We are not a big present family on Valentine’s Day but I do like to have a small token of in the form of chocolate or even coffee. There are several other people in our lives that might enjoy a little treat on Valentine’s Day to let them know you are thinking of them. Head to your local Whole Foods or Market and look for #BeFair Last Minute Valentines Day gift ideas.
So what does it mean to Buy Fair and Be Fair? When you buy a product — roses, chocolate, apparel, body products — with the Fair Trade Certified™ label, you know that the farmers and farm workers who produced it were paid fair prices, earn healthcare benefits, receive education, work in safe conditions, protect the environment and earn community development funds to improve their communities.
How much thought do you really put into the products you purchase? Probably not much but now that you know how you can make the world better by buying products that are Fair Trade Certified it will be easy. D
There are many different Fair Trade Certified coffee options out there. These are just a few.
Guatemala Café de Mujeres Fair Trade Organic coffee is the result of a special project conducted by CODECH, a cooperative located in Guatemala’s Huehuetenango growing region. Although the co-op has hundreds of individual members, this lot was grown on farms that are owned or managed exclusively by 350 women producers. In addition to the purchase price, a premium was paid to the co-op, with the funds designated for programs that promote women’s health including a focus on prenatal health care. Price: $14.25 per bag
Allegro Organic Café La Dueña
A blend of whole bean coffee from small-holder women farmers in Oaxaca, Mexico and San Ignacio, Peru. Available at Whole Foods Market nationwide. Price: $11.99 per bag
For the Tea Drinker there are several options out there including a well known Tea Brand Twinings Organic and Fair Trade Teas.
You don’t have to go very far to find a chocolate lover on your Valentine’s Day List. One of my favorite chocolate brands Lake Champlain Chocolates offers hot cocoa mixes that are Fair Trade Certified. Also most kids adore the chocolate spreads on the market, next time pick up a fair trade Certified brand.
Just want to grab a little something chocolate, these Alter Eco chocolate Bars and Truffles were amazing. I am a dark chocolate fan and the flavors are so unique.
Alter Eco’s cacao beans are plucked from organic trees in the Peruvian Amazon and Ecuadorian Coast and journey to the base of the Andes Mountains, where they are transformed into some of the world’s finest Fair Trade CertifiedTM cocoa products. The final destination is Switzerland, where expert chocolatiers craft the unique bars. Price: $3.99 per bar
The organic, Fair Trade truffles are available in both Black (Dark Chocolate) and Velvet (Milk Chocolate) varieties. You can get a box of them for around $7.99.
You might be in a rush this Valentine’s Day but do take a minute to look just a little harder for a Fair Trade Certified Valentine’s Day gift.