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Meet the newest member of the Fair Trade Campaigns team!

June 22, 2015

Hi everyone! I’m Kylie, the new National Organizer for Fair Trade Colleges & Universities (FTCU) with Fair Trade Campaigns. I couldn’t be more excited to step into this new role! My passion for social, economic and environmental justice first arose in high school, when I spent five years living in Chiang Mai, Thailand. My interests evolved through […]

Fair Trade Soccer Balls Available at Target!

May 15, 2015

Guest Blog Post By: Jessica Holland, Senda Athletics About five months ago, Santiago Salty, founder of Senda Athletics Fair Trade soccer balls, sent a tweet that would change the trajectory of his company. He had just seen Target’s announcement for its upcoming Made to Matter collection. Made to Matter introduces some of the most innovative […]

School Tip: Source Fair Trade Products

April 22, 2015

Work your way through Goal 3 Goal #3 is about sourcing Fair Trade products in cafeterias, vending machines, school stores or regularly including Fair Trade products in fundraisers like candy or bake sales.  To reach this goal you will need to complete the following: You must have at least two products offered at permanent outlets […]

World Fair Trade Day Program Launched

April 6, 2015

Increase Fair Trade Availability in your Community! We all enjoy biting into a crisp piece of fruit or sipping that perfectly brewed cup of joe.  But how many of us stop to think about the farmers who grow and harvest the produce and beverages we consume on a regular basis? This World Fair Trade Day, […]

February Fair Trade Achievements: Campaigns with Heart

March 12, 2015

Our campaigners’ hearts were in the right place this February!  Let’s show a little love for those who took their campaigns to the next level… Campaign Badges and Declarations 18 Badges Earned! 1.  Cleveland Heights, OH – Engage Your Town 2.  Marquette University, WI – Commit to Fair Trade Education 3.  Saint Mary’s University, MN –  Pass a Fair Trade […]

Bring Fair Trade To Your Faith Community!

March 3, 2015

Did you know that your church, synagogue, mosque or other place of worship can be recognized as a leader in the Fair Trade movement?  Use Fair Trade products at your congregation and incorporate Fair Trade into social teachings – build solidarity among your fellow congregants!   How it all Began . . . The concept of […]

Bring Fair Trade to Schools in 2015

February 27, 2015

Help the Next Generation Combat Child Slave Labor Every child deserves an education. But, according to the International Labour Organization (ILO), child labor is a reality for 168 million boys and girls in Latin America, Africa and Asia. Can you imagine your child, brother, sister, neighbor or YOU picking cocoa beans instead of going to […]

Share the Love this Valentine’s Day

January 22, 2015

Here are 3 ways (including discounts!) for an easy and impactful Valentine’s Day. 1) Valentines to Farmers and Artisans Wouldn’t it be great if you could send a note of personal thanks and gratitude to Fair Trade Farmers and Artisans? Well now you can! We are partnering with three companies and the U.S. Fund for UNICEF (more about them […]

3 Ways to Support Mexican Farmworkers

December 19, 2014

Last week, the Los Angeles Times revealed a wrenching four-part documentary series called “Product of Mexico,” in which two reporters traveled throughout Mexico to interview farmworkers at produce farms many American retailers source from. They found living conditions were oftentimes bleak, and food, ironically, scarce. These intimate stories capture the day-to-day trials of our farmworkers; the […]

A November in Fair Trade Campaigns

December 11, 2014

 November has been a busy month! Let’s see what’s been happening on the campaign trail… Campaign Badges and Declarations 4 Declarations! 1. San Ramon, CA – Fair Trade Town 2. Chelsea, MI – Fair Trade Town 3. Hartwick College, NY – Fair Trade University 4.  Seattle University, WA – Fair Trade University 11 Badges Earned! 1. […]

Fair Trade Holiday Gift Guide

December 4, 2014

Tis’ the season for Fair Trade! Use our holiday Gift Guide when you start shopping for gifts and discover some great brands that are already supporting Fair Trade products.   Click on the image of the Fair Trade Campaigns Holiday Gift Guide  so that you can follow links to all the products you see below!     Check out […]

Giving Tuesday – Let’s Grow the Fair Trade Movement Together!

December 2, 2014

  Dear Friends: It is the final week of the 2014 Skoll Social Entrepreneurs Challenge and the Skoll Foundation is committed to doubling every dollar we raise this week!  The team at Fair Trade Campaigns (Billy, Courtney and Parker), are asking for your support during this final push. We Need Your Help Now! Our goal […]

Event Kits: Fair Trade Your Holidays!

November 11, 2014

Share Your Plans and Get Rewarded Here’s your chance to get hooked up with some great, free materials and samples for that final Fair Trade Event of the year! A number of generous donations have allowed us to support campaigns hosting a Fair Trade Holiday Event. Provide a short explanation of your plans in the comment section below and receive the following […]

October Campaign Achievements: Our Campaigns are Going Strong

November 7, 2014

 Let’s hear it for October! We’d like to take a moment to reflect on the success of our campaigns throughout the month. Campaign Badges 11 Badges Earned! 1. Houston, TX – Engage Your Town 2. Lawrence, KS – Engage Your Town 3. Chelsea, MI – Get Some Love from the Media & Reach out to Retailers 4. […]

Town Tip #2: Engaging Your Local Government

November 5, 2014

Reaching Goal #5: Engaging Your Local Government Goal #5 is about citizen engagement. To reach this goal you will need to complete the following: Pass a Fair Trade resolution, or even better a more formal procurement policy. There may be instances where passing something is not immediately possible, but this must be discussed with the National Organizer.   […]

Join us in the Skoll Challenge!

October 24, 2014

We have been invited to participate in the Skoll Foundation Social Entrepreneurs Challenge! Each year the Skoll Foundation invites a select number of organizations to fund-raise over the course of one month and in turn commits to matching (up to a set amount) donations made over that time. This year we are pleased to announce that […]

Get Inspired By Those Who Took A Step For Fair Trade In September!

October 3, 2014

We’d like to take the opportunity to recognize all of our campaigns that have worked so hard to make this past month a huge success! Campaign Badges & Declarations 8 Declarations Earned! 1. Alexandria, VA – 35th Fair Trade Town 2. Our Lady of Assumption (CA) 3. 2nd Congregational/1st Presbyterian Church (IL) 4. St. John’s Episcopal Church (MN) 5. […]

Q & A with Mid Atlantic Fair Trade Campaigns Fellows!

September 23, 2014

Hello fellow world changers! We (the Emilys) are excited to join the team this year as the first ever Fair Trade Communities (Town, School, Congregation) and Fair Trade Colleges & Universities Fellows! The positions were created to support Fair Trade Campaigns in the Mid-Atlantic region, as there are now nearly 40 campaigns in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, […]

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