Tag: Fair Trade

Don’t be Afraid to Make a Difference this Halloween

Halloween is right around the corner! This year, when you make that annual trip to your local grocery store to purchase candy, consider purchasing Fair Trade certified* candy. Buying fair trade products is one step that we all can take towards preventing and ending human trafficking. Some local places that you can buy fair trade candy are listed below:

Whole Foods – 11173 West Broad Street, Glen Allen, VA 23060
Whole Foods carries a wide range of fair trade and equal exchange products. Pick up some fair trade peanut butter cups, gummy bears, fruit snacks, or lollipops to fill those Halloween baskets with!

Elwood Thompson’s – 4 N Thompson St, Richmond, VA 23221
There are plenty of fair trade chocolate bars and fair trade candies available for Halloween at Elwood Thompsons! Elwood Thompson’s mission is to carry locally made, fair trade and equal exchange products for their customers.

Ten Thousand Villages – 3201 West Cary Street, Richmond, VA 23221
Ten Thousand Villages is a great store located in the heart of Carytown. They have always been supporters of the Fair trade movement. Available at Ten Thousand Villages are Equal exchange mini chocolate pieces (25 cents each!)

Online
If you can’t make a trip to one of the places above, here is a great website that sells equal exchange chocolates! Check out their mini chocolate pieces that are perfect for handing out on Halloween.

To learn more about responsible consumerism and for more shopping ideas, check out our Responsible Consumerism page on our website.

*Fair Trade: Responsible consumerism begins with an understanding that the products we buy and invest in affect the quality of life of people around the world. In today’s global society, there are services and products that are made both ethically and unethically, including slave labor (or labor trafficking). In order to be a responsible consumer, it is important to choose companies that not only care about human rights but also actively monitor the impact of their decisions on people, whether directly within their business or to the businesses to which they outsource. When choosing Fair Trade Certified products, you are supporting businesses that do not depend upon forced labor, among other human rights issues. To attain Fair Trade certification, businesses must adhere to the 10 Principles of Fair Trade. To find out more, please visit our partner page, FairTradeRVA

Written by: Grace Dobbs
RJI Intern

Fundraising: Partner Spotlight

Shopping and Making a Difference. Though these two concepts aren’t always found side by side – they are when talking about Fair Trade and this fundraiser!

This past month, Ten Thousand Villages hosted a two-hour fundraising shopping event, with a total of 20% of the proceeds donated to Richmond Justice Initiative. Thank you Ten Thousand Villages! While at this event, RJI staff and volunteers shared with shoppers about RJI, human trafficking facts and prevention, and how to get actively involved in the prevention and eradication of human trafficking!

One of the shoppers that day was a pre-teen named Grace. She asked us what RJI was raising awareness about. I quickly but carefully crafted an age-appropriate response, as I wanted it to resonate with her, but not frighten her. I briefly explained to her what trafficking is and about some of the methods that traffickers use to lure teens (as the average age of entry is 11-14 years old); she responded with the most impactful and touching question of the day: “I only have $.75 in my bag; can I donate it all to help?”

Humbled and inspired, I told her that her money would be going to help a very important cause. She smiled and hugged the Vicuna stuffed animal that had just been bought for her at the store.

Richmond Justice Initiative has partnered with Ten Thousand Villages Richmond, a Fair Trade Retailer, for several events in the past years. Our two organizations share many purposes in common, including anti-human trafficking. One of the principles of Fair Trade Certification is to ensure that no child or forced labor is used in producing goods. This means that whenever you shop Fair Trade, you can be certain that the source company went through a rigorous certification process that reflects 10 different principles. Because of this, RJI commends Fair Trade certification standards and other ways that businesses go to lengths to ensure no forced labor is used to produce any part of their products. This is why staff from both RJI and Ten Thousand Villages, among other organizations, also serve on the steering committee for Fair Trade RVA, a movement to get retailers and organizations in Richmond to carry Fair Trade products so that Richmond can be recognized as a ‘Fair Trade Town’.

The truth is, we can all make a difference. If you are inspired by Grace’s story and would like to make a difference as well, donate here to make an impact and write “Inspired by Grace” in the notes to seller section.

Written by: Jessica Willis
Richmond Justice Initiative Prevention Project Manager
Fair Trade RVA Steering Committee Member

Moms Make a Difference | Let’s Make a Difference for Moms

When you are considering gifts this year for Mother’s Day, consider buying Fair Trade* products. We can all make a difference through our purchases. Buying ethically produced products is an important step in preventing and ending human trafficking. Shop for Mother’s Day gifts at the following local businesses:

Ten Thousand Villages – 3201 West Cary Street, Richmond, VA 23221

Visit in Carytown for a variety of gifts. Ten Thousand Villages supports mothers all around the world by providing them opportunities to learn new skills and work for a fair wage to support their families. Some artisan groups provide health care, childcare, or even allow women to work from home so that they can care for their children while earning an income.

AlterNatives – 3320 West Cary Street, Richmond, VA 23221

Shop for clothing and accessories. AlterNatives endeavors to create a liberating economy that supports the health, wealth and opportunity for indigenous and marginalized women and foster social entrepreneurship.

Whole Foods Market – 11173 West Broad Street, Glen Allen, VA 23060

Purchase flowers and chocolate. Whole Foods Market believes they have a responsibility toward a healthy planet. Whole Trade helps make it easy for you to shop with conscience. Every purchase of a Whole Trade product is like a vote for a better world.

If you don’t live near a Whole Foods, you can send flowers from an online fair trade certified florist. We recommend One World Flowers. Read more about “Why Buy Fair Trade FlowersHERE.

Blanchard’s Coffee – 700 Bainbridge Street, Richmond, VA 23224

Give her breakfast in bed with a great cup of coffee. Blanchard’s Coffee company is an independent, family-owned craft coffee roaster. Certified Fair Trade and Organic, Blanchard’s Coffee Co. is committed to roasting the very best, sustainable and delicious coffee possible.

To learn more about responsible consumerism and for more shopping ideas, check out our Responsible Consumerism page on our website.

*Fair Trade: Responsible consumerism begins with an understanding that the products we buy and invest in affect the quality of life of people around the world. In today’s global society, there are services and products that are made both ethically and unethically, including slave labor (or labor trafficking). In order to be a responsible consumer, it is important to choose companies that not only care about human rights but also actively monitor the impact of their decisions on people, whether directly within their business or to the businesses to which they outsource. By supporting businesses who do not depend upon forced labor, we allow them to grow, thrive, and employ more people in an ethical work environment.

Written by: Alisa Feliciano | RJI Volunteer

Fair Trade Flowers