Share the Love on Valentine's Day

A Fair Trade Gift Guide

01/28/2011 - 12:09 PM

Looking to give a meaningful gift this Valentine’s Day?  One that will bring a smile to your loved one’s face and benefit farming communities around the world at the same time?  Support workers' rights, protect the environment and share the love with these can’t-fail Valentine’s Day gift ideas.

Roses

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. 

Now available at Whole Foods Markets nationwide, these beautiful roses are now easier to find than ever.  You can also look for Fair Trade Certified roses at various Jewel, Stop & Shop, Food Emporium, ShopRite and Giant Food Stores locations and at Samsclub.com.

Share the Love: Fair Trade Certified flowers are still relatively new to the U.S. market.  Help show retailers that that there is a demand for ethically-traded bouquets by asking for them in the floral department of your favorite grocery store.

Read more about Fair Trade Certified roses.

Chocolate

Even though Americans spend $16 billion a year on decadent cocoa products, small-scale family cocoa farmers face tremendous instability. Fair Trade certification ensures that cocoa farmers receive a fair price for their harvest, creates direct trade links between farmer-owned cooperatives 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.  There are plenty of delicious options to help you achieve this goal, including heart-shaped chocolates from Divine Chocolate, the sweet and spicy chocolate sampler from Equal Exchange, the Valentine’s Day Heart Box from Sweet Earth Chocolates and a full tub of chocolate hearts of cherry from Sjaak’s.  Frozen desserts also make a sweet treat on Valentine’s Day.  Look for Ben & Jerry’s Chocolate Macadamia and Luna & Larry’s Coconut Bliss Dark Chocolate. And for you banana lovers out there, try Kopali's Dark Chocolate Covered Bananas: Perfectly sweet and rich, irresistibly luscious, and 100% organic.

Read more about Fair Trade Certified cocoa.

Share the Love: Help change the cocoa industry for the better by asking large chocolate manufacturers to go Fair Trade.  Many companies have comment submission forms on their websites, making this an easy action to take.  It is also important to thank companies for their delicious Fair Trade Certified offerings – do this with a handwritten card, e-mail or post on Facebook!

Wine, Spirits and Tea

Add a little color to your Valentine’s Day table with red and pink drinks. Whether you prefer a nice red wine or a soothing hot tea, Fair Trade Certified beverages are definitely the way to go. Available at Whole Foods Market, FairhillsBus Stop Red and the Live-a-Little Really Ravishing Red each offer a lovely array of flavors for any palate. In addition to wine, why not try a delicious “Gogipolitan” made with the recently certified Fair. Quinoa vodka and Fair. Gogi liqueur? Tea also makes a lovely Valentine’s gift.  We recommend Tea Forte’s Cherry Cosmo, Numi ’s Ruby Chai, Rishi’s Cinnamon Plum Set and Choice Organics’ Rooibos Superfruit.

Read more about Fair Trade Certified wine and tea.

Share the Love: Make sure to ask for Fair Trade Certified beverages at your favorite restaurants and bars.  Suggest that they contact Fair Trade USA for more information and product recommendations.

Unmentionables (and other articles of Fair Trade Certified clothing)

While the month of February brings with it an abundance of gifts geared toward the special women in our lives, it can also bring a sense of panic to those seeking the perfect gift for the perfect man. Well fear no more, this Valentine’s Day show him you care with something a little more…well, outside the box.  Good & Fair’s Fair Trade Certified boxers, made with 100% Organic Poplin cotton, not only last infinitely longer than a box of chocolates, but they are also extremely lightweight and comfortable to boot! Aside from the boxers, consider a tablecloth from Marigold Fair Trade, a scarf from Maggie’s Organics, or perhaps a Classic Polo from by Tompkins Point Apparel. Fair Trade Certified apparel and linens support the livelihoods of cotton farmers with better prices and also benefits factory workers with a community development premium for schools, medical clinics, scholarships and more.

Share the Love: Spread the word about Fair Trade Certified apparel and linens by sharing this link: http://www.ecouterre.com/first-fair-trade-certified-clothing-arrives-in-the-us.  You can also make a donation to Fair Trade USA to support the expansion of our apparel and linens program. Our expansion initiatives are 100% funded by philanthropic contributions like yours.

Read more about Fair Trade Certified apparel and linens.

Gifts of Fairness

Does your sweetheart have everything or want nothing? You can give a unique paperless, package-less gift that changes the world - a Gift of Fairness. This Valentine’s Day “Give a Woman a Fair Wage” or “Give a Woman a Gavel.” Fair Trade provides women with decent income and leadership opportunities in 70 countries worldwide. Designate someone special to receive your new Gift of Fairness and personalize an e-card for them. Hint: this is a wonderful last-minute gift!

Share the Love: Fair Trade USA is a nonprofit organization that depends on donations to expand the benefits of Fair Trade to farmers and workers in new geographic locations and product categories every year.  Encourage your friends and family to consider making a donation in support of Fair Trade this Valentine’s Day by sharing this link: http://www.fairtradeusa.org/donate.

 

 

01/28/2011 - 12:09 PM
01/28/2011 - 12:09 PM