Celebrate Fair Trade Month with Goodies From Fair Trade USA

by Chrystal Johnson on October 18, 2012

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October is Fair Trade Month! If you aren’t familiar with Fair Trade, watch this short video to learn more.

You can also watch this video for information on Fair Trade Month.

To help me spread the word about the importance of buying Fair Trade Certified products, Fair Trade USA, the leading third-party certifier of Fair Trade products in the United States, sent me a package of Fair Trade goodies to sample!

The package included treats from these brands:

  • Sweet Riot Chocolate Bar
  • Kopali Organics Chocolate Covered Bananas
  • Traditional Medicinals Tea & Mug
  • Near East Quinoa Blend
  • Honest Tea
  • Badger Lip Balm
  • Larabar
  • Cisse Trading Company Hot Cocoa
  • Coupon for Coconut Bliss products
  • Glory Bee Honey
  • Green Mountain Coffee

Everything is so great, and I have loved sampling each item. I love the Traditional Medicinals Mug. It even comes with a lid to better steep my tea! I normally awkwardly place a small plate over it, so I am excited to have the proper mug now.

About Fair Trade USA

A 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, Fair Trade USA is the leading third-party certifier of Fair Trade products in the United States. We enable you, the consumer, to make a difference with your dollar. We help people and the planet work in tandem so both are healthy and sustained. We provide farmers in developing nations the tools to thrive as international business people. Instead of creating dependency on aid, we use a market-based approach that gives farmers fair prices, workers safe conditions, and entire communities resources for fair, healthy and sustainable lives. We seek to inspire the rise of the Conscious Consumer and eliminate exploitation.



About Chrystal Johnson

Chrystal, publisher of Happy Mothering, is a mother of two sweet girls who believes in living a simple, natural lifestyle. A former marketing manager, Chrystal spends her time researching green and eco-friendly alternatives to improve her family's life. She enjoys sharing those discoveries with anyone who's willing to listen.

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1 Jenna Burris October 21, 2012 at 9:45 pm

thanks for writing about this. its so easy to be ignorant about our purchases and this helped me see more items i can support fasir trade with. thanks


2 Sheralle D. October 21, 2012 at 10:14 pm

Thanks for this enlightening article. I have never heard of this before but I completely support fair trade. As a US consumer, I will have to be more aware of issues like this and try my best to show my support and and purchase these products.


3 jeanette sheets October 21, 2012 at 10:57 pm

being a us consumer i will now be more aware of my purchases ,i will support fair trade thanks for teaching me something ive never even knew existed


4 DeDe@DesignedDecor October 22, 2012 at 3:45 am

Great things are happening out there, now we need to support them!
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5 Kiki Bacaro October 22, 2012 at 5:20 am

Thanks for this article and helping make people aware of this issue!


6 Mya Murphy October 22, 2012 at 6:07 am

I buy a lot of fair trade products already. I appreciate you blogging about this important issue!


7 Rachel Ramey October 22, 2012 at 6:25 am

That tea mug sounds pretty cool!


8 Yvonne D October 22, 2012 at 6:51 am

I recognized many products which I enjoy from my local Co-op! :)
Thank you for sharing this info with others.


9 Seyma Shabbir October 22, 2012 at 6:51 am

I think we always assumed people get paid fairly for their work but they don’t.


10 Linda Boyd October 22, 2012 at 6:59 am

Their whole concept on everything is so wonderful!!!


11 Jessica VanDerslice October 22, 2012 at 8:58 am

It’s so easy to not pay attention to where our purchases come from and how they got to us. It’s up to us to do the right things and support the ethical companies that are doing right!
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12 Ruby Y October 22, 2012 at 12:11 pm

I have never heard about this before. Thanks for the post. I’d love to buy these products.


13 Mary Gallardo October 22, 2012 at 1:10 pm

This is a great review! I love fair trade products and love their mission!


14 Barrie October 22, 2012 at 2:44 pm

Thank you for further educating me on this!


15 Kimberly Davis October 22, 2012 at 2:59 pm

I sure would love to win this. Thank you!


16 Amanda Alvarado October 22, 2012 at 5:23 pm

I would love to buy more fair trade products but you can’t find many locally around here and I hate having to pay shipping! :-)


17 Georgette
Twitter: LadyGDuran
October 22, 2012 at 5:24 pm

More people need to be educated about fair trade and what a difference it makes to the local economy. Again, most of the fair trade products I’ve been lucky enough to try have been among the finest quality ever. Great package, and I like the hop because more people will be educated on this.


18 barnold October 22, 2012 at 7:11 pm

Thanks for supporting fair trade–sustainability and ethical practices are awesome!


19 Kasee Johnson October 22, 2012 at 7:15 pm

I’m so glad that Fair Trade is going “mainstream” and more people today are aware of the products and choices available to them. Thank you for posting videos that help teach those of us looking for more information.


20 Marysa October 22, 2012 at 7:21 pm

Thanks for sharing! Lots of great products, and great cause too. It’s nice to support a great cause with fantastic products.


21 Jennifer Johansen October 22, 2012 at 7:28 pm

Great review. It’s nice to have a list of the good companies out there. :)


22 Margie Kairis
Twitter: _margie9
October 22, 2012 at 9:41 pm

thanks for this article and the information. I try to buy products locally because then I am more certain they are fair trade but it is nice to know that there are companies out there that can be trusted to support fair trade and are accredited with a fair trade certified label


23 Phoenix October 23, 2012 at 2:59 am

I’m familiar with some of these great brands, but some I’d never heard of. Thanks for promoting companies with integrity that produce products I actually want to buy!


24 Sarah October 23, 2012 at 4:07 am

Thank you for sharing this post and giveaway!


25 Marti Parks October 23, 2012 at 4:32 pm

There are so many of these products I would like to try.


26 Jennifer Mae Hiles October 23, 2012 at 7:36 pm

So nice to learn about Fair Trade. I had heard the term before but didn’t know what it was about. I’m always learning something new from blogs!


27 stacy hancock October 23, 2012 at 8:21 pm

chocolate is something i think a lot about! prob because i love it so much, the idea that something i enjoy often can be part of such a big problem. thanks for spreading the word!


28 moonsword October 23, 2012 at 10:57 pm

Traditional Medicinals Breathe Easy Tea is one of my most favorite! I always keep it on hand and I’m not kidding…it really works to clear up my allergy stuffiness every time and it tastes super yumful! :)
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29 Cindy Merrill October 24, 2012 at 3:28 am

One item I’d like to see Fair Trade add to their list is Buckwheat & Buckwheat honey: Since this crop grows later on in the season, the flowers provide needed nectar for bees- buckwheat honey is rich, dark and full bodied. Buckwheat groats and buckwheat flour is very nutritious, as well. Most importantly, buckwheat serves as a great cover crop that prevents erosion of the soil.


30 gala October 24, 2012 at 7:38 pm

Thank you for this article. I completely support fair trade and try my best to support those companies


31 bitt October 24, 2012 at 8:03 pm

lots of great companies, i use a lot of them already like traditional medicinals and larabar and coconut bliss. i’ll check out the others for sure.


32 librarypat October 27, 2012 at 10:31 am

Our church has offered and used Fair Trade coffee and chocolate for several years now. In my years as a Peace Corps volunteer, I saw how little craftsmen and farmers benefit from their labors. They get little for their efforts and the middlemen make big profits. This is a much better system and deserves to be supported and expanded.


33 Emily N. October 27, 2012 at 3:45 pm

Thanks for this information. I’m glad to see that I already use products from some of the companies who support Fair Trade.


34 Romina October 29, 2012 at 12:14 am

I had no idea that there is a Fair Trade Month. A giveaway is certainly a great way to promote it.
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35 Hannah Avery October 29, 2012 at 2:05 pm

The chocolate covered bananas, and the chocolate bar sounds delicious!


36 S. Yissele October 30, 2012 at 1:32 am

I would love to win this. Thank you for the giveaway!!

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37 Melanie October 30, 2012 at 9:47 am

Thanks for introducing me to this company, I hadn’t heard of them!


38 judi
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October 31, 2012 at 12:08 pm

I’ve heard of some of the brands listed in your package. Some of those products are excellent quality and happen to be favorites around here.


39 Becky Worthman October 31, 2012 at 8:36 pm

ew…thinking about all my purchases and how no thought went into them…


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