Author: Joel

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

Buy Fair Trade Products or Buy Local?

Should you buy Fair Trade products or buy local? The Fair Trade movement is focused on bringing internationally-produced products (from producers who were paid a certified Fair Trade wage) to markets around the world, primarily North America. The Buy Local movement is focused on supporting local merchants who bring to market locally-produced goods, rather than

Dutch View on a Global Problem

We were also recently approached by the National Committee for International Cooperation and Sustainable Development (NCDO) to support the latest athletic outreach in Fair Trade. This is a great opportunity for Fair Trade Sports and the NCDO to team up and improve the lives of youth through the power of sports. For those of you