about consumption is not just on the manufacturer but also the consumer. There are many…