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New Video Resource: 'The Merits of Fair Trade'

June 17, 2013

Over the last few months we have unveiled Organizing Toolkits, an Infographic and now a fun and educational animated video. This short video, entitled ‘The Merits of Fair Trade,’ takes viewers through an engaging overview of Fair Trade. Use it to educate and make the case for Fair Trade in your community. Click here to watch: http://bit.ly/10jjFhH […]

Fair Traders Support a Refocus on Relationships

May 30, 2013

Last month’s events in Bangladesh – the collapse of a garment factory which killed over 1,100 people and a fire at a nearby garment factory which killed 8 people – have reminded those who support ethical business practices of the disasters that can result when supply chains are too long and relationships are too distant. […]

New Infographic, Toolkits, and Short Video Are Here!

May 7, 2013

We are excited to bring you three new materials to support your campaign!  Below, you will find an organizing toolkit, infographic, and short video (coming soon!) to help your efforts and inspire your community. These resources will provide you with insight from fellow organizers around the country and invigorate your outreach efforts.   Fair Trade […]

Announcing Fair Trade Campaigns

May 3, 2013

Dear Fair Trade Campaign Organizer –   We are pleased to announce the launch of the Fair Trade Campaigns umbrella, the result of an extensive, collaborative planning process of Fair Trade Towns USA and Fair Trade Colleges & Universities.  Fair Trade Campaigns will allow for better collaboration among organizations working to raise awareness and drive […]

Support Moms Around the World this Mother's Day

May 1, 2013

Many of the farmers, workers and artisans producing the goods we consume are Moms working to support their families. This Mother’s Day you can find a great way to both honor your family here in the US as well as support a global community of mothers striving to create opportunities for their family. Take a […]

We're on tour with a Fair Trade Coffee Farmer & Artisan!

April 18, 2013

We’re on tour with Miguel Mateo, Fair Trade Coffee Farmer, and Gloria Chonay, Fair Trade Basket Weaver, b6th from Guatemala. We’ll be visiting Fair Trade Campaigns along the Eastern seaboard giving the0 a chance to meet the beneficiaries of Fair Trade first-hand. We want everyone who advocates and purchases Fair Trade to meet these amazing […]

Fair Trade Your Finals – Host a Fair Trade Study Break!

March 21, 2013

Tell about 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. The first 18 campaigns to post a comment to this blog […]

Assumption College: Campaign Spotlight

March 15, 2013

by: Colleen Putzel (originally in Le Provocateur as “AC Approved as Fair Trade College”) Over the past three years Assumption College has worked tirelessly to become approved as a Fair Trade College.  On Tuesday, February 12th, Assumption officially celebrated this achievement joining the ranks of other Fair Trade Colleges and Universities around the world.  Students, faculty […]

Meet the new Fair Trade Campaigns Interns – Kelly and Ellen!

February 6, 2013

We’re pleased to welcome two new interns, Kelly Jackson and Ellen Watlington, to the Fair Trade Campaigns team! Kelly and Ellen have been working over the last couple weeks to perform outreach and support for our campaign organizers and develop some exciting content for the Fair Trade Towns USA and Fair Trade Colleges and Universities […]

The Toolkit (New Resource) is Here!

January 18, 2013

Over the last few months Fair Trade Colleges and Universities has been creating a Toolkit for organizers and advocates. The Toolkit serves to link together various resources and provides a thorough overview of what it means to organize a Fair Trade Campaign on campus. Now that it’s here, open it up, explore, learn and share! Within the Toolkit […]

Get Ready for Valentine's Day!

January 14, 2013

If you are looking for a great opportunity to host your first Fair Trade event of the year then Valentine’s Day may be your best bet. Now is the perfect time to begin reaching out and planning your Fair Trade Valentine’s Day Celebrations. Below we have compiled a number of ideas and resources to help […]

Hand in Hand Soap Giveaway!

January 7, 2013

We’re giving away 5 bars of sustainable, Fair Trade suds with our friends from Hand in Hand soap! Check out this great company and enter your chance to win at the bottom of this page. The bath & body brand, Hand in Hand Soap was founded by couple, Bill Glaab & Courtney Apple.  During research, […]

America Goes Bananas for Fair Trade!

December 10, 2012

Did you know that bananas are the number one selling item in almost ALL grocery stores?  It’s true! That’s why it is important that you ask for Fair Trade bananas. It is also why we’ve been rallying Fair Trade Town, University and College campaigns across the country to Go Bananas for Fair Trade since October! […]

Fair Trade Your Holidays!

November 30, 2012

  Looking for a simple way to help your community or campus Fair Trade their holiday?  Well, we decided to help compile some helpful resources – check it out! Fair Trade organizations have been hard at work the last few weeks getting ready for the holiday season! These groups have compiled a list of Fair […]

Banana Spotlight: Equal Exchange Bananas

November 26, 2012

Go Bananas for Fair Trade is a campaign created by Fair Trade Towns USA with the aim of building awareness and demand for Fair Trade bananas all across the country.  We kicked the campaign off in October (Fair Trade Month) with over 30 campaigns hosting banana-themed events. We’re thrilled with this success and will continue […]

Intern with Fair Trade Campaigns – Join the team in January!

November 19, 2012

Become part of a team helping provide support for hundreds of Fair Trade advocates across the country! We are looking for two bright, enthusiastic and dedicated college students (or recent graduates) to help create a more dynamic campaign as we move forward. If you have a passion for social justice and sustainability, live in the […]

Great Coffee, Good Vibes, Pass It On! Our lead sponsor for the Fair Trade Campaigns Conference is Green Mountain Coffee!

October 23, 2012

This Fair Trade Month, Green Mountain Coffee continues its creative and groundbreaking support of the Fair Trade movement. From Live Facebook Concerts to Consumer Sweepstakes to providing the key funding necessary to hold our 2nd National Conference, they are ensuring that advocates and consumers have more and more opportunity to drive the success of Fair […]

Conference Keynote: Kelsey Timmerman

October 3, 2012

Fueled by passion and curiosity, Kelsey Timmerman tells the story of the items we often take for granted. A freelance writer who covers global social issues, Timmerman is the author of Where Am I Wearing?: A Global Tour to the Countries, Factories, and People That Make Our Clothes. This October, he will be the featured […]

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