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Shopping fair trade

Jake Fredericks

April 19, 2014

Here’s a quick reference guide for when you’re hunting for establishments that offer fair trade foods, or are looking for some retailers that carry fair trade products. Compartes Chocolatier: If you’ve got a sweet tooth, head down to Brentwood’s Compartes Chocolatier, located at 912 S. Barri...

Decoding ‘fair trade’ and ‘free trade’

Jake Fredericks

April 17, 2014

People typically encounter the terms free trade and fair trade when shopping for coffee, but the two practices are applicable to almost any sort of consumer product. Fair trade practices are characterized by the close relationship producers maintain with distributors, and often allot more time and adequate...

Don’t hesitate to go ‘green’

Julio Alberto Cruz

May 9, 2011

If you don't like the terms going "green," eco-friendly, environmentally-friendly, earth-friendly or any other way you spin it, it's simply judt about taking care of the environment and ourselves. It's not about money, even though the rest of the world is. Because of this frugal and money-...

So many organic, Fair Trade certification labels

Julio Alberto Cruz

February 28, 2011

There has been a few friends, relatives, even strangers, asking me what type of certification label should they look for on products, like chocolates, coffee, energy bars, etc. It seems like an easy answer, though as I caught myself responding to their questions, they had follow up questions that...

Getting to know your ‘green’ community businesses

Julio Alberto Cruz

September 21, 2010

This past Sunday, the Silver Lake Chamber of Commerce held its first Sustainability Summit, providing several topics on going, being and moving to a ‘green’ lifestyle, but only as consumers but as a community. One thing is for sure when it comes to sustainable businesses. It is about the 3Ps - ...

Striving for 100% sustainability in shoes and our lifestyle

Julio Alberto Cruz

September 7, 2010

When most people think about eco-friendly apparel they think that it isn’t fashionable or they just don’t know how the clothes are actually made. A couple months ago I was in San Luis Obispo with my family in our annual mini summer vacation and came across a small store, Hemp Shak that has all that plus bags, accessories and more. I'd been wanting some walking shoes and I had bee...

Adding respect to the three R’s of the environment

Julio Alberto Cruz

June 29, 2010

In the last five years, the market for eco-friendly products has never been better, making it one of the fastest growing sectors of the U.S. economy, according to Mintel International, a London-based independent award-winning research firm of world-leading market intelligence. However, it is important to understand the meaning of  eco-fr...

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