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Fair Trade on the Ground: A Visit to Doi Chaang Coffee Farm in Thailand

June 8, 2017

Last November, I had an amazing opportunity to visit a Fair Trade farm for the first time in my life. Even though six months has passed since my visit, it feels like it was yesterday because of the lasting impact that the experience had on me. As the National Organizer for Fair Trade Colleges & […]

The Power of Fair Trade Advocacy: From Los Angeles, California to Port-au-Prince, Haiti

May 22, 2017

Fair Trade advocacy connects individuals from different ages, backgrounds, interests, passions, and even geographies. As a college student who is new to advocacy and nonprofit work, I was eager to become the Southern California Colleges & Universities Fellow to gain work experience – little did I know that I would come to value the people […]

Celebrate World Fair Trade Day!

May 1, 2017

This year, May 13 marks the fifteenth annual celebration of World Fair Trade Day. In communities around the world, people will come together to show their support for Fair Trade and celebrate the benefits that Fair Trade provides to producers and their families. And we want to invite YOU to be part of the celebration! Whether you […]

It’s a Fashion Revolution

April 27, 2017

Have you heard the latest buzz about Fair Trade fashion and ethical branding? It’s a hot topic for a diverse audience all around the globe. Why? Because Fair Trade fashion matters. This is a topic that heavily affects us all – 1 in 6 people on Earth are involved in the global fashion industry in some way, […]

Fair Trade Spices: Small Product, Large Environmental Impact

April 20, 2017

There are small changes we can make every day that contribute to environmental sustainability. As a Fair Trade enthusiast I am always excited to find new Fair Trade products. Not everything that we purchase, need, or want is Fair Trade certified, and when these products are not available I do my best to buy local, […]

How Fair Trade Impacts Health Around the World

April 7, 2017

In celebration of World Health Day, which was established to commemorate the creation of the World Health Organization, let’s take a look at some of the ways that Fair Trade helps farmers and workers pursue better health care and achieve a more sustainable way of living. The UN Declaration of Human Rights proclaims that all […]

Fair Trade Campaigns is Hiring 2017-18 Fellows

March 27, 2017

UPDATE 6/19/17: Applications are now closed for all regions except the Southwest. To apply for the Southwest Regional Fellowship, please apply online by Friday, June 30. Are you passionate about Fair Trade and social justice? Are you a student or recent graduate looking for rewarding part-time work? Do you want to gain hands-on experience supporting grassroots […]

From Students to Fair Trade Entrepreneurs

March 23, 2017

Students have played an integral role in shaping and growing the Fair Trade movement across the country. From UCLA in California to Green Mountain College in Vermont, students work to educate their classmates, spread awareness to administrators, and make sure their campus sells products that provide better working and living conditions for those that make […]

Fair Trade: A Movement for All

February 3, 2017

True fair trade is about mutually beneficial relationships rooted in trust and respect spanning geographic and cultural boundaries. As a global movement, fair trade brings attention to people around the world who work under exploitative conditions and highlights the true costs of goods in global supply chains. Organizations and activists, businesses and brands, farmers, workers […]

Resources to Re-Energize Your Campaign

January 31, 2017

Did you know that there are now over 250 active Fair Trade campaigns across the country? We know that our Fair Trade advocates are working hard everyday to grow the Fair Trade movement in their community – whether it be their college/university, town, school or congregation. In 2017, we want your campaign be as successful […]

Coffee Is Not Produced Alone

January 12, 2017

Social transformation through Fair Trade cooperatives in Peru How often do we think about the source of where our coffee comes from, if at all? Brought from thousands of miles away, do we know whether the people who farm and harvest the coffee beans are fairly compensated for their labor? Last October, I got a […]

Share the Love: Valentine’s Day 2017

January 4, 2017

On February 14, many of us take time to show a little extra love to the special people in our lives. This year, we invite you to share the love with the farmers and artisans behind your favorite Valentine’s Day gifts. Choose Fair Trade flowers, chocolate, and artisan goods (find discounts from our partners below!) or send […]

Fair Trade Campaigns’ Top 10 Achievements of 2016

December 20, 2016

2016 was an exciting year for Fair Trade Campaigns! Lets take a look back at the Top 10 Achievements of the year.  1) University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point became the 40th Fair Trade University in the U.S. In November, University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point (UWSP) helped us hit a Fair Trade Campaigns milestone by becoming […]

Fair Trade Campaigns in the Media – Fall 2016

December 13, 2016

Our campaigns have been making great strides all across the country these past several months, and getting quite a bit of media attention for it! From newly declared Fair Trade Universities to Fair Trade anniversaries and holiday events, there’s a lot of good news to share. A UMD Group Held a Fair Trade Fair to Educate […]

Fair Trade Your Holidays

November 23, 2016

This holiday season, give gifts that give back As the holidays approach, many of us will be heading to the store in preparation for dinner parties, gift giving, and other festivities. Last year, U.S. consumers spent over $600 billion during the holiday season. With this amount of spending, we have an incredible opportunity to support millions of […]

Farewells & Welcomes: Fair Trade Fellows

November 4, 2016

As the Fair Trade movement continues to grows across the U.S., we are more grateful than ever for the strength of our regional networks. In the Mid Atlantic, New England, and Southern California, these networks bring together town, college, school, and congregation campaigns to learn from and collaborate with one another. And none of this […]

Fair Trade Trip Report: Monteverde, Costa Rica

October 10, 2016

“When we rise in the morning…at the table we drink coffee which is provided to us by a South American, or tea by a Chinese, or cocoa by a West African; before we leave for our jobs we are already beholden to more than half the world.” Since I first encountered this unforgettable quote by Martin Luther King, Jr., I have tried […]

Fair Trade, Photos, and Prizes! Announcing Fair Trade Photofest 2016

October 6, 2016

Do you love Fair Trade products? Do you love travel? Do you share photos on social media? If your answer is yes, we have the perfect contest for you! Fair Trade Photofest is a social media photo contest held throughout the entire month of October. This contest is not only an awesome way to promote the Fair […]

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