Free Fair Trade Month Event Kits from Handmade Expressions!

Courtney Lang October 5, 2011
October is here – the feeling of fall, festivities in the air. Did you know October is also Fair Trade Month? This is a time to celebrate Fair Trade – and what better way to do that than to share some tasty Fair Trade goodies? We are bringing this celebration of Fair Trade to your store, free of charge to you!

Photo by Handmade Expressions

Handmade Expressions has partnered with two great Fair Trade organizations, Equal Exchange and Wholesome Sweeteners, to create Fair Trade tasting packs, full of some of the finest Fair Trade products. The idea is to create a Fair Trade tasting event in your store in October, where you offer your customers these Fair Trade goodies and initiate a dialogue around Fair Trade, while at the same time exposing them to some of the Fair Trade choices available for their everyday purchases. These packs will also include a window poster promoting the event, a stand up card and some education flyers. All you need to do is sign up to receive the free ingredients, host the tasting event, and send us a picture of your event to enter for a chance to win our GRAND PRIZE. It is absolutely FREE, deliciously FAIR, and totally FUN. *Supplies are limited so hurry and sign up. See below for details.

Here’s how it works….1.Choose Your Product KitWe are offering three goody packages for you to choose from.

*Each pack comes with: Window event poster, a stand up card & some education flyers


Photo by Handmade Expressions

a) Chocolate brownie making kit including the following ingredients: 

-Fair Trade cocoa from Equal Exchange

-Sugar from Wholesome Sweeteners

-A recipe to prepare the brownies

b) Tea and chocolate kit including the following:? 

-Tea from Equal Exchange

-Chocolates from Equal Exchange

-Honey from Wholesome Sweeteners

c) Coffee and chocolate kit including the following:

-Coffee from Equal Exchange

-Chocolates from Equal Exchange

-Sugar from Wholesome Sweeteners

2. Sign Up? for the Competition:Sending us a quick email to events@handmadeexpressions.netby October 6th, 2011. The subject should read: Fair Trade month in “your store name”.

Please include the following:
Your name
Your store’s name
?Address and phone number
?Your 1st and 2nd package preference (a, b, or c)
Estimated event date
?Your email
Your website

3. Receive Your Product Kit:We will ship out your package free of charge to your store to participate in the event. You should receive it before October 15th.

*free shipping only to the 48 contiguous states

4. Plan and host the event.Finalize your event date. Start promoting the event in your community. Make the brownies, coffee, or tea as per the instruction included. Host the event between the date you receive the package and October 31st, and share a taste of Fair Trade with your community. The flyers provided will come in handy for discussing Fair Trade.
5. Take lots of pictures and email them to us!Store Owners/Managers: send your photos to events@handmadeexpressions.netTown Organizers: make sure to post your pictures and stories on the Fair Trade Towns USA Facebook page

Our team at Handmade Expressions and Fair Trade Towns will be thrilled to see your photos and how you set up your Fair Trade Tasting. We will promote your store/town through your pictures on our social media and through other means. Your store will be highlighted to the entire Fair Trade community. That’s not all! We are also hosting a competition. Everyone is a winner when the trade is fair; however, we will select one store to receive the grand prize based on most enthusiastic and creative tasting set up.

Note: Competition is for store owners only!  All photo entries should be submitted by noon on October 31st, 2011. The award will be Handmade Expressions merchandise of $100 retail value. Don’t forget that we have limited baskets, so make sure to sign up before October 6th, 2011.

Happy Fair Trade Month!

One Comment

  1. Looking forward to receiving the kit. Thanks for all this creative support!

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Courtney Lang, National Organizer | Fair Trade Campaigns

Courtney Lang brings over 5 years of community organizing to Fair Trade Towns USA, building both the Local Food and Fair Trade networks in Vermont. As Local Food Coordinator with City Market/Onion River Cooperative, Courtney worked with local producers, institutions and consumers to grow the local food system and organize a strategic model for community engagement through farm tours, workshops, and local food challenges. Like many in the Fair Trade industry, Courtney was inspired to take action in Fair Trade when she witnessed child-labor first hand in Costa Rica. As a founding member of Fair Trade Burlington, she has worked with economic development organizations, businesses, and consumers to build awareness of Fair Trade among Vermonters. She also worked with a Fair Trade USA licensee, Vermont Coffee Company, as Friend Ambassador where she united the story of Fair Trade to every purchase of coffee.