Valentine’s Day: What does it represent to you; how do you show love?
Show you care today and receive a 20% discount all things Pink and Red!
Many people who encounter our products say that the fabrics carry energy within them. Feel sweet all over in our beautifully handcrafted products, made from women who are working in safe conditions, making a fair wage.
Marigold Jacket, Bring with you joyful color and the sophistication of Marigold’s merlot Jacket this spring! This lightweight 3/4 -length jacket features secure knot closures allowing it to be worn as a dress or topping off a layered.
Persimmon Yoga Hoodie, Constructed with ultra-fine, organic cotton knit, our Tadasana Hoodie provides a soft, breathable layer of warmth for yoga, shopping, walking or curling up with a steaming mug of chai.
Fuchsia Reversible Bag, Style, color and function meet in our bag in Fuchsia these completely reversible bags will serve you well as purse, grocery tote, school bag and more.
Pink Cheala Top, Searching for your new favorite spring go-to top? The search is over with the Cheala top, now with long sleeves. Made for your active lifestyle, this top takes you from running around town to an evening out. Flattering A-line silhouette, fluid hemline and soft organic cotton jersey with sleeves cropped just enough to show off your favorite bangle or cuff.
Don’t forget the leggings! Pink is perfect for spring, ware them on Valentines Day and Easter. You’ll want a pair in every color for yoga, as an added layer of warmth, or simply pair them with our tunics and dresses. Crafted in soft organic cotton with a touch of lycra. Elastic waistband provides comfort and easy movement. Length on leggings for Size S and M is 31″ , Size L 32″ for XL 34″.
Flowers wilt, chocolates get eaten and gems lose their shininess in time. What remains in our minds and hearts are the memories of how we show love that make us come alive. It is a powerful statement when a person chooses to buy fair trade and vote with their dollars.
Happy Valentines thank you for supporting fair trade!
It’s a New Year and the number of fair trade products is expanding, you can see this just by walking down an isle of the grocery store. This growing number of products, choices and availability is a direct response to consumer demand. That means you! First, sales are no longer small: retail sales of Fair Trade items passed $6 billion worldwide in 2010, growing 27% over 2009. Sales in just the U.S. since 1998 have generated additional income paid to producers, beyond normal market rates, of $220 million. As of 2011, 827 producer organizations in 58 developing countries are Fair trade Certified. (3)
“Fair Trade is part of a larger movement about corporate social responsibility, influenced by the public’s desire to deal with companies that are (committed) to workplace quality, the environment and employee well-being.”
~ Mac McCoy, president, dZi–The Tibet Collection (2)
When we make the choice to buy fair trade products we support producers on many levels. Unlike mainstream trade agreements fair trade agreements are rooted in supporting farmers and artisans. These relationships often lead to an increase in a producer group’s ability improve their daily lives. Sales from fair trade products pay for community development, to build schools, provide clean drinking water, pay for sickness benefit and pilot organic conversion schemes among other things. In conventional trade, the producer generally receives only 1% of the retail price consumer’s pay but in Fair Trade the producer generally receives 20 – 45% of the retail price. (3)
Fair trade products have financed a magnitude of programs that impact producers lives daily. The Union of Indigenous Communities of the Isthmus coffee growing cooperative in Oaxaca dedicated funds from the sale of Fair trade products for a variety of social purposes. They paid for the construction of latrines; fuel-efficient household stoves to reduce disease, smoke related respiratory problems; training local youth as community development workers. But also for environmentally focused activities for combating deforestation, and training young people in appropriate composting technologies intercropping of coffee and legumes, animal husbandry, and alternative food and cash cropping. At the Majomunt’s organic coffee cooperative in Chiapas, Mexico the soil conservation used has helped reduce soil loss erosion by 38,000 tons per year. In these ways fair trade is helping to preserve cultural identity and pride. (4)
A significant number of studies identified increased self-confidence gained by producers particularly women who participate in fair trade.
“In the beginning when we were struggling to make money and find customers, when one person would want to give up, the others were beside them and encouraging them to stick with it.” – Sonia Anahue Uscamayta has been working in Peru with the Munay Rumi jewelry cooperative for four years. (1)
There is evidence that participation in fair trade improves quality of life for producers as well as product quality. Relationships between buyers and producers are long term when fair trade. This leads to substantial improvements in product quality as long-term direct trade relationships create incentive improve in years to come. Producers are allowed to plan for the future they can depend on stability; both their buyers and their market thanks to fair trade products. Murry et al (2003) reported that the Majomunt cooperative in Chiapas is planning for the future by investing in a community organic farming promoter, which has allowed farmers to convert their coffee and other crops to higher-income generating, diversified and more ecologically sound production. (4)
“With Fair Trade we have an incentive to invest in social programs that benefit producers and the community. We also receive higher incomes to sustain ourselves. If it weren’t for Fair Trade, we wouldn’t exist as banana producers since the amount we receive for a box of conventional bananas does not cover our expenses.” ~ Edinson Cabana Zapata, co-op member, ASOPROBAN banana cooperative, Colombia (2)
When we buy Fair Trade products, we know that:
- Artisans and farmers are paid a fair and livable wage
- No child labor is involved
- Safe working conditions are provided
- Environmentally sustainable production methods are used.
- Profits are reinvested into the community for education, health care, and social services
- Communities become self-sustaining and can raise themselves out of poverty
Thanks for supporting fair trade!
1. “Crafting Change: Fair Trade Artisan Tour.” Green America: Economic Action for a Just Planet. Web. 19 Jan. 2012. <http://www.greenamerica.org/programs/fairtrade/tour.cfm>.
2. Fair Trade Community. Web. 24 Jan. 2012. <http://www.fairtradecommunity.org/index.php?option=com_content>.
3. Fair Trade Resource Network » Our Goal: To Create a Market That Values the People Who Make the Food We Eat and the Goods We Use. Web. 24 Jan. 2012. <http://www.fairtraderesource.org/>.
4. Nelson, Valerie, and Barry Pound. “The Last Ten Years: A Comprehensive Review of Literature on the Impact of Fairtrade.” Review. Print.
5. “Fairtrade Certification.” Wikipedia, the Free Encyclopedia. Web. 24 Jan. 2012. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fairtrade>.
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.
Closing the Loop on the Global Apparel Supply Chain Cambodian Labor Activists join members of Seattle City Council and WA State Legislature to call for Washington State to pass a SweatFree Purchasing Policy
This is an opportunity for producers and consumers to create a humane supply chain that benefits everyone with high working standards and living wages.
Marigold is an annual sponsor of the Bike Commuter Contest. This week we wanted to highlight another sponsor who is also a fair trade business based in Olympia and works with a women’s co-op in Togo, West Africa to create shea butter products such as lotions, creams, hair care and now baby products! Alaffia is not only selling great fair trade products but they are also involved in a number of community projects such as the “Bikes for Togo” project. For the past 5 years, Alaffia has collected used bikes at fundraisers across the country and sent them by container full to Togo. These bikes help girls access to education by proving means of transportation for the girls to get to school. To read more about the project , Alaffia and the Commuter Contest visit: http://thurstonbcc.blogspot.com/p/alaffiia-bike-program-for-togo.html
Friday, March 25th marks the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in New York City when a fire in a garment factory resulted in the deaths of 146 workers. The 500 workers at this factory were mostly women, and predominately very young immigrants from Europe. As a fire broke out on the top three floors of a nine story building the piles of flammable materials, the exit doors locked by employers, the inadequate fire escape which collapsed, and fire truck ladders which only reached six floors high led many to leap from their deaths from the 9th floor.
The local labor rights group, the South Sound Clean Clothes Campaign , honors this historical tragedy, the magnitude of which spurred campaigns to demand new safety and labor laws, while also highlighting the imperative need to address the many sweatshop abuses still present in the global marketplace. We will do this by exhibiting the paintings of garment workers around the globe by Northwest artist Janet Essley.
Accompanying the exhibit displayed at Traditions Fair Trade (located at 300 5th Ave in downtown Olympia) will be an explanation not only of the Triangle Fire in 1911 but the sweatshop conditions, even the parallel fires, that still occur in garment factories around the globe, especially in Bangladesh.
For more information you can contact Dick @ Traditions 705-2819. 300 5th Ave SW Olympia or Beth@marigoldfairtradeclothing.com
Painting by Featured NW artist Janet Essley
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.