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Fair Trade Baking for the Holidays

‘Tis the season for reflection, traditions, delicious food, and spending time with family and friends. One of the best things about the holidays are the scores of delicious treats baked for meals and parties. Incorporating more fair trade ingredients into your favorite holiday recipes is just one more step to living a fair trade lifestyle. Find product ideas and recipe inspiration here!

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Child Labor and Cocoa is Still a Huge Problem

Halloween conjures up images of costumes, monsters, scary stories, and of course - lots and lots of chocolate candy. While those of us in the United States enjoy the explosion of chocolate treats around the holiday, the reality behind how cocoa, one of chocolate’s main ingredients, is produced is far from enjoyable. 

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5 Reasons Why Fair Trade Fashion Matters

When it comes to fair trade, customers often think of coffee, chocolate, and bananas - not clothing. Clothing is a multi-trillion dollar global industry with vast networks of complex supply chains. In the United States, clothing consumption has doubled over the past 15 years. We wear each piece less often and dispose of them more quickly. But the fair trade system effectively addresses the apparel industry’s pressing concerns and shortcomings.

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8.25.2020 - LA City Council voted to become a Fair Trade City

Given the chaos that’s been going on in 2020, and the celebration of the hundredth anniversary of women’s suffrage, I believe this is exactly the right moment to bring forward this fantastic Fair Trade vision to guide us into a purchasing future that is more sane, more just and more fair to all the City’s partners around the globe.

Councilmember Paul Koretz

The tremendous purchasing power we have as the nation's second-largest city offers us both opportunity and responsibility. Today's action moves us closer to not just declaring Los Angeles a fair trade city, but to leading by example and updating our purchasing policies to require LA to purchase only goods produced with fair labor practices, healthy and safe work environments, fair prices, worker empowerment, community investment, and environmentally sustainable practices and products.

Councilmember Mike Bonin

Today the City of Los Angeles joined the ranks of over 2,000 Fair Trade cities around the world. This action is long overdue and will ensure that Los Angeles will continue to promote fair wages, safe work environments, and environmentally sustainable practices throughout our procurement process.

Councilmember Joe Buscaino

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Our Vision

Fair Trade LA will establish the widespread sales of Fair Trade products as a viable and ethical choice for improving the lives of global farmers and artisans while enriching the lives of local consumers with quality and sustainable products.

Our Mission

     Fair Trade LA educates and inspires consumers to embrace Fair Trade products so global farmers and artisans have the opportunity to earn a fair and sustainable living.

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