Fair Trade Month (+ an awesome giveaway!)

When Fair Trade USA, a nonprofit, reached out to me about spreading awareness for Fair Trade Month, I knew it was something I wanted to be a part of. They sent an incredible gift package and offered to send the same gift package to a lucky reader. I’m excited to spread the word about this important organization. Read on for more info about Fair Trade and your chance to participate in a fantastic giveaway (valued at over $500).

 Hi guys! How’s your morning going? Hope you’re having a great one so far <3

I’ve been looking forward to writing this post and sharing such a wonderful giveaway, especially after learning more about Fair Trade and their unique mission.moccs (1 of 1)

So what is Fair Trade?

Fair Trade means that the consumer is able to purchase quality products, but that the people who work hard to produce the goods are paid fairly for their work. Everyday Fair Trade purchases support farmers and factory workers by providing safe work environments, extra money to invest in their communities, and the ability to improve the lives of their families.

Some benefits of Fair Trade:

Fair price and reduction of poverty. When the market dips, farmers are paid a floor, called the Fair Trade Minimum Price, to protect them from going out of business. Many factory workers in over 70 countries survive on less than $2 per day. The support and resources provided by Fair Trade enable them to rise from poverty with sustainable wages.

-Workplace safety. Fair Trade Certified factories must adhere to internationally-recognized safety and labor guidelines.

-No child labor. It’s strictly prohibited under Fair Trade, and many farms will invest their Fair Trade premiums to keep children in school, as almost 100 million children around the world (ages 5-17) work in agriculture. 

-Environmental conservation. Fair Trade farmers adhere to stringent environmental guidelines to preserve our natural resources. The higher prices of the goods enable them to invest in sustainable production practices.

-Food safety. Farm Trade Certified farms are prohibited from using the most toxic agrochemicals, GMOs, and farming techniques that destroy the environment. Many premiums are invested in endeavors such as safe water disposal, etc. 

-Education and Women’s Empowerment. Women have equal representation and access to leadership roles. Many factories and farms will use their premiums to invest in building schools, providing school supplies and funding scholarship programs.

I was excited to learn that many brands I know and love are Fair Trade Certified, including these chocolatecoffee and apparel brands.

Fair Trade USA paired me up with a factory worker, to learn her story and experience working in the Fair Trade environment.

This is Alka Nim, 28, from Mahu, Madhya Pradesh, India.

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She’s 28 years old, and works as a tailor in Pratibha Syntex, in Pithampur, Madhya Pradesh, India. She has worked at the factory for 9 years and is a member of the factory’s Fair Trade Committee.

She says, “I really appreciate all the standards in place that make this a great workplace. Things like air conditioning, water coolers, fixed hours, transportation are not a given at other garment factories. Caste, status and sexual harassment are not a problem here either.” With her work on the Fair Trade Committee, she submits proposals that would benefit her colleagues. The recent proposal she’ll submit is to provide raincoats for employees that have long commutes (as she travels 30 km to work by bus) and distributing small gifts through the holiday season. 

Now, a fabulous giveaway opportunity, courtesy of my friends at Fair Trade USA and the brands who generously donated the following goodies.

Here are the items that one lucky winner will receive:

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Oliberte moccasions. I LOVE moccasins over the holiday season, and Oliberte is the first company to provide Fair Trade Certified footwear! These are super comfy and so cute with leggings or jeans.

Patagonia hoodie. I already love the Patagonia brand; their Fair Trade Certified yoga collection is brand new. This hoodie is extremely soft and dreamy.

PACT leggings, cami and a v-neck. These are perfect staple pieces: well-made with a flattering fit.

PrAna wrap. A classic drapy sweater which is great for layering or wearing to and from yoga class.

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Under the Canopy Kimono robe. It’s lightweight and super soft!

Boll & Branch cable knit throw. This throw is everything. The fabric is like being hugged by an angel.

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+ Fair Trade Certified snacks and treats 

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Just enter via the widget below!!

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This giveaway will end Friday, October 31 (talk about a Halloween treat!) and I’ll post the winner then.

Ready…. set… go 🙂



*This isn’t a sponsored post. I was very excited to spread the word about this organization and share some fabulous goodies with a lucky winner. xo

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  1. Paige @ Dimpled Inspiration on October 21, 2014 at 10:23 am

    What an amazing idea to host a fair trade giveaway! I always look for the Fair Trade label and am so excited that you introduced me to a few new brands offering Fair Trade. I’ve always loved Patagonia, but had no idea of their new line. Winning all the goodies wouldn’t hurt either!! 🙂

  2. jodie on October 21, 2014 at 10:38 am

    Love this Gina!

  3. RachelG on October 21, 2014 at 10:44 am

    This is such an amazing giveaway! It is wonderful that they not only set you up with the information and goods but also connected you with a fair trade worker. When I read her story I felt so grateful but also kind of bad because the things she talks about that they worked hard for are things I take advantage of every day. The next time the husband and I talk about what to set the thermostat on overnight I’m going to think about her and be really grateful that we have heat. <3

    • Fitnessista on October 21, 2014 at 3:16 pm

      it certainly puts things into perspective <3

  4. Giselle on October 21, 2014 at 10:49 am

    What an awesome giveaway! LOVE Fair Trade products!

  5. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on October 21, 2014 at 10:49 am

    Great info! How do you know if something’s Fair Trade? Is it labeled a certain way of do you have to look at the company’s website?

    • Fair Trade USA on October 21, 2014 at 11:12 am

      Hi Megan! Great question 🙂 All you have to do is look for the Fair Trade Certified label when you shop (that green one you see above in some of the pictures)! That’s how you’ll know that the product you’re purchasing was produced in a way that supports both people and planet! 🙂

  6. Carly on October 21, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Holy amazing! I love hearing a product is Fair Trade… makes you feel good when purchasing. Thank you for showing lots of fair-trade goodies! Now off to check out Patagonia….

  7. Carrie (This Fit Chick) on October 21, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Yay! thanks for the giveaway!

  8. Sneha on October 21, 2014 at 11:33 am

    10/10 done ! What an amazing giveaway. I would love to win it…. everything looks so cozy and good.

    I volunteered with a FT organization a few years ago, called OxFam. ColdPlay is a fan of that particular group and they had a free concert entry as a reward for volunteering.

    • Fitnessista on October 21, 2014 at 3:15 pm

      wahoo! yes, it’s basically box of cozy goodness 🙂
      that is really cool that coldplay did a concert afterwards!! 🙂 googling oxfam now!

  9. Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment on October 21, 2014 at 11:37 am

    Amazing giveaway! I am a firm believer in supporting fair trade.

  10. Danica @ It's Progression on October 21, 2014 at 11:48 am

    This is an amazing giveaway! I love that you’re using your blog to support such a great cause <3

    • Fitnessista on October 21, 2014 at 3:14 pm

      <3 thank you, danica!

  11. Katie on October 21, 2014 at 11:52 am

    What an awesome organization. Thanks for the post, I had never heard of Fair Trade before, but now I will be more conscious of brands that participate.

  12. Amanda on October 21, 2014 at 11:53 am

    This is awesome! I’ve recently become more conscious about purchasing fair trade products.

  13. Sana on October 21, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    This is incredible and I love! Being from Pakistan, it makes me feel good that there is an organization such as this that is making lives of so many so much better. this is a great cause to share on your blog and I’m so happy that you bought attention to them:)

    • Fitnessista on October 21, 2014 at 3:14 pm

      <3 thank you so much, sana! happy to hear you enjoyed it

  14. cait @pieceofcait on October 21, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    Wow truly amazing and an awesome giveaway. You have such a great heart <3

    • Fitnessista on October 21, 2014 at 3:14 pm

      <3 <3

  15. Katelyn on October 21, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    Such an amazing giveaway. 🙂

  16. Nicole on October 21, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    What a great giveaway! Thanks for giving us something to keep in mind when buying products. Really interesting hearing about Alka’s story.

    • Fitnessista on October 21, 2014 at 3:14 pm

      i loved learning more about her, too 🙂 xoxo

  17. Britt@MyOwnBalance on October 21, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    That is so cool that they actually paired you with someone to learn about their story! How amazing. It really puts a face to the cause. And all of that stuff is great!

    • Fitnessista on October 21, 2014 at 3:13 pm

      it was amazing to learn a story behind the products <3

  18. Amanda @ Positively Amanda on October 21, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    What an awesome giveaway!

  19. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on October 21, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    I love TOMS coffee and those Bark Thins! What a great giveaway!

    • Fitnessista on October 21, 2014 at 3:13 pm

      i read this comment and opened the bark thins. SNACKING CHOCOLATE. best thing ever haha

  20. Cassie on October 21, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    Wow this is maybe the best giveaway yet!

    • Fitnessista on October 21, 2014 at 3:13 pm

      right?!? such a great one!

  21. Jen on October 21, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    Love Fair Trade items & the giveaway sounds awesome. I’m a little bummed as someone who pretty much eschews social media that all the options on the widget are for Twitter/Pinterest/Facebook. I think that’s probably the wave of the future and totay get that it’s a major exposure tool for bloggers and companies but I’m still holding onto my simple life 🙂

    • Fitnessista on October 21, 2014 at 3:12 pm

      i’m happy you’re in this little spot of the web, though- thank you! 🙂 xo

  22. Tricia @ A Couple of Dashes on October 21, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    Thanks for bringing this giveaway to us! The clothes are adorable and the mission is amazing.

    • Fitnessista on October 21, 2014 at 3:12 pm

      so happy you liked it! i was so excited about this one 🙂

      • Tricia @ A Couple of Dashes on October 21, 2014 at 3:15 pm

        It’s hard to find items that are worth spending your money on and that also stand for a mission you can really get behind and support so it’s good to know that those kinds of companies do exist!

  23. Austin on October 21, 2014 at 4:30 pm

    Love this! What an amazing giveaway 🙂

  24. Alex on October 21, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    Thank you!!! For hosting such an amazing giveaway. I think Fair Trade USA is awesome and it is amazing what they are doing to improve the lives, wages and work conditions around the world for many third world countries. I already buy many fair trade products, coffee included, but I really want to be more conscious of future purchases to expand it broader and include many items I use in my everyday life. Thanks again. #befair

  25. Rachel on October 21, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    Alka has such an amazing story, thanks for sharing! And for raising awareness 🙂 Fair Trade USA is a wonderful organization!

  26. char eats greens on October 21, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    This is amazing on so many levels! I love the whole idea behind Fair Trade business and love supporting them! I’m happy that one of my fave (local!) chocolate companies actually pays their workers above fair trade! Super cool!

  27. Crystal on October 21, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    Wow, what an awesome giveaway!

  28. Sunny on October 21, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    This is so lovely! Fair Trade is so important, especially for those of us interested in healthy living since Fair Trade helps keep the globe healthy!!

  29. Kay on October 21, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    This boxes is so amazing, I am in love with the moccasins and that hoodie. Such a perfect fall give away.

    • Fitnessista on October 21, 2014 at 9:17 pm

      right?! so many awesome goodies! i think the moccs are my very favorite 🙂

  30. Lindsey @ SimplyLindsey on October 21, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    This looks like an awesome giveaway! Thanks for hosting!!

  31. Priya on October 21, 2014 at 9:41 pm

    love telling people about fair trade!

  32. Neiry on October 22, 2014 at 1:16 am

    You look so beautiful in that picture- really serene and content.

    • Fitnessista on October 22, 2014 at 7:58 am

      thank you, neiry <3 xo

  33. Missy on October 22, 2014 at 3:58 am

    Love it all. Thanks, Gina!

  34. Krystal on October 22, 2014 at 4:32 am

    Blown away by this giveaway!

  35. Tara on October 22, 2014 at 5:01 am

    Love it!

  36. Samantha Gafford on October 22, 2014 at 6:07 am

    Awesome giveaway and i love that you are raising fair trade awareness ! more people need to be educated on it !

  37. Kelly Billiter Rabun on October 22, 2014 at 7:21 am

    This is a great giveaway. Thanks for focusing on such an important topic.

  38. Lauren on October 22, 2014 at 7:35 am

    I love all the new companies that are making Fair Trade products. Such gorgeous variety! love the mocs too — super cute for fall.

  39. Michelle on October 22, 2014 at 7:36 am

    Such a unique giveaway with products you can really feel good about!

  40. Laura B @ FitMamaLove on October 22, 2014 at 7:40 am

    Awesome giveaway! Fingers crossed!

  41. Jessie R on October 22, 2014 at 8:05 am

    I love those shoes and that blanket, HELLO FALL and Winter!

  42. Sally G. on October 22, 2014 at 8:11 am

    Awesome way to spread the word about Fair Trade products – I can tell from the comments that a lot of people weren’t sure what fair trade meant! Also, Bark Thins are addictive and delicious 🙂

  43. Stephanie on October 22, 2014 at 8:27 am

    Sweet giveaway!

  44. april on October 22, 2014 at 8:53 am

    thank you for hosting such an amazing giveaway!! =)

  45. Alexa on October 22, 2014 at 9:58 am

    im all about fair trade! love that you’re help to bring awareness to it. also, fair trade mocs!?! whaaat! <3

  46. Tracy on October 22, 2014 at 10:53 am

    Wowza! So great of you to recognize and spread the word on Fair Trade, Gina!!

  47. Talia on October 22, 2014 at 11:29 am

    All about the fair trade! Bought a scarf last year from FashionABLE, such great causes!!

  48. Alexandria @ Al2getherfit on October 22, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    This is so cool! Thank you for spreading the word! It’s the little things we take for granted

  49. Jen on October 23, 2014 at 11:00 am

    what an awesome giveaway! So important to spread the Fair Trade message!!! Love that you support such important things. xoxo

  50. Shaina Anderson on October 24, 2014 at 9:45 pm

    Amazing giveaway!!

    It’s so sad that those things she appreciates so much aren’t a given in every work environment over there. Hearing things like this just reminds me to be so very thankful for living where we do.

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