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Sustainability Part One- Life is Grey

Do you view the world in black and white or are you living in the grey? I’ve had several people not buy my products or criticize me for what I sell because they are made from animals. In fact while I was at the Guelph Eco Market in late March a women stops at my table, points at a wallet and asks if it was leather. After I said yes she scoffs and in a demeaning tone says, what were you thinking? If only this lady would have just stopped and actually talked to me I could have told her that it was recycled leather from factory cut offs, waste that didn’t have to go to the landfill. I sometimes...

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B is for Banana

                                                  Have you ever wondered why Bananas are so cheap? Why their 50% plus cheaper than apples? It's a price war.  The continuous competition between major brands Dole, Del Monte and Chiquita, grocery stores and consumer demand results in devastating effects environmentally and socially. These Latin American fruits are the most consumed fruit in North America and UK arriving mostly from Ecuador. Banana exports accounted for 40.3% of Ecuador’s total exports in 2016, and Ecuadorian bananas account for 30% of the world's banana supply.  Harriet Lamb, past CEO of Fair Trade International has been a fair trade...

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My (Shared) Vision for Fair Trade

A lot of thoughts and ideas were presented at this years Fair Trade Federation conference in Louisville Kentucky. Inclusion, diversity, domestic fair trade, support for First Nations, fashion. As we sat down for the welcome dinner, I took a glance around the dinning room and I felt uncomfortable. I was uncomfortable with the fact that all the wait staff were African American and we as a fair trade group are predominately white. My white privilege guilt was at an all time high. I've experienced segregation like this before in the states but it fails to feel acceptable. Turns out I wasn't the only one that felt that way. It created a new conversion within our group about diversity and inclusion....

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Canadian Fair Trade Network

I'd like to say that this past Canadian Fair Trade Network conference in Halifax has broke my fair trade lull but instead of energizing me it just made me more tired of the same old thing. Let me explain. For the past 8 months or so I've been lacking in my fair trade research, fair trade networking, blogging about fair trade etc. Perhaps it's the fact that I’m at a mental over load with fair trade or that three of my steering committee for Fair Trade Kitchener dropped out suddenly or maybe that the support for fair trade is so limited here in Kitchener or just simply realizing that selling and promoting fair trade consumerism just isn’t enough to change...

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Happy Birthday Abe.

My husband and I don't celebrate Valentine's day but we do celebrate Abraham Lincoln's birthday on February 12th. I'm not sure how it started but it's been a fun little celebration that's unique to the two of us. Abraham Lincoln played a major role in abolishing slavery in the United States in 1863, something that I will always greatly admire about him. When we were in Gettysburg this past summer it really put into perspective about how Americans fought for unity and freedom but also how some fought to continue the oppression. Every time we visit the U.S.A I'm reminded of why they are such a proud people, but sometimes pride has negative effects. As much as I love Abe and...

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