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October is Fair Trade Month:

Fair Trade USA celebrates expansion of new product categories

To kick off Fair Trade Month, Fair Trade USA, the leading third-party certifier of Fair Trade products in North America, announces the launch of Fair Trade Certified™ products across new categories, including home goods, apparel and coconut. In 2014, Fair Trade USA partnered with 109 new companies (for a total of 915), and helped launch 455 new Fair Trade Certified products into the North American market.

This October, retailers, brands and ethically-minded consumers join together in celebration of the global impact of Fair Trade. Visit BeFair.org to find out how Fair Trade works, browse the various Fair Trade products that are now available, and learn simple ways to show your support for the farmers and workers who grow, sew and make our favourite products – from chocolate bars and coconut water to t-shirts and rugs.

More Ways to Buy Fair, Be Fair
The growth and increased availability of Fair Trade products empowers shoppers to choose items that make a real difference – from ensuring that factory workers have safe working conditions, to helping farmers and workers improve their communities and environment. 2014 marked a milestone year with the launch of three new Fair Trade Certified product categories: coconut, apparel and home goods, as well as the expansion of categories like chocolate, tea and fresh produce.

To learn more about Fair Trade USA, visit www.FairTradeCertified.org, follow @fairtradeusa on Twitter, at @FairTradeUSA on Instagram, and “like” the Fair Trade USA Facebook page.

For more information:
Katie Barrow Schneider
Fair Trade USA
Tel: +1 (510) 844-1656
Email: kschneider@fairtradeusa.org
www.fairtradeusa.org

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