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Recognition of the Fair Trade Certified™ Seal Hits an All-Time High

Fair Trade USA and the Natural Marketing Institute release new data on consumer awareness of Fair Trade; driven by growing demand for and availability of ethical products
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OAKLAND, Calif., February 28, 2017 /3BL Media/ – Fair Trade USA, the leading third-party certifier of Fair Trade products in North America, and the Natural Marketing Institute (NMI), an international consulting and research firm specializing in health and sustainability, today release new data indicating that sixty-seven percent of consumers now recognize the Fair Trade Certified™ seal, an eight-percentage point increase over 2015.

Google Extension Helps Consumers Make Responsible Purchases

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Just a few years ago, apps were all the rage. In fact, there was an app for just about anything, from ones that let shoppers know if slaves were involved in making products to those that would point you towards companies that align with individual values. Yet, as technology continues to evolve, so too does the world of responsible purchasing.

The Future of Sustainable Design

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The next step in sustainable production is the circular economy, says Eco-Chick.com founder and editor Starre Vartan. That means leaving behind today’s make, use, dispose model to create products transparently and with less impact. Such products will be built to last, but can be transformed, recovered or even used to improve the environment at the end of their life.

Wal-Mart to Invest $25 Million in China Food Safety Research

China becoming bigger focus as U.S. retailer conducts overhaul
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Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and its foundation are investing $25 million over five years in food safety research in China, as the world’s largest retailer seeks to strengthen its foothold in the country more than two years after it was hit by high-profile product scandals.

Patagonia Debuts New Short Film on Fair Trade Apparel

Fair Trade: The First Step
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You may be familiar with the “Fair Trade Certified” symbol and its assurance that some of the money spent on a bag of coffee or bar of chocolate goes directly to its producers and stays in their community. Patagonia, in partnership with Fair Trade USA, now makes clothes that provide the same benefit.

Celebrate Fair Moments + Win a Fair Trade Room Makeover from West Elm!

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Did you get dressed today? Eat a meal? Sip a cup of coffee or tea?  Most of us can say “yes” to at least one of these questions.  We do these things day in and day out. They’re a part our routines. 

The Body Shop Turns to Tinder for Cause Marketing

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As we move firmly into the digital age, one of the tenets of marketing has become "meet consumers where they are," whether that's a phone, tablet, computer or smartwatch.

Walmart | A Letter From our Chief Sustainability Officer

A message from Kathleen McLaughlin, Chief Sustainability Officer, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
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Last August, Walmart leaders joined the mayor of New Orleans and many others to commemorate the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina – a devastating event that affected the entire U.S. Gulf Coast, including hundreds of thousands of Walmart customers and associates. We remembered the heroes and the victims, sponsored a citywide day of service and led a disaster resilience symposium with the United Nations RISE (Research Initiative for Social Equity) initiative. 

TOMS and AT&T Help Consumers Take a “Walk in Their Shoes”

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Showing consumers the true impact of their purchases that support social and environmental initiatives can be difficult for brands. In fact, less than a quarter of Americans (24%) believe their purchases make a significant positive impact.

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