World Fair Trade Day – Make a Difference.
“Fair Trade will be celebrated on 12 May 2012. World Fair Trade Day is a worldwide festival of events celebrating Fair Trade as a tangible contribution to the fight against poverty, climate change and the economic crisis that has the greatest impact on the world’s most vulnerable populations. A third of the world’s population lives on less than two dollars a day.” The best way you can make personally make a difference is to look for the fair trade label where you shop. If you don’t see the Fair Trade product, ask for it. Store managers may not be aware that Fair Trade products exist, or that you want to buy Fair Trade. The following products are becoming more easy to find both in stores and online:
1) Coffee: It’s a billion dollar industry, but most of the world’s coffee bean farmers make pennies a day and live in poverty. Grounds for Change is a certified organic coffee roaster specializing in 100% Fair Trade coffee. We use their coffee in our soap, plus their tasty coffee beans fill our cup every morning before we head out into our workshop. Based in the Pacific Northwest, Grounds for Change roasts coffee that is grown in shaded conditions which ensures healthy habitats for migratory birds. They are the first coffee roaster in the nation to become CarbonFree Certified. You can visit their brick & mortar location in Washington State, or order online directly.
2) Chocolate: It’s also a billion dollar industry that doesn’t taste so sweet. The largest global producer of cocoa is the Ivory Coast in West Africa, with a 40% market share in cocoa production. The U.S. Department of state believes that there are over 100,000 children working under poor conditions on cocoa farms there, with around 10,000 victims of human trafficking and enslavement.
Some estimates suggest that up to 40% of cocoa is harvested using slave labor. Plus there are environmental issues as well; every year hundreds of thousands of acres of rainforest are stripped away to provide more land for cocoa farmers. Free trade chocolate has often been produced at terrible social and environmental cost.
Fortunately, more options are becoming available to consumers to satisfy our love for chocolate. We encourage you to try a few brands. In addition to chocolate, “Equal Exchange” has an online store that offers produce such as bananas, olive oil, coffee, teas, sugar & almonds. By partnering with small farmers around the world, they continue to find new and powerful ways to build a better food system.
3) Soap & Bath products: mōksa strives to be socially responsible by using Fair Trade ingredients in our soaps such shea butter, cocoa powder, fair trade coffee, & loose tea blends.
Respects and appreciates the hard work of people
It provides a living wage for individuals and families and alleviates poverty
Fair Trade is anti slavery & anti child labor
It supports the conservation of the environment
It empowers women and minorities
It demands equal rights worldwide
Join our Clean Revolution and help us make a difference!
Yours in Community,