Fair Trade Your Valentine’s Day
Share the Love 2013
Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, and for those of you looking to give a meaningful gift, we’re here to help! Show your loved ones how much you truly care by gifting something that supports worker’s rights, protects the environment, and positively influences communities around the world. This year, share the love by choosing Fair Trade with these can’t-fail Valentine’s Day gift ideas. We also included some inspiring impact stories so you can tell your loved ones about the hard-working farmers and workers that made their gift possible.
Americans will buy more than 189 million stems of roses this Valentine's Day, the majority of which will travel all the way from Ecuador and Colombia before they’re sold to doting beaus. You can make sure that your long-stemmed symbols of love positively impact the lives of farm workers (many of whom are women) by looking for bouquets bearing the Fair Trade Certified™ logo.
Read more about Fair Trade Certified roses.
Life Saving Healthcare
Hoja Verde, Ecuador
Hoja Verde is a family-owned flower estate located in Cayambe, Ecuador, a region known as the The Cayambe center of Ecuador’s flower industry. In recent years the flower workers at Hoja Verde have elected to spend part of their Fair Trade Community Development Premiums on medical services for specialized preventative and urgent care. Children and youth who attend school may receive reimbursements for medicines and vitamins purchased. The fund covers 85 percent of the refunds for a maximum of $60 per person. This medical support program also includes vaccinations, benefiting over 100 workers and 150 children.
“The health center program is very important because with regular vaccinations, my children no longer get sick like they used to. It also helps me cover all of my children’s medications and the money that I saved helps me provide quality food for my children. ” - Rosa García, Hoja Verde Worker
Even though Americans spend $16 billion a year on decadent cocoa products, cocoa farmers face tremendous instability and extreme poverty. Fair Trade certification ensures that cocoa farmers receive a fair price for their harvest, creates direct trade links between farmers and buyers, and provides access to affordable credit. Fair Trade also strictly prohibits slave and child labor. This Valentine’s Day, support a better life for cocoa farmers by sharing your favorite Fair Trade Certified confection with your friends and family.
Read more about Fair Trade Certified cocoa.
CONACADO, Dominican Republic
Confederación Nacional de Cacaocultores Dominicanos, or CONACADO, is one of the island country’s top three cocoa producing and exporting entities. Founded in 1988 as a response to low global cocoa prices, CONACADO aims to decrease members' dependency on middlemen by exporting their products directly to consumer markets.
Thanks to Fair Trade, CONACADO has formed a Women’s Community Group. They help women jump-start small businesses like selling crafts or making jam and chocolate wine. The cooperative also dedicated Fair Trade funds and volunteer time to build a playground for local kids, and an aqueduct system.
Nothing completes a Valentine’s Day dinner like a freshly-prepared dessert. With so many high-quality Fair Trade Certified ingredients available (baking mixes, chocolate, sugar, honey, coffee, etc.), it’s easy to create your own Fair Trade Certified delicacy.
Organic & Sustainable Agriculture
Alter Trade, Philippines
The Alter Trade Cooperative is located on the island of Negros in the Philippines, and was created in 1997 to fight poverty by helping sugarcane workers gain access to land, resources and markets. Alter Trade Cooperative promotes environmentally-friendly production through the development of sustainable agriculture and organic farming technology at the producer organizations level. Specifically, they provide incentives to organic production in the form of collateral-free loan package, subsidies for organic inputs, and seeds for diversification.
“We envision our organization as a professional, innovative and socially–responsible business organization. In partnership with self-reliant and self-determining communities, we are responding to the demands of customers in the Philippines and the world for quality produce from sustainable agriculture, operating in a viable, socially-just economic system that is in harmony with the environment and the society.” – ATC Vision
Wine & Spirits
Add a little color to your Valentine’s Day table with red and pink drinks. Whether your sweetheart prefers wine or a cocktail, we have some delicious and sustainable drinks you both can enjoy!
Asociacion Nacional de Productores de Quinua, Bolivia
ANAPQUI or the Asociacion Nacional de Productores de Quinua was formed in 1983 as an association of small farmers organized to sell and market quinoa collectively. The group's stated mission is to improve the living standard of quinoa producers of the Bolivian Highlands. With their Fair Trade community development premiums, farmers are able to invest in quality and productivity, ensuring that there will be enough quinoa for all who want and need it for generations to come
The cooperative places a major priority on reversing the negative ecological impacts of agricultural production. Fair Trade has enabled ANAPQUI's leadership to develop and implement a plan to prevent soil erosion, promote soil productivity and recuperate natural vegetation that has been depleted over the years. The cooperative became Fair Trade Certified in 2005 and organic certified in 1998.
Make your Valentine’s Day just a little bit sweeter this year and help Share the Love by giving your loved ones the gift of Fair Trade.