October is Fair Trade Month and National Co-op Month, so Fairtrade America partnered with National Co+op of Grocers to put on a campaign called ‘Choose Fairtrade: Choose the world you want.’ It’s a way for shoppers, retailers and businesses to show their support for the nearly 2 million Fairtrade farmers and workers around the world. The Fairtrade movement works to balance the inequalities that exist in trade that prevent farmers and workers from getting a fair deal on their products.
We at Astoria Co+op are proud to celebrate why we #ChooseFairtrade this month.
Our goal is to help U.S. consumers connect the dots between their CHOICE to purchase Fairtrade certified products and the differences made in the lives of people who produce and grow our food. Now more than ever, we need to work together to promote fairer trading conditions, and in turn combat issues like poverty, child labor, gender inequality and climate change.
Fairtrade is a simple and powerful way for people to make a difference. Fairtrade envisions a world in which all farmers and workers can enjoy secure, sustainable livelihoods, trade is equitable, and they have the freedom to decide their own futures. When consumers choose to buy Fairtrade products, they are part of an ecosystem that enables farmers and workers to get a fair deal and have access to the resources needed to farm sustainably.
Look for the Fairtrade Mark when you are shopping! We have a special display of several Fairtrade items and additional products throughout the store, including Equal Exchange coffee and chocolate bars, Tony’s Chocolonely chocolate bars, Lubanzi wine, Tulsi tea, bananas and more.
Celebrate Fair Trade Month by entering for a chance to win a prize pack that includes a mural print, a tote and Fairtrade certified goodies from Conscious Step, Divine Chocolate, Kicking Horse Coffee, La Riojana, Nature’s Path and Reese Specialty Foods!