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Conference Giveaway: WIN a fair trade, organic reversible bag THIS WEEKEND ONLY

We are happy to announce this giveaway in celebration of our fifth year attending the Fair Trade Futures Conference! This year’s event will be held in Boston, MA, THIS COMING WEEKEND, September 10-12, 2010 and you can find Marigold (and our fun and friendly representative Xela) at the Fair Trade Marketplace.

THE PRIZE:

One lucky winner will receive a FREE beautiful handmade reversible bag! Available in fuchsia rose, plum floral or turquoise, these completely reversible bags will serve you well as a purse, grocery tote, school bag, and more! (That’s Xela in the picture!)

RULES:

  • We will choose our favorite tweet/Facebook update and that person will be declared the winner. Creativity counts!
  • The winner will receive a direct Facebook/Twitter message about how to collect the prize
  • Entries must be received by 8:00pm EST on Saturday September 11, 2010
  • Odds of winning depend on the number of entries received

TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY:

  1. Come to the Fair Trade Marketplace (an expo and shop of 70+ vendors) which is FREE and open to the public:
    • Friday September 10th: 8:30pm-10:00pm
    • Saturday September 11th: 5:00pm-8:00pm
  2. Find and follow us online:
  3. Tell the world why you love Marigold Fair Trade Clothing with one (or both!) of the following:
    • Facebook: In your update, you MUST mention BOTH @Marigold Fair Trade and @Fair Trade Futures Conference
    • Twitter: In your tweet, you MUST mention BOTH @MarigoldFT and @FTImpact
  4. Stop by the Marigold booth to meet Xela and show her your tweet/update. Give her your full name and email address and we will make sure you are entered! (While you are there make sure to check out all of our fantastic fair trade, organic clothes and housewares for sale!)
  5. Have fun and good luck!

ABOUT MARIGOLD FAIR TRADE:

Marigold works with a co-op of over 300 women from the slums of Mumbai, India and an association of 500 organic cotton farmers to make fashionable fair trade clothes and household items. Our beautiful line of products are vegetable-dyed and hand block printed or organic. Your purchase helps a disadvantaged woman make herself more economically self-sufficient and supports organic farming.

Hand block printing is an age-old artisan tradition that dates back to the 12th century in India, but it is an art form that is dying due to mass produced manufacturing. We believe in honoring and celebrating the tradition of block printing to bring you clothing that is a work of art created by hand.

Marigold is a proud member of the Fair Trade Federation and Green America. We are also proud members of the South Sound Clean Clothes campaign- a coalition of concerned citizens raising awareness about the sweatshop industry, and challenging individuals as well as public and private institutions to create positive change by altering their purchasing practices and Washington Fair Trade Coalition.

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September 9, 2010 at 7:00 am Leave a comment

Reaping the benefits of certification labels

You can read The Omnivore’s Dilemma to get the full story about how industrial agriculture came to be in the US, but it’s actually a recent development. For years, people have farmed exactly the same way: at a low yield to feed the family and a few townspeople, with the help of animals to pull plows and provide fertilizer, always growing and rotating a variety of crops. With the invention of modern farm equipment and techniques, the application of patent protection to high yield seeds, government subsidies, and the wide-spread use of pesticides, farming in the last 50 years has become more of a cut-throat political game then anything.

Organic farmingOrganic farming has become quite fashionable, and many producers have jumped on the band wagon in order to capitalize on the ever-growing and affluent LOHAS segment.  This is a marketing term that refers to a particular group that focuses on sustainability, makes thoughtful decisions about what products they buy, and that relies on food certification labels to at the point of sale. But some independent farmers have always used organic techniques, not just in the past few years when the industry has boomed, but have been unable to label and sell their products as such because of government restrictions. The kicker is that the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) manages the organic labeling of foods in the US, and like any certification, it involves a lot of time and money to obtain and maintain the status.

But the economic downturn has affected everyone, including small, independent farmers who already operate on a low margin. Many who have been “hold outs” for the organic label are reconsidering their ban, and are now coughing up the yearly fees and royalties necessary to sell their “officially organic” products to grocery chains like Whole Foods. Even though organic techniques have been at the core of these producers’ values since the beginning, the competition, including large conglomerates, have taken the segment by storm and reaped the increased sales due to their USDA organic-labeled foods. At this point, giving into more government involvement in the food system is the only way that they can compete.

So what does this sudden change of heart tell us? Despite what your opinions are about the industrial food system, one thing is clear: certification labels matter. All consumers, not just the ones in the LOHAS segment, are starting to ask more questions about their products, including where it was produced, by who, and under what conditions. However scary they may be, scandals in the marketplace are driving the demand of increased supply chain transparency. No one wants to get salmonella from eggs they purchased at the corner store, or serve contaminated food to their dogs, and certification labels, although confusing at times, do help the consumer to make reliable decisions.

Changes in the food system are just the beginning, and conscious consumerism is beginning to pop up in other industries including apparel and footwear.  Transfair USA, the only third-party certifier of Fair Trade products in the US, will soon be fully launching its Apparel and Linens pilot.  What this means for you is that for the first time in history, you will be able to choose an ethical tee shirt over one that was made in a sweat shop.

Marigold Fair Trade Clothing is part of this program (more news to come later…), and while you have come to trust and love our company through our stories and transparency, you will soon have an official certified label to verify what you have always known: that buying a product from Marigold connects you to the producers and offers you a chance to be part of an alternate trade system that respects human dignity and sustainability.

Discussion:

What are your thoughts on certification labels? Do they affect your purchase decisions, and if so in what categories? If one clothing item was labeled organic and fair trade, and the one next to it did not have the certifications, how would your thought process change? Do you think a label can help to increase sales?

Source: Seeing ‘Gain’ in the Label Organic, The New York Times, August 7, 2010

August 23, 2010 at 4:25 am Leave a comment

Fair Trade Futures Conference

Each year, Marigold Fair Trade attends the Fair Trade Federation’s Annual Conference. This year the conference will be held in Boston from September 10-12. Open to members and non-members alike-this is a great way to see the scope of the fair trade movement and connect with other folks involved. Stop by our booth on Saturday during the Fair Trade Marketplace to get a sneak peak at some of Marigold’s Fall/ Winter Collection! Hope to see you there!

More on the conference:

Fair Trade Futures Conference:
Transforming Our Global Community
September 10-12, 2010

From September 10-12, 2010, the Fair Trade Futures Conference will bring together entrepreneurs, students, advocates, faith community members, concerned citizens, interested individuals, and others in Boston, MA for the largest Fair Trade event in North American history!

The event will include seminars, workshops, site visits, discussions, social activities, and an exposition of 50+ Fair Trade vendors to educate and inspire about the holistic approach to business and poverty alleviation that Fair Trade provides.

For more information and to register, please visit the Conference Website: fairtradeconference.ning.com.

August 7, 2010 at 7:28 pm Leave a comment

GIVEAWAY: Enter to WIN a gorgeous fair trade, organic, vegetable-dyed napkin set!

Marigold Fair Trade is excited to announce a giveaway in celebration of this week’s unveiling of our new blog!

THE PRIZE:

One lucky winner will receive a beautiful handmade napkin set for 6 people!  Liven up a dinner party or enjoy a daily infusion of rich saturated vegetable-based color and traditionally hand blocked prints with an exclusive FREE gift from the Marigold House Wares collection.

RULES:

  • We will choose our favorite comment on the blog article and that person will be declared the winner
  • The winner will receive a direct email about how to collect the prize
  • Entries must be received by 5:00pm PST on Sunday August 8, 2010
  • Odds of winning depend on the number of entries received

TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY:

  1. Visit our online catalog and pick your favorite Marigold Fair Trade product http://su.pr/2IPgOQ
  2. Post a comment on this article about your favorite Marigold Fair Trade product and WHY (don’t forget to provide a correct email address so we can get in touch with you if you are the winner)
  3. And for a BONUS chance to win:
    1. Join our Facebook page http://su.pr/2q14yw
    2. Follow us on Twitter http://twitter.com/MarigoldFT

ABOUT MARIGOLD FAIR TRADE:

Marigold works with a co-op of over 300 women from the slums of Mumbai, India and an association of 500o organic cotton farmers to make fashionable fair trade clothes and household items. Our beautiful line of products are vegetable-dyed and hand block printed or organic. Your purchase helps a disadvantaged woman make herself more economically self-sufficient and supports organic farming.

Hand block printing is an age-old artisan tradition that dates back to the 12th century in India, but it is an art form that is dying due to mass produced manufacturing. We believe in honoring and celebrating the tradition of block printing to bring you clothing that is a work of art created by hand.

Marigold is a proud member of the Fair Trade Federation and Green America. We are also proud members of the South Sound Clean Clothes campaign- a coalition of concerned citizens raising awareness about the sweatshop industry, and challenging individuals as well as public and private institutions to create positive change by altering their purchasing practices and Washington Fair Trade Coalition.

WHY SUPPORT FAIR TRADE:

As a member of the Fair Trade Federation we follow 8 guiding principles:

  1. Paying a fair wage in the local context
  2. Building long-term trade relationships
  3. Engaging in environmentally sustainable practices
  4. Technical training and assistance
  5. Offering employees opportunities for advancement
  6. Providing equal opportunities for all people, particularly the most disadvantaged
  7. Being open to public accountability
  8. Safe working conditions

We are proud members of the Fair Trade Federation, Green America, South Sound Clean Clothes Campaign and the WA Fair Trade Coalition.

August 3, 2010 at 3:29 pm 16 comments

Marigold has a new blog!

Hello Friends!

Welcome! As a pioneer in the organic and fair trade fashion world, Marigold is happy to share this brand new blog with you!  This will be a great way to keep our followers up to date with the great work we are doing with an association of 5000 organic cotton farmers, and with a co-op of over 300 women in the slums of Mumbai, India.

We are very excited and think that you will really enjoy the new features:

  • An RSS feed so you can automatically receive new posts to your feed reader (iGoogle, myYahoo! etc)
  • A category list and archive so you can easily find particular blog posts
  • A blogroll so you can see what organizations and blogs we follow
  • A search box so you can quickly find what you need using a keyword
  • Our twitter feed so you can see what we are up to each day
  • Author gravatars for each post so you can see the pictures of the people behind the scenes at Marigold
  • Our Flickr feed so you can see pictures of our products, the farmers and the women in the cooperative

And as always, we welcome all of your comments and feedback and want our blog to be interactive and as useful to our readers as possible.  If there is a particular subject you want us to cover, or a link you think we would be interested in, please let us know!  Thank you for visiting and we hope to see you back here very soon!

Sincerely,

The Marigold Fair Trade team

August 3, 2010 at 4:22 am 1 comment


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