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Bells of Mindfulness: Finding Fair Trade in Sacred Spaces

Posted by in Fair Trade News & Views, Global Exchange Fair Trade Campaign, Global Exchange Store Updates on 6th August, 2013 | 8 Comments

Indika bells at SF storeThe Bells of Mindfulness, proposes to deeply examine the idea of sacred spaces. Drawing on the Buddhist tradition of using temple bells as an aid for mindfulness, Tiffany suspended 1000 Indika bells and 1000 handmade paper cranes attached to brightly colored ribbons, color blocked, from a persimmon tree in Montalvo’s Italianate Garden, creating a tranquil space for rest and reflection. The Bells of Mindfulness is a participatory sculpture. See how you can get involved…
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Fair Trade Roundup: World’s Finest Action & More

Posted by in Fair Trade News & Views, Fair Trade Roundups, Global Exchange Fair Trade Campaign on 3rd July, 2013 | No Comments

Fair-Trade-CalendarThe following Fair Trade Roundup was written by Global Exchange Fair Trade Summer intern Beilul Naizghi. This issue focuses on Global Exchange’s World’s Finest Campaign and reminding you to vote in the Fair Trade Resource Network’s photo contest, plus the vetted list of Fair Trade related articles below in the “News to Peruse” section. Roundup […]
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Finding Potential in Paper: Upcycled Newsprint for Fathers Day!

Posted by in Fair Trade News & Views, Global Exchange Store Updates on 12th June, 2013 | 3 Comments

recyceld mag coasterWhen I walk into my dad’s house it’s literally piled with paper. He fumbles with his new smart phone by day, but when the evening rolls around he finds no greater pleasure then thumbing through print magazines. So when I told him about a group of artisans in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam who are making beautiful, functional housewares out of the magazine and newspaper he has stacked around his apartment, he wanted to know more….
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Delicious Peace: Coffee, Music & Interfaith Harmony in Uganda

Posted by in Fair Trade News & Views, Guest Posts on 11th June, 2013 | No Comments

Delicious PeaceThe folks at Smithsonian Folkways share a recently released collection of songs written and performed by Jewish, Christian, and Muslim coffee farmers of the Peace Kawomera (Delicious Peace) Fair Trade cooperative in Mbale, Uganda. Really inspiring stuff.
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Fair Trade Roundup: Congrats to Fairtrade America’s Newly Appointed Executive Director

Posted by in Fair Trade News & Views, Fair Trade Roundups on 29th May, 2013 | 2 Comments

Hans ThayerThis Fair Trade Roundup recaps World Fair Trade Day, plus introduces Fairtrade America’s new Executive Director Hans P. Theyer.
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Hershey’s and Fair Trade: Is it a Victory?

Posted by in Fair Trade News & Views, Global Exchange Fair Trade Campaign on 7th May, 2013 | 5 Comments

hersheyrallyLast month, Hershey’s announced its next step toward 100% certified sustainable cocoa by committing to source cocoa through three of the world’s most recognized cocoa certifying organizations, including Fair Trade USA. Was calling this announcement a victory premature or even misleading?
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Mom Wants Her Raw Materials Sourced Right

Posted by in Fair Trade News & Views, Global Exchange Fair Trade Campaign, Global Exchange Store Updates on 30th April, 2013 | 5 Comments

Tagua Earrings in Stunning Spring Time TurquoiseIt’s almost Mothers Day, and mom who knows right from wrong better then anybody, doesn’t want a gift sourced from others’ suffering. As a daughter, adoring aunt, and buyer at the Global Exchange Fair Trade Stores, I know that Fair Trade jewelry is always the right gift for mom. Here’s where it gets complicated……
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Fair Trade Roundup: Alter to Honor Fair Trade Pioneer Raúl del Águila

Posted by in Fair Trade News & Views, Fair Trade Roundups, Featured on 24th April, 2013 | No Comments

WFTD2013Find out the latest on World Fair Trade Day, and news about an alter being erected to honor Fair Trade Pioneer Raúl del Águila, plus of course the usual vetted list of interesting articles to keep you updated and informed about what’s going on in the world of Fair Trade.
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Block Printing with Kara!

Posted by in Fair Trade News & Views, Global Exchange Store Updates on 11th April, 2013 | 18 Comments

Step 5Sitting at my kitchen table, looking down at the beautiful tablecloth hand block printed in Bajur, India, I can’t help but wonder… Could I have made this? How difficult can block printing be? I just so happen to have some beautiful blocks, fabric paint, paintbrushes and canvas ….so here I go!
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Fair Trade Coffee Topped with Delicious Peace in D.C.

Posted by in Fair Trade News & Views, Featured, Global Exchange Fair Trade Campaign, Global Exchange Store Updates on 27th March, 2013 | 1 Comment

Delicious PeaceFair Trade coffee is about to get an extra shot of deliciousness in Washington DC with the screening of the award winning documentary film Delicious Peace at the Global Exchange Fair Trade Store (inside Busboys and Poets @ 5th & K).
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