Author: Joel

Better World Cup in Africa

There is a fellow named James Rose who I am proud to call a customer. I enjoy all our customers, but please allow me a moment to share James’ inspiring story with you. On May 12, James launched the Better World Cup with a set of fairly traded soccer balls from Fair Trade Sports in

Alternative Fairs and Markets

Recently, some certified Fair Trade soccer balls and volleyballs were donated to the annual American Martyrs Catholic Church of Manhattan Beach auction by one of our customers (shout out to Tom Hoffarth). Churches have been a gathering point for people for centuries and it’s important that the folks that attend these gatherings get educated about

Fair Trade Visiting Schools

It’s that time of the year! You’re a college student, getting ready for a new year of exciting classes (and maybe some not-so-exciting ones too). It seems there’s not enough time in the day between work, school and exams. The world is more demanding than ever on our young adults. Nevertheless, we’ve heard some great

Every School Can Become Fair Trade

For parents, this can be the most exciting time of the year! A new school year brings challenges and milestones for your kids that will last a lifetime. For producers all across the world, this can be the best time of the year, too. Fair Trade principles can be taught and practiced in the school

The Olympic Torch is Not Enough

The Olympic Torch lit a path around the world. From the hip streets of San Francisco, exhilarating cafes of Paris, all the way to the exotic outskirts of Beijing. The Olympics have opened our eyes to the differences in culture, sociology and economy of countless countries. Unfortunately, our eyes have also been opened to unbelievable

Free trade vs Fair Trade

Is Fair Trade the perfect system, without flaws? No. But to quote the quotable Ben Harper, ‘What good is a cynic with no better plan?’ “Fair Trade” is often compared to “free trade” in popular media. Here’s a brief clarification: Fair Trade Fair Trade is a trading partnership, based on dialogue, transparency, and respect, that