Have you seen our new online store yet? Thanks to an agreement with one of our amazing suppliers, we are able to offer much more Fair Trade Wonderfulness than we are able to carry in our little shop! To help you kick off your holiday shopping, we're offering two online-only deals - choose whichever works best for you:
10% off your entire purchase, valid now through Fair Tuesday, December 1. In case you were wondering, "Fair Tuesday" is an ethical shopping movement in response to those other days to feature fair trade, ethical, and eco-friendly brands. Use code FAIRTUESDAY at checkout. OR...
FREE SHIPPING ON ANY ORDER, valid now through December 31. Use this offer if you are placing a smaller order, as purchases over $50 always receive free shipping! Use code SHIPFREE at checkout.
Click on the "shop online" tab above to get started. Happy shopping Fair Traders!
If you're like many people we know you may be asking yourself, "what can I do to make holiday gift giving more meaningful?" And what better time of year to take a moment and consider how the purchases you make impact the world around you? With these thoughts in mind we would like to share five simple things you can do to make a difference in the lives of artisans and farmers this year. Many thanks to our friends at Fair Trade USA for coming up with these wonderful suggestions.
1. GIVE A FAIR TRADE GIFT
This one's easy, just stop by Marafiki or click on the "shop online" tab above to pick out some beautiful and unique gifts! Many traditional stores (both brick-and-mortar and online) are increasingly carrying Fair Trade items as well.
2. BAKE WITH FAIR TRADE
Making a difference never tasted so good! Whether you’re using sugar, chocolate, spices, or a baking mix, it’s easy to swap out the basic ingredients with their Fair Trade alternatives, now widely available in grocery stores.
3. SEND WELL WISHES TO A FAIR TRADE COMMUNITY
While you’re writing your holiday greeting cards this year, why not send some well wishes to producers that grow and sew the products you love? Many of the Fair Trade communities we work with have Facebook profiles, and we know they would love to hear from you! Click here for some suggestions, or ask us who makes your Marafiki favorites.
4. ASK FOR FAIR TRADE
Having trouble finding Fair Trade products where you shop? Ask! Requesting more Fair Trade products is as easy as filling out a comment card or speaking directly with the manager. It helps to name specific products or product categories and to direct the manager to the fairtradeusa.org to learn more.
5. MAKE A DONATION TO EXPAND FAIR TRADE
Fair Trade USA is a nonprofit organization that relies on donations in order to expand the reach and impact of Fair Trade. Your gift supports life-changing work to improve the lives of farming families in Latin America, Africa, and Asia. Click here to make a donation today.
Growing up in the USA, I never gave much thought to who was making my clothes. I always thought it was the ladies who sang that song about looking for the union label when you are buying a coat, dress or blouse. Remember that one? However, as I became more aware of the sourcing of things I was purchasing like chocolate and coffee, I began to wonder about all the things in my home including my clothing. Fashion, as I found out is an industry that not only routinely exploits its workers but also has a huge detrimental impact on the environment
Fast forward to 2013. As I was drinking my morning (fair trade) tea, I read an article that broke my heart. The Rana Plaza, a clothing factory in Bangladesh, had collapsed with hundreds believed to be dead. The final toll: 1,137 confirmed dead with 200 still missing a year later. As the story unfolded in the weeks and months after the collapse, the working conditions of these factory workers came to light. Stories of mostly young women working 13-14 hour shifts, toiling 90 to 100 hours a week with just two days off a month, earning between12-24 centsan hour, in unsafe working conditions, making clothing that was available right here in our local mall. Although we were already offering fair trade clothing in the shop,I wondered what more we could do to spread the word about the so called fast fashion industry? How can we all find out more about how our clothing is sourced?
Enter The True Cost – a film by documentary film maker Andrew Morgan. Morgan also read the article about the Rana Plaza and started asking questions about who makes our clothes. His investigation into the fast fashion industry led him to write and direct The True Cost. This film explores the actual cost of fast fashion in human and also environmental terms. His hope is that by seeing the film, we will all start to be more thoughtful about what we wear and the global impact it makes.
Join us on Sunday, October 4, 2015 at 2pm in the Metuchen Public Library for a special screening of this important film. Tickets are extremely limited and are available at Marafiki Fair Trade - 732-902-6300.
While attending the NYNOW gift fair a few weeks ago, I had the chance to meet a young man named Benjamin Conard. Benjamin is a college student at SUNY Geneseo, the Student Chair of Fair Trade Colleges & Universities National Steering Committee, and (from what I gather from his Facebook profile) a Juggler. Basically he seems like an all-around exceptional guy who we'll be seeing a lot more great things from.
Also, it's his birthday today! In honor of this occasion I'd like to share this TED Talk he gave on Fair Trade and the power that we have as consumers to demand products that reflect our values.