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Save the World by Shopping: Celebrate Earth Day in Style

Antoine Didienne | Posted 04.20.2016 | Green
Antoine Didienne

Earth Day is April 22 and many people will go out to plant a tree, pick up litter, or simply remember to turn off lights when they're not in use. I en...

I Am Free

Diana Mao | Posted 04.20.2016 | Impact
Diana Mao

Based on popular demand, I am launching a weekly blog "I Am Free," highlighting one product every Friday. I will share a product I HEART from the human rights lens and describe the WHY behind the product.

Trading Fast Fashion for Fair Fashion! A Fashion Revolution!

Dana Geffner | Posted 04.19.2016 | Business
Dana Geffner

I love clothing. Choosing what to wear is my creative outlet. But I also have dedicated my life to fighting injustices, working on building a more jus...

Ethical Fashion on Rise in Wake of Disaster

Fair Trade USA | Posted 04.18.2016 | Impact
Fair Trade USA

What if your shirt, your pants, or even your underwear were made in factories that provided workers like Reshma with genuine opportunities?

American Workers Crushed Under China's Deliberate Overproduction

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 04.25.2016 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

China makes way, way too much steel. In 2015, it produced nearly 500 million tons more than it needed. Production of that steel was subsidized by the Chinese government in ways that violate international trade rules, so the price was artificially low. And China suppresses the value of its currency, further falsely reducing the cost of the steel.

Will Hillary Repudiate Bill on the China Trade?

Peter Navarro | Posted 04.10.2016 | Politics
Peter Navarro

A rock and a hard place. Scylla and Charybdis. Sanders and Trump. These are just some of the metaphors and men Hillary Clinton finds herself caught between on the trade issue.

Bernie Sanders Says He Would Renegotiate NAFTA, Not Violate it

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 04.08.2016 | Politics

If elected president, Bernie Sanders would not simply ignore the trade deals he has called "disastrous," but would instead renegotiate them with partn...

This Is A Really Dumb Way To Fix Poverty

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 04.08.2016 | Politics

Poverty is what happens when people do not have enough money to live decently. It's a difficult problem to solve if there aren't any other people who ...

When Art Experiments Go Big

Roddy Schrock | Posted 04.03.2016 | Arts
Roddy Schrock

A few weeks back, my partner Joon and I were on a day trip upstate. Rihanna's song Work came on our "mixtape". Amidst all of the jagged edges of clipped beats and nonsensical sprechstimme, I again had the sense of this being a truly unusual song.

7 Passover Chocolate Recipes: One a Day

Rabbi Deborah R. Prinz | Posted 04.01.2016 | Taste
Rabbi Deborah R. Prinz

Toss those boxes of processed Passover desserts into the garbage. Instead enjoy these easy, more sustainable chocolate recipes, one for each day of the festival (according to the biblical count).

If Coffee is Such a Valuable Commodity, Why Are Coffee Farmers So Poor?

Lutheran World Relief | Posted 03.23.2016 | Impact
Lutheran World Relief

Charles Sylvain is a coffee farmer living in Carice, in northeast Haiti. Up until the 1980s, coffee was a good source of export income for Haiti, but recently, climate change and crop disease have created major challenges.

It Takes a Village

Em Sexton | Posted 03.18.2016 | Good News
Em Sexton

I was sitting on the dirt floor of Eugenia's house in Rwanda. I asked her how her life had changed since becoming an artisan with a woman's co-op in ...

Watch Corporate America Turn A Roomful Of Workers Into Bernie Sanders And Donald Trump Supporters

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 02.18.2016 | Politics

The past few years have been very good for United Technologies. The contractor does billions of dollars a year in business with the federal government...

Fair Trade Coffee -- How About Fair Trade Air Travel?

Rob Britton | Posted 02.12.2016 | Business
Rob Britton

The fair trade movement and concern about ethical sourcing asks consumers, all of us, to think more carefully about what we buy, and to ask hard questions about how producers behave. Air travelers who believe they are people of good will, people who embrace the Golden Rule, should ask the same question when booking a trip.

Donald Trump Is Now Attacking Bernie Sanders

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 02.10.2016 | Politics

Fresh off a convincing victory in his party's New Hampshire primary, Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump took to CBS Wednesday to gloat ...

How This 60-Something Woman Finally Found Love In Mexico

Patrice Wynne | Posted 02.11.2016 | Fifty
Patrice Wynne

I live in one of the most romantic towns in the world, San Miguel de Allende, and I had not had a single date since I arrived 15 years ago. I arrived depressed, hoping to disappear into the life of an expat in Mexico, after closing my beloved independent bookstore in Berkeley and filing for divorce.

Is There Child Labor In Your Chocolate?

Fair Trade USA | Posted 02.10.2016 | Taste
Fair Trade USA

The systemically low prices in cocoa have drastic consequences for farmers and their families. More than 2 million children in the Ivory Coast and Ghana are being deprived of their childhoods, either working in extremely hazardous conditions or working in lieu of going to school, so that we can get our chocolate fix.

How Coffee at the White House Perpetuates or Ends Poverty

Fernando Morales-de la Cruz | Posted 01.13.2016 | Politics
Fernando Morales-de la Cruz

The question remains as to whether, in the future, the shared value in the coffee served at the White House will perpetuate or end poverty, not only in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras but also everywhere else where coffee is grown, including Kenya.

How Sustainable Development is Saving the Future of Chocolate

Lutheran World Relief | Posted 02.02.2016 | Impact
Lutheran World Relief

The future of the milk chocolate bar that we have loved forever may be at risk. Industry experts predict that by 2020 the supply of cocoa will be struggling to meet the growing demand.

This Startup Is Trying To Revolutionize Your Morning Coffee

The Huffington Post | Eline Gordts | Posted 12.29.2015 | World

Judging from the numbers, you probably enjoy your morning cup of coffee as much as I do. Global coffee consumption has doubled over the last 40 years....

Systematic sustainability is the goal of new fair-trade initiative

FOMIN | Posted 12.23.2015 | Business
FOMIN

By Elizabeth Boggs Davidsen and Alejandro Escobar Elizabeth Boggs Davidsen is acting chief of the Multilateral Investment Fund's Access to Markets a...

Work-Life Balance Doesn't Have to Be So Complicated: A Lesson From Rwandan Basket Weavers

Marianne Schnall | Posted 12.12.2015 | Women
Marianne Schnall

It may seem odd to think of work-life balance as critical to economic development in Africa, but it has been a major factor in empowering native basket weavers to create businesses for themselves.

Mujus: Fashionable Conscious Jewelry

Ronda Lee | Posted 12.07.2015 | Style
Ronda Lee

The first thing you notice when meeting Paola Delgado, owner and founder of Mujus, is her effervescent personality. She is excited to tell you about her product, its origin and the dedicated artisans that work for her.

Meatless Monday: Allison's Gourmet Delivers Something Sweet for the Holidays

Ellen Kanner | Posted 12.07.2015 | Green
Ellen Kanner

"Being vegan changed my entire world view," says Allison Rivers Samson. But it didn't stop her from loving dessert. "My sweet tooth in the driver's se...

Beanie-to-briefs in ethical brands for $153

Kelsey Timmerman | Posted 12.03.2015 | Style
Kelsey Timmerman

I encouraged folks to wear one thing a day they knew was produced in a way that treated people and planet fairly. I reach a lot of college students and thought that a whole outfit in such clothes would be unaffordable. That's what I thought... until today.