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

Celebrity Spotlight: Colin Firth

Because we love you and want you to be happy, we give you Mr. Darcy at his finest:

How is it that Colin Firth is still incredibly dreamy when drenched with coffee?  As a matter of fact, he’s especially dreamy when drenched with coffee.

Yes, we love Colin Firth because he won our hearts as Pride and Prejudice’s Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy and continued to earn our undying affection as Bridget Jones’s Mark Darcy, but you know why we’re really smitten?  Mr. Firth is not only a dashingly delightful gentleman, he’s also a Fair Trade activist.  (Pardon us a moment while we swoon.)

Colin agreed to be doused with joe to call attention to labor injustice in the coffee industry in support of “The Big Noise” – part of Oxfam’s Make Trade Fair campaign.  (While the Make Trade Fair campaign has ended, check out Oxfam’s current trade campaigns.)  He also sat on the board of London’s (sadly now closed) Progresso Fair Trade coffee shops.  Plus, he’s currently part owner of Eco – “an exciting new retail concept and the first of its kind – a store, showroom, consultancy and green hub that offers inspiration, ideas and specific domestic solutions for all those who want to lead a greener and more energy efficient life.”

Sigh. Colin Firth, you have officially and forever won a very special place in our hearts. “We like you, very much.  Just as you are.”

Peace and Love,

Your Fair Trade Trendsters

Celebrity Spotlight: Emma Watson

"If, when buying an item, whatever it may be, people have the choice to buy Fair Trade or non Fair Trade, they should buy the Fair Trade item. It really does make all the difference." "It empowers people and doesn't take away their dignity." - Emma Watson

Attention all fans of Harry Potter‘s Hermione Granger: There’s now even more reason to love Emma Watson!

Emma Watson is making her own magic as a fair trade supporter.  She has collaborated with British Fair Trade company People Tree on a new line of comfy, classic, youthful clothing called Love from Emma.  (Note, while People Tree is based in London, they do deliver to the USA, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand).

Check out this super fun, behind-the-scenes video of Emma’s catalog shoot for People Tree:

For more information about how the Fair Trade movement has impacted Emma, check out the following videos of her trip to Bangladesh – one of the world’s poorest countries, which produces much of the clothing we wear in the Western world:

Thanks for inspiring us, Emma! And for collaborating on such cute clothes!

You’re right, Emma, Clothes are fabulous and can transform the way someone feels about themselves, and [with Fair Trade,] you can transform someone’s life at the same time, which is a pretty amazing thing to do.”

Peace and Love,

Your Fair Trade Trendsters