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  • Valentine's Day 2017

    Say it with Fairtrade this Valentine’s Day

    1 February 2017 by Kathleen McCoy, Events and Communications Assistant Manager, Fairtrade America

    As the season of love approaches, many people begin to feel a sense of dread. Here are our tips on how to treat that special someone in your life (and yourself).

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    Empowering producers means sharing power with producers!

    3 January 2017 by Elizabeth Bennett, professor and fair trade researcher, Lewis & Clark College

    The fair trade movement aims to alleviate poverty and empower producers. This means working alongside farmers and workers as a team. This guest blog from Lewis & Clark College professor and fair trade researcher Elizabeth Bennett discusses why it’s important to include producers, and what you can do to advocate for this best practice.

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    Shop Your Values in the New Year: Sorting Through the Labels

    21 December 2016 by Kyle Freund, Digital Content Manager, Fairtrade America

    So you’re making New Year’s Resolutions to eat healthy and shop your values this year. Great! But with so many labels to choose from, how do you figure out which products match what you believe?


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    10 things you might not know about Fairtrade

    21 December 2016 by Kyle Freund, Digital Content Manager, Fairtrade America

    As the year comes to an end, we round up ten things you might not know about Fairtrade featuring highlights from our latest impact report.

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  • Giving with Purpose

    3 Tips to Live (and Give) with Purpose this Season

    7 December 2016 by Rachel Spence, Engagement Manager, Fair Trade Federation

    This holiday season, how can you bring greater meaning to your life and share it with those around you? Rachel Spence of the Fair Trade Federation shares a few tips on living and giving with purpose this year.

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    Fairtrade Kicks A**!

    30 November 2016 by Kicking Horse Coffee

    Guest blogger Kicking Horse Coffee explains why they won’t use anything but Fairtrade coffee. This year the company celebrates 20 years of selling Fairtrade organic specialty coffee all across North America.

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  • Thanksgiving Coffee

    Thanksgiving Coffee Links Quality of Life, Quality of Coffee

    23 November 2016 by Kyle Freund, Digital Content Manager

    Thanksgiving Coffee is one of the original direct traders, selling coffee built on close relationships with coffee farmers since 1972. The company on the Northern California coast was recently honored as Roast Magazine’s Roaster of the Year for 2017.

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    Realizing Cocoa's Full Potential in the Ivory Coast

    15 November 2016 by Bryan Lew, Director of Business Development, Fairtrade America

    This week, Fairtrade America and Endangered Species Chocolate are visiting cacao farmers in the Ivory Coast. Bryan Lew gives a window into what trips like this are like.

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    Democracy in Action: Investing the Fairtrade Premium

    8 November 2016 by Fairtrade America

    In case you didn’t notice, it’s Election Day! We all have the privilege of voting on the direction we want our country to take. It’s democracy in action, which can be a beautiful thing. 

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    What is Fairness: A Small Happy Country

    31 October 2016 by Elsebeth Nordlund, Business Development Manager, Fairtrade America

    Throughout October’s Fair Trade Month, we are featuring Fairness Champions, people from all walks of life with a unique perspective on what’s ‘fair’. Today we introduce Elsebeth Nordlund, who recently joined the team as Business Development Manager at Fairtrade America.

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