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Celebrate Fair Trade Month With Coffee, Tea, And Olive Oil |

Celebrate Fair Trade Month With Coffee, Tea, And Olive Oil

Earlier this week we shared some fun fair trade kitchen accessories to help celebrate Fair Trade Month. Most people who first hear about fair trade think about coffee and tea so, with that in mind, we wanted to highlight some additional fair trade goodies to enjoy this month and year-long.

Coffee


“Chicago Fair Trade and their business member Metropolis Coffee have joined forces to bring Chicago Fair Trade Coffee, the trifecta of coffee!” shares Katherine Bissell Cordova, executive director of Chicago Fair Trade. This coffee represents a triple win, according to Bissell Cordova, since each purchase supports fair trade coffee farmers in South and Central America, Metropolis Coffee, a Chicago-based award-winning coffee roaster, and Chicago Fair Trade, the largest city-wide non-profit in the United States.

Chicago Fair Trade and Metropolis Coffee have joined forces to bring Chicago Fair Trade Coffee: the trifecta of coffee.Merideth Hallissey

Tea

Priscilla Schleigh, owner of Giraffe Home in Washington, has had many tea brands in her shop over the past dozen years but she raves about JusTea. Not only does she think it tastes great, but the information on the package on steeping times and water temperature helps make sure the tea lover gets the best result. “Through an amazing, trusted collaboration, this product supports many people, not just tea growers, but wood carvers and beading groups,” says Schleigh. “The package comes with a see-through top so you can look at the tea, and also a beautiful hand carved spoon with beads to reflect the variety of tea is attached.”

As a retailer and a tea drinker, Schleigh feels the attention to detail is remarkable. The tea appeals to someone who wants to give the gift of tea to someone as well as someone who appreciates a great cup of tea themselves. “Fair trade works when all the pieces come together,” she adds. Things like quality, ethics, beauty, function, and the joy of knowing your sip is making a difference in the lives of so many,” adds Schleigh.

Olive Oil

Have friends who don’t love coffee or tea (do they even exist?), if so, there is always fair trade olive oil. Carolyn Hopkinson, owner of Mondo Trading Company, offers her customers olive oil that provides farmers a fair and sustainable wage. Her shop also sells za’atar and a variety of tapenades, adds Hopkinson.

While most people have enjoyed coffee and tea and their introduction to fair trade, companies like Mondo Trading Company offer olive oil, za’atar and a variety of tapenades to fair trade supporters.Mondo Trading Company

Fair trade consumables have really increased over the last decade. Most people would learn of fair trade through coffee, tea or chocolate and while those products are still very much part of the fair trade space, it’s exciting to see additions such as olive oil, banana, rice as well as ingredients that are included in beauty and skincare products. As more consumers demand transparency and knowing where their products are sourced, how they’re harvested and how the employees are treated, we’ll continue to see a rise in fair trade goods. Soon we won’t need October to celebrate the contributions of fair trade producers and artisans because fair trade will be part of our lexicon every day.

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