Thursday, September 21, 2017

International Gift Faire 2017

Celebrate the upcoming Fair Trade Month with the International Gift Faire!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Coffee, Bees and Climate Change, Oh My!

Did you know that Pollinators such as bees play a key part of producing the beans that go into your morning cup of coffee? In fact, they are responsible for about 20 to 25 percent of coffee production by increasing the plants' yield. But climate change is threatening both pollinators and the areas where coffee can grow. See this interesting article.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Chuao Chocolate

Celebrate International Chocolate Day with a Chuao (pronounced chew-WOW) chocolate bar. It is the first Venezuelan Chocolatier based in the United States. Its chocolate is Fair Trade and organic. Available in the San Jose area at New Seasons market.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Stubborn Soda

While recently vacationing in the Pacific Northwest, we found a delicious soda called Stubborn Lemon Berry Acai with Fair Trade Certified sugar. It was in a small restaurant called Turkish Delight just down the street from the Public Market where we noshed on a Chicken Borek, a spiced chicken breast with mushrooms in filo pastry. What a treat!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Light in the Darkness

When children have to work, either to supplement family income or because they have no family, they are vulnerable to human trafficking.
In India Catholic Relief Services is working to keep kids, like Triveni and Premshila, in school and educating them about the dangers of migration and trafficking. Read their story and learn why they say they have "hope for their future."

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Are the workers abused while making the products you buy?

"Genuine commitment to sustainability — rather than merely the show of it — requires monitoring of the entire supply chain and a willingness to meet internationally-recognized standards. For most brands, this is still more than they’re ready to do. Pressure from the public and from companies that do meet the standards could change that." 

Phil Knight of Nike said about his decision to bringing Nike factories into line,  “The American consumer doesn’t want to buy products made under abusive conditions.” Let us see if he acts on this sentiment. Consumers need to know definitively whether the company whose products that they purchase actually take care of their workers or just talk about it.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Choose Option B

We Choose Option B. You can't go wrong with a billion economically independent women.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Perfect Fuel

Fuel up your Monday with Perfect Fuel! A Fair Trade and organic energy bar with plenty of nutrition giving you a natural boost to you and the cacao farmers of Ecuador.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Back at LifeMoves Shelter

Back at the LifeMoves Shelter in San Jose last Saturday serving the gentlemen Newman's Own Fair Trade coffee.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Spotted Onesie from Colored Organics

I spotted this onesie from Colored Organics who want children to play in their clothes, not make them.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Paromi Tea

Looking for a tea that tastes great and is Fair Trade Certified as well as organic? Look no further than Paromi. 

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Consider your Conscience

Reader's Digest recommends you consider your conscience when drinking your coffee. 
"If you consider the "health" of your coffee as more than just what you're putting in your body, but also how your coffee beans are grown, picked, and get to you, Swinney suggests you're taking your coffee habit to a more beneficial level—not only for yourself, but for the world. "Drink clean and with a conscience. Choose fair trade or coffee with other certifications that help third-world farmers improve their living conditions. Give some thought to the packaging involved in single-serve coffee—it requires much more packaging and contains a larger carbon footprint for getting to the store."

Monday, May 22, 2017

Prosperity Candle

Prosperity Candle supports Catholic Relief Services and its work to shine a light on and put end to human trafficking and modern slavery. The candles are hand-poured by women refugees creating new lives for themselves and their families in the United States after loss of their home.
Prosperity Candle is an associate member of the World Fair Trade Organization, and a certified B-Corp recognized 2 years in a row for its commitment to social and environmental sustainability. It believes that equal opportunity for women around the world helps create a brighter future for all.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Ethical clothes shopping at Whole Foods

I didn't think that my ethical clothes shopping would include Whole Foods. But I found just what I was looking for. Fair Trade and all.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Join the revolution!

Fair Trade is revolutionizing the fashion industry. They are taking a stand for the people who make our clothes. Improving their lives through safe, dignified working conditions, getting rid of harmful chemicals, and empowering workers. Join the revolution!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Is everything we knew about sweatshops wrong?

Is everything we knew about sweatshops wrong? One economist says, "The misery of being exploited by capitalists is nothing compared to the misery of not being exploited at all."

Friday, May 12, 2017

It's Fair Trade, mon!

The latest in the long line of Ben & Jerry's Fair Trade ice cream. Check it out, mon!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Ethical Trade Workshop in San Jose

On April 29th, the Diocese of Oakland and San Jose conducted an Ethical Trade Workshop in San Jose. Larry Lauro gave the Keynote address on Spiritualized Thinking.
Ethical Trade Ambassadors Anne Maloney, Brendan Cunning and Bill Perry educated the group about ethical trade and give them the resources and information they will need to educate others and integrate ethical trade into their community. A great time was had by all. Yes, fair trade coffee and tea were served!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Trader Joe's

Just received Trader Joe's flyer and found 2 Fair Trade products, coffee and honey.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Ethical Trade Workshop in San Jose

Please join us for an interactive workshop about how Ethical Trade can help you and your community take your faith beyond the pew through education, reflection and action. All are invited to the Diocese of San Jose Chancery on April 29 from 9-12. Please RSVP at following link.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Fair Trade Dayenu

A few weeks I attended a Unity Seder, an interfaith passover meal. We sang a song called Dayenu which acknowledges that even a single blessing would have been sufficient; "It would have been enough for us". Talia Cooper imagined people singing Dayenu in the future when child labor and all forms of slavery have been abolished. She now sings Fair Trade Dayenu " to remember the end of the Jews' slavery in Eygpt." Thank you Fair Trade Judaica for sharing this.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Fair Trade at LifeMoves

Sorry I missed the serving of Fair Trade coffee at the LifeMoves shelter last Saturday.
The small farmers thank you.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Si, se puede!

Today we honor #CeasarChavez for his dedication to the dignity and equality of all people.
Sí, se puede!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

First Fair Trade Certified Farm in USA

A new sun is rising over the Wholesum Amado tomato farm in Amado, Arizona. Congratulations for being the first Fair Trade Certified farm in United States!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Santa Cruz Roasting Company

It's not everyday you find the Fair Trade seal on the front
of an establishment selling Fair Trade coffee. Such is the case with Santa Cruz Coffee Roasting Company, a local fixture for over 30 years. Their coffee can also be found in stores locally. Thank you for supporting small farmers around the world.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Coffee farmer brought to mind

Tasted Fair Trade coffee from Sumatra at Trader Joe's and this farmer was brought to mind.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Green Mountain Fair Trade Advertisement

Some of the stories shown on 60 Minutes don't seem to offer much hope for the world. But between stories, the commercial for Green Mountain Fair Trade coffee gave me much hope for the farmers of La Plata, Columbia.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Salon on the Square

Discovered Fair Trade Organic Argan Oil at the Salon on the Square in Santa Cruz. Owner Lauren McLaughlin sources the argan oil from a women's collective in Morocco.

Friday, March 17, 2017

LuzLuna Imports

Found LuzLuna, a wonderful Fair Trade shop in Half Moon Bay. Established in order to help Guatemalan widows left by hurricane Stan. The shop supports indigenous artisans from all over the world.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

5 Reasons You Should Buy Fair Trade

Benjamin Conard, one of the Top 10 Biggest Fairtrade Activists
in the World, shares with us five reasons why we should buy fair trade.
1) Fair trade means higher quality
2) Fair trade brings products closer to you
3) Fair trade means healthier products
4)  Fair trade allows you to invest in developing communities around the world
5)  Fair trade helps align your dollars with your values

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Mother Lode Coffee

A cup of justice was served at last night's Transfiguration parish St Patrick's Dinner Dance. It came in the form of Mother Lode Decaffeinated Fair Trade Organic coffee. It was delicious. Mother Lode Coffee is a small coffee roasting company based in the Sierra foothills. Their coffee is currently available at Lucky's market. It was delicious. The small coffee farmers thank you for their fair wages through Fair Trade.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Fair Trade Coffee at LifeMoves shelter

Thanks to my buddy Larry, Equal Exchange Fair Trade coffee was served to the LifeMoves Shelter residents last Saturday morning. The small coffee farmers around the world thank you.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Mountain Cabin Coffee

My friend Tina works for a company named Melaleuca, The Wellness Comany. By wellness, they mean complete wellness. They were created to put people first. People before profit. People before anything else. That is what Fair Trade does. Besides all the wellness products from nutrition to household to medicines, Maleluca sells Mountain Cabin coffee. It is produced by farmers who are fairly compensated and whose farm practices are environmentally sustainable. Each cup makes a difference for good.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Disney to introduce Fair Trade Peruvian Coffee

Fair Trade Peruvian Coffee Blend is to be introduced at select Disney restaurants. About a year ago, a student at Presentation HS created a petition for Disney to commit to a fair trade policy. See She got over 1200 hits. We can hope that Disney listened. 

Monday, February 20, 2017

Fair Trade Weekend at St John Vianney

This weekend is Fair Trade Weekend at St John Vianney Church on February 25-26 after each mass. When you purchase Equal Exchange Fair Trade coffee, chocolate, cocoa and tea you help many of the poorest working families in the world to lift themselves out of poverty. Enjoy a Cup of Justice and a Cup of Charity!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Peet's Los Cafeteros Blend

Peet's Fair Trade Blend is now Los Cafeteros Blend. Found Locally at Target store at Oakridge Mall.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Sleep Better with Fair Trade

Rest Easy with Fair Trade. For every Fair Trade Certified bedding or bedroom product sold, factory workers and/or cotton farmers earn additional money to address critical needs like transportation, healthcare for women, and disaster relief. The best part is, it’s up to them to decide how to use it based on their most pressing needs.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Stop Human Trafficking with Fair Trade

Turn on the light and stop human trafficking by choosing Fair Trade products. With Fair Trade, small-scale farmers and workers who receive fair wage can better provide for their families, and avoid the cycle of poverty that push children into situations of exploitation and trafficking.