ATTENTION ALL TEACHERS: Global Exchange’s Fourth Annual “National Valentine’s Day of Action”

From Global Exchange:

“What is the National Valentine’s Day of Action?

We are inviting educators to teach Global Exchange’s Fair Trade cocoa curriculum.  Educators of any kind are eligible, from standard classrooms to after-school and faith-based programs.

What You Can Do:

Take action by contacting at least five teachers today!!!”

For a FREE cocoa curriculum for educators, an email to send out to teachers, letters and flyers to distribute in schools and places of worship, and a chance to win a FAIR TRADE PRIZE, visit Global Exchange.

Peace and Love,

Your Fair Trade Trendsters

Dress of the Day: Ethos Paris’s Sharav Dress

At the Ohio FAIR TRADE Expo last weekend, we had the amazing pleasure of shopping at the Fair Trade Marketplace:

“In addition to great workshops and panels, the Ohio FAIR TRADE Expo includes a Fair Trade Marketplace featuring fair trade vendors from across Ohio and the region. [The Marketplace hosts] vendors with clothing, household items, artisan creations, food, drink, and more from around the world!”

Specifically, we absolutely adored Cleveland’s own Revive Fair Trade Boutique.  While at their stand, we fell head over heals for Tara Project’s Vibrant Glass Bead Necklace:

We all wanted to take home this stunning strand of pretty beads (in person, the brass is much more muted and funky), but unfortunately, the Revive stand only had one left.  Rather than re-enact a childhood tug-of-war, which honestly would have been uncouth, we settled for a serendipitous trip to their Legacy Village store after the Expo.  Hooray!

At Revive, we stumbled upon our new favorite Dress of the Day: Ethos Paris’s Sharav Dress (Revive Carries the Aubergine and Black):

“A sleeveless, cotton, A-line sheath that offers classic styling and shaping for your work wardrobe. Add a belt in a contrasting color, and chunky jewelry for a bolder daytime look!”

“Made from certified 100 percent organic cotton, which is produced, processed and manufactured according to Fair Trade practices. No genetically modified cotton is used to make this garment.”

Don’t you just love the darting detail, which creates a semi-empire waist?  And that serrated neckline is simply fan-tab-u-lous!  While the bottom perplexed us at first, the concealable drawstring is actually a major bonus, allowing you to wear the skirt as a classic A-line or a fun, retro bubble dress.

By layering this dress over a pair of leggings and a turtleneck or long sleeve shirt, you’ll have a super stylish look ready for chillier weather:

We absolutely love this dress styled with Tara Project’s Vibrant Glass Bead Necklace (see above) and a colorful, chunky bracelet like the Tagua Twist Bracelet (Available at Revive):

“Sustainably harvested tagua nuts” make fabulous, eco-friendly jewelry as they provide a rain forest friendly industry for local artisans.  Further, this carvable nut provides a beautiful alternative to ivory, so demand is reduced for the slaugh[t]er of elephants.”

 

Hope to see you at next year’s Fair Trade Expo!  If you can’t make it to Ohio, look for a similar event in your area:

 

Peace and Love,

Your Fair Trade Trendsters

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

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.

Happy Fair Trade Month!

Our Top 3 Reasons to LOVE October:

1) If you live in a temperate deciduous forest biome, mega-awesome fall foliage!  Score!

2) Halloween gives you an excuse to gorge yourself on lollipops and chocolate bars!

3) It’s FAIR TRADE MONTH!

Keep reading Fair Trade Trends this October for awesome tips on how to celebrate this Fair Trade Month in style.

Peace and Love,

Your Fair Trade Trendsters

Ohio Fair Trade Expo: October 9

PRESS RELEASE:

John Carroll Hosts

Ohio Fair Trade Expo & Market

October 9, 2010

Saturday

9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Dolan Center for Science and Technology/Muldoon Atrium
The Fair Trade Marketplace event is free and open to the public. (*Workshops require paid registration.)

More information available after the jump.

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