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Announcing the grand opening of Olivewood & Brass on NW 23rd, Portland’s newest 100% fair trade store

olivewood & brass 826 NW 23rd

Portland, OR (December 15, 2012) Olivewood & Brass, a new fair trade store in Portland, is excited to announce the store’s grand opening this Holiday Season at 826 NW 23rd. The new store features a collection of high-quality, handmade home décor, jewelry, fashion accessories, kitchenware, and children’s toys fairly traded from over 100 artisan groups in 75 countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Shoppers can enjoy a wide assortment of holiday gifts made from natural and recycled materials crafted in both classic and contemporary styles, as well as eco-friendly toys, holiday ornaments and musical instruments.

Olivewood & Brass will become Portland’s newest and only brick and mortar retail store offering 100% dedicated fair trade products. As a fair trade retailer and member of the Northwest Fair Trade Coalition, Olivewood & Brass joins thousands of retailers across the nation dedicated to offering goods that are sourced in an environmentally and socially conscious way.

Fair trade is a trading relationship, based on transparency, dialogue and respect, that seeks greater equity in international trade to ensure that people along the supply chain receive fair wages, that communities have quality education and health-care, and that producers take steps to preserve the environment. Fair trade addresses many of the shortcomings of conventional trade and demonstrates a model where businesses can be successful while putting people first.

Jeff Owen, owner of Olivewood & Brass, is excited to offer high-quality accessories and home décor that complement the style and values of Portland’s socially-conscious community. “Our commitment is to the producer and the consumer. We want to ensure that the crafters are earning a fair wage and are able to provide meaningful opportunities for their children, whether those opportunities are within the fair trade system or not. At the same time, we’re offering the consumer high-quality products that they can really enjoy. We’ve already met so many shoppers that are excited and passionate about our mission, and we want to share the amazing success stories associated with every item we sell.”

Increasingly, consumers in developed nations are using their buying power to support supply chain accountability and businesses that build opportunities for sustainable development and environmental conservation through responsible trade. Global sales of fair trade goods have grown dramatically over the years, with Fair Trade International’s latest report show a 12% global increase in sales since 2010. Sales in the U.S. alone increased 10% over the past year. The success of the movement is attributed to many things.  As collaboration between designers and fair trade producers has continued to grow, a broader range of fair trade products has become available.

The store will carry products from fair trade organizations such as Ten Thousand Villages and SERRV, who work directly with hundreds of small-scale artisans and democratic cooperatives around the world, supplying stores across the country with high quality baskets, dinnerware, decorative scarves, table linens and more.

Perfect for Portland’s artisan lovers, eco and socially conscious consumers and global travelers, Olivewood & Brass will provide Portlander’s with a unique shopping experience to discover artisan products for their home, fashion and everyday lifestyle.

“We hope that our store will introduce people to new fair trade options that they haven’t seen before,” says Owen.

fair trade holiday ornaments

Just in time for the holidays, shoppers can enjoy gifts made from natural and recycled materials that have a meaningful impact. For example,one of a kind holiday ornaments and nativity sets hand-carved from olive wood in the Holy Land, as well as jewelry made from the tagua nut, which promotes conservation of South America’s rainforests. Perfect for the eco-conscious biker, the store has a collection of upcycled messenger bags and purses made from recycled materials, such as tire tubes and women’s saris. Scarves, hats and bags from more traditional materials, like high-quality silk, alpaca wool and organic cotton, are also available.

Jamtown fair trade musical instruments from around the world are featured inJamtown fair trade instruments portland the kids’ section to complement the wide collection of eco-friendly wooden games and toys and stuffed animals that are both child-safe and lead free. An assortment of festive gift bags and greeting cards from tree-free, recycled paper are available to accompany your holiday gifts.

Olivewood & Brass, located at 826 NW 23rd, is open daily until 7pm through Christmas, and closed Mondays beginning in the New Year.


Jeff Owen


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Oregon Fair Trade Directory – now you can find all the fair trade products you want!

 Oregon Fair Trade Directory

producers image

Sponsored by Northwest Fair Trade Coalition




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.

Member Organizations

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



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. Another proud weaver displaying his work. He is weaving placemats.

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


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.

fair for life imo  FLO fair trade international   transfair fair trade logo


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.

wfto  fair trade federation oregon  domestic fair trade

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?


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?


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



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


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 only 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

African Baskets    organicsugarscn$825153757   Lutherans for Justice in the Holy Land alter eco

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.503-287-4333 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 Avenue503-674-2642 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

Faith-based Organizations

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.


Congregation Serves Sells
Central Lutheran Church

1820 NE 21st Ave.

Portland, OR 97212

(503) 284-2331, 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

503-228-7331, 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

503-228-3195, teaOlive Oil, handicraftsWestminster Presbyterian Church 1624 NE Hancock Street  Portland OR  97212



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.


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.

Get informed.

  • 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:

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.

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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 Get fair trade sports balls through Fundraise with ethical fair trade products.


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Faith Organizations, take our Congregational Survey to be part of the first Oregon Fair Trade Directory!

Our steering committee has expanded the directory project to now include  all of Oregon and congregations. Fair trade has been important to Oregonians for a long time and we want to leverage that power to raise the bar and encourage more community leaders to get involved and create change through ethical trading practices.
Long time fair trade businesses like Moxie Fair Trade in Manzanita and One Fair World in Salem will now be apart of our directory, as well as a plethora of great local, ethical businesses we’re busily gathering information about to put in the directory. You can help by sending our survey to any business in your community that may carry fair trade products.
Faith Organizations have also been long time supporters of fair trade. The Mennonite Church in fact, founded the fair trade movement. Following suit, Catholic Relief Services and Lutheran World Relief have all made fair trade a large part of their work, setting an example for small and large ministries across the nation to support fair trade producers by exclusively serving fair trade coffee and tea being an agent for selling their goods. Equal Exchange’s Interfaith Program helps congregations build a more just food system by fundraising through the sell of fair trade coffee, chocolate and tea. A recent non profit called Fair Trade Judaica headed by Illana Schatz works to build a fair trade movement in Jewish communities by reflecting on how our actions truly express our values.
Oregon’s first ever Fair Trade Directory will serve as a community resource for finding ethically sourced, authentic fairly traded products in Oregon.
We would love to include your faith organization in our Congregation Section of the directory to encourage and showcase congregations that support fair trade by either using fair trade products (coffee, tea, chocolate, etc.) or selling them.
We ask that you support our efforts by completing this very short, 6 question survey whether you currently serve or sell fair trade products or not or to what extent you’d like to be involved with fair trade.

Here is a link to the survey:

We invite you to collaborate with us in raising awareness and making fair trade a larger part or our community culture! Let’s raise the bar and encourage all of Portland to be fair trade!

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JULY 30 – Witness for Peace Report Back: Challenging the Status Quo in Colombia – Women’s Empowerment, Workers’ Rights and Trade Justice

There are multiple facets to fair trade work that are key to achieving economic justice in trade. Three pillars that we support are education, encouraging fair trade business and advocacy in reforming trade policy. We see the interconnectedness and importance of all three.

During our Spring film series this year, we hosted Oregon Fair Trade Campaign in a movie and discussion about farm workers and child labor in our food system to highlight how U.S. trade policy creates an unfair playing field for farmers around the world – forcing people off their land to come work our land or in factories for low wages and long hours. The impacts are local and global – traditional livelihoods and local jobs that feed our economy are lost, farming is outsourced and people and their land are exploited. Corporations and big business are the only winners.

We reached out to local international trade justice organizations, ORFTC, PCASC, Witness for Peace, to partner on an event that helps to highlight the impact of U.S. trade policy, the impact on communities and present local fair trade as an alternative economic model with more oversight and ethics that promotes trade justice.

NWFTC Member, Amy Price, just returned from a WfP Delegation to Colombia to share more about the impact of the latest FTA. She will be joined by other panelists who will share their experiences in Colombia, highlighting current issues impacting land rights, human rights, the drug trade and workers’ rights as a result of this new trade agreement.

NWFTC Chair, Sarah Mitts, owner of Awaz, will present to the community Portland’s Fair Trade Directory and how it can be used as a tool for change.
Their eco-clothing line (men’s and women’s apparel), kids toys and accessories will be available for purchase with 15% of sales donated to Red and Black. 

This is a phenomenal panel and educational opportunity – link up and help us create fair trade in Portland and take action to oppose the next big trade deal!


Witness for Peace Report Back: Challenging the Status Quo in Colombia – Women’s Empowerment, Workers’ Rights and Trade Justice


7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Red and Black Cafe

400 SE 12th Ave.

U.S. trade policy and FTAs are created specifically to serve the commercial interest of corporations and provide incentives to maximize profits at the expense of the people and environment around the world.

The impacts are as much local as they are global.

      Just last October, the US signed a trade agreement with Colombia, the most dangerous country in the world to be a trade unionist. Hear testimonials from Colombian fair trade advocates and learn more about the next massive trade battle with the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Panelists include:

Amy Price, Witness for Peace Delegate to Colombia 2012

Paige Shell-Spurling, Witness for Peace Delegate to Colombia 2012

Elizabeth Swager, Assistant Director of Oregon Fair Trade Campaign

Sarah Mitts, Chair of Northwest Fair Trade Coalition

The fight for indigenous and Afro-Colombian ancestral territory has been fueled by the recently passed FTA. Much of this land is coveted by multinational companies who are pressuring the Colombian government to grant permits to extract resources and develop plantations for palm oil, fruit, timber, and sugar. Colombia is already home to one of the highest number of internally displaced people in the world because of a 50 year long armed conflict and the war on drugs. Learn about how these communities are affected by recent trade policy and what they are doing to resist.

For the last year, ASOTRECOL, a group of workers injured from their jobs on the General Motors Colombia production line, have maintained a peaceful occupation on the sidewalk in front of the U.S. Embassy in Bogota, Colombia. This David vs. Goliath battle of injured workers standing up to a powerful multinational corporation has seen huge successes, weeding out corrupt labor inspectors and moving GM Colombia to take measures to prevent any more serious injuries. Learn about their courageous resistance, incredible victories and the work yet to be done.

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Do you know a store in your neighborhood that carries fair trade products? Help us build the directory and add their name below!

We’re busy sending out surveys and letters to businesses we’re aware of that currently carry fair trade products in Portland.

Right now, we’ve got only about 10 authentic businesses on board.

The goal is to get as many local businesses as possible selling fair trade for it to become popular and recognized as part of the Portland culture. In the end, we can get a resolution passed by our city in favor of fair trade sourcing and get our government to adopt a fair trade purchasing policy!

Help us identify more businesses in your neighborhood who may carry fair trade products by adding their name below!

CLICK to manually enter your info.

Thank you for your participation!
We are also looking for volunteer graphic designers to help us create the directory! if you’re interested.

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Survey for Businesses and Organizations to apply to be listed in NWFTC Portland Fair Trade Directory 2012


We are writing to inform you of our local efforts to promote fair trade in Portland and invite you to be a part of Portland’s first ever Fair Trade Directory. We invite businesses, faith and social justice organizations who sell or serve authentic fair trade products to be part of the Directory.

We are the Northwest Fair Trade Coalition, a volunteer organization of local socially responsible businesses, community organizations and activists united in raising the profile of economic justice in trade and promoting fair trade within Portland. We formed in 2010 in an effort to work together to create unity and awareness for Portland’s fair trade community.

With this directory, we aim to enhance the visibility of fair trade in our community and enable consumers to connect with local businesses and organizations that sell fair trade products. By making more fair trade products available to our community, we can increase consumer awareness and purchase of fair trade products, strengthen our local economy and create solutions to end global poverty.

Some of the benefits of being listed in our directory include:

  • Exposure to new consumers who are actively seeking fair trade products
  • Free advertising for your business on our website and at all participating local businesses and organizations throughout Portland
  • Promotion of your business at all of our events and co-sponsored events
  • Inclusion in our education materials and outreach about fair trade

The directory will be made available in print and online. We invite you to fill out the Supplier Survey to enter your business/organization information if you would like to be listed in the directory. We will review your survey and contact you for an in person interview. We look forward to seeing this project grow with your partnership!

CLICK HERE to fill out the survey via Google Docs, paper free!

Download the PDF to the right if you’d like to mail it in.

contact or 503-970-5847 for more questions.

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Join us for the ZAP Spring International Celebration!

The Zimbabwe Artist’s Project is hosting a special celebration! Join us and other Fair Trade advocates in welcoming Mr. Kelvin Hazangwi, a special guest from Zimbabwe. There will be a Fair Trade Marketplace, an exhibit of Weya art, live African music, snacks, and a craft table for the kiddos! NWFTC and ZAP will be joined by these wonderful organizations, all with items for sale or information on getting involved with their projects!


2:00 pm – 7:00 pm

107 Washington St. 1st floor

Portland, OR 97214

The Zimbabwe Artists Project is a non-profit organization that helps women artists from Weya in Easter Zimbabwe become more economically self-sufficient. Women of Weya are subsistence farmers, mothers, and householders as well as artists. Most women live on their own, providing for families. Some are widowed, others are single heads of households, since throughout Zimbabwe men leave the rural areas to seek work in cities. ZAP helps these women through education opportunities and through the sale of their artwork.
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Join us in creating a Portland Fair Trade Directory!

Contact to join our Fair Trade Directory Committee!

We launched our first big awareness campaign in May for World Fair Trade Day with a mini-directory to help consumers know where they can find fairly traded products in Portland. We had about 10 locations on the directory that included places like Food Front Cooperative, Mirador Community Store and St. Andrews Church in North Portland who serves Fair Trade coffee/tea throughout their congregation. We were happy to start documenting a few places we were aware of, but we know there are more!

We’re gearing up for the rest of the year’s activities and we’re excited to begin a campaign to expand and create a larger directory that will encourage more local stores, educational institutions, workplaces and congregations to support Fair Trade. AND WE NEED YOUR HELP!

While buying organic and buying local are very much on the radar for many Portland natives, we need to create more awareness about the economic and social justice implications of their purchases. With every purchase, consumers are unknowingly perpetuating child labor, human trafficking and global poverty when they support large companies and brands who source products through an unethical supply chain. WE CAN encourage more companies to source through Fair Trade channels by creating more demand for fairly trade products and companies who support fair wages and healthy working conditions for producers.

Just like organic, when more consumers started buying and asking for organic, more large companies like Wal-Mart, Dole, Kroger started sourcing and offering organic products!


 Goals of the Directory:

–          To help consumers find local businesses and organizations that serve/sell fairly traded products and are committed to ethical working practices

–          To help more local businesses and organizations learn about Fair Trade and encourage them to start serving/selling fairly traded products

–          To introduce the Northwest Fair Trade Coalition to the greater Portland community and encourage membership and partnership with our network

–          To serve as a collective resource for local organizations working on global economic justice issues by creating a section in the directory for additional resources


–          Send out an introductory survey and letter to assess whether or not organizations serve/sell fairly traded products and measure their commitment to Fair Trade

  • Targetting: business, faith organizations, educational institutions and community organizations

–          Assess their level of commitment and record their information in an organized list

The idea for the directory came about through the Fair Trade Towns movement that is sweeping across our country. We’re using their strategies for implementing the directory, but customizing it according to our criteria. We want to support 100% committed organizations, not ‘fair washers’!

Our coalition has few members and we need more people from the community to join our efforts and help lead this!

We’re forming a Fair Trade Directory Committee and are putting an appeal out there for volunteers!

Contact Sarah at to get involved!


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