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Meet the 2015-16 Fellows!

November 25, 2015

Fair Trade Campaigns has grown a lot over the past few years. Today, we’re a powerful grassroots movement mobilizing thousands of conscious consumers and Fair Trade advocates on campuses and communities across the U.S. There’s currently over 260 active Fair Trade campaigns in towns, schools, colleges/universities and congregations across the country (wow!). If you follow us, you […]

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‘Fuel Up’ by Fair Trading Your Finals

November 19, 2015

Share Your Plans and get Rewarded! Here’s your chance to get some great, free materials for that final Fair Trade Event of the year! A few generous donations have allowed us to support campaigns hosting a Fair Trade Study Break!   You can participate with three easy steps: 1) Provide a short explanation of your plans & […]


Get to Know Global Exchange

October 7, 2015

Global Exchange is thrilled to celebrate Fair Trade month by sponsoring the 2015 Fair Trade Photofest and offering two winners of the Best Overall Photo the opportunity to join one of our Fair Trade Reality Tours in Mexico. Global Exchange’s mission to promote social, economic, and environmental justice has led to more than two decades of […]


Celebrate Fair Trade Month!

September 17, 2015

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RECAP: International Fair Trade Towns Conference

September 15, 2015

This past July, 5 delegates from the US went to Bristol, UK to attend the 9th Annual International Fair Trade Towns Conference. They were part of 240 delegates representing 20 countries around the world. This year the goal was connecting Sustainability and Fair Trade. Here are some of their key takeaways. What did you learn […]


Organizer Spotlight – Altadena, CA

August 27, 2015

Teresa Baxter & Lori Webster Altadena, CA Building a community means recognizing our shared place in this world. It is through collaboration that true change happens, as evidenced by Teresa Baxter and Lori Webster, co-chairs of Altadena, California’s Fair Trade Town Campaign. Together, Teresa and Lori have worked to incorporate Fair Trade products and principles […]


Back to School Campaign

August 20, 2015

Kick the year off with the Back to School Organizing 101 Training Series. Participating campaigns will receive a FREE FAIR TRADE EVENT PACKAGE to host an awesome event this fall!  Get Ready for Back-to-School and Learn New Organizing Skills!   It’s that time of the year again – Back to School! In September, Fair Trade Campaigns will host two online […]


Support Launch of World’s First Fair Trade Certified Tuna!

August 17, 2015

Buy Fair Trade Tuna at Safeway, Acme Markets, Vons and Pavilions – WIN $50 Fair Trade USA and Safeway (which includes Acme Markets, Vons and Pavilions) are breaking new ground with the launch of Fair Trade Certified ™ Tuna in over 15 states*! Crucial to the success of this new Fair Trade category, and to […]


How Does Fair Trade Protect The Environment?

August 6, 2015

When you hear Fair Trade, what do you think of? Is it the fair prices for farmers? Is it the community projects? What about environmental sustainability? When we say Fair Trade, most people think of a human-centered movement. In reality, Fair Trade is a movement for our planet, and that means not just for the people, […]


Organizer Spotlight – Ben Conard

July 27, 2015

Ben Conard – SUNY Geneseo The Fair Trade movement would not be possible if it weren’t for spontaneous motivators like Ben Conard. Ben has dedicated the past few years of his life to the Fair Trade movement through this work both as the co-chair of the National Fair Trade Colleges and Universities Steering Committee and […]

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Academic Year in Review: Fair Trade Firsts

July 22, 2015

Let’s take a moment to reflect on the achievements, challenges and milestones of this past year. The Movement is Growing. At the end of August 2014, Fair Trade Colleges & Universities started its 7th year with: 25 Declared Colleges and Universities 90 Active Campaigns  As of July 2015 there are now: 29 Declared Colleges and Universities (including campuses in two new states!) 125 Active Campaigns (40% increase!) […]


Fair Trade Campaigns is Hiring 2015/16 Fellows!

June 24, 2015

Are you passionate about Fair Trade and social justice? Do you want to gain hands-on experience supporting campaigns, developing leaders, building regional networks and executing digital communications strategies? If this sounds like you then read on to find out more about the Fair Trade Campaigns 2015-16 Fellowship Program! Apply for a Fellowship here! What is […]

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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 […]

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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 […]


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 […]

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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 […]


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 […]

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A Simple Way to Celebrate World Fair Trade Day

April 14, 2015

Fair Trade Campaigns is a powerful grassroots movement mobilizing thousands of conscious consumers and Fair Trade advocates on campuses and in communities across the country.  We recognize towns, colleges, universities, schools and congregations for embedding Fair Trade into their community and increasing Fair Trade product availability. Request Fair Trade Products You already know that purchasing Fair Trade products empowers workers […]

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