12 Surprising Fair Trade Certified Products at Whole Foods Market
3 Interns Embark on a Fair Trade Scavenger Hunt around Whole Foods Market
You probably know that Whole Foods Market carries an abundance of Fair Trade Certified products, but did you know that you can find Fair Trade in just about every aisle – from produce to bottled drinks to underwear? Yes, underwear! To further explore all of these unique, do-good products, Fair Trade USA challenged its three interns with a Whole Foods Market scavenger hunt. Turns out that they found so many great Fair Trade Certified products, that their biggest challenge was narrowing their cart down to the top 12 most unexpected and awesome items. Without further ado, here’s the interns’ Top 12 Fair Trade Certified products found at Whole Foods Market Oakland:
1. Tcho Tchunky Tchotella (Milk chocolate blended with roasted hazelnuts, hazelnut butter, and sea salt)
Mindy Kaling posted on Instagram that she was the happiest she’d ever been after eating a Tcho bar she’d found in her purse. After trying a piece (we finished the entire bar), we can completely understand where she’s coming from. Tcho makes one heck of a chocolate bar featuring cacao beans and cocoa butter. Tcho is not only passionate about chocolate, but about their growers earning a better living, which is why they partner directly with cacao bean growers and stay involved throughout the entire “bean-to-bar” process. So be sure to break off a piece (or 9) of this Tchunky Tchotella bar.
Toms has expanded their mission to reach beyond shoes, and has now entered the wonderful world of Fair Trade Certified coffee. This delicious, light-roast coffee provides caffeine lovers with notes of berry, chocolate and marmalade flavors. Not only will this single-origin coffee from Malawi help put a little pep in your step, but proceeds go to support sustainable clean water projects all around the world. Grab a mug, and start brewing!
The sweetest part about GloryBee’s Fair Trade 100% Pure Organic Honey is that it supports sustainable farming and high-quality, organic food products from around the world. This Fair Trade Certified honey hails from the Caatinga (scrub forests) of Brazil, which is why it boasts such a rich and unique flavor. We love it so much that we’re sure you’ll bee buzzing about GloryBee Fair Trade 100% Pure Organic Honey too!
We’ve found the answer to healthy snacking! Nature’s All Foods Freeze-Dried Mangos are one of the most exciting healthy snacks we’ve tried in a long time. These sweet bites are made from Fair Trade Certified mangos without any added sugar. Start the New Year off right and swap that bag of chips for these crunchy and oh-so-satisfying freeze-dried mangos!
You can roast it, you can stuff it, you can turn it into a soup; there isn’t much acorn squash can’t do. What makes this rich and buttery squash variety even better is that it’s Fair Trade Certified and helps improve the lives of farmers in Mexico. Next time you’re looking for a vegetable that is not only packed with nutrients, but that tastes great, be sure to give Acorn Squash a try!
6. Revive Gold
Revive is a company that is taking kombucha, or “the buch” to the next level! Revive Gold is a kombucha drink with a coffee flavored kick. Revive’s commitment to bottling the perfect “buch” concoction can only be rivaled with their dedication to Fair Trade. Whether you’re a regular kombucha drinker or you’re just looking for something new to try, be sure to check out Revive Gold!
There’s no better way to show someone just how much you love them, than with a bouquet of roses. What makes these Fair Trade Certified roses even more special is that they ensure fair wages and working conditions for the rose growers in Ecuador while also benefitting their communities. Giving your loved one a beautiful bouquet of Whole Trade roses says “I care about you” on so many different levels!
Dry skin. It’s an unavoidable problem that comes with the onset of winter. Fret not! Aura Cacia’s Nourishing Cocoa Butter is here to save the day! Not only does this Fair Trade cocoa butter smell like a chocolate-y dream, but it leaves your skin feeling baby soft and protected. Get your skin looking beautiful and moisturized this winter, and know that you’re helping small-scale organic cocoa bean farmers in Peru while doing it!
With Valentine’s Day coming up, we’ve got your butt covered, literally. PACT Men’s Boxer Briefs are made from luxuriously soft organic cotton in safe and sustainable working conditions. They make for a great gift for your loved one, or for yourself! Because nothing is more attractive than a man sporting socially conscious underwear.
Ah, green tea. It’s got caffeine, it’s soothing, it’s refreshing and it somehow finds time to also boost your metabolism. Not only is Celestial Seasonings Green Tea packed with good-for-you vitamin C and antioxidants, but this ethically traded tea supports the tea-growing family farms in Hunan Province, China. Give it a try this winter, and we’re sure you’ll be hooked all year!
Want it to feel like the holidays all year long? Whole Foods’ yummy Peppermint Cremes have got you covered. These Fair Trade Certified dark chocolate delights are filled with a minty peppermint flavored cream and are topped with just the right amount of peppermint flakes. So, watch out candy canes, there’s a new Fair Trade neighbor in town.
Nutiva O’Coconut Hemp & Chia snacks are a must-have bite to always have on hand! Not only are they a healthy way to satisfy your sweet tooth, but they’re packed with omega-3s and are only 60 calories. It gets better; they’re Fair Trade Certified, which means that coconut farmers and factory workers in the Pacific are ensured a fair wage and proper working conditions. If this snack isn’t the holy grail of healthy treats, then I don’t know what is.