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Fair Trade Clothing: The Fast Fashion Antidote–Earth Day 2014

Fast fashion–the burgeoning trend of quickly and cheaply moving clothing from the catwalk to consumer to capitalize on current fashion trends.  Companies using this approach promote it as fast, low priced, and disposable.  Opponents point to its shoddy workmanship and its polluting effects from production and the decay of the tossed-aside synthetic fabrics. Fair trade […]

Fair Trade Rethinks Earth’s Baggage

Another in a series about fair trade and the environment in celebration of Earth Day. Did you know that: • About 1 million plastic bags are used every minute. • A single plastic bag can take up to 1,000 years to degrade. • More than 3.5 million tons of plastic bags, sacks and wraps were discarded […]

The Green Economy, Fair Trade, and Women-Earth Day 2014

The Green Economy, Fair Trade, and Women-Earth Day 2014

Women and the Green Economy (WAGE) is the Earth Day Network’s initiative to bring more women into the decision-making process about our environment. While the focus of WAGE is to increase leadership roles at the top of the green economy, let’s not forget the other end of the economic chain–the women who create “green” products. […]

Why is a Fair Trade Retailer Writing About Earth Day?

First published in 2014, it’s a quick and easy intro to how and why Earth Day began and its relevance to fair trade.