Shop Fair, Give Fair Challenge

Courtney Lang December 15, 2010

FTF's Holiday Gift Guide

By Guest Blogger: Carmen Iezzi

We all know that the holidays are a time for reconnecting with family and friends. They are also a time to connect with our global community. When you support Fair Trade, you become part of a network of people dedicated to facilitating change for disadvantaged artisans and farmers.

As a part of the Fair Trade community, you already know about our ties to producers around the globe –but, this year, it’s easier than ever to make those linkages for others.

The Fair Trade Federation, the association of organizations fully committed to Fair Trade, has created a new holiday gift guide full of products that empower women, provide education for children, heal the earth, and so much more – and they’ve teamed up with Fair Trade Towns for an exciting challenge.

The Challenge

Through the Guide, you can demonstrate the breadth of Fair Trade options available and provide constituents with lists of nearby stores that are fully Fair Trade.

Do you have a regular community newsletter? A Twitter feed? Facebook page? Blog? Community bulletin board? Upcoming Fair Trade Fundraiser or Fair?

We have put together example posts that you can use in any of these media and free Shop Fair, Give Fair posters (shipping costs only)! Email the Fair Trade Federation for copies and get started driving your Town to Shop Fair and Give Fair!

Don’t see your favorite local Fair Trade store listed? Refer them to the Fair Trade Federation and hopefully they will be included in the next Gift Guide!

Celebrate Fair Trade

In addition to the great items in the Guide, encourage your constituents with even more ideas to Fair Trade their holidays and their lives:

At, you can find these and other great ways to be an advocate for change throughout the year.

For more than sixty years, Fair Trade Organizations have connected you with artisans and farmers across the globe by delivering high quality products that create a tremendous impact on their communities. This holiday season, let’s continue that momentum for change.

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Courtney Lang, National Organizer | Fair Trade Campaigns

Courtney Lang brings over 5 years of community organizing to Fair Trade Towns USA, building both the Local Food and Fair Trade networks in Vermont. As Local Food Coordinator with City Market/Onion River Cooperative, Courtney worked with local producers, institutions and consumers to grow the local food system and organize a strategic model for community engagement through farm tours, workshops, and local food challenges. Like many in the Fair Trade industry, Courtney was inspired to take action in Fair Trade when she witnessed child-labor first hand in Costa Rica. As a founding member of Fair Trade Burlington, she has worked with economic development organizations, businesses, and consumers to build awareness of Fair Trade among Vermonters. She also worked with a Fair Trade USA licensee, Vermont Coffee Company, as Friend Ambassador where she united the story of Fair Trade to every purchase of coffee.