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Fair Trade Towns Reaches Milestone: 2,000 Fair Trade Towns Span the Globe

October 4, 2017

Fair Trade Towns, an international, grassroots campaign to build solidarity between consumers and producers, raise awareness of Fair Trade, and drive institutional commitment to Fair Trade products, has reached a major milestone as there are now over 2,000 Fair Trade Towns in 29 countries on 6 continents. Starting in 2000 in Garstang, U.K., the grassroots […]

Fuel Up for Finals with Fair Trade – Fall 2017

October 3, 2017

Here’s your chance to get some great, free materials for that final Fair Trade event of the fall semester! Donations from a few generous Fair Trade partners make it possible for us to support campaigns hosting a Fair Trade study break or other event during Finals Week. Participate with four easy steps: 1. Sign up. Fill out the Registration […]

Food Trends & Fair Trade

October 2, 2017

As you walk down your local grocery store aisles, read the latest health magazines, or flip through the channels on your TV, “super foods” have continued to be a constant craze for the last decade. Touted as having particularly beneficial health impacts ranging from higher nutrient values to preventing cancer and diabetes, these products tend to […]

Fair Trade Campaigns National Conference: Growing the Movement Together

September 14, 2017

Fair Trade Campaigns is excited to announce our first National Conference in five years! Join us to celebrate how far we have come as a movement, learn about our strategies for taking Fair Trade to the next level, and build the skills you need to drive even more impact in your community, on your campus, […]

Texas A&M Fair Trade University becomes Largest Fair Trade Campus in the U.S.

September 13, 2017

Texas A&M Becomes Largest University In Nation To Earn Fair Trade Status By Elena Watts, Texas A&M Marketing and Communications —– COLLEGE STATION, Sept. 14, 2017—Texas A&M is the 46th and largest university in the nation, and only the second in Texas, to earn official designation as a Fair Trade University from Fair Trade Campaigns, […]

Trip Report: Fair Trade Impact in Ecuador

August 22, 2017

During our recent trip to Ecuador, we had the chance to meet with producers of a variety Fair Trade products. It was incredible to hear their stories and learn about the impact that Fair Trade has had on their communities, families and livelihoods.  A month has passed since we were in Ecuador visiting Fair Trade […]

Back to School with Fair Trade + A Giveaway!

August 11, 2017

To all of our student, teacher, and staff organizers – welcome back to school! With everyone returning to classrooms and campuses feeling rested from the summer and ready for a fresh start, the beginning of the school year is a great time to recommit to your Fair Trade campaign. Reach out to incoming students to get […]

Fair Trade Campaigns’ Newest Regional Network: The Great Lakes

August 10, 2017

Fair Trade Campaigns has experienced rapid growth over the past few years. We now have over 250 Fair Trade Campaigns in communities, K-12 schools, congregations and on college campuses across the country! To meet this growth, we’ve developed regional networks across the country comprised of regional fellows and volunteer leadership teams to better connect our […]

Trip Report: Fair Trade Advocacy in Ecuador

August 1, 2017

Fair Trade Towns is a global movement. Today, there are almost 2,000 Fair Trade Towns in 30 countries around the world. During our recent trip to Ecuador, we had the chance to connect with local Fair Trade organizers from the country’s two Fair Trade Towns – Quito and Riobamba – and learn so much about […]

Learning from Leaders in Fair Trade

July 11, 2017

Awareness of Fair Trade in the U.S. has been steadily growing in the past decade. A significant driving force in this growth has been the active organizing by Fair Trade advocates throughout the country. In keeping with this rising tide, it is important to learn from longstanding campaigners about their experiences to ensure an impactful Fair […]

Fair Trade Campaigns in the Media – Spring 2017

June 30, 2017

Our campaigns have been making great progress all over the country, and getting a lot of media attention for it! From newly declared Fair Trade campaigns to Fair Trade educational events, there’s a lot of good news to share. OLP Becomes 29th Fair Trade School in Nation Academy of Our Lady of Peace, January 25, 2017 […]

A Look Back at the 2016-17 Academic Year

June 27, 2017

As the 2016-17 academic year comes to a close, let’s reflect on all of the progress that our college, university and K-12 school campaigns have made over the past year. The Movement is Growing! At the end of August 2016, Fair Trade Colleges & Universities started its 8th year with: 37 Declared Colleges and Universities And Fair Trade […]

Fair Trade in Your Classroom – Lesson Plans

June 16, 2017

Bring Fair Trade education into your classroom with Lesson Plans from Fair Trade Campaigns At Fair Trade Campaigns, we are always looking for new ways to raise awareness about Fair Trade and provide resources to support our dedicated campaigners around the country. This new project combines both of these goals in one package. In conjunction […]

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, […]

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