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Bringing Together Portland’s Fair Trade Community: ZAP’s International Spring Celebration on April 26th

International Portland Events

 

Join us for another great year, and plant the seeds for change this Spring.

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NWFTC receives Columbia River Peace Corps Association Community Grant for a project titled Why Fair Trade Matters: Story Collecting about the Impacts of Fair Trade in Rural Communities.

This year we are very excited to announce that we are a recipient of the Columbia River Peace Corps Association Community Grant for a project titled Why Fair Trade Matters: Story Collecting about the Impacts of Fair Trade in Rural Communities.  This project will create short videos from interviews of women and artisans working in reputable fair trade organizations in Northern India, where NWFTC member, Awaz, has been working for over seven years with community organizations and fair trade craft enterprises experiencing socio-economic development as a result of participating in the fair trade movement.

We believe that a major obstacle for people to participate in the fair trade movement is in understanding the economic and social impacts of fair trade in communities in the Global South and how their purchasing power helps combat global poverty / or strengthen transparency and accountability in international trade.

The new national fair trade brand for India and advertising they created for the over 20 shops that joined.

The new national fair trade brand for India and advertising they created for the over 20 shops that joined.

These stories will capture the lives of individuals and allow viewers to experience the human connection between the artisans that create fair trade products and the improved economic justice that comes from participating in the fair trade movement.

We hope these stories will be a great asset to this year’s outreach efforts to promote the Directory and encourage more people to support fair trade in our local community.

Read an excerpt from Sarah Mitts, Director of Awaz, about her past few months in India:

 First of all, a big thanks to CRPCA for making this project possible. Fair Trade is alive and growing in India and I’m excited to be able to share what has inspired me over the years of being involved in social enterprise and the fair trade movement in India. The organizations we work with are all experiencing various levels of growth and socio-economic empowerment for its members in various forms. Thanks to greater focus on income generation as a solid community development model across the globe, that there are more micro-enterprise and fair trade models popping up in India. 

my favorite fair trade store in New Delhi that supports design development and marketing for over 40 disabled artisan groups throughout India. They are now a newly branded fair trade shop.

my favorite fair trade store in New Delhi that supports design development and marketing for over 40 disabled artisan groups throughout India. They are now a newly branded fair trade shop.

And the national network of fair trade in India, The Fair Trade Forum-India, that coordinates the movement across the country and conducts on the ground audits of organizations (as part of the Asian Regional Network of the World Fair Trade Organization) has just launched a national brand to promote shops and its members. Believe it or not, consumption in India is on the rise as disposable incomes soar and many of the fair trade organizations are slowly targeting their efforts to the local market. In fact, for many years, our supplier’s sales have predominately come from their local market, which is a great thing to hear.

Just two weeks back, I joined a Corporate Gifts exhibition in New Delhi organized by FTF-I to promote fair trade products to corporates. 16 FTOs attended, including three suppliers Awaz works with. The 3-day exhibition was housed at FIEO (Federation for International Export Organizations), a new partnership they’re working on, as well.

Fair Trade Forum-India Corporate Gift Fair 2013, New Delhi

Fair Trade Forum-India Corporate Gift Fair 2013, New Delhi

 

Handknitted Sweaters, handcrafted Jams and Teas from Green Women Entrepreneurs in the Himalayas - UMANG. Over 700 women own this enterprise.

Handknitted Sweaters, handcrafted Jams and Teas from Green Women Entrepreneurs in the Himalayas – UMANG. Over 700 women own this enterprise.

 

Traditional meets Modern design.

Traditional meets Modern design.

 In addition to this, there are some exciting other initiatives happening to encourage ethical business practices for corporates in India. Child Rights & You (CRY), a well known organization that works on child rights and labor issues also just completed their 2nd Annual Corporate Summit that profiled organizations like Patagonia who proudly promote their eco-friendly business practices. Interestingly, the Indian Government has also passed a law that mandates all corporates must give 2% of their profits to charity who have a certain number of earnings.

The forum’s latest big project has been building up the Organic Cotton Supply chain in India. Where suicide is a huge issue for farmers who get caught in cycles of fertilizer debt, they’ve been training farmers in Maharastara in organic farming methods and creating a consortium for craft organizations to source organic cotton for their products. Typically, the minimums for organic cotton are too high for small groups to finance. Now one of our larger suppliers has been able to create a Kitchen Table Linen collection and throws in organic cotton and I’ve heard many artisan organizations shifting this way for certain product lines.

 Sadhna continues to be a powerful example of a successful women’s empowerment fair trade model. From just 15 women in a rural tribal village of desert Rajasthan, now their membership includes over 700 women who have become confident, contributing members to their local economies and families. In a community where women are not very much believed to be housewives and not go outside, Sadhna’s work has changed the perception of women in many of India’s rural communities and men and families are encouraging their wives to join their stitching program. I visited their new Production Center where I joined the closing celebrations of two 3-month training programs for new groups of rural women, thanks to grants from the Ford Foundation and TRIFED (a national government program for rural livelihood programs). I captured some great interviews from Group Leaders and Master Trainers who told me thanks to Sadhna, they now have an identity and are able to send their kids to college.

 

Closing ceremony of new 3-month training for tribal women co-sponsoring by government.

Closing ceremony of new 3-month training for tribal women co-sponsoring by government.

From an artisan in a village to a Quality Control Manager and Master Trainer, Cheetul is tall, plump and speaks proudly of putting her two kids through college.

Robert Brown from Jubilee Oregon decided to join on this project on March 29th. He has a connection to this part of the world as a former Peace Corps volunteer in Nepal and was keen to reconnect with this area and see how fair trade was making a difference on the ground.

The Himalayan Mountains are alive with livelihood projects to promote the local bio-diversity and traditions of the people. We visited Himalayan Weavers who uses Ayurvedic plants to create beautiful, unique natural colors for their woolen and cotton scarves, shawls and throws. They continue to work with native Bhotia people providing a marketing outlet to sustain the local woolen craft and weaving traditions of the people.

 

 

 

We watched them do an indigo dying process with their dyer whom they’ve employed for 10 years from the local village. They now have over 25 people who they work with. We were amazed at how dedicated they were to environmental conservation in all that they do. They’ve built up their own low-cost, energy efficient dying process to re-use and conserve water and now also sell local locally made organic james, pulses and oils from local farmers.

 

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

 Oregon Fair Trade Directory

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Sponsored by Northwest Fair Trade Coalition

https://northwestfairtrade.wordpress.com/

https://www.facebook.com/northwestfairtradecoalition

Email: nwfairtrade@gmail.com 

PDF OF DIRECTORY HERE!

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.

https://northwestfairtrade.wordpress.com/

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

 

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. 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

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.

PRODUCT CERTIFICATION

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

MEMBERSHIP/ORGANIZATIONAL RECOGNITION

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?

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

Portland – Southeast

Mirador Community Store2106 SE Division St.503-231-5175

http://www.miradorcommunitystore.com

Home décor, kitchenware and table linens, fashion accessories, gifts* organic and fair trade bed sheets
Red and Black Café400 SE 12th Avenue503-321-3899

http://www.redandblackcafe.com

Cup of coffee, chocolate bars, coffee by pound*Exclusively serves fair trade coffee 
Awaz Voice for EmpowermentPO Box 15123Portland, OR 97293

503-970-5847

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
503.232.7057http://www.zimbabweartistsproject.org
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

http://www.traderootsinc.com

Fashion accessories, apparel, gifts
Rhythm Traders3904 NE MLK Jr. Blvd503-288-6950

http://www.rhythmtraders.com

Music instruments from Jamtown
Gazelle Natural Fiber Clothing4100 NE Fremont503-288-3422

http://www.naturalfiberclothingportland.com

Apparel, fashion accessories, home decor, gifts


Portland – Northwest

New Renaissance Books1338 NW 23rd Street503-224-4929

http://www.newrenbooks.com

Music instruments, stationery and journals, home décor, gifts
Tropical Salvage2233 NW York Street(503) 236-6155

http://www.tropicalsalvage.com

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

http://www.stellason21st.com

Fashion accessories

Portland – Southwest

Topanien Global Gifts7832 SW Capitol Hwy(503) 244-9683

http://www.topanien.com

Fashion accessories, home décor, gifts
Marco’s Café and Espresso Bar7910 SW 35th(503) 245-0199

http://www.marcoscafe.com

cup of coffee, cup of tea, sugar packets*Exclusively serves fair trade coffee and tea
Ojoba CollectivePO Box 19356Portland 97280

WHOLESALER & ONLINE SHOP:

http://www.ojobacollective.com

All natural unrefined shea butter, baskets from Ghana
Cosas BonitasPortland World Market on the Waterfront, next to Saturday Market971-212-3505

http://www.cosasbonitasoregon.com

Huichol Indian art, home decor
Indigo Traders7878 Southwest Capitol Highway503-780-2422

http://www.indigotraders.com

Canaan Olive Oil from Palestine

Salem

One Fair World474 Court Street NortheastSalem, OR 97301

503-585-1636

http://www.onefairworld.com

Home décor, kitchenware, table linens, kids toys, fashion accessories, stationery, gifts*100% fair trade

Eugene

Greater Goods515 High St.Eugene, OR 97401

541-485-4224

http://www.greatergoodsonline.com

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

541.684.0688

http://www.swahili-imports.com

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

Manzanita

Moxie Fair Trade387 Laneda AveManzanita, OR, 97130

503-368-3638

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Moxie-Fair-Trade/305840956172346

Women’s Apparel, Home décor, kitchenware, table linens, kids toys, fashion accessories, stationery, gifts*100% fair trade

Lebanon

The Et Cetera Shop836 S. Main St.Lebanon, OR 97355

541-258-5614

http://thrift.mcc.org/shops/lebanon-thrift-shop

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

Hillsdale Shopping Center

6344 SW Capitol Highway

503.546.6559

www.foodfront.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*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

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.

Portland

Congregation Serves Sells
Central Lutheran Church

1820 NE 21st Ave.

Portland, OR 97212

(503) 284-2331

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

503-228-7331

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

503-228-3195

http://fumcpdx.org/Coffee, teaOlive Oil, handicraftsWestminster Presbyterian Church 1624 NE Hancock Street  Portland OR  97212

503-287-1289

http://www.westprespdx.org/public3/CoffeeCoffee

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.

www.northwestfairtrade.wordpress.com

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.

www.fairtradefederation.org

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.

www.fairtraderesource.org

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.

www.fairworldproject.org

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.

www.fairtrade.net

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.

www.wfto.com

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.

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: 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.

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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 http://www.fairtradeuniforms.org. Get fair trade sports balls through fairtradesports.com. Fundraise with ethical fair trade products.

 

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NWFTC announces Annual Portland Fair Trade Holiday Marketplace Series at local congregations

This year, NWFTC we are launching a series of local fair trade holiday bazaars for your shopping pleasure in partnership with local congregations. The series will include three different bazaars hosted by various congregations throughout the month of November and December, thanks to the growing success of the first annual bazaar at the First Unitarian Church in 2010. The markets serve to create a collective forum for the holidays to promote local organizations and businesses selling artisan crafted, fairly traded products from producers around the world and encourage conscious consumption for the holidays.

Enjoy and come shop with your favorite local businesses and organizations!

RSVP on Facebook and share the event with your friends!

We are pleased to announce KBOO, our favorite community radio as our sponsor this year! Some of the best local and global music, independent media and truth around.

First Unitarian Church
Buchan Building
1011 SW 12th Ave
Portland, OR 97205
Co-sponsored by Economic Justice Action Group
 
Portland Mennonite Church
1312 Southeast 35th Avenue  
Portland, OR 97214
 
First Presbyterian Church
Geneva Hall (basement)
1200 SW Alder Street
Portland, Oregon 97205
Co-sponsored by the Fair Trade Leadership Team of the Advocacy & Social Justice Committee
* free parking in garage on Sunday, enter from parking garage entrance

GET INVOLVED

If you are a congregation that would like to host a fair trade bazaar in the future or invite our members to an existing event at your congregation, kindly contact us. We’re here to collaborate and raise greater awareness about Portland’s growing fair trade community!

If you are a vendor and are interested in selling your products at our Fair Trade Holiday Market Series, please send an email to nwfairtrade@gmail.com for an application or contact Sarah Mitts at 503-970-5847.
$25 application fee per event.
Our committee will review your application and notify you of your acceptance.
Space is limited and precedence is given to NWFTC members.

If you are interested in being a sponsor of this series, please email us your today!
We look forward to another great year!

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

ImageGreetings,

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 nwfairtrade@gmail.com or 503-970-5847 for more questions.

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The Northwest Fair Trade Coalition launches outreach to local businesses and community organizations to create Portland’s first Fair Trade Directory for World Fair Trade Day

Portland, OR (May 12, 2012) – Northwest Fair Trade Coalition, Portland’s local economic justice and fair trade coalition, plans to create Portland’s first ever Fair Trade Directory. Local businesses and community organizations who sell fair trade products will be listed in the directory so that people will have a local resource to know where to find and purchase authentic fair trade products. Fair trade products are made under safe and healthy working conditions, free from exploitive child labor and in accordance with international fair trade principles. The directory will include local grocers and identify what fair trade products they carry, as well as faith organizations who serve and sell fair trade goods.

The group will announce the directory on Saturday, May 12th in honor of World Fair Trade Day, the nation’s largest fair trade event of the year, at the new downtown Portland World Market. The community can enjoy live international music and dance performances all day, free wine tasting, fair trade espresso and purchase handcrafted goods from a few businesses who offer fairly traded products represented at the market. Members of the Northwest Fair Trade Coalition will stand in solidarity with thousands of people in 80 countries worldwide on World Fair Trade Day to highlight the importance of a business and trading model that supports fair wages and healthy working conditions for producers around the globe. By making more fair trade products visible and available to our community, we will increase consumer awareness and purchase of fair trade products, strengthen our local economy and create solutions to end global poverty.

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. “We believe that more people will support and purchase these products if they know where to buy them,” says Sarah Mitts, owner of Awaz Voice for Empowerment, a local business offering fairly traded handmade products from India and chair of the Coalition.
Local businesses and organizations who carry fair trade products can send an email to nwfairtrade@gmail.com to be sent information about how to be involved and a survey.
WHO: Northwest Fair Trade Coalition member businesses, community organizations and individuals.
WHERE: the new Portland World Market, located next to Ankeny Plaza in the old Fire Engine Museum building, neighboring the Portland Saturday Market
WHEN: Saturday, May 12th, 2012
TIME: 11:00 a.m.
The Northwest Fair Trade Coalition is 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 products within Portland. Fair Trade is a trading relationship, based on dialogue, transparency and respect, that seeks greater equity in international trade between producers in developing countries and businesses and consumers in more developed areas around the world. The Fair Trade system ensures that people along the supply chain receive fair wages, that workers and communities are treated with dignity and producers take steps to preserve the environment. It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of, marginalized producers and workers throughout Latin America, Africa, Asia and other parts of the world.

The launch includes a series of events organized by coalition members:

May 17 : Northwest Fair Trade Coalition’s Fair Trade Third Thursday program at Equal Exchange featuring a presentation by a local representative from Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, makers of the best selling Certified Organic and Fair Trade Personal Care products. Learn more about their business model, fair trade certification with IMO’s “Fair for Life” program and new products. People can discuss and learn more about fair trade with local businesses, organizations and individuals involved in the movement, get resources, enjoy free samples of Dr. Bronner’s products and taste fair trade coffee, snacks and sweets. Raffle of fair trade products worth $50. 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.), 1033 SE Main. http://www.drbronner.com/
May 20 – 23 : The 2012 Fair Trade Federation annual conference will be held May 21 – 23 (Monday – Wednesday) in beautiful Bellevue, WA, just outside of Seattle. The conference will provide practical training in all aspects of fair trade, and provide a forum for sharing ideas and reaffirming fair trade principles. www.fairtradefederation.org/conference2012
May 24 : Bean of Affliction: Chocolate, Child Labor and Choosing Fair Trade. Havurah’s Tikkun Olam Committee and Portland Tuv Ha’Aretz invite you to come to learn about what Fair trade really means and how its goals relate to Jewish values. Founder of Fair Trade Judaica will be present to share more about their work. You will get a chance to taste some delicious fair trade chocolate, watch the documentary The Dark Side of Chocolate, and do some on-the-spot activism. 7:00 –9:00 p.m., Havurah Shalom, 825 Northwest 18th Avenue. csa@portlandtuv.org
The Dark Side of Chocolate is a 45 minute documentary by award winning journalists, Miki Mistrati and U Roberto (Robin) Romano, which investigates the continued allegations of trafficking and child labor in the international chocolate industry and goes undercover to visit cocoa plantations in West Africa. This event is free!

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March Fair Trade Third Thursday: Presentation by Tropical Salvage

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Join AWAZ, Equal Exhchange, Jubilee Oregon, and other members of the Northwest Fair Trade Coalition for our next community event!

This month, come learn how one of Portland’s premiere, ethical and fair trade furniture companies is creating change here in Portland and in Indonesia, through the use of old growth, salvaged wood. Tim O’Brien will give a presentation on how their work helps to promote peat forest conservation and provide local jobs for people living in the Indonesian islands.

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WHERE: Equal Exchange, 1033 SE Main

WHEN: 7-8:30

FREE Raffle Tickets! The Basket is worth over $50 of awesome Fair Trade goodies!

 

ALSO: Learn how you can help us create the very first Portland Fair Trade Directory! We want to make Portland a destination for fair trade advocates all over the PDX area.

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