Every October, Fair Trade brands and supporters come together to raise awareness about the importance of equitable labor practices that ensure workers earn fair wages in safe conditions. By purchasing Fair Trade products, we can use our dollars to express our desire for a marketplace that is just for both the producer and the consumer. Unsure of how to even find Fair Trade products? Join GoodGuide and Fair Trade USA on October 13th at 1pm PT/ 4pm ET for a Twitter party about how to shop sustainably. Just follow @GoodGuide and @FairTradeUSA and the hashtag #FairTradeMonth to attend. To make things even easier, you can visit the special chat room in Tweet Chat.
For those of you who like to pre-party, there are plenty of tools to check out before next week’s shindig. The new Fair Trade Finder app locates Fair Trade products in your area, and includes user submitted reviews and photos. Additionally, the GoodGuide Transparency Toolbar can reveal Fair Trade products when shopping online at retailers such as Amazon.
And what would a party be without prizes? Five lucky attendees will win Fair Trade USA Gift Bags to get them started on their sustainable shopping endeavors. Each bag is chocked-full of Fair Trade products including: Sweetriot chocolate bars, Simply Organic Devil’s Food Cake Mix, La Yapa, Golden Royal Quinoa, Wholesome Sweeteners Raw Cane Sugar, Fair Harvest Pineapple Papaya Topping and Traditional Medicinals Chamomile Tea. Just comment on this blog and use the hashtag #FairTradeMonth to be eligible to win!
Twitter Party Rules: Beginning 10/13/11 at 1:00 p.m. PT and ending 10/13/11 at 2:00 p.m. PT, participants must use the hashtag #FairTradeMonth in order to qualify to win a prize. The first people to answer each question will be qualified to win. They also must have commented on blog to be eligible. (NOTE: winner must be participating in chat and not just retweeting). Neither the party sponsor @GoodGuide nor @FairTradeUSA is responsible for misdirected or undeliverable Twitter updates, including those from private Twitter accounts.