Fair Trade

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Where does that Earl Grey tea come from?

Tea is one of those commodities that should be subject to Fair Trade standards and in my humble opinion should be organic and non-GMO as well — for the enjoyment and health of the tea drinker as well as those who work on the farms, which are often in faraway places where the potential for unsafe and unfair practices has been common.

April 8th

Companies we Love: Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams

A copy of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home recently landed in my lap and I totally fell in love! This book is instantly captivating: luscious flavors and beautiful imagery are found throughout this super cute (and James Beard Award winning) book. Who would ever think to combine ylang-ylang and clove into ice cream? What […]

March 29th

Teach Green Living with Gingerbread Houses

Many families are making major green improvements to their living that can be highlighted while enjoying a favorite holiday past time. This year you can teach green living with gingerbread houses to show young ones how your actions can make a difference towards a positive future.

December 22nd

Hasbro is Greening the Toy Industry

One toy company, Hasbro, has been named a 2011 Sector Leader by Climate Counts which is a non-profit organization which rates corporations based on their efforts to curb the climate crisis. By making sustainability a part of their business plan Hasbro is one company leading the way towards profitability while lowering the amount of harm done to the earth. Here are a few ways Hasbro is Greening the Toy Store.

December 20th

Health and Wellness Gift Basket Ideas

While commercials would have you believe that big box department stores hold the key to happiness the truth is that happiness is found in simplicity. Sometimes a collection of quite common items can become a fabulously indulgent present. Here are some delicious, fun and useful products to go in a health and wellness gift basket your loved ones are sure to enjoy.

December 13th

Turn Black Friday and Cyber Monday Green

Most of the big box stores follow similar methods for staying on top and it usually requires putting stress on the environment and their workers. The good news is there are ways to break away from the corporate giants by buying through local venders, making gifts ourselves or bartering. Here are some ideas to help you turn Black Friday and Cyber Monday green.

November 24th

7 Basic Keys to Successful Fair Trade Relationships

In honor of Fair Trade month, we thought we’d share seven basics keys to every successful Fair Trade relationship. These keys also serve as guideposts for the organizations that provide Fair Trade certification and labeling—providing you with a great list of questions to ask about prospective purchases. Local Fair Wage and Fair Price Fair Trade […]

October 16th

October’s Fair Trade Harvest

As nice as it may be to say that we stay eco and always shop local, at some point we are all faced with the prospect of purchasing something made far away that has made its way onto our radar.  If you’ve ever wondered about the who and the how of your item’s creation, you’re […]

October 7th

The Free World of Fair Trade

You might have seen that fair trade label, on a handwoven hat, a package of rice, an urn of coffee in a coffee shop, or a set of cotton sheets. Ever wonder exactly what that means? Fair trade is an international certification program that links farmers and artisans in producer countries with consumers in First […]

May 10th

Fair Trade vs. Free Trade

There is a great deal of debate in the poltical world, the business world, and in the public sector over Free Trade versus Fair Trade.  So what exactly is Free Trade and what is Fair Trade? Free trade is defined as: The trade of goods without taxes (including tariffs) or other trade barriers (e.g., quotas […]

October 12th

The Positive Benefits of Fair Trade

Fair trade practices are designed not just to promote profit, but also to encourage better standards for an improved quality of life, specifically in developing countries.  Fair trade practices address issues of wages, the environment, respect for existing cultures, and corporate accountability. Coffee serves as an example of the problems with our current Free Trade system […]

October 12th