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Meet Nomadic Rabari Artisans from India

The Rabari are a nomadic people in India known for their distinctive embroidery and applique work.  This evening Fabric of Life will be hosting Rabari artisans who will provide demonstrations and share examples of their art. Fabric of Life Fair Trade Boutique is located at: 523 Main St.  Downtown Edmonds, WA.

Stop by and meet the artisans who will be providing demos and selling their products from 2-6pm!



July 25, 2012 at 7:40 pm Leave a comment

Fair Trade Federation Conference in Bellevue, WA this May!

This year’s Fair Trade Federation Conference is on the West Coast in Bellevue, WA from May 21st-23rd! The conference is an amazing gathering of fair trade advocates, businesses and producers from around the country and globe. To sit in a room of people dedicated to fair trade work is always so energizing! The conference is open to both fair trade members and the general public. If you are interested in attending or learning more visit:

Marigold will be presenting our Summer Line of fair trade dresses, tops, skirts and housewares at the Fair Trade Expo on Tuesday evening. Be sure to stop by our booth. We will be taking wholesale orders and well as selling retail items directly from our booth.

Look ing forward to seeing you there!!

April 16, 2012 at 7:45 pm Leave a comment

ANNUAL ANTI SWEATSHOP FILM FEST: Nov 9th, 7pm at Traditions




Join us for our Annual Free Film Fest presented by the South Sound Clean Clothes Campaign, a community anti-sweatshop group since 2000. We will show the investigative film, The Dark Side of Chocolate, a film that looks at child labor and slavery in the Ivory Coast and evaluates the promises made by large chocolate manufacturers to deal with this issue when over the last decade there were revelations about the abuses of children and witb pressure from Congress, promises by the industry to stop labor abuse. Filmmakers Miki Mistrati and U Roberto Romano launched a behind-the-scenes investigation to verify if these allegations of child labor in the chocolate industry are present today.

Also we will show 2 short videos on the situation for garment workers in Bangladesh. One, TRIANGLE RETURNS, by the Institute for Global Labour & Human Rights draws the parallels between the sweatshop conditions in the U.S. 100 years ago which led to the tragic Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire in New York City and the current day working conditions for 3.4 million garment workers in Bangladesh. The second, produced by Sweatfree Communities, updates the struggle of workers in Bangladesh to protest to improve their working conditions even while such protests are repressed and leaders are imprisoned and threatened with life sentences or death. All of the above beg the questions, which, hopefully a renewed sense of urgency, leads us to some individual actions but also to some collective and community actions.

View the trailer here.

Traditions Fair Trade is located at 300 5th Ave in downtown Olympia. 360-705-2819.

November 4, 2011 at 7:34 pm Leave a comment

Olympia Joins SweatFree Consortium

After an incredible weekend at the National SweatFree Summit, we are thrilled to announce that Olympia has officially joined the Sweatfree Consortium! For over 9 years, the South Sound Clean Clothes Campaign, a coalition of Olympia, Tumwater, and Lacey students, union members, people of faith, and concerned citizens have been working to raise awareness about the sweatshop industry, and challenge individuals as well as public and private institutions to create positive change by altering their purchasing practices.

At Olympia’s final City Council meeting in 2009, the council voted unanimously to join the Consortium. Now the official papers have been signed and Olympia will join cities and states throughout the country as members of the Sweatfree Purchasing Consortium which “assists member governments in meeting their goals for responsible sweatshop-free purchasing.  It meets a critical need for information about supplier factories by providing expertise and pooling resources to monitor working conditions and enforce “sweatfree” procurement standards”.

This weekend Marigold staff joined over 50 sweatfree activists throughout the country gathered in Olympia for a series of workshops and strategy sessions.

Pictured here is Liana from Sweatfree Communitites, Trina from Intl Labor Rights Forum and Reynaldo Corporan Donastorg, FEDOTRAZONAS Union, Dominican Republic.

November 17, 2010 at 8:36 am 2 comments

National Sweatfree Summit this weekend in Olympia, WA!

Join us this weekend for SweatFree Communities’ 7th annual gathering! The National SweatFree Summit will include workshops for new organizers and experienced campaigners alike. The National Summit is where we develop plans to grow membership in the Sweatfree Purchasing Consortium, lay out the next steps for our emerging campaign for a federal sweatshop-free purchasing policy, and coordinate local work across the country. This year’s Summit will be especially exciting as it is our first national gathering since the founding of the Sweatfree Purchasing Consortium. Come join us in celebrating this major accomplishment and in designing our work for 2011.


Register today to let us know that you’ll be there — click here!

Conference Program

Speakers will include:

  • Andrew Kang Bartlett, Presbyterian Hunger Program
  • Kristen Beifus, Washington Fair Trade Coalition
  • Daniel Cardozo, Ethix Merch
  • Bjorn Claeson, SweatFree Communities
  • Colette Cosner, Witness for Peace
  • Reynaldo Corporan Donastorg, FEDOTRAZONAS Union, Dominican Republic
  • Carmen Duran, Tijuana Center for Information for Workers (CITTAC), Mexico
  • Alan Flum, Fair Workplace Council
  • Dick Meyer, Traditions Fair Trade
  • Christine Moody, Director of Purchasing, City of Portland, Oregon
  • Augusto Obregon, Federation for the Integral Development between Farmers, Nicaragua
  • Victor Velez, Workers United Puerto Rico

Planning to attend only part of the weekend? Check out our free public events with national and international speakers. Conference registration not required for these events although we do welcome donations.

Schedule overview, location, etc

Our 2010 Summit follows on years of sweatfree organizing in Olympia and this summer’s sweatfree policy victory in Seattle. Now Sweatfree Northwest is taking the campaign to the state! If you arrive in Olympia in time, please join us at our briefingon the Sweatfree Purchasing Consortium at the Washington State Capitol, Cherberg Building, Senate Hearing Room #2, Friday, Nov. 5th, 3:00-4:30pm.

Following the briefing, check-in at the registration table at Traditions Cafe, 300 5th Avenue SW, Olympia, WA 98501.Dinner for Summit participants (included in your registration) will be at Traditions at 6pm. Following the meal is our opening plenary, 7:00-8:30pm also at Traditions.

Saturday and Sunday events will be held at First Christian Church701 Franklin St. SE, Olympia, WA 98501The conference runs through 12pm on Sunday, Nov. 5th.


November 4, 2010 at 7:27 pm Leave a comment

National Sweatfree Summit just a month away!

November 5-7, 2010 in Olympia, WA

The 7th Annual National SweatFree Summit is coming up in Olympia, Washington, Nov. 5-7, 2010. Information, registration, and sponsorship information is available at The program includes two free public events (highlighted below) with international speakers that do not require conference registration. Please read on for more information, and thank you in advance for spreading the word to your network.


Cross-border organizing in the post-election season

Where: Traditions Cafe, 300 5th Ave SW, Olympia, WA
When: Friday, November 5th, 7:00-8:30pm

Featuring Augusto Obregon and Carmen Duran

with Kristen Beifus of the Washington Fair Trade Coalition, Colette Cosner of Witness for Peace, and Bjorn Claeson of SweatFree Communities
AUGUSTO OBREGON has been a campesino farmer and community leader in El Regadio, Esteli, Nicaragua for over thirty years. Three years ago, a tobacco factory designated as a free trade zone was constructed in his community. While the factory may have slightly curtailed migration from his community, the increased cultivation of tobacco has threatened food security, the environment and the health of his people. Augusto’s story illustrates the contentions of development under neo-liberal trade policies and explores the root causes of migration through the eyes of most affected. He is the vice-president of the Federation for the Integral Development between Farmers, a non-profit organization which organizes small-scale farmers around sustainability projects and food sovereignty issues.
CARMEN DURAN assembled television components in Mexico until her job was moved to Indonesia. Experiencing first-hand the effects of NAFTA, she worked grueling hours, suffered from chemicals on the job, and got little sleep — all for less than a dollar an hour. Featured in the documentary Maquilapolis, Carmen’s experiences as a factory worker led her to become a community organizer with the Tijuana Center for Information for Workers (CITTAC) to advocate for the basic rights of low-wage export-processing workers. She has also witnessed the impacts of migration within Mexico, from Mexico to the US, and now from the US back to Mexico again.

This free event (donations welcomed) is part of the Witness for Peace Northwest Tour ( and the National SweatFree Summit ( The talk will be bilingual English-Spanish with professional interpretation.


Worker organizing, corporate campaigning, and sweatfree policy

Where: First Christian Church, 701 Franklin St. SE, Olympia, WA
When: Saturday, November 6th, 4:00-6:00pm

REYNALDO CORPORAN DONASTORG, was a union organizer and worker at BJ&B, where he made baseball caps for Nike and Adidas. The 2003 BJ&B union contract victory was the result of a major international solidarity campaign that gave hope to the possibility of bringing justice to free trade zone workers. However, in 2007 the factory closed as the companies moved their production to non-union environments with lower wages. This year some of the workers found jobs at Alta Gracia Apparel, a new unionized factory that was recently featured in the New York Times for paying three times the minimum wage. Now, as Secretary of Education at the FEDOTRAZONAS union, Reynaldo is researching working conditions and organizing possibilities at major government contractor factories in the Dominican Republic.

VICTOR VELEZ, an attorney and organizer with the union Workers United is leading a lawsuit against Propper International claiming that the company has failed to pay legally owed sick days. He is also organizing a coordinated campaign for union recognition at all of the company’s factories in Puerto Rico. Propper is one of the largest apparel contractors of the U.S. Government and a major military supplier. The State of Washington and the City of Seattle also buy public employee uniforms made by Propper.

This free event (donations welcomed) is part of the National SweatFree Summit ( The talk will be bilingual English-Spanish with professional interpretation.



The National SweatFree Summit will include workshops for new organizers and experienced campaigners alike. In addition to the workshops and public talks, we will develop plans to grow membership in the Sweatfree Purchasing Consortium (, lay out the next steps for our emerging campaign for a federal sweatshop-free purchasing policy (, and coordinate local work across the country. This year’s Summit will be especially exciting as it is our first national gathering since the founding of the Sweatfree Purchasing Consortium. Come join us in celebrating this major accomplishment and in designing our work for 2011.

More information and online registration is at

We are seeking co-sponsors to enable us to offer travel scholarships to low-income organizers from around the country. Thanks to the generous contributions of our sponsors, last year we provided 20 travel scholarships, which helped ensure that most local community campaigns were represented at the Summit. By sponsoring the Summit, you will help make possible a more accessible national gathering and a more equitable anti-sweatshop movement. Sponsors receive publicity on our website as well as recognition amongst groups that promote ethical purchasing. To download sponsorship materials click here: Word DocPDF

October 7, 2010 at 8:47 pm Leave a comment

Fair Trade Month is Here!

Fair Trade Month 2010 is officially here and this year’s theme is “Every Purchase Matters.” This is a great time for all of us to reflect on the things we buy and try to be more conscious consumers. Every time you purchase a Fair Trade product, you are voting with your dollars and telling the world that you care about who produced your product, where, and under what conditions. This month, make it a priority to engage your friends, family and colleagues in discussions about Fair Trade- your involvement and passion can and will inspire others!

In honor of Fair Trade Month, Marigold will:

  • Hold multiple contests on our blog, and Twitter and Facebook pages, where readers can win FREE products every week during the month of October.
  • Sponsor and adopt October 21 through our partner Transfair USA– make sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter to get all the details!
  • Offer an exclusive coupon code to those people who find out about us and make an online purchase during Fair Trade Month
  • Host events in Olympia, WA and New York, NY, on Thursday October 21st, where we will debut our Fall 2010 collection and screen our documentary, while serving guests delicious fair trade wine and chocolates!
  • and more!

This is an exciting time for Marigold and for the Fair Trade movement in general.  And just as a heads up, stay tuned for BIG NEWS coming from us during the month of October….

October 1, 2010 at 6:33 pm Leave a comment

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