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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 […]

UNIVERSITY TIP #2: REACH OUT TO CAMPUS OUTLETS

June 12, 2015

Work Your Way Through Goal #2: Reach Out To Campus Outlets Goal #2 focuses on increasing Fair Trade availability on campus. To reach this goal you will need to: Ensure a minimum of two Fair Trade products are available in all campus-owned & operated venues as well as in service contracts where possible, The Obstacles The Solutions Food Service […]

Empower Moms around the World This Mother’s Day

May 4, 2015

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, Fair Trade Campaigns and Fair Trade USA encourage you to think not only about our moms at home, but also the moms throughout the world who grow, sew and harvest the products we enjoy every day.  Here are three ways that you can honor these strong and hardworking women […]

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 […]

December/January Fair Trade Achievements: Campaigns Keep Their Cool This Winter

February 9, 2015

Even the winter holidays couldn’t slow down our campaigners!  Let’s take a moment to honor their hard work… Campaign Badges and Declarations 1 Declaration! 1. John Carroll University, OH – Fair Trade University 11 Badges Earned! 1. St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church, CA – Commit to Purchase Fair Trade Products When They Are Available and Incorporate Fair Trade Education into […]

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 […]

UNIVERSITY TIP #1: Build Your Team

November 20, 2014

Work Your Way Through Goal #1: Build Your Team   Goal #1 focuses on building a Fair trade Network on campus. To reach this goal you will need to: Create a team of at least 4 students and 1 non-student (faculty, staff, dining services) leaders on campus The Obstacles The Solutions Generating Interest Find allies across […]

‘Fuel Up’ by Fair Trading Your Finals

November 11, 2014

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

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. […]

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. […]

UNIVERSITY TIP #4: Committing to Fair Trade Education

October 1, 2014

Reaching Goal #4: Commit to Fair Trade Education   Goal #4 is all about Fair Trade education on your campus. To reach this goal you will need to complete the following: Sponsor Fair Trade educational events and activities on campus and work with faculty to bring Fair Trade into the classroom.   The Obstacles The Solutions Knowing […]

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, […]

Celebrate Fair Trade Month 2014

September 22, 2014

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