Saturday, March 29, 2008

Day 90 POTD: Fair Trade

I have a lot of faith in people being basically good, decent, human beings, who care about other people as well as about their own, personal interests. (Why else would we have all the wonderful digiscrappers and POTD'ers helping each other out, sharing knowledge.) It's not that I don't think there's selfish or evil people in the world; it's just that I have faith that most of us are "good" most of the time.

I'm impressed with the Fair Trade movement. It reflects this basic caring about others. Here's what Global Exchange has to say about fair trade on their web site:

"The chief concern of the Fair Trade movement has been to ensure that the vast majority of the world's coffee farmers (who are small holders) get a fair price for their harvests in order to achieve a decent living wage. Fair Trade guarantees to poor farmers organized in cooperatives around the world: a living wage (minimum price of $1.26/pound regardless of the volatile market); much needed credit at fair prices; and long term relationships. These fair payments are invested in health care, education, environmental stewardship, and economic independence. Fair Trade Certified coffee is the first product being introduced in the United States with an independently monitored system to ensure that it was produced under fair labor conditions. . . "

And here are some coffee grounds!

And Fair Trade coffee sold even at places as commercial as Target!

But, even better, there's fair trade chocolate! I really like it when our church has fund raisers for various mission or disaster-relief projects, and sells fair trade products, (especially chocolate!) It's like double dipping!

This was a really cool week, having the theme of "Faith." I like that we shared more of some of our personal beliefs, and faith of various sorts. It was a nice way of getting to know each other a little more.

TFL and thanks for sharing!

12 comments:

Amy said...

Very cool, I'll have to be on the lookout for these products! Great shots, I like the detail of the coffe beans. :)

Amy said...

I meant grounds!

cari said...

very cool shot!!! that is wonderful!
Cari

Mom2Drew said...

What a great post, thanks for the info. Those coffee grounds are terrific. I too love getting to know people on a more personal level. Just wait until we've gone to December 31st. Last year, we really got to know eachother and make some lasting friendships.

pat said...

I have some of that Free Trade Chocolate! MMM. Nice detail on the coffee grounds, Angela!

mom2three said...

I like your journaling. I also have to have faith that people (for the most part) are good. Great post!

Becky said...

ooooh boy do i love coffee!! fantastic journaling and of course great shots!

Val said...

Nice shots! I really like the second one. The tilted coffee bag looks cool

Kristina said...

My sis in-law loves this organization! Very cool. Thanks for sharing. I wasn't on theme all week...mabye next week I'll slip in a "faith" post.

Shawna said...

Great post! I agree, this was a great "theme week"... even though I didn't do too well staying on theme, I enjoyed seeing everyone's take on it!

Becky said...

I love these photos; I'd hang that coffee grounds one right up in my kitchen. I'm going to keep an eye out for these products.
I have the same outlook on people as you do that they are basically good. Every once in a while I pay for it when I'm too trusting, but overall it makes me happier to be positive instead of cynical. And that's why I don't pay much attention to politics and the elections, because that makes me cynical.:-)
Thanks for the nice comments on my blog. You are my buddy!

April said...

those are great shots.