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Fair Traders Support A Refocus on Relationships

The Fair Trade Federation shares some thoughts on last month’s events in Bangladesh – the collapse of a garment factory which killed over 1,100 people and a fire at a nearby garment factory which killed 8 people. We’re reminded of the benefits of fair business relationships.

Does Fair Trade Clothing Help the Consumer and the Retailer?

Marketplace, American Public Media, May 9, 2013. Yesterday, eight workers were killed in a fire that ripped through a Bangladesh factory that makes polo shirts and underwear for Western retailers. Just a couple weeks ago, more than 900 Bangladeshi workers lost their lives in another factory incident. Some American companies have since decided to pull […]

Chicago: Putting Fair Trade Fashion on the Map

March, 2013, Natural Awakenings.  Gone are the days when fair trade meant unflattering designs or met only the needs of a specific niche market.  Fair trade has grown up and its offerings now command a respectable space in many women’s closets and jewelry boxes. The fair trade movement may have been around for decades, but […]

So Thoughtful; 75 Fair Trade Gift Ideas

December 10, 2012, Milkshake.  Kicking your holiday gift shopping into high gear? Here’s a great resource to keep the whole process as thoughtful as can be. With the holiday season officially in full swing, here at Milkshake we’re committed to giving you all sorts of ideas for gifts that give back and make a difference […]

Goods vs Goodness: Local Fair Trade Stores Give Back

July 12, 2012, North Bay Bohemian. For anyone who’s hazy on how fair trade stores break old business models—and change things at the local level—one way is through cooperating rather than competing with one another. When Baksheesh store owner Candi Smucker was interviewed for this article, she made plugs for all five fair trade retail […]

Chicago’s Top 14 “Eco-Preneurs” featuring Distant Village

July 7, 2012, NBC Chicago Read more

Deans Beans Strives for Fairness

April 1, 2012, Worcester Telegram “Fair-trade is not a kind of coffee,” said Mr. Cycon, founder and chief executive officer of Dean’s Beans Organic Coffee. “It’s an economic relationship between the buyers and the farmers. Some companies dabble in fair trade, to try and attract more market share. But really, you’re either all fair-trade, or […]