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THANKS FOR PICKING UP THIS GUIDE TO BUYING FAIR TRADE IN OREGON!
We’re lucky to have a network of businesses, organizations, congregations and individuals supporting fair trade. And we are lucky to have people like you who make intentional choices about the products you purchase based on the values of fairness and responsibility. Because of your support, the City of Portland adopted a Sweatshop Free Procurement policy for uniforms and clothing purchases in 2008.
This guide is ultimately about helping to improve the lives of men and women in countries in the global south by giving them a “fair” deal for their work. By choosing to purchase fairly traded products, you will be using your buying power to eradicate poverty around the world. You can be sure that the producer earns a living wage from their work, works under safe and healthy conditions, has a long-term and direct relationship with buyers and uses environmentally friendly practices.
As you make your next purchase, think of the farmers and artisans behind the products and, wherever possible, Choose Fair Trade. The most effective tool we have as consumers is demand so if you can’t find fair trade in your local store or cafe — ASK FOR IT!
This publication was created by Northwest Fair Trade Coalition.
The Northwest Fair Trade Coalition is a membership organization of individuals, faith based and social justice organizations, and sustainable businesses dedicated to promoting economic justice through international fair trade practices and supporting conscious consumption in our community.
|Awaz Voice for Empowerment||Jubilee Oregon|
|Cosas Bonitas||Lutherans for Justice in the Holy Land, Central Lutheran Church|
|Equal Exchange||Ojoba Collective|
|Food Front Cooperative Grocery||Thembanathi|
|Topanien Global Gifts||Tropical Salvage|
WHAT IS FAIR TRADE?
Fair Trade is a lot of things: a social justice movement, an alternative business model, a system of global commerce, a tool for international development, a faith-based activity.
The official and internationally agreed definition:
Fair Trade is a trading partnership, based on dialogue, transparency and respect, that seeks greater equity in international trade. It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of, marginalized producers and workers – especially in the Global South.
The fair trade movement shares a vision of a world in which justice and sustainable development are at the heart of trading practices, both at home and abroad, so that everyone through their work, can have meaningful and dignified livelihoods. With fair trade, businesses and organizations adhere to set principles to ensure that people along the supply chain receive fair wages, workers and communities are treated with dignity and respect and producers take steps to preserve the environment. Millions of such trading partnerships are active within a network of producers, importers, wholesalers, certifiers, labelers, retailers, and consumers who are challenging the status quo, and trying to right the injustices of international trade. Farmers, artisans and workers in over 90 countries make scores of Fair Trade product types. The most common kinds of goods exchanged include coffee, sugar, cocoa, chocolate, bananas, tea, jewelry, clothing, and housewares. Others include cut flowers, toys, furniture, art, sports balls, wine, olive oil, rice, quinoa, spices, herbs & more.
While trade policy reform is critical, Fair Trade offers a business model that encourages change in global commerce and empowers producers. The system seeks to give marginalized farmers and artisans access to the market and increased independence. Based on principles of economic and social justice, Fair Trade shifts more power into the hands of the producers in the developing world and conscious consumers. Fair Trade also empowers communities and allows them opportunities to reinvest their Fair Trade profits for better education, nutritional programming, increased health services, improved roads and wells, and more.
Fair trade Certifiers and Membership Organizations all agree on these basic fair trade principles:
- Long-Term Direct Trading Relationships
- Payment of Fair Prices and Wages
- No Child, Forced or Otherwise Exploited Labor
- Workplace Non-Discrimination, Gender Equity and Freedom of Association
- Democratic & Transparent Organizations
- Safe Working Conditions & Reasonable Work Hours
- Investment in Community Development Projects
- Environmental Sustainability
- Traceability and Transparency
HOW DO I KNOW THAT IT IS FAIR TRADE?
The two most widely recognized ways of identifying Fair Trade are organizational recognition and product certification. Consumers in search of Fair Trade products have a vast array of products to choose from. Product labels, such as “Fair Trade Certified”, “Fair for Life Social & Fairtrade Certified”, and “FAIRTRADE” as well as membership in associations like FTF and WFTO, help identify Fair Trade products that are produced according to Fair Trade standards.
For coffee, tea and herbs, cocoa and chocolate, wine, olive oil, rice, quinoa, fresh fruit, flowers, sugar, vanilla and cotton….
These products are certified by a Third Party and carry a Fair Trade label or “seal.”
With product certification, an item is Fair Trade no matter who trades it. The FAIRTRADE label placed on a product indicates that the product is Fair Trade Certified and its entire supply chain has been audited according to internationally agreed standards. Fair Trade certification not only provides a minimum guaranteed price, it also provides producing cooperatives with a premium to invest back into the business, or to upgrade basic living standards in the local community. The wider practices of the trading organization are not considered, even if those practices largely conflict with the values and goals of Fair Trade. For example, Wal-Mart may sell a little certified Fair Trade coffee, along with a lot of conventional coffee and thousands of other conventional goods.
There are some products that are fair trade, but at this time cannot be licensed to carry the FAIRTRADE label. Such products include handicrafts, textiles, toys, homewares, jewelry and skin care. The most reputable of these producers will be members of the World Fair Trade Organization. WFTO accredits organizations that operate under fair trade principles. The WFTO system operates differently to the Fairtrade Labelling/Certification system in that there is no label, instead, the product is considered ‘fair trade’ if it was made by a WFTO member.
Because of the various raw materials used throughout these items, it’s impossible to certify every product and its supply chain. Cotton has recently become a Fair Trade Certified commodity and artisans are incorporating it into their production.
With organizational recognition, a trading organization is approved as Fair Trade. These membership organizations evaluate organizations and businesses for their full commitment to Fair Trade principles and accept only “100%” fair trade organizations. For these traders, almost every item they sell is a Fair Trade product. Not only are producers treated fairly through minimum prices and social premiums, but other practices of the trading relationship are conducted in concert with Fair Trade values and goals, such as building the capacity of producers to respond to market trends, to learn best practices, and awarding grants to buy tools & equipment.
Under organizational recognition, vendors must show evidence to consumers and traders that they are approved as fully committed Fair Trade organizations by a third-party approval body, such as the Fair Trade Federation, the U.S. association of fair trade businesses. Individual products sold by Fair Trade organizations may, or may not, have a Fair Trade mark or label. Many Fair Trade advocates call these organizations fully committed, mission-driven, or 100% Fair Trade.
There are predominantly two third-party associations that recognize N. American Fair Trade organizations: the Fair Trade Federation (FTF) in North America and the international World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO). They have similar criteria.
Not all products and organizations can be ‘certified’ or ‘accredited’ because of the complexity and variety of the relationships established between producers and traders. Some products are produced in direct partnership with a reputable designer, manufacturer or importer.
Ask your retailer or go to the source: Where did the products come from, who made them and under what conditions?
Above all, fair trade is a movement, which seeks to empower disadvantaged producers.
Is this the case with the product that you are buying?
A-Z DIRECTORY OF FAIR TRADE RETAILERS
This directory lists many retail shops, cafes, grocery stores, food cooperatives and faith-based organizations that sell or serve fair trade goods. The Directory is organized by city and by neighborhood.
Here is a list of the kinds of fair trade products identified in this directory:
- Fair trade Certified tea, coffee, chocolate and other food Products including but not limited to sugar, vanilla, honey, baking cocoa, hot cocoa, spices, rice, quinoa, olive oil, dried fruit
- A Fair trade Certified cup of coffee and/or cup of tea
- Fair Trade for you: fashion accessories, jewelry, scarves, apparel
- Fair Trade for your home: handicrafts, furniture, home decor, kitchenware, table linens
- Fair Trade baby: toys, clothes, musical instruments
- Fair trade for your body: shea butter, oils, cosmetics and skin care
Please let us know if you find other shops in your area.
Have you spotted a fair trade item in your local store?
ASK THEM TO FILL OUT OUR ONLINE SURVEY TO BE A PART OF THE DIRECTORY!
Retailers ~ Cafés
Portland – Southeast
|Mirador Community Store2106 SE Division St.503-231-5175||Home décor, kitchenware and table linens, fashion accessories, gifts* organic and fair trade bed sheets|
|Red and Black Café400 SE 12th Avenue503-321-3899||Cup of coffee, chocolate bars, coffee by pound*Exclusively serves fair trade coffee|
|Awaz Voice for EmpowermentPO Box 15123Portland, OR 97293
ONLINE SHOP: http://www.voiceforempowerment.com
|Men and Women’s Apparel, fashion accessories, home décor, table linens, kids toys, stationery, gifts*100% fair trade|
|Zimbabwe Artists Project107 SE Washington St. Suite 162
Portland, OR 97214
|Handpainted wall art from Weya, Zimbabwe, greeting cards*non profit organization|
|Fyberworks4300 SE Hawthorne Blvd503-232-7659||Fashion accessories|
Portland – Northeast
|Trade Roots1831 NE Broadway503-281-5335||Fashion accessories, apparel, gifts|
|Rhythm Traders3904 NE MLK Jr. Blvd503-288-6950||Music instruments from Jamtown|
|Gazelle Natural Fiber Clothing4100 NE Fremont503-288-3422||Apparel, fashion accessories, home decor, gifts|
Portland – Northwest
|New Renaissance Books1338 NW 23rd Street503-224-4929||Music instruments, stationery and journals, home décor, gifts|
|Tropical Salvage2233 NW York Street(503) 236-6155||Furniture from Indonesian salvaged wood*100% fair trade|
|Olivewood & Brass826 NW 23rd Ave.Portland OR||Home décor, kitchenware, table linens, kids toys, fashion accessories, stationery*100% fair trade|
|Stella’s on 21st1108 NW 21st Ave503-295-5930||Fashion accessories|
Portland – Southwest
|Topanien Global Gifts7832 SW Capitol Hwy(503) 244-9683||Fashion accessories, home décor, gifts|
|Marco’s Café and Espresso Bar7910 SW 35th(503) 245-0199||cup of coffee, cup of tea, sugar packets*Exclusively serves fair trade coffee and tea|
|Ojoba CollectivePO Box 19356Portland 97280
WHOLESALER & ONLINE SHOP:
|All natural unrefined shea butter, baskets from Ghana|
|Cosas BonitasPortland World Market on the Waterfront, next to Saturday Market971-212-3505||Huichol Indian art, home decor|
|Indigo Traders7878 Southwest Capitol Highway503-780-2422||Canaan Olive Oil from Palestine|
|One Fair World474 Court Street NortheastSalem, OR 97301
|Home décor, kitchenware, table linens, kids toys, fashion accessories, stationery, gifts*100% fair trade|
|Greater Goods515 High St.Eugene, OR 97401
|Men and Women’s Apparel, Home décor, kitchenware, table linens, kids toys, fashion accessories, stationery, gifts*100% fair trade|
|Swahili Imports388 E 3rd AvenueEugene, OR 97401
|Home décor, dinnerware, fashion accessories, baskets, musical instruments, textiles, kids toys all from Africa*100% fair trade|
|ThembanathiOnline onlyhttp://www.thembanthi.org||Beaded jewelry, Zulu baskets, gifts and stationery from South Africa|
|Moxie Fair Trade387 Laneda AveManzanita, OR, 97130
|Women’s Apparel, Home décor, kitchenware, table linens, kids toys, fashion accessories, stationery, gifts*100% fair trade|
|The Et Cetera Shop836 S. Main St.Lebanon, OR 97355
|Coffee, chocolate, tea, home décor, fashion accessories, gifts|
Grocery Stores and Food Cooperatives
You will find the largest selection of fair trade products in natural food cooperative grocers. They are dedicated to offering the best of natural, organic and ethically sourced goods, including a wide selection of fair trade products. They are member owned by the community and democratic. Your dollar supports the local community when you shop here. All these stores are in the Portland Metro area
|Food Front Cooperative GroceryNorthwest2375 Northwest Thurman Street503.222.5658
Hillsdale Shopping Center
6344 SW Capitol Highway
|Carries fair trade coffee, tea, chocolate, cocoa sugar, honey, vanilla, herbs & spices, olive oil, cosmetics and body care, wine, quinoa, rice, cold drinks*Equal Exchange coffee available in bulk*Equal Exchange almonds available in bulk|
|Alberta Cooperative Grocery1500 NE Alberta St.503-287-4333http://www.albertagrocery.coop||Carries fair trade coffee, tea, chocolate, cocoa, sugar, honey, vanilla, herbs & spices, olive oil, cosmetics and body care, wine, quinoa, rice, cold drinks*Equal Exchange coffee available in bulk|
|People’s Food Cooperative3029 Southeast 21st Avenue503-674-2642http://www.peoples.coop||Carries fair trade coffee, tea, chocolate, cocoa, sugar, honey, vanilla, herbs & spices, olive oil, cosmetics and body care, wine, quinoa, rice, cold drinks*Equal Exchange coffee available in bulk|
Almost all grocery stores carry fair trade coffee, chocolate, tea and sugar. Some stores carry fair trade cosmetics and body care. We hope that you will seek out the fair trade products where ever you shop. Often, fair trade products are found in the natural food sections of stores. Ask at the stores where you can find the fair trade products you want to purchase. If a store does not carry the fair trade you want, tell the store management that fair trade products are important to you. In all cases, make sure that the items identified as fair trade carry the logo of a fair trade certifier or membership organization.
In the Portland Metro area, the grocery stores that have the largest selection of certified fair trade products are:
|New Seasons||Carries fair trade coffee, tea, chocolate, cocoa sugar, honey, vanilla, herbs & spices, olive oil, cosmetics and body care, wine, quinoa, rice, cold drinks*Equal Exchange coffee available in bulk*Equal Exchange almonds available in bulk*Equal Exchange baking cocoa in bulk spices|
|Market of Choice||Coffee, chocolate, tea, sugar, body care|
Some stores have their own fair trade label that work with a 3rd party to inspect and certify the company’s operations against the standards. However, the standards these in-house labels use are often not transparent or consistent with the mainstream fair trade certifiers.
|Whole Foods||Uses the Whole Trade Label on coffee, tea, sugar, chocolate|
|Trader Joe’s||Uses the Trader Joe’s fair trade label for coffee and chocolate|
Many congregations support fair trade as a way of practicing social justice. Below is a listing of congregations that serve and/or sell fair trade products.
|Central Lutheran Church|
1820 NE 21st Ave.
Portland, OR 97212
http://www.centralportland.org/CoffeeCoffee, Tea, Chocolate, Canaan Fair Trade couscous, olive oil tapenade, sun-dried tomatoes, zataar, and olive oil soapFirst Presbyterian Church
1200 SW Alder St. Portland, OR 97205
http://www.firstpresportland.org/Coffee, olive oilCoffee, Olive Oil, Canaan Fair Trade couscous, olive oil tapenade, sun-dried tomatoes, zataar, and olive oil soapFirst United Methodist Church
1838 SW Jefferson Portland, Or 97201
http://fumcpdx.org/Coffee, teaOlive Oil, handicraftsWestminster Presbyterian Church 1624 NE Hancock Street Portland OR 97212
FOR FUTHER INFORMATION ABOUT FAIR TRADE
Northwest Fair Trade Coalition (NWFTC)
A Portland-based coalition of businesses, community groups and congregations working together to strengthen fair trade in our community and the Northwest.
Fair Trade Federation (FTF)
is the trade association that strengthens and promotes North American organizations fully committed to fair trade. Members include fair trade importers, wholesalers, retailers, producers, non-governmental organizations and individuals.
Fair Trade Resource Network (FTRN)
Founded in 1999, the Fair Trade Resource Network (FTRN) seeks to build a more just and sustainable world by gathering, developing, and disseminating educational resources about Fair Trade. FTRN is the only non-profit organization in the world focused exclusively on Fair Trade education, helping people to better understand the impact of their buying decisions.
Fair World Project (FWP)
was launched by the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) in 2010 to promote fair trade in commerce, especially in organic production systems, and to protect the term “fair trade” from dilution and misuse for mere PR purposes, as conscious consumers expand the market for fairly traded products.
Fairtrade International (FLO)
is a non-profit, multi-stakeholder association involving 25 member and associate member organizations (labelling initiatives and producer networks), traders and external experts. The organization develops and reviews Fairtrade Standards, assists producers in gaining and maintaining Fairtrade certification and capitalizing on market opportunities. They are the dominant certifier of fair trade products globally.
World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO)
The WFTO represents Fair Traders from grassroots through to the G8 and is the authentic voice of Fair Trade, having driven the movement for 20 years. It is the only global network whose members represent the Fair Trade chain from production to sale. Membership of the WFTO is limited to organizations that demonstrate a 100% Fair Trade commitment and apply its 10 Principles of Fair Trade.
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO SUPPORT FAIR TRADE
As well as being a fair trade shopper, there are many ways you can get involved in fair trade. Your level of commitment can vary from the easiest little thing to some full-scale fair trade warrior initiatives! Join other activists in supporting small-scale family farmers around the world. Encourage your neighbors to join the global movement for trade justice by asking for and purchasing Fair Trade products.
- Visit the stores and websites listed in the directory.
- Become familiar with the authentic fair trade certifiers and membership logos to look for on products.
- Sign up to receive national Fair Trade News (FTRN & FWP)
- Become a member of the Northwest Fair Trade Coalition (NWFTC) at: http://www.northwestfairtrade.wordpress.com
Share fair trade with others.
- The easiest thing to do is to talk about fair trade. Mention it as you pour someone a fair trade cup at home or show off your latest fair trade purchase.
- Make a statement by giving fair trade gifts.
- Ask for it. You can waltz into any café and ask, “Do you serve fair trade coffee (or tea) here?” Do you sell any fair trade products here? and if they say “no” then you can make a statement by walking out, or order water instead!
Organize an Educational Talk, Film Screening, Holiday Sale or Fair Trade Fundraiser
You can organize within your community to educate using film screenings or other educational events. If you sense that there is some interest in fair trade, you can organize a selling opportunity around holidays or sell items on a regular basis.
Fair Trade your Work, School or Congregation.
Ask your boss to switch to fair trade certified tea and coffee in the break room. Or just bring in your own and offer to share it with some of your colleagues. You can buy the products in your store or set up an account to buy direct from the company.
In Congregations, the easiest thing you can do is ask to serve only fair trade coffee and tea. You can also organize to sell fair trade products, such as a Fair Trade First Sunday or host fair trade educational events. Contact NWFTC for information about selling or about hosting an educational event or movie screening.
Encourage your university to create a Sweat-free Policy.
United Students for Fair Trade is a national network of students dedicated to fair trade. They have various national campaigns your student group can link up with. Lobby your Food Service Provider, Student Union and Departments on campus to adopt a fair trade procurement policy. Get your university to sign on to the Designated Suppliers Programthrough the Worker Rights Consortium and offer sweat-free college apparel from Alta Gracia Apparel. For the K-12 set, school uniforms can also be made Fair Trade at http://www.fairtradeuniforms.org. Get fair trade sports balls through fairtradesports.com. Fundraise with ethical fair trade products.