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As I head off into the wide blue yonder today it's exciting to know I'll be meeting up with wonderful family and friends again - doesn't that always bring a smile to your face too!? Both in the UK and in Bangladesh there are SO many precious relationships to enjoy together.

Our recent Motif Newsletter, CONNECT - where Fair Trade means business, is all about relationships too. If you've not read it already, grab your favourite brew - fair trade of course -...

Oh my! Is that '80s Tina Turner track running in your head now? ... sorry!

Well, although the answer to Tina's question was clearly "NOTHING." When it comes to Fair Trade the answer is "EVERYTHING!" In this month when the LOVE thing can get a bit overwhelming, it's good to celebrate the quality that fuels so much of what's good in life.

Three places I've strong ties with are understanding the impact of Fair Trade more and more - so it's a good month to hi-light them and encourage you in your Fair Trade choices too :)

Fair Trade Towns - Urbana & Champaign, IL

Not My Cup of Tea!

February 3, 2015

The Fair Trade and Anti-Trafficking Movements are inseperable. But, when we say that engaging people in fair trade jobs increases family security and reduces the potential for being trafficked - it can just be plain awkward finding statistics to back that up. How do you prove what DID NOT happen!

Sadly, the anecdotal evidence linking poor jobs to increased risk of trafficking is all too common. Such as the growing incidence of trafficking from tea plantations hi-lighted by

In Bangladesh as we speak

January 20, 2015

... there is a huge political stand-off that's crippling the nation's capacity to earn a decent daily wage - and the leaders responsible it seems couldn't care less!

Earler this week the count was 31 dead, hundreds injured and over 7,000 arrested since the start of January '15. Why? This link gives a simple background and shows what a terrible scenario is unfolding in Bangladesh, even as we speak! Please take a few moments to read this brief article, Dozens...

2015 ... What's Next?

January 13, 2015

denim kantha cross body bagYep, I've been scurrying around a fair bit this last month or so - neglecting to blog :( BUT getting all manner of things in order for 2015 ... and it's looking good :)

First out of the gate are Motif's wholesale product ranges. Check out the 4 page spread in Minga Fair Trade's wholesale catalogue - sent out to over 2,500 retailers in the US and Canada (pages 32, 33

Fair Trade people are friendly people ... we like people ... it goes with fair trade territory!

So when we hear about people being treated unfairly our hackles tend to rise, our pulse quickens and we're likely the first on the scene for sign-up sheets, demos and letters to editors. The increased awareness of, and action in, human trafficking and other human rights issues makes this season of reflection and thankfulness a heartening one indeed. More hackles raised, pulses quickened, dynamic action taken and most importantly - lives healed.

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