New affordable ways to help Republic of Change reforest the planet

I Give Trees planting.2I recently wrote a story on how Republic of Change was empowering people to help with reforestation efforts. Their crowdfunding campaign aims to plant 100,000 trees and to have as many people as possible engage in its efforts. Their initiative will help remove 100,000 tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere. Trees are the best option we have to do this, by the way.

Now the company has come up with new perks to help the campaign get from 50,000 to its 100,000 goal as quickly as possible.

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Ideas for holiday giving – try going Fair Trade this year!

Fair Trade logoWith Christmas and Chanukah around the corner, it’s time to get that shopping list together and get going. To find the perfect holiday gift, why not go Fair Trade?

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Sustainable Foods Summit – a call for greater collaboration

Sustainable Foods Summit updated banner

The recent 2014 Sustainable Foods Summit that this writer attended in San Francisco was a remarkable and engaging two days. Over 160 senior executives debated key sustainability issues affecting the North American food industry. Ethical sourcing & biodiversity impacts, the role of sustainability metrics, and food ingredients for sustainability were some of the major themes covered.

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A coffee maker that lets you connect with the Fair Trade grower

Coffee roasted

Americans love their coffee. Just look at any metropolitan area and you’ll see java places abounding. But with the high cost of our favorite brew, many of us are turning to ways to make it ourselves.

Those of you who’ve followed my work for a while have seen me feature various new crowdfunding ventures. A new one just launched today on Kickstarter I think could be exceptional if it’s funded.

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More than “just plain” Vanilla – it’s Fair Trade too

Nielsen-Massey Organic Vanilla 1aAmericans have gotten used to enjoying products that aren’t necessarily top notch. Think frozen pizza and processed cheese. The same can be said of vanilla, that simple flavored extract that’s been a staple in almost every American household for decades.

Vanilla, a vine-growing plant, is the only edible fruit-bearing member of the orchid family. The three top producing vanilla countries are Madagascar, part of the Bourbon Islands off the east coast of Africa, Mexico and Tahiti.

Nielsen-Massey Organic Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Extract isn’t like the grocery store vanilla you’ve tried.

To learn what makes this vanilla shoulders above the store-bought type you’re used to, check out the full story.

World Wildlife Fund and Tropical Forest Challenge innovators

Tropical rainforest pic

Tropical rainforest, photo by Debra Atlas

World Wildlife Fund Switzerland has announced the winners of the Tropical Forest Challenge. The World Wildlife Fund helps conserve some of the world’s most important natural places – including the largest tropical rain forests and the most remote areas of our planet – as well as endangered species. The objective of the Tropical Forest Challenge is to discover the most innovative for-profit enterprises from around the world that have a positive impact on tropical forest biodiversity.

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Enjoy the deliciously green side of the holidays

BlissfulBites cookbook CoverThe holidays are synonymous with great food, fun get-togethers and even more fun gift giving. Along with favorite family recipes, here are some suggestions that can help spice up the holiday and perhaps give you some new favorites.

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Fun and Guilty Pleasures for Mother’s Day

Any Mom would love colorful Joolz Hayworth bracelets!

Amazingly, Mother’s Day is almost here. I’ve come up with some gift suggestions that will definitely say “I celebrate you” this year.

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Gaiam – eco-chic dressing for the Holidays

Gaiam's beautiful eco-friendly clothing that lets you look and feel great

With the holidays almost here, there are plenty of details to manage. There’s the food preparation, planning those important friends and family get-togethers and making sure you have all the decorations you need.

Then there’s dressing for the occasion – you want to look and feel great.

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5 ways to go Fair Trade for Thanksgiving

Posted by permission this post was written by Alisa Gravitz of Green America

In the spirit of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, it’s important to recognize that making small changes in our purchasing habits can make a profound difference.  (the editor)

When I was kid, my favorite Thanksgiving blessing was the one that ended, “and bless all those whose hands made and grew this food so that we could enjoy this day in celebration of our blessings.” I would picture all the people around the world who had a hand in setting our table.

This Thanksgiving, many will take that same moment to consider all the human connections involved in assembling such a meal. Maybe your cranberries, or potatoes, or turkey came from a farmer you know at your local market, or maybe you traveled to a locally owned pumpkin patch to pick the perfect main ingredient for your pie.

For other ingredients that aren’t so easy to find locally, there are often Fair Trade options that you can choose, to create a world where everyone, everywhere can have a fair deal. The Fair Trade premium associated with these products helps producers build a better life for their families and communities.

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