MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Jeanie Hinsman doesn't have to spend as much time as she used to detailing the basics of fair trade as she spreads the gospel of ensuring consumers and employers pay fair...
New historic marker in Savannah for Mary Musgrove
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A new historic marker honors a woman who helped maintain peace and fair trade between the Creek Indian nation and what was then the new colony of Georgia.
China seeks to reassure Europe at Croatia summit
DUBROVNIK, Croatia (AP) — China's prime minister promised Friday that his government will respect European standards and fair trade, seeking to allay concerns that it is flouting European Union...
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — The Latest on global whiskey associations calling on world leaders to end trade conflicts (all times local):
Their spirits producers might compete for sales in bars and liquor stores, but the top whiskey associations are uniting to urge world leaders to defuse trade tensions that are threatening to hurt industry sales.
GENEVA (AP) — A World Trade Organization dispute body said Thursday that Australia did not unfairly inhibit trade by requiring plain packaging for tobacco products, sending a message that tough-on-tobacco rules don't necessarily violate fair trade.
With no buyers, Wild Child’s Monroe Street store is closing after more than 30 years
Renee and Bill West were just shy of 24 years old when they opened a small children's clothing store on East Johnson Street in 1981.
Now they're nearing retirement. And with no buyers for their Wild Child clothing store, located since 1986 at 1813 Monroe St., the Wests have decided to close their 1,400-square-foot shop and sell some of their fair trade clothing and other items on-line.
Donald Trump tells world business leaders in Davos: America is ‘open for business’
President Trump told the world's top business leaders Friday that the U.S. is "open for business" on the strength of his corporate tax cuts and deregulation, and vowed that he will vigorously enforce fair trade laws.
Authentically handmade? How to know amid mass production
NEW YORK (AP) — Guatemalan women skilled in traditional Mayan beadwork technique have made chic pillows and pouches for West Elm. Hand-dyers in India, using petals collected from discarded Hindu temple floral offerings, help craft scarves for Eileen Fisher and Anthropologie. Baskets hand-woven in Rwanda are part of the home decor collection at Macy's.
Minnesota jewelry maker promotes fair trade jewelry
MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — Pieces from all over the globe come together in each of Paulette Bertrand's necklaces, and no two are alike.
There are beads made of paper from Uganda, shiny ceramic pieces from Kenya, round wooden beads from the Philippines, silver from Colorado and flat, vibrantly colored beads from South America. All of them are fair trade certified.
New shop in Oakland to offer gifts from around world
A new Oakland shop is bringing gifts made overseas to the historic city’s mix of retail.
Rainforest Trading Company opened in time for Oakland’s tree-lighting ceremony on Dec. 2, which brought a good crowd into the shop, said Kris Tripp, president of the Oakland Economic Development, an area business association.
“It’s attracting a lot of good attention,” Tripp said, of the shop.
Lawsuit challenges cancellation of farmer fair practice rule
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Farmers in Alabama and Nebraska joined with a Nebraska-based fair trade group Thursday to sue the U.S. Department of Agriculture over the agency's cancellation of an Obama-era plan that would have made it easier for farmers to demand better treatment when they contract with meatpacking companies.
Hope Village open at First Presbyterian in Charleston
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Hope Village, the fair trade boutique and outreach ministry at First Presbyterian Church of Charleston, has several rooms this year devoted to gift items made by artisans from around the world.
"This is the seventh year for Hope Village," said Mary Kay Boyle, Hope Village coordinator.
Hope Village features jewelry, shawls, wood carvings, home and children's items, olive wood nativities, hand-woven baskets, olive oil and more.
The 2nd annual Fair Trade Sale was held at B'nai Sholom Reform Congregation on Sunday in Albany. The event is held to educate the public on fair trade products, which support poverty-stricken people around the world. The next fair trade show will be held on Nov. 24 and 25 at the Delmar Presbyterian Church, followed by a show on Dec. 2 at the Saratoga Springs City Center.
Seafood joins fair trade revolution, a scallop at a time
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Fair trade coffee, bananas and ... scallops? Yes, very soon.
Fair trade certification status, which is conferred by independent groups to denote environmental sustainability and fair working conditions, has been around for years. But it's just now on the rise among seafood products in the U.S., where consumer interest in the story behind the fish and shellfish they eat is growing.
Black Lives Matter opens Winooski shop, safe space
WINOOSKI, Vt. (AP) — Social change often firms up around a table, over cups of coffee, believes Ebony Nyoni, who on Saturday opened a new Black Lives Matter community center, safe space, fair-trade emporium and cafe in Winooski.
Until a month and a half ago, Nyoni operated a beauty supply and hair braiding service here on Main Street.
So you boycotted Black Friday, sick of commercial American culture, but you still have a list of people to show your love for with Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa all three weeks away.
If you want to shop your values, there are a number local holiday fairs in your future — pop up markets where you can pick up unique, handmade and often surprising gifts.
And by shopping at them, the money you spend stays in the local economy, going to the artisans, often nearby, but sometimes from around the world.
Kishwaukee College International Education Committee is sponsoring a one-day fair trade sale on from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 16 in the Main Atrium. Community members should enter through Door 12 (park in Lot A/South) or 58 (park in Lot B/North).
The sale at Kishwaukee College will include a variety of handmade items from around the world, including baskets, jewelry, clothing and household goods.
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When organizer Denise Hammer thinks about Sunday’s Fair Trade Market, she pictures more than the purses and scarves, jewelry and clothing from around the world that will be on sale.
Hammer sees the faces of some of the women whose lives have been transformed by working for the companies that create the items.
“These women want a new life, and they want to be trained, and they want to be restored with the dignity that comes with the work they do,” Hammer said Thursday.