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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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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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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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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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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Fairtrade Month 2019 (May) on Rosette Fair Trade!
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May is Fairtrade Month in Canada!

Did you know that May is Fairtrade Month in Canada? Well, I guess the title gave that part away… But what you may not know so well is what Fairtrade Month actually is. I’m here to clear all of that up! I’m going to discuss not only the what of Fairtrade Month (in Canada), but also the who and the why. What is Fairtrade Month (in Canada)? Fairtrade Month is a little different in Canada than elsewhere. In fact, in other places, it’s a fortnight rather than a month! (Looking…

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Fair trade vs organic mango and avocado
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Fair trade vs organic: what’s the difference?

The fair trade vs organic question is a common one. Consumers are more conscious than ever about their purchases, which is a great—and also sometimes confusing—thing! While fair trade and organic are movements that have a relationship with one another, one is no more the same as the other than a person is the same as their partner. Sure, there are some common interests, but they’ve still got their own strengths! Many fair trade products are also organic, and as such, some organic products are also fair trade. But the…

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