Fair Trade Your Halloween!

In yesterday’s post, we encouraged you to consider Reverse Trick-or-Treating this year to raise awareness about child slavery in the cocoa industry.

[UPDATE: To learn more about the important (but hidden) horror of child slavery and abuses in the chocolate industry, check out Fair Trade Films: Child Slavery in the Cocoa Industry.]

However, if you’re planning to stay home to pass out candy, don’t worry; you can join in the Fair Trade love, too!  Make your Halloween sweet for the kids in your neighborhood (and the kids in cocoa producing countries) by passing out Fair Trade chocolate.

Check out these fun options:

  • Global Exchange’s Fair Trade Trick-or-Treat Action Pack – $17.50  (40 chocolate minis, a stack of kid-friendly info postcards, traditional Papel Picado Mexican party streamers, a 100% Eco-friendly mulberry paper Trick-or-Treat bag from Thailand, and a “Fair Trade is Boo-tiful” poster to hang on your door):

Like to keep candy on your desk for your co-workers?  Why not put out this darling, “fairly traded smoked bamboo [basket . . .] sourced from Craft Link, a non-profit that works with artisans in an effort to generate income, with a focus on ethnic minorities, street children, and artisans with disabilities.”  “Filled with 12 ounces of Equal Exchange Organic Dark Chocolate Minis,” this cute basket will sweeten up your desk with style (Available at Equal Exchange):

Thanks for making this Halloween Fair Trade!

Peace and Love,

Your Fair Trade Trendsters

46 thoughts on “Fair Trade Your Halloween!”

    1. Thanks! Yes, the Divine chocolate coins are literally divine! Plus, at the Ohio Fair Trade Expo, we got to meet and hear Cecilia Appianim, Recorder of the Asentem Kuapa Kokoo Society (Ghana, Africa), which produces the cocoa beans for Divine. She described the incredibly labor intensive duties of growing, harvesting, and processing cacao beans for chocolate. So glad Divine fairly pays their adult farmers for this work and prevents the trafficking of child slaves. And, Fair Trade also enables the farmers to send their children to high school and to improve their community sanitation effort with toilets and clean drinking water. Wow!

      Happy (Fair Trade) Halloween!

    1. Great question! Yes, much like the Certified Organic label, Fair Trade products are regulated. Companies have to comply with the Fair Trade principles in order to be given certification. Fair Trade principles include:

      Fair prices: Democratically organized farmer groups receive a guaranteed minimum floor price and an additional premium for certified organic products. Farmer organizations are also eligible for pre-harvest credit.

      Fair labor conditions: Workers on Fair Trade farms enjoy freedom of association, safe working conditions, and living wages. Forced child labor is strictly prohibited.

      Direct trade: With Fair Trade, importers purchase from Fair Trade producer groups as directly as possible, eliminating unnecessary middlemen and empowering farmers to develop the business capacity necessary to compete in the global marketplace.

      Democratic and transparent organizations
      : Fair Trade farmers and farm workers decide democratically how to invest Fair Trade revenues.

      Community development: Fair Trade farmers and farm workers invest Fair Trade premiums in social and business development projects like scholarship programs, quality improvement trainings, and organic certification.

      Environmental sustainability: Harmful agrochemicals and GMOs are strictly prohibited in favor of environmentally sustainable farming methods that protect farmers’ health and preserve valuable ecosystems for future generations.

      In the US, certification and monitoring of Fair Trade companies and products is overseen by Transfair USA, which is member of the Fairtrade Labelling Organizations International (FLO).

      Thanks so much again for your important question!

  1. Aaaaaah, all that chocolate is making me nuts!!! 😀 Congrats on getting Freshly Pressed. These are wonderful solutions to still have a happy chocolate-filled Halloween but to help out the children in the cocao industry. 😀

    1. Yes, it’s not exactly the message the big name chocolate companies want us, the consumers, to know. However, the solution – Fair Trade – is so incredibly delicious! It definitely tastes good and feels good to buy Fair Trade.

      Thanks for reading!

    1. Great question, bmj2k!

      From the Global Exchange Store Site:

      Postcard Contents: A list of how you can help Fair Trade succeed, information about Fair Trade, and a pre-written note to give your to your child’s K-6 teacher to use Global Exchange cocoa curriculum.

      We called Global Exchange for a bit more info. The cards also give a kid-friendly overview of the way much mainstream chocolate is produced using slave labor, and they offer Fair Trade chocolate as the ethical, yummy solution.

      Hope this helps!

      Happy Fair Trade Halloween!

      1. Hi again, bmj2k.

        You raise a good point, and it’s important to let folks know that you don’t have to hand out info cards if you don’t feel comfortable doing so. Instead, you can just give out Fair Trade chocolate much like you’d give out a Hershey’s Kiss or a Snickers Bar.

        However, you may want to consider that the average person sees 3,000 ads a day but probably doesn’t know a whole a lot about Fair Trade or the injustices in the cocoa industry. For more info, check out one of our more recent posts – Fair Trade Films: Child Slavery in the Cocoa Industry. The first time we saw Slavery: A Global Investigation, we were really moved and appreciate that Halloween offers us a kid-friendly way to share this important message.

        Thanks again for reading!

    1. We know! This chocolate is so scrumptious! Thankfully, though, at least when you buy Fair Trade, you can indulge without the guilt…okay, without some of the guilt. 🙂

      Doing good never tasted so good!

      Thanks for spreading the word!

    1. Thanks, Andrew! Plus, Divine and Equal Exchange chocolates are mega delicious! Triple win!

      Reverse Trick-or-Treating is super fun. Makes you feel absolutely zippy to help make such a big difference in one night.

      Thanks for reading!

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