October is Fair Trade Month. Buying fair trade products is important because fair trade products are not only better for the Earth, they are better for the workers who come in contact with them.
In honor of Fair Trade Month, I’m doing an MNN Fair Trade round-up. There’s lots of good stuff here that can help you better understand what fair trade is.
- Fair trade facts – If you’re unfamiliar with what fair trade is, start here with the facts on what it means to be fair trade certified and what can carry the label.
- Offset with fair trade carbon - Two fair trade pioneers get into the carbon market.
- First coffee and chocolate, now whole towns can obtain fair trade status. San Francisco is the seventh American community to join the movement.
- The fair trade curriculum … sweet. Global Exchange's sweet lesson plans teach kids the importance of fair trade.
- Participate in World Fair Trade Day your way. There are lots of events happening this weekend for World Fair Trade Day, but if you can't make it to one you can still participate your own way. (All of these ideas work for Fair Trade Month, too.)
- The story of fair trade - What is fair trade all about? Watch and learn.
We’ve done several reviews of some specific fair trade products. Check these out.
- Prettily wrapped fair trade presents - Fair trade web store Novica offers a wide selection of eco-friendly products -- wrapped prettily sans tape!
- Theo fair trade chocolates - The perfect sweet and salt combination in a fair trade chocolate bar.
- Chocolate truffles made vegan, organic, fair trade – and tasty! - Nicobella vegan organic dark chocolate truffles are made with organic, fair trade ingredients packed with antioxidants.
- A caffeinated fair trade beer - Maine's Peak Organic Brewing has made the first fair trade certified beer.
- Live-a-Little Really Ravishing Red - This 'entry-level wine' organic, fair trade wine lets you live it up without breaking the bank.
- Veja creates first fair trade sneakers - A pioneering French footwear company uses chrome-free leather, organic cotton and latex harvested from local rubber trees.