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Fair Trade Mania!

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

Who doesn’t love chocolate? It’s creamy, sweet, melts in your mouth and all-around delicious! Despite our obsession with this product, numerous health concerns have been raised as well as the issue of sustainability and fair trade. So now, companies are trying to find ways to make their sweets and confections appeal to a more eco-aware crowd of consumers. Last year two giants in the candy industry, Cadbury and Mars Incorporated announced they were creating fair trade chocolates.

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Cadbury, a step ahead of Mars, already has fair trade chocolate for sale to the public. They claim that their chocolate bars are all now 100% fair trade certified cocoa. While Mars announced a partnership with The Rainforest Alliance to create sustainable chocolate. This is a very exciting collaboration between the candy giant and a NGO who works hard to “conserve biodiversity and sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behavior.

With more and more candy companies embracing healthy and sustainable alternatives, the holidays (especially Halloween) are looking sweeter and sweeter!

FREE Reverse Trick-Or-Treating Kit – deadline approaching

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

Fair Trade kitParticipate in the Third Annual Reverse Trick-or-Treating!

On Halloween night, schoolchildren, (& high school/college students, and adults) across the US and Canada will unite to help:

END poverty among cocoa farmers
END abusive child labor in the cocoa industry
PROMOTE Fair Trade
PROTECT the environment

by giving Fair Trade chocolate back to adults…while Trick-or-Treating door-to-door in their communities on Halloween.

The chocolate is attached to a card with information about social and environmental justice issues in the cocoa industry and how buying Fair Trade certified chocolate provides a solution.

Parents rave about how Reverse Trick-or-Treating transforms Halloween into a meaningful event when youth activists give back to their neighbors and to cocoa growing communities.

Reverse Trick-or-Treating kits are FREE
Thanks to the generous donations of Fair Trade chocolate companies
Equal Exchange, Alter Eco, Sweet Earth, and La Siembra (& others in Canada)
(Participants pay the cost of postage only.)

Participate as an individual or organize your classroom, school, congregation, youth group or social justice organization to participate by distributing multiple kits to participants!

Groups (schools, congregations, youth groups, etc):  October 1
Individuals:  October 13
Order yours TODAY!  We always run out long before the deadline!

Join us, and together, we will reach nearly
a quarter million households this year!

Visit for more information!

If you choose not to request a kit, you can still participate by distributing flyers on Halloween!  Visit the website for more information.

Looking for Fair Trade Halloween candy to distribute to kids at your door? Visit

Are you a teacher or other educator (faith-based schools, etc, etc)?  Teach Global Exchange’s fabulous, fun, teaching standards-friendly Fair Trade curriculum anytime between now and Valentine’s Day, 2010, and you will be entered into a drawing for $75 in Fair Trade prizes.  More information is available at

If you’re not an educator, please forward this email to some folks who are, and you’ll be entered into a Fair Trade prize drawing, too, for referring educators!

Reverse Trick-or-Treating is an initiative launched by the human rights organization Global Exchange in cooperation with Fair Trade company Equal Exchange and is a collaborative effort of countless children, youth, and adults supported by institutions including nonprofit organizations, faith-based organizations, Fair Trade companies, and schools.

Please forward this email broadly!  Plus, please pass the information along to your favorite parenting, environmental, and chocolate blogs.

PS:  Global Exchange’s Fair Trade cocoa curriculum is featured in Education for Liberation’s teacher planner for the second year in a row!  Copies of Planning to Change the World are available at

(Content from this post taken directly from Global Exchange’s e-blast. If information is missing or incorrect, please contact them directly.)

Fair Trade-Trick-or-Treat-Action Kit Giveaway

Saturday, October 18th, 2008

Did you know that October is Fair Trade month, a time to celebrate fair wages and healthy, safe working conditions for artisans and farmers?

Fair Trade Certification encourages environmentally sustainable business practices and prohibits the abuse of child slave labor, and since the cocoa industry is swarming with accusations of child slavery and other human rights abuses, choosing Fair Trade Certified chocolate is really important. So in honor of Fair Trade month (and Green Halloween!),we’re sending one lucky reader a FREE Fair Trade Trick or Treat Action Kit.

The Fair Trade Trick or Treat Kit has everything you need to make Halloween something special. It includes Fair Trade Trick-or-Treat chocolate to hand out, a ghostly Papel Picado Halloween decoration, a Fair Trade is Boo-tiful poster to hang in your window, festive spooky postcards and an eco-friendly “green” bag for Trick or Treating.

To win this free kit, simply post a comment to this blog by Oct. 22nd (That’s THIS Wednesday!) with your thoughts about the Fair Trade Action Kit, along with your email address so we can let you know if you’ve won, and you’re automatically entered for a chance to win your free kit!

We look forward to hearing from you.