Tag Archives: Fair Trade Month

How to have a Fair Trade friendly Valentines Day!

6 Feb

Looking for an original way to show appreciation for your valentine this year? Commit to Fair Trade!

Here are some ideas on creative and socially responsible alternatives to the average Valentines Day gift:

1. Fair Trade Chocolate– Chocolate is an essential part of every Valentines Day, but this year consider options such as the Valentines products from Divine Chocolate, the only Fair Trade chocolate company which is 45% owned by the farmers. Company ownership gives the farmers a share of Divine’s profits and a stronger voice in the cocoa industry.  Another option, which comes in wide array of unique flavors is Alter Eco chocolate. They offer 10 different types of chocolate bars such as dark coconut toffee, dark quinoa, dark mint, and dark with crystallized orange peel. A third Fair Trade, organic option is Equal Exchange chocolate, which comes in a variety of forms and flavors, each as delicious as the next!


2. Fair Trade Flowers Many people are not aware of the exploitation that occurs within the cut flower business in order to keep costs low.  Commit to buying Fair Trade flowers this Valentines Day in order to insure that you are not contributing to the mistreatment and abuse of workers.  One wonderful option is One World Flowers, an organization that sells all Fair Trade roses and has a large selection of Valentines Day bouquets.  One of the arrangements in particular, the Helping Haiti bouquet allows you to contribute to a cause while showing appreciation for your valentine because 10% of the purchase price is given as a donation to Samaritan’s Purse relief efforts in Haiti.  Another great option if there is a Whole Foods near you is to buy their Whole Trade Guaranteed or certified organic flower arrangements.  These floral products are grown according to strict criteria for ethical trade and earth-friendly farming.

Whole Foods Whole Trade Guaranteed Flower Selection

Whole Foods Whole Trade Guaranteed Flower Selection

One World Flowers Fair Trade Bouquet

One World Flowers Fair Trade Bouquet

3. Fair Trade Wine–  A bottle of wine is another essential component of most Valentines Day celebrations, so why not make it Fair Trade? There are now Fair trade wineries in Argentina, Chile and South Africa.  Here is a list of the the Top 10 Fair Trade Wines to help you make the best selection.

4. Fair Trade Jewelry & Accessories– At Hope For Women we are offering a Valentines Day special of 15% off select purple, red and pink products, which would make perfect gifts for your valentine! If you are looking to buy specifically gold jewelry for your special someone, check out Fair Trade and Fair Mined gold from the Fairtrade Foundation.

Tagua Twigs Cuff Bracelet - Fire -

Tagua Twigs Cuff Bracelet – Fire –

Fair Trade & Fair Mined Gold

Fair Trade & Fair Mined Gold

ReStyle Men's Wallet - Red -
ReStyle Men’s Wallet – Red –

Dillard’s Salons & Spas – Thank You!

27 Oct

We are thrilled to announce that 33 Dillard’s Salons & Spas have chosen to carry Hope For Women Fair Trade, eco-friendly products. Each location will be retailing a selection of our tagua bracelets and Portraits of El Salvador greeting cards

We have been very impressed with Dillard’s support for Hope For Women and by their commitment towards educating their staff on the story behind our products. Dillard’s went out of their way to work with us to incorporate tagua videos into their internal Dillard’s Salon & Spa staff education program so that all of their  staff would be able to share with salon guests the details about tagua and the women who create the products.

Hope For Women’s President, Evan Goldsmith, recently met two women who work for Dillard’s at AVEDA Congress and said, “I was blown away by the commitment that these women have for making a difference in people’s lives – whether by helping a woman start her own salon business in Iraq to providing free beauty services for women in impoverished communities in Ohio. Their passion for supporting women is shared by everyone I have been working with at Dillard’s Salons & Spas, and shows why they are such a great new partner for us.”

So consider getting your next beauty treatment or relaxing massage at a Dillard’s Salon & Spa – not only will you look and feel great but you also have the opportunity to support another company that chooses to feature Fair Trade, eco-friendly products. Find a Dillard’s Salon & Spa near you.

Featured Retailer: Willy Street Co-op

26 Oct

Hope for Women is excited to be featuring Willy Street Co-op in Madison, Wisconsin! Willy Street Co-op, like many great things, started out small and simple, first serving their community back in 1974.  Known as the “new wave” of consumer co-ops that began in the 1960s and early 1970s, born out of the ideas and philosophies of that period’s counterculture, these co-ops were pioneers in a growing health-conscious society and in what came to be known as the “natural foods” industry that we all know and love today! 

Today, Willy Street Co-Op is Madison’s largest consumer-owned natural foods store, offering the finest organic and locally-produced foods with a new location located in the Parkwood Plaza, at 6825 University Ave in Middleton.

If you have ever been to Madison you know it is a great place to live and shop. That is just one of the reasons that there is a community of people and groups that support sustainable development, fair trade, local artisans, their communities and the environment. In fact, like Hope For Women’s hometown of Burlington, Vermont, Madison is also a Fair Trade Town!

We are thankful to Willy Street co-op for being a loyal supporter of Fair Trade and Hope For Women products. Be sure to find them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter!

There’s an App for That! Fair Trade Finder App

20 Oct

Now there is an easy way to find Fair Trade products near you. With the new Fair Trade Finder App from Fair Trade USA (it’s free!) you can locate the stores carrying your favorite Fair Trade Certified products with the click of a button. 

One of the coolest things about this app is that it’s up to the users to make it grow. You can easily add new products or share with friends and family on Facebook and Twitter through tagging and uploading photos. Support Fair Trade products while promoting your own! It can be accessed on your iPhone, Android and on their Facebook page, so whether you’re on the go or in the office you can always find what you’re looking for.

The holidays are coming up, and Hope for Women knows how crazy this time of year can get. With this handy Fair Trade helper in your pocket, though, it makes shopping quick, easy and guilt-free.

By diving into the digital world, the Fair Trade Finder App is helping to reach a whole new audience and encouraging consumers to buy Fair Trade Certified products. With tools like this one, we can all help grow the Fair Trade movement. Fair Trade month may be almost over, but our support doesn’t stop there. Check out this new app today and shop Fair Trade all year round!

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.