Archive | November, 2013

“Fair Tuesday” Initiative Inspires Ethical Holiday Shopping

#FairTuesday is an ethical shopping initiative created in response to Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The goal of #FairTuesday is to inspire conscious consumerism. “Fair Tuesday” features Fair Trade and eco-friendly brands, and is inviting other businesses to take a step towards sustainability. Whether you are an individual, organization, or a member of the press, you can join the […]

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Fairtrade International Launches to Consumers in India

Fairtrade India launched officially this week in India, adding to the more than 20 countries with Fairtrade International branches advancing marketing and labeling of Fairtrade. The organization will focus on “promoting Indian-produced Fairtrade products directly to the growing Indian market to further benefit Fairtrade farmers and workers.” Fairtrade started working with Indian producers almost 19 […]

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First Fair Trade Shoe Factory Produces Footwear Available in N. America

The first-ever Fair Trade certification for a shoe factory was announced recently. A Canadian company, Oliberté, imports the shoes from a factory in Ethiopia that is certified by Fair Trade USA. Oliberté projects sales in 2013 will be about $1.2 million and are expected to grow to $2 million next year. As a Fair Trade […]

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Fair Trade Certification Marks 25th Anniversary

In 1988 Frans van der Hoff, a Dutch missionary, along with a Dutch economist named Nico Roozen the development agency, Solidaridad, launched the Max Havelaar label, named after a fictional character who opposed the exploitation of coffee pickers in Indonesia. The label’s organization in the Netherlands went on to co-found the Fairtrade International system in […]

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38 Million Retirees Join Workers and Consumers to Say “No” to TPP Terms that Would Make Medicine More Expensive

The chorus of critics of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) – a sweeping U.S. pact under negotiation with 11 Pacific Rim countries – keeps expanding. This week, the largest U.S. nonprofit, nonpartisan group – the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), representing 38 million members – joined the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees […]

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“Fair for Life” Certification Now Lists All Available Products on Website

Institute for Marketecology (IMO) “Fair for Life” certification program now publicly lists all its available certified products, and which organizations trade them. There are more than 500 certified products in food, body care and other categories. Also on the website, visitors can still see the evaluation score in 5 main criteria for each trading organization. […]

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FTF Publishes 2013 Holiday Guide

The Fair Trade Federation (FTF) has published its 2013 Holiday Shopping Guide, featuring gift, party, and decor recommendations from over 50 Fair Trade Federation members. All of the gifts in the guide are sold by members of the Fair Trade Federation– fully fair trade businesses dedicated to the people who make our products. See the 2013 Holiday […]