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San Diego passes plastic bags ban ordinance

  Booya! San Diego does the deed and passes ban on single use plastic bags One more city to the list to come to its senses but it is not without controversy that these bans occur around the country. Some complain about these measures, some try to deny it is a problem but most seem to laud the decision. My common sense (before and after doing the research for this post) told me this is a great decision and could have come sooner. So let’s take a look at this issue. The single use bags ban situation This article from…
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Fair Trade Myths

As awareness of fair trade grows, so do misconceptions. These are some popular myths about fair trade and the realities behind them. Myth: Fair Trade is about paying developed world wages in the developing world. Reality: Wages are designed to provide fair compensation based on the true cost of production, and are not based on North American wage standards. Fair wages are determined by a number of factors, including: The amount of time, skill, and effort involved in production Minimum and living wages where products are made The purchasing power in a community or area Other costs of living in the…
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7 Greenwashed products you should NOT buy

Awesome article from our friends at Green America.   1. Biodegradable Bags What do they cost? $5 – $20 What’s wrong with them? Unless you know these bags are ending up in a compost bin, they’re not doing the planet or your wallet any good. There’s a good chance they’ll end up in a landfill where they will fail to decompose due to the anaerobic state of compacted trash. Buy this instead: Reusable bags made of cotton or with high recycled plastic content are a great choice ($10 – $20). Also, remember to reuse the many plastic bags that may package your…
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The Fair Trade Beauty Blogger

Why Not Be Fairly Beautiful, Too?   Greetings Fair Trade, eco-conscious, and organically minded friends! My name is Trista, and I write The Fairest of Them All, the first blog focused on Fair and Direct Trade beauty products. I write reviews, company profile, tips, and a DIY Spa series. If you have been spending time browsing VavaVida’s great products, you know that, as well as staples like coffee, tea and chocolate, you can purchase fairly and directly traded soaps, candles, and jewelry. But did you know you also have at your fingertips (literally, thanks to the internet) a plethora of…
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Why I Buy Fair Trade

Catherine on the importance of buying fair trade products This blog post was written by our friend Catherine Harper from Walking with Cake, a Fair Trade blogger. This year, I set out to educate myself about fair trade and ethically made clothing.  I had become frustrated with the lack of clothing made from cotton and other natural fabrics, and as I searched for items to wear during the long, hot Texas summers, my quest brought me to fair trade stores again and again. Shortly after that, an enormous clothing factory in Bangladesh collapsed, killing over 1,000 people and injuring thousands more….
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facts about hemp

The incredible hemp Before we start, you need to understand that I had no real position on this issue but I was curious to learn more about this plant. I just had heard things about it and thought it to be a great subject for our blog. What I found was sincerely astonishing. There seems to be no end to how the entire world could benefit from its production as a leading source for… just about everything we need for a much greener global economy to function without changing our lives one bit. Here’s what I learnt about hemp…  …
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What is fairtrade?

  I don’t like long posts but I am breaking my own rule here to bring you the most comprehensive/condensed/all-in-one summary of Fair Trade. Let’s hope it helps… Looking for fairtrade products? Go to VavaVida.com and get stylish socially conscious fair trade bags and accessories. WHAT IS FAIR TRADE ANYWAY? We feel that it is our responsibility to sell items that are good for you and good for the makers of those products. We want to retail as many fair trade certified items as possible. In a nutshell, fair trade is an organized social movement started by independent bodies that aim at helping small producers…
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The State of Fair Trade in India – Part 2

The State of Fair Trade in India – Part 2

… beginning of Part 2. Fair Trade cotton, Fair Trade fashion A PROFIT for India Fair Trade is mostly known for farming products such as chocolate, coffee or the tea grown in India. But much of the cotton grown in the world comes from India. That’s what we want to shed light on today. And in comes PROFIT in 2010: a project funded by the European Commission, Belgium Technical Cooperation, the interchurch organisation for development cooperation (ICCO), grant-making trusts, and donations from generous individuals. With a population of over 1 billion, and a growing middle class, India offers a huge opportunity for poor producers and this project…
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The state of fair trade in India – Part 1

The state of fair trade in India – Part 1

Fair Trade is not aid, it’s better Fair Trade in India? Well, yes. I am moved to write “again” about Fair Trade in India because there is something to say about this wonderful country and what they do in for the Fair Trade movement worldwide. If I write again about Fair Trade, it’s because too many producers, artisans or farmers around the world are desperate for income and have no alternative but to sell to local traders. This means they are vulnerable to exploitation… and are exploited by the larger farmers, traders and other middle men of all sorts. Even…
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