world fair trade day

Ten Thousand Villages Charlottesville WFTD event

world fair trade day at ten thousand villages

I had the opportunity to check out the World Fair Trade Day event at my local Ten Thousand Villages on Saturday. Manager, Sallie, and assistant manager, Valerie, were warm and welcoming, and plenty of volunteers and staff members were on the floor to show people around and let them know about the day's special offers.

Ten Thousand Villages was the very first fair trade company and their business still serves as a model for the industry. Begun by Mennonite Edna Ruth Byler in 1946, it has since built partnerships with artisans all over the world. Artisans are paid in full before products are sold to consumers, which provides security and assists with the costs associated with production. Additionally, artisans are encouraged to use sustainable practices.

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The shop was putting on several raffles for beautiful fair trade goods, including a scarf, sarong, bag, and the book, Fair Trade: A Human Journey, full of breathtaking images and concise information about how fair trade impacts workers across the globe.

They were also offering free chocolate samples from Equal Exchange and Divine Chocolate, fair trade coffee and tea, and coloring activities for children.

ten thousand villages charlottesville
ten thousand villages charlottesville

I couldn't resist doing a little shopping while I was there, so I picked up a few things for my mom and received a delicious Equal Exchange fruit and nut chocolate bar and a sample of Level Ground dark roast coffee free with purchase!

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I had a great time getting to know some of the team, talking shop with the managers, and swapping fair trade brands and resources with others who care just as much as I do about shopping ethically.

Sallie let me know that the Charlottesville store was chosen to receive special recognition from Corporate due to its success, which means they'll have the opportunity to operate as a test market for new and exciting products in the coming months.

Congratulations on your success and thanks for having me, everyone!

world fair trade day sales

world fair trade day sales

Happy World Fair Trade Day! Go forth and buy fair trade with these deals:

celebrate world fair trade day at Ten Thousand Villages

World Fair Trade Day is this Saturday, May 9 and the whole world is celebrating! If you're near Charlottesville, consider dropping by the Ten Thousand Villages tomorrow. I'll be there to answer questions and talk a bit about my blog. 



Here's the write-up for the Charlottesville event:

10:00 am-7:00 pm
The World Fair Trade Day is an initiative of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) that takes place on the second Saturday of May of each year. It is an inclusive worldwide festival of events celebrating Fair Trade as a tangible contribution to the fight against poverty and exploitation, climate change and the economic crisis that has the greatest impact on the world’s most vulnerable populations.
Join us in celebrating the benefits of Fair Trade on Saturday, May 9th. We will have fair trade food and drink, free gifts with purchase, and more!
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For more information about Ten Thousand Villages events in your area, visit their website. For more information about World Fair Trade Day, click here. I'll try to update this post with World Fair Trade Day sales later on today.

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Hello and Happy Easter!

Life has been incredibly busy due to a combination of saying yes to too many things and being in my church choir in the midst of Easter service preparations. But services are over now and my schedule is (hopefully) clearing up a bit in the coming weeks. I'm doing some research on China's manufacturing industry for a post, organizing another giveaway, and attempting to write a homily for this Wednesday's Evening Prayer service at church.

This season's a busy one for the ethical fashion community, as well. April 24th is Fashion Revolution Day and May 9th is World Fair Trade Day and everyone is scrambling to spread the word. I encourage you to check out the websites for each cause, start a conversation at work or with a friend, get involved in the Fair Fashion Challenge on instagram, and follow your favorite ethical retailers on social media, who will be offering giveaways and posting resources through the coming weeks. 

And if you're in the mood for some fun reading this afternoon, here are a few articles I've enjoyed recently:

Inside Gap's Plan to Get Back Into Your Drawers

"The brand enjoyed a 15-year reign over classically cool, affordable American style, but it has spent the past decade-plus struggling with an identity crisis while new retailers have colonized much of its domain."

 Why America’s obsession with STEM education is dangerous

"America will not dominate the 21st century by making cheaper computer chips but instead by constantly reimagining how computers and other new technologies interact with human beings."

How China Profits from Our Junk 

"In 2011 I visited a yard where men dismantled old aluminum deck chairs imported from somewhere warm and vacation-like. Over to one side was a pile of the blue and white nylon stripping that once hung between the metal frames (later to be sold to a plastics recycler), and a woman who spent the evening cutting it away from the chairs."

Dear American Apparel: Please #freethenipple (and pubes)

"You can argue that AA's original decision not to airbrush out, and many times, even flaunt those 'private parts' was nothing but a gimmick to court controversy-seeking press — and you may be right. But I can't think of a single other online brand that doesn't Photoshop them out."

And if you're interested in reading my Good Friday meditation, you can check it out here.

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I'm interested in knowing what you've been reading lately. Feel free to recommend some articles in the comments.

World Fair Trade Day is tomorrow

World Fair Trade Day is tomorrow!

wftd graphicHere's what you can do:

Watch the new documentary, Connected by Coffee, for free, streaming all day May 10 at connectedbycoffee.com

Visit your local Ten Thousand Villages for product samples and information.

Read up on Fair Trade organizations and companies.

Deck yourself out in fair trade attire and try to consume mostly fair trade food.

Let others know!

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the moral wardrobe: primarily patriotic

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I've always liked primary colors together; when I saw this shirt at the thrift store, I noted the nice colors and interesting cut, but didn't really notice that it screamed The Fourth of July until I put it on at home. I considered adding yellow to the outfit to move it away from the Team America feel, but in the end decided it was fine to look a little too patriotic for the day.

The past few weeks have been consistently good. Sure, there have been ups and downs (including a health scare that was quickly resolved), but I'm having such a good time at the coffee shop, hanging out with friends, singing in the choir, maintaining Platinum & Rust, and learning how to use twitter. I also had the opportunity to attend an interfaith community organizing rally on Monday and feel really encouraged by the work they're doing to improve the Charlottesville community for everyone. To top it all off, my boss gave me the go ahead to set up an informational booth for World Fair Trade Day this Saturday. I'll be serving samples of Equal Exchange coffee and answering questions about the fair trade process.

Ethical choices are bolded below. Retailers taking steps to become more ethical are bolded in gray.

  • Top - thrifted

  • Dress (worn as skirt) - H&M

  • Shoes - vintage Minnetonka

  • Lip color - Clinique Chubby Stick in Chunkiest Chili


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