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Fair Trade Your Holidays

November 23, 2016

This holiday season, give gifts that give back As the holidays approach, many of us will be heading to the store in preparation for dinner parties, gift giving, and other festivities. Last year, U.S. consumers spent over $600 billion during the holiday season. With this amount of spending, we have an incredible opportunity to support millions of […]

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Farewells & Welcomes: Fair Trade Fellows

November 4, 2016

As the Fair Trade movement continues to grows across the U.S., we are more grateful than ever for the strength of our regional networks. In the Mid Atlantic, New England, and Southern California, these networks bring together town, college, school, and congregation campaigns to learn from and collaborate with one another. And none of this […]

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“Fuel Up” For Finals With Fair Trade this Fall

October 17, 2016

Share Your Plans and Get Rewarded! Here’s your chance to get some great, free materials for that final Fair Trade event of the fall semester! A few generous donations have allowed us to support campaigns hosting a Fair Trade Study Break.     You can participate with four easy steps: Provide a short explanation of your […]

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Fair Trade Trip Report: Monteverde, Costa Rica

October 10, 2016

“When we rise in the morning…at the table we drink coffee which is provided to us by a South American, or tea by a Chinese, or cocoa by a West African; before we leave for our jobs we are already beholden to more than half the world.” Since I first encountered this unforgettable quote by Martin Luther King, Jr., I have tried […]

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Fair Trade, Photos, and Prizes! Announcing Fair Trade Photofest 2016

October 6, 2016

Do you love Fair Trade products? Do you love travel? Do you share photos on social media? If your answer is yes, we have the perfect contest for you! Fair Trade Photofest is a social media photo contest held throughout the entire month of October. This contest is not only an awesome way to promote the Fair […]

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A Fair Trade Start to the School Year

September 4, 2016

As summer comes to a close, marking the end of internships, adventures, and lazy days spent at the pool, returning to classrooms can be tough. Lucky for you, we have a few great Fair Trade ideas to get you excited about the new school year. Back to School Basics Education is a privilege that not everyone has access […]

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International Inspiration from Lebanon

August 23, 2016

The 10th International Fair Trade Towns Conference This July, over 100 people from 18 countries and 5 continents gathered in the beautiful mountain town of Baskinta, Lebanon, to learn about one another’s Fair Trade journey. At an elevation of nearly 6,000 feet on the historic Mount Sannine, the views were incredible. For most, it was […]

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The Impact of Fair Trade Fashion

August 23, 2016

What do you look for when shopping for new clothes? How do cost, style, or brand influence your decisions? What about where and how the garment was made? More and more consumers are looking at the label and asking, “Who made my clothes?“ A lot of clothing on the market today is what’s to referred […]

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Organizer Spotlight – Travis Brodbeck

August 8, 2016

The Fair Trade movement would not be possible if it weren’t for spontaneous motivators like Travis Brodbeck. Travis has officially taken over for Ben Conard as the co-chair of the National Fair Trade Colleges and Universities Steering Committee. While we are so excited for Travis to begin, we must first give a huge thank you to Ben […]

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Fair Trade Campaigns in the Media – Spring/Summer 2016

July 29, 2016

Since our campaigns have been making great strides all across the country these past several months and getting quite a bit of media attention for it, we decided to showcase some of the top media hits! Flyer Faithful become Fair Trade friendly Flyer News, July 8, 2016 University of Dayton students may have seen the Fair […]

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Partner Spotlight: Fair Trade Federation

July 19, 2016

Fair Trade Federation: Partnerships Built on Trust The Fair Trade Federation (FTF) is a network of businesses – including those in the handmade sector – that are verified for their practice of Fair Trade. As members of the FTF community, businesses make the deepest commitment to all nine of the Fair Trade principles, undergo a […]

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Fair Trade Campaigns is Hiring 2016/17 Fellows!

July 11, 2016

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 2016-17 Fellowship Program! Apply for a Fellowship here! What is […]

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You’re Invited! 2016 Regional Conferences

July 1, 2016

Join us in September for our FIRST EVER Regional Conferences The United States is a vast country – we’re talking about tens of thousands of cities and towns, thousands of colleges and schools, and hundreds of thousands of congregations. Which means that, here at Fair Trade Campaigns, we have our work cut out for us. […]

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Get to Know Mayan Hands

June 28, 2016

When we think about Fair Trade, we often think of the physical products – the coffee, tea, sugar, or handicrafts. However, we often forget the stories behind these beautiful creations and the bigger meaning of Fair Trade. If you are involved in the Fair Trade movement, you have likely heard about a wonderful organization called Mayan Hands. I recently […]

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Breaking New Ground: Looking Back at the 2015-16 Academic Year

June 22, 2016

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 2015, Fair Trade Colleges & Universities started its 7th year with: 29 Declared Colleges and Universities As of July 2016 there are now: 37 Declared Colleges and Universities (including four first in their states and the largest Fair Trade public […]

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Introducing our Summer Intern!

June 2, 2016

Hi everyone! I’m Alex, the new Digital Communications & Community Outreach Intern with Fair Trade Campaigns. I am beyond thankful for this opportunity and cannot wait to see what the summer has in store! Even at a young age, issues pertaining to social justice were always on my mind. With my mom being Diversity Director […]

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Protecting Children through Fair Trade

May 25, 2016

How can a Fair Trade Campaign impact labor trafficking and child labor? Labor trafficking occurs when individuals are compelled to work through force, fraud, and coercion. It is used to produce many of the commodities offered in our communities: the soccer balls kicked by our university teams; the coffee poured in our congregations; and the […]

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Party Like It’s World Fair Trade Day

April 29, 2016

World Fair Trade Day is May 14! This year marks the fifteenth annual 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. We want to invite YOU to be part of the celebration! […]

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