Monday, November 30, 2009

Delicious Living

Delicious Living
blogged about the Fair Trade Holiday Gift Guide! Take a look and then take some time to read other entries about 'Real Food, Natural Health and Green Planet'.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Gift Guide on Planet Green

Vote for our Fair Trade Holiday Gift Guide on Planet Green (at bottom of article)!

Thanks for the post, Planet Green!

Monday, November 16, 2009

DC Fair Trade Network & Coffee Tasting

Announcing an event within the DC Fair Trade Network!

Event: Fair Trade Coffee Tasting: EverGreen Home Coffee

Date/Time: November 22, 2009 11:00 AM

Adega Wine Cellars and Cafe
8519 Fenton Street
Silver Spring, MD 20910

EVENT CONTACT: Sonia Bunch, Director of Sales and Marketing, The EverGreen Home, 301-312-2407,

Come learn how to roast your own coffee beans in a popcorn popper and other units. Taste the
wildly delicious high altitude shade grown organic blends by The EverGreen Home. Learn why Fair Trade is the best choice and why we only promote coffee sold in recycled steel. Join the discussion, meet new friends, and have a great time. Purchase a can of The EverGreen Home coffee at Giant Foods and bring your receipt for the coffee drawing. You may win a case of amazing shade grown coffee.

About The Evergreen™ Home
Our family has been eating organically and supporting s
ustainable agriculture for years. However, when our niece needed a new mattress in 2006, we discovered that harmful chemicals are often used in the manufacturing of mattresses. We wanted dust mite resistant and chemical free bedding for our niece, and the organic bedding industry was our only option. Now, organic bedding is what we provide for our entire family — and yours... Read more.

Learn more about DC Fair Trade Network.

Saturday, November 14, 2009


Treehugger posted our Fair Trade Gift Guide! Thanks, Treehugger!

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Canaan Fair Trade on Facebook

Canaan Fair Trade has a new Facebook page! Become a fan and learn more about their fair trade olive oil (and other delicacies) from Palestine. Let's get their fan base up to thousands in no time to help support the laborers who provide us with our quality oil!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Green America's Fair Trade Coordinator

Meet Green America's new fair trade coordinator, Elizabeth O'Connell!!

I joined Green America about two weeks ago as the new Fair Trade Coordinator, and I am very excited about it! I am originally from Rochester NY, but I actually grew up in Hong Kong and Switzerland. My interest in fairer labor conditions probably started when visiting a Chinese brick factory on a 7th grade trip, where the dust was so thick it was difficult to breathe and see. However, it was not until college that I got involved in the fair trade movement. As a member of the entrepreneurial club at NYU, I was a founder of the school’s first fair trade café, an endeavor that was a ton of fun and a huge success! I also interned at Social Accountability international for a semester. After finishing college, I taught English in Cambodia for five months, and then worked in New York City, doing fundraising for a Cambodian children’s hospital.

At Green America I will be working on our fair trade programs and campaigns, including the fair trade pavilions at the Green Festivals and the Fair Trade Alliance newsletter. I will also be working on planning the Fair Trade Futures Conference.

Find out more about Elizabeth's adventures in fair trade at her blogspot.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Fair Trade Holiday Gift Guide

The Fair Trade Holiday Gift Guide is here! With over 80 different fair options, you'll find plenty of stocking stuffers and Holiday presents for all ages. Find the guide at Fair Trade the White House!

Monday, November 2, 2009

GoodWeave Raffle

GoodWeave™ Program to End Child Labor Announces 8th Annual Rug Raffle

Rugmark USA has just launched its eighth annual rug raffle, offering entrants, for as little as $25, the chance to win a luxurious handmade rug, designed and donated by New York-basedcWarp & Weft and certified child-labor-free by GoodWeave. Proceeds help support RugMark’s GoodWeave certification program, which works to end illegal child labor in the carpet industry and to offer educational opportunities to children in South Asia.

The 8’ x 10’ rug being raffled, Riviera Caramel, has a retail value of $10,800 and is currently available for viewing at Warp & Weft's DC studio, located in the Washington Design Center.

Caramel is part of Warp & Weft’s Modern & Custom Collection, designed by owner Michael Mandapati. Hand woven in Nepal and made from pure Tibetan wool and Indian mulberry silk, the design echoes differing images from nature, from topographical maps to tree bark. As GoodWeave’s newest industry partner, Mandapati realizes the difference companies working together can make. “With strong child labor laws and with the help of GoodWeave we can make a difference by making it difficult and unprofitable for the practice to continue,” he said.

Every ticket sold helps bring GoodWeave and its nearly 70 importer/designer members one step closer to ending child labor in the handmade rug industry. Raffle tickets are $25 each, 5 for $100 or 12 for $200. The drawing will take place on December 16, 2009, and the winner will be notified the following day. Individuals may purchase tickets here.

About GoodWeave

The GoodWeave certification program works to end exploitative child labor in the South Asian carpet industry by inspecting weaving looms and providing rehabilitation and education for former child weavers. To date, the GoodWeave program has rescued more than 3,600 children from exploitation on carpet looms and offered them rehabilitation, education, vocational training, and other services. The GoodWeave label is your best assurance that no child labor was used in the manufacture of a carpet or rug. For more information, visit