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Five Ways (You Haven’t Thought of) to Fair Trade Your Holiday

12th December, 2011 - Posted by Kirsten Moller - 12 Comments

You can’t think of everything, can you?

The holiday season always seems to take over like a train barreling down the tracks faster than you can control. You want to live up to your values, appreciate your friends and family and have fun during this season.  Here are five ways you can accomplish all three:

Equal Exchange Singing a Fair Trade Carol

1) Fair Trade Caroling is a great way to share the message of Fair Trade with your neighbors and community, so put on your Santa hat and have some fun!

To get you in the spirit, here are some clips of carolers making music and sharing the ideals of Fair Trade:

Ready to Start Caroling? Great, here’s all you need to know: First, download lyrics from our web site or make up your own. Next gather your carolers and start singing. Don’t forget to film it and send us the short video clip link of your Fair Trade Caroling adventure so we can share it with the world.

Fair Trade Gift Membership Package

2) Shop Fair Trade.  Yes you probably had thought of that, but did you know there is a way to give a Fair Trade gift that won’t take up much space in your friends tiny apartment but will still make a big difference in the lives of small producers and farmers? It’s true. Simply give a Fair Trade Membership Gift Package. Your gift supports Global Exchange’s Fair Trade program and commitment to growing the Fair Trade movement and includes all sorts of cool perks. Check it out online here!

Of course, if you are looking for unique Fair Trade products, pop by one of our Bay Area or DC stores to find a wide selection of Fair Trade products. Or use the Fair Trade Federation product locator http://www.fairtradefederation.org/ to search for Fair Trade products throughout the US.

3) Petition HersheyWith all those bowls of chocolates at holiday parties wouldn’t  it be nice to be able to nibble without worrying about whether a child’s forced labor was used to produce it?  Over 50,000 signatures have been collected encouraging Hershey’s to “Raise the Bar” by making the switch and they have heard us. We’d like to reach 100,000 by Valentine’s Day. Add your name here.

4) Bake Something Delicious – Instead of Hershey’s kisses or guilty gelt in your stocking, try making your own delicious Fair trade treat – Here is a recipe for Zarah’s own mud pie as featured in our sister organization CodePink’s cookbook Peace Never Tasted So Sweet:

Fair Trade Mud Pie

Pie Crust:
1 1/2 cup vanilla wafer crumbs
1/4 cup Fair Trade cocoa powder
1/3 cup Fair Trade powdered sugar
6 tablespoons melted margarine

Mix all ingredients thoroughly and press it into a 9 inch pie plate. Bake at 350F for 8 minutes. Cool.

Pie:
1 cup Fair Trade powdered sugar
1 cup (6oz) Fair Trade semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract
3/4 cup chopped nuts (Fair Trade almonds)
1 1/2-2 pints Fair Trade coffee ice cream (Ben & Jerrys!) make sure it is slightly softened. [If you want, can make one pint FT chocolate, one pint FT coffee ice cream. !! yum]
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter

Heat up the FT sugar, FT chocolate chips, butter, cream & corn syrup in a small heavy duty saucepan over low heat. Stir constantly until butter is melted and the mixture is smooth. (Can look online for good tips on how to melt chocolate and get to a good consistency.)
Once smooth, remove it from heat and stir in the organic vanilla. Cool it down until it is slightly warm.

Drizzle 1/3 cup of chocolate mixture in bottom of crust, sprinkle FT chopped almonds. Layer 1/2-1 pint of FT coffee ice cream, using thin scoops. Freeze for one hour to one hour and a half.
Repeat layering with remaining mixture, nuts and ice cream until ingredients gone or no more room in pie crust.

Freeze for two more hours or until pie is firm then enjoy! You have yourself and Fair Trade mud pie. Yum.

5) Be Generous It’s been a rough year, many of us don’t have a lot of money to spare, but generosity of spirit enriches. Donate what you can afford to your favorite Fair Trade organization or if you can’t do that, share your time, your attention and your good energy.

What else haven’t we thought of? Share your Fair Trade holiday ideas that we’ve left out.

12 Responses to “Five Ways (You Haven’t Thought of) to Fair Trade Your Holiday”

  • Great ideas! My idea – buy fair trade chocolate this year. Here are some places you can find it: http://someonesgottapay.wordpress.com/2011/12/07/holiday-sweets/

  • Love these ideas. Here’s another one to consider for the holidays. Please join us! Women Change the World. Shop Different.

    Earth Divas wants to inspire women to exert their immense economic power to improve the lives of women and families around the world by patronizing fair-trade stores selling products crafted by women artisans. Check out the beautiful products made by women on our pop-up webpage and Shop Different! Together, we can change the world and lift women out of poverty.

  • I’ll throw an idea out there…I love wrapping my holiday gifts in Fair Trade clothe…I grabbed some beautiful dishtowels for the smaller gifts and wrapped em up in ribbon and rafia…a gift in a gift with no waste leftover

  • Lovely list! The only suggestion I can add is wherever you shop to ask managers and owners to carry fair trade certified products. If there is a consumer demand, the supply will increase as well.

  • Sarah Wilson

    I again gave Fair Trade handcrafts, chocolate and coffee this year, and always include promotional information about Fair Trade with each one. In addition, I gave alternative gift donations to Heifer International and Lutheran World Relief to family members who didn’t need or want another THING. Glad to see the FT Membership Gift package, I’ll have to check that out for next year!

  • Marcus

    This is just amazing……doing all of this. I DON’T like child labour because kids my age even to spray Chemicals On the cocca plants…and they are not allowed wear proper gear for the job!!!! Have to go and do school now.

  • Thanks Jarrod — We appreciate your support. There are year-round opportunities to be involved in Fair Trade so I’m glad you’ll be checking in.

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