October is Fair Trade Month!

(3BL Media/Just Means)-Throughout the month of October, fair trade fans have the opportunity to celebrate the sustainable development initiatives of fair trade.  Each fair trade organization is hosting their own 'party' and offering interactive ways to engage online, with fair trade businesses, products and even with fair trade farmers- encouraging them to" think fair, play fair, speak fair, buy fair and be fair."  

Fairtrade America, the newly founded USA arm of Fairtrade International, is giving away five baskets of of Fairtrade certified chocolates, coffee, ice cream, honey, flowers, and energy drinks.  Their Website is loaded with downloadable resources for hosting, fair trade home parties.  Additionally, they hosted a webinar featuring UNICEF USA's End Trafficking team who spoke with leaders in the fair trade movement from Equal Exchange and Fairtrade America about the importance of fair trade and how it can help to empower communities and prevent human trafficking.

On October 15th from 5-6pm PDT, Fair Trade USA is inviting 'tweeters' to join them in a Twitter Party about being fair. Use the #BeFair to participate. Attendees will be entered to win fair trade prizes from Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Healthy Voyager, Honest Tea, Numi Tea, Make a Stand Lemonade and prAna. 

Whole Foods will also be participating in Fair Trade Month celebrations by hosting fair trade, food tastings from Divine Chocolates and Ben and Jerry’s.  Celebrations will be hosted at various Whole Food locations around the country.  Lucky residents of Reston, Virginia can stop by their Whole Foods on October 27 to ask questions to national Fair Trade expert Jeff Goldman, of Fair Trade Resource Network.

The celebrations don't end there. Around the nation, many churches, universities and companies are hosting fair trade rallies, sales and campaigns. Check out the calendar of events at the Fair Trade Resource Network to connect with a group in your local area.