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Spread the Love with Fair Trade Valentine’s Day Gifts!

10 Feb

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and Restyle Fair Trade wants to help spread the love worldwide. This list of fair trade certified gifts is sure to include the perfect present for your special someone!

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Roses are arguably the most romantic flower symbolizing beauty, love, and passion. One World Flowers sells fair trade roses by the bouquet and has a wide variety of flower options and arrangements. We suggest “All’s Fair in Love” a classic red bouquet that is a signature valentine’s day gift. One fair trade dozen costs $54.95.

This holiday celebrates being sweet to the ones you care about, and a fair trade box of chocolates is a popular gesture of love! This Classic Red Velvet Box for $45 is a beautiful assortment creme filled hearts and caramels that even has an special option for vegans, made completely of fair trade and organic ingredients—it doesn’t get much sweeter than that!

Red and pink are colors that represent the love and passion felt on this warm and fuzzy holiday. Here are some of our favorite products that fit the color scheme and would be a lovely gift for valentine’s day that are 20% OFF for a limited time:

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Triple Wrap Chirilla And Leather Bracelet-Dawn

$29.98   $23.98

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3 Faceted Tagua on Antiqued Silver Plated Ball Chain

$36.48   $29.18

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Giving Tree Tagua Necklace–Poppy Red 

$19.98   $15.98
ImageFaceted Acai Earrings–Raspberry

$19.98  $15.98

ImageTagua Ring–Raspberry

$27.48   $21.98

For a full listing of Red/Pink sale items, click here!

If you’re looking for a fair trade gift for the man in your life, our website has a section of “Gift for Him” with recycled tire tube tech cases, wallets and eco-leather items too!

Sometimes the best gift is a note from the heart. Our tree-free cotton note cards have blank interiors so you can fill that pages with a handwritten love letter. They are beautifully decorated with pressed flowers and grasses indigenous to El Salvador and Colombia, sealed in compostable packaging and printed with non-toxic vegetable based inks. They are eco-friendly, fair trade and inexpensive ranging from $3.99-$5.50.

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Remember that through fair trade purchases on this loving holiday, you can feel great knowing that your declaration of adoration is helping to support artisans, farmers and laborers through fair wages and safe working conditions. So spread the love, buy fair trade!

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Father’s Day – Top 5 Fair Trade gifts

7 Jun

What is better than telling Dad “You are the best!” with a Fair Trade gift he will really love? Nothing!!

Here are our Top 5 Fair Trade Father’s Day Gifts:

1) Fair Trade Vodka

Award winning Fair Trade Vodka from FAIR. will make Dad’s favorite cocktails come to life. Made using Fair Trade quinoa from Bolivian farms. Buy it online, or find a distributor near you. $33 per bottle.


2). Organic and Fair Trade Certified Socks

You know he needs them, and he won’t shop for them himself. So hook him up with some sweet socks! Maggie’s provides a wide variety of Fair Trade certified socks, from dress to sport, that are perfect for any kind of Dad. Starting at $8 – easy to order on-line.


3) ReStyle recycled tire tube men’s travel kit

Made from recycled truck tire tubes, the ReStyle travel kit looks great and is super tough to take any punishment that travel (or your Dad) can dish out. Roomy enough to bring everything on the road, with interior pockets and straps to hold them in place. He will love it. $39.98 – available on-line or in stores.


4) The Supremo Basket

Fair Trade coffee, chocolate, tea and chocolate covered coffee beans? In one basket? This is almost too easy. $64.75 from the Fair Trade Coffee Company.


5) Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Fair Trade pioneers Equal Exchange have a delicious EVOO that will enhance any dish and tastes fabulous on it’s own. Whether he is manning the grill or you are cooking him a Father’s Day meal this is a great call. And at only $10.98 for a 500ml bottle it is a great deal too!


We hope you have a wonderful Father’s Day!

Showing Love for Everyone on Valentine’s Day!

14 Feb

It’s the day of hugs, kisses, and love, so let me say “Happy Valentine’s Day.” On this day you should spend time with your special someone, your best friend or take a time out just for yourself. We all love to receive and give gifts on Valentine’s Day but we have to remember to not be a blind consumer. It is estimated that Colombia will export around 500 million flowers for Valentine’s Day this year, and although this creates a large amount of jobs for the locals, it can come at a high cost. So many of the flowers that are bought each Valentine’s Day were picked by women workers who are underpaid, exposed to harsh chemicals, and are made to work extremely long hours. It is great that the Flower industry creates jobs for many Colombians but we should make sure these workers are treated the way we would want our loved ones to be treated. Flowers are still a wonderful gift but please support Fair Trade companies like www.oneworldflowers.org. If more people showed support for Fair Trade flower companies, others will follow suit.

We can’t forget about everyone’s love for chocolate on Valentine’s Day but this year makes sure you purchase Fair Trade Chocolate as well. Would you want to buy a bar of chocolate for your loved one if you knew an abused child was forced to collect cocoa seeds? From www.oxfam.org.vt.edu I found out that 40% of the worlds cocoa supply comes from West Africa where children’s rights are being violated; “U.S Department of State estimates that 109,000 children are working in an abusive labor environment with as many as 10,000 suffering as victims of human trafficking or enslavement.”Although there have been steps by the government to enforce rules and regulations on this problem, it has persisted. The way you can help stop these horrendous crimes is by buying Fair Trade! You will not only be supporting a company that is looking out for their employees, you will also be sending a message that you will not stand for child abuse, low working wages, and an unhealthy working environment. There are so many different ways you can show someone you love them and show workers around the world you love and respect them as well.

If you would like to find out what companies sell Fair Trade chocolate go to www.fairtradeusa.org. You can also tell if you’re buying Fair Trade by looking for the Fair Trade logo, shown to the right. If you aren’t looking for a sweet treat to say “I love you,” it is always great to just send a special message to someone! Hope For Women‘s Portraits of El Salvador cards and Pressed Flower Note cards are Fair Trade products that are all handmade by women artisans, making each one unique.

When you buy Fair Trade you are showing love, which is exactly what Valentine’s Day is all about.

Written by Mary Mathias

Fair Trade Your Halloween With Reverse Trick-or-Treating

18 Oct

Reverse Trick-or-Treating Kit

It’s hard to believe, but Halloween is only 12 days away!  This year, you might be a little surprised to see many kids giving candy back to the adults. It’s a concept called Reverse Trick-or-Treating, and it’s catching on fast.

In association with Global Exchange’s Fair Trade Cocoa Campaign, Reverse Trick-or-Treating seeks to end child labor in the cocoa industry while simultaneously promoting Fair Trade. There is a card attached to each piece of vegan, Fair Trade dark chocolate explaining the child labor issues associated with the conventional chocolate we normally see at Halloween. It’s a fun and easy way for kids to support both neighbors and the international cocoa growing community.

If you’re interested in participating in this amazing movement but missed the deadline for ordering the free kit, you can still make a difference! Many people express their support through handing out Fair Trade chocolate to Trick-or-Treaters. Click here to find where you can purchase Fair Trade chocolate. Hope for Women encourages you to check out their Facebook page to see how you can get involved and help make this Halloween the most meaningful one yet.