Fair trade clothing in Canada (capsule wardrobe) on the Rosette Network
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Fair trade clothing in Canada: the capsule wardrobe

If I had a dime for every time someone asked me where to find basic, minimalist fair trade clothing in Canada, I’d be a billionaire. The fair trade clothing movement has been steadily gaining momentum as more and more folks realize how unsustainable fast fashion is. (For planet, yes, but especially for people, as shown in the 2013 Rana Plaza incident.) Even in Canada, which isn’t usually able to keep up with Europe in the fair trade area, fair trade and sweatshop-free clothing is discussed more and more among businesses…

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Fair trade coffee and why this classic still leads the way (featured)
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Fair trade coffee: why this classic still leads the way

Fair trade coffee is the best-known fair trade product out there. If you’ve ever mentioned fair trade to someone, there’s a good chance they responded with something like, “You mean like the coffee?” This well-known fair trade product is famous for a reason. This week we’ll talk about why drinking fair trade coffee makes such a huge difference, as well as how fair trade coffee has become the high-quality, delicious product it is! But first, this is the fourth post in a series about Fairtrade Month in Canada. If you…

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Cold brew green rooibos iced tea on Rosette Fair Trade
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Cold brew iced tea (easy!)

Is it getting super hot where you are? It’s getting warm in Ottawa, so we’ve started making our daily cold brew iced tea! Cold brew changed my life forever last summer. When I discovered it, I was like, “How have I never done this before? What have I been doing with my life?” Guys. It is so easy. Like, so easy you’ll think you must be doing it wrong because surely something delicious can’t come from so little work, right?! But it does. Customize it with any tea you like,…

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Fair trade tea - how is it made on the Rosette Network (featured)
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Fair trade tea: what’s behind your fave infusion?

Fair trade tea is a beautiful thing. It’s a good way to know how your favourite warm drink was produced, and feel even better about it. This is the third week of Fairtrade Month already! (Time flies when you’re trading fair!) Today I’m talking about fair trade tea. If you missed last week’s post on fair trade chocolate (cocoa), you can read that here: Fair trade chocolate: what it’s doing for women, children & the planet. And if you want to catch up on the week before that, where I…

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Fair trade chocolate - what it is doing for women children and the planet on Rosette Fair Trade
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Fair trade chocolate: what it’s doing for women, children & the planet

Fair trade chocolate may be a modern idea, but the growing and eating of cacao has enriched human lives for millennia. This week of Fairtrade Month, we’re looking at fair trade chocolate (cocoa). If you missed last week’s post on fair trade sugar, check it out here: Fair trade sugar makes Fairtrade Month extra sweet! It’ll give you a bit of extra background on sweet treats like chocolate. Today, I’m going to focus on chocolate, and there are a few reasons for that. One very timely reason is that Rosette…

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Fair trade sugar makes Fairtrade Month extra sweet!

Fair trade sugar isn’t usually considered the star of the fair trade movement, but maybe it should be! There’s no comparison to the light caramel flavour of golden cane sugar in your coffee, baked goods or even your favourite fair trade chocolate. Those beautiful, golden crystals of sweetness put the whole cane sugar vs white sugar debate to bed in a heartbeat. (But we’ll still talk about it briefly below.) For those who don’t already obsess over fair trade (like I do), May is Fairtrade Month. And for 2020, Fairtrade…

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Fair trade DIY projects quarantine edition on the Rosette Network
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12 fair trade DIY projects to keep busy during quarantine

If you’re like me—and most of Canada right now—you’re currently holed up in your house and itching for things to do. But quarantine is no reason to forget that workers along the supply chain deserve to work in a safe environment. In fact, now more than ever, we need to be thinking about our impact on workers and producers. That’s why I’ve got DIYs for you, and not just any DIYs; these are fair trade DIY projects to keep you busy! Most of these DIYs are doubly great because they…

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Scratch butter chicken recipe (chicken in sauce on basmati rice) from Rosette Fair Trade (featured image)
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Scratch butter chicken recipe

I promised you help with your boredom cooking, and I’m going to go out on a limb and say this scratch butter chicken recipe is exactly what you need. Is it perfect, like that incredible morsel you get when you go to a good restaurant? Maybe not. But then, is there anything that tastes better than food you didn’t have to make yourself? I’m pretty sure convenience is the secret ingredient that makes all things better! But shy of having to brave the outdoors, this is about as good as…

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Rosette Fair Trade one year anniversary (birthday) celebration during covid 19 at the Rosette Network
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Rosette celebrates its first birthday!

This week, Rosette celebrated its first birthday—that is, the one-year anniversary of its launch! This is a time of rejoicing and reflecting all at once, and I wanted to share some updates with Rosette’s amazing followers (like you!). 2019 was a big year for Rosette Fair Trade, and 2020 has proven to be even more amazing! And yet, I write this post under quarantine with the realization that these are stressful times for many folks. There’s a lot to think about, for sure. Keeping spirits up during the COVID-19 quarantine…

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Fair trade gifts for the holidays (Christmas stocking stuffers) on Rosette Fair Trade
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Fair trade gifts: your guide for the holidays!

It’s here: ideas for fair trade gifts just in time for the holidays, so that you can bring a little fair to the festivities! With just under 30 days left until Christmas day, even the most spontaneous of Christmas gift-givers need to start picking up those presents soon! Today we’re going to talk about the many ways that you can give fair trade gifts this holiday season, whether it’s stocking stuffers, subscription boxes or special one-time gifts. And if we miss something, let us know in the comments how you…

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