Monday, August 31, 2009

World Co-Op

The mission of World Cooperative is to establish synergistic alliances with a consortium of companies and financial institutions who, through their involvement, will expedite the expansion, stability and longevity of our goals of global distribution and sales of Fair Trade goods, primarily those originating from Eastern Africa.

World Co-Op is a group of artists, scientists and activists whose collective purpose is to cultivate the world's acumen of Fair Trade through the introduction of high quality and creative textile crafts such as re-usable grocery bags made in Rwanda.

All of World Co-Op's products are made with Fair Trade Certified cotton.

Check out their products and learn more about their sustainable company.

World Co-Op is a proud supporter of Fair Trade the White House

Thursday, August 27, 2009


BigTent was born out of co-founders Nicholas Chim and Laney Whitcanack's desire to build a free, easy way for trusted groups to connect online. Laney wanted cheap and easy-to-use software to support The Princess Project, a non-profit she founded to provide free prom dresses to high school girls who can't afford them. Nicholas wanted to help a co-worker more easily access information from her community mothers group.

Seeing an obvious need in the marketplace, Chim and Whitcanack decided to create a new online tool for organizing groups. In early 2006 they founded BigTent, a technology company that provides free, Web-based software to community groups.

Today, BigTent is a venture capital-funded company with a seasoned leadership team and groups in every state in the nation. BigTent helps real-world communities share, communicate, and organize online and in-person by providing intuitive, free group management tools.

BigTent is a supporter of Fair Trade the White House. Using their forum helps us keep organized and informed!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

FAIR Vodka Review on Got2BeGreen

FAIR. Drink Responsibly.

Fair Trade the White House supporter, FAIR Vodka, received a glowing review by Anti-Body Co-Founder, Shelby Moser, on Got2BeGreen. When vodka is distilled five times in a cognac copper pot from a place called “Spirits Valley,” France, you expect there’s going to be something special about your drink. When that bottle of vodka has the FAIR label, you can be certain it’ll exceed your expectations... Intrigued? Click here to read how its made and what makes it the fairer choice when choosing beverages.

To purchase your own fairly traded bottle of Vodka, visit their website!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Jute and Jackfruit

All right ladies (and men who shop for the ladies in their life), have we got a place to shop for you! Jute and Jackfruit is committed to offering the highest quality, organic, environmentally-friendly and socially conscious clothing, jewelry and handbags available. They are a woman-owned business, devoted to empowering
women worldwide. Take a look at all their latest fashions by quality designers.

Jute and Jackfruit is a member of Fair Trade Federation and Green America, and anew supporter of Fair Trade the White House! Link arms with Jute and Jackfruit by signing the invitation to First Lady Michelle Obama to fair trade her home.

Follow Jute and Jackfruit on Facebook & Twitter and read their blog!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

5 Fair Trade Principles

Fair Trade has 5 basic principles:

1. Market Access for Marginalized Producers
2. Sustainable and Equitable Trading Rela
3. Capacity Building and Empowerment

4. Consumer Awareness Raising and Advocacy

5. Fair Trade as a 'Social Contract'

Go to Fair Trade the White House to learn more about fair trade. Once there, click on "5 Principles" for a case study of each of the 5 listed above.

Case studies are contributed by Fair Trade the White House supporters: Fair For Life, Fair Trade Federation and Trans Fair USA

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Lucuma Designs

With sustainability in mind, fresh ideas and innovative design, Lucuma Designs strives to bring you contemporary crafts and folk art to smile about. By developing opportunities and guiding their artist partners to go beyond the ordinary, Lucuma empowers creative women and family workshops in Peru to help themselves and their community.

Lucuma Desig
ns has been a proud member of the Fair Trade Federation since 1999 and recently became an official supporter of Fair Trade the White House.

Find one of a kind birdhouses, gourd toys, finger puppets and so much more!

Lucuma Desings is a member of Green America and supports Fair Trade Resource Network to learn more about fair trade.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009


Fair Trade the White House now has a Twitter account! Thanks to Ben Tracy of United Students for Fair Trade, you can keep up on all the goings on with our progress in inviting First Lady Michelle Obama to fair trade her home, along with other key fair trade trivia.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Kopali Organics

Kopali Organics is a mission-driven company, founded to bring you the most purely delicious, naturally nourishing and healthful food, produced in the most fair, compassionate and sustainable ways possible.

They connect small organic farmers with the growing market of shoppers who care where their food comes from and how it is grown.

Kopali's snacks are always organic, and always...

Good for you. Good for farmers. Good for earth.

Kopali is an official supporter of Fair Trade the White House.

Find them in every Whole Foods Market and on!

Follow them on their Blog, Facebook and Twitter

Friday, August 14, 2009

Fair Trade Boston

Fair Trade Boston is a grassroots initiative aimed at alleviating global poverty and promoting environmental sustainability by widely increasing the use of Fair Trade products throughout the Greater Boston area. They are also reaching out to the White House to further increase awareness throughout the United States and recently became an official supporter of Fair Trade the White House! Fair Trade Boston’s ultimate goal is help the City of Boston become an official ‘Fair Trade City’ by joining the international ‘Fair Trade Towns’ movement.

Fair Trade Towns USA is an exciting initiative that brings together businesses, community,
faith-based organizations, and educational institutions throughout the United States to grow the Fair Trade movement. By achieving special recognition for towns, cities, and communities that promote Fair Trade, the campaign deepens consumer awareness and involvement and expands the Fair Trade market to benefit millions of marginalized farmers and artisans and their families around the world.

Follow Fair Trade Boston's blog & find out how to get involved.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

SEN CHA Naturals

Too rushed to make a cup of tea? Is the weather too hot? SEN CHA Naturals has a healthy solution and offers Fair Trade Certified Green Tea Mints & Green Tea Bars. Green Tea's benefits has been applauded for helping both the mind and the body, from preventing cavities to sharpening your mind to providing a high dose of antioxidents. Three of SEN CHA's mints is equal to 1 cup of green tea while one bar is the equivalent of 3 cups of green tea.

Read more about the benefits of Green Tea and find a SEN CHA retaile
r near you.

SEN CHA Natural's Green Tea is certified by TransFair USA and is an official supporter of Fair Trade the White House. SEN CHA will provide Green Tea Mints for the White House Outreach.

Follow their blog and find them on Facebook.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

The Great Urban Race

“Hi, we’re Jeff and Jessica, siblings who’ve got our heads on crooked according to conventional wisdom. In between watching the Amazing Race, traveling, our normal jobs and school, we strive to fight global poverty. While Jeff recently completed his MBA in marketing and volunteers with the Boston Faith & Justice Network, campaigning for Fair Trade, Jessica has traversed the globe volunteering in places such as Thailand, Bulgaria, and Jamaica and is starting her MPH in Global Health at George Washington University this fall, hoping to specialize in nutrition and hunger.

We ran the Great Urban Race in Boston earlier this year, and we had so much fun that we decided to do it all over again in NYC - this time for a worthy cause. The Great Urban Race is a fast-paced scavenger hunt race, akin to the Amazing Race, which we avidly watch. In Boston, we were given a list of clues at noon, and with only a phone, street map, and ten minutes of Googling to help us figure out the clues (which ranged from “take a picture with a dog” to “solve this cryptogram, and run up Bunker Hill”), we finished a respectable 97th. We’re determined to do better in New York City on August 15.

We invite you to be a part of the good work we are doing. Throughout the day we will be interacting with the public at large, decked out in Autonomie Project apparel. The New York race will take us to the Upper West Side, TriBeCa, and Midtown. We will be shooting tons of photographs and meeting all kinds of interesting people along the way. We’ll also complete challenges and share why we believe it is time for Americans to consider changing the way we consume. Please follow us on Twitter to track our progress, help us with clues, and view live pictures from the New York City leg of the Great Urban Race.

Partnering with Autonomie Project just makes sense. Like us, they’re committed to seeing the eradication of global poverty. Like us, they want fair wages and environmentally- safe products. Like us, they want to save the world – and have fun doing it.”

Autonomie Project is an official member of Fair Trade the White House

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Wholesome Sweeteners

Wholesome Sweeteners offers 8 organic, fair trade sugars to choose from - white, brown, turbinado and more. They are a socially and environmentally responsible company that provides high quality sugars. It's better for you, better for the environment and better for the farmers, who earn a premium a price for their raw goods...what's not to love!

Wholesome Sweeteners is certified by TransFair USA and is an official member of Fair Trade the White House

Subscribe to their Newsletter, join them on Facebook
and create delicious recipes
with Wholesome Sweeteners sustainable sugar.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Invitación A Primera Dama Michelle Obama

¡La invitación a Primera Dama Michelle Obama es en español! Lea aquí y invite a la Primera Dama Michele Obama a que se una al movimiento del comercio justo declarando la casa blanca "un hogar de comercia justo". Puede agregar su firma abajo.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Blue Smoke Coffee

Coffee with soul? Blue Smoke Coffee sure does! They offer 100% fair trade and shade grown coffees and donate 1% of their proceeds back to the environment through 1% For the Planet. They also give back to various humanitarian groups focused on sustainability and ending poverty. They offer fair trade tea selections and other items as well. Find the perfect coffee blend for you, from mild to bold.

Blue Smoke is certified Fair Trade through TransFair USA and is a proud member of Fair Trade the White House.

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Saturday, August 8, 2009

World of Good

World of Good, Inc. engages people in changing the world through commerce that alleviates poverty and benefits the environment. To make good choices easy and accessible, World of Good works with wholesale, retail, and online partners to create shopping experiences based on information, trust, and social impact. In each experience, World of Good builds a bridge of economic opportunity for mission-driven producers and their trading partners, and increases consumer understanding by convening information and trust systems.

Check out their selection for home decor, house ware, jewelry, accessories and more on their website.

To learn more about World of Good and fair trade, watch their short and informative video.

World of Good is a member of Fair Trade Federation and sells certified products through TransFair USA. They are also a proud supporter of Fair Trade the White House and will provide jewelry for the White House outreach!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Global Fayre News

Fair Trade the White House supporter, Global Fayre,
has fair trade events you'll want to be aware of!

August 7 - First Friday Art Walk
- we're continuing the basket theme from last month, this time moving to Botswana, and are thrilled to have a selection of baskets from the ladies of the Etsha Weavers group. In addition, we will be using First Friday to focus on Kiva. We'll have some friends on hand to talk about Kiva, PLUS - $1 for every purchase on the night will be don
ated to Kiva. We have formed a Global Fayre Kiva Loan Team, and will make a loan every time we hit a $25 donation point. Better still - if you are here, you get to vote where the loan should go!

August 18th
- introduction to Fair Trade. Open to all, to be held at Global Fayre, starting at 7pm.

September 4th - First Friday Art Walk / 26.2 miles to Africa. Have you ever seen someone run a marathon on a treadmill? Intrigued? We'll send an e-blast out before hand, but if you want to make sure that you don't miss out, bookmark our blog, become a fan at facebook, or follow us at twitter.

324 S Campbell, right on the corner of Campbell and Walnut in the historic downtown area of Springfield, Missouri

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

FAIR. Vodka

Truly “Drinking Responsibly”

When The Fair Trade Spirit’s Company (FTSC) and The National Association of Quinoa Farmers (ANAPQUI), created a partnership in 2009, the label “FAIR. Vodkawas born, introducing the first fair trade certified vodka.

Quinoa, harvested from small farms in Bolivia, is purchased at a fair wage and directly from the local
farmers. It is then transported to France where The Fair Trade Spirit’s Company takes great care in producing pristine vodka.

FAIR. Vodka is an official supporter of Fair Trade the White House

Look for FAIR. Vodka’s Fairtrade Organization label on their bottle.

Read more about FAIR. Vodka’s owners and their commitment to fair trade and the environment.

Follow them on Facebook!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

The Fair Trader, Chicago

What do Evelyn Johnson, Madeiria Myrieckes and Cindy Pardo all have in common? Together, they founded The Fair Trader, the first fair trade retailer in Chicago! The Fair Trade offers a color selection of clothing, unique jewelry, natural body-care, handmade papers and a whole lot more.

So if you're looking for a friendly place to shop that offers sweat-free and fairly traded items in Chicago, now you know where to go!

The Fair Trader is a member of Fair Trade Federation, sells Fair Trade Certified products through Trans Fair USA and is a supporting retailer of Fair Trade the White House. You can find them on the web and find their location here.