Happy Fair Trade Month!

fair_trade_logoOctober is officially Fair Trade Month, as declared by people who get to make such declarations.  Actually the people with such power are all at Transfair USA, the fabulous organization behind certifying all kinds of fair-trade goodies from coffee to rice to tea and bananas. Throughout this month Transfair is promoting “31 Days, 31 Ways,” highlighting a different way to support fair trade each day of the month. Here are a few ways you can get involved with Fair Trade Month!

  1. Follow along with Transfair’s “31 Days, 31 Ways” campaign on Facebook, Twitter or the Fair Trade Month website.
  2. Try a fair trade product you haven’t tried before. If you’re already using the basics (chocolate, coffee, etc) why not pick up some fair trade rice or get a fair trade soccer ball to kick around this fall?
  3. Sign up for Reverse Trick-or-Treating. You get free fair-trade chocolates and literature for your kids to hand out as they go door -to-door this Halloween. It’s a great way to promote fair trade in your community and what neighbor won’t be thrilled to get some free chocolate in return? The deadline to request your kit is TODAY so don’t dawdle.
  4. If you miss the Reverse Trick-or-Treat deadline you can still promote fair trade this Halloween by handing out fair trade chocolate treats to kids who come to your door. Natural food stores like Whole Foods have a few options for fair trade Halloween treats.
  5. Of course I have to put in a plug for Bambootique too.  My Holiday Fair Trade Trunk Show falls just a few weeks after Fair Trade Month ends, November 14 and 15th. If you’re so lucky as to live in the Portland area be sure to mark these dates on your calendar. Invites will be out soon. If you’re out of the area don’t fret, just watch your inbox for some great coupons for online holiday shopping coming up in a few weeks (and if you’re not on the Bambootique email list sign up here).

Anyone have any other plans/ ideas for Fair Trade Month? Do share here. Feel free to post events, sales, ideas, etc.



  1. October 7, 2009 at 8:56 am

    It is so great to see others who are promoting Fair Trade. At Fair Trade Sports, we are eager to get the word out that products don’t have to be made by children, and that adults can provide for their family on a fair wage.

    Fair Trade Sports sells sports jerseys, soccer balls, rugby balls, frisbees and other sports items that adhere to Fair Trade regulations, with all after-tax profits go to charity. Our products are a tangible proof point to educate US consumers on the benefits of Fair Trade and the fight against child labor. Fair Trade Sports is proud to continue their commitment of only selling sports equipment that is manufactured by adult stitchers who receive a wage certified by the Fair Trade Labeling Organization International for their work.

    Help with the Fair Trade belief! Every bit counts, for every person involved.

  2. October 15, 2009 at 8:57 am

    For those of you with kids living in Chicago, the Greenheart Shop is hosting a Reverse Trick or Treating workshop, as an alternative Halloween activity:

    Bring your kids to learn about Reverse Trick or Treating this Halloween! A pleasant surprise will greet nearly a quarter million people distributing candy at their door, when youth reverse the Halloween tradition to hand adults a sample of vegan-friendly, Fair Trade dark chocolate. Greenheart has chocolates and info postcards for your kids. Learn how trick-or-treaters can unite to end poverty among cocoa farms, end child labor in the cocoa industry, protect the environment, and promote fair trade!
    When: Thursday, Oct. 28th; 5-6pm
    Where: Greenheart Shop @ 1911 W. Division
    For more info contact info@greenheartshop.org or 312-264-1625

    • Beth said,

      October 16, 2009 at 10:08 am

      Greenheart shop is awesome. If you’re in the Chicago area do go!

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