• Interview with Andrew Morgan The Director of The True Cost

    The film The True Cost is a story about clothing. It is about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on our world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically.

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  • Small is Beautiful - but Can Its Rules be Applied to the Fashion Industry?

    People Tree is working with small-scale organic farmer, artisan and tailor fair trade groups in eight countries. This year is People Tree’s 25th anniversary in Japan where I started the organization in my living room. I have been passionate about bringing fair trade to the people who need it most...

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  • What a Fair Trade University Should Look Like

    Students can be powerful catalysts for change, both internally on their own campuses as well as externally by shifting policies and practices of the larger culture. In this article, Marco Coscione describes the Latin American Universities for Fair Trade movement as being built on the models...

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  • Alternative Paths for Consumers' Assurance

    The demand for certified organic and fair trade products is growing steadily. Consumers want assurance that the products they are buying meet the organic and fair trade standards they value. In recent years, third-party certification has dominated the marketplace for providing consumers with this assurance.

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  • Policy Corner

    Free trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) are massive global contracts created to govern the rules of trade among numerous countries. Unlike the recent global climate agreement, which focuses on one topic and is essentially...

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  • The Other Side of Green!

    In a city with one of the most unaffordable rents and a higher poverty rate than any other metropolitan area in the U.S., raising Los Angeles’ minimum wage to $15.00 per hour by 2020 is an historic victory that will uplift almost one million Angelinos who are currently living in poverty.

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  • Small-scale Farmers Confront Climate Change

    The industrial food system is a major contributor to global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Industrial agriculture practices like Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs), overuse and abuse of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, and fossil fuel-intensive transportation all generate...

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  • The Road to Friendship

    The Paris climate talks at the end of 2015 no doubt left some feeling as though global politics might just have turned a little green. With a climate agreement aiming to keep the global temperature increase to less than 1.5°C, national governments have some heavy lifting to do in cutting emissions to ensure a fair and livable world.

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