Reverse Trick-or-Treating: Order Your Supplies Today!

 

Fair Trade Trends hopes you’ll consider Reverse Trick-or-Treating this year to raise awareness about child slavery in the cocoa industry.  We’ve joined in this campaign for the past three years and are always amazed that giving back can feel so good.

A description of RTT from Equal Exchange, which partners with Global Exchange to organize Reverse Trick-or-Treating:

The goal of the campaign is for trick-or-treaters nationwide to distribute informational cards, each with a piece of Fair Trade chocolate, to as many households as possible. Last year we were able to reach over 200,000 households. This year we think we can, with your help, reach even more.

You can Reverse Trick-or-Treat as an individual, family, small group, organization, school, or congregation.  The more, the merrier!

Top Reasons to Go Reverse Trick-or-Treating:

1) This is the only night of the year when it’s not super weird to go door-to-door talking about your love for chocolate.  People are expecting visitors and will most likely welcome you and your message.  Plus, you’ll be giving them a free gift of delicious chocolate – a fun surprise on a night when the wee ones demand treats and threaten tricks.

2) If you’re a parent, you might already be out trick or treating.  Social Justice Activism + Quality Time with the Kiddos = Two Stellar Birds, Baby.  If you’re not a parent but you’re also not really a kid anymore, come on, don’t you want to relive the rush of Trick-or-Treat night?  Don a pair of cat ears or an awesome cardboard robot suit? (Costumes are absolutely fabulous optional.)

3) Reverse Trick-or-Treating gives you that warm, glowy feeling inside.  (Not unlike a jack-o-lantern.)  That feeling like you’re part of something bigger than yourself and that you really have done something to make the world a better and more just place.

Sign up for supplies SOON (before Friday, October 8!) at Global Exchange or Equal Exchange.

Dave the Coffee Guy Reviews: Green Mountain Coffee’s Fair Trade Organic Ethiopian Yirgacheffe

Dave the Coffee Guy knows coffee.  In fact, he’s been known to tear tendons off his shoulder in the pursuit of coffee.  (Really folks, we’re doing the typing for Dave because his arm is in a sling).

From Dave the Coffee Guy:

This month’s Bean-to-Pick is Green Mountain Coffee’s Fair Trade Organic Ethiopian Yirgacheffe. This light coffee is full of flavor.  As satisfying as any dark roast.

Check out this description from Green Mountain Coffee:

“Ethiopian Yirgacheffe is prized by connoisseurs for its delicate fragrance of orange blossoms, with an elegantly sweet and clean finish.”

You’ll want to drink the whole pot.  Or at least pour yourself the larger cup.

RATING: 4½/5 Cups

SCALE: 5 = Best Ever! / 4½ = Superior / 4 = Excellent / 3½ = Very Good / 3 = Good / 2½ = Average / 2 = Fair / 1 = Poor

Enjoy,

Dave the Coffee Guy

Bookends With Character: Tara Projects’s Palewa Owls

“This pair of wise sitting owls can hold your books in place or just decorate your shelf. Hand-carved and etched bookends are made from palewa, a dark, Indian soapstone used for carving.”

We are absolutely loving Tara Projects’s Palewa Owl Bookends (available at  Ten Thousand Villages and SERRV).  The perfect gift for a reader, teacher, or owl enthusiast. (Sara the Tea Lady is all three.)  But really, who wouldn’t want these charming fellows holding up their hardbacks?

We’re also super impressed by the TARA Projects organization, which “was established in 1973 to defend the rights of the poor. Beginning in Delhi, the organization expanded to adjoining states of North India, working to eliminate unfair trade practices and child labor, fighting exploitation of artisans and supporting fair trade and human dignity.”

Peace and Love,

Your Fair Trade Trendsters

Ice Cream Never Tasted So Good!: Ben and Jerry’s Commitment to Going Fair Trade

“Ben & Jerry’s announces its commitment to go fully Fair Trade across its entire global flavor portfolio.  From Americone Dream to Chocolate Fudge Brownie, all of the flavors in all of the countries where Ben & Jerry’s is sold will be converted to Fair Trade Certified™ ingredients by the end of 2013.”

HOORAY!

“Ben & Jerry’s Fair Trade commitment means that every ingredient that can be sourced Fair Trade Certified,™ now or in the future, is Fair Trade Certified.™ Globally, this involves converting up to 121 different chunks and swirls, working across eleven different ingredients such as cocoa, banana, vanilla and other flavourings, fruits and nuts.  It also means working with Fair Trade cooperatives that total a combined membership of over 27,000 farmers.”

We can’t wait till 2013!  Until then, try their amazing fair trade flavors that are already available: Chocolate, Chocolate Macadamia, Vanilla, & Coffee Heath Bar Crunch. (Please Note: Heath® Bars are not Fair Trade Certified).

Delicious and Fair Trade . . . amazing!

We are so proud of you, Ben & Jerry!

Peace and Love,

Your Fair Trade Trendsters