Day 18

Fair Trade

SPONSORED BY Dr. Bronner’s

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OVERVIEW

“Before you finished eating your breakfast, you’ve already depended on more than half the world.”

-Martin Luther King Jr.

You hear a lot about the importance of voting with your dollar, but how much does each purchase actually matter? A lot! Every cup of coffee and bite of chocolate helps create a more socially, economically, and environmentally just planet. That’s why certifications like Fair Trade are so important – they give consumers an easier way to create an equitable society. But what does Fair Trade actually mean? It’s more than just fair wages for farmers. As David Bronner, Cosmic Engagement Officer at Dr. Bronner’s states, “Fair Trade isn’t just about coffee and cacao, it’s about everything.”

When you go to the store, products are just – there, with little hint of their origin or the number of hands or resources used to create what’s on the shelf. Have you ever stopped to think about how that product was made, who made it, and under what conditions? If all of those stories were presented alongside the product, you may find out about the farmer who cultivated the land, or the workers who made the goods in their communities, or the natural resources needed to create the item. If all of this was visible, you would better understand the greater impact that a single product has on people, communities, and the planet. The mission of organizations like our partner today, Fair World Project is to educate and advocate for a just global economy where people are treated fairly and with dignity; the environment is respected and nourished; and commerce fosters sustainable livelihoods and communities in a global society based on cooperation and solidarity. What a beautiful vision!

Whenever you purchase a product, you are perpetuating the labor practices used to make it. Check out this brief video about the production of tomatoes made by the  LA Times to get a sense of what unfair labor practices can look like. This is one reason a serious shift in demand for ethical products is a must for a just  future. This is why fair trade certifications are so important. As Fair Trade Campaigns explains,When you choose to purchase Fair Trade products, you are endorsing an economic system that provides opportunities for international farmers, artisans and workers to lift themselves out of poverty.”

Rather than looking at production as a piecemeal operation, Fair Trade looks at trade holistically and asks how a product can be made and sold to benefit everyone. Smallholder farmers produce 70% of the world’s food. Yet the global food system poses many obstacles to those who seek to earn a sustainable livelihood. At its core, Fair Trade advocates for workers like these smallholder farmers. Fair Trade supports workers’ rights, economic and community development, and environmentally friendly production methods.

Because you often can’t meet the people who made your product in the store, third-party certification and Fair Trade membership labels let you match your values with your purchases. Labels such as Fair for Life, Fairtrade America, Fair Trade USA, World Fair Trade Organization, and Fair Trade Federation, verify that a product was made following certain standards. Standards vary from label to label, but include fair and transparent prices for farmers, wages for workers, and premiums to support organic production and community development.

Some companies follow these standards for just a few products, while others follow these principles for all their products and in their business practices. The latter may be part of membership organizations like the Fair Trade Federation or the World Fair Trade Organization. Companies like today’s partner, Dr. Bronner’s, have made these commitments, supporting the organizing efforts of small-scale farmers around the world and working to build fair supply chains.

If more consumers (like you!) become informed, the Fair Trade share of market will grow. And soon poor production standards will be transformed into sustainable practices that support people and planet.   

CHALLENGE

Green

20 POINTS

Think

The goods you use, the food you eat, and the clothing you wear are often grown, produced, packaged, and transported by people you’ve never met in places you’ve never been. You may have a great relationship with the barista at your favorite coffee shop, but what about the farmers who grew and harvested the coffee beans? We rarely stop to consider who these purchases are actually supporting – producers like smallholder farmers, craftspeople or multinational corporations. It is also important to understand a company’s commitment to fair trade practices across their entire supply chain and operations, like our partner Dr. Bronner’s.

Challenge

Fair Trade often doesn’t connect the people buying with the people growing and making the goods particularly when the goods are coming from countries that are far away. To put a face to the people and companies working hard for Fair Trade, watch this video here.

  • Browse through Fair Trade Campaigns’ Myths and FAQs to better understand what Fair Trade means.
  • Respond to these questions  
    • List three criteria that are required to certify goods as Fair Trade.
    • What two facts about Fair Trade surprised you, or did you not know before?

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Greener

40 POINTS

Think

Behind every product is the story of a real person – perhaps even a child. According to UNICEF, 168 million children are engaged in child labor around the world, with 60% working in agriculture and more often than not, under slave conditions. The fair trade movement seeks to reveal the impact of our purchases and choices on one another. Here’s a chance for you to get connected with the people who grow and produce your products.

Challenge

“When you see an icon of a farmer, odds are that it depicts a man. But women are at the heart of our food and farming systems. Seed saving, tending family plots, picking, processing and preparing – women touch every aspect of our food,” says Dana Geffner,  Executive Director of Fair World Project.

Next, watch “Journey to Serendipol”, which documents the development of Dr. Bronner’s fair trade sister company, Serendipol, in Sri Lanka.

  • Now that you have learned more about the impacts fair trade has on the lives of individuals, choose one person to focus on and share a profile of their story. This can be from the video or magazine above, or from your own research! (300 word minimum)
    • What do they produce?
    • How have Fair Trade practices affected their lives?
    • What about their story really resonated with you?
  • Upload a photo or video of the individual/community to a social platform of your choice and caption it with their story. Tag @TurningGreenOrg, @FTCampaigns and @FairWorldPrj, and hashtag #PGC2018 and #FairTrade

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The deadline for entering this challenge has past.

Greenest

60 POINTS

Greenest due on October 24 @ 6am PT.

Up to 50 bonus points will be awarded for outstanding work.

Think

Each meal we eat casts a vote for the kind of food system we want to support.

Smallholder farmers are the backbone of our food system, growing 70% of the world’s food. Yet the system is stacked against them, too often favoring mega corporations and industrial agriculture.

When you buy products on your campus, have you ever considered if they are Fair Trade certified? Fair Trade Campaigns has an entire program dedicated to making your campus a Fair Trade campus.   

Challenge

  • First, start by making a list of 25 Fair Trade products, a fraction of what exists in the retail sector.
  • Next, head to a store on your campus and see how many fair trade products can you spot?
  • List 5 items that are commonly sold on your campus that could be Fair Trade certified, or let us know if your campus is already selling fair trade items.
    • Having trouble coming up with 5? Check out this list of companies and products they sell that are Fair Trade.
  • Take it a step further! Read about the requirements to become a Fair Trade College or University here, and what it takes to become a Fair Trade School here.
    • Is there a campaign going on at your school?
      • If you’re in college, find out if your campus has a Fair Trade Campaign going on here. If you’re in high school, check here. And if you’re outside of the US, find out if there are Fair Trade efforts underway in your country here.
    • If there is a campaign at your school, what progress has it made?  What are some next steps the project could take, and how might you contribute to growing the campaign.
    • If there is NOT a campaign at your school, consider starting one. Choose one product from your list of 5 that isn’t already Fair Trade, and develop a step-by-step plan to persuade your administration or dining services to switch to a Fair Trade option.
      • Who would you need to talk to? What stakeholders would you need to engage?
      • Set small, attainable goals; for instance, you don’t have to target all the coffeeshops on campus. Just focus on one.

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TODAY’S PRIZES

up to 10 winners from the greener challenge will receive:

Dr. Bronner’s Fair Trade Liquid Castile Soap
Dr. Bronner’s Fair Trade Bar Soap
Dr. Bronner’s Fair Trade Shave Soap
Dr. Bronner’s Fair Trade Toothpaste
Dr. Bronner’s Fair Trade Lip Balm
Dr. Bronner’s Tote Bag

Numi Organic Tea Fair Trade Numi Collection
Guayaki Yerba Mate Fair Trade Sparkling Mate
Harmless Harvest Free Coconut Water Coupon
Lake Champlain Chocolates FT Unsweetened Cocoa
Glee Gum Fair Trade Gum
Good Paper Fair Trade Card

up to 10 winners from the greenest challenge will receive:

Dr. Bronner’s Fair Trade Liquid Castile Soap
Dr. Bronner’s Fair Trade Sugar Soap
Dr. Bronner’s Fair Trade Bar Soap
Dr. Bronner’s Fair Trade Hand Sanitizing Spray
Dr. Bronner’s Fair Trade Coconut Oil
Dr. Bronner’s Tote Bag

Equator Coffee Fair Trade “Turning Green” Blend
Guayaki Yerba Mate Fair Trade Traditional Mate
Nutiva Fair Trade O’Coconuts
Lake Champlain Chocolates FT Hot Chocolate
Theo Fair Trade Almond Butter Cup
Kuli Kuli Fair Trade Moringa Energy Bar