Lead for Change Blog News

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 […]

Fair Trade Your Everyday

April 18, 2013

Here are some quick to pamper yourself the Fair Trade way, or easily incorporate Fair Trade into your weekend plans!   Spa Day or Night Every woman deserves a spa treatment.  Fair Trade is a perfect time to do so.  Why not treat yourself and friends to a facial, manicure/pedicure and include aromatherapy products? Here […]

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 […]

Millennium Develpment Goals Webinar & World Fair Trade Day

March 20, 2013

Join 18 countries in collecting signatures from elected officials for World Fair Trade Day! The Millennium Development Goals come to an end in 2015.  Leaders of the world will come together at the next United Nations gathering in New York on September 23, 2013 to work on a new global development framework after 2015.  The […]

Kickin’ it Series – Live Video Chats with Fair Trade Farmer and Artisan

March 19, 2013

This April & May we’re going on tour with Miguel Mateo, Fair Trade Coffee Farmer, and Gloria Chonay, Fair Trade Basket Weaver, from Guatemala.  We’ll be visiting Fair Trade Campaigns along the Eastern seaboard giving their campaigns a chance to meet the beneficiaries of Fair Trade first-hand.  We want everyone who advocates and purchases Fair […]

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 […]

Campaign Spotlight – Chapel Hill, North Carolina

March 7, 2013

FIRST FAIR TRADE TOWN IN N.C. In the summer of 2012 Nadia took her students on a class visit to Ten Thousand Villages to learn about how Fair Trade can be a solution to exploitive labor practices in the fashion industry.  The store manager Keilayn Skutvik mentioned the Fair Trade Towns movement as a possible […]

Webinar: Fair Trade Towns & the UN’s Millennium Development Goals

February 20, 2013

The United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals (MDG) are coming to an end in 2015 – what lies ahead?   The International Fair Trade Towns community will be advocating for Fair Trade to be incorporated into a Post-MDG framework as a way to reform international trade to benefit farmers and workers around the world.  Join Fair […]

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, […]

Giveaway: Hand in Hand Soap

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, […]

International Fair Trade Towns Conference – A Global Affair

December 13, 2012

By: Courtney Lang, National Organizer – Fair Trade Towns USA It’s hard to know when you’re in Boston, MA or Teaneck, NJ that there are tens of thousands of Fair Trade Town organizers across the globe.  As of December 2012, there are 1,227 declared Fair Trade Towns in 24 countries and 6 continents.  Imagine if […]

Who is Fair for Life?

December 12, 2012

How many of you have enjoyed a delicious Equal Exchange chocolate bar, or woken up to a refreshing Guiyaki Yerba Mate?  Have you noticed the Fair for Life label presented to you on their packaging?  Through this guest blog post, Fair Trade Towns hopes to clarify who Fair for Life is and the key features […]

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! […]

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