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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Working ethical trade into a vegan lifestyle guest post by EcoAnouk on Rosette Fair Trade
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Working ethical trade into a vegan lifestyle

The journey into veganism is a long and winding one – perhaps not for everyone, but it certainly has been for me. I’m still not completely settled into my vegan lifestyle and I definitely make mistakes every now and then. But that is expected, isn’t it? Lifestyle changes are hard. And an ethics-led lifestyle change may be more deliberate and abrupt, but it’s still not a walk in the park.  When you’re already focusing on living a vegan lifestyle, how can you add support for ethical practices into the mix…

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Top 6 fair trade clothing brands in Canada on Rosette Fair Trade (etik and co)
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Top 6 fair trade clothing brands in Canada

People ask me all the time what my top picks are when it comes to fair trade clothing brands. In the UK, there are tons, and I’m even seeing quite a few pop up in the US, but Canada doesn’t have nearly the same visibility. So today we’re going to change that! These are (in no particular order) my top 6 fair trade clothing brands in Canada. And in case you’re like me and love the convenience of online shopping, they’re all available for purchase online, too! I’m going to…

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Grannys vegan raisin spice cake recipe on Rosette Fair Trade (featured image alt 2)
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Granny’s (vegan) raisin spice cake

This vegan raisin spice cake from my Granny is from the 1940s. It’s vegan, but that’s totally on accident. In the 1940s, on account of scarcity brought on by the war, folks learned how to make all sorts of treats without rationed things like fresh eggs and butter. This is one of those recipes, and it’s just as delicious today as it was back then! And what a happy discovery it was when I realized that this spice cake is vegan! The trick to this cake is that you cook…

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What is fair trade and why is it important - fair trade education from Rosette Fair Trade
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What is fair trade and why is it important? [VIDEO]

A few weeks ago, I offered a free webinar called Fair trade 101: what is fair trade and why is it important? While the workshop was available to everyone in Canada, there may have been folks who didn’t hear about it. So for their reference, I’m posting this article along with an educational video on fair trade and why it matters. The video is the very same recorded webinar from that night. If you have other questions, please don’t hesitate to ask in the comments! Why does fair trade exist?…

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Double chocolate cookies with marshmallows - recipe by Rosette Fair Trade (featured)
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Double chocolate cookies (customizable!)

Sure, I call them double chocolate cookies. But they’re so versatile I might as well call them s’mores cookies! Pictured in this post are actually double chocolate and marshmallow cookies, for example. Make sure you follow the recipe for the dough, and the add-ins can be whatever you want. (Choose fair trade, of course!) For the ones pictured here, I used semi-sweet chocolate chips from Camino and regular miniature marshmallows for an extra decadent treat. They’re chewy, packed with chocolate flavour and just plain delicious. I’ve baked this cookie recipe…

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Homemade shawarma spice seasoning (recipe) by Rosette Fair Trade
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Homemade shawarma spice recipe

Homemade shawarma spice is that ingredient in your kitchen that you didn’t know you needed. I’m in Ottawa, and that’s important, because we’re talking about shawarma today. Ottawa has been called the shawarma capital of the world (which seems a little rude to our friends in Lebanon, who gave us the delicious treat in the first place, after all). In any case, I do think it’s safe to say that the fine folks of Ottawa-Gatineau have a plethora of shawarma restaurants to choose from, and we know the good, the…

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Honey peanut butter cookies recipe by Rosette Fair Trade 08
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Honey peanut butter cookies (recipe)

If (like me) you love regular peanut butter cookies, just imagine how delicious honey peanut butter cookies are! But what makes these cookies even better is the honey from African Bronze! Not only is it fair trade and organic honey, it also has a very special flavour quality to it because it’s wild. Imagine honey with a hint of blackstrap molasses and spice and you’ll have a pretty good idea of the complexity of the taste! And so it lends itself absolutely beautifully to these cookies. If you did substitute…

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Fair trade vs free trade differences, comparison and infographic on Rosette Fair Trade
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Fair trade vs free trade (conventional trade): what’s the difference?

If you start Googling fair trade, one of the first autofills is almost always “fair trade vs free trade.” These two things sound similar in name, so they cause some confusion. But fair trade and free trade (or conventional trade) are very different things. Today we’ll discuss why! I’ve already gone into detail about why fair trade and organic aren’t the same, but the simple question of fair trade vs free trade is one that I get all the time. And the answer is basically at the very heart of…

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Vegan chocolate chip pancakes recipe featuring fairtrade and organic ingredients on Rosette Fair Trade
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Vegan chocolate chip pancakes (recipe)

You may wonder why I’m posting a recipe for (vegan) chocolate chip pancakes now, of all times. And it’s a fair question! For me, pancakes are synonymous with warm, weekend mornings. They conjure up images of a family brunch taking place in a sunny kitchen, while the birds are chirping outside the open window. Maybe that’s because during the summers of my youth, we often had pancake Saturdays, and they were extra special when there were chocolate chips involved! Technically, you can make these pancakes without chocolate chips, but why…

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