July 20, 2011

Green Fundraising with Equal Exchange

Equal Exchange is another incredible company I have been introduced to lately.  It is a worker owned co-op that works with small, independent farmers all around the world to bring fairly traded, organic products to the consumers.  Their founders – Rink Dickinson, Jonathan Rosenthal and Michael Rozyne wanted to come up with a way to help small farmers with honest trade and assist consumers by selling high quality, organic products.

Equal Exchange's Mission: Equal Exchange's mission is to build long-term trade partnerships that are economically
just and environmentally sound, to foster mutually beneficial relationships between farmers and consumers and to demonstrate, through our success, the contribution of worker co-operatives
and Fair Trade to a more equitable, democratic and sustainable world.
Awesome!

They began with coffee and an idea over twenty years ago and today the company has expanded to chocolate, teas, nuts, bananas and  many more delicious products



I hit the jack pot when I received some of their chocolate bars and coffee to try out.  My husband and I LOVE coffee and probably couldn't function if we went a day without it.  We both fell in love with Love Buzz.


With my love of chocolate, I couldn't ask for anything more.  These chocolate bars are divine.  It's nearly impossible to stop myself from wolfing down the whole thing, or giving my husband a bite.  I did share the coffee, he loved it.  Possibly the best I've ever had.  I love the product descriptions on their site, the coffees and chocolates are described like wine.  With notes of this and aromas of that...its so cool.  They even offer a guide on "how to taste chocolate" (I've definitely been doing it the wrong way) as well as a "pairing chart".

They are also trying to help consumers, farmers and the planet in other ways.  One biggie is their Fundraising Program for Schools or religious organizations.  Most school fundraising programs feature generic, generally low-quality products (sourced from China or who-knows-where) these are all environmentally-friendly/people-friendly products of a quality unseen in other programs.  It this only one featuring Fair Trade foods & crafts, all of the food items are certified organic and they offer a unique, comprehensive, free 16-unit curriculum that complements the fundraiser and helps kids learn about the stories behind where their food (at least this chocolate) comes from. They can learn about geography, climate, farming, history and more.

So, what fundraiser is your child's school doing?  Selling junk from a catalog, ordering expensive cookies made from cheap ingredients?  How about recommending the Equal Exchange Fundraising Program to your local schools.  Why not help the world while getting some gourmet top quality food?  Not to mention the curriculum the kids will learn from, free of charge.  I'm lovin' this company.   Show them some love and check out their site

They are going to send a free basket with 2 bags of gourmet coffee & 2 boxes of our specialty tea as a give-away love to one lucky reader.  Just check out their site and leave me a comment about what you think of their green fundraising program. 

You may also leave two additional comments if you are a follower of this blog or follow via email.  The winner will be chosen by Random.org next Wednesday, July 27th.  Good Luck!
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