It IS All About You by Rebecca Ballard

Global governance has brought us some wonderful things over the past few years, with one of the most important achievements being the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Created in 2015 and adopted by all United Nations member states, these 17 goals are an urgent call to action for peace and prosperity for people and out planet. Goals range from ending hunger and poverty to building sustainable cities and communities, peace and justice, and innovation and infrastructure. When I look at the SDGs, they can seem daunting and “out there”, yet we all have the power to take action towards the SDGs in our everyday choices by choosing fair trade.

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Lolo Santosa
An Easy Guide to an Ethical Wardrobe by Katie Jost

Since you’re reading this, you are likely already aware of all the reasons why fair trade is so important to the fashion industry, such as protecting human rights, supporting fair wages, and caring for our environment. Today it is easier than ever to build an ethical wardrobe, and you don’t have to change your sense of style at all to do it! Some may say there is a stigma about fair trade fashion, that it is somehow less fashionable, not as high quality, or that you have to really go out of your way to find it

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Mary Llano
Fair Trade Brand of the Month: Toko-Toko

The first few months of our new business model, our business partners and clients left us. We were the new kid on the block in the Ethical Fashion world, no body knew us. But we kept going and working because this isn’t just a job, it’s a mission! We lost old friends but quickly acquired new ones who supported us as if we were old friends. Within 8 months, we were able to send back profit to assist with animal rescue in Jakarta, education fund in Larantuka and on our way to provide free dental care for Kulon Progo next year.

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Lolo Santosa
Rethink Shopping by Rosalie Roberts

Our Guest Writer today is Rosalie Roberts, the Founder of World Changer Co. Through her world travels, her time working retail in Hawai’i, and her internships with “do-good” companies, she has developed a passion for taking care of people and the earth. She started World Changer Co. with the mission of introducing consumers to the great shopping options that bring good to the world instead of harm. By getting people excited about these fair trade and sustainable companies, Rosalie is sharing her passion and multiplying her message that we can prevent slavery in product manufacturing and pollution from factories and farms around the world. She lives with the belief that if we care about these problems, we can actually make a huge impact on lives around the world with each purchase we make.

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Lolo Santosa
Be a Kind Consumer by Mary Llano

Consumerism. The world in which we are able to quickly purchase with 1-click, plus with 2 day shipping, we get the things we want, how we want them, when we want them. We like this fast reality of shopping and have conditioned ourselves to need and expect instantaneous gratification.

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Mary Llano
Interview with Vegan Ballerina Agnes Muljadi

“We each can make a difference to create a better world.  I’m optimistic more people will care.”  Agnes said and with that, she hugged me goodbye as we left Au Lac restaurant.  Another evening well spent with delicious vegan food and another inspiring conversation.  Thank you, Agnes!

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Lolo Santosa
Cultural Appreciation vs. Cultural Appropriation by Mary Llano

The topic of cultural appreciation vs. appropriation has been written about countless of times, especially since the fair trade fashion industry has begun to grow. This topic can be daunting and confusing. There are many different perspectives and passions that drive them. I wanted to write on the basics of cultural appropriation. This will outline some of the differing views and allow you to understand and practice true cultural appreciation.

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Mary Llano
Fair Trade Brand of the Month: Mata Traders

The brand’s mission is to “fashion a better world”.  Their artisan cooperatives are similar to social service agencies, they strive to end the cycle of poverty for the members and their families.  Their membership package includes health care, paid maternity leave, retirement pensions and daycare.  There are social workers on staff to assist artisans in addressing their personal needs, from opening a bank account to situations of domestic violence and dealing with HIV/AIDS.  Various classes and workshops on topics such as hygiene, nutrition, and parenting are also available.  All of the education support really made a difference in the life of the artisans.

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Lolo Santosa
Fair Trade Valentine's Gifts That Truly Show Love

Whether or not you celebrate Valentine's Day, it's always a good reminder to acknowledge the love in your life, both for yourself and for others. So if you're shopping for someone special, want to show a friend or relative that you care, or need to shower yourself in a little more affection, we've put together some Fair Trade gift ideas from women-owned businesses, ranging from $10 - $200 so you can find the perfect item for any budget or body. 

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blogSica Schmitz
The Fair Trade Gift Guide

We love giving, and how we give matters. This year, the average American consumer will spend almost $1,000 on holiday shopping, so each of us has a powerful opportunity to use our purchasing power to give gifts that create the world we want to live in by supporting fair wages, small businesses, and global artisans.

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gift guide, blogSica Schmitz