Staff Guide | November 2016
Fair Trade Gift Baskets
Who doesn't love a holiday gift basket brimming with chocolates, teas or coffees? Foodie gifts are universally festive and what better way to share a value for fair trade goods then to give loved ones a fair trade gift basket. Here are some of our favorite fair trade companies this holiday season.
1. DIVINE CHOCOLATE
Divine Chocolate is co-owned by 85,000 farmers in Ghana who supply the cocoa for each of their chocolate bars. Not only do they empower women and provide a voice in the global marketplace, but they are also Fair-Trade certified. Their line of gift baskets include their rich and creamy dark chocolate, ginger thins, and savory hazelnuts - the chocolate lover in your life is sure to be satisfied. Price Range: $23 - $44
Give the gift of love and goodwill this holiday season with a gift basket from Serrv, comprised of Fair-Trade chocolates, food, and other meaningful products. Serrv is a nonprofit, Fair-Trade organization dedicated to lifting disadvantaged artisans and their families out of poverty. Our favorites include the Bird of Peace Bread Warmer Gift Basket, with items from South Africa, Israel, and Bangladesh, and the Global Music Gift Basket with items from three different continents! Price Range: $24 - $48
3. EQUAL EXCHANGE
Equal Exchange is a worker-owned cooperative that’s been a leader in the Fair-Trade movement for 30 years - their mission is to empower farmers and consumers and to create a more sustainable world. Their line of gift boxes has something for everyone, from their Fair Trade tea and hot cocoa to their organic cashews - the lucky recipient of this gift will be snacking for days. Price Range: $30 - $100
4. JUST LOVE COFFEE
Many of us drink coffee daily, without thinking about the farmers who harvest the coffee beans. At Just Love Coffee, their founders Rob & Emily Webb wanted to come up with a for-profit that put giving back into the mission. Their product line includes roasts from Asia, Central/South America, and Africa, all while supporting farmers and their community ventures. They offer both one-time and subscription options - give the coffee enthusiast in your life this Fair-Trade, organic-certified option each month, and they’ll be forever grateful. Price Range: $13.95 / 12 OZ
5. WOMEN’S BEAN PROJECT
The Women’s Bean Project sends gift baskets to those you love, all while giving a job to a woman in need. As a true social enterprise, being mindful of sustainability for people and the planet is at the core of their guiding principles - they use organic ingredients when available, and women are paid fair wages to help lift themselves out of poverty. For both savory and sweet treats, their handcrafted bundles are sure to bring a warm smile to anyone! Price Range: $8 - $56
Perfect for the non-coffee drinker in your life, Numi Organic Tea offers a variety of gift box and samplers that’s sure to start every morning with calm and peace. Celebrate people, the planet, and pure tea with their variety of options: Rooibos from South Africa, Chamomile Lemon from Egypt, and the quintessential Breakfast Blend from the UK. These organic, Fair-Trade, and non-GMO options will keep the joy of the gift long after it’s been given. Price Range: $22 - $117
7. ALTER ECO
Deep in the Peruvian Amazon and by the Ecuadorian Coast, Alter Eco’s farmers gather cacao beans from organic trees, which then go to Switzerland to be crafted into delicious truffles. Mixed together with organic coconut oil from Kerala, India, these truffles come from all ends of the world before being delivered to your door. For the friend who’s mindful of foodie, flavor, and the planet, Alter Eco’s truffles are delicious, addictive, and come in compostable packaging. The perfect gift to give, all in one? We think so. Price Range: $8 - $168
8. THRIVE MARKET
The beauty of Thrive Market is that it’s an ideal gift for literally anyone. An online market that sells natural and organic products at wholesale costs to members, Thrive Market also provides memberships to low-income families for free - so your giving goes twice as far! For the friend who can never seem to find what they need at their local grocery store, this membership is the best of the best. Price range varies.
9. GREYSTON BAKERY
Greyston Bakery, a social enterprise, operates on the premise that everyone deserves a second chance. They have an open hiring policy, and in turn, create some of the best brownies we’ve ever tasted. (Did you know they’re also the brownies featured in Ben & Jerry’s ice cream?) Their chocolate, sugar, and vanilla are all Fair-Trade ingredients, they are a B-Corp mindful of people and the planet, and they are the go-to gift for the dessert lover in your life. They don’t hire people to make brownies - they make brownies to hire people. Price Range: $25 - $70
Natierra believes in social progress and sustainable businesses through organic and Fair-Trade practices - their Nature’s All Freeze-Dried line is made for the person in your life who always eats their fruits and veggies. Their freeze-dried mangos, strawberries, and corn are just the right size for an afternoon pick-me-up or midnight snack; plus, there is no added sugar or GMOs. Not into fruits? They also sell superfoods like chia seeds and goji berries! Price Range: $4.79 & UP
Matches, cold brews, and chais: Perfect drinks for a cozy winter day, and this holiday season. REBBL creates these drinks, aptly titled “elixirs” and “potions” using superherbs and organic, Fair-Trade ingredients. Plus, they give back to Not For Sale, a campaign to end trafficking. Why else do we love them? They even include a “Sourcing Map” on their website so you can see exactly where your drink came from! Stay energized and engaged with their drinks, knowing the recipient of this gift will be feeling good and doing good too. Price range varies.