Happy National Chocolate Day!

To celebrate National Chocolate Day (October 28), we’d like to introduce you to some of our absolute favorite bars from Theo Chocolate – “the only Organic, Fair Trade, Bean-to-Bar Chocolate Factory in the United States.”

Not only are Theo’s Fantasy Flavors bars unbelievably scrumptious, but their wrappers are outrageously cute:

“A generous combination of hazelnut brittle and milk chocolate with just the right touch of salt. Unanimously voted one of our yummiest creations ever by our Theonista tasting panel.”

“An innovative twist on a traditional pairing, featuring dark chocolate with buttery, toasted artisan breadcrumbs and the perfect amount of salt.”

“Crunchy slivered almonds, sweet chewy figs, and a touch of fennel in rich dark chocolate. Satisfyingly delicious, and a Vegan dream come true!”

“Milk chocolate with a warming blend of chai spices and black tea.”

“Dark chocolate with organic roasted cocoa nibs in sweet and crunchy brittle.”

“A harmonious blend of finely ground Madagascar vanilla bean and milk chocolate.”

“Milk chocolate with toasted coconut and savory curry spices.”

“Dark chocolate and a robust locally-roasted organic, Fair-Trade-Certified™ coffee from Caffé Vita combine to create a full-bodied flavor.”

Can’t decide which fabulous Fantasy Flavor to try?  Why not to treat yourself to the Theo Chocolate Fantasy Flavor 8 Bar Gift Set:

“Theo chocolate makers work their magic creating, these organic, Fair Trade Certified™ milk and dark chocolate bars that come in wonderfully innovative flavors. Theo takes its premium quality, delectable chocolate and combines it with some bold and some traditional ingredients to conjure the Theo fantasy flavor assortment.

This Theo Fantasy Flavor 8 pack contains one each:

MILK CHOCOLATE: Vanilla, Hazelnut Crunch, Coconut Curry, Chai

DARK CHOCOLATE: Coffee, Nib Brittle, Bread & Chocolate, Fig Fennel & Almond”

Happy National Chocolate Day!

Peace and Love,

Your Fair Trade Trendsters

A Tisket, A Tasket; We Love This Ikat Jacket!

Sigh.  This bold, little Ikat Jacket from Mata Traders is so incredibly charming. So perfect paired with a little white tee and dark wash jeans.

We so dig the beautiful detail of this handwoven Ikat fabric:

We also love this darling jacket in Black & White and Grey:

Simply adorable paired with a fun, colorful skirt.  A definite hit for fall.

Peace and Love,

Your Fair Trade Trendsters

Sara the Tea Lady Reviews: Rishi Masala Chai

For Sara the Tea Lady, tea is more than just a warm beverage (or a cold one).  Instead, tea is intertwined with memories of playing cards with grandma; watching Masterpiece Theatre; and sitting  in the company of a good friend, a good novel, and a very good puppy.  So it comes as no surprise that Sara ventured from Seattle to sample some delicious Fair Trade tea options with us.

We started today’s flavor excursion with Rishi Tea’s Organic, Fair Trade Chai Masala.  Check out this description from Rishi:

“A robust and full-flavored black tea blended with our traditional Indian Masala spices.  The bold flavor of our select shade-grown black tea presents full notes of cardamom, ginger, and clove that is zesty and stimulating.  Masala Chai should be brewed strong and served sweet with steamed milk and sugar.”

Drawn in by the tea’s double-lidded matte black tin, we decided to be good and follow the label’s easy instructions to a T(ea)!  After boiling this ‘loose leaf’ chai in water, milk, and sugar on the stove for five minutes, Sara could no longer resist the aromas coming from the kitchen, and the first warm, spicy sip more than satisfied.

While we were thrilled to pick up on our fav spice – clove, Sara couldn’t stop tasting the sweet snap of ginger.  This elixir of a tea encourages your tongue to find its favorite flavor cup after cup.  We bashfully admit, we may have gluttonously indulged our way to the bottom of our  ¼ lb. tin in the course of two days.

Sara the Tea Lady’s Recommendations:  Having a blue day?  Fighting off the chills?  This chai’s the perfect warming drink, especially when you take the time to prepare it on the stove.

Lovely Little Fair Trade Bowls!

We are so smitten with these pretty Eva Hand Painted Bowls (Available at Greenheart & Seven Hopes United):

“These charming bowls look so pretty on display. Each one is hand painted by crafts people from Kashmir, providing employment for these skilled artisans in their own homes. Use them for snacks and nibbles or just for decoration.”

Ohh…we just lurve the hand-painted detail of the wee birdies.

Super cute and so chic.  Plus, you can purchase hand-painted cups, jugs, and trays to match (Available at Seven Hopes United; Cups and Jugs Also Available at Greenheart):

Peace and Love,

Your Fair Trade Trendsters

Celebrity Spotlight: Chris Martin, Antonio Banderas, Alanis Morissette, & Gael Garcia Bernal Get Dumped On!

A couple of weeks ago, we posted a Celebrity Spotlight on Colin Firth who is seriously ten pounds of dreamy in a five pound bag, not to mention an awesome Fair Trade activist.  In the post, we highlighted Mr. Darcy’s Mr. Firth’s work with Oxfam’s Make Trade Fair — “Ever Felt Dumped On?” ad campaign, which featured major cash crops (coffee, rice, chocolate, cotton, corn, wheat, etc.) being dumped on celebrities.  (While the Make Trade Fair campaign has ended, check out Oxfam’s current trade campaigns.)

As you may remember, we were beyond smitten with Colin’s coffee photos, which brought awareness to the fact that “25 million growers face ruin because they don’t get a decent price for their coffee – yet some of the world’s biggest coffee companies continue to make big profits”:

(Okay, yes; it also reminded us of the wet t-shirt pond scene in Pride and Prejudice.)

Because we are still so head-over-heels for this campaign, we wanted to share a few more photos, which raise Fair Trade awareness by documenting some of our fav celebs being bombarded with cash crops:

CHRIS MARTIN wanted us to know that “the US government pays its farmers $1billion a year to over-produce rice and dump the surplus at rock-bottom prices in poor countries. In Haiti, one fifth of the population has been driven out of business and into poverty as a result”:

ANTONIO BANDERAS wanted us to know that “5 million farmers and their families are facing ruin because the US governments subsidises its corn farmers to over-produce and dump the surplus at rock-bottom prices in Mexico”:

ALANIS MORISSETTE wanted us to know that “European wheat costs almost twice as much to produce as wheat from poor countries but – with the help of hand-outs from the European Union – it is dumped on poor countries at rock-bottom prices; pushing poor farmers out of business and into poverty”:

GAEL GARCÍA BERNAL wanted us to know that “Ten million cotton farming families in Africa are being forced into poverty because of unfair trade, which benefits just a few hundred cotton farming companies in the US”:

We LOVE these neat photos and the important messages they send!

You can also check out photos of these fabulous, philanthropic celebs: Michael Stipe, Thom Yorke, Gary Lightbody, Haile Gebrselassie, Damon Albarn, Tamara Rojo, Susanna Bacca, Jamelia, Nitin Sawhney, Angelique Kidjo, The Finn Bros, Bobby Friction, Amaral, Youssou N’Dour, Alex Fong, Anthony Wong, & Heike Makatsch.

Peace and Love,

Your Fair Trade Trendsters

We’re Not Skirting the Issue; We Love Fair Trade!

Argh…that’s a pretty lame pun – even for us.  But know what’s not lame?  These fabulous Fair Trade skirts!

We love a skirt that makes a hip & fair fashion statement:

Simply pair with these awesome Fair Trade leggings or tights, and you have a fabulous, fun look for fall.

Peace and Love,

Your Fair Trade Trendsters

Fair Trade Your Pet!

 

Global Mamas's Pet Bandana in Red on White Mosaic Circles

 

We, at Fair Trade Trends, are huge animal people.  Our Motto: Love the earth, love people, and love our furry friends.  That’s why we’re so stoked that now our pets can share in the awesomeness of Fair Trade.

Check out these stellar, pet-friendly Fair Trade finds:

Fair Trade Fido (Doggy Goods):

  • Craft Link’s Dog Print Food Bowl (Available at SERRV and Revive):

  • West Paw Design’s Organic Bumper Bed (Available at Fair Indigo; Great for Kitty, Too!):

Fair Trade TIger (Kitty Goods):

You definitely won’t be in the doghouse if you get your pet a Fair Trade gift cause these pet supplies are the cat’s meow.

Peace and Love,

Your Fair Trade Trendsters (& Their Furry Friends)